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Heroes & Villains - Opera's Leading Men


Release Date: 06/01/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001433902   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGiacomo PucciniWolfgang Amadeus MozartGaetano Donizetti,   ... 
Performer:  Luciano PavarottiRolando VillazónBoaz DanielBryn Terfel,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard BonyngeRiccardo ChaillyBertrand De BillySir Georg Solti,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraBologna Teatro Comunale OrchestraBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Works on This Recording

1. 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 
2. Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
3. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
4. La Bohème: O Mimì, tu più non torni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor), Boaz Daniel (Bass)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
5. Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
6. Don Giovanni, K 527: Finch' han dal vino [Brindisi] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
7. L'Elisir d'Amore: Quanto è bella! Quanto è cara! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Elena Dan (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Chorus,  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
8. L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
9. Faust: Le veau d'or est toujours debout by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Evgeny Nesterenko (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
10. Faust: Salut! demeure chaste et pure by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Francisco Araiza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
11. Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
12. Un ballo in maschera: La rivedrà nell' estasi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renato Bruson (Baritone), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor),
Robert Lloyd (Bass), Malcolm King (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
13. Un ballo in maschera: Eri tu che m'acchiave quell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sherrill Milnes (Baritone)
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
14. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
15. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: O Isis und Osiris by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kurt Moll (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
16. Cavalleria Rusticana: O Lola, ch'ai di latti la cammisa by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
17. Don Carlos: Dio, che nell' alma infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Tugomir Franc (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
18. Don Carlos: O Carlo, ascolta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
19. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
20. Tosca: Tre sbirri, una carrozza...Te Deum by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ingvar Wixell (Baritone), Piero de Palma (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
21. Carmen: Votre toast je peu vous le rendre "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano), Norma Burrowes (Soprano), Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano),
José Van Dam (Bass Baritone), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
22. Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
23. Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
24. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
25. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Hai già vinta la causa!...Vedrò, metr'io sospiro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
26. I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
27. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor), José Van Dam (Bass Baritone), René Pape (Bass),
Karita Mattila (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
28. La traviata: Lunge da lei...De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
29. La traviata: Di Provenza il mar by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
30. Andrea Chénier: Come un bel dì di maggio by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
31. Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Victor Braun (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
32. Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Aldo Protti (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
33. Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tom Krause (Baritone), Nello Romanato (Tenor), Mario Del Monaco (Tenor),
Fernando Corena (Bass)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
34. Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
35. Les pêcheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor:  Robin Stapleton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
36. La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniele Callegari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Written: 1876 
37. Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
38. Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 

Sound Samples

Rigoletto / Act 3: "La donna è mobile"
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Questa o quella" (Ballata)
La Bohème / Act 1: "Che gelida manina"
La Bohème / Act 4: O Mimì, tu più non torni
Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 / Act 2: "Deh! vieni alla finestra"
Don Giovanni / Act 1: Champagne Aria
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Quanto è bella, quanto è cara!"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Una furtiva lagrima"
Faust / Act 2: Ronde du veau d'or
Faust / Act 3: Salut! Demeure chaste et pure
Lohengrin / Act 3: "In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten"
Un ballo in maschera / Act 1: "La rivedrà nell'estasi...Il cenno mio"
Un ballo in maschera / Act 3: "Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima"
Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 1: "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön"
Die Zauberflöte / Act 2: "O Isis und Osiris"
Cavalleria rusticana: "O lola ch'ai di latti la cammisa" (Siciliana)
Don Carlo / Act 2: "Dio, che nell'alma infodere"
Don Carlo / Act 4: "O Carlo, ascolta"
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
Tosca / Act 1: "Tre sbirri... Una carozza... Presto" - Te Deum
Carmen / Act 1: Toreador Song
Carmen / Act 2: Flower Song
Il Trovatore / Act 3: "Di quella pira"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 1: "Non più andrai"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 3: Hai già vinta la causa!...Vedrò mentr'io sospiro...
Pagliacci - Act 1: "Recitar!" - "Vesti la giubba"
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Act 3: Prize Song
La traviata / Act 2: "Lunge da lei" - "De' miei bollenti spiriti"
La traviata / Act 2: "Di Provenza il mar, il suol"
Andrea Chénier / Act 4: Come un bel dì di maggio
Tannhäuser - Paris version / Act 3: "O du mein holder Abendstern"
Otello / Act 2: Credo in un Dio crudel
Otello / Act 4: Niun mi tema
Werther / Act 3: "Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps?"
Les Pecheurs des Perles / Act 1: "Au fond du temple saint"
La Gioconda / Act 2: "Cielo e mar"
Manon Lescaut / Act 1: "Donna non vidi mai"
Turandot / Act 3: Nessun dorma!

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