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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Opera d'Oro presents the opera lover with a wonderful selection of live opera performances that range from star-studded favorites to more obscure works whose recordings are few and far between, with most titles offered either with or without a libretto. This month, ArkivMusic has the entire Opera d'Oro label on sale.

Here are a few of our top picks from Opera d'Oro's vast catalog of recordings:

Bizet: Carmen / Verrett, Domingo, van Dam, Solti
The finest all-around Carmen on discs remains this Solti-led 1973 performance from Covent Garden: Verrett, Domingo, Te Kanawa, and van Dam sing rings around almost all of the competition individually, and as a dramatic whole, the opera really works. $16.99 (3 CDs)
Also available with libretto

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Ghiaurov, Karajan
Nicolai Ghiaurov was at the top of his form when this was recorded; before an attentive and sympathetic Salzburg audience, his Boris is richly defined. Jurinac, Kelemen, and Karajan are also exemplary, and Borg is only slightly less than that. $29.99 (3 CDs + Libretto)

Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust / Gedda, Horne, Pretre
Nicolai Gedda’s understanding of French style is a marvel, and he is matched by the urbanity of Roger Soyer’s Mephisto. Marilyn Horne as Marguerite turns in one of the best performances of the role on disc. $11.99 (2 CDs)
Also available with libretto

Hindemith: Cardillac / Fischer-Dieskau, Soderstrom
The best recording of Hindemith’s most dramatic opera. Fischer-Dieskau’s Cardillac is a potent central figure, as scary an operatic villain as can be found on records. $11.99 (2 CDs)
Also available with libretto

Weber: Der Freischutz / Grummer, Streich, Kleiber
Erich Kleiber leads a performance that strikes the ideal medium between Classicism and folk heritage, with superb singing and characterization from Elisabeth Grümmer, Rita Streich, Hans Hopf, and more. $11.99 (2 CDs)
Also available with libretto

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Kleiber, Bayreuth
A performance that demands to be heard. The masterful conducting of Carlos Kleiber grabs your attention from the start and does not let go. $29.99 (3 CDs + Libretto)

Verdi: Ernani / Caballe, Prevedi, Christoff
Among the greatest recordings of this opera ever made, in excellent sound. Caballé is in the prime of her career. Gavazzeni leads his orchestra as if the devil himself were on his heels. $11.99 (2 CDs)
Also available with libretto

Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots / Gedda, Marzendorfer
Everyone in this performance exemplifies the proper Meyerbeer style. If you don’t have chills up your spine when Gedda launches that unbelievable high C in the midst of the Marguerite-Raoul duet, you’re not human. On top of this, Märzendorfer’s conducting is unerringly right. $11.99 (2 CDs)

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Konya, Mesple
This performance is alive: The villains sneer; Hoffman is ecstatic; Antonia is vulnerable and loving, Giulietta hard of heart and contriving; the comic roles are funny. Sándor Kónya sounds positively radiant as Hoffmann, Mady Mesplé is as sparkling as champagne, and Heather Harper is an outstanding Antonia. $11.99 (2 CDs)
Also available with libretto

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur / Olivero, Corelli, Rossi
Perhaps the most acclaimed performance of Cilea’s opera ever given. Opera d’Oro’s remarkably clean, clear restoration makes this the issue of choice. Essential. $11.99 (2 CDs)
Also available with libretto

Catalani: Loreley / Suliotis, Gavazzeni
Loreley's story is interesting, and the music is lovely. The cast features Elena Suliotis, who in her prime (as heard here) was considered the next Callas; she chews up the scenery. The rest of the cast is good, too, and Gavazzeni brings out the best in the score. $11.99 (2 CDs)
Also available with libretto

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Varnay, Hotter, Windgassen, Krauss
Hear this Ring, and find out what this music, and Richard Wagner, are all about. Includes full libretto and English translation. $49.99 (14 CDs)

View more of our featured Opera d'Oro titles as well as the rest of their catalog while it is all on sale. (Sale ends at midnight ET on January 31.)

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

The Arkiv Team