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Great Performances Recorded Live at Covent Garden 1955-1997


Release Date: 09/30/2014 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 9024   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGiacomo PucciniGaetano DonizettiWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Marian NowakowskiMichael LangdonRaymond NilssonOtakar Kraus,   ... 
Conductor:  Rafael KubelikSir Alexander GibsonRudolf KempeCarlo Maria Giulini,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 32 
Length: 39 Hours 44 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 32-disc box set collection brings together 12 classic live Royal Opera performances – Tosca, Otello, Cosi fan Tutte, Madama Butterfly, Meistersinger, Don Giovanni and half a dozen more - spanning a period of over forty years, from 1955-97. The set includes many of the world’s greatest operatic performers of the era: Jon Vickers, Joan Sutherland, Janet Baker, Victoria de los Angeles, Cesare Siepi, Sena Jurinac, Boris Christoff, Tito Gobbi, Kiri Te Kanawa, Zinka Milanov and Franco Corelli, amongst others.

This 32-disc box set collection brings together 12 classic live Royal Opera performances – Tosca, Otello, Cosi fan Tutte, Madama Butterfly, Meistersinger, Don Giovanni and half a dozen more - spanning a period of over forty years, from 1955-97. The set includes many of the world’s greatest operatic performers of the era: Jon Vickers, Joan Sutherland, Janet Baker, Victoria de los Angeles, Cesare Siepi, Sena Jurinac, Boris Christoff, Tito Gobbi, Kiri Te Kanawa, Zinka Milanov and Franco Corelli, amongst others.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marian Nowakowski (Bass), Michael Langdon (Bass), Raymond Nilsson (Tenor),
Otakar Kraus (Baritone), Noreen Berry (Mezzo Soprano), Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano),
Forbes Robinson (Bass), John Lanigan (Tenor), Ramon Vinay (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, London, England 
Language: Italian 
2.
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Noreen Berry (Soprano), Ronald Lewis (Baritone), Michael Langdon (Baritone),
Giangiacomo Guelfi (Baritone), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Zinka Milanov (Soprano),
David Tree (Tenor), Rhydderch Davies (Bass), Forbes Robinson (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Language: Italian 
3.
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), John Lanigan (Tenor), Sir Geraint Evans (Bass Baritone),
Barbara Howitt (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Langdon (Bass), David Tree (Tenor),
David Allen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, London, England 
4.
Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jeanette Sinclair (Soprano), Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano), Jon Vickers (Tenor),
Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Boris Christoff (Bass), Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano),
Ava June (Soprano), Edgar Evans (Tenor), Joseph Rouleau (Bass),
Michael Langdon (Bass)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1886 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Language: Italian 
5.
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Robert Bowman (Tenor), John Shaw (Baritone), Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor),
Joseph Rouleau (Bass), Margreta Elkins (Mezzo Soprano), Joao Gibin (Tenor),
Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, London, England 
Language: Italian 
6.
Don Giovanni, K 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sir Geraint Evans (Baritone), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Sena Jurinac (Mezzo Soprano),
Cesare Siepi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague 
Date of Recording: 1962 
7.
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Amy Shuard (Soprano), Jon Vickers (Tenor),
Ettore Bastianini (Bass), Joan Carlyle (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1962 
8.
Parsifal by Richard Wagner
Performer:  John Dobson (Tenor), Maurine Keetch (Soprano), Amy Shuard (Soprano),
Louis Hendrikx (Bass), Anne Howells (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Langdon (Bass),
Dennis Wicks (Bass), Jon Vickers (Tenor), Edgar Evans (Tenor),
Marjorie Biggar (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Anne Pashley (Soprano),
Donald McIntyre (Bass Baritone), Nan Christie (Soprano), Norman Bailey (Bass Baritone),
David Lennox (Tenor), Alison Hargan (Soprano), Delia Wallis (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1971 
9.
Cosě fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas Allen (Baritone), Stuart Burrows (Tenor),
Richard Van Allan (Bass), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Daniela Mazzucato-Meneghini (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Venue:  Live Royal Opera House Covent Garden 
10.
Alceste by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Bass), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Mauritz Sillem (Harpsichord),
Robert Tear (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1981 
11.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Anna Tomowa-Sintow (Soprano), Kurt Moll (Bass), Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano),
Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1995 
12.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Nancy Gustafson (Soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano),
Gösta Winbergh (Tenor), John Tomlinson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Language: German 

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