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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Fall is here, and so is opera season at the Met. What better time to kick off our Fall Opera Sale at ArkivMusic? Every complete-opera CD and DVD is on sale, along with a selection of new and notable vocal recital discs.

Here are our current top opera picks to start your opera season off right:


Opera Baroque
This luxurious set from Harmonia Mundi celebrates Baroque opera with 17 complete operas, including two on DVD. The finest performers are assembled here under the direction of René Jacobs and William Christie. $129.99 (39 CDs + 3 DVDs)

Richard Wagner - Great Recordings
This box from Sony Classical celebrates the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth, with recordings of complete operas and opera recitals along with orchestral works and piano transcriptions. $47.99 (40 CDs) – New Low Price!

Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable / Hymel, Ciofi, Oren
Director Laurent Pelly breathes new life into Meyerbeer's great spectacle and audaciously entertaining moral fable in this colorful new staging for The Royal Opera. Hymel and Ciofi tackle their immense roles with tremendous panache. $22.99 (2 DVDs) Also on Blu-ray

Verdi: Macbeth / Milnes, Ludwig, Bohm
A spectacular Macbeth, unquestionably the best I've ever heard. As Lady Macbeth, Christa Ludwig offers an unrivaled combination of presence, intellect, and vocal security; she's nothing short of astonishing. $9.99 (2 CDs)

See more operas from Grand Tier for $9.99 each!

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Weikl, Kubiak, Solti
A current offering at the Met, Tchaikovsky's best-known opera receives a memorable recording here from Sir Georg Solti, with a fine cast and an outstanding chorus. $15.49 (2 CDs)

See more CDs from the Decca Opera series on sale!

Rossini: Ciro di Babilonia / Podles, Spyres, Crutchfield
The Biblical story of Belshazzar's hubristic arrogance set against the valor of the young warrrior-leader Cyrus provided the 20-year-old Rossini with a dramatic story with West-Eastern resonances which still speak to us today. $26.99 (DVD) Also on Blu-ray

Masterpieces of Cabaret - Songs by Britten, Schoenberg, Bolcom / Applebaum, Hamelin
This recording is a joy. Soprano Jody Karin Applebaum and her pianist husband Marc-André Hamelin take up a noble tradition established by Joan Morris and William Bolcom and give us hope that the cabaret tradition is in good hands. $12.99 – Newly Reissued by ArkivMusic!

Verdi: Otello / Antonenko, Stoyanova, Muti, Chicago
Riccardo Muti follows up his first recording with the CSO, an acclaimed Verdi Requiem, with this live concert recording of the composer's penultimate opera. Muti makes Otello sound like the dramatic symphony Verdi never wrote. $27.49 (2 CDs)

All CSO Resound CDs are on sale now!

Maria Callas - Living & Dying for Art & Love
Franco Zeffirelli’s legendary Tosca and the production’s resonance with Maria Callas’s own extraordinary story are the focus of this documentary, which draws on rare archival footage and a wealth of documents and stills. $11.49 (DVD)

Wagner at The Met
Wagner at The Met is the first authorized release of Wagner’s operatic masterpieces, including the complete Ring Cycle, captured live in historic broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera. This is required for any self-respecting Wagnerian. $44.99 (25 CDs)

The Verdi Album / Jonas Kaufmann [Deluxe Edition]
Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann's debut album for Sony Classical celebrates Verdi's bicentenary with a dozen of the composer's most popular arias. This limited-edition deluxe version includes a bonus track and an additional booklet on Verdi's life and music. $13.99

Wagner: Rienzi / Kerl, Schonberg, Sindram, Steinberg
Rienzi was Wagner's first success, and this DVD gives a good sense of what he was doing at 26. Steinberg’s leadership is faultless, with forward propulsion that turns the opera into real drama. He gets superb playing from the orchestra and glorious choral work. $23.49 (2 DVDs) Also on Blu-ray

Original Masters - Mado Robin Sings Lakmé
This classic, authentically French recording of Lakmé from 1952 is still the one to own. Limited stock! $6.99 (2 CDs)

French Songs & Arias / Kiri Te Kanawa
The glorious voice of Kiri Te Kanawa in a charming program of music by Duparc, Ravel, Charpentier, Debussy, and Berlioz. $4.99

See our select EMI Encore CDs at 5 for $20!*

See all of our featured complete-opera recordings as well as our selection of notable vocal recitals on sale as every complete-opera CD and DVD is on sale now! (Sale ends at midnight ET October 15.)

As always, I thank you for your support and love of classical music.

Eric Feidner
President, ArkivMusic.com
www.ArkivMusic.com