Customer Reviews for: French Opera Masterworks

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 Easy on the Ear April 20, 2013
By E. Barnes (Herndon, VA) -- See All My Reviews
You can get recordings of live performances of operas all over the place. Many are not terribly listenable for one reason or another, but all of these are quite easy on the ear, and you can't beat the price. Richard Tucker gives us a superb Eleazar in La Juive (Covent Garden, 1973). Nicolai Gedda, Marilyn Horne and Georges Pretre give us a brisk La Damnation de Faust of thrilling immediacy (Rome Opera, 1969). Gounod's Faust features Mirella Freni in her prime and a dependable Nicolai Ghiaurov (La Scala, 1967). Probably the best recorded opera of the set is Carmen with Shirley Verrett, Placido Domingo, and Kiri Te Kanawa. It's a performance of the Opera Comique version (not the grand opera version) with spoken dialogue and an all-in Georg Solti conducting (Covent Garden, 1973). Jon Vickers hits one out of the park as Samson in Samson et Delila (Netherlands Radio broadcast, 1964). Finally, an all-Italian cast acquit themselves wonderfully in Lakme (Martina Franc Festival, 1991). Some great ear candy here for the jaded opera lover. Report Abuse

 Masterworks indeed! April 11, 2013
By Robert Elden (New York, NY) -- See All My Reviews
I never expected to be as bowled over as I have been listening to the six operas contained in this boxed collection. Each of the many artists performing in these recordings has been caught in their glorious prime. Each and every voice is resplendent and collectively they vocally capture their character's emotions effortlessly and with deep conviction. This compilation is indeed to be treasured....and what a bargain! Report Abuse

 great opera at a price April 9, 2013
By daniel abrahams (palm bay, FL) -- See All My Reviews
pleasantly surprised not many recordigs of la juive an so if that was the only recording in the box i would have purchased it Report Abuse

 great opera collection April 9, 2013
By philip g. (succasunna, NJ) -- See All My Reviews
The French Opera Masterworks collection is a set of great performances. I particularly enjoyed Carmen and Lakme. At $9.99 it is difficult to pass by. The only downside is if applause bothers you. Report Abuse

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