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    Opera Lively Community's favorite CDs and DVDs for our top 100 operas

    You can consult the following thread for the list of 100 most recommended operas according to the Opera Lively community (plus some also-rans): click [here]

    Now, we are discussing our favorite CDs and DVDs/Blu-ray discs for each of these operas. It's an ongoing process that is happening in another thread. This one will have links to the discussion for each opera, and results will be posted here as they become available. This thread is "closed," that is, only staff members can post, but the discussion and voting thread is open to all interested Opera Lively members: click [here]

    1. Die Walküre:

    In the DVD category, we have three votes for Boulez/Chereau, two for Levine/Lepage, and one for Barenboim/Kupfer.

    Among the CDs, Solti leads with four votes, followed by Furtwangler (1954) with two, and Böhm, Haitink, and Gergiev with one each.

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread: [here]

    2. Le Nozze di Figaro:

    DVD: Favorite of 2 members is Opus Arte David McVicar (stage director) and Antonio Pappano (conductor). Other favouite selections (1 member each): Arkiv - John Eliot Gardner; Arthaus - John Pritchard; DG - Karl Böhm.

    CD: Favourite of 3 members is Decca recording with Sir Georg Solti.
    Other favorites (2 members): Decca - Erich Kleiber; EMI - Carlo Maria Giulini. (1 member): Opera d'Oro - Zubin Mehta.

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread: [here]

    3. Don Giovanni:

    DVD: A different production for each member.
    2000 release Sony with Herbert von Karajan from 1987 Salzburg Festival; ROH Charles Mackerras with stage direction by Francesca Zambello; DG Met production with James Levine; 2002 Aix-en-Provence production with Daniel Harding staged by Peter Brook; Arthaus Music Wiener Staatsoper production with Riccardo Muti

    CD:
    Two nominations for Harmonia Mundi production with René Jacobs
    Then there is one nomination each for three further recordings.
    DG recording with Claudio Abbado (Simon Keenlyside); DG recording with Ferenc Fricsay (Fischer-Dieskai); EMI recording with Carlo Maria Giulini (Eberhard Wächter)

    Film (special mention for one member’s favourite opera film ever)
    Don Giovanni by Joseph Losey (1979), Lorin Maazel (conductor), Ruggero Raimondi (Don Giovanni)

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread: [here]

    4. La Traviata:

    DVD:
    The favorite of 2 members: DG – James Levine with Stratas, Domingo and MacNeil
    Then there are 3 further recommendations: VAI – Nino Verchi with Scotto, Carreras and Brustcantini; Decca – James Conlon with Fleming, Villazon and Bruson; DG – Carlo Rizzi with Netrebko, Villazon and Hampson.

    CD:
    The favorite recording of 4 members: DG – Carlos Kleiber with Cotrubas, Domingo and Milnes
    Recommended by two members: EMI – Franco Ghione with Callas, Kraus and Sereni,
    Other recommendations: EMI – Riccardo Muti with Scotto, Kraus and Bruson; EMI – Carlo Maria Giulini with Callas, di Stefano and Bastianini; EMI – Aldo Ceccato with Sills, Gedda and Panerai.

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread:
    [here]

    5. Die Zauberflöte:

    DVD
    Favourite recording: BBC ROH with Colin Davis (3 members)
    Second recommendation: 2006 Decca with Riccardo Muti (2 members)
    Alternative recommendation for English version (“A great intro for kids”): Met Opera with James Levine, stage direction Julie Taymor

    CD
    Favourite recording: 1964 DG with Karl Böhm (2 members)
    Alternative recordings: EMI with Otto Klemperer; 1969 Decca with Georg Solti; HM with René Jacobs

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread: [here]

    6. Tristan und Isolde:

    DVD:
    Favourite recording: Opus Arte Glyndebourne production with Jiří Bělohlávek (3 members)
    Alternate recommendation: DG Heiner Müller Bayreuther Festspiele production with Daniel Barenboim.

    CD:
    Favourite recording: DG 1966 Bayreuther Festspiele with Karl Böhm (2 members)
    5 other recommendations mentioned by one member each: Warner Classics ROH recording with Antonio Pappano; 1952 Furtwangler studio recording with Flagstad and Suthaus; EMI recording with Herbert von Karajan; Philips recording with Leonard Bernstein; Teldec recording with Daniel Barenboim.

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread: [here]

    7. Lucia di Lammermoor

    CD:
    2 votes for the Deutsche Grammophone/Westminster recording with Thomas Schippers; Beverly Sills, Carlo Bergonzi, Piero Cappuccilli and Justino Diaz
    2 votes for the Philips with Jesus Lopez-Cobos; Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Samuel Ramey
    1 vote each for:
    Decca/London with John Pritchard; Sutherland, Robert Merrill, Cesare Siepi
    PristineXR with Tullio Serafin; Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi
    Teldec with Richard Bonynge; Edita Gruberova, Neil Shicoff

    DVD:
    3 votes for:
    Bel Canto Society with Lamberto Gardelli; Katia Ricciarelli, Jose Carreras

    2 votes for:
    Deutsche Grammophone with Marco Armiliato; Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Marcus Kwiecien, Ildar Abrdrazakov

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread:[here]

    8. Norma

    CD:
    Pristine XR Remaster: Maria Callas/Mario del Monaco/Giulietta Simoniato/Nicola Zaccaria, et al., Cond. Antonino Votto 2 votes

    RCA: Monterserrat Caballe/Firorenza Cossotto/Placido Domingo/Ruggero Raimondi, et al., Cond. Carlo Felice Cellario 1.5 votes (1 vote plus a 'used to love')

    Decca: Cecilia Bartoli/Sumi Jo/John Osborne, et al., Cond. Giovanni Antonini 1 vote

    Myto: Maria Callas/Ebe Stignani/M. Picchi/G. Vaghi/J. Sutherland, et al., Cond. Vittorio Gui 1 vote

    DVD:
    Arthaus Music: Grand Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (2007)
    Fiorenza Cedolins/Sonia Ganassi/Vincenzo La Scola/Begona Alberdi, et al., Cond. Giuliano Carella 2 votes

    VAI: Theatre Antique d'Orange (1974)
    Montserrat Caballé/Jon Vickers/Josephine Veasey, et al., Cond. Giuseppe Patané 2 votes

    Tdk: Teatro Regio of Parma
    Shin Young Hoon/Ildar Abdrazakov/June Anderson/Daniela Barcellona, et al., Cond. Fabio Biondi 1 vote

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread:[here]

    9. Les Troyens

    CD:
    Favorite recording: Philips ROH production with Sir Colin Davis (3 members)
    Alternative: LSO Live recording with Sir Colin Davis (1 member)

    DVD:
    Favorite recording: Opus Arte ROH production with Antonio Pappano (5 members)
    Alternative: BBC production with Sir John Eliot Gardiner Théâtre du Châtelet (1 member + 1 member alternative suggestion).

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread: [here].

    10. Parsifal

    DVD:

    Sony Classical: Daniele Gatti and Metropolitan Oper and Chorus (2 votes)
    Euroarts: Daniel Barenboim and Berliner Staatskapelle und Chor der Deutschen Oper
    DG: James Levine and Metropolitan Opera and Chorus

    CD (one vote each):

    DG: Herbert von Karajan and Berliner Philharmoniker und Chor der Deutschen Oper
    Decca: Hans Knappertsbusch and Bayreuther Festspiele (1962)
    Arts and Archives: Rafael Kubelik and Chor und Symfonieorchester der Bayerischen Rundfunks
    Teldec: Daniel Barenboim and Chor der Deutschen Oper und Berliner Philharmoniker

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread: [here]

    11. Don Carlos

    CD

    Decca: Georg Solti w/Bergonzi, Tebaldi, Ghiaurov, Fischer-Dieskau, Bumbry; Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus (3 votes)

    EMI: Carlo Maria Giulini w/ Domingo, Caballe, Raimondi, Verrett, Milnes, Estes; Royal Opera House Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus (2 votes)

    DG: Claudio Abbado w/Domingo, Ricciarelli, Terrani, Raimondi, Nucci, Ghiaurov; Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala (2 votes)

    EMI: Herbert von Karajan w/Carreras, Freni, Ghiaurov, Baltsa, Cappuccilli, Raimondi, Van Dam, Gruberova; Berliner Philharmoniker and Chor der Deutschen Oper (1 vote)

    Opera Rara: John Matheson w/Rouleau, Turp, Savoie, Tremblay, Vilna; BBC Concert Orchestra (1 vote)

    DVD

    EMI: Antonio Pappano w/Villazon, Poplavskaya, Keenlyside, Furlanetto, Ganassi, Halvarsson; Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus (2 votes)

    Sony: Antonio Pappano w/Kaufmann, Hampson, Harteros, Salminen, Semenchuk; Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Chorus (2 votes)

    Sony: Herbert von Karajan w/Carreras, Furlanetto, Cappuccilli, Salminen, Baltsa, d'Amico; Berliner Philharmoniker (2 votes)

    Kultur Video: Bernard Haitink w/Lima, Cotrubas, Zancanaro, Baglioni, Lloyd; Covent Garden Opera

    Kultur Video: Antonio Pappano w/Alagna, Hampson, Mattila, Van Dam, Meier; Theatre Du Chatelt, Paris

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread: [here]

    12. Lohengrin

    CD

    1. EMI: Rudolf Kempe with Jess Thomas, Elisabeth Grümmer, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christa Ludwig, Gottlob Frick and Wiener Staatsoper Chor & Wiener Philharmoniker (3 votes) Note: Considered a reference recording

    2. DGG: Claudio Abbado with Siegfried Jerusalem, Cheryl Studer, Waltraud Meier, Kurt Moll, Hartmut Welker and Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker (2 votes)

    3. PentaTone: Marek Janowski with Klaus Florian Vogt, Annette Dasch, Günther Groissböck, Gerd Grochowski, Susanne Resmark, Markus Brück and Rundfunkchor Berlin & Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (2 votes)

    4. DGG: Rafael Kubelik with James King, Gundula Janowitz, Gwyneth Jones, Thomas Stewart, Karl Ridderbusch, and Chor & Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (1 vote)

    DVD

    OpusArte: Kent Nagano, conductor/Nicholas Lehnhoff, stage director; with Klaus Florian Vogt, Solveig Klingelborn, Hans-Peter König, Waltraud Meier, Tom Fox, Roman Trekel and EuropaChor Akademie Mainz, Chorus of the Opera National de Lyon & Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (4 votes)

    Decca: Kent Nagano, conductor/Richard Jones, Director; with Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Wolfgang Koch, Michaela Schuster and Bayerische Staatsorchester (2 votes)

    EuroArts: Woldemar Nelssons, conductor/Götz Friedrich, Director; with Peter Hofmann, Karan Armstrong, Elizabeth Connell, Leif Roar, Siegfried Vogel, Bernd Weikl and Bayreuther Festspiele (1 vote)

    Honorable Mention

    The infamous "Rat" Lohengrin:

    OpusArte: Andris Nelsons, conductor/Hans Neuenfels, Director; with Klaus Florian Vogt, Georg Zeppenfeld, Annette Dasch, Petra Lang, Samuel Youn and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread: [here]

    13. Carmen

    CDs

    DGG: Herbert von Karajan with Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras, Jose van Dam, Katia Ricciarelli & Choeur de l'Opera de Paris and the Berliner Philharmoniker (2 votes)

    The following each were the selections of an individual (in order of postings):

    EMI: Georges Prêtre with Maria Callas, Nicolai Gedda, Andréa Guiot, Robert Massard & Choeurs René Duclos and Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra

    DGG: Claudio Abbado with Teresa Berganza, Placido Domingo, Ileana Cotrubas, Sherrill Milnes & The Ambrosian Singers and London Symphony Orchestra

    RCA: Herbert von Karajan with Leontyne Price, Franco Corelli, Robert Merrill, Mirella Freni & Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Chorus

    EMI Classics: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos with Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni & Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris

    Decca: Sir Georg Solti with Tatiana Troyanos, Placido Domingo, Jose van Dam, Kiri Te Kanawa & London Philharmonic Orchestra and John Aldis Choir


    DVDs

    Decca/BBC: Antonio Pappano, Conductor/Francesca Zambello, Director, with Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo & The Royal Opera Chorus and The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (4 votes)

    Olive Films: A Film by Francesco Rosi, Director, with Julia Migenes, Placido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, Faith Esham (2 votes)

    DGG: James Levine, Conductor/Brian Large, Director, with Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras, Leona Mitchell, Samuel Ramey & The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

    DGG: Herbert von Karajan, Conductor and Director, with Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni, Justino Diaz & Wiener Philharmoniker

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread: [here]

    14. Rigoletto

    CDs

    DGG: Rafael Kubelik with Renata Scotto, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Carlo Bergonzi, Fiorenza Cossotto, et al. and Milan Teatro alla
    Scala Orchestra and Chorus (2 Votes)

    Decca: Richard Bonynge with Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, Martti Talvela,
    Kiri Te Kanawa, et al. and London Symphony Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus
    (2 Votes)

    DGG: Carlo Maria Giulini with Piero Cappuccilli, Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo,
    Elena Obraztsova, Kurt Moll, Nicolai Ghiaurov, et al. and Vienna State Opera Chorus and
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (1 Vote)

    Myto: performed in Russian, 1949, conductor Samuil A Samosud, Orchestra - USSR State Orchestra,
    Chorus - Bolshoi Theatre, Rigoletto - Andrey Alexeyevich Ivanov; Gilda - Irina Maslennikova; Duca di Mantova - Ivan Kozlovsky; Sparafucile - Vladimir Gavryushov; Maddalena - Vera (Veronika) Ivanova Borisenko (1 vote)

    DVDs

    C Major/Tutto Verdi: Massimo Zanetti, Conductor/Stefano Vizioli, Director with Francesco Demuro, Leo Nucci, Nino Machaidze, Marco Spotti,
    et al. and Parma Teatro Regio Orchestra and Parma Teatro Regio Chorus (1 Vote)

    Virgin: Fabio Liusi, Conductor/Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Director with Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Florez, Zeljko Lucic, et al. and Sächsische Staatsokapelle Dresden (1 Vote)

    DGG: James Levine, Conductor/Kirk Browning, Director/John Dexter, Production with Placido Domingo, Ileana Cotrubas, Cornell
    Macneill, Justino Diaz, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (1 Vote)

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread:
    [here]

    15. Tosca

    CDs

    Pristine Audio
    EMI Classics: Victor de Sabata with Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, et al. and Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
    (4 votes)

    Decca: Herbert von Karajan with Leontyne Price, Giuseppe di Stefano, Giuseppe Taddei, et al., and Wiener Philharmoniker (1 vote)

    DGG: Herbert von Karajan with Katia Ricciarelli, Jose Carreras, Ruggero Raimondi, et al. and Chor
    der Deutschen Oper Berlin and Berliner Philharmoniker (1 vote)

    DVDs

    EMI: Antonio Pappano, Conductor/Jonathan Kent, Director, with Angela Georghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, et al. and Royal
    Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (4 votes)

    Kultur: Zubin Mehta, Conductor/Andrea Andermann, Director, with Placido Domingo, Catherine Malfitano, Ruggero Raimondi, et al.
    and Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Rome RAI (3 votes)

    DGG: Bruno Bartoletti, Conductor/Gianfranco De Bosio, Director, with Raina Kabaivanska, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, et al.
    and New Philharmonia Orchestra (1 vote)

    Decca: Paolo Carignani, Conductor/Robert Carsen, Director, with Emily Magee, Jonas Kaufmann, Thomas Hampson, et al. and
    Chorus and Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich (1 vote)

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread:
    [here]
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    CDs

    Harmonia
    Mundi: Rene Jacobs with Bernarda Fink, Graciela Oddone, Marcel Boone, Werner Güra, Veronique Gens, et al. and Concerto Köln, Köln Chamber Choir (2 Votes)

    EMI
    Warner Classics: Herbert von Karajan with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Nan Merriman, Rolando Panerai, Leopold Simoneau, Lisa Otto, Sesto Bruscantini and Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus (1 Vote)

    EMI: Karl Böhm with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Alfredo Kraus, Giuseppe Taddei, Walter Berry and Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus (1 Vote)

    RCA: Erich Leinsdorf with Leontyne Price, Tatiana Troyanos, Judith Raskin, Sherrill Milnes, George Shirley, Ezio Flagello and New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus (1 Vote)

    EMI: Riccardo Muti with Margaret Marshall, Agnes Baltsa, Francisco Araiza, James Morris, Kathleen Battle, Jose Van Dam and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera Chorus (1 Vote)

    DVDs

    Opus Arte: Ivan Fischer, Conductor/Nicholas Hytner, Director, with Topi Lehtipuu, Luca Pisaroni, Nicolas Rivenq, Miah Persson, Anke Vondung, Ainhoa Garmendia and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Glyndebourne Chorus (2006) (6 Votes)

    Euroarts: Adam Fischer, Conductor/Claus Guth, Director, with Miah Persson, Isabel Leonard, Florian Boesch, Topi Lehtipuu, Patricia Petibon, Bo Skovus and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera Chorus (2009) (1 Vote)

    For the discussion, explanations, and cover pictures, consult this starting point inside the voting thread: [here]

    17. Il Barbiere di Siviglia

    The Barber of Seville is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy Le Barbier de Séville. The première of Rossini's opera took place on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome.

    CDs

    1. EMI: Alceo Galliera with Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Luigi Alva, Nicola Ross-Lemeni and
    Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra (3 Votes)


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    2. Decca: Neville Marriner with Agnes Baltsa, Thomas Allen, Francisco Araiza, Robert Lloyd
    and Ambrosian Opera Chorus & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (2 Votes)


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    DVDs


    1. Kultur Video: Alberto Zedda, Conductor/Dario Fo, Director, with Jennifer Larmore,
    David Malis, Richard Croft, Simone Alaimo, Renato Capecchi and
    The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Chorus of The Netherlands
    Opera (1 Vote)


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    2. Virgin Classics: Antonio Pappano, Conductor/Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, Directors,
    with Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez,Pietro Spagnoli, Alessandro
    Corbelli and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Royal Opera Chorus
    (1 Vote)


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    3. DGG: Ralf Weikert, Conductor/John Cox, Director, with Kathleen Battle, Rockwell Blake,
    Leo Nucci, Enzo Dara, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and
    Chorus (1 Vote)


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    #18: Eugene Onegin

    Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, is an opera in 3 acts, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The premiere took place on 29 March 1879 at the Maly Theatre, Moscow.

    CDs

    1. London/Decca
    Sir Georg Solti with Teresa Kubiak, Stuart Burrows, Julia Hamari, Bernd Weikl, Nicolai Ghiaurov, et al., and John Alldis Choir and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra (1974) (2 Votes)


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    DVDs

    1. Decca
    Valery Gergiev, Conductor/Robert Carsen, Director, with Renee Fleming, Ramon Vargas, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, et al., and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet (3 Votes)


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    2. Opus Arte
    Robin Ticciati, Conductor/Kasper Holten, Director, with Krassimira Stoyanova, Simon Keenlyside, Pavol Breslik, Elena Maximova, Peter Rose, et al., and Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (2013) (1 Vote)


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    3. Kultur
    Omer Meir Wellber, Conductor/Mariusz Trelinski, Director, with Kristine Opolais, Lena Belkina, Artur Rucinski, Dmitri Korchak, Günther Groissböck, et al., and Orquestra De La Communitat Valenciana (1 Vote)


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    4. DGG
    Valery Gergiev, Conductor/Deborah Warner, Director, with Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Mariusz Kwiecien, Oksana Volkova, Elena Zaremba, Larisa Diadkova, et al., and Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra (2013) (1 Vote)


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    #19: Otello (Giuseppe Verdi)

    Otello is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's play Othello. It was Verdi's penultimate opera, and was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, on 5 February 1887.

    CDs

    1. Decca
    Herbert von Karajan with Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Aldo Protti, et al., and Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Children's Choir and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (1961) (3 Votes)


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    2. RCA Red Seal
    James Levine with Placido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Sherrill Milnes, et al., and Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Boys' Chorus and National Philharmonic Orchestra (1978) (2 Votes)


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    3. RCA
    Tullio Serafin with Jon Vickers, Leonie Rysanek, Tito Gobbi, et al., and Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus
    (1 Vote)


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    4. EMI
    Lorin Maazel with Placido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Justino Diaz, et al., and Orchestra e Coro del Teatro all Scala di Milano (1 Vote)


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    DVDs

    (Note: DVDs are a 4-way tie, with one vote each)

    MGM (Film)
    Lorin Maazel, Conductor/Franco Zeffirelli, Director, with Placido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Justino Diaz, et al., and Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano (1986) (1 Vote)


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    Bel Canto Society
    Carlos Kleiber, Conductor, with Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Piero Cappuccilli, et al., and Orchestra and
    (VHS) Chorus La Scala (1 Vote)


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    C Major
    Riccardo Muti, Conductor/Stephan Langridge, Director, with Aleksandrs Antonenko, Marina Poplavskaya, Carlos Alvarez, Stephen Costello, Mikhail Petrenko, et al., and Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (2008) (1 Vote)


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    Sony
    James Levine, Conductor/Franco Zeffirelli, Director, with Jon Vickers, Renata Scotto, Cornell MacNeil, et al., and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (1 Vote)


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    #20: Il Trovatore

    Il Trovatore (The Troubadour) is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto largely written by Salvadore Cammarano. The premiere took place at the Teatro Apollo in Rome on 19 January 1853.

    CDs

    1. EMI Classics
    Herbert von Karajan with Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Fedora Barbieri, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Zaccaria, et al. and Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alls Scala di Milano (1956) (2 Votes)


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    2. RCA Red Seal
    Zubin Mehta with Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Fiorenza Cossotto, et al., and New Philharmonia Orchestra (1969) (2 Votes)


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    3. Philips
    Sir Colin Davis with Katia Ricciarelli, Jose Carreras, Yuri Masurok, Stefania Toczyska, et al., and Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, London (1980) (2 Votes)


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    4. DGG
    Carlo Maria Giulini with Placido Domingo, Rosalind Plowright, Brigitte Fassbänder, Giorgio Zancanaro, Evgeny Nesterenko and Coro e Orchestra dell Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (1984) (1 Vote)


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    DVDs


    1. Wiener Staatsoper Live
    Herbert von Karajan, Conductor and Director; with Raina Kabaivanska, Placido Domingo,
    Fiorenza Cossotto, Piero Cappuccilli, Jose van Dam, Heinz Zednik and Chor und Orchestra der Wiener
    Staatsoper (1978) (2 Votes)


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    2. Opus Arte
    Carlo Rizzi with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Yvonne Naef, Jose Cura, Veronica Villaroel and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra, Royal Opera House, London (2002) (1 Vote)


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    3. DGG
    James Levine, Conductor/Brian Large, Director; with Luciano Pavarotti, Eva Marton, Dolora Zajic, Sherrill Milnes, Jeffrey Wells, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (1988) (1 Vote)


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    #21: Götterdämmerung (Richard Wagner)

    Götterdämmerung; Twilight of the Gods), WWV 86D, is the last in Richard Wagner's cycle of four operas titled Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). It received its premiere at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on 17 August 1876, as part of the first complete performance of the Ring.


    Please note that for the purpose of this exercise, the Ring has been divided into its separate operas.

    CDs

    #1 London/Decca
    Sir Georg Solti with Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson, Christa Ludwig, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gottlob Frick, Lucia Popp, Dame Gwyneth Jones, et al. and Vienna State Opera Chorus & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (1964)

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    #2 Decca
    Karl Böhm with Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson, Josef Greindl, Gustav Neidlinger, Thomas Stewart,
    Ludmilla Dvorakova, Martha Mödl, Hega Dernesch, Sieglinde Wagner, et al. and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Bayreuth Festival Chorus (Live, 1967)


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    DVDs

    #1 Kultur
    Daniel Barenboim, Conductor/Harry Kupfer, Director, with Siegfried Jerusalem, Jane Turner, Bodo Brinkmann, Birgitta Svenden, Philip Kang, Waltraud Meier, et al. and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Bayreuth Festival Chorus (Live, 1991-92)


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    #2 Euroarts
    Lothar Zagrosek, Conductor/Klaus Zehelein, Director, with Albert Bonnema, Luana DeVol, Hernan Iturralde,
    Franz Josef Kapellmann, Roland Bracht, Eva-Marie Westbroek, et al. and Staatsopernchor Stuttgart &
    Staatsopernorchester Stuttgart (Live 2002-03)

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    #3 DGG
    Pierre Boulez, Conductor/Patrice Chereau, Director, with Fritz Hübner, Franz Mazura, Manfred Jung, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Jeanine Altmeyer, et al. and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus


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    #4 DGG
    James Levine, Conductor/Otto Schenk, Director, with Hanna Lisowska, Matti Salminen, Hildegard Behrens, Christa Ludwig, Siegfried Jerusalem, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


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    #5 Decca
    Michael Schonwandt, Conductor/Kasper Bech Holten, Director, with Anne Margrethe Dahl, Peter Klaveness, Hanne Fischer, Anette Bod, Guido Paevatalu, Stig Andersen, Irene Theorin, et al. and Royal Danish Opera Chorus & Royal Danish Festival Orchestra (2001)


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    #22: Giulio Cesare (George Frideric Handel)

    Giulio Cesare in Egitto ("Julius Caesar in Egypt", HWV 17), commonly known simply as Giulio Cesare, is an opera seria (dramma per musica) in three acts composed for the Royal Academy of Music by George Frideric Handel in 1724. It was first performed at the King's Theatre in Haymarket, London on 20 February 1724.

    CDs

    #1 Naive
    Alan Curtis with Gianluca Buratto, Milena Storti, Katrina Gauvin, Felippo Mineccia, et al. and Il Complesso Barocco (2011)


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    #2 DGG
    Karl Richter with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Tatiana Troyanos, Peter Schreier, Franz Crass, et al. and Munich Bach Orchestra and Munich Bach Choir (1970)


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    #3 Archiv
    Marc Minkowski with Pascal Bertin, Bejun Mehta, Magdalena Kozena, Anne Sofie von Otter, Alan Ewing, et al. and Les Musiciens du Louvre (2002)


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    #4 RCA Victor
    Julius Rudel with Beverly Sills, Norman Treigle, Maureen Forrester, et al. and New York City Opera Chorus and Orchestra (1967)


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    DVDs

    #1 Opus Arte
    William Christie, Conductor/David McVicar, Director, with Sarah Connolly, Christopher Maltman, Patricia Burdon, Christophe Dumaux, Angelika Kirchschlager, Danielle De Niese, Rachid Ben Abdeslam, et al. and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & The Glyndebourne Chorus (2005)


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    #23: Die Meistersinger (Richard Wagner)

    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a music drama in three acts, written and composed by Richard Wagner. It was first performed at the Königliches Hof- und National-Theater, today's home of the Bavarian State Opera, in Munich, on 21 June 1868. The conductor at the premiere was Hans von Bülow.

    CDs

    #1 Arts
    Rafael Kubelik with Thomas Stewart, Sandor Konya, Gundula Janowitz, Brigitte Fassbänder, Franz Crass, et al. and Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (1967)


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    #2 DGG
    Eugen Jochum with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Caterina Ligendza, Placido Domingo, Roland Herrmann, Horst R. Laubenthal, et al. and Chorus & Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (1976)


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    #3 Myto
    Hans Knappertsbusch with Josef Greindl, Elizabeth Grümmer, Wolfgang Windgassen, Theo Adam, et al. and Choir and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festspiele (Live, 1960)


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    #4 Decca
    Sir Georg Solti with Norman Bailey, Rene Kollo, Bernd Weikl, Hannelore Bode, Kurt Moll, et al. and Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker (1975)


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    DVDs

    #1 Opus Arte
    Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor/David McVicar, Director, with Gerald Finley, Alastair Miles, Topi Lehtipuu, Marco Jentzsch, Anna Gabler, et al. and The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra
    (Live, 2011)


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    #2 DGG
    Horst Stein, Conductor/Wolfgang Wagner, Director, with Bernd Weikl, Siegfried Jerusalem, Hermann Prey,
    Mari Anne Häggander, et al. and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Bayreuth Festival Chorus (1984)


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    #24: Das Rheingold (Richard Wagner)

    Das Rheingold, WWV 86A, is the first of the four operas that constitute Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen ('The Ring of the Nibelung'); Das Rheingold premiered at the National Theatre Munich on 22 September 1869.

    Please note that for the purpose of this exercise, the Ring has been divided into its separate operas.

    CDs

    #1 Decca
    Sir Georg Solti with Kirsten Flagstad, George London, Ira Malaniuk, Claire Watson, Eberhard Wächter, et al. and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna State Opera Chorus (1958)


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    #2 Decca
    Karl Böhm with Wolfgang Windgassen, Theo Adam, Gustav Neidlinger, Annelies Burmeister, Anja Silja, Matti Talvela, Helga Dernesch, et al. and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra (1967)


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    DVDs


    #1 DGG
    Pierre Boulez, Conductor/Patrice Chereau, Director, with Hermann Becht, Hanna Schwartz, Heinz Zednik, Siegfried Jerusalem, Donald McIntyre, Matti Salminen, et al. and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra (Live, 1976)


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    #2 DGG
    James Levine, Conductor/Otto Schenk, Director, with James Morris, Siegfried Jerusalem, Christa Ludwig, Matti Salminen, Heinz Zednik, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (1990)


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    #3 Decca
    Michael Schonwandt, Conductor/Kasper Bech Holten, Director, with Irene Theorin, Hanne Fischer, Ylva Kihlberg, Johnny Van Hal, Hans Lawaetz, et al. and Royal Danish Opera Chorus & Royal Danish Opera Orchestra (2001)


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    #25: Aida (Giuseppe Verdi)

    Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Aida was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on 24 December 1871, conducted by Giovanni Bottesini.

    CDs

    #1 Decca
    Sir Georg Solti with Leontyne Price, Jon Vickers, Robert Merrill, Rita Gorr, Giorgio Tozzi, et al. and Rome Opera House Orchestra & Rome Opera House Chorus (1962)


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    #2 Warner Classics (Remastered, 2014)
    Tullio Serafin with Maria Callas, Richard Tucker, Tito Gobbi, Fedora Barbieri, et al.and Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan (1955)


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    #3 EMI/EMI Classics
    Herbert von Karajan with Mirella Freni, Katia Ricciarelli, Jose Carreras, Thomas Moser, Jose Van Dam,
    Piero Cappuccilli, Ruggero Raimondi, Agnes Baltsa and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra &
    Vienna Philharmonic Chorus (1979)


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    #4 Decca
    Herbert von Karajan with Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Giulietta Simoniato, Cornell MacNeil, et al. and Wiener Philharmoniker (1959)


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    #5 DGG
    Claudio Abbado with Katia Ricciarelli, Placido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Elena Obraztsova, Nicolai Ghiaurov, et al. and Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano (1982)


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    DVDs

    #1 Arthaus Musik
    Massimiliano Stefanelli, Conductor/Franco Zeffirelli, Director, with Adina Aaron, Kate Aldritch, Scott Piper, et al. and Arturo Toscanini Chorus & Orchestra (2001)


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    #2 DGG
    James Levine, Conductor/Sonya Frisell, Director, with Aprile Millo, Placido Domingo,
    Sherrill Milnes, Dolora Zajick, Paata Burchuladze, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (1989)


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    #3 C Major/Tutto Verdi
    Antonino Fogliani, Conductor/Joseph Franconi Lee, Director, with Susanna Branchini, Mariana Pentcheva,
    George Andguladze, Walter Fraccaro, et al. and Parma Teatro Regio Orchestra & Parma Teatro Regio Chorus (2012)


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    #26: Der Rosenkavalier (Richard Strauss)

    Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose or The Rose-Bearer[1]), Op. 59, is a comic opera in three acts by Richard Strauss to an original German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It was first performed at the Königliches Opernhaus in Dresden on 26 January 1911 under the direction of Max Reinhardt.

    CDs

    #1 Decca
    Sir Georg Solti with Regine Crespin, Yvonne Minton, Helen Donath, Manfred Jungwirth, Otto Wiener
    Luciano Pavarotti and Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker (1969)


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    #2 DGG
    Herbert von Karajan with Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnes Baltsa, Janet Perry, Kurt Moll and Vienna
    Philharmonic Orchestra (1984)


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    DVDs

    #1 DGG
    Carlos Kleiber, Conductor/Otto Schenk, Director, with Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender, Lucia Popp,
    Manfred Jungwirth, Francisco Araiza and Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper & Bayerisches Staatsorchester
    (1979)


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    #2 Metropolitan Opera
    James Levine, Conductor/Nathaniel Merrill, Director, with Kiri Te Kanawa, Tatiana Troyanos, Judith Blegen,
    Kurt Moll, Luciano Pavarotti and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (1982)


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    #3 Decca
    Christian Thielemann, Conductor/Herbert Wernicke, Director, with Renee Fleming, Sophie Koch,
    Diana Damrau, Franz Hawlata, Jonas Kaufmannn and Munchner Philharmoniker (2009)


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    #27: I Puritani (Vincenzo Bellini)


    Bellini lived briefly in London in 1833 and then went to Paris. There, composer Gioachino Rossini’s influence secured for him a commission to write an opera for the Théâtre-Italien. The result was I puritani (1835), the last of Bellini’s nine operas; although handicapped by an inept libretto, it is in many ways his most ambitious and beautiful work. (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

    CDs

    #1 (Tie)

    Decca
    Richard Bonynge with Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Piero Cappuccilli, et al. and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden & London Symphony Orchestra (1973)


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    EMI Classics/Warner Classics (Remastered) (Note: The Warner and EMI Classics are the same studio recording)
    Tullio Serafin with Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Rolando Panerai, et al. and Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alls Scala di Milano (1953)


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    #2. EMI Classics
    Riccardo Muti with Montserrat Caballe, Alfredo Kraus, Julia Hamari, Mateo Manuguerra, Agostino Ferria, et al. and Ambrosian Opera Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra (1980)


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    Honorable Mention: EMI studio recording with Maria Callas as engineered by Pristine XR Remaster


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    DVDs

    #1. Decca
    Michele Mariotti, Conductor/Pier' Alli, Director, with Nino Machaidze, Juan Diego Florez, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Ugo Guagliardo, et al. and Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Communale di Bologna


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    #28: Madama Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini) (1904)


    Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly) is an opera in three acts (originally two acts) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The original version of the opera, in two acts, had its premiere on 17 February 1904 at La Scala in Milan.

    CDs

    #1 (Tie)

    Decca
    Herbert von Karajan with Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Christa Ludwig, Robert Kerns, et al. and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna State Opera Chorus (1974)

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    Warner Classics
    Antonio Pappano with Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Fabio Capitanucci, et al. and Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (2008)


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    #2: Warner Classics
    Herbert von Karajan with Maria Callas, Nicolai Gedda, Lucia Danieli, Mario Borriello, et al. and Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan (1955) (2 Votes) (Note: Votes were for both the remastered and earlier recordings, which are the same studio recording)


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    #3: DGG
    Giuseppe Sinopoli with Mirella Freni, Jose Carreras, Teresa Berganza, Juan Pons, et al. and Philharmonia Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (1987)


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    #4: EMI Classics
    Sir John Barbirolli with Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Rolando Panerai, Paolo Montarsolo, et al. and Rome Opera House Orchestra & Rome Opera House Chorus (1966)


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    #5: Denon/Eurodisc
    Giuseppe Patane with Maria Chiara, James King, Hermann Prey, et al. and Bavarian Radio Orchestra & Chorus (1972)


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    DVDs

    #1: DGG
    Herbert von Karajan, Conductor/Jean Pierre Ponnelle, Director, with Mirella Freni, Placido Domingo, Christa Ludwig, et al. and Wiener Philharmoniker (1974)


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    #2: Sony
    Patrick Summers, Conductor/Anthony Minghella, Director, with Patricia Racette, Marcello Giordani, Maria Zifchak, Dwayne Croft, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Metropolitan Opera Chorus (2009)


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    #3: Kultur
    Patrick Summers, Conductor/Moffat Oxenbould, Director, with Cheryl Barker, Jay Hunter Morris, Douglas McNicol, et al. and Chorus Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra


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    #29: Macbeth (Giuseppe Verdi) (1847)

    Macbeth is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and additions by Andrea Maffei, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. Written for the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, it was Verdi's tenth opera and first given on 14 March 1847. Macbeth was the first Shakespeare play that Verdi adapted for the operatic stage. Almost twenty years later, Macbeth was revised and expanded in a French version and given in Paris on 19 April 1865. (Wikipedia)


    CDs

    #1. EMI Classics
    Riccardo Muti with Fiorenza Cossotto, Sherrill Milnes, Jose Carreras, Ruggero Raimondi, et al. and New Philharmonia Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (1976)


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    #2. EMI Classics
    Victor de Sabata with Maria Callas, Enzo Mascherini, Ivo Vinco, Mario Tommasini, Italo Tajo, et al. and Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra & Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus (Live, 1952)


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    #3. Decca
    Lamberto Gardelli with Elena Souliotis, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Luciano Pavarotti, et al. and London Philharmonic Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (1970)


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    #4. DGG
    Claudio Abbado with Shirley Verrett, Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Placido Domingo, et al. and Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala (1976)


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    DVDs

    #1. Opus Arte
    Antonio Pappano, Conductor/Phyllida Lloyd, Director, with Elisabeth Meister, Simon Keenlyside, Lliudmyla Monastyrska, et al. and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra & Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus (2011)


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    #2. Bel Air
    Teodor Currentzis, Conductor/Dmitri Tcherniakov, Director, with Violeta Urmana, Ferrucio Furlanetto, Dmitri Tiliakos, et al. and Paris National Opera Orchestra & Paris National Opera Chorus (2009)


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    #3. EMI Classics
    James Levine, Conductor/Adrian Noble, Director, with Maria Guleghina, Zeljko Lucic, John Relyea, Dmitri Pittas, et al. and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet (2008)


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    #4. Arthaus Musik
    Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor/David Pountney, Director, with Thomas Hampson, Paoletta Marrocu, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Luis Lima, et al. and Zürich Opera House Orchestra & Zürich Opera House Chorus (2001)


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    #5. Arthaus Musik
    John Pritchard, Conductor/Michael Hadjimischer, Director, with Josephine Barstow, Kostas Paskalis, James Morris, Keith Erwen, et al. and The London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus (1972)


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    #6. C Major
    Bruno Bartoletti, Conductor/Liliana Cavani, Director, with Sylvie Valayre, Leo Nucci, Enrico Iori, Roberto Iuliano, et al. and Parma Teatro Regio Orchestra & Parma Teatro Regio Chorus (2006)


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    #30: Siegfried (Richard Wagner) (1876)

    Siegfried, the third of the four operas that constitute Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), by Richard Wagner. It premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on 16 August 1876, as part of the first complete performance of The Ring

    Note: For the purposes of this survey, the 4 operas comprising the complete Ring are being considered separately.

    CDs

    #1. Decca
    Sir Georg Solti with Hans Hotter, Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Kurt Böhme, Gerhard Stolze, Gustav Neidlinger, Joan Sutherland, et al. and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (1962)


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    #2. Testament
    Joseph Keilberth with Wolfgang Windgassen, Astrid Varnay, Hans Hotter, Paul Kuen, et al. and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra (Live - 1955)


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    Honorable Mention

    Guild/Sony
    Artur Bodanzky with Friedrich Schorr, Kirsten Flagstad, Lauritz Melchior, Karl Laufkötter, Eduard Habich, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (Live - 1937)


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    DVDs

    #1. DGG
    Fabio Liusi, Conductor/Robert Lepage, Director, with Jay Hunter Morris, Deborah Voigt, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, Gerhard Siegel, et al. and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


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    #2. Decca
    Michael Schonwandt, Conductor/Kasper Bech Holten, Director, with Stig Andersen, Irene Theorin, Sten Byriel, Peter Klaveness, Hanne Fischer, et al. and Royal Danish Opera Orchestra


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    #3. Kultur
    Daniel Barenboim, Conductor/Harry Kupfer, Director, with John Tomlinson, Graham Clark, Anne Evans, Siegfried Jerusalem, et al. and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra (1991)


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    #31: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Jacques Offenbach) (1881)

    Opera by German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach, with a French libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier. The opera is based on three of the psychologically complicated and fantastic stories of the German Romantic author and composer E.T.A. Hoffmann, and premiered in Paris on February 10, 1881. (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

    #1. Warner Classics
    Andre Cluytens with Nicolai Gedda, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria de los Angeles, George London, et al. and Orchestre de la Societe du Conservatoire Paris & Rene Duclos Chorus (1964)


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    #2. DGG (Tie)
    Seiji Ozawa with Placido Domingo, Edita Gruberova, Gabriel Bacquier, Justino Diaz, James Morris, et al. and Orchestre National de France & Choeurs de Radio France (1989)


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    Erato
    Kent Nagano with Roberto Alagna, Natalie Dessay, Gabriel Bacquier, Jose van Dam, et al. and Orchestre et Choeur de L'Opera National de Lyon (1996)


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    Decca
    Richard Bonynge with Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo, Paul Plishka, Gabriel Bacquier, et al. and L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1972)


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    EMI Classics
    Heinz Wallberg with Siegfried Jerusalem, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Julia Varady, Hanna Schwartz, Kurt Moll, et al. and Münchner Runfunkorchester & Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (1979)


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    DVDs


    #1. Kultur (Tie)
    Georges Pretre, Conductor/John Schlesinger, Director, with Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo, Agnes Baltsa, Siegmund Nimsgern, et al. and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra (2003)


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    Arthaus Musik
    Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Conductor/Robert Carsen, Director, with Neil Shicoff, Bryn Terfel, Ruth Ann Swenson, et al. and Orchester et Choeur de l'Opera National de Paris (2002)


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    #32: Simon Boccanegra (Giuseppe Verdi) (1857)

    Simon Boccanegra is an opera with a prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. Simon Boccanegra was first performed at Teatro La Fenice in Venice on 12 March 1857, and was revised in collaboration with Arrigo Boito in 1881.

    CDs

    #1. DGG
    Claudio Abbado with Mirella Freni, Piero Cappuccilli, Jose Carreras, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Jose van Dam, et al. and Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala Milan (1977)



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    #2. EMI
    Gabriele Santini with Tito Gobbi, Victoria de los Angeles, Boris Christoff, Giuseppe Campora, et al. and Rome Opera House Orchestra & Rome Opera House Chorus (1957)


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    DVDs


    #1. DGG
    James Levine, Conductor/Brian Large, Director, with Placido Domingo, Vladimir Chernov, Kiri Te Kanawa, Robert Lloyd, et al. and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (1995)


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    #2 (Tie): C Major
    Daniele Callegari, Conductor/Giorgio Gallione, Director, with Leo Nucci, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Simone Piazzola, Tamar Iveri, et al. and Parma Teatro Regio Chorus and Orchestra (2010)


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    EMI Classics
    Antonio Pappano, Conductor/Elijah Moshinsky, Director, with Placido Domingo, Joseph Calleja, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, et al. and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra & Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus (2010)


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    DGG
    James Levine, Conductor/Brian Large, Director, with Sherrill Milnes, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Vasile Moldoveanu, Paul Plishka, et al. and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (1984)


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    Arthaus Musik
    Daniel Barenboim, Conductor/Federico Tiezzi, Director, with Placido Domingo, Ferrucio Furlanetto, Anja Harteros, Fabio Sartori, et al. and Milan La Scala Chorus & Orchestra (2010)


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    #33: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) (1782)

    Die Entführung aus dem Serail is an opera Singspiel in three acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a German libretto by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner. The work premiered on 16 July 1782 at the Vienna Burgtheater, with the composer conducting.

    CDs


    1. Erato
    William Christie with Christine Schäfer, Patricia Petibon, Ian Bostridge, Iain Paton, Alan Ewing, et al. and Les Arts Florissants (1997)


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    2. Decca
    Sir Georg Solti with Edita Gruberova, Kathleen Battle, Heinz Zednik, Marti Talvela, et al. and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna State Opera Chorus (1985)


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    3. Eurodisc
    Heinz Wallberg with Edita Gruberova, Francisco Araiza, Gudrun Ebel, Roland Bracht, et al. and Munchner Rundfunkorchester & Chor des Bayterischen Rundfunks (1978)


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    DVDs

    1. EuroArts
    Gianluigi Gelmetti, Conductor/Michael Hampe, Director, with Ruth Ann Swenson, Kurt Rydl, Malin Hartelius, Hans Peter Blochwitz, et al. and Radio-Sinfonienorchester Stuttgart (1991)


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    2. (Tie) DGG
    Karl Böhm, Conductor/August Everding, Director, with Edita Gruberova, Francisco Araiza, Reri Grist, Marti Talvela, Norbert Orth, et al. and Chor und Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper (1980)


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    BelAir
    Marc Minkowski, Conductor/Jerome Deschamps and Macha Makeïeff, Directors, with Shahrokh Moshkin-Ghalam, Mattias Klink, Magali Leger, Malin Hartelius, et al. and Les Musiciens du Louvre (2004)


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    #34: L'Elisir d'Amore (Gaetano Donizetti) (1832)

    L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) is a comic opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti to a libretto by Felice Romani. The opera premiered on 12 May 1832 at the Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan. Today it is one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti's operas: it appears as number 13 on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide in the five seasons between 2008 and 2013. (Wikipedia)


    CDs


    1. (Tie)

    DGG

    James Levine with Kathleen Battle, Luciano Pavarotti, Leo Nucci, Enzo Dara, Dawn Upshaw, et al. and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (1989)


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    Decca
    Richard Bonynge with Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Dominic Cossa, Spiro Malas, Maria Casula, et al. and English Chamber Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (1970)


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    #2. Sony Classical
    John Pritchard with Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo, Sir Geraint Evans, Ingvar Wixell, Lillian Watson, et al. and Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1977)


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    DVDs


    #1. (Tie)

    Decca

    Evelino Pido, Conductor/Frank Dunlop, Director, with Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Simone Alaimo, Roberto Scaltriti, et al. and Lyon Opera Orchestra & Lyon Opera Chorus (1996)


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    Virgin Classics
    Alfred Eschwe, Conductor/Otto Schenk, Director, with Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, Leo Nucci, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, et al. and Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper (2005)


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    Next Up: #35: Boris Godunov (Modest Mussorgsky) (1869, Revised 1872)

    Boris Godunov (Russian: Борис Годунов, Borís Godunóv) is an opera by Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881). The work was composed between 1868 and 1873 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is Mussorgsky's only completed opera and is considered his masterpiece. Several composers, chief among them Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and Dmitriy Shostakovich, have created new editions of the opera to "correct" perceived technical weaknesses in the composer's original scores. Although these versions held the stage for decades, Mussorgsky's individual harmonic style and orchestration are now valued for their originality, and revisions by other hands have fallen out of fashion.

    This opera currently is being voted on. Please see "What are your favorite recordings of the OL top 100 operas" thread, where you are welcome to vote:

    http://operalively.com/forums/showth...-operas/page41
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    #35: Boris Godunov (Modest Mussorgsky) (1869, Revised 1872)


    Boris Godunov (Russian: Борис Годунов, Borís Godunóv) is an opera by Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881). The work was composed between 1868 and 1873 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is Mussorgsky's only completed opera and is considered his masterpiece. Several composers, chief among them Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and Dmitriy Shostakovich, have created new editions of the opera to "correct" perceived technical weaknesses in the composer's original scores. Although these versions held the stage for decades, Mussorgsky's individual harmonic style and orchestration are now valued for their originality, and revisions by other hands have fallen out of fashion.


    CDs


    #1. EMI Classics
    Jerzy Semkow with Martti Talvela, Nicolai Gedda, Aage Haugland, Leonard Mroz, Bozena Kinasz, et al. and Krakow Polish Radio/TV Orchestra & Krakow Polish Radio/TV Chorus (1977)


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    #2. Naxos
    Issay Dobrowen with Boris Christoff, Nicolai Gedda, Eugenia Zareska, Kim Borg, Andrzej Bielecki, et al. and French National Radio Orchestra & Russian Chorus of Paris (1952)


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    DVDs


    #1. (Tie)

    Opus Arte
    Gianandrea Noseda, Conductor/Andrei Konchalovsky, Director, with Orlin Anastassov, Alessandra Marianelli, Ian Storey, Pavel Zubov, Vladimir Vaneev, et al. and Torino Teatro Regio Orchestra & Chorus (2010)


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    Philips
    Valery Gergiev, Conductor/Andrei Tarkovsky, Director, with Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina, Sergei Leiferkus, Larissa Diadkova, et al. and Kirov Theater Orchestra (1990)


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    #36: La Boheme (Giacomo Puccini) (1896)


    La Bohème is an opera in four acts composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The world premiere performance of La Bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini. Since then, La Bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.


    CDs

    #1. Decca
    Herbert von Karajan with Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Rolando Panerai, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Michel Senechal, et al. and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra & Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus (1972)


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    #2. Decca
    Colin Davis with Katia Ricciarelli, Jose Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Hakan Hagegard, Robert Lloyd, et al. and Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. (1979)


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    3. (Tie) Warner Classics
    Antonino Votto with Maria Callas, Giuseppe DiStefano, Anna Moffo, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Zaccaria, and Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan (1956)


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    EMI Classics
    Sir Thomas Beecham with Victoria de los Angeles, Jussi Bjoerling, Robert Merrill, Fernando Corena, et al. and RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra and RCA Victor Chorus (1956)


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    RCA
    Sir Georg Solti with Montserrat Caballe, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Judith Blegen, Ruggero Raimondi, et al. and London Philharmonic Orchestra & John Aldis Choir (1974)


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    Honorable Mention

    Decca
    Tullio Serafin with Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Ettore Bastianini, Cesare Siepi, Fernando Corena, et al. and Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra & Santa Cecilia Rome Chorus (1958)


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    DVDs


    #1. Kultur
    Bertrand de Billy, Conductor/Robert Dornhelm, Director, with Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, Stephane Degout, Nicole Cabell, et al. and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Bavarian Radio Chorus


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    #2. DGG
    James Levine, Conductor/Franco Zeffirelli, Director, with Renata Scotto, Jose Carreras, Teresa Stratas, Richard Stilwell, Allan Monk, James Morris, et al. and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera Chorus (1982)



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    Honorable Mention


    DGG
    James Levine, Conductor/Fabrizio Melano, Director, with Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti, Ingvar Wixell, Paul Plishka, Italo Tajo, et al. and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera Chorus (1977)


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    Image
    Julian Smith, Conductor/Baz Luhrmann, Director, with David Hobson, Cheryl Barker, et al. and Orchestra and Chorus of the Sydney Opera House (1993)


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    #37: Un Ballo in Maschera (Giuseppe Verdi) (1859)


    Un ballo in maschera received its premiere performance at the Teatro Apollo in Rome on 17 February 1859. The opera was forced to undergo a significant series of transformations and title changes; it began as Gustavo III set in Sweden, then became Una vendetta in dominò set in Germany, and finally Un ballo, set not in Sweden but in Boston, Massachusetts during the colonial era. These changes were caused by a combination of censorship regulations in both Naples and Rome, as well as by the political situation in France in January 1858. It became one of the most frustrating experiences of Verdi's career.

    On 1 January 1955, Marian Anderson, singing the role of Ulrica, broke the "color barrier" at the Metropolitan Opera, becoming the first African-American vocal soloist to appear with that company.
    (Wikipedia)

    CDs


    1. (Tie) Decca
    Sir Georg Solti with Margaret Price, Luciano Pavarotti, Renato Bruson, Christa Ludwig, Kathleen Battle, Robert Lloyd, et al. and National Philharmonic Orchestra & London Opera Chorus (1985)


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    RCA Victor
    Erich Leinsdorf with Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi, Shirley Verrett, Robert Merrill, Reri Grist, et al. and RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra & Chorus (1966)


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    EMI Classics
    Gianandrea Gavazzeni with Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Ettore Bastianini, Giulietta Simionato, et al. and Orchestra e Coro di Teatro alla Scala, Milano (1957)


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    #2. (Tie) Philips
    Sir Colin Davis with Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Patricia Payne, et al. and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra & Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus (1979)


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    DGG
    Claudio Abbado with Katia Ricciarelli, Renato Bruson, Elena Obraztsova, Edita Gruberova, Ruggero Raimondi, Placido Domingo, et al. and Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra & Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus (1979-80)


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    DVDs


    #1. Arthaus Musik
    Sir Georg Solti, Conductor/John Schlesinger, Director, with Placido Domingo, Josephine Barstow, Sumi Jo, Leo Nucci, et al. and Wiener Philharmoniker & Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor (1990)


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    #2. (Tie) Opus Arte
    Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Conductor/Mario Martone, Director, with Marcelo Alvarez, Violeta Urmana, Marco Vratogna, Elena Zaremba, Alessandra Marianelli, et al. and Chorus & Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid (2008)


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    Kultur
    Claudio Abbado, Conductor/Otto Schenk, Director, with Katia Ricciarelli, Placido Domingo, Piero Cappuccilli, Reri Grist, et al. and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Orchestra and Chorus (1975)


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    #38: Nabucco (Giuseppe Verdi) 1842)


    Nabucco is an Italian-language opera in four acts composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera. The libretto is based on biblical stories from the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Daniel. Under its original name of Nabucodonosor, the opera was first performed at La Scala in Milan on 9 March 1842.

    Nabucco is the opera which is considered to have permanently established Verdi's reputation as a composer. He commented that "this is the opera with which my artistic career really begins. And though I had many difficulties to fight against, it is certain that Nabucco was born under a lucky star".



    CDs

    Decca
    Lamberto Gardelli with Elena Suliotis, Tito Gobbi, Bruno Prevued, Carlo Cava, et al. and Vienna Opera Orchestra & Chorus of the Vienna State Opera (1965)


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    DVDs


    #1. Kultur
    Riccardo Muti, Conductor/Roberto de Simone, Director, with Renato Bruson, Ghena Dimitrova, Bruno Beccaria, et al. and Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan (1987)


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    #2. DGG
    James Levine, Conductor/Elijah Moshinsky, Director, with Maria Guleghina, Juan Pons, Samuel Ramey, et al. and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & The Metropolitan Opera Chorus (20001)


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    #39: Manon (Jules Massenet) (1884)


    Manon is an opéra comique in five acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille. It was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on January 19, 1884.

    Manon is Massenet's most popular and enduring opera and, having "quickly conquered the world's stages", it has maintained an important place in the repertory since its creation. It is the quintessential example of the charm and vitality of the music and culture of the Parisian Belle Époque.
    (Wikipedia)


    CDs


    #1. (Tie) EMI
    Pierre Monteux with Victoria de los Angeles, Henri Legay, Michel Dens, et al. and Choeurs et Orchestre du Teatre National de l'Opera Comique (1955)


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    Warner Classics
    Antonio Pappano with Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Earle Patriarco, Jose van Dam, Sophie Koch, et al. and Orchestre Symphonique et Choirs de la Monnaie (2000)


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    #2. (Tie) DGG
    Julius Rudel with Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Gabriel Bacquier, Gerard Souzay, et al. and New Philharmonic Orchestra (1970)


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    EMI Classics
    Michel Plasson with Ileana Cotrubas, Alfredo Kraus, Gino Quilico, Jose van Dam, et al. and Choeurs et Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse (1983)


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    DVDs


    #1. Virgin Classics
    Victor Pablo Perez, Conductor/David McVicar, Director, with Natalie Dessay, Rolando Villazon, Didier Henry, Samuel Ramey, Manuel Lanza, et al. and Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra & Barcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus (2007)


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    #2. (Tie) DGG
    Daniel Barenboim, Conductor/David McVicar, Director, with Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, Christof Fischesser, et al. and Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra & Berlin State Opera Chorus (2007)


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    Arthaus Musik
    Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Conductor/Gilbert Deflo, Director, with Renee Fleming, Marcelo Alvarez, Michel Senechal, Alain Vernhes, et al. and Paris National Opera Orchestra & Paris National Opera Chorus (2001)


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    Next Up: #40: Peter Grimes (Benjamin Britten) (1945)


    Peter Grimes is an opera by Benjamin Britten, with a libretto adapted by Montagu Slater from the narrative poem, "Peter Grimes," in George Crabbe's book The Borough. It was first performed at Sadler's Wells in London on 7 June 1945, conducted by Reginald Goodall, and was the first of Britten's operas to be a critical and popular success. It is still widely performed, both in the UK and internationally, and is considered part of the standard repertoire.


    CDs


    #1. Decca
    Peter Pears (Grimes), Claire Watson (Ellen Orford), James Pease (Balstrode), Jean Watson (Auntie), Geraint Evans (Ned Keene), Lauris Elms (Mrs Sedley), David Kelly (Hobson), Owen Brannigan (Swallow), Raymond Nilsson (Bob Boles), Marion Studholme, Iris Kells (Nieces)
    Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten (1958) (2 Votes)


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    Honorable Mention


    Jon Vickers (Grimes), Heather Harper (Ellen), Jonathan Summers (Balstrode), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Auntie), Teresa Cahill (First Niece), Anne Pashley (Second Niece), John Dobson (Bob Boles), Forbes Robinson (Swallow), Patricia Payne (Mrs Sedley), John Lanigan (Horace Adams), Thomas Allen (Ned Keene), Richard Van Allan (Hobson)
    Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis (1978)


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    DVDs


    #1. Kultur Video
    Philip Langridge (Peter Grimes), Janice Cairns (Ellen Orford), Alan Opie (Balstrode), Ann Howard (Auntie)
    English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus, David Atherton
    Stage production Tim Albery, director Barrie Gavin (1994) (2 Votes)


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    #41: Fidelio (Ludwig Van Beethoven) (final version 1814)


    Fidelio is an opera in two acts (originally three) by Ludwig Van Beethoven to a libretto by Joseph Von Sonnleithner (1805), with revisions by Stephan Von Breuning (1806) and Georg Friedrich Treitschke (1814). The final version had its first performance at Kärntnertortheater 23 May 1814.



    #1. Decca
    Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), Nina Stemme (Leonore), Falk Struckmann (Pizarro), Christof Fischesser (Rocco), Rachel Harnisch (Marzelline), Christoph Strehl (Jaquino), Peter Mattei (Don Fernando), Juan Sebastian Acosta (Erste Gefangener), Levente Pall (Zweite Gefangener)
    Lucerne Festival Orchestra & Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Claudio Abbado (2010) (3 Votes)


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    #2. (3x Tie) (1 Vote each)

    Sony
    Birgit Nilsson (Leonore), Jon Vickers (Florestan), Hermann Uhde (Don Pizarro), Oskar Czerwenka (Rocco), Laurel Hurley (Marzellina), Charles Anthony (Jaquino) and Giorgio Tozzi (Don Fernando)
    The Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, Karl Böhm (1960)


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    DGG:
    Gundula Janowitz (Leonore), René Kollo (Florestan), Manfred Jungwirth (Rocco), Lucia Popp (Marzelline), Adolf Dallapozza (Jaquino), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Fernando), Hans Sotin (Pizarro), Karl Terkal (Erster Gefangene), Alfred Sramek (Zweiter Gefangene)
    Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (1978)


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    Sony:
    Jeannine Altmeyer (Leonore), Siegfried Jerusalem (Florestan), Peter Meven (Rocco), Siegmund Nimsgern (Don Pizarro), Carola Nossek (Marzelline), Rudiger Wohlers (Jaquino), Theo Adam (Don Fernando), Klaus Konig (Erster Gefangener), Frank-Peter Spathe (Zweiter Gefangener)
    Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Men's Choir Rundfunkchor Berlin & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur (1982)


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    DVDs


    #1. DGG
    Karita Mattila (Leonore), Ben Heppner (Florestan), René Pape (Rocco), Falk Struckmann (Pizarro), Robert Lloyd (Fernando), Jennifer Welch-Babidge (Marzelline), Matthew Polenzani (Jaquino), Eric Cutler (Erster Gefangene), Alfred Walker (Zweiter Gefangene)
    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, James Levine (2000) (3 Votes)


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    #2. ArtHaus Musik
    Camilla Nylund (Leonore), Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), László Polgár (Rocco), Alfred Muff (Pizarro), Günthner Groissböck (Fernando), Elizabeth Rae Magnuson (Marzelline), Christoph Strehl (Jaquino), Bogusław Bidziński (Erster Gefangene), Gabriel Bermúdez (Zweiter Gefangene), Zürich Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2004) (2 Votes)


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    #3 (2x Tie) (1 Vote each)


    DGG:
    Gundula Janowitz (Leonore), Rene Kollo (Florestan), Manfred Jungwirth (Rocco), Hans Sotin (Pizarro), Lucia Popp (Marzelline), Adolf Dallapozza (Jaquino), Hans Helm (Fernando), Karl Terkal (First Prisoner), Alfred Sramek (Second Prisoner)
    Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Leonard Bernstein (1978)


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    DGG:
    Gwyneth Jones (Leonore), James King (Florestan), Gustav Neidlinger (Pizarro), Josef Greindl (Rocco), Olivera Miljakovic (Marzelline), Donald Grobe (Jaquino), Matti Talvela (Fernando)
    Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm (1970)


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    #42: Tannhäuser (Richard Wagner) (first version 1845)


    Tannhäuser is a Grosse romantische Oper in three acts by Richard Wagner to his own libretto and is based on two medieval legends . It had it’s first performance at Dresden Hoftheater 19 October 1845.
    The Wagner Werk-Verzeichnis (1986) identifies four stages of the work and although the work is known by the two variations “Dresden version” and “Paris version”, these are not the versions that were heard in Dresden 1845 and Paris 1861 but the revised editions of those performances.



    CDs


    #1 (3x tie) Philips:
    Anja Silja (Soprano), Grace Bumbry (Soprano), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone), Bayreuth Festival Chorus (Chorus), Grace Bumbry (Mezzo-Soprano), Else-Margrete Gardelli (Soprano), Josef Greindl (Bass), Eberhard Waechter (Baritone), Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Franz Crass (Bass), Georg Paskuda (Tenor), Gerd Nienstedt (Bass), Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele (Chorus)
    Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Wolfgang Sawallisch (1961) (2 votes)


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    #1. (tie) DGG:
    Plácido Domingo (Tannhauser), Cheryl Studer (Elisabeth), Agnes Baltsa (Venus), Matti Salminen (Landgraf), Andreas Schmidt (Wolfram)
    Chorus of Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli (1988) (2 Votes)


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    #1. (tie) EMI
    Klaus König (Tannhäuser), Lucia Popp (Elisabeth), Waltraud Meier (Venus), Bernd Weikl (Wolfram), Kurt Moll (Landgraf) Bernard Haitink (1985) (2 Votes)


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    #2. (2x Tie) DGG:
    Birgit Nilsson (Elisabeth/Venus), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tannhäuser), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Theo Adam (Hermann), Horst R Laubenthal (Walther von der Vogelweide), Klaus Hirte (Biterolf), Friedrich Lenz (Heinrich der Schreiber), Hans Sotin (Reinmar von Zweter), Catarina Alda (Hirt)
    German Opera Berlin Orchestra & Chorus, Otto Gerdes (1968) (1 Vote)


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    #2. (2x Tie) Decca:
    Sir Georg Solti with René Kollo (Tannhäuser), Helga Dernesch (Elisabeth), Christa Ludwig (Venus), Victor Braun (Wolfram), Manfred Jungwirth (Biterolf), Hans Sotin (Hermann), Kurt Equiluz (Heinrich), Norman Bailey (Reinmar), Manfred Jungwirth (Walter von der Vogelweide)
    Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Sängerknaben (1970) (1 Vote)


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    DVDs


    #1. DGG:
    Staged by Götz Friedrich
    Sir Colin Davis with Spas Wenkoff (Tannhäuser), Gwyneth Jones (Elisabeth/Venus), Bernd Weikl (Wolfram), Hans Sotin (Hermann), Robert Schunk (Walther von der Vogelweide), Franz Mazura (Biterolf), John Pickering (Heinrich der Schreiber), Heinz Feldhoff (Reinmar von Zweter), Klaus Brettschneider (Hirt) (1978) (3 Votes)


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    #2. (2x Tie) Arthaus Musik
    Nadine Secunde (Elisabeth), René Kollo (Tannhäuser), Waltraud Meier (Venus), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Hermann), Bernd Weikl (Wolfram), Claes H. Ahnsjö (Walther von der Vogelweide), Hans Günter Nöcker (Biterolf), James Anderson (Heinrich der Schreiber), Gerhard Auer (Reinmar von Zweter), Johannes Pohl (Hirt)
    Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chor & Ballet der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Tölzer Knabenchor, Zubin Mehta, stage direction by David Alden (1995) (1 Vote)


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    #2. (2x Tie) Arthaus Musik:
    Robert Gambill (Tannhäuser), Camilla Nylund (Elisabeth), Roman Trekel (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Waltraud Meier (Venus), Stephen Milling (Hermann, Landgraf von Thüringen), Marcel Reijans (Walther von der Vogelweide), Tom Fox (Biterolf), Andreas Hörl (Reimar von Zweter), Florian Hoffmann (Heinrich der Schreiber), Katherina Müller (Ein junger Hirt), Claudia Chmelar, Anna-Katina Tilch, Manuela Leonhartsberger, Martina König (Edelknaben) & Reinier van der Eng (Geist des Tannhäuser)
    Philharmonia Chor Wien & Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Philippe Jordan (conductor) & Nikolaus Lehnhoff (director) (2008) (1 Vote)


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    #43: La Forza del Destino (Verdi 1862)


    An opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after Angel de Saavedra, Duke of Riva's play Don Alvaro, with a scene from Friedrich Von Schiller's play Wallensteins Lager, translated by Andrei Maffei. First performance St Petersburg, Imperial Theatre, 29 October 1862
    Revised version with additional text, Teatro alla Scala 27 February 1869



    CDs


    1. DGG
    Giuseppe Sinopoli with Rosalind Plowright, Jose Carreras, Agnes Baltsa, Juan Pons, John Tomlinson, et al. and Philharmonia Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (1987) (3 Votes)


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    2. RCA Victor Opera Series
    Thomas Schippers with Leontyne Price, Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill, Shirley Verrett, Giorgio Tozzi, Ezio Flagella, et al. and RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra & Chorus (1964) (2 Votes)


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    3. Decca/Polygram
    Fernando Previtali with Zinka Milanov, Giuseppe di Stefano, Leonard Warren, Giorgio Tozzi, et al. and Orchestra e Coro dell 'Academia di Santa Cecilia, Roma (?) (1 Vote)


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    DVDs


    #1. Dynamic:
    Loukas Karytinos, Conductor/Pier Francesco Maestrini, Director, with Paolo Rumetz, Paolo Battaglia, Tiziana Carraro, Susanna Branchini, et al. and Venice Philharmonic Orchestra & Rovigo Teatro Sociale Chorus (2006) (3 Votes)


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    #2. (Tie) Hardy Classics:
    Giuseppe Patane, Conductor/Lamberto Pugelli, Director, with Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Sesto Bruscantini, et al. and Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra & Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus (1978) (1 Vote)


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    #2. (Tie) DGG:
    James Levine, Conductor/John Dexter, Director, with Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini, Leo Nucci, John Darrenkamp, Isola Jones, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Metropolitan Opera Chorus (1984)


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    #44: La Cenerentola (Gioachino Rossini) (1817)


    La Cenerentola, Cinderella, is an operatic dramma giocoso in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. The libretto was written by Jacopo Ferretti, and was first performed in Rome's Teatro Valle on 25 January 1817. Rossini composed La Cenerentola when he was 25 years old, following the success of The Barber of Seville the year before. La Cenerentola, which he completed in a period of three weeks, is considered to have some of his finest writing for solo voice and ensembles.


    #1. DGG:
    Claudio Abbado with Teresa Berganza, Luigi Alva, Renato Capecchi, Paolo Montarsolo, et al. and London Symphony Orchestra & Scottish Opera Chorus (1971)


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    #2. (Tie) Naxos:
    Alberto Zedda with Joyce DiDonato, Bruno Pratico, Luca Pisaroni, Jose Manuel Zapata, Paolo Bordogna, Patricia Cigna, et al. and Southwest German Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern & Prague Chamber Chorus (2004)


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    #2. (Tie) Decca:
    Neville Marriner with Agnes Baltsa, Francisco Araiza, Ruggero Raymond, Felicity Palmer, et al. and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (released: 2002)


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    DVDs


    #1. Unitel:
    Claudio Abbado, Conductor/Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Director, with Frederica von Stade, Francisco Araiza, Paolo Montarsolo, Claudio Desderi, Laura Zanini, et al. and Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra & Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus (1981)


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    #2. (Tie) DGG:
    Maurizio Benini, Conductor/Cesare Lievi, Director, with Elina Garanca, Lawrence Brownlee, Simone Alberghini, Alessandro Corbelli, John Relyea, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Metropolitan Opera Chorus (2009)


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    #2. (Tie) Decca:
    Patrick Summers, Conductor/Joan Font, Director, with Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez, Bruno DeSimone, David Menendez, et al. and Orchestra & Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (2007-08)


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    #45: Falstaff (Giuseppe Verdi) (1893)


    Falstaff is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto was adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and scenes from Henry IV, parts 1 and 2. Falstaff premiered on 9 February 1893 at La Scala, Milan.



    CDs


    #1. Decca
    Sir Georg Solti with Geraint Evans, Giulietta Simionato, John Lanigan, Robert Merrill, Mirella Freni, Alfredo Kraus, Rosalind Elias, et al. and RCA Italian Opera Orchestra & RCA Italian Opera Chorus (1963)


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    #2. RCA Victor:
    Arturo Toscanini with Nan Merriman, Norman Scott, John Carmen Rossi, Gabor Corelli, Cloe Elmo, Teresa Stich-Randall, et al. and NBC Symphony Orchestra & Robert Shaw Chorale (1950, Mono)


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    DVDs


    #1. (Tie) Opus Arte:
    Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor/Richard Jones, Director, with Peter Hall, Christopher Purves, Alastair Elliott, Paolo Battaglia, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, et al. and London Philharmonic Orchestra & Glyndebourne Chorus (2009)


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    #1. (Tie) Sony:
    Herbert von Karajan, Conductor/(?), Director, with Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Raina Kabaivanska, Christa Ludwig, Francisco Araiza, Trudeliese Schmidt, et al. and Wiener Philharmoniker (1982)


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    #1. (Tie) DGG:
    James Levine, Conductor/Franco Zeffirelli, Director, with Paul Plishka, Barbara Bonney, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne, Susan Graham, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Metropolitan Opera Chorus (1992)



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    #46: Anna Bolena (Gaetano Donizetti) (1830)


    Anna Bolena is an opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti, with the libretto by Felice Romani. Anna Bolena premiered on 26 December 1830 at the Teatro Carcano in Milan, to "overwhelming success."



    CDs



    #1. Decca
    Silvio Varviso with Elena Suliotis, Marilyn Horne, Nicolai Ghiaurov, John Alexander, et al. and Vienna Opera Orchestra & Vienna State Opera Chorus (1970)


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    #2. Divina Remasters:
    Gianandrea Gavazzeni with Maria Callas, Giani Raimondi, Giulietta Simionato, Nicola Rossi Lemeni, et al. and Teatro alla Scala, Milan (1957)


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    Honorable Mention


    Nightingale
    Elio Boncompagni with Edita Gruberova, Delores Ziegler, Stefano Palatchi, Jose Bros, Igor Morosow, et al. and Chor und Orchester des Ungarischen Rundfunks und Fernsehen (1994)


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    DVDs


    #1. DGG:
    Evelino Pido, Conductor/Eric Genovese, Director, with Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Elisabeth Kulman, et al. and Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Vienna State Opera Chorus (2011)


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    #2. Video Artists International: (VAI)
    Richard Bonynge, Conductor/Lofti Mansouri, Director, with Joan Sutherland, James Morris, Ben Heppner, Judith Forst, et al. and Canadian Opera Company Orchestra & Chorus (1984)


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    #47: Cavalleria Rusticana (Pietro Mascagni) (1890)


    Cavalleria rusticana is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci. Considered one of the classic verismo operas, it premiered on 17 May 1890, at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. Since 1893, it has often been performed in a so-called Cav/Pag double-bill with Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.


    #1. (Tied with one vote each, in no particular order)

    EMI:
    Riccardo Muti with Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Matteo Manuguerra, et al. and Philharmonia Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (together with I Pagliacci) (?)


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    DGG:
    Herbert von Karajan with Fiorenza Cossotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Mariagrazia Allegri, et al. and Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala (1965)


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    Decca:
    Tullio Serafin with Giulietta Simionato, Mario Del Monaco, Cornell MacNeil, et al. and Orchestra e Coro del' Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma (together with I Pagliacci) (1970)


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    RCA Victor:
    Renato Cellini with Zinka Milanov, Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill, et al. and RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra & Robert Shaw Chorus (1953)


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    DVDs


    #1. Sony:
    James Levine, Conductor/Franco Zeffirelli, Director, with Tatiana Troyanos, Placido Domingo, Vern Shinall, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Metropolitan Opera Chorus (together with I Pagliacci) (1978)


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    #2. DGG:
    Georges Pretre, Conductor/Franco Zeffirelli, Director, with Elena Obraztsova, Placido Domingo, Renato Bruson, et al. and Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala (together with I Pagliacci) (1982)


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    #48: Guillaume Tell (Gioachino Rossini) (1829)


    Guillaume Tell is an opera in four acts by Gioachino Rossini to a French libretto by Étienne de Jouy and Hippolyte Bis. Based on Friedrich Schiller's play William Tell, the opera was Rossini's last, although he lived for nearly forty more years. It was first performed by the Paris Opéra on 3 August 1829, but within three performances cuts were being made. The opera's length, roughly four hours of music, and casting requirements, such as the high range required for the tenor part, have contributed to the difficulty of producing the work.


    CDs


    #1. (Tie)

    EMI Classics:
    Lamberto Gardelli with Montserrat Caballe, Gabriel Bacquier, Nicolai Gedda, Mady Mesple, Gwynne Howell, et al. and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (1973)


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    Naxos:
    Antonino Fogliani with Michael Spyres, Andrew Foster-Williams, Judith Howarth, et al. and Virtuosi Brunensis & Camerata Bach Choir, Poznan (2013)


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    Warner Classics:
    Antonio Pappano with Gerald Finley, Malin Byström, John Osborn, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, et al. and Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra & Santa Cecilia Rome Chorus (2010)


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    DVDs


    #1. Decca
    Michele Mariotti, Conductor, Graham Vick, Director, with Juan Diego Florez, Nicola Alaimo, Marina Rebeka, Amanda Forsythe, et al. and Orchestra e Coro Del Teatro Communal Di Bologna (?)


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    #49: Der Fliegende Holländer (Richard Wagner) (1843)


    Wagner conducted the premiere at the Semper Oper in Dresden in 1843. This work shows early attempts at operatic styles that would characterise his later music dramas. In Der fliegende Holländer Wagner uses a number of leitmotifs (literally, "leading motifs") associated with the characters and themes. Wagner originally wrote the work to be performed without intermission – an example of his efforts to break with tradition – and, while today's opera houses sometimes still follow this directive, it is also performed in a three-act version.


    CDs


    #1. DGG:
    Giuseppe Sinopoli with Bernd Weikl, Cheryl Studer, Placido Domingo, Peter Seiffert, Hans Sotin, et al. and Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra & Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus (1991)


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    #2. (Tie)
    Eterna/
    Brilliant Classics
    :
    Franz Konswitschny with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gottlob Frick, Marianne Schech, Fritz Wunderlich, Rudolf Schock, Sieglinde Wagner, et al. and Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra & Chor der Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin (1960)


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    EMI Classics:
    Herbert von Karajan with Jose van Dam, Dunja Vejzovic, Kurt Moll, Peter Hofmann, Thomas Moser, et al. and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna Opera Chorus (1981-83)


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    Philips:
    Woldemar Nelsson with Simon Estes, Lisbeth Balsler, Graham Clark, Matti Salminen, et al. and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Bayreuth Festival Chorus (1985)


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    DVDs


    #1. DGG:
    Woldemar Nelsson, Conductor/Harry Kupfer, Director, with Simon Estes, Lisbeth Balsler, Graham Clark, Matti Salminen, et al. and Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Bayreuth Festival Chorus (1985)


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    #50: L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) (1643)


    L'incoronazione di Poppea is an Italian opera by Claudio Monteverdi, with a libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello, first performed at the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice during the 1643 carnival season.


    CDs


    #1. Glossa
    Claudio Cavina with Emanuela Galli, Roberta Mameli, Jose Maria Lo Monaco, Xenia Meijer, et al. and La Venexiana (2009)


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    #2. Harmonia Mundi
    Rene Jacobs with Christoph Homberger, Dominique Visse, Lena Lootens, Jennifer Larmore, Axel Köhler, et al. and Concerto Vocale (1992)


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    DVDs


    #1. (Tie)

    DGG:
    Nicholas Harnoncourt, Conductor/Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Director, with Rachel Yakar, Paul Esswood, Renata Lenhart, Matti Salminen, Trudeliese Schmidt, et al. and Zurich Opera House Monteverdi Ensemble Orchestra & Zurich Opera House Monteverdi Ensemble (1979)


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    Virgin Classics:
    William Christie, Conductor/Pier Luigi Pizzi, Director, with Anna Bonatatibus, Philippe Jaroussky, Danielle De Niese, Max Emanuel Cencic, et al. and Les Arts Florissants


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    #2. Virgin Classics:
    Emanuelle Haïm, Conductor/Jean-Francois Sivadier, Director, with Sonya Yoncheva, Max Emanuel Cencic, Ann Hallenberg, Tim Mead, et al. and Le Concert D'Astree (2012)


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    #51: Turandot (Giacomo Puccini) (1924)


    The opera was unfinished at the time of Puccini's death in 1924, and was completed by Franco Alfano in 1926. The first performance was held at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 25 April 1926 and conducted by Arturo Toscanini. This performance included only Puccini's music and not Alfano's additions. The first performance of the opera as completed by Alfano was the following night, 26 April, although it is disputed whether this was conducted by Toscanini again or by Ettore Panizza.


    CDs



    #1. (Tie)

    EMI Classics
    Alain Lombard with Montserrat Caballe, Mirella Freni, Jose Carreras, Paul Plishka, et al. and Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra & Rhine Opera Chorus, Maitrise de la Cathedrale de Strasbourg (1977)


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    Decca
    Zubin Mehta with Joan Sutherland, Peter Pears, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov, et al. and London Philharmonic Orchestra & John Alldis Choir, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir (1972)


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    #2. DGG
    Herbert von Karajan with Katia Ricciarelli, Barbara Hendricks, Placido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, et al. and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Boys' Choir (1981)


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    DVDs


    #1. RCA
    Zubin Mehta, Conductor/Zhang Yimou, Director, with Giovanna Casolla, Sergei Larin, Barbara Frittolli, Vittorio Vitelli, et al. and Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra & Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus (1998)


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    #52: Ariadne auf Naxos (Richard Strauss) (1912)


    Ariadne auf Naxos is an opera by Richard Strauss with a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The opera was originally conceived as a thirty-minute divertissement to be performed at the end of Hofmannsthal's adaptation of Molière's play Le Bourgeois gentilhomme. The opera occupied ninety minutes, and the performance of play plus opera occupied over six hours. It was first performed at the Hoftheater Stuttgart on 25 October 1912. The director was Max Reinhardt. The combination of the play and opera proved to be unsatisfactory to the audience: those who had come to hear the opera resented having to wait until the play finished.

    It quickly became apparent that the work as it stood was impractical: it required a company of actors as well as an opera company, so it was very expensive to mount, and its length was a problem for audiences. In 1913 Hofmannsthal proposed to Strauss that the play should be replaced by a prologue and he moved the action from Paris to Vienna. Strauss was initially reluctant, but he composed the prologue (and modified some aspects of the opera) in 1916, and this revised version was first performed at the Vienna State Opera on 4 October 1916. This is the version that is normally staged today.



    CDs


    #1. (Tied w/ 1 Vote each)
    EMI Classics
    Rudolf Kempe with Gundula Janowitz, James King, Teresa Zylis-Gara, Hermann Prey, Peter Schreier, Theo Adam, et al. and Staatskapelle Dresden (1969)


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    DGG:
    Karl Böhm with Hildegard Hillebrecht, Tatiana Troyanos, Reri Grist, Jess Thomas, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, et al. and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (1969)


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    Brilliant:
    Giuseppe Sinopoli with Deborah Voigt, Natalie Dessay, Anne Sofie von Otter, Ben Heppner, Klaus Florian Vogt, et al. and Staatskapelle Dresden (2000)


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    Orfeo:
    Karl Böhm with Gundula Janowitz, Edita Gruberova, Agnes Baltsa, James King, Walter Berry, Erich Kunz, et al. and Vienna State Opera Orchestra (1976)


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    DVDs


    #1. Sony:
    Daniel Harding, Conductor/Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Director, with Emily Magee, Jonas Kaufmann, Elena Mosuc, et al. and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (1911-12 Version) (2012)


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    #2. (Tie 5-way; 1 Vote each)
    Decca
    Christian Thielemann, Conductor/Brian Large, Director, with Renee Fleming, Sophie Koch, Robert Dean Smith, Jane Archibald, et al. and Staatskapelle Dresden (2013)


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    Virgin Classics:
    James Levine, Conductor/Elijah Moshinsky, Director, with Suzanne Mentzer, Richard Margin, Natalie Dessay, Deborah Voigt, Nathan Gunn, et al. and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (1993)


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    Kultur:
    Sir Colin Davis, Conductor/Marco Arturo Marelli, Director, with Iride Martinez, Jon Villars, Thom Christoph, Susan Anthony, Sophie Koch, et al. and Dresden State Opera Orchestra (2000)


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    DGG:
    Karl Böhm, Conductor/Filippo Sanjust, Director, with Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo, Trudeliese Schmidt, Edita Gruberova, Walter Berry, Heinz Zednik, et al. and Wiener Philharmoniker (1978)


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    Arthaus Musik:
    Christoph von Dohnanyi, Conductor/Claus Guth, Director, with Emily Magee, Elena Mosuc, Michael Volle, et al. and Zürich Opera Orchestra (2006)


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    #53: Don Pasquale (Gaetano Donizetti) (1843)


    Don Pasquale is an opera buffa in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti with an Italian libretto completed largely by Giovanni Ruffini as well as the composer. The opera was first performed on 3 January 1843 by the Théâtre-Italien at the Salle Ventadour in Paris with great success and it is generally regarded as being the high point of the 19th century opera buffa tradition.


    CDs


    #1. (Tie x 4)
    EMI Classics
    Warner Classics: Sarah Caldwell with Beverly Sills, Donald Gramm, Alfredo Kraus, Alan Titus, et al. and London Symphony Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (1978)


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    RCA
    Eurodisc: Heinz Wallberg with Lucia Popp, Francisco Araiza, Bernd Weikl, Yevgeny Nestorenko, et al. and Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra & Bavarian Radio Chorus (1979)


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    RCA Victor:
    Roberto Abbado with Renato Bruson, Eva Mei, Frank Lopardo, et al. and Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra & Bavarian Radio Chorus (1993)


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    Warner Classics:
    Riccardo Muti with Mirella Freni, Leo Nucci, Sesto Bruscantini, et al. and Philharmonia Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (1984)


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    DVDs


    #1. Decca:
    Nello Santi, Conductor/Grischa Asagaroff, Director, with Juan Diego Florez, Oliver Widmer, Isabel Rey, Ruggero Raimondi, et al. and Zurich Opera House Orchestra & Zurich Opera House Chorus (2006)


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    #2. (Tie - x 3)
    DGG:
    James Levine, Conductor/Otto Schenk, Director, with Anna Netrebko, Marius Kwiecien, Matthew Polenzani, John del Carlo, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus (2010)


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    Arthaus Musik:
    Riccardo Muti, Conductor/Stefano Vizioli, Director, with Nuccia Focile, Gregory Kunde, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Lucio Gallo, et al. and Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus (1994)


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    TDK
    Rai Trade: Gerard Korsten, Conductor/Stefano Vizioli, Director, with Antonio Siragusa, Eva Mei, Alessandro Corbelli, et al. and Orchestra and Chorus of the Lirico - Cagliari (2006)


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    #54: Idomeneo (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) (1781)


    Idomeneo is an Italian language opera seria by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The libretto was adapted by Giambattista Varesco from a French text by Antoine Danchet. The work premiered on 29 January 1781 at the Residenz Theatre in Munich, Germany.


    CDs


    #1. Harmonia Mundi
    Rene Jacobs with Richard Croft, Bernarda Fink, Sunhae Im, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Kenneth Tarver, Nicolas Rivenq, et al. and Freiburger Barockorchester & RIAS Kammerchor (2009)


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    #2. (Tie x 3)
    Decca
    Sir John Pritchard with Luciano Pavarotti, Edita Gruberova, Agnes Baltsa, Lucia Popp, Leo Nucci, et al. and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna State Opera Chorus (1983)


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    Philips
    Sir Colin Davis with George Shirley, Ryland Davies, Margherita Rinaldi, Robert Tear, et al. and BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (1991)


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    Brilliant:
    Sir John Pritchard with Richard Lewis, Sena Jurinac, Leopold Simoneau, et al. and Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra & Glyndebourne Festival Chorus (1956)


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    Honorable Mention

    Glyndebourne:
    Sir John Pritchard with Richard Lewis, Gundula Janowitz, David Hughes, Enriqueta Tarres, Luciano Pavarotti, et al. and London Philharmonic Orchestra & Glyndebourne Festiva Chorus (1964)


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    DVDs


    #1. Decca:
    Sir Roger Norrington, Conductor/Ursel & Karl-Ernst Herrmann, Directors, with Ramon Vargas, Magdalena Kozena, Ekaterina Siurina, Anja Harteros, Jeffrey Francis, et al. and Camerata Salzburg & Salzburg Bach Choir (2006)


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    Honorable Mention

    Kultur:
    Bernard Haitink, Conductor/Trevor Nunn, Director, with Jerry Hadley, Carol Vaness, Philip Langridge, Yvonne Kenny, et al. and London Philharmonic Orchestra & Glyndebourne Festival Chorus (1983)


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    #55: Faust (Charles Gounod) (1859)


    Faust is a grand opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, Part 1. It debuted at the Théâtre Lyrique on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris on 19 March 1859.


    CDs


    #1. (Tie x 2)
    EMI Classics:
    Andre Cluytens with Victoria de los Angeles, Boris Christoff, Nicolai Gedda, Martha Angelici, et al. and National Theater Opera Orchestre of Paris & National Theater Opera Chorus of Paris (1953)



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    EMI:
    Georges Pretre with Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Thomas Allen, et al. and Orchestre et Choeurs du Theatre National de l'Opera de Paris (1979)


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    #2. Erato:
    Alain Lombard with Montserrat Caballe, Giacomo Aragall, Paul Plishka, et al. and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg & Choirs de l'Opera du Rhin (1977)


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    DVDs


    #1. Decca:
    Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Conductor/Desmond McAnuff, Director, with Marina Poplavskaya, Jonas Kaufmann, Rene Pape, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Metropolitan Opera Chorus (2011)


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    #2. EMI Classics
    Warner Classics:
    Antonio Pappano, Conductor/David McVicar, Director, with Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Sophie Koch, et al. and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra & Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus (2004)


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    #56: La Clemenza di Tito (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) (1791)


    La clemenza di Tito is an opera in two acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to an Italian libretto by Caterino Mazzolà, after Metastasio. It was started after the bulk of The Magic Flute, the last opera that Mozart worked on, was already written (Mozart completed The Magic Flute after the Prague premiere of Tito). The work premiered on 6 September 1791 at the Estates Theatre in Prague.



    CDs


    #1. Harmonia Mundi
    Rene Jacobs with Bernarda Fink, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Sunhae Im, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Mark Padmore, et al. and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra & Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus (2005)


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    #2. Philips
    Sir Colin Davis with Janet Baker, Yvonne Minton, Frederica von Stade, Lucia Popp, Stuart Burrows, et al. and Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (1976)


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    DVDs


    #1. (Tie x2)
    Opus Arte
    Sylvain Cambreling, Conductor/Ursel & Karl-Ernst Herrmann, Directors, with Susan Graham, Catherine Naglestad, Hannah Esther Minutillo, Roland Bracht, Christoph Pregardien, et al. and Paris National Opera Orchestra & Paris National Opera Chorus (2005)


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    DGG:
    James Levine, Conductor/Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Director, with Tatiana Troyanos, Carol Neblett, Catherine Malfitano, Kurt Rydl, et al. and Wiener Philharmoniker & Wiener Staatsopernchor (1980)


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    #2. Warner Classics:
    Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor/Jonathan Miller, Director, with Jonas Kaufmann, Vesselina Kasarova, Eva Mei, Malin Hartelius, et al. and Zurich Opera Orchestra & Zurich Opera Chorus (2007)


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    #57: L'Italiana in Algeri (Gioachino Rossini) (1813)


    L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers) is an operatic dramma giocoso in two acts by Gioachino Rossini to an Italian libretto by Angelo Anelli, based on his earlier text set by Luigi Mosca. Rossini wrote L'italiana in Algeri when he was 21. The opera was composed in either 18 or 27 days, depending on which source one believes (Rossini, not surprisingly, pegged it at 18). The opera is notable for Rossini's mixing of opera seria style with opera buffa, and it premiered at the Teatro San Benedetto in Venice on 22 May 1813.



    CDs


    #1. Erato
    Claudio Scimone with Marilyn Horne, Kathleen Battle, Nicola Zaccaria, Ernesto Palacio, et al. and I Soloisti Veneti & Prague Philharmonic Choir (1981)


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    #2. Sony:
    Gabriele Ferro with Lucia Valentini Terrani, Enzo Dara, Alessandro Corbelli, Francisco Araiza, Lucia Rizzi, et al. and Capella Coloniensis & Men's Chorus of the Westdeutschen Rundfunk (1982)


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    DVDs


    #1. DGG:
    James Levine, Conductor/Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Director, with Marilyn Horne, Paolo Montarsolo, Myra Merritt, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Metropolitan Opera Chorus (1986)


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    #58: Ernani (Giuseppe Verdi) (1844)


    Ernani is an operatic dramma lirico in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Hernani by Victor Hugo. Ernani was first performed on 9 March 1844 and it was "immensely popular, and was revived countless times during its early years".[1] It became Verdi's most popular opera until it was superseded by Il trovatore after 1853. In 1904 it became the first opera to be recorded completely.



    CDs


    #1 (Tie)
    RCA Victor:
    Thomas Schippers with Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi, Mario Sereno, Ezio Flagello, et al. and RCA Italian Opera Orchestra (1967)


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    Philips:
    Lamberto Gardelli with Sylvia Sass, Giorgio Lamberti, Lajos Miller, et al. and Hungarian State Opera Orchestra & Hungarian State Opera Chorus (1981)


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    DVDs


    #1. Decca:
    James Levine, Conductor/Pier Luigi Samaritani, Director, with Luciano Pavarotti, Leona Mitchell, Sherrill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi, et al. and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Metropolitan Opera Chorus (1983)


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    #59: Die tote Stadt (Erich Wolfgang Korngold) (1920)


    Die tote Stadt (German for The Dead City) is an opera in three acts by Erich Wolfgang Korngold to a libretto by Paul Schott; it is based on the 1892 novel Bruges-la-Morte by Georges Rodenbach. When Die tote Stadt had its premiere on December 4, 1920, Korngold was just 23 years old with two short one-act operas, Der Ring des Polykrates and Violanta, already to his name. The success of these earlier works was so great that Die tote Stadt was subject to a fierce competition among German theatres for the right to the world premiere. In the end, an unusual double premiere was arranged and the opera opened simultaneously at the Stadttheater Hamburg and Cologne (Glockengasse).



    CDs


    #1 (Tie w/1 Vote ea.)
    RCA Victor:
    Erich Leinsdorf with Carol Neblett, Rene Kollo, Hermann Prey, Benjamin Luxon, et al. and Münchner Rundfunkorchester & Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (1975)


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    Oehms:
    Sebastian Weigle with Klaus Florian Vogt, Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Hedwig Fassbender, Julian Pregardien, et al. and Frankfurt Opera House and Museum Orchestra (2010?)


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    DVDs


    #1. Opus Arte:
    Mikko Franck, Conductor/Kasper Holten, Director, with Klaus Florian Vogt, Camilla Nylund, Markus Eiche, Sari Nordquist, et al. and Finnish National Opera Orchestra (2010)


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    #60: La Donna del Lago (Gioachino Rossini) (1819)


    La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake) is an opera composed by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola based on the "The Lady of the Lake", a narrative poem written in 1810 by Sir Walter Scott, whose work continued to popularize the image of the romantic highlands. Written for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, this was the seventh of nine operas which Rossini wrote for that house between 1815 and 1822.[6] Although the première on 24 September 1819 was not a success, there followed many performances throughout major European venues until about 1860.


    NOTE: Poll Master has taken the liberty of 'adjusting' the results for La Donna del Lago. There were, really, two votes for a currently out of print recording, so that is corrected. Also, there was a vote for a not-then-released DVD, which since has been released.


    CDs


    #1. CBS Masterworks:
    Maurizio Pollini with Katia Ricciarelli, Samuel Ramey, Lucia Valentini Terrani, Dano Raffanti, et al. and The Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Coro Filarmonico di Praga (1983)


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    Honorable Mention

    Opera D'Oro:
    Piero Beluga with Montserrat Caballe, Franco Bonisolli, Julia Hamari, et al. and Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin & Italian Radio Chorus Turin (1970)


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    DVDs


    #1. Erato:
    Michele Marriotti, Conductor/Paul Curran, Director, with Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez, John Osborn, Daniela Barcellona, et al. and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & The Metropolitan Opera Chorus (2015)


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    #61: La Sonnambula (Vincenzo Bellini) (1831)


    La sonnambula is an opera semiseria in two acts, with music in the bel canto tradition by Vincenzo Bellini set to an Italian libretto by Felice Romani. The first performance took place at the Teatro Carcano (it) in Milan on 6 March 1831. The phrase Ah! non credea mirarti / Sì presto estinto, o fiore ("I did not believe you would fade so soon, oh flower") from Amina's final aria is inscribed on Bellini's tomb in the Catania Cathedral in Sicily.


    CDs


    #1. (Tie x 2)
    Warner Classics:
    EMI Classics: Antonino Votto with Maria Callas, Nicola Monti, Fiorenza Cossotto, Nicola Zaccaria, et al. and Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Milan (1957)


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    Nuova Era:
    Marcello Viotti with Mariela Devia, Alessandro Verducci, Luca Canonici, Elisabetta Battaglia, et al. and Piacenza Symphony Orchestra (1988)


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    #2. Nightingale Classics:
    Marcello Viotti with Edita Gruberova, Jose Bros, Tim Hennis, Dawn Kotoski, et al. and Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra & Bavarian Radio Chorus (1995)


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    DVDs


    #1. (Tie x 3)
    Arthaus Musik/TDK:
    Daniel Oren, Conductor/Federico Tiezzi, Director, with Eva Mei, Jose Bros, Giacomo Prestia, Nicoletta Curiel, et al. and Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra & Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus (2004)


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    C Major:
    Gabriele Ferro, Conductor/Bepi Morassi, Director, with Jessica Pratt, Dario Ciotoli, Anna Viola, Julie Mellor, et al. and Venice Teatro La Fenice Orchestra & Venice Teatro La Fenice Chorus (2012)


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    VAI:
    Bruno Bartoletti, Conductor/Mario Lanfranchi, Director, with Anna Moffo, Danilo Vega, Plinio Clabassi, et al. and The RAI Orchestra and Chorus (1956)


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    #62: Luisa Miller (Giuseppe Verdi) (1849)


    Luisa Miller is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, based on the play Kabale und Liebe (Intrigue and Love) by the German dramatist Friedrich von Schiller. This was Verdi's 15th opera and it is regarded as beginning the composer's "middle period". The first performance was given on 8 December 1849.



    CDs


    #1 (Tie x 2)
    Decca:
    Peter Maag with Montserrat Caballe, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Fernando Pavarotti (Luciano's Father), et al. and National Philharmonic Orchestra & London Opera Chorus (1975)


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    DGG:
    Lorin Maazel with Katia Ricciarelli, Placido Domingo, Elena Obraztsova, Renato Bruson, Gwynne Howell, et al. and Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1980)


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    DVDs



    #1. DGG:
    James Levine, Conductor/Nathaniel Merrill, Director, with Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Jean Kraft, Bonaldo Giaiotti, et al. and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & The Metropolitan Opera Chorus (1979)


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    #63: Salome (Richard Strauss) (1905)


    Salome is an opera in one act by Richard Strauss to a German libretto by the composer, based on Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of the French play Salomé by Oscar Wilde. The combination of the Christian biblical theme, the erotic and the murderous, which so attracted Wilde to the tale, shocked opera audiences from its first appearance. It was first performed at the Hofoper in Dresden on 9 December 1905, and within two years, it had been given in 50 other opera houses. Gustav Mahler could not gain the consent of the Vienna censor to have it performed, therefore it was not given at the Vienna State Opera until 1918.


    CDs


    1. (Tie x 2)
    Decca:
    Sir Georg Solti with Birgit Nilsson, Gerhard Stolze, Josephine Veasey, Eberhard Wächter, Waldemar Kmentt, et al. and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (1961)


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    Sony Classical
    RCA Red Seal
    :
    Erich Leinsdorf with Montserrat Caballe, Sherrill Milnes, Regina Resnik, James King, et al. and London Symphony Orchestra (1969)


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    DVDs


    #1. Unitel:
    Karl Böhm, Conductor/Götz Friedrich, Director, with Teresa Stratas, Bernd Weikl, Astrid Varnay, et al. and Wiener Philharmoniker (1976)


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    #64: La Fanciulla del West (Giacomo Puccini) (1910)


    La fanciulla del West is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by the American author David Belasco. The opera has fewer of the show-stopping highlights that are characteristic of other Puccini works, but is admired for its impressive orchestration and for a score that is more melodically integrated than is typical of his previous work. La fanciulla del West was commissioned by, and first performed at, the Metropolitan Opera in New York on 10 December 1910 with Met stars Enrico Caruso and Emmy Destinn for whom Puccini created the leading roles of Dick Johnson and Minnie.



    CDs


    #1. DGG:
    Zubin Mehta with Carol Neblett, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, et al. and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra & Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus (1977)


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    DVDs


    #1 (3 x Tie)
    Euroarts:
    Pier Giorgio Morandi, Conductor/Christof Loy, Director, with Nina Stemme, Ola Eliasson, Aleksandrs Antonenko, et al. and Royal Opera Orchestra (2012)


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    DGG:
    Leonard Slatkin, Conductor/Giancarlo del Monaco, Director, with Barbara Daniels, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Metropolitan Opera Chorus


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    DGG:
    Nicola Luisotti, Conductor/Giancarlo del Monaco, Director, with Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, Lucio Gallo, et al. and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Metropolitan Opera Chorus (2011)


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    #65: Otello (Gioachino Rossini) (1816)


    Otello is an opera in three acts by Gioachino Rossini to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Berio di Salsi, based on Shakespeare's play Othello. The opera deviates heavily from Shakespeare's original, not only in that it takes place in Venice and not on Cyprus, but also in that the whole dramatic conflict develops in a different manner. The role of Iago is reduced to some degree, and it is much less diabolical than in the original or in Verdi's Otello of 1887. The first performance took place at the Teatro del Fondo in Naples on 4 December 1816.


    #1. Philips:
    Jesus Lopez-Cobos with Frederica von Stade, Jose Carreras, Samuel Ramey, et al. and Philharmonia Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (Studio, 1978)


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    #2. (Tie @ 1 Vote each)
    Naxos:
    Antonino Fogliani with Michael Spyres, Jessica Pratt, Giorgio Trucco, Ugo Guagliardo, et al. and Virtuosi Brunensis & Transylvania State Philharmonic Chorus (Live, 2008)


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    Opera Rara:
    David Parry with Bruce Ford, Elizabeth Futral, William Matteuzzi, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Juan Jose Lopera, Ryland Davies, et al. and Philharmonia Orchestra & Geoffrey Mitchell Choir (Live, 1999)


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    DVDs


    #1. Decca:
    Muhai Tang, Conductor/Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier, Directors, with Cecilia Bartoli, John Osborn, Javier Camarena, Edgardo Rocha, et al. and Zurich La Scintilla Orchestra (2012)


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    #66: Semiramide (Gioachino Rossini) (1823)


    Semiramide is an opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. The libretto by Gaetano Rossi is based on Voltaire's tragedy Semiramis, which in turn was based on the legend of Semiramis of Babylon. The opera was Rossini's final Italian opera and first performed at La Fenice in Venice on 3 February 1823.

    According to Wikipedia, Musicologist Rodolfo Celletti sums up the importance of Semiramide by stating:

    "(It) was the last opera of the great Baroque tradition: the most beautiful, the most imaginative, possibly the most complete; but also, irremediably, the last".




    CDs


    #1 (Tie x 3)
    Decca:
    Richard Bonynge with Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Joseph Rouleau, John Serge, Michael Landon, et al. and London Symphony Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (1966)


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    Naxos:
    Antonino Fogliani with Alex Penda, Marianna Pizzolato, John Osborn, Lorenzo Regazzo, et al. and Virtuosi Brunensis & Poznan Camerata Bach Choir (2012)


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    DGG:
    Ion Marin with Cheryl Studer, Jennifer Larmore, Samuel Ramey, Frank Lopardo, et al. and London Symphony Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (1992)


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    DVDs


    #1. Dynamic:
    Alberto Zedda, Conductor/Nigel Lowry, Director, with Myrto Papatanasiu, Ann Hallenberg, Josef Wagner, Igor Bakan, et al. and Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp Ghent (2011)


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