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    For each of Talk Classical Top 272 Most Recommended operas, we'll be selecting the most recommended CD versions.

    Opera # 1
    Most recommended CD Box Set for Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner

    Voters:
    Solti: 7 votes (Aksel, amfortas, AnaMendoza, ChiTownPhilly, Elgarian, jhar26, Txllxt; also two more late votes: Couchie and DarkAngel)
    Keilberth: 2 votes (jflatter, schigolch)
    Haitink: 1 vote (MAuer)

    Winner with 7 votes out of 10 (70%) among 5 nominees

    Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Studio, 1958/1962/1964/1965, Decca



    Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner performed in German
    Conductor Georg Solti - 1958(STU)
    Orchestra - Wiener Philharmoniker
    Wotan - George London
    Fricka - Kirsten Flagstad
    Loge - Set Svanholm
    Mime - Paul Kuen
    Alberich - Gustav Neidlinger
    Freia - Claire Watson
    Froh - Waldemar Kmentt
    Donner - Eberhard Wächter (Waechter)
    Erda - Jean Madeira
    Fasolt - Walter Kreppel
    Fafner - Kurt Böhme
    Woglinde - Oda Balsborg
    Wellgunde - Hetty Plümacher
    Floßhilde - Ira Malaniuk
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    Compact Disc; - Decca(London) 414 101-2 {3CDS} (1984)ª; Decca(London) 414 100-2 (Cycle) {15CDS}; Decca 455 555-2 (cycle) {14CDS}; Decca 455 556-2 {2CDS} Decca 470 600-2 (The Solti Wagner Collection) {21CDS} (2002)ª; Decca «Originals» 478 0382 {2CDS} (2008)ª

    Die Walküre by Richard Wagner performed in GermanConductor Georg Solti - 1965(STU)Orchestra - Wiener Philharmoniker Siegmund - James King Sieglinde - Régine Crespin Hunding - Gottlob Frick Brünhilde - Birgit Nilsson Wotan - Hans Hotter Fricka - Christa Ludwig Gerhilde - Vera Schlosser Ortlinde - Helga Dernesch Waltraute - Brigitte Fassbaender Schwertleite - Helen Watts Helmwige - Berit Lindholm Siegrune - Vera Little Grimgerde - Marilyn Tyler Roßweiße - Claudia Hellmann ------------------------------------------------------------------
    Compact Disc; - Decca(London) 414 105-2 {4CDS} (1984)ª; Decca(London) 414 100-2 (Cycle) {15CDS}; Decca 455 555-2 (Cycle) {14CDS}; Decca 455 559-2 {4CDS} Decca 470 600-2 (The Solti Wagner Collection) {21CDS} (2002)ª

    Siegfried by Richard Wagner performed in German
    Conductor Georg Solti - 1962(STU)
    Orchestra - Wiener Philharmoniker
    Siegfried - Wolfgang Windgassen
    Mime - Gerhard Stolze
    Wanderer - Hans Hotter
    Brünhilde - Birgit Nilsson
    Alberich - Gustav Neidlinger
    Erda - Marga Höffgen
    Fafner - Kurt Böhme
    Waldvogel - Joan Sutherland
    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    Compact Disc; - Decca(London) 414 110-2 {4CDS} (1984)ª; Decca(London) 414 100-2 (Cycle) {15CDS}; Decca 455 555-2 (Cycle) {14CDS}; Decca 455 564-2 {4CDS} Decca 470 600-2 (The Solti Wagner Collection) {21CDS} (2002)ª

    Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner performed in German
    Conductor Georg Solti - 1964(STU)
    Orchestra - Wiener Philharmoniker
    Chorus - Wiener Staatsoper
    Brünnhilde - Birgit Nilsson
    Siegfried - Wolfgang Windgassen
    Hagen - Gottlob Frick
    Alberich - Gustav Neidlinger
    Gunther - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Gutrune - Claire Watson
    Waltraute - Christa Ludwig
    Woglinde - Lucia Popp
    Wellgunde - Gwyneth Jones
    Floßhilde - Maureen Guy
    First Norn - Helen Watts
    Second Norn - Grace Hoffman
    Third Norn - Anita Välkki
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    Compact Disc; - Decca(London) 414 115-2 {5CDS} (1984)ª; Decca(London) 414 100-2 (Cycle) {15CDS}; Decca(London) 455 555-2 (Cycle) {14CDS}Decca 455 569-2 {4CDS} Decca 470 600-2 (The Solti Wagner Collection) {21CDS} (2002)ª

    Runner-up with 2 out of 10 votes (20%) among 5 nominees:

    Joseph Keilberth, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Live, 1955, Testament



    Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner performed in German
    Conductor Joseph Keilberth - 1955(LC)
    Orchestra - Bayreuth Festival
    Wotan - Hans Hotter
    Fricka - Georgine von Milinkovic
    Loge - Rudolf Lustig
    Mime - Paul Kuen
    Alberich - Gustav Neidlinger
    Freia - Hertha Wilfert
    Froh - Josef Traxel
    Donner - Toni Blankenheim
    Erda - Maria von Ilosvay
    Fasolt - Ludwig Weber
    Fafner - Josef Greindl
    Woglinde - Jutta Vulpius
    Wellgunde - Elisabeth Schärtel
    Floßhilde - Maria Graf
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    Compact Disc; - Testament SBT2 1390 {2CDS} (2006)ª; Testament SBT 141412 (cycle) {14CDS} (2008)ª

    Die Walküre by Richard Wagner performed in German
    Conductor Joseph Keilberth - 1955(LI)
    Orchestra - Bayreuth Festival
    Siegmund - Ramón Vinay
    Sieglinde - Astrid Varnay
    Hunding - Josef Greindl
    Brünhilde - Martha Mödl
    Wotan - Hans Hotter
    Fricka - Georgine von Milinkovic
    Gerhilde - Hertha Wilfert
    Ortlinde - Gerda Lammers
    Waltraute - Elisabeth Schärtel
    Schwertleite - Maria von Ilosvay
    Helmwige - Hilde Scheppan
    Siegrune - Jean Watson
    Grimgerde - Georgine von Milinkovic
    Roßweiße - Maria Graf
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    Compact Disc; - Walhall «Eternity Series» WLCD 0177 {3CDS} (2006)ª; Testament SBT 41432 (+Tannhäuser - excerpts) {4CDS}

    Siegfried by Richard Wagner performed in German
    Conductor Joseph Keilberth - 1955(LC)
    Orchestra - Bayreuth Festival
    Siegfried - Wolfgang Windgassen
    Mime - Paul Kuen
    Wanderer - Hans Hotter
    Brünhilde - Astrid Varnay
    Alberich - Gustav Neidlinger
    Erda - Maria von Ilosvay
    Fafner - Josef Greindl
    Waldvogel - Ilse Hollweg
    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    Compact Disc; - Testament SBT4 1392 {4CDS} (2006)ª; Testament SBT 141412 (cycle) {14CDS} (2008)ª

    Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner performed in German
    Conductor Joseph Keilberth - 1955(LC;Varnay)
    Orchestra - Bayreuth Festival
    Chorus - Bayreuth Festival
    Brünnhilde - Astrid Varnay
    Siegfried - Wolfgang Windgassen
    Hagen - Josef Greindl
    Alberich - Gustav Neidlinger
    Gunther - Hermann Uhde
    Gutrune - Gré Brouwenstijn
    Waltraute - Maria von Ilosvay
    Woglinde - Jutta Vulpius
    Wellgunde - Elisabeth Schärtel
    Floßhilde - Maria Graf
    First Norn - Maria von Ilosvay
    Second Norn - Georgine von Milinkovic
    Third Norn - Mina Bolotine
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Compact Disc; - Testament SBT4 1393 {4CDS} (2006)ª; Testament SBT 141412 (cycle) {14CDS} (2008)ª

    Given the special case represented by Der Ring des Nibelungen, we also conducted a vote for isolated operas - results will be provided without details:

    Das Rheingold - Solti 3.5 votes, Karajan 0.5 vote

    Die Walküre - Karajan 1 vote (mention is made of 1962 Leinsdorf/LSO; 1941 Leinsdorf/Met; and Keilberth first and second versions), 1962 Leinsdorf 1 vote, Solti 2 votes

    Siegfried - Keilberth 2 votes (mention is made of Bohm), Solti 2 votes

    Götterdämmerung - Solti 2 votes, Keilberth 1 vote, Karajan 1 vote

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    Opera # 2 - Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

    Bohm: 4 votes (Air, amfortas, Elgarian, jflatter)
    Furtwangler: 3 votes (Aksel, schigolch, TxllxT)
    Barenboim: 1 vote (MAuer)

    Winner, 4 votes in 9 (44.4%), out of 4 nominees




    Conductor Karl Böhm - 1966(LC)

    Orchestra - Bayreuth Festival

    Chorus - Bayreuth Festival
    Tristan - Wolfgang Windgassen

    Isolde - Birgit Nilsson

    Brangaene - Christa Ludwig

    Marke - Martti Talvela

    Kurwenal - Eberhard Wächter (Waechter)

    Melot - Claude Heater

    Hirt - Erwin Wohlfahrt

    Steuerman - Gerd Nienstedt

    Stimme eines jungen Seemanns - Peter Schreier
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    {3CDS} (1992)ª; DG «The Originals» 449 772-2 {3CDS};; Decca 478 0279 (10 Operas from the Bayreuth Festival) {33CDS} (2008)ª

    ª(year of issue or re-issue)

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    Runner-up, 3 votes in 9 (33.3%), out of 4 nominees



    Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler - 1952(STU)


    Orchestra - Philharmonia Orchestra

    Chorus - Covent Garden
    Tristan - Ludwig Suthaus

    Isolde - Kirsten Flagstad

    Brangaene - Blanche Thebom

    Marke - Josef Greindl

    Kurwenal - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

    Melot - Edgar Evans

    Hirt - Rudolf Schock

    Steuerman - Rhoderick (Rhydderch) Davies

    Stimme eines jungen Seemanns - Rudolf Schock

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    Compact Disc; - EMI CDS 7 47322-8 {4CDS} (1986)ª; EMI CDS 5 56254-2 {4CDS}; EMI «Great Recordings of the Century» CMS 5 67621-2;; {4CDS} (2001)ª; Angel CDC-47321 {4CDS} EMI TOCE 8448/51 {4CDS} (Japan); EMI TOCE 9548-61 {4CDS} (Japan) (1997)ª; Regis Records RRC 4004 {4CDS} (2004)ª; Naxos «Historical» 8.110321-24 {4CDS} (2004)ª; EMI Classics «Historical» 585 8732 {4CDS} (2004)ª; Membran 221921 {4CDS} (2004)ª; Membran 223061 {4CDS} (2006)ª; Brilliant Classics «Opera Collection» 93933 {4CDS} (2009)ª

    ª(year of issue or re-issue)
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    Opera # 3
    Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro
    Most recommended CD version

    Voters:
    Jacobs: 4 votes (Elgarian, HarpsichordConcerto, mamascarlatti, sospiro)
    Giulini: 3 votes (DarkAngel, jflatter, Txllxt)
    Kleiber: 3 votes (Air, amfortas, schigolch)
    Solti: 2 votes (Couchie, jhar26)
    Mehta: 1 vote (MAuer)

    Winner with 4 votes out of 13 votes (30.8%) among 5 nominated versions:



    2003 (STU) -
    René Jacobs - Concerto Köln
    Chorus - Collegium Vocale de Gand (Gent)
    Figaro - Lorenzo Regazzo
    Susanna - Patrizia Ciofi
    Conte Almaviva - Simon Keenlyside
    Contessa Almaviva - Véronique Gens
    Cherubino - Angelika Kirchschlager
    Marcellina - Marie McLaughlin
    Bartolo - Antonio Abete
    Basilio - Kobie van Rensburg
    Curzio - Kobie van Rensburg
    Antonio - Antonio Abete
    Barbarina - Núria Rial
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    Compact Disc; - Harmonia Mundi France HMC 801 818-20 {3xSACD-CD hybrid discs} (2004)


    Runners-up, tied with 3 votes each (23%)



    1955 (STU) - Erich Kleiber - Wiener Philharmoniker
    Chorus - Wiener Staatsoper
    Figaro - Cesare Siepi
    Susanna - Hilde Güden (Gueden)
    Conte Almaviva - Alfred Poell
    Contessa Almaviva - Lisa Della Casa
    Cherubino - Suzanne Danco
    Marcellina - Hilde Rössl-Majdan
    Bartolo - Fernando Corena
    Basilio - Murray Dickie
    Curzio - Hugo Meyer-Welfing
    Antonio - Harald Pröglhoff
    Barbarina - Anny Felbermayer
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    Compact Disc; - Decca «Grand Opera Series» 417 315-2 {3CDS} (1990); Decca «Legends» 466 369-2 {3CDS} (1999); Membran 222932-370 {3CDS} (2006)




    Alternative covers:


    1960 (STU) - Carlo Maria Giulini - Philharmonia Orchestra
    Chorus - Philharmonia Chorus
    Figaro - Giuseppe Taddei
    Susanna - Anna Moffo
    Conte Almaviva - Eberhard Wächter (Waechter)
    Contessa Almaviva - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Cherubino - Fiorenza Cossotto
    Marcellina - Dora Gatta
    Bartolo - Ivo Vinco
    Basilio - Renato Ercolani
    Curzio - Renato Ercolani
    Antonio - Piero Cappuccilli
    Barbarina - Elisabetta Fusco
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    Compact Disc; - EMI CMS 7 63266 2 {2CDS} (1990); Angel CDMB-63266 {2CDS};; EMI 358602-2 {2CDS} (2006)
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    Opera # 4, Handel's Giulio Cesare
    Most recommended CD Version

    Voters - Jacobs: 4 votes (Elgarian, HarpsichordConcerto, jhar26, mamascarlatti)
    Minkowski: 2 votes (schigolch, Txllxt)
    Petrou: 1 vote (DarkAngel)

    Winner with 4 votes out of 7 (57%) among 3 nominated versions:



    1991(STU) - René Jacobs - Concerto Köln
    Giulio Cesare - Jennifer Larmore
    Cleopatra - Barbara Schlick
    Cornelia - Bernada Fink
    Sesto - Marianne Rørholm
    Tolomeo - Derek Lee Ragin
    Achilla - Furio Zanasi
    Curio - Olivier Lallouette
    Nireno - Dominique Visse
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    Compact Disc; - Harmonia Mundi (France) HMC 90 1385-87 {4CDS} (1992)ª; Harmonia Mundi (France) KKCC 103-6 (Japan) (1992)ª; Harmonia Mundi (France) HMX 290 1385/7 {3CDS} (2003)ª; Harmonia Mundi (France) HMX 2908241.49 (+Rinaldo +Flavio) {9CDS} + 1CD (bonus) (2008)ª



    Runner-up with 2 votes out of 7 (28.6%)




    2002(LC) - Marc Minkowski - Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
    Giulio Cesare - Marjana Mijanovic
    Cleopatra - Magdalena Kozemá
    Cornelia - Charlotte Hellekant
    Sesto - Anne Sofie von Otter

    Tolomeo - Bejun Mehta

    Achilla - Alan Ewing

    Curio - Jean-Michel Ankaoua

    Nireno - Pascal Bertin

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    Compact Disc; - DG Archiv 474 210-2 {3CDS} (2003)ª


    OPERA # 5, LES TROYENS (BERLIOZ)

    Davis (ROH): 4 votes (Almaviva, DarkAngel, jflatter, schigolch)
    Dutoit: 3 votes (Couchie, sospiro, TxllxT)
    Davis (LSO): 1 vote (mamascarlatti)

    WINNER WITH 4 VOTES (50%) OUT OF 8, AMONG 3 NOMINATED VERSIONS:



    1969 - Sir Colin Davis - Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Wandsworth School Boys' Choir

    Enée - Jon Vickers
    Chorèbe - Peter Glossop
    Panthée - Anthony Raffell
    Narbal - Roger Soyer
    Ascagne - Anne Howells
    Cassandre - Berit Lindholm
    Didon - Josephine Veasey
    Anna - Heather Begg
    Hylas - Ryland Davies
    Priam - Pierre Thau
    Hécube - Elizabeth Bainbridge
    Iopas - Ian Partridge
    Helenus - David Lennox
    Un chef grec - Dennis Wicks
    Un soldat troyen - Pierre Thau
    1re sentinelle - Raimund Herincx
    2e sentinelle - Dennis Wicks
    L'Ombre d'Hector - Roger Soyer
    Le spectre de Cassandre - Elizabeth Bainbridge
    Le spectre d'Priam - Raimund Herincx
    Le spectre de Chorèbe - Peter Glossop
    Mercure - Pierre Thau
    ----------------------------------------
    Audio CD: Philips Cat: 416 432-2

    RUNNER-UP WITH 3 VOTES (37.5%):



    1994 - Charles Dutoit - Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Choeur de l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

    Enée - Gary Lakes
    Chorèbe - Gino Quilico
    Panthée - Michel Philippe
    Narbal - Jean-Philippe Courtis
    Ascagne - Catherine Dubosc
    Cassandre - Deborah Voigt
    Didon - Françoise Pollet
    Anna - Hélène Perraguin
    Hylas - John Mark Ainsley
    Priam - René Schirrer
    Hécube - Claudine Carlson
    Iopas - Jean-Luc Maurette
    Un chef grec - Marc Belleau
    1re sentinelle - René Schirrer
    2e sentinelle - Marc Belleau
    L'Ombre d'Hector - Marc Belleau
    Le spectre de Cassandre - Deborah Voigt
    Le spectre d'Priam - René Schirrer
    Le spectre de Chorèbe - Gino Quilico
    Mercure - Michel Beauchemin
    Sinon - Gregory Cross
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    Audio CD: Decca Cat: 443693

    ALSO NOMINATED:



    2000 - Sir Colin Davis - London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus
    (Live audio recording)

    Enée - Ben Heppner
    Chorèbe - Peter Mattei
    Panthée - Tigran Martirossian
    Narbal - Stephen Milling
    Ascagne - Isabelle Cals
    Cassandre - Petra Lang
    Didon - Michelle DeYoung
    Anna - Sara Mingardo
    Hylas - Toby Spence
    Priam - Alan Ewing
    Hécube - Guang Yang
    Iopas - Kenneth Tarver
    Helenus - Bülent Bezdüz
    Un chef grec - Marc Stone
    Un soldat troyen - Leigh Melrose
    1re sentinelle - Andrew Greenan
    2e sentinelle - Roderick Earle
    L'Ombre d'Hector - Orlin Annastassov
    Le spectre de Cassandre - Petra Lang
    Le spectre d'Priam - Alan Ewing
    Le spectre de Chorèbe - Peter Mattei
    Mercure - Leigh Melrose
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    Audio CD: LSO Live Cat: LSO0010
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    OPERA # 6 DON GIOVANNI

    Giulini: 4 votes (Couchie, DarkAngel, jflatter, jhar26)
    Jacobs: 3 votes (Elgarian, HarpsichordConcerto, mamascarlatti)
    Krips: 2 votes (Air, StLukesguildOhio)
    Abbado: 1 vote (sospiro)
    Bohm: 1 vote (MAuer)
    Furtwangler: 1 vote (schigolch)
    Harnoncourt: 1 vote (TxllxT)

    Winner with 4 votes out of 15 (26.6%) out of 7 nominated versions:


    1959 - Carlo Maria Guilini - Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
    Don Giovanni - Eberhard Wächter (Waechter)
    Donna Anna - Joan Sutherland
    Don Ottavio - Luigi Alva
    Donna Elvira - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Leoporello - Giuseppe Taddei
    Il Commendatore - Gottlob Frick
    Masetto - Piero Cappuccilli
    Zerlina - Graziella Sciutti
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    EMI CDS 7 47260-8 {3CDS} (1987)ª; EMI CDS 5 56232-2 {3CDS}; Angel CDCC-47260 {3CDS} (1987)ª; EMI «Great Recordings of the Century» 567 8692 {3CDS} (2002)ª

    Runner-up with 3 votes out of 15 (20%):


    2006 - René Jacobs - Freiburger Barockorchester - RIAS Kammerchor
    Don Giovanni - Johannes Weisser
    Donna Anna - Olga Pasiecznik (Pasichnyk)
    Don Ottavio - Kenneth Tarver
    Donna Elvira - Alexandrina Pendachanska
    Leoporello - Lorenzo Regazzo
    Il Commendatore - Alessandro Guerzoni
    Masetto - Nikolay Borchev
    Zerlina - Sunhae Im
    -----------------------------
    Harmonia Mundi France HMC 901964/66 {3CDS} (2007)ª; Harmonia Mundi France HMC 801964/66 {3SACDS} (2007)ª

    Other nominated versions:


    1955 - Josef Krips - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper
    Don Giovanni - Cesare Siepi
    Donna Anna - Suzanne Danco
    Don Ottavio - Anton Dermota
    Donna Elvira - Lisa Della Casa
    Leoporello - Fernando Corena
    Il Commendatore - Kurt Böhme
    Masetto - Walter Berry
    Zerlina - Hilde Güden (Gueden)
    --------------------------------
    Decca 411 626-2 {3CDS} (1989)ª; Decca «Legends» 466 389-2 {3CDS} (2000)ª; Membran 223479 {3CDS} (2006)ª


    1997 - Claudio Abbado - Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Coro di Ferrara Musica
    Don Giovanni - Simon Keenlyside
    Donna Anna - Carmela Remigio
    Don Ottavio - Uwe Heilmann
    Donna Elvira - Soile Isokoski
    Leoporello - Bryn Terfel
    Il Commendatore - Matti Salminen
    Masetto - Ildebrando d' Arcangelo
    Zerlina - Patrizia Pace
    -------------------------------
    DG 457 601-2 {3CDS} (1998)ª; DG 474 9962 {3SACDS} (2004)ª


    1977 - Karl Böhm - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper
    Don Giovanni - Sherrill Milnes
    Donna Anna - Anna Tomowa-Sintow
    Don Ottavio - Peter Schreier
    Donna Elvira - Teresa Zylis-Gara
    Leoporello - Walter Berry
    Il Commendatore - John Macurdy
    Masetto - Dale Duesing
    Zerlina - Edith Mathis
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    DG 477 5655 {3CDS} (2007)ª


    1953 - Wilhelm Furtwängler - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper
    Don Giovanni - Cesare Siepi
    Donna Anna - Elisabeth Grümmer
    Don Ottavio - Anton Dermota
    Donna Elvira - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Leoporello - Otto Edelmann
    Il Commendatore - Raffaele Ariè
    Masetto - Walter Berry
    Zerlina - Erna Berger
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    Gala GL 100.602 {3CDS}; Music & Arts MACD 1129 {3CDS} (2004)ª; Orfeo C 624 043D {3CDS} (2005)ª; Encore CD 102-3 {3CRS} (2005)ª


    1988 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam - Netherlands Opera Chorus
    Don Giovanni - Thomas Hampson
    Donna Anna - Edita Gruberova
    Don Ottavio - Hans Peter Blochwitz
    Donna Elvira - Roberta Alexander
    Leoporello - László Polgár
    Il Commendatore - Robert Holl
    Masetto - Anton Scharinger
    Zerlina - Barbara Bonney
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    Teldec 244 184-2 {3CDS} (1990)ª
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    Opera # 7 - La Traviata (Verdi)

    Winner: Kleiber: 8 votes (amfortas, AnaMendoza, DarkAngel, jflatter, mamascarlatti, MAuer, sospiro, TxllxT)
    Tied for runner-up:
    Ceccato: 2 votes (Almaviva, Dins)
    Giulini: 2 votes (Aksel, schigolch)






    1976/77 - Carlos Kleiber - Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Bayerische Staatsoper Chorus
    Violetta Valery - Ileana Cotrubas
    Flora Bervoix - Stefania Malagù
    Annina - Helena Jungwirth
    Alfredo Germont - Plácido Domingo
    Giorgio Germont - Sherrill Milnes
    Gastone - Walter Gullino
    Dottore Grenvil - Giovanni Foiani
    Barone Douphol - Bruno Grella
    Marchese d'Obigny - Alfredo Giacomotti
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    DG 415 132-2 {2CDS} (1986)ª; DG 477 0772 {2SACDS} (2004)ª; DG «Originals» 477 7155 {2CDS} (2007)ª



    1971 - Aldo Ceccato - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - John Alldis Choir
    Violetta Valery - Beverly Sills
    Flora Bervoix - Delia Wallis
    Annina - Mirella Fiorentini
    Alfredo Germont - Nicolai Gedda
    Giorgio Germont - Rolando Panerai
    Gastone - Keith Erwen
    Dottore Grenvil - Robert Lloyd
    Barone Douphol - Terence Sharpe
    Marchese d'Obigny - Richard Van Allan
    --------------------------------
    EMI 4 79577-2; EMI 102 2263



    1955 - Carlo Maria Giulini - Teatro alla Scala Orchestra & Chorus
    Violetta Valery - Maria Callas
    Flora Bervoix - Silvana Zanolli
    Annina - Luisa Mandelli
    Alfredo Germont - Giuseppe di Stefano
    Giorgio Germont - Ettore Bastianini
    Gastone - Giuseppe Zampieri
    Dottore Grenvil - Silvio Maionica
    Barone Douphol - Arturo La Porta
    Marchese d'Obigny - Antonio Zerbini
    ------------------------------------
    Foyer CF 2001; Hunt 501; *EMI CMS 7 63628-2 {2CDS} (1991)ª; EMI 5 66450-2 {2CDS} (1991)ª
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    Opera # 8 - La Bohème (Puccini)

    Winner: Karajan: 5 votes (amfortas, DarkAngel, Elgarian, jflatter, TxllxT)
    Tied for runner-up:
    Beecham: 2 votes (Dins, schigolch)
    Solti: 2 votes (MAuer, mamascarlatti)
    Also mentioned:
    Davis: 1 vote (sospiro)



    1972 - Herbert von Karajan - Berliner Philharmoniker - Deutsche Oper Chorus
    Rodolfo - Luciano Pavarotti
    Schaunard - Gianni Maffeo
    Marcello - Rolando Panerai
    Colline - Nicolai Ghiaurov
    Mimi - Mirella Freni
    Musetta - Elizabeth Harwood
    Benoit - Michel Sénéchal
    Alcindoro - Michel Sénéchal
    Parpignol - Gernot Pietsch
    Sergente dei doganieri - Hans-Dieter Appelt
    Un doganiere - Hans-Dietrich Pohl
    -----------------------------
    Decca 421 049-2 {2CDS} (1987)ª; Decca 443 204-2 (Collection) {11CDS}; Decca 473 997-210 (+Madama Butterfly +Tosca +Turandot) {9CDS} (2004)ª; Decca 478 0254 {2CDS} (2008)ª



    1956 - Sir Thomas Beecham - RCA Victor Orchestra - RCA Chorus and Columbus Boys Choir
    Rodolfo - Jussi Björling
    Schaunard - John Reardon
    Marcello - Robert Merrill
    Colline - Giorgio Tozzi
    Mimi - Victoria de los Ángeles
    Musetta - Lucine Amara
    Benoit - Fernando Corena
    Alcindoro - Fernando Corena
    Parpignol - William Nahr
    Sergente dei doganieri - George Del Monte
    Un doganiere - Thomas Powell
    ------------------------------
    EMI CDS 7 47235-8 {2CDS} (1987)ª; EMI CDS 5 56236-2 {2CDS}; Angel CDCB-47235 {2CDS} ;; EMI «Great Recordings of the Century» CMS 5 67750-2 {2CDS} (2002}ª; Naxos «Historical» 8.111249-50 {2CDS} (2007)ª



    1978 - Sir Colin Davis - Covent Garden Orchestra & Chorus
    Rodolfo - José Carreras
    Schaunard - Håkan Hagegård
    Marcello - Ingvar Wixell
    Colline - Robert Lloyd
    Mimi - Katia Ricciarelli
    Musetta - Ashley Putnam
    Benoit - Giovanni De Angelis
    Alcindoro - William Elvin
    Parpignol - Francis Egerton
    Sergente dei doganieri - Richard Hazell
    Un doganiere - David Whelan
    -----------------------------
    Philips 416 492-2 {2CDS} (1987)ª; Philips «Duo» 442 260-2 {2CDS} (1994)ª



    1973 - Sir Georg Solti - London Philharmonic Orchestra - John Alldis Choir - Wandworth School Boys' Choir
    Rodolfo - Plácido Domingo
    Schaunard - Vincenzo Sardinero
    Marcello - Sherrill Milnes
    Colline - Ruggero Raimondi
    Mimi - Montserrat Caballé
    Musetta - Judith Blegen
    Benoit - Noel Mangin
    Alcindoro - Nico Castel
    Parpignol - Alan Byers
    Sergente dei doganieri - Franklyn Whiteley
    Un doganiere - William Mason
    ---------------------------------
    RCA «Red Seal» RD 80371 {2CDS} (1986)ª; Lyrica LRC 010 22 {2CDS} (1994)ª; RCA RCD 2-0371 {2CDS} (USA) (1997)ª; BMG RCA Victor «Red Seal» 74321 39496-2 {2CDS} (1997)ª
    Last edited by Almaviva; Oct-24-2011 at 02:42.
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    Opera # 9 - Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss)

    Winner: Karajan (Phil.): 5 votes (DarkAngel, jhar26, schigolch, StlukesguildOhio, TxllxT)
    Runner-up: Solti: 4 votes (amfortas, Couchie, Dins, jflatter)
    Also mentioned: Karajan (VPO): 1 vote (MAuer)



    1956 - Herbert von Karajan - Philharmonia Orchestra - Philharmonia Chorus - Choruses of Loughton High School for Girls and Bancroft's School
    Marschallin - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Octavian - Christa Ludwig
    Sophie - Teresa Stich-Randall
    Der Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau - Otto Edelmann
    Faninal - Eberhard Wächter (Waechter)
    Valzacchi - Paul Kuen
    Annina - Kersten Meyer
    Ein Sänger - Nicolai Gedda
    Marianne Leitmetzerin - Ljuba Welitsch
    Polizeikommissar - Franz Bierbach
    Der Wirt - Karl Friedrich
    Ein Notar - Harald Pröglhoff
    Der Haushofmeister bei der Feldmarschallin - Erich Majkut
    Der Haufhofmeister bei Faninal - Gerhard Unger
    Tierhändler - Paul Kuen
    Modistin - Anny Felbermayer
    Die drei Waisen - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    - Christa Ludwig
    - Kersten Meyer
    -------------------------------
    EMI CDS 7 49354-2 {3CDS} (1987)ª; EMI CDS 5 56113-2 (mono - see below) {3CDS} (1996)ª; EMI CDS 5 56242-2 {3CDS} (1997)ª; EMI «Great Recordings of the Century» CMS 5 67605-2 {3CDS} (2001)ª; Angel CDCC-49354 {3CDS}; EMI 77357 {3CDS} (2007)ª; Brilliant Classics «Opera Collection» 9085 {3CDS} (2009)ª



    1968/69 - Sir Georg Solti - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper Chorus
    Marschallin - Régine Crespin
    Octavian - Yvonne Minton
    Sophie - Helen Donath
    Der Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau - Manfred Jungwirth
    Faninal - Otto Wiener
    Valzacchi - Murray Dickie
    Annina - Anne Howells
    Ein Sänger - Luciano Pavarotti
    Marianne Leitmetzerin - Emmy Loose
    Polizeikommissar - Herbert Lackner
    Der Wirt - Anton Dermota
    Ein Notar - Alfred Jerger
    Der Haushofmeister bei der Feldmarschallin - Herbert Prikopa
    Der Haufhofmeister bei Faninal - Kurt Equiluz
    Tierhändler - Karl Terkal
    Modistin - Rosl Schwaiger
    Die drei Waisen - Arleen Auger (Augér)
    - Rohangiz Yachmi(-Caucig)
    - Ingrid Mayr
    ------------------------------
    Decca(London) 417 493-2 {3CDS} (1987)ª; Decca «The Solti Richard Strauss Edition» 458 700-2 {14CDS} (1998)ª; Decca 417 493-2 {3CDS} (1998)ª; Decca «The Originals» 475 9988 {3CDS} (2008)ª


    1983 - Herbert von Karajan - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper Chorus
    Marschallin - Anna Tomowa-Sintow
    Octavian - Agnes Baltsa
    Sophie - Janet Perry
    Der Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau - Kurt Moll
    Faninal - Gottfried Hornik
    Valzacchi - Heinz Zednik
    Annina - Helga Müller(-Molinari)
    Ein Sänger - Vinson Cole
    Marianne Leitmetzerin - Wilma Lipp
    Der Wirt - Karl Terkal
    Ein Notar - Carlos Feller
    Der Haufhofmeister bei Faninal - Franz Kasemann
    ------------------------------------
    DGG B0048IDR46
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    Opera # 10 - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Wagner

    Winner:
    Karajan (Dresden): 3 votes (Aksel, amfortas, DarkAngel)

    Tied for runner-up:
    Kubelik: 2 votes (jflatter, schigolch)
    Solti (VPO): 2 votes (Couchie, Dins)

    Also mentioned:
    Jochum: 1 vote (MAuer)
    Solti (CSO): 1 vote (TxllxT)


    1970 - Herbert von Karajan - Dresdner Staatskapelle - Dresdner Operchor - Leipziger Rundfunkchor
    Hans Sachs - Theo Adam
    Veit Pogner - Karl Ridderbusch
    Sixtus Beckmesser - Geraint Evans
    Fritz Kothner - Zoltán Kéléman
    Walther von Stolzing - René Kollo
    David - Peter Schreier
    Eva - Helen Donath
    Magdalena - Ruth Hesse
    Nachtwächter - Kurt Moll
    Kunz Vogelgesang - Eberhard Büchner
    Konrad Nachtigall - Horst Lunow
    Ulrich Eisslinger - Peter Bindzsus
    Balthasar Zorn - Hans-Joachim Rotzsch
    Augustin Moser - Horst Hiestermann
    Hermann Ortel - Hermann Christian Polster
    Hans Schwarz - Heinz Reeh
    Hans Foltz - Siegfried Vogel
    --------------------------------
    EMI(Angel) CDS 7 49683-2 {4CDS} (1988)ª; EMI «Great Recordings of the Century» 5 67086 {4CDS} (1999)ª; EMI «Great Recordings of the Century» 7243 5 67148 2 3 {4CDS} (USA) (1999)ª; Toshiba EMI TOCE 11390-93 {4CDS} (Japan) (1999)ª



    1967 - Rafael Kubelik - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
    Hans Sachs - Thomas Stewart
    Veit Pogner - Franz Crass
    Sixtus Beckmesser - Thomas Hemsley
    Fritz Kothner - Keith Engen
    Walther von Stolzing - Sándor Kónya
    David - Gerhard Unger
    Eva - Gundula Janowitz
    Magdalena - Brigitte Fassbaender
    Nachtwächter - Raimund Grumbach
    Kunz Vogelgesang - Horst Wilhelm
    Konrad Nachtigall - Richard Kogel
    Ulrich Eisslinger - Friedrich Lenz
    Balthasar Zorn - Manfred Schmidt
    Augustin Moser - Peter Baillie
    Hermann Ortel - Anton Diakov
    Hans Schwarz - Karl Christian Kohn
    Hans Foltz - Dieter Slembek
    ----------------------------
    *Myto 4 MCD 925.69 {4CDS} (1992)ª;; Calig 50971-74 {4CDS} (1997)ª; Arts «Archives» 43020-2 {4CDS} (2003)ª



    1975/76 - Sir Georg Solti - Wiener Philharmoniker - Chor der Wiener Staatsoper - Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen
    Hans Sachs - Norman Bailey
    Veit Pogner - Kurt Moll
    Sixtus Beckmesser - Bernd Weikl
    Fritz Kothner - Gerd Nienstedt
    Walther von Stolzing - René Kollo
    David - Adolf Dallapozza
    Eva - Hannelore Bode
    Magdalena - Júlia Hamari
    Nachtwächter - Werner Klumlikboldt
    Kunz Vogelgesang - Adalbert Kraus
    Konrad Nachtigall - Martin Egel
    Ulrich Eisslinger - Wolf Appel
    Balthasar Zorn - Martin Schomberg
    Augustin Moser - Michel Sénéchal
    Hermann Ortel - Helmut Berger-Tuna
    Hans Schwarz - Kurt Rydl
    Hans Foltz - Rudolf Hartmann
    --------------------------------
    Decca(London) 417 497-2 {4CDS} (1987)ª; Decca «Classic Opera» 475 6680 {4CDS} (2005)ª



    1976 - Eugen Jochum - Deutsche Oper (Berlin) Orchestra & Chorus

    Hans Sachs - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Veit Pogner - Peter Lagger
    Sixtus Beckmesser - Roland Hermann
    Fritz Kothner - Gerd Feldhoff
    Walther von Stolzing - Plácido Domingo
    David - Horst R Laubenthal
    Eva - Catarina Ligenzda
    Magdalena - Christa Ludwig
    Nachtwächter - Victor von Halem
    Kunz Vogelgesang - Peter Maus
    Konrad Nachtigall - Roberto Bañuelas
    Ulrich Eisslinger - Karl-Ernst Mercker
    Balthasar Zorn - Loren Driscoll
    Augustin Moser - Martin Vantin
    Hermann Ortel - Klaus Lang
    Hans Schwarz - Ivan Sardi
    Hans Foltz - Miomir Nikolic
    ---------------------------
    DG 415 278-2 {4CDS} (1985)ª; DG «Originals» 477 7599 {4CDS} (2009)ª



    1995 - Sir Georg Solti - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Chicago Symphony Chorus

    Hans Sachs - José van Dam
    Veit Pogner - René Pape
    Sixtus Beckmesser - Alan Opie
    Fritz Kothner - Albert Dohmen
    Walther von Stolzing - Ben Heppner
    David - Herbert Lippert
    Eva - Karita Mattila
    Magdalena - Iris Vermillon
    Nachtwächter - Kelly Anderson
    Kunz Vogelgesang - Roberto Saccà
    Konrad Nachtigall - Gary Martin
    Ulrich Eisslinger - Richard Byrne
    Balthasar Zorn - John Horton Murray
    Augustin Moser - Steven Tharp
    Hermann Ortel - Kevin Deas
    Hans Schwarz - Stephen Morschek
    Hans Foltz - Kelly Anderson
    ----------------------------------
    Decca 452 606-2 {4CDS} (1997)ª; Decca 470 800-2 {4CDS} (2002)ª; Decca 470 600-2 (The Solti Wagner Collection) {21CDS} (2002)ª
    Last edited by Almaviva; Oct-29-2011 at 04:58.
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    Opera # 11 - Die Zauberflöte - Mozart

    Winner:
    Klemperer: 5 votes (DarkAngel, Elgarian, StLukesguildOhio, Txllxt, jflatter)

    Tied for runner-up:
    Bohm: 2 votes (MAuer, jhar26)
    Jacobs: 2 votes (Aksel, mamascarlatti)

    Also mentioned:
    Karajan: 1 vote (Dins)
    Solti 1: 1 vote (schigolch)
    Solti 2: 1 vote (Couchie)



    1964 - Otto Klemperer - Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
    Tamino - Nicolai Gedda
    Papageno - Walter Berry
    Königin der Nacht - Lucia Popp
    Sprecher - Franz Crass
    Pamina - Gundula Janowitz
    Sarastro - Gottlob Frick
    Monostatos - Gerhard Unger
    Papagena - Ruth-Margret Pütz
    1er Geharnischter - Karl Liebl
    2er Geharnischter - Franz Crass
    Erste Dame - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Zweite Dame - Christa Ludwig
    Dritte Dame - Marga Höffgen
    Erster Knabe - Agnes Giebel
    Zweiter Knabe - Anna Reynolds
    Dritter Knabe - Josephine Veasey
    -----------------------------------
    EMI CMS 7 69971-2 {2CDS} (1989)ª;; EMI CDS 5 55173-2 {2CDS}; EMI «Great Recordings of the Century» CMS 5 67388-2 {2CDS} (2000)ª



    1964 - Karl Böhm - Berliner Philharmoniker - RIAS Kammerchor
    Tamino - Fritz Wunderlich
    Papageno - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Königin der Nacht - Roberta Peters
    Sprecher - Hans Hotter
    Pamina - Evelyn Lear
    Sarastro - Franz Crass
    Monostatos - Friedrich Lenz
    Papagena - Lisa Otto
    1er Geharnischter - James King
    2er Geharnischter - Martti Talvela
    Erste Dame - Hildegard Hillebrecht
    Zweite Dame - Cvetka Ahlin
    Dritte Dame - Sieglinde Wagner
    Erster Knabe - Antonia Fahberg
    Zweiter Knabe - Rosl Schwaiger
    Dritter Knabe - Raili Kostia
    Erster Priester - Martin Vantin
    Zweiter Priester - Manfred Röhrl
    ---------------------------------
    DG 419 566-2 (+Der Schauspieldirektor) {3CDS} (1987)ª; DG 429 877-2 (+Der Schauspieldirektor) {3CDS} (1990)ª; DG «The Originals» 449 749-2 {2CDS} (1997)ª



    2009 - René Jacobs - Akademie für alte Musik Berlin - RIAS Kammerchor
    Tamino - Daniel Behle
    Papageno - Daniel Schmutzhard
    Königin der Nacht - Anna-Kristina Kaappola
    Sprecher - Konstantin Wolff
    Pamina - Marlis Petersen
    Sarastro - Marcos Fink
    Monostatos - Kurt Azeberger
    Papagena - Sunhae Im
    1er Geharnischter - Konstantin Wolff
    2er Geharnischter - Joachim Buhrmann
    Erste Dame - Inga Kalna
    Zweite Dame - Anna Grevelius
    Dritte Dame - Isabelle Druet
    Erster Knabe - St. Florianer Sängerknabe
    Zweiter Knabe - St. Florianer Sängerknabe
    Dritter Knabe - St. Florianer Sängerknabe
    Erster Priester - Konstantin Wolff
    Zweiter Priester - Joachim Buhrmann
    ------------------------------------------
    Harmonia Mundi 902068/70 (3 cd’s)



    1962 - Herbert von Karajan - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper Chorus
    Tamino - Nicolai Gedda
    Papageno - Erich Kunz
    Königin der Nacht - Ingeborg Hallstein
    Sprecher - Eberhard Wächter (Waechter)
    Pamina - Wilma Lipp
    Sarastro - Gottlob Frick
    Monostatos - Paul Kuen
    Papagena - Graziella Sciutti
    1er Geharnischter - Ermanno Lorenzi
    2er Geharnischter - Frederick Guthrie
    Erste Dame - Gerda Scheyrer
    Zweite Dame - Grace Hoffman
    Dritte Dame - Hilde Rössl-Majdan
    Erster Knabe - Mitglied Wiener Knabenchor
    Zweiter Knabe - Mitglied Wiener Knabenchor
    Dritter Knabe - Mitglied Wiener Knabenchor
    Erster Priester - Jürgen Wilke
    Zweiter Priester - Otto Kerry
    ------------------------------------
    EMI Angel 67165 (2 CDs)



    1990 - Sir Georg Solti - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper
    Ruth Ziesak [Soprano vocals] (Voice)
    Max Emanuel Cencic (Voice)
    Sumi Jo
    Annette Kuttenbaum (Voice)
    Andreas Schmidt [Baritone Vocal] (Voice)
    Kurt Moll
    Jard van Nes (Voice)
    Hans Franzen
    Wolfgang Schmidt (Voice)
    Markus Leitner (Voice)
    Robert Hauer-Riedl (Voice)
    Michael Rausch (Voice)
    Lotte Leitner (Voice)
    Adrianne Pieczonka (Voice)
    Meinhart Niedermayr (Flute)
    Hans Joachim Porcher (Voice)
    Clemens Bieber (Voice)
    Uwe Heilmann
    Heinz Zednik
    Michael [Tenor Kraus / Baritone Vocal] (Voice)
    ------------------------------
    Decca 433210 (2 CDs)



    1969 - Sir Georg Solti - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper
    Tamino - Stuart Burrows
    Papageno - Hermann Prey
    Königin der Nacht - Cristina Deutekom
    Sprecher - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Pamina - Pilar Lorengar
    Sarastro - Martti Talvela
    Monostatos - Gerhard Stolze
    Papagena - Renate Holm
    1er Geharnischter - René Kollo
    2er Geharnischter - Hans Sotin
    Erste Dame - Hanneke van Bork
    Zweite Dame - Yvonne Minton
    Dritte Dame - Hetty Plümacher
    ----------------------------------
    Decca(London) 414 568-2 {3CDS} (1986)ª; Decca «Originals» 478 0394 {3CDS} (2008)ª
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    Opera # 12 - Carmen (Bizet)

    Carmen voting:

    Karajan: 4 votes (jhar26, mamascarlatti, sospiro, TxllxT)
    Abbado: 3 votes (MAuer, schigolch, jflatter)
    Pretre: 1 vote (DarkAngel)
    Solti: 1 vote (amfortas)
    Ozawa: 1 vote (Couchie)
    Bernstein: 1 vote (AnaMendoza)





    1982 - Herbert von Karajan - Berliner Philharmoniker - Choeurs de l'Opéra de Paris
    Carmen - Agnes Baltsa
    Don José - José Carreras
    Micaëla - Katia Ricciarelli
    Escamillo - José van Dam
    Frasquita - Christine Barbaux
    Mercédès - Jane Berbié
    Le Dancaïre - Gino Quilico
    Le Remendado - Heinz Zednik
    Moralès - Mikael Melbye
    Zuninga - Alexander Malta
    ----------------------------------
    DG 410 088-2 {3CDS} (1983)ª



    1977 - Claudio Abbado - London Symphony Orchestra - The Ambrosian Singers
    Carmen - Teresa Berganza
    Don José - Plácido Domingo
    Micaëla - Ileana Cotrubas
    Escamillo - Sherrill Milnes
    Frasquita - Yvonne Kenny
    Mercédès - Alicia Nafé
    Le Dancaïre - Gordon Sandison
    Le Remendado - Geoffrey Pogson
    Moralès - Stuart Harling
    Zuninga - Robert Lloyd
    ----------------------------------------
    DG 419 636-2 {3CDS}; DG 477 534-2 {2CDS} (2005)ª



    1964 - Georges Prêtre - L'Opéra de Paris Orchestra - Choeurs René Duclos
    Carmen - Maria Callas
    Don José - Nicolai Gedda
    Micaëla - Andrea Guiot
    Escamillo - Robert Massard
    Frasquita - Nadine Sautereau
    Mercédès - Jane Berbié
    Le Dancaïre - Jean-Paul Vauquelin
    Le Remendado - Jacques Pruvost
    Moralès - Claude Calès
    Zuninga - Jacques Mars
    -------------------------------------
    EMI CDS 7 47313-8 {3CDS} (1986)ª; EMI CDS 7 54368-2 {2CDS} (1986)ª; EMI «Callas Edition» CDS 5 56281-2 {2CDS} (1997)ª



    1975 - Sir Georg Solti - London Philharmonic Orchestra (& National Philharmonic Orchestra) - John Alldis Choir - Haberdasher's Aske's School Boys' Choir
    Carmen - Tatiana Troyanos
    Don José - Plácido Domingo
    Micaëla - Kiri Te Kanawa
    Escamillo - José van Dam
    Frasquita - Norma Burrowes
    Mercédès - Jane Berbié
    Le Dancaïre - Michel Roux
    Le Remendado - Michel Sénéchal
    Moralès - Thomas Allen
    Zuninga - Pierre Thau
    ----------------------------------------
    Decca(London) 414 489-2 {3CDS} (1985)ª



    1988 - Seiji Ozawa - Orchestre National de Paris (France) - Choeur de Radio France (Paris)
    Carmen - Jessye Norman
    Don José - Neil Shicoff
    Micaëla - Mirella Freni
    Escamillo - Simon Estes
    Frasquita - Ghyslaine Raphanel
    Mercédès - Jean Rigby
    Le Dancaïre - François Le Roux
    Le Remendado - Gérard Garino
    Moralès - Nicolas Rivenq
    Zuninga - Jean-Philippe Courtis
    ---------------------------------------
    Philips 422 366-2 {3CDS} (1989)ª; Decca 470 417-2 {3CDS} (2002)ª



    1972 - Leonard Bernstein - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Manhattan Opera and Metropolitan Opera Childrens' Choruses
    Carmen - Marilyn Horne
    Don José - James McCracken
    Micaëla - Adriana Maliponte
    Escamillo - Tom Krause
    Frasquita - Colette Boky
    Mercédès - Marcia Baldwin
    Le Dancaïre - Russell Christopher
    Le Remendado - Andrea Velis
    Moralès - Raymond Gibbs
    Zuninga - Donald Gramm
    --------------------------------------
    DG 427 440-2 {3CDS} (1991)ª
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    Opera # 13 - Parsifal (Wagner)

    Karajan: 4 votes (amfortas, notreally, StLukesguildOhio, TxllxT)
    Knappertsbusch 1962: 2 votes (DarkAngel, schigolch)
    Barenboim: 1 vote (MAuer)
    Kubelik: 1 vote (jflatter)
    Solti: 1 vote (Couchie)

    1980 - Herbert von Karajan - Berliner Philharmoniker - Deutsche Oper (Berlin) Chorus
    Amfortas - José van Dam
    Titurel - Victor von Halem
    Gurnemanz - Kurt Moll
    Parsifal - Peter Hofmann
    Klingsor - Siegmund Nimsgern
    Kundry - Dunja Vejzovic
    Alto Stimme - Hanna Schwarz
    Knappe 1 - Marjon Lambriks
    Knappe 2 - Anne Gjevang
    Knappe 3 - Heiner Hopfner
    Knappe 4 - Georg Tichy
    Blumenmädchen 1 - Barbara Hendricks
    Blumenmädchen 2 - Janet Perry
    Blumenmädchen 3 - Inga Nielsen
    Blumenmädchen 4 - Audrey Michael
    Blumenmädchen 5 - Doris Soffel
    Blumenmädchen 6 - Rohangiz Yachmi(-Caucig)
    Ritter 1 - Claes H. Ahnsjö
    Ritter 2 - Kurt Rydl
    ------------------------------------
    DG 413 347-2 {4CDS} (1984)ª; DG POCG 3729/32 {4CDS} (Japan) (1997)ª



    1962 - Hans Knappertsbusch - Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus
    Amfortas - George London
    Titurel - Martti Talvela
    Gurnemanz - Hans Hotter
    Parsifal - Jess Thomas
    Klingsor - Gustav Neidlinger
    Kundry - Irene Dalis
    Alto Stimme - Ursula Böse
    Knappe 1 - Sona Cervená
    Knappe 2 - Ursula Böse
    Knappe 3 - Gerhard Stolze
    Knappe 4 - Georg Paskuda
    Blumenmädchen 1 - Gundula Janowitz
    Blumenmädchen 2 - Anja Silja
    Blumenmädchen 3 - Elsa Margaretha Gardelli
    Blumenmädchen 4 - Dorothea Siebert
    Blumenmädchen 5 - Rita Bartos
    Blumenmädchen 6 - Sona Cervená
    Ritter 1 - Niels Moeller
    Ritter 2 - Gerd Nienstedt
    ------------------------------------
    Philips 416 390-2 {4CDS} (1986)ª; Philips «50» 464 756-2 {4CDS} (2001)ª; Philips PHCP 24092/5 {4CDS} (Japan); Philips PHCP 20371/4 (Japan) (1999)ª; Philips 475 7785 {4CDS} (2006)ª



    1989-90 - Daniel Barenboim - Berliner Philharmoniker - Berliner Staatsoper Chorus
    Amfortas - José van Dam
    Titurel - John Tomlinson
    Gurnemanz - Matthias Hölle
    Parsifal - Siegfried Jerusalem
    Klingsor - Günter von Kannen
    Kundry - Waltraud Meier
    Alto Stimme - Waltraud Meier
    Knappe 1 - Marianne Rørholm
    Knappe 2 - Annette Küttenbaum
    Knappe 3 - Helmut Pampuch
    Knappe 4 - Peter Maus
    Blumenmädchen 1 - Edith Wiens
    Blumenmädchen 2 - Constance Hauman
    Blumenmädchen 3 - Daniela Bechly
    Blumenmädchen 4 - Hilde Liedland
    Blumenmädchen 5 - Pamela Coburn
    Blumenmädchen 6 - Sally Burgess
    Ritter 1 - Kurt Schreibmayer
    Ritter 2 - Cornelius Hauptmann
    ------------------------------------
    Teldec 9031-74448-2 {4CDS} (1991)ª; Teldec WPCC 4647/50 {4CDS} (Japan) (1992)ª



    1980 - Rafael Kubelik - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Tölzer Knabenchor
    Amfortas - Bernd Weikl
    Titurel - Matti Salminen
    Gurnemanz - Kurt Moll
    Parsifal - James King
    Klingsor - Franz Mazura
    Kundry - Yvonne Minton
    -----------------------------
    Arts «Archives» 43027-2 {4CDS} (2003)ª



    1971-72 - Sir Georg Solti - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper Chorus
    Amfortas - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Titurel - Hans Hotter
    Gurnemanz - Gottlob Frick
    Parsifal - René Kollo
    Klingsor - Zoltán Kéléman
    Kundry - Christa Ludwig
    Alto Stimme - Birgit Finnilä
    Knappe 1 - Rotraud Hansmann
    Knappe 2 - Marga Schiml
    Knappe 3 - Heinz Zednik
    Knappe 4 - Ewald Aichberger
    Blumenmädchen 1 - Lucia Popp
    Blumenmädchen 2 - Alison Hargen
    Blumenmädchen 3 - Kiri Te Kanawa
    Blumenmädchen 4 - Gillian Knight
    Blumenmädchen 5 - Anne Howells
    Blumenmädchen 6 - Margarita Lilowa
    Ritter 1 - Robert Tear
    Ritter 2 - Herbert Lackner
    -----------------------------------
    *Decca 417 143-2 {4CDS} (1986)ª; Decca 470 805-2 {4CDS} (2002)ª; Decca 470 600-2 (The Solti Wagner Collection) {21CDS} (2002)ª
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    Opera # 14 - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)

    Barbiere voting:

    Marriner: 6 votes (Aksel, Dins, jhar26, mamascarlatti, MAuer, Txllxt)
    Galliera: 3 votes (DarkAngel, jflatter, StLukesguildOhio)
    Campanella: 1 vote (schigolch)


    1982 - Sir Neville Marriner - The Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields - Ambrosian Opera Chorus
    Figaro - Thomas Allen
    Il Conte Almaviva - Francisco Araiza
    Rosina - Agnes Baltsa
    Dr. Bartolo - Domenico Trimarchi
    Don Basilio - Robert Lloyd
    Berta - Sally Burgess
    Fiorello - Matthew Best
    Un Ufficiale - John Noble
    ------------------------------
    Philips 411 058-2 {3CDS} (1984)ª; Philips 446 448-2 {2CDS}; Decca «The Compact Opera Collection» 470 434-2 {2CDS} (2002)ª



    1957 - Alceo Galliera - Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
    Figaro - Tito Gobbi
    Il Conte Almaviva - Luigi Alva
    Rosina - Maria Callas
    Dr. Bartolo - Fritz Ollendorf
    Don Basilio - Nicola Zaccaria
    Berta - Gabriella Carturan
    Fiorello - Mario Carlin
    ------------------------
    EMI CDS 7 47634-8 {2CDS} (1987)ª; EMI «Callas Edition» 5 56310-2 {2CDS}; Angel CDCB-47634 {2CDS} ; EMI «Great Recordings of the Century» 3920462 {3CDS} (2007)ª



    1987 - Bruno Campanella - Teatro Regio di Torino Orchestra & Chorus
    Figaro - Bruno Pola
    Il Conte Almaviva - Rockwell Blake
    Rosina - Luciana Serra
    Dr. Bartolo - Enzo Dara
    Don Basilio - Paolo Montarsolo
    Berta - Nicoletta Curiel
    Fiorello - Alberto Carusi
    -------------------------------
    Nuova Era 6760-6762 {3CDS}; House of Opera CDBB 534 {2CDRS} (2003)ª; Nuova Era 223299 {3CDS} (2008)ª

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    Opera # 15 - Otello (Verdi)

    Levine: 5 votes (amfortas, jflatter, mamascarlatti, MAuer, notreally)
    Karajan: 3 votes (Aramis, DarkAngel, sospiro)
    Serafin: 1 vote (TxllxT)
    Votto: 1 vote (schigolch)


    1978 - James Levine - National Philharmonic Orchestra - Ambrosian Opera Chorus
    Otello - Plácido Domingo
    Desdemona - Renata Scotto
    Iago - Sherrill Milnes
    Cassio - Frank Little
    Rodrigo - Paul Crook
    Lodovico - Paul Plishka
    Montano - Malcolm King
    Emilia - Jean Kraft
    Un Araldo - Malcolm King
    ---------------------------
    RCA «Red Seal» RD 82951-1 {2CDS} (1986)ª; RCA «Gold Seal» GD 82951 {2CDS} (1987)ª; RCA «Red Seal» RCD 2-2951 {2CDS}; Lyrica LRC 010-12 (Italy) ; BMG RCA Victor «Red Seal» 74321 39501-2 (1998)ª



    1961 - Herbert von Karajan - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper Chorus - Wiener Kinderchor
    Otello - Mario Del Monaco
    Desdemona - Renata Tebaldi
    Iago - Aldo Protti
    Cassio - Nello Romanato
    Rodrigo - Athos Cesarini
    Lodovico - Fernando Corena
    Montano - Tom Krause
    Emilia - Ana Raquel Satra
    --------------------------------
    Decca(London) 411 618-2 {2CDS} (1987)ª; Decca «Rouge Opéra» 455 901-2 (France) {2CDS} (1997)ª; Decca «Originals» 475 9984 {2CDS} (2008)ª



    1960 - Tullio Serafin - Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Orchestra & Chorus
    Otello - Jon Vickers
    Desdemona - Leonie Rysanek
    Iago - Tito Gobbi
    Cassio - Florindo Andreolli
    Rodrigo - Mario Carlin
    Lodovico - Ferruccio Mazzoli
    Montano - Franco Calabrese
    Emilia - Miriam Pirazzini
    ------------------------------------
    *RCA GD 81969 {2CDS} (UK) (1988)ª; RCA 1969-2-RG {2CDS} (USA); RCA Victor «Living Stereo» 09026 63180-2 (1998)ª



    1954 - Antonino Votto - Teatro alla Scala Orchestra & Chorus
    Otello - Mario Del Monaco
    Desdemona - Renata Tebaldi
    Iago - Leonard Warren
    Cassio - Giuseppe Zampieri
    Lodovico - Giorgio Tozzi
    Emilia - Anna Maria Canali
    -------------------------------
    Melodram CDM 270101
    Last edited by jhar26; Dec-06-2011 at 13:48.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    Opera # 16 - Tosca (Puccini)

    de Sabata: 9 votes (AnaMendoza, Aksel, amfortas, DarkAngel, jflatter, jhar26, mamascarlatti, notreally, TxllxT)
    Davis: 2 votes (Dins, sospiro)
    Karajan: 1 vote (MAuer)
    Mitropoulos: 1 vote (schigolch)
    Pappano: 1 vote (Elgarian)



    1953 - Victor de Sabata - Teatro alla Scala Orchestra & Chorus

    Floria Tosca - Maria Callas
    Mario Cavaradossi - Giuseppe di Stefano
    Il barone Scarpia - Tito Gobbi
    Il Sagristano - Melchiorre Luise
    Cesare Angelotti - Franco Calabrese
    Spoletta - Angelo Mercuriali
    Sciarrone - Dario Caselli
    Un pastore - Alvaro Cordova
    Un carceriere - Dario Caselli
    -------------------------------------
    EMI CDS 7 47175-8 {2CDS} (1985)ª; EMI 5 56304-2 {2CDS}; Angel CDCB-47174 {2CDS}; EMI CDRM 491 788-2 (CD ROM) ; *EMI «Great Recordings of the Century» CMS 5 67756-2 {2CDS} (2002)ª; EMI Classics «Historical» 585 644-2 {2CDS} (2003)ª; Naxos «Historical» 8.110256-57 {2CDS} (2004)ª; Brilliant Classics «Opera Collection» 93927 {2CDS} (2009)ª



    1979 - Sir Colin Davis - Covent Garden Orchestra & Chorus
    Floria Tosca - Montserrat Caballé
    Mario Cavaradossi - José Carreras
    Il barone Scarpia - Ingvar Wixell
    Il Sagristano - Domenico Trimarchi
    Spoletta - Paul Crook
    -------------------------------
    Philips 2466363



    1956 - Dimitri Mitropoulos - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
    Floria Tosca - Renata Tebaldi
    Mario Cavaradossi - Richard Tucker
    Il barone Scarpia - Leonard Warren
    Il Sagristano - Fernando Corena
    Cesare Angelotti - Clifford Harvuot
    Spoletta - Alessio De Paolis
    Sciarrone - George Cehanovsky
    Un pastore - Peter Mark
    Un carceriere - Calvin Marsh
    --------------------------------------
    Myto 2MCD 044 297 (+La traviata - highlights with Tebaldi) {2CDS} (2004)ª; Andromeda ANDRCD 9001 {2CDS} (2005)ª



    2006 - Antonio Pappano - Covent Garden Orchestra & Chorus
    Floria Tosca - Angela Gheorghiu
    Mario Cavaradossi - Marcelo Álvarez
    Il barone Scarpia - Bryn Terfel
    Il Sagristano - Graeme Danby
    Cesare Angelotti - Carlo Cigni
    Spoletta - Enrico Facini
    Sciarrone - Robert Gleadow
    Un pastore - Jamie Manton
    Un carceriere - John Morrissey
    ----------------------------------
    EMI Classics 57173



    1982 - Herbert von Karajan - Berliner Philharmoniker - RIAS Chor
    Floria Tosca - Katia Ricciarelli
    Mario Cavaradossi - José Carreras
    Il barone Scarpia - Ruggero Raimondi
    Il Sagristano - Fernando Corena
    Cesare Angelotti - Gottfried Hornik
    -----------------------------------------
    DGG 6697724
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    Opera # 17 - Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart)

    Jacobs: 5 votes (Aksel, DarkAngel, Elgarian, mamascarlatti, StlukesguildOhio)
    Bohm (Philharmonia): 2 votes (jhar26, notreally)
    Solti: 2 votes (jflatter, TxllxT)
    Bohm (VPO): 1 vote (schigolch)
    Levine: 1 vote (Dins)
    Muti: 1 vote (MAuer)



    1998 - René Jacobs - Concerto Köln - Kölner Kammerchor
    Fiordiligi - Véronique Gens
    Dorabella - Bernada Fink
    Despina - Graciela Oddone
    Ferrando - Werner Güra
    Guglielmo - Marcel Boone
    Don Alfonso - Pietro Spagnoli
    ----------------------------------
    Harmonia Mundi (France} HMC 95 1663/5 {3CDS + 1 CD-ROM} (1999)ª; Harmonia Mundi (France) KKCC 422-4 {3CDS + 1 CD-ROM} (Japan) (1999)ª; Harmonia Mundi (France) HMX 290 1663/5 {3CDS} (2003)ª



    1962 - Karl Böhm - Philharmonia Orchestra - Philharmonia Chorus
    Fiordiligi - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Dorabella - Christa Ludwig
    Despina - Hanny Steffek
    Ferrando - Alfredo Kraus
    Guglielmo - Giuseppe Taddei
    Don Alfonso - Walter Berry
    ----------------------------------
    EMI CMS 7 69330-2 {3CDS} (1988)ª; EMI «Great Recordings of the Century» CMS 5 67382-2 {3CDS} (2000)ª; Angel CDMC-69330



    1994 - Georg Solti - Chamber Orchestra of Europe - London Voices
    Fiordiligi - Renée Fleming
    Dorabella - Anne Sofie von Otter
    Despina - Adelina Scarabelli
    Ferrando - Frank Lopardo
    Guglielmo - Olaf Bär
    Don Alfonso - Michele Pertusi
    ---------------------------------
    Decca(London) 444 174-2


    1955 - Karl Böhm - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper Chorus
    Fiordiligi - Lisa Della Casa
    Dorabella - Christa Ludwig
    Despina - Emmy Loose
    Ferrando - Anton Dermota
    Guglielmo - Erich Kunz
    Don Alfonso - Paul Schöffler
    ------------------------------
    Decca 417 185-2; Decca «Rouge Opéra» 455 862-2 (France) (1997)ª; Double Decca 455 476-2 {2CDS} (1999)ª



    1988 - James Levine - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper Chorus
    Fiordiligi - Kiri Te Kanawa
    Dorabella - Ann Murray
    Despina - Marie McLaughlin
    Ferrando - Hans Peter Blochwitz
    Guglielmo - Thomas Hampson
    Don Alfonso - Ferruccio Furlanetto
    -------------------------------------
    DG 423 897-2 {3CDS} (1989)ª



    1982 - Riccardo Muti - Wiener Philharmoniker - Wiener Staatsoper Chorus
    Fiordiligi - Margaret Marshall
    Dorabella - Agnes Baltsa
    Despina - Kathleen Battle
    Ferrando - Francisco Araiza
    Guglielmo - James Morris
    Don Alfonso - José van Dam
    --------------------------------
    EMI CMS 7 69580-2 {3CDS} (1988)ª; Angel CMS 69580-2 {3CDS} (1983)ª; EMI 5 75535-2 (+Le nozze di Figaro + Don Giovanni) {9CDS} (2002)ª
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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