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Placido Domingo / 6 Complete Operas (14-disc Set)

Release Date: 10/16/2007 
Label:  Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog #: 9903   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGiacomo PucciniGeorges BizetFrancesco Cilča
Performer:  Piero CappuccilliFiorenza CossottoPlacido DomingoDimiter Petkov,   ... 
Conductor:  Eliahu InbalNello SantiClaudio AbbadoSir Georg Solti,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena OrchestraVerona Teatro Arena ChorusMilan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 14 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Six complete operas starring the great Plácido Domingo at budget price in one space-saving set, featuring a twenty-four-page booklet with biographies, detailed listings, and historic photos! Exciting live recordings taped 1969–1976. Otello, Don José in Carmen—these are the great Domingo’s most famous roles!

R E V I E W S:

The kind of fanatic enthusiasm Olivero came to inspire can be heard on this recording, as can the justification for it. One of the luckiest things that ever happened to post-war Italian opera was the coaxing out of self-imposed retirement of the forty year old Magda Olivero in January of 1951. The legacy of recorded roles and concerts she has left is a treasure, and this Manon
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-- Ira Siff, Opera News

The finest all-around Carmen on discs remains the Solti-led 1973 performance from Covent Garden on Opera d’Oro: Shirley Verrett, Placido Domingo, Te Kanawa, and José van Dam sing rings around almost all of the competition individually, and as a dramatic whole, the opera really works.

– Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing Carmen, previously released as Opera d'Oro 1358

Placido Domingo has recorded the role of Otello commercially three times (maybe four--who's counting?), and each has something to offer. This performance, opening night at La Scala, 1976, when Domingo had been singing the role only slightly more than a year, is the most thrilling and most vocally secure. If it lacks the ultimate in insights and tragedy, it's hardly empty: even at this stage of his career, Domingo could find the intelligence in each role he sang. His growing impatience with Iago in Act 2, his barely-controlled rage with Desdemona in Act 3, and his towering sadness in the final scene are all the work of a superb singing actor. In addition, the sheer vocal splendor is something to revel in; rarely thereafter were the high notes so brilliant.

Mirella Freni also has been Desdemona in the studio, and here she is just as sweet and sad, perhaps even more-so; her "Ave Maria" is gorgeously sung and deeply felt. Piero Cappuccilli's Iago is a big, broadly-painted portrayal, and while he's not as terrifyingly snide as Tito Gobbi, he's scary enough to want to run from. He ignores most of Verdi's dynamic markings, however, and that's a minus. The rest of the cast is very fine.

Even without such a great cast, Carlos Kleiber's conducting would put this set in the forefront of the competition. It's a driven reading, with tension mounting little by little and no let-up. By the dreadful confrontation in Act 3 it's almost unbearably taut--in a league with Toscanini's rendition. The La Scala forces are somewhat less-disciplined than they ought to be, but that doesn't cut into the set's power. The sonics are a bit thumpy, but I'm carping: this is a remarkable performance.

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing Otello, previously released as Opera d'Oro 1350 Read less

Works on This Recording

Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Dimiter Petkov (Bass), Gianfranco Manganotti (Tenor), Wilma Vernocchi (Soprano),
Takao O Kamura (Baritone), Gianfranco Bertagna (Soprano), Maria Cristina Pedretti (Soprano),
Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Giovanni Foiani (Bass)
Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra,  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1886 
Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Gianfranco Casarini (Bass), Giulio Fioravanti (Baritone), Alfredo Mariotti (Bass),
Carlos Del Bosco (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Franco Federici (Bass),
Franco Ricciardi (Tenor), Magda Olivero (Soprano), Ermanno Lorenzi (Tenor),
Rina Pallini (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra,  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Josella Ligi (Soprano),
Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Luigi Roni (Bass), Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Carmen by Georges Bizet
Performer:  José van Dam (Bass Baritone), Teresa Cahill (Soprano), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Anne Pashley (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Thomas Allen (Baritone),
John Dobson (Tenor), Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Francis Egerton (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilča
Performer:  Gérard Friedmann (Tenor), Emmy Greger (Mezzo Soprano), Orazio Mori (Bass),
Jacques Villisech (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Attilio D'Orazi (Baritone),
Piero de Palma (Tenor), Janet Coster (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianfranco Masini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuliano Cianella (Tenor), Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone),
Dano Raffanti (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Jone Jori (Mezzo Soprano),
Orazio Mori (Bass), Luigi Roni (Bass), Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 Four out of six gets three stars. March 6, 2013 By Allan Clark (Carlsbad, CA) See All My Reviews "These are six live recordings made from 1969 to 1976 in five separate venues. The sound quality varies from listenable down to awful and there are better studio recordings of Domingo in the same roles. The bad news. The Verona recordings—Don Carlo and Manon lescaut—have such bad sound they are worthless. (The microphone for Don Carlo was placed between a man with a cough and the piccolos. Noises abound.) The good news. The other four recordings, taken from the same performances as the higher priced Opera D'Oro sets, have decent sound and good perfomances and constitute a bargain. Domingo sounds great throughout." Report Abuse
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