Opera: The Ultimate Collection

Opera: The Ultimate Collection

by Andrea BocelliAndrea Bocelli


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This is not a fresh collection of operatic material by the phenomenally popular Andrea Bocelli; those curious about his sound in pure operatic material may still be directed toward the perennial strong seller Aria: The Opera Album (1998). The present release is a collection of familiar opera arias done Bocelli style, most of them not drawn from the earlier release, but from a variety of albums and performances dating back as far as 1995. The result is a collection of material that would be difficult for all but the most devoted Bocelli fans to quickly gather together in one place, and it ought thus to be of interest to that legion. The other attraction here is that most of the pieces are standard hits of the operatic repertory. Much of the material still comes from the years on either side of the year 2000, when Bocelli was trying to establish credibility in the opera world, and the attitude of confirmed opera-house denizens will probably have been set back then: he does a reasonable job, and he has the emotional directness that so many find attractive, but there are resonances in the work of singers who've devoted to their lives to this stuff that you don't hear here. However, the final "Nessun Dorma!" (track 22), recorded in 2014, sounds good: the tenor's voice has darkened a bit, and it's clear that he has taken care of it well. Recommended for Bocelli lovers.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2014
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947877325
catalogNumber: 002181302
Rank: 6376

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrea Bocelli   Primary Artist,Tenor (Vocal)
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Plácido Domingo   Conductor
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Zubin Mehta   Conductor
Bryn Terfel   Brass Baritone
Barry Wordsworth   Conductor
Steven Mercurio   Conductor
Marco Armiliato   Conductor
Valery Gergiev   Conductor
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Vladimir Fedoseyev   Conductor
Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova   Performing Ensemble
Yves Abel   Conductor
Fabio Luisi   Conductor
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Barbara Frittoli   Soprano (Vocal)
Orchestra del Teatro Massimo "Bellini" Catania   Performing Ensemble
Coro del Teatro Massimo "Bellini" Catania   Choir, Chorus
Cor De La Generalitat Valenciana   Choir, Chorus
Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan   Performing Ensemble
Gianandrea Noseda   Conductor
Members of the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Bologna Community Theater Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Georges Bizet   Composer
Gaetano Donizetti   Composer
Umberto Giordano   Composer
Charles Gounod   Composer
Ruggero Leoncavallo   Composer,Text
Pietro Mascagni   Composer
Jules Massenet   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Giuseppe Verdi   Composer
Andrea Bocelli   Liner Notes
Francesco Cilèa   Composer
Renato Simoni   Text
Giuseppe Adami   Text
Michel Carré   Text
Eugène Cormon   Text
Giuseppe Giacosa   Text
Luigi Illica   Text
Francesco Maria Piave   Text
Salvatore Cammarano   Text
Stefano Scozzese   Cover Design
Monika Scheel   Liner Note Translation
Felice Romani   Text
Guido Menasci   Text
Paul Milliet   Text
Leopoldo Marenco   Text
Edouard Blau   Text
Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti   Text
Georges Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges   Text
Arturo Colautti   Text
Domenico Oliva   Text
Antonio Ghislanzoni   Text
Georges Hartmann   Text
Marco Praga   Text
Jules Barbier   Text
Giulio Ricordi   Text
Jean-François Bayard   Text

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