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    This is the sister list of the 100 most recommended operas as chosen by our members on the regular opera forum and ranks what according to members' tastes are especially recommendable DVD's of each of those operas.

    # 1 Der Ring des Nibelungen
    Most Recommended Version:
    1992 Barenboim - Bayreuther Festpiele
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (50%) among 4 nominated versions out of 7 existing versions.

    Runner-up:
    1990 Levine - Metropolitan Opera House, picked by 2 out of 8 voters (25%)



    # 2 Tristan und Isolde
    Most Recommended Version:
    2007 Belohlavek – Glyndebourne / London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Picked by 3 out of 5 voters (60%) among 4 nominated versions out of 18 existing versions.

    Also available on blu-ray

    Runners-up (three way tie, each picked by 1 out of 5 voters (10%):
    2007 Barenboim – Teatro alla Scala - 1 vote

    1995 Barenboim – Bayreuth Festival - 1 vote

    1983 Barenboim – Bayreuth Festival - 1 vote


    # 3 Le Nozze di Figaro
    Most Recommended Version:
    2006 Pappano - Covent Garden
    Picked by 6 out of 12 voters (50%) among 4 nominated versions out of 30 existing versions.



    Runner-up (picked by 3 out of 12 voters (25%):
    1973 Pritchard - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Glyndebourne



    # 4 Giulio Cesare
    Most Recommended Version:
    2005 Christie - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Glyndebourne
    Picked by 11 out of 12 voters (91.6%) among 2 nominated versions out of 9 existing versions.


    Runner-up: 2005 Mortensen - Concerto Copenghagen
    (picked by 1 out of 12 voters (8.4%):



    # 5 Les Troyens
    Most Recommended Version:
    2003 Gardiner - Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique/Châtelet
    Picked by 6 out of 7 voters (85.7%) among 2 nominated versions out of 3 existing versions.

    Runner-up: 1983 Levine - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    Picked by 1 out of 7 voters (14.3%)



    # 6 Don Giovanni
    Most Recommended Version:
    2000 Levine - Metropolitan Opera
    Picked by 6 out of 12 voters (50%) among 6 nominated versions out of 38 existing versions.


    Runner-up: 2008 Mackerras - Covent Garden
    Picked by 2 out of 12 voters (16.6%)


    # 7 La Traviata
    Most Recommended Version:
    2005 Rizzi - Wiener Philharmoniker
    Picked by 6 out of 15 voters (40%) among 5 nominated versions out of 35 existing versions.


    Runners-up: tie, each picked by 3 out of 15 voters (20%)
    2006 Conlon - Los Angeles Opera


    1982 Levine Metropolitan Opera


    # 8 La Bohème
    Most Recommended Version:
    2007(LC) (FI) - Billy Bertrand De - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Villazón/Netrebko)

    Picked by 5 out of 11 voters (45.5%) among 7 nominated versions out of 41 existing versions.
    Runners-up: tie, each picked by 1 out of 11 voters (9%), together with 4 more versions, and these two won the runners-up tie breaker with 2 votes each:
    1988(LI) - Severini Tiziano - San Francisco Opera (Pavarotti/Freni)

    1993(LI) - Smith Julian - Australian Opera (Hobson/Barker)

    This product, issued in 2006, has an alternative cover for an earlier release (2002):



    Other nominated versions (mentioned here because they were part of the original six-way runners-up tie:
    1965(FI) - Karajan Herbert von - Teatro alla Scala (Raimondi/Freni)
    1979(LI) - Kleiber Carlos - Teatro alla Scala (Pavarotti/Cotrubas)
    2008(LC) - Luisotti Nicola - Metropolitan Opera (Vargas/Gheorghiu)
    1982(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera (Carreras/Stratas)

    # 9 Der Rosenkavalier
    Most Recommended Version:

    1979(LI) - Kleiber Carlos - Bayerisches Staatsorchester
    Picked by 6 out of 9 voters (66.6%) among 4 nominated versions out of 11 existing versions


    Runners-up: three-way tie, each picked by 1 out of 9 voters (11.1%)
    1985(LI) - Solti Georg - Covent Garden


    1994(LI) - Kleiber Carlos - Wiener Philharmoniker


    2009(LI) - Thielemann Christian - Münchner Philharmoniker


    # 10 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
    Most Recommended Version:
    2001(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera
    Picked by 4 out of 6 voters (66.6%) among 3 nominated versions out of 10 existing versions



    Runners-up: tie, each picked by 1 out of 6 voters (11.1%)
    1995(LI) - Frühbeck de Burgos Rafael - Deutsche Oper Berlin


    1984 (ST) - Stein Horst - Bayreuth Festival
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    # 11 Die Zauberflöte
    Most Recommended Version:
    2003(LI) - Davis, Colin - Covent Garden
    Picked by 4 out of 7 voters (57.1%) among 3 nominated versions out of 29 existing versions - Also available on DVD



    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 7 voters (28.5%)
    2006(LI) - Levine, James - Metropolitan Opera



    # 12 Carmen
    Most Recommended Version:
    2006(LI) - Pappano, Antonio - Covent Garden
    Picked by 5 out of 10 voters (50%) among 4 nominated versions out of 30 existing versions - Blu-ray, also available on DVD



    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 10 voters (30%)
    2010(LI) - Nézet-Séguin, Yannick - Metropolitan Opera




    # 13 Parsifal
    Most Recommended Version:
    2004 - Nagano Kent - Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (50%) among 4 nominated versions out of 8 existing versions - Blu-ray, also available on DVD


    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 8 voters (25%)
    1981 – Stein Horst – Bayreuth Festival



    # 14 Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini's version)
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 5 out of 7 voters (71.5%) among 3 nominated versions out of 18 existing versions
    2009 (LC) – Pappano Antonio – Covent Garden


    Runners-up: tie, picked each by 1 out of 7 voters (14.3%)
    1991(LI) - Zedda Alberto - Netherlands Chamber Orchestra


    1989 - Weikert Ralf - Metropolitan Opera



    # 15 Otello (Verdi's version)
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 3 out of 6 voters (50%) among 3 nominated versions out of 22 existing versions
    1995 (LI) – Levine James – Metropolitan Opera


    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 6 voters (33.3%)
    1992 (LC) - Solti Georg - Covent Garden

    Also released by Opus Arte with alternative cover



    # 16 Tosca
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (50%) among 4 nominated versions out of 33 existing versions
    1992(FI) - Mehta Zubin - RAI Roma


    Currently available only as part of a box-set:



    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 8 voters (25%)
    1976(FI) - Bartoletti Bruno - New Philharmonia Orchestra




    # 17 Così fan Tutte
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 5 out of 9 voters (55.5%) among 3 nominated versions out of 20 existing versions
    2006(LI) - Fischer Iván - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment


    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 9 voters (33.3%)
    2009(LI) – Fischer Adam – Wiener Philharmoniker

    Both productions exist on DVD and Blu-ray.


    # 18 Wozzeck
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 3 out of 6 voters (50%) among 3 nominated versions out of 5 existing versions
    1987(LC) - Abbado Claudio - Wiener Philharmoniker

    An alternative cover for the Abbado version exists, but beware since the picture on the alternative cover is mistakenly from a totally different production conducted by Cambreling and sang by Duesing and Ciesinski. However that other production also uses the same picture on its cover so make sure to read the name of the artists on the cover before you buy it, if you want to get the production with Abaddo, Grundhegger, and Behrens. Here's the alternative cover:


    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 6 voters (33.3%)
    1994(LC) – Barenboim Daniel – Berliner Staatskapelle




    # 19 Salome
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 9 voters (44.4%) among 4 nominated versions out of 7 existing versions
    1974(FI) - Böhm Karl - Wiener Philharmoniker



    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 9 voters (33.3%)
    1992 - Downes Edward - Covent Garden





    # 20 Lucia di Lammermoor
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 5 out of 8 voters (62.5%) among 3 nominated versions out of 16 existing versions (taking out non-commercial versions as per my new policy).
    2009(LI) - Armiliato Marco - Metropolitan Opera


    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 8 voters (25%)
    1982(LI) - Gardelli Lamberto - Wiener Symphoniker


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    # 21 Lohengrin
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 6 voters (66.6%) among 2 nominated versions out of 7 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy).
    2009(LI) – Nagano Kent - Bayerisches Staatsorchester


    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 6 voters (33%)
    2006(LC) - Nagano Kent - Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin




    # 22 Eugene Onegin
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 5 out of 5 voters (100%) among 1 nominated version out of 9 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy).
    2007(LI) – Gergiev Valery - Metropolitan Opera


    Runner-up: none


    # 23 Aida
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 3 out of 8 voters (37.5%) among 5 nominated versions out of 22 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy).
    1989 Levine James - Metropolitan Opera


    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 8 voters (25%)
    2001(LI) - Stefanelli Massimiliano - Orchestra della Fondazione "Arturo Toscanini"


    # 24 Les Contes d'Hoffmann
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 5 out of 6 voters (83.3%) among 2 nominated versions out of 10 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy).
    1981(LI) Prêtre Georges - Covent Garden



    Runner-up: picked by 1 out of 6 voters (16.6%)
    2002(LC) - López Cobos Jesús - L'Opéra National de Paris




    # 25 Don Carlos (Don Carlo)
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (50%) among 3 nominated versions out of 10 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy).
    1986 - Karajan Herbert von - Berliner Philharmoniker
    In Italian - 4 acts



    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 8 voters (37.5%)
    1996(LC) - Pappano Antonio - Orchestre de Paris - In French - 5 acts



    # 26 Rigoletto
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 2 out of 7 voters (28.6%) among 5 nominated versions out of 12 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy; 11 DVDs, 1 laser disc/VHS). Tied for first place, winner of the tie-breaker 4-2.
    1977(LI) Levine James - Metropolitan Opera


    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 7 voters (28.6%), tied for first place, loser of tie-breaker 2-4
    1983(FI) - Chailly Riccardo - Wiener Philharmoniker




    # 27 Elektra
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 6 voters (66%) among 2 nominated versions out of 6 existing commercial versions
    1981(FI) - Böhm Karl - Wiener Philharmoniker

    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 6 voters (33.3%)
    1989(LI) - Abaddo Claudio - Wiener Philharmoniker


    Alternative cover:

    # 28 Tannhäuser
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 7 voters (57.1%) among 4 nominated versions out of 7 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy)
    1978(LC) - Davis Colin - Bayreuth Festival


    Runners-up: three-way tie, each picked by 1 out of 7 voters (14.3%)
    1994(LI) - Mehta Zubin - Bayerisches Staatsorchester

    2008(LC) - Jordan Philippe - Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin

    1982(LC) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera


    # 29 L'Orfeo
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 7 voters (57.1%) among 2 nominated versions out of 7 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy)
    2002(LI) - Savall Jordi - Le Concert des Nations


    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 7 voters (42.9%)
    1998(LI) - Jacobs René - Concerto Vocale - 3 votes


    # 30 Moses und Aron
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 2 out of 3 voters (66.6%) among 2 nominated versions out of 2 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy)
    2006(LI) Daniele Gatti - Vienna State Opera

    Runner-up: picked by 1 out of 3 voters (33.3%)
    2009(LI) Boder Michael - Bochumer Symphoniker

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    # 31 Norma
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 2 out of 3 voters (66.6%) among 2 nominated versions out of 15 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy)
    2007(LI) - Carella Giuliano - Gran Teatro del Liceo

    Runner-up: picked by 1 out of 3 voters (33.3%)
    1974(LI) - Patanè Giuseppe - Teatro Regio di Torino


    # 32 Boris Godunov
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 3 out of 4 voters (75%) among 2 nominated versions out of 6 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy)
    1990 - Gergiev Valery - Kirov Theatre (Leningrad) a.k.a. Mariinski (St. Petersburg)


    Also in box-set


    Runner-up: picked by 1 out of 4 voters (25%)
    1978(LI) - Khaikin Boris - Bolshoi Theatre - 1 vote


    alternative covers



    # 33 Fidelio
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 6 voters (66.6%) among 3 nominated versions out of 10 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy)
    2000(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera


    Runners-up: tie, picked each by 1 out of 6 voters (16.6%)

    1978(LI) - Bernstein Leonard - Wiener Staatsoper


    2004(LI) - Harnoncourt Nikolaus - Opernhaus Zürich

    Alternative cover

    Also in box set


    # 34 Dido and Aeneas
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 3 out of 5 voters (60%) among 3 nominated versions out of 5 existing versions - three fully acted, two danced (only commercial versions were listed as per our policy)
    2009(LI) - Hogwood Christopher - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (at the Royal Opera House)


    Runners-up: tie, picked each by 1 out of 5 voters (20%)
    199?(FI) - Hickox Richard - Collegium Musicum 90


    20?? - Christie William - Les Arts Florissants




    # 35 La Fanciulla del West
    Most Recommended Versions:
    Tie, picked each by 2 out of 7 voters (28.6%) among 4 nominated versions out of 6 existing commercial versions, then co-winners of a tie-breaker picked each by 3 out of 7 voters.
    1982(LI) - Santi Nello - Covent Garden

    2009(LI) - Rizzi Carlos - Nederlands Philharmonic Orchestra

    Runner-up: initially tied for first with the two above with 2 votes out of 7 (28.6%) but then lost the tie-breaker, earning 1 vote out of 7.
    1992 - Slatkin Leonard - Metropolitan Opera


    # 36 Jenufa
    Most Recommended Versions:
    Tie, picked each by 2 out of 4 voters (50%) among 2 nominated versions out of 2 existing commercial versions.
    1989(LI) Davis Andrew - London Philharmonic Orchestra (Glyndebourne)


    2005(LI) Schneider Peter - Gran Teatro del Liceo
    or, alternative cover:

    Runner-up: none. There are no other commercial video versions of Jenufa.

    # 37 War and Peace
    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 5 out of 5 voters (100%) among 1 nominated versions out of 2 existing versions - (only commercial versions were listed as per our policy)
    2000(LI) Bertini Gary - L'Opéra National de Paris

    Runner-up: none. There is only one other version but it didn't get a single nomination.


    # 38 Porgy and Bess
    Most Recommended Version
    Endorsed by 4 out of 4 voters (100%) - it is the only existing DVD version.
    1992(FI) Rattle Simon - London Philharmonic Orchestra


    Runner-up: not applicable.

    # 39 Lulu
    Most Recommended Versions
    Picked by 4 out of 5 voters (80%) among 2 nominated versions out of existing commercial versions.
    1996(LC) - Davis Andrew - London Philharmonic Orchestra


    Runner-up: Picked by 1 out of 5 voters (20%)
    2009(LI) - Pappano Antonio - Covent Garden



    # 40 Ariodante
    Most Recommended Versions
    Nobody has nominated the two existing DVD versions; both were considered by our members to be weak.

    Two members have recommended instead the Minkowski's CD with Anne Sofie von Otter.



    One member has recommended instead the McGegan's CD with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.


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    # 41 Prodaná Nevesta (The Bartered Bride)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 6 voters (66.6%) among 2 nominated versions out of 4 existing commercial versions.
    1982(LI) - Fischer Adám - Wiener Staatsoper



    Runner-up: Picked by 2 out of 6 voters (33.3%)
    1981(STU) - Kosler Zdenek Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


    # 42 Der Fliegende Holländer
    Most Recommended Versions
    Picked by 3 out of 3 voters (100%) and the only nominated version out of 4 existing commercial versions.
    1985(STU) - Nelsson Woldemar Nelsson - Bayreuth Festival


    Runner-up: None. No other version was nominated.


    # 43 Falstaff
    Most Recommended Versions
    Picked by 3 out of 7 voters (42.9%) among 4 nominated versions
    2001(LI) - Muti Riccardo - Teatro alla Scala



    Runner-up: Picked by 2 out of 7 voters (28.6%)
    1992 - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera



    # 44 Turandot
    Most Recommended Versions
    Picked by 4 out of 9 voters (44.5%) among 5 nominated versions
    1987(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera


    Runner-up: Picked by 2 out of 9 voters
    1983(LC) - Maazel Lorin - Wiener Staatsoper




    # 45 Madama Butterfly
    Most Recommended Versions
    Picked by 3 out of 4 voters (75%) among 2 nominated versions out of approximately 18 versions
    1994(FI) - Colon James - Orchestre de Paris



    Runner-up: Picked by 1 out of 4 voters (25%)
    2003(LI) - de Waart Edo - Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra


    # 46 Les Indes Galantes
    Recommended Version
    Picked by 9 out of 9 voters (100%) among 1 nominated version out of approximately 1 version (no competition, but very strongly endorsed by our 9 voters)

    2004(LI) - William Christie - Les Arts Florissants

    Runner-up: Not Applicable


    # 47 Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail
    Most recommended Version
    Picked by 2 out of 5 voters (40%) among 3 nominated version out of approximately 18 versions, tied for first place and winner of tie-breaker with one vote

    1991(LI) - Gianliugi Gelmetti - Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart




    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 5 voters (40%) - tied for first place, loser of tie-breaker with zero votes.

    2004(LC)- Marc Minkowski - Les Musiciens du Louvre



    # 48 Il Trovatore
    Most recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 7 voters (57%) among 3 nominated version out of approximately 10 versions

    2002(LI) - Rizzi Carlo - Royal Opera House




    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 7 voters (28%)

    1988(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera House



    # 49 Simon Boccanegra
    Most recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 7 voters (57%) among 2 nominated version out of approximately 12 versions

    1995(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera House



    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 7 voters (43%)

    2010(LI) - Pappano Antonio - Royal Opera House


    # 50 Peter Grimes
    Most recommended Version
    Picked by 2 out of 5 voters (40%) among 3 nominated version out of approximately 6 versions, tied for first place, and winner of the tie-breaker 3-2
    1998 - Atherton David - English National Opera
    Region 1 cover

    Region 2 cover:


    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 5 voters (40%), loser of tie-breaker 2-3
    2008 - Runnicles Donald - Metropolitan Opera House
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    # 51 Ariadne Auf Naxos
    Most recommended Version
    Picked by 3 out of 7 voters (43%) among 4 nominated version out of approximately 7 versions,
    2003(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 7 voters (29%)
    2000(LI) -Davis Colin - Semperoper Dresden


    # 52 Manon (Massenet)
    Most recommended Version
    Picked by 6 out of 9 voters (66%) among 3 nominated version out of approximately 5 versions,
    2007(LI) -Victor Pablo Pérez - Gran Teatro del Liceu


    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 9 voters (29%)
    2003(LI) - Jesus Lopez-Cobos - Opéra National de Paris


    # 53 Pelléas et Mélisande
    Most recommended Version
    Picked by 2out of 3 voters (66%) among 2 nominated version out of approximately 6 versions,
    1992 -Boulez Pierre - Welsh National Opera


    Runner-up: picked by 1 out of 3 voters (33%)
    2009 - de Billy Bertrand - Theater an der Wien


    # 54 La Damnation de Faust (Berlioz)
    Most recommended Versions
    Tie, picked by 1 out of 2 voters (50%) among the 2 existing versions
    1989(LI) - Georg Solti - Chicago Symphony Orchestra (concert version)

    Tie, picked by 1 out of 2 voters (50%) among the 2 existing versions
    1996(LI) - Sylvain Cambreling - Staatskapelle Berlin (staged version)


    Honorary Mention
    Several members stated that they would have preferred the MetPlayer version, if available on DVD
    November 22, 2008 productionat the Metropolitan Opera with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus, conducted by James Levine and staged by Robert Lepage, sung by Marcello Giordani as Faust, John Relyea as Méphistophélès, and Susan Graham as Marguerite; available for streaming at www.metoperafamily.org, by subscription.

    # 55 Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District (Shostakovich)
    Most recommended Versions
    Tie, picked by 1 out of 2 voters (50%) among the 6 existing versions
    2006(LI) - Mariss Jansons - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra


    Tie, picked by 1 out of 2 voters (50%) among the 6 existing versions
    2004(LI) - Alexander Anissimov - Gran Teatre del Liceu

    # 56 Alcina (Handel)
    Only existing version, having received a controversial recommendation
    Picked by only 1 voter but strongly opposed by another one, with all other voters abstaining
    1999(LI) - Alan Hacker - Staatsoper Stuttgart



    # 57 Faust (Gounod)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 2 voters out of 3 (66%) among 2 nominated versions out of 4 existing versions
    2004(LI) - Antonio Pappano - Royal Opera House


    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 3 voters (33%)
    1985 - Erich Binder - Wiener Staatsoper


    # 58 The Love for Three Oranges (Prokofiev)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 4 voters out of 6 (66%) among 2 nominated versions out of 5 existing versions
    2005(LI) - Stéphane Denève - Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra


    Runner-up
    Picked by 2 out of 6 voters (33%)
    2005 - Sylvain Chambreling - Opéra National de Paris


    #59 The Rake's Progress(Stravinsky)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 2 out of 3 voters (66%) among 2 nominated versions out of 5 existing versions
    2007 Kazushi Ono - Symphony Orchestra of La Monnaie-De Munt


    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 3 voters (33%)
    1975 - Bernard Haitink - London Philharmonic Orchestra (Glyndebourne)


    # 60 - Orphée et Eurydice (Gluck)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 5 voters (80%) among 2 nominated versions out of 8 existing versions
    1999(LI) Sir John Eliot Gardiner - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique


    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 5 voters (20%)
    1993 - Marco Guidarini - Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
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    # 61 - Idomeneo (Mozart)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 2 out of 5 voters (40%) among 4 nominated versions out of 10 existing versions
    2007 - Roger Norrington - Camerata Salzburg


    Runners-up - three-way tie
    Picked each by 1 out of 5 voters (20%)

    1983 - James Levine - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


    1983 - Bernard Hartink - London Phylharmonic Orchestra (Glyndebourne)


    1991 - Arnold Ostman - Drottningholm Opera



    # 62 - Bluebeard's Castle (Bartók)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 5 voters (80%) among 2 nominated versions (the only 2 existing versions)
    1981(FI) - Georg Solti - London Philharmonic Orchestra


    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 5 voters (20%)
    1989(FI) - Adam Fischer - London Philharmonic Orchestra


    # 63 - Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 5 out of 7 voters (71.5%) among 3 nominated versions out of 13 existing versions
    1981(FI) - Georges Prêtre - Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scala


    Runners-up - tie, Picked by 1 each out of 7 voters (14.2%)

    2007 - Jesús López Cobos - Orchestra of the Teatro Real (Madrid Symphony Orchestra)


    2010 - Stefano Ranzani - Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House



    # 64 - L'Elisir D'Amore (Donizetti)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 6 out of 8 voters (75%) among 2 nominated versions out of 13 existing versions
    2005(LI) - Alfred Eschwé - Wiener Staatsoper


    Runner-up
    Picked by 2 out of 8 voters (25%)
    1991(LI) - James Levine - Metropolitan Opera


    # 65 - L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 3 out of 7 voters (42.9%) among 3 nominated versions out of 7 existing versions, and winner of tie-breaker 3-2
    2008 - Emanuelle Haïm - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Glydenbourne)


    Runner-up
    Picked by 3 out of 7 voters (42.9%), loser of tie-breaker 2-3
    1984 - Raimond Leppard - London Philharmonic Orchestra (Glyndebourne)


    # 66 - Der Freischütz (Weber)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 1 out of 1 voter (100%) among 1 nominated versions out of 4 existing version
    1999 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House


    The above is the 2009 release, re-mastered. Alternative (original) cover:


    Runner-up - none

    # 67 - La Cenerentola (Rossini)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (50%) among 4 nominated versions out of 9 existing versions
    1981(FI) - Claudio Abbado - Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala


    Runner-up
    Picked by 2 out of 8 voters (25%)
    2009(LI) - Maurizio Benini - Metropolita Opera Orchestra


    #68 Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 6 voters (66%) among 2 nominated versions out of 8 existing versions
    1982 - Thomas Fulton - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


    Runner-up
    Picked by 2 out of 6 voters (33%)
    1981(FI) - Georg Solti - Wiener Philharmoniker


    #69 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 5 voters (80%) among 2 nominated versions out of approximately 17 existing versions
    1981(FI) - Georges Prêtre - Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala


    Runner-up
    Picked by 1out of 5 voters (20%)
    2007 - Jesús López Cobos - Orchestra of the Teatro Real (Madrid Symphony Orchestra)



    #70 Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 2 out of 3 voters (66%) among 2 nominated versions out of approximately 5 existing versions
    2007(LI) - Julian Reynolds - Orchestra de la Fondazione Arturo Toscanini - Teatro Comunale di Modena


    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 2 voters (33%)
    2004(LI) - Vladimir Jurowsky - London Symphonic Orchestra - Glyndebourne
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    #71 Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 2 out of 3 voters (66%) among 2 nominated versions out of approximately 4 existing versions
    1981 - Julius Rudel - Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera


    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 2 voters (33%)
    1998 - James Levine - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra



    #72 Capriccio (R. Strauss)
    Recommended Version
    Picked by 6 out of 6 voters (100%) among 1 nominated version out of 2 existing versions
    1993(LI) - David Runnicles - San Francisco Opera Orchestra


    Runner-up: None, the other existing version wasn't nominated by anybody

    #73 Rusalka (Dvorak)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 3 out of 4 voters (75%) among 2 nominated versions out of 3 existing versions
    2002 - James Conlon - Opéra National de Paris

    Alternative cover:


    Runner-up:
    Picked by 1 out of 4 voters (25%)
    1961(sound track)/1975(image)(FI) - Zdenek Chalabala - Praga National Theater


    #74 L'Amour de Loin (Saariaho)
    Recommended Version
    Endorsed by 5 out of 5 voters (100%), it is the only existing version
    2004(LI) - Esa Pekka-Salonen - Finnish National Opera


    Runner-up: None, there were not other versions at the time of voting

    #75 I Puritani (Bellini)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 5 out of 7 voters (71.4%) among 3 nominated versions out of 4 existing versions
    2007(LI) - Patrick Summers - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    Also available on blu-ray

    Runners-up
    Tie, picked each by 1 out of 7 voters (14.3%)
    2009 - Michele Mariotti - Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna


    1966(LI) - Arturo Basile - Orchestra del Teatro Verdi di Triestre


    #76 La Forza del Destino (Verdi)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 2 out of 5 voters (40%) among 4 nominated versions out of 6 existing versions
    1978(LI) - Giuseppe Patane - Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala


    Runners-up
    Tie, picked each by 1 out of 5 voters (20%), one other version withdrawing
    2006(LC) - Lukas Karytnos - Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta "Gian Francesco Malipiero"


    2008(LI) - Zubin Mehta - Wiener Staatsoper


    #77 La Fille du Régiment (Donizetti)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 7 out of 8 voters (77.5%) among 2 nominated versions out of 4 existing versions
    2007(LI) - Bruno Campanella - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House


    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 8 voters (12.5%)
    200(LI) - Riccardo Frizza - Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova


    #78 Roméo et Juliette (Gounod)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 2 out of 3 voters (66.6%) among 2 nominated versions out of 3 existing versions
    2008(LI) - Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Mozartium Orchestra


    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 3 voters (33.3%)
    1994(LI) - Charles Mackerras - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Alternative covers:



    #79 Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 5 out of 8 voters (62.5%) among 2 nominated versions out of 9 existing versions
    1991(LI) - James Levine - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


    Runner-up
    Picked by 3 out of 8 voters (37.5%)
    1990(LI) - Georg Solti - Wiener Philharmoniker


    #80 Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 3 out of 6 voters (50%) among 3 nominated versions out of 8 existing versions
    2006 - Nello Santi - Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zurich


    Runner-up
    Picked by 2 out of 6 voters (33%)
    2010(LI) - James Levine - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    #81 La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 2 out of 7 voters (28.6%) among 4 nominated versions out of 6 existing versions
    1980(FI) - James Levine - Wiener Philharmoniker


    Runners-up
    Picked each by 2 out of 7 voters (28.6%) as well, but losers of tie-breaker
    1991(LI) - Andrew Davis - London Philharmonic Orchestra (Glyndebourne)


    2005 - Franz Welser-Möst - Orchester der Oper Zürich



    #82 The Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek)
    Most Recommended Versions
    Tie, each picked by 2 out of 4 voters (50%) among 2 nominated versions out of 4 existing versions
    1995 - Charles Mackerras - Orchestre de Paris (Châtelet)


    2008(LC) - Dennis Russell Davies - Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris (Bastille)


    Runner-up: none

    #83 Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 2 out of 3 voters (66.6%) among 2 nominated versions out of 6 existing versions
    2000 - Roberto Rizzi Brignoli - Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala


    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 3 voters (33.3%)
    1989(LI) - Gianandrea Gavazzeni - Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala


    Alternative cover:



    #84 Macbeth (Verdi)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (50%) among 3 nominated versions out of 9 existing versions
    2008(LI) - James Levine - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


    Runner-up
    Picked by 3 out of 8 voters (37.5%)
    2007(LC) - Daniele Callegari - Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana


    #85 La Rondine (Puccini)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 7 voters (57%) among 3 nominated versions out of 5 existing versions
    1998(LI) - Emmanuel Villaume - Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra


    Runner-up
    Picked by 2 out of 7 voters (28.6%)
    2008(LI) - Marco Armiliato - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


    #86 La Sonnambula (Bellini)
    Recommended Version
    Picked by 1 voter out of 4 existing versions, 10 other voters abstained
    1956 - Bruno Bartoletti - Orchestra di Milan de la Radiotelevisione Italiana


    Runner-up - none
    Given the low endorsement for this version, we'll also mention two CD versions:



    #87 L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel)
    Recommended Version
    Picked by 3 out of 3 voters (100%) out of 2 existing versions
    1987 - Simon Rattle - London Philharmonic Orchestra (Glyndebourne)

    This DVD also contains another delicious opera by Ravel, L'Heure Espagnole

    Runner-up - none, the other version wasn't nominated

    #88 Euryanthe (Weber)
    Recommended Version
    Picked by 2 out of 2 voters (100%) out of 1 existing version
    2002(LC) - Gérard Korsten - Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari


    Runner-up - not applicable, this is the only version at the time of voting

    #89 The Golden Cockerel (Rimsky-Korsakof)
    Recommended Versions
    Tie, picked each by 2 out of 4 voters (50%) out of 2 existing versions

    1986(LI) - Aram Katanian - Orchestra of the Yerevan Alexander Spendiaryan State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet


    2002(LC) - Kent Nagano - Orchestre de Paris


    Runner-up- not applicable, these are the two only versions at the time of voting

    #90 L'Italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
    Recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 4 voters (100%) out of 6 existing version
    1987 - James Levine - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


    Runner-up - n/a, no other version was nominated
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    #91 Andrea Chénier (Giordano)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 2 out of 3 voters (66.6%) among 2 nominated versions out of 9 existing versions
    2006(LI) - Carlo Rizzi - Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna


    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 3 voters (33.3%)
    1985(LI) - Riccardo Chailly - Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala



    #92 Werther (Massenet)
    Recommended Version
    Picked by 5 out of 5 voters (100%) out of 6 existing versions
    2010(LI) - Michel Plasson - Opéra National de Paris (Bastille)


    Runner-up - n/a, no other version was nominated

    #93 Roberto Devereux (Donizetti)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 3 out of 5 voters (60%) among 2 nominated versions out of 4 existing versions
    2006(LC) - Marcello Rota - Orchestra Bergamo Musica Festival G. Donizetti


    Runner-up
    Picked by 2 out of 5 voters (40%)
    2005(LI) - Friedrich Haider - Bayerish Staatsoper


    #94 I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini)
    Most Recommended DVD Version - none
    The two existing DVD versions at the time of voting were both considered by our members to be subpar and did not earn a nomination. According to the rules, we're recommending CD versions instead, until the time when a better DVD version comes along.

    Most Recommended CD Version
    Picked by 6 out of 9 voters (66%) among at least 25 versions
    2008(STU) - Fabio Luisi - Wiener Symphoniker - DG


    Runner-up
    Picked by 2 out of 9 voters (22%)
    1997(STU) - Roberto Abbaddo - Münchner Rundfunkorchester - RCA


    #95 Arabella (R. Strauss)
    Recommended Version
    Picked by 8 out of 8 voters (100%) out of 4 existing versions
    1996 - Christian Thielemann - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


    Runner-up - n/a, no other version was nominated

    #96 Ernani (Verdi)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 5 out of 8 voters (62.5%) among 2 nominated versions out of 3 existing versions
    1983(LI) - James Levine - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


    Runner-up
    Picked by 3 out of 8 voters (37.5%)
    1982(LI) - Riccardo Muti - Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala


    # 97 Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (Tchaikosvsky)
    Most Recommended Versions
    Tie, picked each by 1 out of 2 voters (50%) out of 7 existing versions:
    1992(LI) - Valery Gergiev - Kirov Opera (Mariinsky)


    1992(LI) - Seiji Ozawa - Wiener Staatsoper


    Runner-up - n/a

    # 98 Mignon (Thomas)
    Most Recommended Version
    At the time of voting there is no DVD/Blu-ray version. 3 members have endorsed one CD version among 4 existing CD versions
    1999(STU) - Antonio de Almeida - Philharmonia Orchestra (Sony)

    Alternativa cover:


    Runner-up - n/a - no other version was nominated

    # 99 Suor Angelica (Puccini)
    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 4 voters (100%) among 1 nominated version out of 4 existing versions
    2007(LI) - Julian Reynolds - Orchestra della Fondazione Arturo Toscanini (Teatro Comunale di Modena)


    Also available on blu-ray

    Runner-up - n/a - no other version was nominated

    # 100 Orlando (Handel)
    Most Recommended Version
    At the time of voting this was the only available video version and it was endorsed by 3 members
    2007(LI) - William Christie - Orchestra "La Scintilla" (Zurich Opera)


    Also available on DVD

    Runner-up - n/a - no other version existed at the time of voting
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    The above is the INITIAL 2011 version of this list.
    BELOW you find its first revision, done in June of 2011.
    At some point in time the list above will be corrected to reflect the revisions done below.
    For now I'm taking a break after the hard work.

    If you are curious to consult the long thread that contains the voting and discussions that resulted in our list, it can be consulted here:

    Project: list of recommended DVD/blu-ray versions for our Top 100 operas

    No more voting is possible until the next revision in June of 2012.
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    FIRST REVISION OF THE ABOVE LIST, IN JUNE OF 2011

    #1-10

    1.Der Ring des Nibelungen :

    Most Recommended Version:
    1992 Barenboim - Bayreuther Festpiele
    Picked by 6 out of 11 voters (54.5%) among 4 nominated versions out of 7 existing versions.

    Runner-up:
    1990 Levine - Metropolitan Opera House, picked by 3 out of 11 voters (27.2%)

    2.Tristan und Isolde :

    Most Recommended Version:

    2007 Belohlavek – Glyndebourne / London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Picked by 3 out of 7 voters (42.8%) among 5 nominated versions out of 18 existing versions.

    Runner-up:
    1995 Barenboim – Bayreuth Festival, picked by 2 out of 7 voters (28.5%):

    3.Le nozze di Figaro :
    Most Recommended Version:

    2006 Pappano - Covent Garden
    Picked by 7 out of 14 voters (50%) among 5 nominated versions out of 30 existing versions.

    Runner-up (picked by 3 out of 14 voters (21.4%):
    1973 Pritchard - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Glyndebourne

    4.Giulio Cesare :

    Most Recommended Version:
    2005 Christie - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Glyndebourne
    Picked by 12 out of 13 voters (92.3%) among 2 nominated versions out of 9 existing versions.

    Runner-up: 2005 Mortensen - Concerto Copenghagen
    (picked by 1 out of 13 voters (7.6%):

    5.Les Troyens :

    Most Recommended Version:
    2003 Gardiner - Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique/Châtelet
    Picked by 7 out of 8 voters (87.5%) among 2 nominated versions out of 3 existing versions.

    Runner-up: 1983 Levine - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    Picked by 1 out of 8 voters (12.5%)

    6.Don Giovanni :

    Most Recommended Version:
    2000 Levine - Metropolitan Opera
    Picked by 7 out of 14 voters (50%) among 7 nominated versions out of 38 existing versions.

    Runner-up: 2008 Mackerras - Covent Garden
    Picked by 2 out of 14 voters (14.2%)

    7.La Traviata :

    Most Recommended Version:
    2005 Rizzi - Wiener Philharmoniker
    Picked by 7 out of 17 voters (41.2%) among 6 nominated versions out of 35 existing versions.

    Runners-up: tie, each picked by 3 out of 17 voters (17.6%)

    2006 - Conlon - Los Angeles Opera

    1982 - Levine Metropolitan Opera

    8.La Bohème :

    Most Recommended Version:

    2007(LC) (FI) - Billy Bertrand De - Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Villazón/Netrebko)
    Picked by 6 out of 13 voters (46.1%) among 8 nominated versions out of 41 existing versions.



    Runners-up: tie, each picked by 1 out of 13 voters (7.6%), together with 5 more versions, and these two won the runners-up tie breaker with 2 votes each:

    1988(LI) - Severini Tiziano - San Francisco Opera (Pavarotti/Freni)



    1993(LI) - Smith Julian - Australian Opera (Hobson/Barker)



    This product, issued in 2006, has an alternative cover for an earlier release (2002):




    9.Der Rosenkavalier :

    Most Recommended Version:

    1979(LI) - Kleiber Carlos - Bayerisches Staatsorchester
    Picked by 6 out of 11 voters (54.5%) among 4 nominated versions out of 11 existing versions

    Runner-up:

    1985(LI) - Solti Georg - Covent Garden

    Picked by 3 out of 11 voters (27.2%)


    10.Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :

    Most Recommended Version:
    2001(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (50%) among 3 nominated versions out of 10 existing versions

    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 8 voters (37.5%)
    1984(ST) - Stein Horst - Bayreuth Festival

    #11-20

    11.Die Zauberflöte :

    Most Recommended Version:
    2003(LI) - Davis, Colin - Covent Garden
    Picked by 5 out of 9 voters (55.5%) among 4 nominated versions out of 29 existing versions - Also available on DVD

    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 9 voters (22.2%)
    2006(LI) - Levine, James - Metropolitan Opera


    12.Carmen :

    Most Recommended Version:
    2006(LI) - Pappano, Antonio - Covent Garden
    Picked by 6 out of 12 voters (50%) among 5 nominated versions out of 30 existing versions - Blu-ray, also available on DVD

    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 12 voters (25%)
    2010(LI) - Nézet-Séguin, Yannick - Metropolitan Opera


    13.Parsifal :

    Most Recommended Version:
    2004 - Nagano Kent - Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin
    Picked by 5 out of 10 voters (50%) among 4 nominated versions out of 8 existing versions - Blu-ray, also available on DVD

    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 10 voters (20%)
    1981 – Stein Horst – Bayreuth Festival



    14.Il Barbiere di Seviglia :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 5 out of 8 voters (62.5%) among 4 nominated versions out of 18 existing versions
    2009 (LC) – Pappano Antonio – Covent Garden

    Runners-up: a 3 way tie, picked each by 1 out of 8 voters (12.5%)
    1991(LI) - Zedda Alberto - Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

    1989 - Weikert Ralf - Metropolitan Opera

    1981 - Cambreling - Glyndebourne festival

    15.Otello :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (50%) among 3 nominated versions out of 22 existing versions
    1995 (LI) – Levine James – Metropolitan Opera

    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 8 voters (37.5%)
    1992 (LC) - Solti Georg - Covent Garden


    16.Tosca :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 5 out of 9 voters (55.5%) among 4 nominated versions out of 33 existing versions
    1992(FI) - Mehta Zubin - RAI Roma

    Currently available only as part of a box-set:

    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 9 voters (22.2%)
    1976(FI) - Bartoletti Bruno - New Philharmonia Orchestr

    17.Così fan tutte :

    Picked by 6 out of 10 voters (60%) among 3 nominated versions out of 20 existing versions
    2006(LI) - Fischer Iván - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 10 voters (30%)
    2009(LI) – Fischer Adam – Wiener Philharmoniker

    Both productions exist on DVD and Blu-ray.

    18. Wozzeck :

    18. Wozzeck :

    Most Recommended Versions:

    A tie, each picked by 3 out of 8 voters (37.5%) among 4 nominated versions out of 5 existing versions :

    1996(FI) - Sylvain Cambreling - Frankfurter Museumorchester

    1987(LC) - Abbado Claudio - Wiener Philharmoniker

    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 8 voters (25%)
    1994(LC) – Barenboim Daniel – Berliner Staatskapelle


    19. Salome :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 5 out of 10 voters (50%) among 4 nominated versions out of 7 existing versions
    1974(FI) - Böhm Karl - Wiener Philharmoniker

    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 10 voters (30%)
    1992 - Downes Edward - Covent Garden

    20.Lucia di Lammermoor :

    Most Recommended Version:

    Picked by 5 out of 9 voters (55.5%) among 4 nominated versions out of 16 existing versions
    2009(LI) - Armiliato Marco - Metropolitan Opera

    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 9 voters (22.2%)
    1982(LI) - Gardelli Lamberto - Wiener Symphoniker


    #21-25

    21.Lohengrin :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (%) among 2 nominated versions out of 7 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy).
    2009(LI) – Nagano Kent - Bayerisches Staatsorchester

    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 7 voters (42.8%)
    2006(LC) - Nagano Kent - Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin

    22.Eugene Onegin :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 6 out of 6 voters (100%) among 1 nominated version out of 9 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy).
    2007(LI) – Gergiev Valery - Metropolitan Opera

    Runner-up: none

    23.Aïda :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 3 out of 9 voters (33.3%) among 6 nominated versions out of 22 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy).
    1989 Levine James - Metropolitan Opera

    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 9 voters (22.2%)
    2001(LI) - Stefanelli Massimiliano - Orchestra della Fondazione "Arturo Toscanini"

    24.Les Contes d'Hoffmann :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 6 out of 8 voters (75%) among 2 nominated versions out of 10 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy).
    1981(LI) Prêtre Georges - Covent Garden

    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 8 voters (25%)
    2002(LC) - López Cobos Jesús - L'Opéra National de Paris

    25.Don Carlos :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (50%) among 4 nominated versions out of 10 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy).
    1986 - Karajan Herbert von - Berliner Philharmoniker
    In Italian - 4 acts

    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 8 voters (37.5%)
    1996(LC) - Pappano Antonio - Orchestre de Paris - In French - 5 acts
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    26.Rigoletto :

    Most Recommended Version:
    picked by 3 out of 9 voters (33.3%) among 5 nominated versions out of 12 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy; 11 DVDs, 1 laser disc/VHS).
    1983(FI) - Chailly Riccardo - Wiener Philharmoniker

    Runners-up:
    Tie, each picked by 2 out of 9 voters (22.2%) among 5 nominated versions out of 12 existing versions
    1977(LI) Levine James - Metropolitan Opera

    2008(LI) – Luizi Fabio - Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden


    27.Elektra :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 6 out of 8 voters (75%) among 2 nominated versions out of 6 existing commercial versions
    1981(FI) - Böhm Karl - Wiener Philharmoniker

    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 8 voters (25%)
    1989(LI) - Abaddo Claudio - Wiener Philharmoniker


    28.Tannhäuser :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 5 out of 9 voters (55.5%) among 4 nominated versions out of 7 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy)
    1978(LC) - Davis Colin - Bayreuth Festival

    Runner-up:

    picked by 2 out of 9 voters (22.2%)

    1982(LC) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera


    29.L'Orfeo :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (50%) among 3 nominated versions out of 7 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy)
    2002(LI) - Savall Jordi - Le Concert des Nations

    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 8 voters (37.5%)
    1998(LI) - Jacobs René - Concerto Vocale - 3 votes


    30.Moses und Aron :


    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 2 out of 3 voters (66.6%) among 2 nominated versions out of 2 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy)
    2006(LI) Daniele Gatti - Vienna State Opera

    Runner-up: picked by 1 out of 3 voters (33.3%)
    2009(LI) Boder Michael - Bochumer Symphoniker


    31.Norma :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 2 out of 4 voters (50%) among 3 nominated versions out of 15 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy)
    2007(LI) - Carella Giuliano - Gran Teatro del Liceo

    Runners-up: tie, each picked by 1 out of 4 voters (25%)

    1978(LI) - Bonynge Richard - Sydney Elizabethan Orchestra

    1974(LI) - Patanè Giuseppe - Teatro Regio di Torino

    32.Boris Godunov :

    Most Recommended Version:

    Picked by 4 out of 6 voters (66.6%) among 3 nominated versions out of 6 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy)
    1990 - Gergiev Valery - Kirov Theatre (Leningrad) a.k.a. Mariinski (St. Petersburg)

    Runners-up: tie, each picked by 1 out of 6 voters (16.6%)

    1978(LI) - Khaikin Boris - Bolshoi Theatre

    1954(FI) - Nebolsin Vasily - Bolshoi Theatre

    33.Fidelio :

    Most Recommended Version:
    Picked by 4 out of 6 voters (66.6%) among 3 nominated versions out of 10 existing versions (only commercial versions were listed as per my new policy)
    2000(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera


    Runners-up: tie, picked each by 1 out of 6 voters (16.6%)

    1978(LI) - Bernstein Leonard - Wiener Staatsoper


    2004(LI) - Harnoncourt Nikolaus - Opernhaus Zürich

    Alternative cover

    Also in box set



    34.Dido and Aeneas :

    Most Recommended Version:
    A tie, each picked by 3 out of 6 voters (50%) among 3 nominated versions out of 5 existing versions - three fully acted, two danced (only commercial versions were listed as per our policy)
    2009(LI) - Hogwood Christopher - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (at the Royal Opera House)

    1995(FI) - Hickox Richard - Collegium Musicum 90


    35.La Fanciulla del West :


    Most Recommended Versions:
    Tie, picked each by 2 out of 7 voters (28.6%) among 4 nominated versions out of 6 existing commercial versions, then co-winners of a tie-breaker picked each by 3 out of 7 voters.
    1982(LI) - Santi Nello - Covent Garden

    2009(LI) - Rizzi Carlos - Nederlands Philharmonic Orchestra

    Runner-up: initially tied for first with the two above with 2 votes out of 7 (28.6%) but then lost the tie-breaker, earning 1 vote out of 7.
    1992 - Slatkin Leonard - Metropolitan Opera

    36.Jenufa :

    Most Recommended Versions:
    Picked by 3 out of 5 voters (60%) among 2 nominated versions out of 2 existing commercial versions.

    2005(LI) Schneider Peter - Gran Teatro del Liceo
    or, alternative cover:


    Runner-up:
    Picked by 2 out of 5 voters (40%)

    1989(LI) Davis Andrew - London Philharmonic Orchestra (Glyndebourne)


    37.War and Piece :

    Most Recommended Version :
    Picked by 7 out of 7 voters (100%) among 1 nominated versions out of 2 existing versions - (only commercial versions were listed as per our policy)
    2000(LI) Bertini Gary - L'Opéra National de Paris

    Runner-up: none. There is only one other version but it didn't get a single nomination.


    38.Porgy and Bess :

    Most Recommended Version :
    Endorsed by 5 out of 5 voters (100%) - it is the only existing DVD version.
    1992(FI) Rattle Simon - London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Runner-up: not applicable.


    39.Lulu :

    Most Recommended Version :
    Picked by 4 out of 6 voters (66.6%) among 3 nominated versions out of existing commercial versions.
    1996(LC) - Davis Andrew - London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Runners-up:
    Tie, each picked by 1 out of 6 voters (16.6%)

    2009(LI) - Pappano Antonio - Covent Garden

    1980(LI) – Levine James - Metropolitan Opera


    40.Ariodante :

    Most Recommended Versions
    Nobody has nominated the two existing DVD versions; both were considered by our members to be weak.

    Two members have recommended instead the Minkowski's CD with Anne Sofie von Otter.


    One member has recommended instead the McGegan's CD with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.


    # 41-50


    41.The Bartered Bride :

    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 5 out of 7 voters (71.4%) among 2 nominated versions out of 4 existing commercial versions.
    1982(LI) - Fischer Adám - Wiener Staatsoper

    Runner-up: Picked by 2 out of 7 voters (28.5%)
    1981(STU) - Kosler Zdenek Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


    42.Der fliegende Holländer :

    Most Recommended Versions
    Picked by 5 out of 5 voters (100%) and the only nominated version out of 4 existing commercial versions.
    1985(STU) - Nelsson Woldemar Nelsson - Bayreuth Festival

    Runner-up: None. No other version was nominated.

    43.Falstaff :

    Most Recommended Versions
    Picked by 4 out of 9 voters (44.4%) among 4 nominated versions
    2001(LI) - Muti Riccardo - Teatro alla Scala

    Runner-up: Picked by 3 out of 9 voters (33.3%)
    1992 - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera

    44.Turandot :

    Most Recommended Versions
    Picked by 6 out of 11 voters (54.5%) among 5 nominated versions
    1987(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera

    Runner-up: Picked by 2 out of 11 voters (18.1%)
    1983(LC) - Maazel Lorin - Wiener Staatsoper

    45.Madama Butterfly :

    Most Recommended Versions
    Picked by 3 out of 5 voters (60%) among 3 nominated versions out of approximately 18 versions
    1994(FI) - Colon James - Orchestre de Paris

    Runner-up: Picked by 1 out of 5 voters (20%)
    2003(LI) - de Waart Edo - Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra


    46.Les Indes Galantes :

    Recommended Version
    Picked by 9 out of 9 voters (100%) among 1 nominated version out of approximately 1 version (no competition, but very strongly endorsed by our 9 voters)

    2004(LI) - William Christie - Les Arts Florissants

    Runner-up: Not Applicable

    47.Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail :

    Most recommended Version :
    Picked by 2 out of 5 voters (40%) among 3 nominated version out of approximately 18 versions, tied for first place and winner of tie-breaker with one vote

    1991(LI) - Gianliugi Gelmetti - Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart

    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 5 voters (40%) - tied for first place, loser of tie-breaker with zero votes.

    2004(LC)- Marc Minkowski - Les Musiciens du Louvre


    48.Il Trovatore :

    Most recommended Version:
    Picked by 5 out of 9 voters (55.5%) among 3 nominated version out of approximately 10 versions
    2002(LI) - Rizzi Carlo - Royal Opera House

    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 9 voters (33.3%)
    1988(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera House

    49.Simon Boccanegra :

    Most recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 7 voters (57%) among 2 nominated version out of approximately 12 versions

    1995(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera House


    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 7 voters (43%)

    2010(LI) - Pappano Antonio - Royal Opera House

    50.Peter Grimes :

    Most Recommended Version :
    Picked by 3 out of 7 voters (42.8%) among 3 nominated version out of approximately 6 versions
    1998 - Atherton David - English National Opera

    Runner-up:
    picked by 2 out of 7 voters (28.5%)
    2008 - Runnicles Donald - Metropolitan Opera House
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    51.Ariadne Auf Naxos :

    Most recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (50%) among 4 nominated version out of approximately 7 versions,
    2003(LI) - Levine James - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    Runner-up: picked by 2 out of 8 voters (25%)
    2000(LI) -Davis Colin - Semperoper Dresden

    52.Manon :

    Most recommended Version
    Picked by 7 out of 11 voters (63.6%) among 3 nominated version out of approximately 5 versions,
    2007(LI) -Victor Pablo Pérez - Gran Teatro del Liceu

    Runner-up: picked by 3 out of 11 voters (27.2%)
    2003(LI) - Jesus Lopez-Cobos - Opéra National de Paris


    53.Pelléas et Mélisande :

    Most recommended Version :
    Winner: Picked by 4 out of 6 voters (66.6%) among 2 nominated versions out of approximately 6 versions,
    2009 - de Billy Bertrand - Theater an der Wien

    runner-up, picked by 2 out of 6 voters (33.3%)
    1992 -Boulez Pierre - Welsh National Opera

    54.La Damnation de Faust :

    No Change.

    55.Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District :

    No Change.

    56.Alcina :

    No Change.

    57.Faust :

    Most Recommended Version :
    Picked by 3 voters out of 4 (75%) among 2 nominated versions out of 4 existing versions
    2004(LI) - Antonio Pappano - Royal Opera House

    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 4 voters (25%)
    1985 - Erich Binder - Wiener Staatsoper

    58.The Love for Three Oranges :

    Most Recommended Version :
    Picked by 4 voters out of 7 (57.1%) among 2 nominated versions out of 5 existing versions
    2005(LI) - Stéphane Denève - Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

    Runner-up :
    Picked by 3 out of 7 voters (42.8%)
    2005 - Sylvain Chambreling - Opéra National de Paris

    59.The Rake's Progress :

    Most Recommended Version(s):

    A three way tie, each picked by 1 out of 3 voters (33%) among 3 nominated versions out of 5 existing versions :

    2007 - Kazushi Ono - Symphony Orchestra of La Monnaie-De Munt

    1996 - Sylvain Cambreling - Salzburg Festival

    1975 - Bernard Haitink - London Philharmonic Orchestra (Glyndebourne)

    60.Orphée et Eurydice :

    No Change.

    61. Idomeneo :

    No Change

    62. Bluebeard's Castle :

    Most Recommended Version :
    Picked by 5 out of 6 voters (83.3%) among 2 nominated versions (the only 2 existing versions)
    1981(FI) - Georg Solti - London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Runner-up :
    Picked by 1 out of 6 voters (16.6%)
    1989(FI) - Adam Fischer - London Philharmonic Orchestra


    63. Cavalleria rusticana :

    Most Recommended Version :
    Picked by 6 out of 8 voters (75%) among 3 nominated versions out of 13 existing versions
    1981(FI) - Georges Prêtre - Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scala


    Runners-up - tie, Picked by 1 each out of 8 voters (12.5%)

    2007 - Jesús López Cobos - Orchestra of the Teatro Real (Madrid Symphony Orchestra)

    2010 - Stefano Ranzani - Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House


    64. L'elisir d'amore :

    Most Recommended Version :
    Picked by 7 out of 9 voters (77.7%) among 2 nominated versions out of 13 existing versions
    2005(LI) - Alfred Eschwé - Wiener Staatsoper

    Runner-up :
    Picked by 2 out of 9 voters (22.2%)
    1991(LI) - James Levine - Metropolitan Opera


    65. L'Incoronazione di Poppea :

    Most Recommended Version :
    Picked by 4 out of 8 voters (50%) among 3 nominated versions out of 7 existing versions
    2008 - Emanuelle Haïm - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Glydenbourne)

    Runner-up :
    Picked by 3 out of 8 voters (37.5%)
    1984 - Raimond Leppard - London Philharmonic Orchestra (Glyndebourne)


    66. Der Freischütz :

    No Change


    67. La Cenerentola :

    No Change

    68. Hänsel und Gretel :

    No change

    69. I Pagliacci :

    Most Recommended Version :
    Picked by 5 out of 6 voters (83.3%) among 2 nominated versions out of approximately 17 existing versions
    1981(FI) - Georges Prêtre - Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala

    Runner-up :
    Picked by 1 out of 6 voters (16.6%)
    2007 - Jesús López Cobos - Orchestra of the Teatro Real (Madrid Symphony Orchestra)


    70. Gianni Schicchi :

    No change
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    71.Samson et Dalila :

    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 3 out of 4 voters (75%) among 2 nominated versions out of approximately 4 existing versions
    1981 - Julius Rudel - Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera

    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 4 voters (25%)
    1998 - James Levine - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    72.Capriccio :

    Recommended Version
    Picked by 7 out of 7 voters (100%) among 1 nominated version out of 2 existing versions
    1993(LI) - David Runnicles - San Francisco Opera Orchestra

    Runner-up: None, the other existing version wasn't nominated by anybody

    73.Rusalka :

    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 4 out of 5 voters (80%) among 2 nominated versions out of 3 existing versions
    2002 - James Conlon - Opéra National de Paris

    Runner-up:
    Picked by 1 out of 5 voters (20%)
    1961(sound track)/1975(image)(FI) - Zdenek Chalabala - Praga National Theater

    74.L'Amour de Loin :

    No Change

    75.I Puritani :

    Most Recommended Version
    Picked by 6 out of 7 voters (86%) among 2 nominated versions out of 4 existing versions
    2007(LI) - Patrick Summers - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    Runner-up, picked by 1 out of 7 voters (14%)
    1966(LI) - Arturo Basile - Orchestra del Teatro Verdi di Triestre

    76.La Forza del Destino :

    No Change

    77.La Fille du Regiment :

    Picked by 8 out of 9 voters (88.8%) among 2 nominated versions out of 4 existing versions
    2007(LI) - Bruno Campanella - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

    Runner-up
    Picked by 1 out of 9 voters (11.1%)
    200(LI) - Riccardo Frizza - Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova


    78.Romeo et Juliette :

    Most Recommended Versions :
    Tie, each Picked by 2 out of 4 voters (50%) among 2 nominated versions out of 3 existing versions

    2008(LI) - Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Mozartium Orchestra

    1994(LI) - Charles Mackerras - Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

    and no runner-up anymore.

    79.Un Ballo in Maschera :

    Most Recommended Version :
    Picked by 5 out of 9 voters (55.5%) among 2 nominated versions out of 9 existing versions
    1991(LI) - James Levine - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    Runner-up
    Picked by 4 out of 9 voters (44.4%)
    1990(LI) - Georg Solti - Wiener Philharmoniker

    80.Don Pasquale :

    No Change
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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