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    José Miguel Pérez-Sierra conducting; Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira

    Silvia Dalla Benetta, Marina Viotti, Ana Victória Pitts, Juan Francisco Gatell

    Virtuosi Brunensis, Camerata Bach Choir, Poznan.
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    Thomas Schippers conducting; Rossini - L'Assedio di Corinto .

    Beverly Sills -Shirley Verret-Justino Diaz-Harry Theyard, etc

    Ambrosian opera chorus -London Symphony Orchestra.
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    Absolutely gorgeous music in Szymanowski's seldom performed opera. I have nothing to compare it to, but it sounds absolutely splendid to me in this Rattle recording.

    If you don't know the opera, try it.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Probably Janacek's most popular opera in this famous performance under Janáček scholar and long time devotee, Sir Charles Mackerras. The cast, which includes Lucia Popp in the secondary role of Karolka, is excellent and includes two stand out performances in Elisabeth Søderstrøm's Jenůfa and Eva Randová's Kostelnička.
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    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Herbert Von Karajan conducting; Bizet: Carmen.
    Leontyne Price (Carmen), Franco Corelli (Don José ), Mirella Freni (Micaëla), Robert Merrill (Escamillo), Monique Linval (Frasquita), Geneviève Macaux (Mercédès), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Le Dancaïre), Maurice Besançon (Le Remendado) etc.

    Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor.
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    One of my favourite operas, (relatively) obscure as it is.
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    Considered in the cold light of day, the plot is lurid. The baritone keeps trying to kill the soprano. He buries her alive; she comes back from the dead, looking for marriage. He stabs her; she comes back from the dead, and murders his fiancée. Before he can unsuccessfully murder her again, she tears open her wounds, and expires. "Oh qual notte di terror!" sing the chorus. "Gosh!' says the audience.

    But it's dramatically taut; has a great role for a soprano (if Callas sang it, it'd probably be in the repertoire); and has a lively score, with an impressive Act I finale.




    Written just before his breakthrough opera Anna Bolena, this is one of Donizetti's best: an intense take on the Romeo & Juliet story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickFuller View Post
    Considered in the cold light of day, the plot is lurid. The baritone keeps trying to kill the soprano. He buries her alive; she comes back from the dead, looking for marriage. He stabs her; she comes back from the dead, and murders his fiancée. Before he can unsuccessfully murder her again, she tears open her wounds, and expires. "Oh qual notte di terror!" sing the chorus. "Gosh!' says the audience.
    I wonder if there's a similar opera about the death of Rasputin. He took quite a bit of killing, as I remember!


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    Quote Originally Posted by NickFuller View Post


    Considered in the cold light of day, the plot is lurid. The baritone keeps trying to kill the soprano. He buries her alive; she comes back from the dead, looking for marriage. He stabs her; she comes back from the dead, and murders his fiancée. Before he can unsuccessfully murder her again, she tears open her wounds, and expires. "Oh qual notte di terror!" sing the chorus. "Gosh!' says the audience.

    But it's dramatically taut; has a great role for a soprano (if Callas sang it, it'd probably be in the repertoire); and has a lively score, with an impressive Act I finale.


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    Nelly Miricioiu did record it for Opera Rara. Bit more exciting then the ever "safe singing" Katia Ricciarelli.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    I wonder if there's a similar opera about the death of Rasputin. He took quite a bit of killing, as I remember!
    A 2003 opera by Einojuhani Rautavaara

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    Herbert von Karajan conducting; Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana* & Leoncavallo: Pagliacci and ouvertures and intermezzi.

    *Fiorenza Cossotto (mezzo-soprano), Gian Giacomo Guelfi (baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (tenor), Maria Gracia Allegri (contralto), Adriane Martino (mezzo-soprano), Roberto Benaglio .


    Carlo Bergonzi (tenor), Joan Carlyle (soprano), Giuseppe Taddei (baritone), Ugo Benelli (tenor), Rolando Panerai (baritone), Giuseppe Morresi (bass), Roberto Benaglio (chorus master).
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