- Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act I: Au Fond Du Temple Saint - Georges Bizet - Ernest Blanc - Theatre National de L'opera-Comique Choeur et Orchestre - Pierre Dervaux - Nicolai Gedda - Ruud de Kemp
- Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act I: Vogliatemi Bene, Un Bene Piccolino - Giacomo Puccini - John Barbirolli - Carlo Bergonzi - Rome Opera Theater Orchestra - Renata Scotto - Ruud de Kemp
- Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 3: Sull'aria - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Daniel Barenboim - Judith Blegen - English Chamber Orchestra - Heather Harper - Ruud de Kemp
- La Traviata, opera: Act I: Un Di, Felice, Eterea - Giuseppe Verdi - Carlo del Monte - Victoria de Los Angeles - Rome Opera Theater Orchestra - Tullio Serafin - Ruud de Kemp
- Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act I: Ah! Verranna A Te Sull'Aure - Gaetano Donizetti - Edita Gruberová - Alfredo Kraus - Nicola Rescigno - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Ruud de Kemp
- Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act II: O Sink Hernieder, Nacht Der Lieb - Richard Wagner - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Helga Dernesch - Herbert von Karajan - Jon Vickers - Ruud de Kemp
- Carmen, opera: Act I: Parle-Moi De Ma Mère - Georges Bizet - Thomas Beecham - Nicolai Gedda - ORTF National Orchestra - Janine Micheau - Ruud de Kemp
- Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act I: Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - Wolfgang Brendel - Bernard Haitink - Lucia Popp - Ruud de Kemp
- Lakmé, opera: Act 1: Viens, Mallika...Sous Dome Epais (flower du - Léo Delibes - Theatre National de L'opera-Comique Choeur et Orchestre - Alain Lombard - Mady Mesplé - Danielle Millet - Ruud de Kemp
- Rigoletto, opera: Act I: É Il Sol Dell'Anima - Giuseppe Verdi - Nicolai Gedda - Francesco Molinari-Pradelli - Rome Opera Theater Orchestra - Ruud de Kemp - Reri Grist
- Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Act II: Mir Ist Die Ehre Widerfahren - Richard Strauss - Herbert von Karajan - Christa Ludwig - New Philharmonia Orchestra - Teresa Stich-Randall - Ruud de Kemp
- Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1: Là Ci Darem La Mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Carlo Maria Giulini - New Philharmonia Orchestra - Graziella Sciutti - Eberhard Wächter - Ruud de Kemp
- La bohème, opera: Act 4: O Mimi, Tu Più Non Torni - Giacomo Puccini - Nicolai Gedda - Rome Opera Theater Orchestra - Thomas Schippers - Mario Sereni - Ruud de Kemp
- Il Trovatore, opera: Act IV: Miserere...Quel Suon, Quelle Preci - Giuseppe Verdi - Leontyne Price - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Franco Bonisolli - Herbert von Karajan - Ruud de Kemp
The Most Famous Opera Duets
EMI's The Most Famous Opera Duets is a decent collection of excerpts that delivers on enough of its promise to be forgiven its superlative title. A few notable blockbusters are missing, like "O soave fanciulla" from "La boh�me" and the evening prayer from "Hansel and Gretel," but overall the collection covers its territory well -- from the famous "Flower Duet" from "Lakm�" to "Sull'aria" from "The Marriage of Figaro." The recordings themselves are culled from EMI's catalog of complete operas, and so the quality is consistently good, though only a few of the excerpts here could be considered the best examples of their kind (Mady Mespl�'s "Lakm�" headlines that group). Perhaps by mistake, or perhaps not, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf receives top billing on the front cover's list of singers even though she doesn't appear anywhere on the album. And, even though these sorts of collections are more for pleasure listening than study, the complete absence of texts and translations means that if listeners do get curious about the words they'll be out of luck. The entire package could have used more love and attention, but it still makes for good listening. Mission accomplished, but without any flair.
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For the price of this CD, it's actually quite good. The quality isn't amazing, but it does provide a nice overview of some of opera's greatest duets. If nothing else, it's a wonderful springboard from which to learn about various operas.
If you know anything about opera, then you know that this is a good CD just by looking at the song titles and from which opera they come from. The singers do an excellent job on each of these well-loved songs.
These are all superb artists, performing at the very top of their game. Buy this recording. It's remarkable.