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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Took a bag full of $1 opera CD sets to Dearborn Muisc.
    Got $30, picked this up on their 25% off used sale for $16 including tax.



    and $14 towards your next purchase!
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post


    and $14 towards your next purchase!
    I can put it towards that new Fancuilla del West DVD!
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Rameau: Naïs
    Chantal Santon-Jeffery (Naïs), Reinoud Van Mechelen (Neptune), Florian Sempey – Jupiter, Tirésie), Thomas Dolié (Pluton, Télénus), Manuel Nuñez-Camelino (Astérion), Daniela Skorka (Flore, Une Bergère), Philippe-Nicolas Martin (Palémon), Márton Komáromi (Protée)
    Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra, György Vashegyi

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I can put it towards that new Fancuilla del West DVD!
    Just called Dearborn Music and had them order it for me. Rather give that sum (about $30) to my brick and mortar store, which has been very good to me, than to Amazon.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Just called Dearborn Music and had them order it for me. Rather give that sum (about $30) to my brick and mortar store, which has been very good to me, than to Amazon.
    I don't blame you. If I had a proper store like that I'd use it instead of Amazon.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Rossini: Ricciardo e Zoraide
    Alessandra Marianelli, Silvia Beltrami, Maxim Mironov, Randall Bills, Nahuel Di Pierro
    Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań, Virtuosi Brunensis, José Miguel Pérez-Sierra

    Natalie

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    Arrived in the mail today, not a download! Thanks to Florestan to putting me on to it. Now for a feast of French opera!



    Werther

    L'ORTF Children's Chorus, Orchestre de Paris - Georges Pretre
    Nicolai Gedda (Werther), Victoria de los Ángeles (Charlotte), Mady Mesplé (Sophie), Roger Soyer (Albert), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Le Balli), Christos Grigoriou (Johann), André Mallabrera (Schmidt)

    Manon
    L'Opéra-Comique de Paris - Pierre Monteux
    Victoria de los Ángeles (Manon), Liliane Berton (Poussette), Raymonde Notti (Javotte), Marthe Serres (Rosette), Henri Legay (Le Chevalier Des Grieux), Michel Dens (Lescaux), Jean Borthayre (Le Compte des Grieux), René Hérent (Guillot de Morfontaine), Jean Vieuille (De Brétigny)

    Thaïs
    John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Lorin Maazel
    Beverly Sills (Thaïs), Sherrill Milnes (Athanaël), Nicolai Gedda (Nicias), Richard Van Allan (Palémon), Anne-Marie Connors (Crobyle), Ann Murray (Myrtale), Patricia Kern (Albine), Norma Burrowes (La Charmeuse), Brian Ethridge (Servant)

    Don Quichotte
    Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Michel Plasson
    José van Dam (Don Quichotte), Alain Fondary (Sancho Panza), Teresa Berganza (Dulcinée), Isabelle Vernet (Pedro), Marie-Ange Todorovitch (Garcias), Christian Papis (Rodriguez), Nicolas Rivenq (Juan)

    Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame
    L'Opéra de Monte-Carlo - Roger Boutry
    Alain Vanzo (Jean), Jules Bastin (Boniface), Marc Vento (Le Prieur), Jean-Marie Frémeau (Un moine peintre), Tibère Raffalli (Un moine poete), Michel Carey (Un moine musicien), Jean-Jacques Doumène (Un moine sculpteur), Antoinette Rossi (Angel 1), Amanda Cassini (Angel

    Sapho
    Chorale Stéphane Caillat, Orchestre Symphonique de la Garde Républicaine - Roger Boutry
    Renée Doria (Fanny Legrand), Ginès Sirera (Jean Gaussin), Gisèle Ory (Divonne), Adrien Legros (Césaire), Elya Waisman (Irène), Gamboa René (Caoudal), Christian Baudéan (La Borderie), Jean-Jacques Doumène (Le Patron)

    Hérodiade
    Capitole de Toulouse - Michel Plasson
    Cheryl Studer (Salomé), Nadine Denize (Hérodiade), Ben Heppner (Jean), Thomas Hampson (Hérode), José van Dam (Phanuel), Marcel Vanaud (Vitellius), Jean-Philippe Courtis (Le Grand Prêtre), Martine Olmeda (Une jeune Babylonienne), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Une voix)
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Arrived in the mail today, not a download! Thanks to Florestan to putting me on to it. Now for a feast of French opera!
    I don't recall, but glad it worked out.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Arrived in the mail today, not a download! Thanks to Florestan to putting me on to it. Now for a feast of French opera!



    Werther

    L'ORTF Children's Chorus, Orchestre de Paris - Georges Pretre
    Nicolai Gedda (Werther), Victoria de los Ángeles (Charlotte), Mady Mesplé (Sophie), Roger Soyer (Albert), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Le Balli), Christos Grigoriou (Johann), André Mallabrera (Schmidt)

    Manon
    L'Opéra-Comique de Paris - Pierre Monteux
    Victoria de los Ángeles (Manon), Liliane Berton (Poussette), Raymonde Notti (Javotte), Marthe Serres (Rosette), Henri Legay (Le Chevalier Des Grieux), Michel Dens (Lescaux), Jean Borthayre (Le Compte des Grieux), René Hérent (Guillot de Morfontaine), Jean Vieuille (De Brétigny)

    Thaïs
    John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Lorin Maazel
    Beverly Sills (Thaïs), Sherrill Milnes (Athanaël), Nicolai Gedda (Nicias), Richard Van Allan (Palémon), Anne-Marie Connors (Crobyle), Ann Murray (Myrtale), Patricia Kern (Albine), Norma Burrowes (La Charmeuse), Brian Ethridge (Servant)

    Don Quichotte
    Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Michel Plasson
    José van Dam (Don Quichotte), Alain Fondary (Sancho Panza), Teresa Berganza (Dulcinée), Isabelle Vernet (Pedro), Marie-Ange Todorovitch (Garcias), Christian Papis (Rodriguez), Nicolas Rivenq (Juan)

    Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame
    L'Opéra de Monte-Carlo - Roger Boutry
    Alain Vanzo (Jean), Jules Bastin (Boniface), Marc Vento (Le Prieur), Jean-Marie Frémeau (Un moine peintre), Tibère Raffalli (Un moine poete), Michel Carey (Un moine musicien), Jean-Jacques Doumène (Un moine sculpteur), Antoinette Rossi (Angel 1), Amanda Cassini (Angel

    Sapho
    Chorale Stéphane Caillat, Orchestre Symphonique de la Garde Républicaine - Roger Boutry
    Renée Doria (Fanny Legrand), Ginès Sirera (Jean Gaussin), Gisèle Ory (Divonne), Adrien Legros (Césaire), Elya Waisman (Irène), Gamboa René (Caoudal), Christian Baudéan (La Borderie), Jean-Jacques Doumène (Le Patron)

    Hérodiade
    Capitole de Toulouse - Michel Plasson
    Cheryl Studer (Salomé), Nadine Denize (Hérodiade), Ben Heppner (Jean), Thomas Hampson (Hérode), José van Dam (Phanuel), Marcel Vanaud (Vitellius), Jean-Philippe Courtis (Le Grand Prêtre), Martine Olmeda (Une jeune Babylonienne), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Une voix)
    Wow what a feast you've got in store! 'A' list singers in every set.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Scarlatti, A: La Giuditta
    Rosita Frisani (soprano), Marco Lazzara (counter-tenor), Mario Nuvoli (tenor)
    Alessandro Stradella Consort, Estevan Velardi

    Natalie

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
    Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Simon Boccanegra), Marco Caria (Paolo), Kostas Smoriginas (Pietro), Ildar Abdrazakov (Fiesco), Barbara Frittoli (Maria/Amelia), Stefano Secco (Gabriele Adorno), Eglė Šidlauskaitė (Ancilla), Kęstutis Alčauskis (Capitano)
    Kaunas State Choir, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian





    Wolf-Ferrari: I quattro rusteghi
    Silvia Beltrami (soloist), Aleksandar Stefanoski (soloist), Daniela Degennaro (soloist), Mihnea Lamatic (soloist), Tansel Akzeybek (soloist), Mirko Quarello (soloist), Giulio Pelligra (soloist), Romina Casucci (soloist), Agnieszka Hauzer (soloist), Ana James (soloist), Roman Ialcic (soloist), Aleksandar Stefanosk (soloist)
    European Opera Centre, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

    Natalie

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    I just might like this 1960 Sutherland set better than her 1962 or 1980 sets. Her diction seems clearer on this one.



    Also, couldn't pass this one up for $5.99 shipped:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Highlights (single disk) but Sung in English:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    I wanted that Ciofi Sonnambula so badly that I just kept searching every which way until I found it. It is part of this 24 disk set for $9.99 in mp3 download. You get three download choices: Java Downloader, Direct Download, and Dropbox. I used direct which is painstaking as you have to separately download each track, but it goes quickly. As it is, I already had half the content, so only had to download six operas. Based on the file sizes I got from it, it must be around 256 kbps and it is MP3 files. The other problem is the tracks are not numbered, so I had to sort each folder by download time and manually number them.



    Here is what you get (you don't get disk 25 which is a DVD perhaps of librettos, I don't know). There are extra Sonnambula and Norma sets to fill out the 24 disks as Bellini only has ten operas. Neither Sonnambula IMO is that great. Callas is the Bernstein 1955 and her live and studio 1957 sets are much better. Ciofi Sonnambula is okay, probably on par with the NAXOs set or the set with Eva Lind. I put the sets that are new to me in bold.

    Bellini: Adelson & Salvini 2:22:20
    Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Chorus, Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Orchestra
    Andrea Licata
    Fabio Previati (baritone), Alicia Nafé (mezzo-soprano), Bradley Williams (tenor), Roberto Coviello (bass), Giancarlo Tosi (bass), Aurio Tomicich (bass), Lucia Rizzi (contralto), Eleonora Jankovic (mezzo-soprano)

    Bellini: Bianca e Fernando (2nd version) 2:14:35
    Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Chorus, Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Orchestra
    Andrea Licata
    Emily Manhart (mezzo-soprano), Gregory Kunde (tenor), Aurio Tomicich (bass), Youngok Shin (soprano), Haijing Fu (bass), Armando Caforio (bass), Sonia Nigoghossian (mezzo-soprano), Walter Coppola (tenor)

    Bellini: Il Pirata 2:24:01
    Berlin Deutsches Staatopera Orchestra, Berlin Deutsches Staatopera Chorus
    Marcello Viotti
    Roberto Frontali (baritone), Lucia Aliberti (soprano), Hermine May (mezzo-soprano), Jose Guadalupe Reyes (tenor), Kelly Anderson (baritone), Stuart Neill (tenor)


    Bellini: La straniera 2:00:00
    Palermo Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro Massimo, Palermo Teatro Massimo Chorus
    Nino Sanzogno
    Domenico Trimarchi (baritone), Enrico Campi (bass), Renata Scotto (soprano), Elena Zilio (mezzo-soprano), Renato Cioni (tenor), Maurizio Mazzieri (baritone), Glauco Scarlini (baritone)


    Bellini: Zaira 2:32:22
    Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Chorus, Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Orchestra
    Paolo Olmi
    Ramón Vargas (tenor), Simone Alaimo (baritone), Roberto de Candia (baritone), Luigi Roni (bass), Katia Ricciarelli (soprano), Alexandra Papadjakou (mezzo-soprano), Giovanni Battista Palmieri (bass), Silvana Silbano (mezzo-soprano)

    Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi 2:08:50
    Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Bratislava Slovak Chorus
    Luciano Acocella
    Patrizia Ciofi (soprano), Federico Sacchi (bass-baritone), Nicola Amodio (tenor), Clara Polito (soprano), Danilo Formaggia (tenor)


    Bellini: La Sonnambula 2:30:55
    Bratislava Chamber Choir, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia
    Giuliano Carella
    Giovanni Furlanetto (bass), Patrizia Ciofi (soprano), Maria Costanza Nocentini (soprano), Etienne Ligot (vocals), Giuseppe Morino (tenor), Vitalba Mosca (soprano), Walter Mikus (vocals)


    La sonnambula 2:20:37
    Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus, Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
    Leonard Bernstein
    Giuseppe Nessi (tenor), Maria Callas (soprano), Giuseppe Modesti (bass), Eugenia Ratti (soprano), Pier Luigi Latinucci (bass), Cesare Valletti (tenor), Gabriella Carturan (mezzo-soprano)
    Recorded: 5 March 1955
    Recording Venue: Milan

    Bellini: Norma 2:34:53
    Coro Lirico Marchigiano 'V. Bellini', Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche
    Paolo Arrivabeni
    Carlo Ventre (tenor), Simon Orfila (baritone), Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano), Dimitra Theodossiou (soprano), Roberta Minnucci (soprano), Giancarlo Pavan (tenor)


    Bellini: Norma 2:25:20
    Torino della RAI Sinfonica Orchestra, Torino della RAI Choir
    Georges Prêtre
    Montserrat Caballé (soprano), Ivo Vinco (bass), Fiorenza Cossotto (mezzo-soprano), Robleto Merolla (tenor), Anna Maria Balboni (soprano), Mino Venturini (tenor)


    Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda 2:28:46
    Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus
    Fabio Luisi
    Camille Capasso (vocals), John De Haan (tenor), Lucia Aliberti (soprano), Martin Thompson (tenor), Paolo Gavanelli (baritone), Raemond Martin (tenor)

    Bellini: I Puritani 2:30:02
    Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Chorus, Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Orchestra
    Richard Bonynge
    Mariella Devia (soprano), Christopher Robertson (baritone), William Matteuzzi (tenor), Eleonora Jankovic (mezzo-soprano), Paolo Washington (bass), Franco Federici (bass)


    Il Pirata, La straniera, and Norma are TOTALLY new to me. Never heard them before.

    EDIT: I tell ya, this was a great find because PrestoClassical wants $252 for the download and other sites were over $100. One site was $6 but googling said it is a bad site based in Russia that just rips off the artists. Here, hopefully I have a legitimate site with CD Universe.
    Last edited by Florestan; June 8th, 2018 at 01:35 AM. Reason: Edited to upgrade rating of Ciofi Sonnambula after third listen
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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