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Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

ArkivMusic continues to focus on great deals in our clearance section by turning our attention to some wonderful complete-opera recordings available at discounts of 50% off and more. Build up your opera library with repertoire favorites from Verdi, Wagner, Mozart, Puccini, and more, featuring artists such as Nilsson, Pavarotti, Tebaldi, Domingo, Te Kanawa, Terfel, and Caballé. Remember, stock is limited at these prices, and there are no backorders, so act now!

Here are a dozen of these terrific opera bargains waiting in store:

Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Nilsson, Bohm
Later recordings are hardly likely to surpass the conductor, orchestra, and cast assembled here.
$19.99 (3 CDs) – 60% Off List Price!

Verdi: Falstaff / Bruson, Giulini
Altogether rewarding and appealing; musical, dramatic, and sonic values are high. Giulini leads a sparkling and vivacious reading. The orchestra and chorus beautifully capture the variety of the opera's moods. The cast is just what one would hope for in an opera that's such an ensemble piece.
$7.99 (2 CDs) – 55% Off List Price!

Mozart: Don Giovanni / Gilfry, Orgonasova, Gardiner
A ClassicsToday Reference Recording! For sheer theatrical élan, and a wonderfully truthful and lifelike recording, this is now at the top of my pile. Gilfry's Giovanni is an obvious charmer, suave and appealing, and as accomplished as any on disc.
$19.99 (3 CDs) – 60% Off List Price!

Giordano: Andrea Chenier / Pavarotti, Caballe, Chailly
This is undoubtedly the best-recorded and probably the best-conducted Chenier we've yet had. Chenier stands or falls by its three principals. All three here perform eloquently.
$13.99 (2 CDs) – Nearly 60% Off List Price!

Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Domingo, Battle, Abbado
The most comical and enjoyable performance of Il barbiere put on record since the old classic Columbia set from 1929. I certainly can’t imagine a better recording or performance of this opera. This one is a true classic.
$14.99 (2 CDs) – Over 60% Off List Price!

Wagner: Lohengrin / Thomas, Silja, Varnay, Sawallisch
Here is a real interpretation, executed with such intensity and excitement that Wieland's production can easily be conjured up in the mind's eye. Here, too, are several great singing actors who impart flesh-and-blood accounts of their roles. And we have the Bayreuth orchestra and chorus at its very best.
$12.99 (3 CDs) – Over 60% Off List Price!

Puccini: La Boheme / Alagna, Gheorghiu, Chailly
Gheorghiu and Alagna take us into the new millennium with a recording that ranks among the very best. This may be Chailly's finest work on disc.
$11.99 (2 CDs) – Over 70% Off List Price!

Verdi: Aida / Tebaldi, Stignani, Del Monaco, Erede
One of Norman Lebrecht's 100 Best Classical Recordings Ever Made! Tebaldi was at her peak. "O patra mia" is not sung like this very often in any decade, and the two great duets which succeed it show Tebaldi as the artist. Ebe Stignani is also magnificent.
$7.99 (2 CDs) – 55% Off List Price!

Gounod: Faust / Araiza, Te Kanawa, Davis
A most satisfying performance. Davis has generated just the sense of a live and lively performance seldom found on rival recordings. He obviously cherishes the work, lavishes immense care on Gounod's felicitous scoring, and persuades his Bavarian forces to lift the rhythms in a really Beechamesque manner.
$14.99 (3 CDs) – Over 55% Off List Price!

Rossini: William Tell / Milnes, Pavarotti, Freni, Chailly
Chailly's is a forceful reading, particularly strong in the many ensembles, and superbly recorded. Milnes makes a heroic Tell, and Pavarotti sings with glowing tone. Ghiaurov too is in splendid voice, while Freni provides dramatic strength as well as sweetness. The recording comes out spectacularly.
$24.99 (4 CDs) – Over 60% Off List Price!

Beethoven: Fidelio / Ludwig, Vickers, Berry, Karajan
This all-star recording has a cast of singers who were legendary in these roles in Christa Ludwig, Jon Vickers, and Walter Berry. Karajan leads a dynamic, vigorous reading of the score that highlights its theatrical urgency, and the chorus and orchestra perform with focused intensity and brilliant sound.
$12.99 (2 CDs) – Over 65% Off List Price!

Verdi: Macbeth / Sinopoli, Zampieri, Bruson, Shicoff, Lloyd
What this performance triumphantly confirms is the extraordinary voltage of intensity that Sinopoli creates in the recording studio. Convincingly integrated as a fully mature Verdi opera, this version gives the central relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth a truly Shakespearean subtlety in its light and shade. (3 CDs)

View all of our complete-opera clearance titles as well as our featured clearance CDs and clearance collections, or browse our entire clearance section to load up on a lot of great music at a tremendous discount. (Sale ends at midnight ET July 7.)

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

The Arkiv Team