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Deluxe Operas - Five Legendary Opera Recordings

Opera Deluxe Box: Carmen Die Zauberflote
Release Date: 07/31/2020 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 546617  
Composer:  Georges BizetWolfgang Amadeus MozartGiacomo PucciniGiuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Xavier DeprazMichel HamelErnest BlancVictoria de los Angeles,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Thomas BeechamOtto KlempererCarlo Maria GiuliniGeorges Prêtre,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion FrançaisePhilharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 12 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These five Legendary Opera Recordings in their recent deluxe version (from 2016) are put together in a deluxe rigid slipcase.

Each of these releases offers optimum sound quality. The four releases originally recorded using analogue techniques (Carmen, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Tosca) have all been remastered in 2016 in 24-bit/96kHz at Abbey Road Studios using the latest technology, while La traviata benefits from its stunning original digital recording.


Excerpts of reviews from select, previously released volumes included in this set:

Bizet: Carmen / Gedda, de los Angeles, Beecham, ORTF:

The pleasure of hearing an entirely francophone cast
Read more surrounding the leading couple is immense.

– Gramophone

Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Klemperer, Gedda, Schwarzkopf, Philharmonia Orchestra:

The recording boasts one of the starriest casts ever assembled.

– Gramophone

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Works on This Recording

Carmen by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Xavier Depraz (Bass), Michel Hamel (Tenor), Ernest Blanc (Baritone),
Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Denise Monteil (Soprano),
Janine Micheau (Soprano), Marcelle Croisier (Soprano), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone),
Monique Linval (Soprano), Bernard Plantey (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Die Zauberflöte, K 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Marga Höffgen (Alto), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano),
Ruth Margaret Pütz (Soprano), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano),
Lucia Popp (Soprano), Walter Berry (Bass Baritone), Gerhard Unger (Voice),
Franz Crass (Bass), Gottlob Frick (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Don Giovanni, K 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Graziella Sciutti (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague 
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renata Scotto (Soprano), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 

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