Great Performances Recorded Live at Covent Garden 1955-1997

Release Date: 9/30/2014
Label: Opus Arte
Catalog Number: OA CD9024D
Number of Discs: 32

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This 32-disc box set collection brings together 12 classic live Royal Opera performances – Tosca, Otello, Cosi fan Tutte, Madama Butterfly, Meistersinger, Don Giovanni and half a dozen more - spanning a period of over forty years, from 1955-97. The set includes many of the world’s greatest operatic performers of the era: Jon Vickers, Joan Sutherland, Janet Baker, Victoria de los Angeles, Cesare Siepi, Sena Jurinac, Boris Christoff, Tito Gobbi, Kiri Te Kanawa, Zinka Milanov and Franco Corelli, amongst others.

Works on This Recording
1. Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano), Ramon Vinay (Tenor), Michael Langdon (Bass), Forbes Robinson (Bass), John Lanigan (Tenor), Noreen Berry (Mezzo Soprano), Otakar Kraus (Baritone), Raymond Nilsson (Tenor), Marian Nowakowski (Bass)
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
2. Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: David Tree (Tenor), Ronald Lewis (Baritone), Michael Langdon (Baritone), Giangiacomo Guelfi (Baritone), Noreen Berry (Soprano), Zinka Milanov (Soprano), Forbes Robinson (Bass), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Rhydderch Davies (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
3. Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Michael Langdon (Bass), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), David Allen (Baritone), John Lanigan (Tenor), Sir Geraint Evans (Bass Baritone), Barbara Howitt (Mezzo Soprano), David Tree (Tenor)
Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
4. Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano), Ava June (Soprano), Jon Vickers (Tenor), Joseph Rouleau (Bass), Michael Langdon (Bass), Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano), Jeanette Sinclair (Soprano), Edgar Evans (Tenor), Boris Christoff (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1886 ;
5. Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor), Robert Bowman (Tenor), John Shaw (Baritone), Margreta Elkins (Mezzo Soprano), Joao Gibin (Tenor), Joseph Rouleau (Bass), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
6. Don Giovanni, K 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Cesare Siepi (Baritone), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Sir Geraint Evans (Baritone), Sena Jurinac (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Prague
7. Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Joan Carlyle (Mezzo Soprano), Ettore Bastianini (Bass), Amy Shuard (Soprano), Jon Vickers (Tenor), Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Edward Downes
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
8. Parsifal by Richard Wagner
Performer: Anne Pashley (Soprano), John Dobson (Tenor), Norman Bailey (Bass Baritone), Donald McIntyre (Bass Baritone), Louis Hendrikx (Bass), David [Tenor] Lennox (Tenor), Michael Langdon (Bass), Edgar Evans (Tenor), Dennis Wicks (Bass), Marjorie Biggar (Mezzo Soprano), Delia Wallis (Mezzo Soprano), Amy Shuard (Soprano), Maurine Keetch (Soprano), Alison Hargan (Soprano), Nan Christie (Soprano), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Anne Howells (Mezzo Soprano), Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882 ; Germany
9. Così fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Van Allan (Bass), Thomas Allen (Baritone), Daniela Mazzucato-Meneghini (Soprano), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Stuart Burrows (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical
Written: 1790 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Alceste by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer: Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Mauritz Sillem (Harpsichord), Robert Tear (Bass), John Shirley-Quirk (Bass)
Period: Classical
Written: 1767 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano), Anna Tomowa-Sintow (Soprano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Kurt Moll (Bass)
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909-1910 ; Germany
12. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner
Performer: Gösta Winbergh (Tenor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), John Tomlinson (Baritone), Nancy Gustafson (Soprano), Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1867 ; Germany
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