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Andrea Battistoni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Stiffelio (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Andrea Battistoni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Stiffelio (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Andrea Battistoni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Stiffelio (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 117 min | 36,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 117 min | 8,21 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Stiffelio was based on the play Le pasteur, ou L'évangile et le foyer by Émile Souvestre and Eugène Bourgeois and was originally censored due to it involving as it does a Protestant minister of the church with an adulterous wife.
The golden timbre of Roberto Aronica graces the title role…His commanding tenor makes one sit up and listen, with some notable long-breathed phrasing and a smooth legato a joy to hear…[Yu Guanqun's] is a rich, true lyric soprano with a glint of steel and strong, even emission in the upper register…[Frontali] sings with great command of Verdian shape and line. (International Record Review)

Gustav Kuhn, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Verdi: Alzira (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Gustav Kuhn, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Verdi: Alzira (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Gustav Kuhn, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Verdi: Alzira (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 106 min | 33,3 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 106 min | 7,45 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Alzira is based on the play by Voltaire and displays the composer's maturity through glowing lyric moments, and the weaving together of complex emotional and musical strands.
All act with conviction as they are singing and bring good expression and diction to their roles…In the title role, Junko Saito sings with warm expressive tone, good diction and also acts with conviction. (MusicWeb International)

Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Temple University Choirs - Orff: Catulli Carmina (Remastered) (1967/2017)

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Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Temple University Choirs - Orff: Catulli Carmina (Remastered) (1967/2017)

Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Temple University Choirs - Orff: Catulli Carmina (Remastered) (1967/2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 179 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 82 Mb | 00:35:49
Classical, Opera | Label: Sony Classica

In 1943, Orff followed up the overwhelming success of his Carmina Burana with Catulli Carmina, another staged choral work scored for percussion and pianos. The text of this parable of the power of Eros is drawn from poems by Catullus. The 1967 American Columbia recording, with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra and Temple University Choir and featuring soprano Judith Blegen and tenor Richard Kness “has plenty of vitality” (Gramophone). Its first appearance on CD is sure to be welcomed by the many devotees of Orff’s music.

Xavier Sabata, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Catharsis (2017)

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Xavier Sabata, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Catharsis (2017)

Xavier Sabata, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Catharsis (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 332 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:06:12
Classical, Vocal | Label: Aparté

Around the year 1600, a group of Florentine aristocrats, inspired by ancient Greek drama, gave birth to opera. They intended to move and glorify human passions in such a strong way that the spectator's soul would be cleansed of these passions. This was the process that Aristotle called 'catharsis'. Xavier Sabata grasps this highly intense moment at the heart of the destiny of legendary heroes of Baroque opera. A fascinating album by the author of Bad Guys, accompanied by George Petrou and Armonia Atenea.

Accademia d’Arcadia, Roberto Balconi - Duni: Les deux chasseurs et la laitière (2016)

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Accademia d’Arcadia, Roberto Balconi - Duni: Les deux chasseurs et la laitière (2016)

Accademia d’Arcadia, Roberto Balconi, Agnieszka Budzinska-Bennet, Maciej Straburzynski & Lukasz Wilda - Duni: Les deux chasseurs et la laitière (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 243 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 123 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:52:42
Classical, Opera | Label: Brilliant Classics

Les deux chasseurs et la laitière, a oneact opera by Egidio Romualdo Dun, was premiered in Paris by the company of Théâtre de Comédiens Italiens, in July 1763. This work, staged then many times at the Opéra Comique, was soon published and its popularity among European theatres reached its peak between the 1780s and the beginning of 19th century.

Tiziano Severini, Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2009)

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Tiziano Severini, Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2009)

Tiziano Severini, Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | Dolby AC3, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.11 Gb (DVD9) | 138 min
Classical | Naxos | Sub.: English, Italiano

Based on Victor Hugo’s most sensational play, Lucrèce Borgia, a scandalous tale of murder, torture, incest, homosexuality, drunkenness and orgies, Donizetti’s opera is one of the great masterpieces of Italian bel canto repertoire. While omitting some of its more excessive elements, the libretto by Felice Romani inspired Donizetti to compose superb arias, duets, ensembles and choruses, bringing each act to a stirring conclusion.

Alberto Veronesi, Orchestra Guido Cantelli of Milan - Antonio Salieri: Falstaff (1998)

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Alberto Veronesi, Orchestra Guido Cantelli of Milan - Antonio Salieri: Falstaff (1998)

Alberto Veronesi, Orchestra Guido Cantelli of Milan - Antonio Salieri: Falstaff (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 668 Mb | Total time: 74:42+69:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9613(2) | Recorded: 1997

By far the best opera based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, is Verdi's Falstaff. But the lazy, cowardly, greedy, overweight, alcohol-soaked, sexually predatory, and somehow (despite everything) endearing antihero is big enough for more than one opera. Salieri's Falstaff is much simpler and smaller in scale than Verdi's, less inventive and energetic. But this is a sophisticated, funny, brightly performed treatment of Falstaff's attempt to woo two married women with identical love notes.

René Clemencic, Orchestra Filarmonica di Russe - Salieri: Axur, Re d'Ormus (2006)

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René Clemencic, Orchestra Filarmonica di Russe - Salieri: Axur, Re d'Ormus (2006)

René Clemencic, Orchestra Filarmonica di Russe - Salieri: Axur, Re d'Ormus (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 360 Mb | Total time: 78:01+78:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nuova Era | # 223298-311 | Recorded: 1989

Axur, re d'Ormus is an operatic dramma tragicomico in five acts by Antonio Salieri. The libretto was by Lorenzo da Ponte. Axur is the Italian version of Salieri's 1787 French-language work Tarare which had a libretto by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. Axur premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 8 January 1788, the title role being sung by Francesco Benucci, Mozart's first Figaro. It became one of the most famous operas in Vienna, being performed much more frequently than Mozart's Don Giovanni, which was first performed in Vienna on 7 May 1788.

Marcello Rota, Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra - Donizetti: Roberto Devereux (2008)

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Marcello Rota, Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra - Donizetti: Roberto Devereux (2008)

Marcello Rota, Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra - Donizetti: Roberto Devereux (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | Dolby AC3, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.44 Gb (DVD9) | 134 min
Classical | Naxos | Sub.: English, Italiano

One of Donizetti’s most emotionally raw operas, Roberto Devereux ossia Il conte di Essex was also the third to be loosely based on episodes in the life of Queen Elizabeth I. It deals with the love of Elizabeth and her favourite, the Earl of Essex, perhaps most tellingly expressed in the Act I duet, Nascondi, frena i palpiti, o misero mio core / Hide, hold back your palpitation, oh my wretched heart! Elizabeth’s subsequent abdication is, however, a matter of dramatic licence, yet provides a memorable operatic conclusion to this tragedy of love and jealousy as she despairs at the death of her lover – Quel sangue versato al ciel s’innalza / The blood that is spilt rises up to Heaven.

Tullio Serafin, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli - Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix (2006)

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Tullio Serafin, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli - Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix (2006)

Tullio Serafin, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli - Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 531 Mb | Total time: 75:44+79:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Andromeda | ARN 2509/10 | Recorded: 1956

This opera semiseria is late Donizetti, composed a good ten years after the popular L’elisir d’amore, a work whose charm it emulates, though its score is less consistently inspired. A huge success at its 1842 premiere in Vienna, Linda never completely disappeared from the international repertoire, and ought to be seriously considered by British opera houses. Serafin conducts a great performance, with a first-rate all-Italian cast of Fifties favourites.

George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Arianna in Creta (2005)

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George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Arianna in Creta (2005)

George Petrou, Orchestra of Patras - Handel: Arianna in Creta (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 759 Mb | Total time: 54:25+67:56+41:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1375-2 | Recorded: 2005

In the winter of 1733-1734, the opera houses of London were abounding in Ariannas. In late December, Porpora's Arianna in Nasso was staged by the Opera of the Nobility. In late January, Handel's Arianna in Creta was staged by the composer's own opera company. Comparison, apparently, proved odious – and fatal: Porpora's Naxos Arianna has fallen from the repertoire while Handel's Cretan Arianna has barely hung on by her finger tips. This 2005 Greek performance with George Petrou leading the Orchestra of Patras is the work's first recording in decades – and, thankfully, it's quite fine.

Antonello Allemandi, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Ernani (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Antonello Allemandi, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Ernani (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Antonello Allemandi, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Ernani (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 130 min | 38,8 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 130 min | 9,14 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

The première of Ernani at Venices' Teatro La Fenice in 1844 failed to come up to Verdi's expectations, primarily because of the poor health of some of the singers. Both critics and audiences, however, soon warmed to Ernani, especially after the following performances. The opera contains some of Verdi's most successful, impassioned arias (first and foremost Elvira's cavatina and Silva's cantabile) and clearly denoted an evolution in terms of dramatic structure, more cohesive and with lesser use of blocks of closed numbers. Despite a turbulent 'premiere', Ernani became a real international success, beginning with the felicitous Vienna productions of May/June 1844. The cast of this Teatro Regio of Parma production features some of today's best singers for this type of repertoire.

George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)

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George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)

George Petrou, Camerata Stuttgart - Handel: Oreste (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 648 Mb | Total time: 76:39+68:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1273-2 | Recorded: 2004

Ever the recycler, Handel cobbled together Oreste from parts of pre-existing scores for his 1734 season at Covent Garden. The work promptly disappeared from the repertory for the next 250 years – a fact that is both understandable, given that it's a less convincing result than his fully original operas, and a shame, since Handel's table scraps are still amongst the most entertaining morsels from the period. The present recording, by George Petrou, the Camerata Stuttgart, and a cast of mostly Greek singers, is its first complete performance on CD and an admirably realized production, characterized by polished, stylish singing and vivid orchestral playing. In style, sound, and dramatic pacing, Petrou's effort distinguishes itself as a fine entry in the Handelian opera catalog, and makes a compelling argument for the musical value of the piece itself.

Władysław Kłosiewicz - Francesca Caccini: La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola di Alcina (2006)

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Władysław Kłosiewicz - Francesca Caccini: La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola di Alcina (2006)

Władysław Kłosiewicz - Francesca Caccini: La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola di Alcina (2006)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 493 Mb | Total time: 77:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pro Musica | PMC 012 | Recorded: 2006

La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina (En. "The Liberation of Ruggiero from the island of Alcina") is a comic opera in four scenes by Francesca Caccini, first performed 3 February 1625 at the Villa di Poggio Imperiale in Florence, with a libretto by Ferdinando Saracinelli based on Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. It is the first opera written by a woman and was long considered to be the first Italian opera to be performed outside of Italy.[a] It was performed to celebrate the visit of Prince Władysław of Poland during Carnival 1625, and it was revived in Warsaw in 1628. The work was commissioned by her employer Regent Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria, wife of Cosimo II de' Medici.

Marcos Magalhães, Os Musicos do Tejo - Avondano: Il mondo della luna (Excerpts) (2020)

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Marcos Magalhães, Os Musicos do Tejo - Avondano: Il mondo della luna (Excerpts) (2020)

Fernando Guimarães, Luis Rodrigues, Carla Simões, Os Músicos do Tejo & Marcos Magalhães - Avondano: Il mondo della luna (Excerpts) (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 781 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 320 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:17:11
Classical, Opera | Label: Naxos Records

Born in Lisbon of Italian parentage, Pedro António Avondano was employed at the court of Joseph I, becoming Portugal’s leading composer of instrumental music and dances for the royal ballet. Il mondo della luna (‘The World on the Moon’) was a hugely successful libretto by Carlo Goldoni and was set by the likes of Haydn—its comic tale seeing the social climber and strict moralist Buona Fede duped into thinking that he is on the moon. This narrative of illusion in collision with love, jealousy and power struggles is set with sublime lyrical and dramatic transparency by Avondano in this, his only opera.