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Arena Di Verona - Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida

Puccini / Santi / Oren / Arena Di Verona / Chiara
Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Tdk   Catalog #: 6  
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniGiuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francesca FranciFiorenza CedolinsJuan PonsMarcello Giordani,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel OrenNello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena OrchestraVerona Teatro Arena Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What made this performance stand out was the intense interplay between the protagonists... Marcelo Alvarez’s beautiful voice has grown in heft since I first heard him, six or seven years ago and he has not his lyric qualities. Thus he delivered an arduous Recondita armonia and was truly impassioned in the long duet with Tosca in the first act. His cries of Vittoria! in the second act were blood-chilling and then he showed his real mastery in the last act with a sincere È lucevan le stelle and an O dolci mani that could make an iceberg melt. He acted the role as well as any tenor in my experience... Ruggero Raimondi has all the attributes necessary to depict [Scarpia]... [I]t’s almost thirty years since he first recorded it with Read more Karajan and he still retains so much of a voice that can express nobility and warmth as well as evil...

Fiorenza Cedolins is well equipped to make her an ideal Tosca. She has the prima donna looks and bearing. Her gestures and facial expressions are full of life. She works with small means: just a quick glance, a twist in the corner of her mouth and one knows her feelings... A superb actress! Besides all this she is a superb singer with a Callas-like intensity in the big dramatic moments and a ravishing pianissimo to make time stand still in Vissi d’arte... I don’t know what’s coming up during the remaining months this year, but I feel quite certain that this will be my opera DVD of 2007.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International [reviewing the original release of this performance of Tosca, TDK OPTOV]

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Giacomo Puccini
MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Cio-Cio-San - Fiorenza Cedolins
Suzuki - Francesca Franci
Kate Pinkerton - Mina Blum
B. F. Pinkerton - Marcello Giordani
Sharpless - Juan Pons
Goro - Carlo Bosi
Il prinicipe Yamadori - Alessandro Battiato
Lo zio Bonzo - Carlo Striuli
Il commissario imperiale - Angelo Nardigocchi
L’ufficiale del registro - Giovanni Scordino
La madre di Cio-Cio-San - Veronica Simeoni
La cugina die Cio-Cio-San - Maria Letizia Grosselli

Coro dell'Arena di Verona
Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona
Daniel Oren, conductor

Franco Zeffirelli, stage director

Recorded at the Arena di Verona, July 2004

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Giacomo Puccini
TOSCA

Floria Tosca – Fiorenza Cedolins
Mario Cavaradossi – Marcelo Alvarez
Il barone Scarpia – Ruggero Raimondi
Cesare Angelotti – Marco Spotti
Il sagrestano – Fabio Previati
Spoletta – Enrico Facini
Sciarrone – Giuliano Pelizon
Un carceriere – Angelo Nardinocchi
Un pastorello – Ottavia Dorrucci

Coro dell'Arena di Verona
Coro di voci bianche "A.Li.Ve"
Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona
Daniel Oren, conductor

Hugo de Ana, stage director

Recorded live at the Arena di Verona, July 2006

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Giuseppe Verdi
Aida

Aida – Maria Chiara
Amneris – Dolora Zajick
Radames – Kristjan Johannsson
Amonasro – Juan Pons
Ramfis – Nicola Ghiuselev
Il Re – Carlo Striuli
Sacerdotessa – Anna Schiatti
Un messaggero – Angelo Casertano

Coro dell'Arena di Verona
Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona
Nello Santi Nello Santi, conductor

Gianfranco de Bosio, stage director

Recorded at the Arena di Verona, 1992

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Picture format: NTSC 16:9 (Butterfly, Tosca), 4:3 (Aida)
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1 (Butterfly, Tosca), PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 (Aida)
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Menu language: English
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Running time: 6 hours 47 mins
No. of DVDs: 3 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

1. Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Francesca Franci (Mezzo Soprano), Fiorenza Cedolins (Soprano), Juan Pons (Baritone),
Marcello Giordani (Tenor), Carlo Striuli (Bass), Carlo Bosi (Tenor),
Mina Blum (Soprano), Alessandro Battiato (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra,  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
2. Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Fabio Previati (Baritone), Enrico Facini (Tenor), Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor),
Fiorenza Cedolins (Soprano), Marco Spotti (Bass), Ruggero Raimondi (Bass)
Conductor:  Daniel Oren
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra,  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
3. Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nicolai Ghiuselev (Bass), Dolora Zajic (Mezzo Soprano), Kristijan Johannsson (Tenor),
Juan Pons (Baritone), Maria Chiara (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra,  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 

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