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Opera 2009 / Pavarotti, Callas, Domingo, Brightman, Villazon, Gheorghiu, Etc

Release Date: 04/21/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 64192   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniGeorge GershwinGiuseppe VerdiVincenzo Bellini,   ... 
Performer:  Angela GheorghiuLesley GarrettBryn TerfelRolando Villazón,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonio PappanoPhilip EllisMarcello ViottiEvelino Pidò,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome OrchestraOrchestraMunich Radio Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With 40 tracks, and over 2½ hours of operatic arias and duets, this double album features the best and most popular names in opera, ranging from the newest arrivals on the operatic scene as well as many present day superstars to iconic legends. This is an unmissable collection of the best in opera that will have a wide appeal. Present day superstars include Sarah Brightman, Natalie Dessay, Angela Gheorghiu, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Barbara Hendricks, Teresa Berganza, Lesley Garrett, Dame Felicity Lott, Deborah Voigt, Placido Domingo, Rolando Villazón, Roberto Alagna, José Carreras, Ian Bostridge and Bryn Terfel Rising new artists are represented by Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau, Kate Royal, Elina Garanča, Vivica Genaux, Véronique Gens, Read more Patrizia Ciofi, Violetta Urmana, Liping Zhang, David Daniels, Philippe Jaroussky, Laurent Naouri and Jonathan Lemalu. The programme also contains tracks by some of the world’s greatest singers of the past such as Maria Callas, Birgit Nilsson, Montserrat Caballé, Luciano Pavarotti, Franco Corelli and Hans Hotter. All the most popular operatic composers are represented, from the Baroque masters such as Vivaldi and Handel through Gluck and Mozart to Donizetti,Verdi and Puccini as well as French favourites Berlioz, Gounod, Massenet and Offenbach, and of course Germany’s great Richard Wagner. More recent composers include Cilea, Korngold, Stravinsky and Gershwin. Read less

Works on This Recording

Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Lesley Garrett (Soprano), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Philip Ellis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
La traviata: O mio rimorso! O infamia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
La sonnambula: Come per me sereno...Sovra il sen by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Chorus,  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
L'Amico Fritz: Tutto ho tentato by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Radamisto, HWV 12: Vanne sorella ingrata by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1720; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Così fan tutte, K 588: Un' aura amorosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: O zittre nicht...Zum Leiden bin ich by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Cercle de l'Harmonie
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Don Carlos: Io l'ho perduta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (03/11/1867).
Composition revised: Naples, Italy (1872).
Composition revised: La Scala Opera House, Milan, Italy (01/10/1884). 
Roméo et Juliette: Je veux vivre dans le rêve "Waltz Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jonathan Lemalu (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Tannhäuser: Dich, teure Halle by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
La belle Hélène: Amours divins by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
L'Orlando finto pazzo, RV 727: Se in ogni guardo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
La Gioconda: Suicidio! by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Violeta Urmana (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Manon: Instant charmant...En fermant les yeux "Dream of des Grieux" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
I vespri siciliani: Mercè, dilette amiche "Bolero" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Liping Zhang (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giordano Bellincampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franco Ferraris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
La fille du régiment: Par le rang...Salut à la France by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Elements Chamber Choir,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Producer: Tony Locantro. 
Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Poro, Rè dell'Indie, HWV 28: Caro amico amplesso! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano), Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Idomeneo, K 366: Tranquillo è il mar...Vedrommi intorno by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Lucrezia Borgia: Il segreto per esser felice "Brindisi" by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Vivica Genaux (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Un ballo in maschera: Di' tu se fedele by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Reri Grist (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Benvenuto Cellini: Tra-la-la...mais qu'ai-je donc? by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1837; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Arianna in Creta, HWV 32: Ove son, qual orrore?...Qui ti sfido, o mostro infame! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: London, England (1721 - 1734). 
Aida: O terra addio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Mezzo Soprano), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Voices,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
La Rondine: Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
La finta giardiniera, K 196: Và pure ad altri in braccio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Louis Langrée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  David Daniels (Countertenor), David Daniels (Tenor)
Conductor:  Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1762).
Composition revised: Paris, France (1774). 
Die tote Stadt, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb "Mariettalied" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Rake's Progress: My father!...I go to him by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Kate Royal (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Der fliegende Holländer: Wohl kenn' ich Weibes heil'ge Pflichten by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Don Carlos: O don fatale by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (03/11/1867).
Composition revised: Naples, Italy (1872).
Composition revised: La Scala Opera House, Milan, Italy (01/10/1884). 
Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Sarah Brightman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Bateman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Chiara Ferrau. 
La Périchole: Vous a-ton dit souvent by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Michael Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1874; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Sorgi il dì, HWV 72 "Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo": Precipitoso nel mar che freme by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Laurent Naouri (Baritone)
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Un bel di vedremo (Butterfly)
Porgy and Bess : Bess You Is My Woman
La Traviata: Scena, aria e cabaletta: Lunge da lei...De' miei bollenti...O mio rimorso (Alfredo)
La Sonnambula, Act 1, Scene 1: Care compagne, e voi, teneri amici (Amina/Coro)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Tutto ho tentato... (Fritz/Coro)
Radamisto, Atto 2, Scena 8: Aria: Vanne, sorella ingrata (Radamisto)
Così fan tutte K588: Un' aura amorosa (Act 1)
Die Zauberflöte: O zittre nicht (Königin der Nacht)
Don Carlo, Act 1 (1986 Digital Remaster): Io l'ho perduta ..lo la vidi
Roméo et Juliette, 'Romeo and Juliet' (1997 Digital Remaster): Je veux vivre (Waltz)
Die Zauberflöte, Act One: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (Papageno)
Tannhauser (Act 2) (Dich teure Halle) (Elizabeth's Aria)
Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, Cantata: Aria: Precipitoso nel mar che freme (Polifemo)
La Belle Hélène, ACTE I: Couplets: Amours divins (Hélène/Choeur des jeunes filles)
Orlando finto pazzo: Se in ogni guardo (Argillano)
Ponchielli: La Gioconda, Atto Quarto (Il Canal Orfano), Preludio, scena ed aria: Suicidio!....In questi fieri momenti (Gioconda)
Manon, Acte 2: En fermant les yeux je vois là bas (Des Grieux/Manon)
I vespri Siciliani: Mercè, dilette amiche
Turandot: Nessun dorma (Act III) (2009 Digital Remaster)
La Fille du régiment, ACT 2: C'en est donc fait ...Salut à la France
Werther: Toute mon âme est là!...Pourquoi me réveiller ô souffle du printemps? (Werther)
Poro: Duet: Caro amico amplesso! (Act 2, Scene 2)
Idomeneo KV 366, Act 1, Scene IX: Aria: Vedrommi intorno l'ombra dolente (Idomeneo)
Lucrezia Borgia: Il Segreto per esser felici
Un Ballo in Maschera (1985 Digital Remaster): Su, profetessa ... Di' tu se fedele (Act 1)
Non so più cosa son (from Le Nozze di Figaro K492)
Benvenuto Cellini, Act 2 - Quatrieme Tableau: Air - Mais, qu'ai-je donc? (Ascanio)
Arianna in Creta: Ove son... Qui ti sfido - Teseo
Aida: O terra, addio (Radames/Aida/Sacerdoti e Sacerdotesse/Amneris - Act IV Finale)
La Rondine Act I: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (2002 Digital Remaster)
L'Elisir d'amore: Aria: Una furtiva lagrima (Nemorino)
La finta giardiniera: Va pure as altri (Ramiro)
Aria: Che farò senza Euridice? (Orfeo ed Euridice)
Die tote Stadt: Mariettas Lied: Glück, das mir verblieb
La Périchole - Acte I - N°5 Séguédille : Vous A-T'on Dit Souvent (Piquillo, La Périchole)
Adriana Lecouvreur: Ecco: respiro appena...Io son l'umile ancella
My father! Can I desert him...I go, I go to him (The Rake's Progress)
Der fliegende Holländer: Act II - Wie aus der Ferne
Don Carlo (1997 Digital Remaster): O don fatale (Act 3)

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