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Opera Album
     

The Opera Album

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Featuring an impressive run-down of great voices singing some of the most treasured music of the opera stage, EMI's The Opera Album gathers two discs of highlights excerpted from that label's estimable recording catalogue. No opera compilation would be complete without Maria Callas, and she offers three selections here (Catalani's "Ebben? ne andró

Overview

Featuring an impressive run-down of great voices singing some of the most treasured music of the opera stage, EMI's The Opera Album gathers two discs of highlights excerpted from that label's estimable recording catalogue. No opera compilation would be complete without Maria Callas, and she offers three selections here (Catalani's "Ebben? ne andró lontana," Bellini's "Casta diva," and Giordano's "La Mamma morta"), while Montserrat Caballé, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jussi Björling, Nicolai Gedda, and others fill out the roster of legendary performers. Plenty of today's stars are on hand, too, including Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Jessye Norman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Anne Sofie von Otter, and opera's golden couple, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna, who offer the Act One love duet from La Bohème, Traviata's "Libiamo," and solo numbers. With composers ranging from Handel and Mozart to Verdi and Puccini, all the great artists are represented, supplying arias from popular works such as Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, along with a few choice under-the-radar selections, like Dvorak's "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka and the "Temple Duet" from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers. Of course, Bizet's famous "Habanera" from Carmen finds a place here, too, along with excerpts from Turandot, Aida, Don Giovanni, and many other evergreen favorites.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2002
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724356783027
catalogNumber:
67830

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Lakmé, opera: Act I: Dôme épais (Flower Duet)

    1. Act I: Dôme épais (Flower Duet)  (04:50)
  2. Tosca, opera: Act III: E lucevan le stelle

    1. Act III: E lucevan le stelle  (03:04)
  3. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Act I: Ebben? ne andrò lontana

    1. Act I: Ebben? ne andrò lontana  (04:53)
  4. L' amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: Act II: first part: Suzel, bon di (Cherry Duet)

    1. Act II: first part: Suzel, bon di (Cherry Duet)  (04:14)
  5. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Act IV: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)

    1. Act IV: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)  (04:22)
  6. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Act I: Song to the Moon

    1. Act I: Song to the Moon  (05:54)
  7. Pagliacci, opera: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba

    1. Recitar!...Vesti la giubba  (03:55)
  8. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Act I: Ecco! respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancell

    1. Act I: Ecco! respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella  (03:18)
  9. La bohème, opera: Act I: O soave fanciulla

    1. Act I: O soave fanciulla  (03:49)
  10. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act II: Un bel di vedremo

    1. Act II: Un bel di vedremo  (05:24)
  11. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco

    1. Ingemisco  (03:42)
  12. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Act I: Frondi tenere...Ombra mai fù

    1. Act I: Frondi tenere...Ombra mai fù  (03:46)
  13. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act I: Non più andrai

    1. Act I: Non più andrai  (03:40)
  14. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act I: Au fond du temple saint (Temple Duet)

    1. Act I: Au fond du temple saint (Temple Duet)  (05:24)
  15. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro

    1. O mio babbino caro  (02:07)
  16. Rigoletto, opera: Act III: La donna è mobile

    1. Act III: La donna è mobile  (02:09)
  17. Il Trovatore, opera: Act II: Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie (Anvil Ch

    1. Act II: Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie (Anvil Chorus)  (02:55)
  18. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act II: Der Hölle Rache

    1. Act II: Der Hölle Rache  (02:58)
  19. La Traviata, opera: Act I: Libiamo ne'lieti calici (Brindisi)

    1. Act I: Libiamo ne'lieti calici (Brindisi)  (02:56)

Disc 2

  1. Norma, opera: Act I: Casta Diva

    1. Act I: Casta Diva  (05:35)
  2. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act III: Canzonetta sull'aria

    1. Act III: Canzonetta sull'aria  (02:43)
  3. Aida, opera: Act I: Se quel guerrier io fossi...Celeste Aida

    1. Act I: Se quel guerrier io fossi...Celeste Aida  (04:23)
  4. Tosca, opera: Act II: Vissi d'arte

    1. Act II: Vissi d'arte  (03:29)
  5. La bohème, opera: Act I: Che gelida manina

    1. Act I: Che gelida manina  (04:52)
  6. La bohème, opera: Act I: Sì, Mi chiamano Mimì

    1. Act I: Sì, Mi chiamano Mimì  (04:57)
  7. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act I: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)

    1. Act I: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)  (04:36)
  8. Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Act III: Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

    1. Act III: Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)  (04:56)
  9. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act III: Dove sono

    1. Act III: Dove sono  (04:22)
  10. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act II: Un aura amorosa

    1. Act II: Un aura amorosa  (04:10)
  11. Orphée et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41: Act III: J'ai perdu mon Eurydice

    1. Act III: J'ai perdu mon Eurydice  (03:32)
  12. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act II: Non mi dir

    1. Act II: Non mi dir  (05:04)
  13. La bohème, opera: Act IV: O Mimì, tu più non torni

    1. Act IV: O Mimì, tu più non torni  (02:59)
  14. Andrea Chénier, opera: Act III: La mamma morta

    1. Act III: La mamma morta  (04:53)
  15. Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Act I: Largo al factotum

    1. Act I: Largo al factotum  (04:22)
  16. Summertime, song (from Porgy and Bess, opera)  (02:42)
  17. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act II: Dich, teure Halle

    1. Act II: Dich, teure Halle  (03:29)
  18. Turandot, opera: Act III: Nessun dorma

    1. Act III: Nessun dorma  (04:10)

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Puccini, Mozart, Verdi and others 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I haven't stopped listening to this two-CD collection since I brought it home. It's a sensational selection by the world's best opera stars. This will appeal to opera newcomers as well as scholars.