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Posted By : Vilboa | Date : 24 Jul 2014 20:09:44 | Comments : 0

Verdi - Otello (Antoni Ros- Marbà) (2009)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29778 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 151 min | 42,1 GB
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 5760 kbps / 24-bit
Audio2: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano, Catalan

The first of Verdi's two late Shakespearian operas stands as one of the great masterpieces of grand opera. José Cura, ranked among the world's leading interpreters of Verdi's music, takes the title role in Willy Decker's profound and intense production, recorded live at the Liceu, Barcelona in 2006 in true surround sound and filmed with high definition cameras.
Posted By : Sowulo | Date : 24 Jul 2014 06:07:40 | Comments : 2

Verdi - Simon Boccanegra (James Levine, Vladimir Chernov, Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo) [2002/1995]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) Italiano (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) Italiano (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.84 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese | 141 min | +3% Recovery

Simon Boccanegra is one of Verdi's most difficult operas to pull of successfully. First of all, unlike most operas, it is not a love story. Though the relationship between Amelia and Gabrielle is profiled here, it is not the focal point of the plot. Furthermore, there is a constant somber mood that covers the entire opera. Still, this opera is Verdi at his best. The music is haunting and powerful, the plot interesting and touching.
THis production, taped at the Met in 1995 is just about as good as you'll see anywhere. Too often we hear of operas "golden age," a time when an opera like this could be cast without a weak link. Well, the same thing goes here. There are four amazing singers under the direction of a great Verdi conductor... By Rochambeau Fan
Posted By : tomashass | Date : 23 Jul 2014 18:55:28 | Comments : 2

Jonas Kaufmann - Jonas Kaufmann: It's Me-Opera Arias (2014)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 04:30:45 | 627 MB
Genre: Classic, Opera | Label: Decca (Universal Music)

Jonas Kaufmann It's Me - Opera Arias presented on 4 CDs Jonas Kaufmann's highly acclaimed by critics and audiences interpretations of famous opera arias. "Nice & heroic" (Financial Times), "This is driving while listening to the pulse in the height" (Time), "A great collection of tenor arias" (The Guardian).
Posted By : luckburz | Date : 23 Jul 2014 05:24:50 | Comments : 1

Luciano Pavarotti - Luciano Pavarotti In Concert: Bononcini, Handel, Scarlatti etc.
Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna / Richard Bonynge
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 220 MB | Full Artwork: 117 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Decca # 417 006-2 DH | Country/Year: Germany 1986, 1974
Genre: Classical | Style: Opera, Vocal

Luciano Pavarotti (12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the brilliance and beauty of his tone—especially into the upper register—and eventually established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century...
Posted By : Sowulo | Date : 23 Jul 2014 04:53:33 | Comments : 0

Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Alberto Zedda, Jennifer Larmore) [2003/1992]
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.46 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | ArtHaus | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | 154 min | +3% Recovery

In an audio recording, the distinctive quality of this Netherlands Opera production of The Barber of Seville would go unnoticed, and a lot of people might like it better without pictures. The singing is first-class, with a pert, smart, visually appealing Rosina (Jennifer Larmore), a Count who can spin out bel canto melodies and also do a good drunk scene (Richard Croft), and a Figaro with lots of personality (David Malis). Conductor Alberto Zedda is an expert in the music of Rossini, but video reveals that, for better or for worse, this Barber of Seville differs radically from other treatments of Rossini's comic masterpiece... --Joe McLellan
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Posted By : Vilboa | Date : 22 Jul 2014 15:10:59 | Comments : 4

Mozart - Die Zauberflöte (Patrick Summers) (2013)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23334 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 150 min | 34 GB
Audio1: German / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio2: German DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 48 kHz / 4261 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Classical | C MAJOR | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

What begins like a fairy-tale turns into a whimsical fantasy halfway between magic farce and Masonic mysticism: The Magic Flute links a love story with the great questions of the Enlightenment, juxtaposes bird-catcher charm with queenly vengeance, and bewitches the listener with music that mixes cheerful melodies, lovers’ arias, show-stopping coloraturas and mysterious chorales.
Posted By : Sowulo | Date : 20 Jul 2014 07:04:11 | Comments : 3

Verdi - Un giorno di Regno (Maurizio Benini, Cecilia Gasdia, Anna Caterina Antonacci) [2012/1997]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) Italiano (DTS, 5 ch) Italiano (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.23 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Hardy Classic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Espanol | 124 min | +3% Recovery

It's clear from recordings that Verdi's second opera, Un Giorno di Regno (1840), is not a masterpiece. But the Tutto Verdi series, assembled by the Teatro Regio di Parma and the C Major label, offers an opportunity to enjoy the comedy's undeniable charms in a filmed live performance...
Posted By : Sowulo | Date : 19 Jul 2014 05:38:32 | Comments : 2

Kálmán - Die Zirkusprinzessin (Ingeborg Hallstein, Rudolf Schock) [2012 / 1969]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.99 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | ArtHaus | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais | 111 min | +3% Recovery

Emmerich Kálmán (1882-1953) ranks next to Franz Lehár as one of the leading representatives of the „Silver Era“ of the operetta, which was stamped above all by the works of the Austro-Hungarian cultural sphere, and which followed the classical period of the Viennese operetta. The roots of the phenomenal originality of his melodies lie in his love of Hungarian gypsy music and his natural affinity for the Viennese waltz tradition, which characterize such musically original, international successes as the operettas „The Czardas Princess“ (1915), „Countess Maritza“ (1924) and „The Circus Princess“ (1926). Kálmán emigrated to America in 1939 but returned to Europe after the War and died in Paris on 30 October 1953. Beginning in the 1920s, he increasingly incorporated elements of modern dance music into his stage works. In this entertaining film version some of the great singeractors from the 1960s and 70s can once again be seen and heard – names like Ingeborg Hallstein, Rudolf Schock and Peter Frankenfeld.
Posted By : Vilboa | Date : 18 Jul 2014 11:37:26 | Comments : 1

Mozart - La Finta giardiniera (Nikolaus Harnoncourt) (2009)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23967 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 187 min | 39.3 GB
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Audio2: Italian DTS-HD MA 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2693 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Classical | TDK | Sub: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Nikolaus Harnoncourt presents his reading of “La Finta giardiniera”, a long-forgotten wonderfully tragicomic opera by the young Mozart. Almost a quarter of a century ago Harnoncourt presented his reading of the rediscovered work on CD, but in this version from the Zurich Opera, the great Mozart magician conducted a staged production for the first time, making the premiere an event in itself.
Posted By : luckburz | Date : 18 Jul 2014 04:06:57 | Comments : 2

Ernst Krenek - Karl V. - Stage Work with Music in two parts
Czech Philharmonic Chorus of Brno / Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn / Marc Soustrot
2xCD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 520 MB | Full Artwork (incl. Libretto): 460 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 337 1082-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2001
Genre: Classical | Style: Opera, Early 20th Century

Krenek’s Karl V is the kind of opera that can be appreciated on several different levels. (...) Remarkably, it’s the earliest large-scale opera to use the 12-note system, though Krenek triumphantly refutes the notion that adherence to this technique inhibits creativity and emotional power. The composer’s widow has claimed that this performance, recorded in connection with the Beethoven Festival in Bonn last year, is by far the finest she has ever heard. With wonderful singing from David Pittman-Jennings as Karl and superb commitment from conductor Marc Soustrot and his fine orchestra, there is little reason to disagree with this verdict.
Posted By : Sowulo | Date : 17 Jul 2014 06:29:04 | Comments : 2

Donizetti - Roberto Devereux (Charles Mackerras, Beverly Sills) [2001/1969]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 634 MB
Classical | Label: Westminster | Catalog Number: 471 224-2 | TT: CD1: 65'55; CD2: 69'50

Beverly Sills has said that Elizabeth I in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux was the role that took 10 years off her career, and indeed, it’s a fearsome undertaking. It is very long, it encompasses a slightly larger than two-octave span, there are forte passages at both ends (in ensembles and alone), and the sheer number of notes the character has to get out is awe-inspiring. Emotionally, too, the part is ripping: The elderly Elizabeth, in love with the young Earl of Essex who in turn loves Sara, the Duchess of Nottingham (forget real English history), is a ferocious monarch, comfortable and powerful only when ruling, and, in private, a shattered woman filled with vulnerabilities and doubts. It’s a truly tragic figure Donizetti has given us, and when Sills first appeared in the role at the New York City Opera in 1970, it cemented her reputation as one of the world’s greatest singing actresses. (Montserrat Caballé and Leyla Gencer performed it in Europe at approximately the same period, and while their readings are poignant and special in the way that only they can be, Sills gets deeper into the character and sings all of the notes–and then some–more accurately than either.)
Posted By : Sowulo | Date : 16 Jul 2014 03:59:04 | Comments : 2

Donizetti - Anna Bolena (Julius Rudel, Beverly Sills) [2001/1972]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 3cd, 923 MB
Classical | Label: Westminster | Catalog Number: 471 217-2 | TT: CD1:64’51; CD2:58’11; CD3:71’27

In 1973, soprano Beverly Sills, tenor Stuart Burrows, Paul Plishka (baritone) and Shirley Verrett (mezzo-dramatic soprano), joined talents to make a powerfully dramatic opera about the tragedy of Anne Boylen at the hands of Henry the 8th. It was a great success in the New York City Opera and to this day, no other operatic forces have since rivaled them...
Posted By : Vilboa | Date : 15 Jul 2014 13:35:14 | Comments : 5

Rossini - Demetrio e Polibio (Corrado Rovaris) (2012)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 13939 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 115 min | 20.2 GB
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio2: Italian DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3967 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Classical | ARTHАUS | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

“What a pleasure to listen to Demetrio e Polibio”, wrote major Italian daily “La Stampa” after the premiere of Rossini‘s very first opera at the 2010 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, attributing it “an undeniable fascination“. The work was given its first performance in Rome in 1812.
Posted By : Sowulo | Date : 15 Jul 2014 04:35:14 | Comments : 0

Donizetti - Maria Stuarda (Aldo Ceccato, Beverly Sills) [2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 2cd, 642 MB
Classical | Label: Brlliant Classics | Catalog Number: 93963 | TT: CD1:72’35; CD2:79’26

Despite the obvious advantage of hearing Beverly Sills in one of her celebrated Three Queens roles, for many opera aficionados there will be an almost equal attraction in being able to hear Eileen Farrell as Elisabetta. She was an under-recorded artist who curtailed her opera career early and there is a special thrill in haring her huge, slightly unwieldy dramatic soprano negotiate Donizetti's florid lines. Her voice obviously contrasts strongly with Sills' lyric coloratura soprano and even though I prefer the great mezzo Dame Janet Baker above all as the doomed Mary Stewart, as long as there is sufficient contrast between the two queens the drama works..
Posted By : luckburz | Date : 15 Jul 2014 04:01:34 | Comments : 1

Diana Damrau - COLORaturaS
Münchner Rundfunkorchester / Dan Ettinger
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 302 MB | Full Artwork: 140 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Virgin Classics # 50999 519313 2 2 | Country/Year: Germany 2009
Genre: Classical | Style: Opera, Recital, Romantic, Contemporary

"German lyric coloratura soprano Diana Damrau has taken the operatic world by storm since the early years of the new century, excelling in a wide variety of roles, from the Queen of the Night to Pamina, as well as in new works like Maazel's 1984. Besides having a formidable range and agility, she brings sharply defined characterizations to her roles. The arias she selected for the 2010 album COLORaturaS include some standards, as well as some less likely to appear on albums that so boldly proclaim the showiness of their repertoire, but all are hugely demanding pieces that highlight her musical and dramatic versatility..." ~AMG