Opera 2012

Opera 2012

by Roberto Alagna
     
 

The selections from Opera 2012 are drawn from Decca's huge archive of recordings spanning over 50 years. The majority of the singers were active in 2012, but there is a healthy sampling of performances that date as far back as the 1950s. There's also a handful of artists who had fairly recently emerged as international stars in 2012, including soprano See more details below

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The selections from Opera 2012 are drawn from Decca's huge archive of recordings spanning over 50 years. The majority of the singers were active in 2012, but there is a healthy sampling of performances that date as far back as the 1950s. There's also a handful of artists who had fairly recently emerged as international stars in 2012, including soprano Mojca Erdmann, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, and tenor Joseph Calleja. The selections trend toward the soothing or the poignant, although there are exceptions, such as the fiery "Di quella pira" from "Il Trovatore" and "Ride of the Valkyries" from "Die Walküre." Most of the selections are solos, but there are several small ensembles as well as an assortment of choruses. By far, the majority of the pieces come from works from the standard repertoire of the Romantic and post-Romantic eras, although the Classical period is represented by Mozart, and the Baroque by Purcell, along with some rarities by Handel and Vivaldi. With such an extensive resource of recordings, the tracks Decca has chosen for this recording are never less than excellent. The sound improves with the more recent recordings, but even the earliest are very good. The album makes a good choice for anyone looking for an introduction to opera, or anyone interested in a miscellaneous collection of stellar singing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2012
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947836414
catalogNumber:
001675802
Rank:
124887

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 2. Voi che sapete

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Lyon National Opera Orchestra
    • Joyce DiDonato
    • Kazushi Ono
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 2. Voi che sapete  (02:54)
  2. Il Trovatore, opera: Act 3. Di quella pira

    • Giuseppe Verdi
    • Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Zubin Mehta
    • Andrea Bocelli
    • Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Choir
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 3. Di quella pira  (03:16)
  3. I Capuleti e i Montecchi, opera: Act 1. Oh! quante volte

    • Vicenzo Bellini
    • Vienna Symphony Orchestra
    • Fabio Luisi
    • Anna Netrebko
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Oh! quante volte  (04:24)
  4. Andrea Chénier, opera: Act 4. Come un bel dì di maggio

    • Umberto Giordano
    • Antonio Pappano
    • Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra Rome
    • Jonas Kaufmann
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 4. Come un bel dì di maggio  (02:49)
  5. Farnace, opera in 3 acts, RV 711: Act 2. Gelido in ogni vena

    • Antonio Vivaldi
    • Giovanni Antonini
    • Il Giardino Armonico
    • Cecilia Bartoli
    • Chris Hazell
    • Claudio Osele
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 2. Gelido in ogni vena  (05:09)
  6. Tosca, opera: Act 3. E lucevan le stelle

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Marco Armiliato
    • L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    • Joseph Calleja
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 3. E lucevan le stelle  (03:04)
  7. Roberto Devereux (Il Conte di Essex), opera: Act 1. All'afflitto è dolce il pianto

    • Gaetano Donizetti
    • Roberto Abbado
    • I Filarmonici del teatro comunale di Bologna
    • Elina Garanca
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. All'afflitto è dolce il pianto  (03:34)
  8. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Deh! vieni alla finestra

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Georg Solti
    • Bryn Terfel
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 2. Deh! vieni alla finestra  (02:17)
  9. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
    • Shaun Mills
    • Aleksandra Kurzak
    • Omer Meir Wellber
    1. O mio babbino caro  (02:18)
  10. Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Questo o quella

    • Giuseppe Verdi
    • Richard Bonynge
    • London Symphony Orchestra
    • Luciano Pavarotti
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Questo o quella  (01:49)
  11. Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Gualtier Maldè...Caro nome

    • Giuseppe Verdi
    • Joan Sutherland
    • Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
    • Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden
    • Royal Opera House Chorus Covent Garden
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Gualtier Maldè...Caro nome  (06:19)
  12. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 3. Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat (Pilgrim's

    • Richard Wagner
    • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Victor Braun
    • Vienna State Opera Chorus
    • Helga Dernesch
    • Georg Solti
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 3. Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat (Pilgrim's Chorus)  (05:02)
  13. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Cielo e mar

    • Amilcare Ponchielli
    • Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra
    • Rolando Villazón
    • Daniele Callegari
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 2. Cielo e mar  (05:14)
  14. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 1. Cara speme, questo core tu cominci

    • George Frideric Handel
    • Magdalena Kozená
    • Andrea Marcon
    • Venice Baroque Orchestra
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Cara speme, questo core tu cominci  (05:56)
  15. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 1. Soave sia il vento

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Brigitte Fassbaender
    • István Kertész
    • Tom Krause
    • Lucia Popp
    • Vienna Haydn Orchestra
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Soave sia il vento  (02:40)
  16. Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Act 1. Dove sei, amato bene?

    • George Frideric Handel
    • Scholl
    • Accademia Bizantina
    • Ottavio Dantone
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Dove sei, amato bene?  (05:03)
  17. Faust, opera: Act 3. Ô Dieu! que de bijoux!...Ah! je ris de me v

    • Charles Gounod
    • Angela Gheorghiu
    • John Mauceri
    • Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 3. Ô Dieu! que de bijoux!...Ah! je ris de me voir si belle (Jewel Song)  (05:01)
  18. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Ô Dieu! de quelle ivresse

    • Jacques Offenbach
    • Richard Bonynge
    • Plácido Domingo
    • L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 2. Ô Dieu! de quelle ivresse  (02:00)
  19. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 1. Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Teresa Berganza
    • London Symphony Orchestra
    • John Pritchard
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio  (02:51)
  20. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Regina coeli laetare...Inneggiamo, il Signor (East

    • Pietro Mascagni
    • Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    • London Opera Chorus
    • National Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Julia Varady
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Regina coeli laetare...Inneggiamo, il Signor (Easter Hymn)  (05:25)

Disc 2

  1. La fille du régiment, opera: Act 1. Amici miei

    • Gaetano Donizetti
    • Daniel Oren
    • Fernando Bonete Piqueras
    • Cor De La Generalitat Valenciana
    • Juan Diego Flórez
    • Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Amici miei  (07:26)
  2. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 2. Porgi, amor

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Renée Fleming
    • London Symphony Orchestra
    • Georg Solti
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 2. Porgi, amor  (03:55)
  3. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Quanto è bello, quanto è cara!

    • Gaetano Donizetti
    • Roberto Alagna
    • Lyon National Opera Chorus
    • Lyon National Opera Orchestra
    • Elena Dan
    • Evelino Pidò
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Quanto è bello, quanto è cara!  (03:00)
  4. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Act 3. Thy hand, Bellina...When I am laid in earth

    • Henry Purcell
    • Harry Bicket
    • English Concert
    • Danielle de Niese
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 3. Thy hand, Bellina...When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament)  (05:07)
  5. La bohème, opera: Act 1. O soave fanciulla

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Marco Armiliato
    • L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    • Joseph Calleja
    • Shaun Mills
    • Aleksandra Kurzak
    1. Act 1. O soave fanciulla  (04:09)
  6. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Noi siamo zingarelle

    • Giuseppe Verdi
    • Giorgio Gatti
    • Silvia Mazzoni
    • Zubin Mehta
    • Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra
    • Donato di Stefano
    • Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Choir
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 2. Noi siamo zingarelle  (02:45)
  7. Tosca, opera: Act 1. Recondita armonia

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Colin Davis
    • José Carreras
    • Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Recondita armonia  (02:13)
  8. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 1. Volati, Amori

    • George Frideric Handel
    • Patricia Petibon
    • Andrea Marcon
    • Venice Baroque Orchestra
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Volati, Amori  (03:47)
  9. Martha, opera: Act 3. M'apparì

    • Friedrich von Flotow
    • Richard Bonynge
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Luciano Pavarotti
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 3. M'apparì  (03:32)
  10. Casanova, musical comedy (Strauss works arr. by Benatzky): Nuns' Chorus

    • Ralph Benatzky
    • Johann Strauss
    • Douglas Gamley
    • Kiri Te Kanawa
    • Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    • Julius Rudel
    • Utah Symphony Orchestra
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Nuns' Chorus  (03:37)
  11. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Addio, fiorito asil

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Carlo Bergonzi
    • Tullio Serafin
    • Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra Rome
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 2. Addio, fiorito asil  (01:57)
  12. La sonnambula, opera: Act 2. Ah! non giunge uman pensiero

    • Vicenzo Bellini
    • Joan Sutherland
    • Richard Bonynge
    • Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra
    • Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Choir
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 2. Ah! non giunge uman pensiero  (03:56)
  13. Andrea Chénier, opera: Act 3. La mamma morta

    • Umberto Giordano
    • Montserrat Caballé
    • Riccardo Chailly
    • National Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 3. La mamma morta  (05:32)
  14. L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Act 4. Mi batte il cor...O Paradiso

    • Giacomo Meyerbeer
    • Alberto Erede
    • Mario del Monaco
    • New Symphony Orchestra
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 4. Mi batte il cor...O Paradiso  (03:18)
  15. Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Act 1. Gli arredi festivi

    • Giuseppe Verdi
    • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    • Chicago Symphony Chorus
    • Georg Solti
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Gli arredi festivi  (05:05)
  16. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act 2. Ach, ich fühl's es ist verschwunden

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Andrea Marcon
    • Mojca Erdmann
    • La Cetra
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 2. Ach, ich fühl's es ist verschwunden  (04:26)
  17. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Non piangere, Liù

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Franco Patane
    • Giuseppe di Stefano
    • Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra Rome
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 1. Non piangere, Liù  (02:50)
  18. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. In quelle trine morbide

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Maria Chiara Pizzoli
    • Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
    • Nello Santi
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 2. In quelle trine morbide  (02:29)
  19. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Di Provenza il mar, il suol

    • Giuseppe Verdi
    • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    • Deutschen Opernorchester
    • Shaun Mills
    • Lorin Maazel
    1. Act 2. Di Provenza il mar, il suol  (04:41)
  20. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Hojotoho! Hojotoho! (Ride of the Valkyries)

    • Berit Lindholm
    • Richard Wagner
    • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Helga Dernesch
    • Brigitte Fassbaender
    • Claudia Hellmann
    • Birgit Nilsson
    • Georg Solti
    • Helen Watts
    • Vera Schlosser
    • Marilyn Tyler
    • Shaun Mills
    1. Act 3. Hojotoho! Hojotoho! (Ride of the Valkyries)  (06:22)

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