The Opera Album 2011

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Decca's two-disc set Opera Album 2011 collects performances from the late 20th and early 21st centuries by some of the leading singers of their time. There are hardly any singers represented who aren't superstars, so the quality of the performances is often spectacular. In addition to those pictured on the cover, the artists include classic performers Joan Sutherland, Birgit Nilsson, Plácido Domingo, and Hermann Prey; today's stars, such as Angela Gheorghiu, Rolando Villazón, and Jonas Kaufmann; and more. The selections are mostly arias, but several ensembles and choruses are included. The repertoire is weighted very heavily to 19th century Italian opera; two arias each ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Decca's two-disc set Opera Album 2011 collects performances from the late 20th and early 21st centuries by some of the leading singers of their time. There are hardly any singers represented who aren't superstars, so the quality of the performances is often spectacular. In addition to those pictured on the cover, the artists include classic performers Joan Sutherland, Birgit Nilsson, Plácido Domingo, and Hermann Prey; today's stars, such as Angela Gheorghiu, Rolando Villazón, and Jonas Kaufmann; and more. The selections are mostly arias, but several ensembles and choruses are included. The repertoire is weighted very heavily to 19th century Italian opera; two arias each by Handel and Mozart are included, and there are only two in German, but Bizet is well-represented, with five tracks. The accompanying orchestras and conductors are top-notch, and all the recordings come from the stereo or digital eras, so the sound is almost always good. The program notes cite the original recordings from which the selections were taken, making it easy for interested listeners to hear more of particular opera or singer. The album makes a good investment for anyone looking for a collection of operatic selections from the standard repertoire, beautifully performed and recorded.
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  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947829478
  • Catalog Number: 001566102
  • Sales rank: 137,784

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carmen, opera: Act 2. Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre (Toread - Georges Bizet & London Symphony Orchestra (3:52)
  2. 2 La bohème, opera: Act 2. Quando me n'vò (Musetta's Waltz Song) - Giacomo Puccini & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (2:39)
  3. 3 Tosca, opera: Act 3. E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Zubin Mehta (3:13)
  4. 4 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Act 2. Lascia ch'io pianga - George Frideric Handel & Academy of Ancient Music (4:50)
  5. 5 Pagliacci, opera: Act 1. Recitar!... Vesti la giubba - Ruggero Leoncavallo & Antonio Pappano (3:39)
  6. 6 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Act 1. Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana - Alfredo Catalani & Angela Gheorghiu (3:40)
  7. 7 Il Trovatore, opera: Act 2. Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie (Anvil Cho - Giuseppe Verdi & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2:47)
  8. 8 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle) - Jacques Offenbach & Joan Sutherland (4:12)
  9. 9 Rigoletto, opera: Act 4. La donna è mobile - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Bergonzi (2:23)
  10. 10 Carmen, opera: Act 1. L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) - Georges Bizet & John Alldis Choir (4:18)
  11. 11 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Humming Chorus - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Giacomo Puccini (3:07)
  12. 12 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Act 1. Ombra mai fu - George Frideric Handel & Roger Norrington (3:04)
  13. 13 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. Au fond du temple saint (The Pearl Fishers' - Georges Bizet & Nicolai Ghiaurov (6:36)
  14. 14 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Act 1. Una voca poco fa - Gioachino Rossini & Claudio Abbado (5:35)
  15. 15 La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Brindisi) - Giuseppe Verdi & Bavarian State Opera Chorus (2:58)
  16. 16 Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Act 2. Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - Camille Saint-Saëns & Marilyn Horne (6:30)
  17. 17 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Act 1. Mesicku na nebi hlubokém (Song to the Moon) - Antonin Dvorák & Pilar Lorengar (6:14)
  18. 18 Il Trovatore, opera: Act 3. Di quella pira - Giuseppe Verdi & Colin Davis (2:00)
  19. 19 La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Follie! Delirio vano è questo!... Sempre li - Giuseppe Verdi & Kiri Te Kanawa (4:41)
  20. 20 Turandot, opera: Act 3. Nessum dorma - Giacomo Puccini & Wandsworth School Boys' Choir (2:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Roméo et Juliette, opera: Act 1. Ah, je veux vivre - Charles Gounod & Renée Fleming (3:43)
  2. 2 Carmen, opera: Act 2. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (Flower Song) - Georges Bizet & London Philharmonic Orchestra (3:56)
  3. 3 Tosca, opera: Act 2. Vissi d'arte - Giacomo Puccini & Kiri Te Kanawa (3:21)
  4. 4 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Act 1. Largo al factotum - Gioachino Rossini & Leo Nucci (5:03)
  5. 5 La bohème, opera: Act 1. Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì - Giacomo Puccini & Angela Gheorghiu (4:48)
  6. 6 Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Questa o quella - Giuseppe Verdi & Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan (1:53)
  7. 7 Faust, opera: Act 4. Déposons les armes (Soldiers' Chorus) - Charles Gounod & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (3:17)
  8. 8 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Una furtiva lagrima - Gaetano Donizetti & Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan (4:43)
  9. 9 Carmen, opera: Act 2. Les tringles des sistres tintaient - Georges Bizet & Magdalena Kozená (4:13)
  10. 10 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act 1. Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (Birdcatcher's A - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (2:58)
  11. 11 Turandot, opera: Act 1. Signore, ascolta - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (2:44)
  12. 12 Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Act 3. Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate (Chorus of th - Giuseppe Verdi & Dresden State Opera Chorus (4:07)
  13. 13 Lakmé, opera: Act 1. Viens, Mallika... Dôme épais (Flower Duet) - Léo Delibes & Joan Sutherland (6:05)
  14. 14 Aida, opera: Act 1. Celeste Aida - Giuseppe Verdi & Leone Magiera (3:33)
  15. 15 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Act 3. Che farò senza Euridice? - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Roger Norrington (3:41)
  16. 16 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Là ci darem la mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (3:06)
  17. 17 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Act 1. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (Doretta's Drea - Giacomo Puccini & Oliviero de Fabritiis (2:44)
  18. 18 La belle Hélène, operetta in 3 acts: Au mont Ida - Jacques Offenbach & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (3:51)
  19. 19 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act 2. Der Hölle Rache (Queen of the Night's Aria) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Concerto Köln (3:11)
  20. 20 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 3. Mild und leise wie er lächelt (Isolde's Lie - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (7:07)
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