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    Default What CD recordings should I get of these operas?

    The operas in question are:
    Donizetti's Don Pasquale
    Anything by Verdi other than the Big Four, Un Ballo in Maschera, Otello, and Falstaff
    Rossini's Armida and William Tell and La Donna del Lago
    Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles
    Puccini's Manon Lescaut
    Ponchielli's La Gioconda
    Giordano's Andrea Chenier
    Cilea's Adriana Lecouvier
    Dvorak's Rusalka
    Anything by Mozart other than the Big Four
    Anything by Meyerbeer or Gluck
    Anything Baroque not by Monteverdi or Vivaldi or Handel
    Any opera after Turandot
    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of the Nerds View Post
    The operas in question are:
    Donizetti's Don Pasquale
    Anything by Verdi other than the Big Four, Un Ballo in Maschera, Otello, and Falstaff
    Rossini's Armida and William Tell and La Donna del Lago
    Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles
    Puccini's Manon Lescaut
    Ponchielli's La Gioconda
    Giordano's Andrea Chenier
    Cilea's Adriana Lecouvier
    Dvorak's Rusalka
    Anything by Mozart other than the Big Four
    Anything by Meyerbeer or Gluck
    Anything Baroque not by Monteverdi or Vivaldi or Handel
    Any opera after Turandot
    Thank you!
    - Dvorak's Rusalka has a must get CD recording on Decca with Sir Charles Mackerras and Renee Fleming. Although her Czech is not so idiomatic as Czech sopranos are capable of I would advise not to go for any Czech (Supraphon) recording.
    - Anything by Gluck: all John Elliot Gardiner recordings are wonderful.
    - Anything Baroque: all William Christie recordings are special.
    For the rest I cannot outline must get CD recordings, there are just too many of them!
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    I only know one of your listed operas and I am partial to Eva Mei so my preference on Don Pasquale is one of these two. I got the earlier one since my DVD is the later one.

    Earlier, I think 1994:


    Later, 2002:
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    Oh! Also
    Anything by Richard Strauss
    Anything Russian/Czech/Hungarian other than Tchaikovsky
    Anything by Bellini
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    I only know one Bellini opera, La Sonnambula. My DVD is with Eva Mei (that's where I first met her) and I love it, though the tenor is not so good on that DVD. Pretty hard to beat Maria Callas for La Sonnambula. I recommend the 1957 Studio recording of Callas for better sound quality, though there is a live 1957 Callas Sonnambula that is almost as good on sound quality (there is a 1955 live with lesser sound quality).
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    I am surprised there are not many more responses to this thread. I am looking at ordering I puritanii by Bellini, but really can't make a recommendation. It was not an opera on my "to get" list but I decided since I can get it with Mariella Devia (like her as much as Eva Mei) why not. So I may be ordering that soon, but have not even read the synopsis yet.
    “Then he will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!'" Matthew 25:41 (Christian Standard Bible)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I am surprised there are not many more responses to this thread. I am looking at ordering I puritanii by Bellini, but really can't make a recommendation. It was not an opera on my "to get" list but I decided since I can get it with Mariella Devia (like her as much as Eva Mei) why not. So I may be ordering that soon, but have not even read the synopsis yet.
    Personally I think that topic starter should browse true the different opera topic's .
    There are plenty of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I am surprised there are not many more responses to this thread.
    Then I shall add mine as an opera novice.

    To OP,

    Gluck - Orphée et Eurydice. I only have one recording but I enjoy it a lot - Larmore/Upshaw/Hagley. Listen to Larmore!
    Handel - I'm just curious, do you not like Handel operas or you already have a large collection?
    R.Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier (Schwarzkopf/Karajan) is Strauss' master piece (at least one of)
    Other Baroque - from several baroque operas I've listened on Spotify, anything performed by William Christie and Marc Minkowski are worth hearing.

    I'm also curious to see recommendations on Rossini's William Tell and Puccini's Manon Lescaut.

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    Easy. For Guglielmo Tell, get Gardelli recording and for Manon Lescaut get Serafin with Callas and di Stefano. If you can opt for DVD, get Domingo/Scotto from Met.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opus55 View Post
    Then I shall add mine as an opera novice.

    To OP,

    Gluck - Orphée et Eurydice. I only have one recording but I enjoy it a lot - Larmore/Upshaw/Hagley. Listen to Larmore!
    Handel - I'm just curious, do you not like Handel operas or you already have a large collection?
    I have a large collection of those three Baroque composers in my wish list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I am surprised there are not many more responses to this thread. I am looking at ordering I puritanii by Bellini, but really can't make a recommendation. It was not an opera on my "to get" list but I decided since I can get it with Mariella Devia (like her as much as Eva Mei) why not. So I may be ordering that soon, but have not even read the synopsis yet.
    There's some wonderful music in Puritani. These are my favourite two recordings (the first is a classic, but is extensively cut and the second is complete):

    Puritani.jpg

    Puritani2.jpg

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