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Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy - My Favorite Showstoppers


Release Date: 08/23/1994 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 443821   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniGiuseppe VerdiGiacomo PucciniUmberto Giordano,   ... 
Performer:  Leo NucciLuciano PavarottiDame Joan SutherlandGraham Clark,   ... 
Conductor:  Giuseppe PatanéRichard BonyngeFrancesco Molinari-PradelliNicola Rescigno,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale ChorusBologna Teatro Comunale OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There's no easier way to introduce someone to the joys of opera than with this hit-packed disc featuring some of opera's finest voices. There's no easier way to introduce someone to the joys of opera than with this hit-packed disc featuring some of opera's finest voices. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Leo Nucci (Baritone)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/1971 
Venue:  Kingsway hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Graham Clark (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra London,  London Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. La traviata: Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/1979 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1/1974 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10. La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Rolando Panerai (Baritone),
Michel Sénéchal (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12. Fedora: Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/1979 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13. I puritani: Qui la voce sua soave by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "O rendetemi la speme..." 
14. Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 6/1979 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: French 
15. La fille du régiment: Ah, mes amis...Pour mon âme by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Eric Garrett (Baritone), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: French 
16. Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1851 
Date of Recording: 6/1971 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17. Norma: Mira, o Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 7/1964 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18. Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Rome Opera House 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
19. I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra London
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 4/1977 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Aida / Act 1: Ritorna vincitor!
Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1: No.2 Cavatina: "Largo al factotum"
Rigoletto / Act 3: "La donna è mobile"
Il Trovatore / Act 3: "Di quella pira"
Tosca / Act 2: "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
La traviata / Act 1: "Sempre libera"
La Fanciulla del West / Act 3: "Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano"
Madama Butterfly / Act 2: Un bel dì vedremo
La Bohème / Act 1: "Che gelida manina"
La Bohème / Act 2: "Quando m'en vo"
Turandot / Act 3: Nessun dorma!
Pagliacci / Act 1: "Vesti la giubba"
Fedora / Act 2: "Amor ti vieta"
I Puritani / Act 2: "O rendetemi la speme...Qui la voce...Vien, diletto"
Werther / Act 3: "Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?"
La fille du régiment / Act 1: "Ah mes amis - Pour mon âme"
Rigoletto / Act 2: "Parmi veder le lagrime"
Norma / Act 2: Mira, O Norma...Si, fino all'ore
Aida / Act 1: Ritorna vincitor!

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