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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Bravissimo Opera Library collects live recordings of some of the greatest singers to ever grace an opera stage and offers sets of 10 to 14 discs at amazing prices. ArkivMusic now has all of these sets on sale, making for even better deals – including four new sets devoted to Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi not available anywhere else.

Below are some of the fantastic bargains available from Bravissimo:

French Opera Masterworks
Seven French masterpieces, including a vibrant La Juive with a superb Richard Tucker and possibly the best all-around Carmen on CD with Solti, Verrett, Te Kanawa, and Domingo. (14 CDs)

Bel Canto - The Beautiful Voices of Italian Opera
Seven bel canto masterpieces, including a 1955 Norma featuring a flawless Callas and a 1969 I puritani with Freni, who never recorded the role of Elvira commercially. (14 CDs)

A Night at the Opera - The World's Greatest Operas
Some of the choicest recordings from the other Bravissimo sets are collected here to make an incredible "Night at the Opera." (14 CDs)

Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, L'italiana in Algeri, La Donna del Lago, Mose
Caballé is ideal in La Donna del Lago, which welcomes the start of the Romantic era in opera. Horne has a simply terrific time, and Abbado's leadership is sheer delight in a L'italiana in Algeri that can't be beat. Ghiaurov is outstanding in Mosè in Egitto, and he all but brings the house down in Il Barbiere. (10 CDs)

The World's Most Romantic Operas
Freni and Pavarotti are in their youthful prime and on top of the world in both the 1969 Manon and the 1973 Bohème, and this Chénier may be the most consistently satisfying one on disc. (14 CDs)

German Opera Masterworks
Six complete operas at budget price! Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is at her freshest in this 1944 Entführung, while Christa Ludwig lives up to her reputation as one of the greatest Leonores in an exciting 1969 Fidelio. (14 CDs)

Shakespeare at the Opera - The Great Adaptations
Seven complete operas based on plays by Shakespeare in exciting live recordings made between 1958–1983. These are among the greatest plays ever written, enhanced by great music. (14 CDs)

Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo, Don Giovanni
This Figaro, live from Salzburg in 1974, is a treat, while Norman, Gedda, and Davis captured in their prime are hard to resist in Idomeneo. Così, also from Salzburg, features singers who were just about the best available, with Hermann Prey, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and more. (12 CDs)

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, L'elisir d'Amore, Maria Stuarda, Gemma di Vergy, Belisario
This L'elisir d'amore reflects all the characteristics that a reference recording needs, and the Lucia is a splendid record of Callas at her best. Caballé and Verrett are excellent in Maria Stuarda, and for a Donizetti completist, this recording of Gemma di Vergy is crucial. (10 CDs)

Verdi: Rigoletto; La Traviata; Un Ballo En Maschera; Don Carlo; Falstaff
Corelli's Don Carlos is instantly valuable, and he is in magnificent voice, while Verrett almost walks away with the show. An amazing Ballo gives us unbridled passion and first-rate singing. Pavarotti and Scotto are together in their primes for Rigoletto, with the tenor at his most engaging. (11 CDs)

Joan Sutherland - Legendary Performances
Seven operas featuring La Stupenda in her youthful prime, including Bellini rarity Beatrice di Tenda as well as Norma, Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, and the 1955 broadcast of the world premiere of Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage. (15 CDs)

Mirella Freni - 6 Complete Operas
This Bohème has a place alongside the best. Pavarotti is simply stellar, and Freni is just about perfect. In the wonderfully Italianate performance of Le nozze di Figaro, the orchestra and chorus are superb. (14 CDs)

Be sure to view all of the bargain boxes from Bravissimo Opera Library on sale now. (Sale ends at midnight ET June 22.)

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

The Arkiv Team