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The Best Opera Album In The World Ever

National Philharmonic Orchestra, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Georges Bizet, Riccardo Muti, Ruggero Leoncavallo, et al. Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (28 Oct 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Television
  • ASIN: B0000084JD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. La Traviata, Act I: Brindisi: Libiamo ne' lieti caliciRenata Scotto/Alfredo Kraus/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/John McCarthy/Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Atto Primo: Cavatina: La Ran Le Lerea ... Largo Al Factotum (Figaro)Gianluigi Gelmetti/Thomas Hampson/Orchestra Della Toscana 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. La Bohème, 'Bohemian Life': Che gelida maninaRoberto Alagna/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Richard Armstrong 4:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. La Bohème (1991 Digital Remaster), Atto Primo/Act 1/Erster Akt/Premier Acte: Sì, Mi Chiamano Mimì (Mimì/Rodolfo)Mirella Freni/Nicolai Gedda/Coro del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma/Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma/Thomas Schippers 4:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. L'amico Fritz, Act II: Suzel, buon diMirella Freni/Luciano Pavarotti/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Gianandrea Gavazzeni 4:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Nabucco: Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves - Act III)Bernard Haitink/Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rigoletto: La donna è mobileRoberto Alagna/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Richard Armstrong 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lakmé (1987 Digital Remaster): Viens, MallikaAlain Lombard/Mady Mesplé/Danielle Millet/Orchestre du Théâtre National de I'Opéra-Comique 5:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gianni Schicchi (1992 Digital Remaster): O mio babbino caro (Lauretta)Victoria de los Angeles/Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma/Gabriele Santini 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tosca: Recondita armonia (Act I)Placido Domingo/National Philharmonic Orchestra/Eugene Kohn 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tosca (1989 Digital Remaster): Vissi d'arteMaria Callas/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tosca (Act III): E lucevan le stellePlacido Domingo/Philharmonia Orchestra/James Levine 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Adriana Lecouvreur: Ecco: respiro appena ... Io son l'umile ancella (Act 1)Dame Kiri Te Kanawa/Myung-Whun Chung 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Les Pêcheurs de perles (1988 Digital Remaster): Au fond du temple saint (Act 1)Nicolai Gedda/Orchestre Du Théâtre National De I'Opéra-Comique/Pierre Dervaux/Ernest Blanc 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Le Nozze di Figaro, Act 1: Non più andraiSir Thomas Allen/Wiener Philharmoniker/Riccardo Muti 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Le Nozze di Figaro, ACT 2: Voi che sapete (Cherubino)Ann Murray/Wiener Philharmoniker/Riccardo Muti/Patrizia Pace 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 (1989 - Remaster), Act III: Recitativo: E Susanna non vien! ... Aria: Dove sono i bei momenti (Contessa)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Philharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Martha: Ach so fromm (M'appari tutt'amor)Roberto Alagna/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Richard Armstrong 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Tristan und Isolde (1994 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 3: Mild und leise wie er lächeltHelga Dernesch/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert Von Karajan 7:22£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Aida (1985 Digital Remaster): Se quel guerrier io fossi! ... Celeste Aida (Act 1)Placido Domingo/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Il trovatore: Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie (Anvil Chorus - Act III)Bernard Haitink/Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Samson et Dalila (1987 Digital Remaster): Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix.Maria Callas/Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Française/Georges Prêtre 5:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Carmen (1987 Digital Remaster): L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)Victoria de los Angeles/Sir Thomas Beecham/French Radio National Chorus/Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Carmen (1985 Digital Remaster), Act II (Beginning): Couplets: "Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre"Maria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Andréa Guiot/Robert Massard/Nadine Sautereau/Jane Berbié/Jean-Paul Vauquelin/Jacques Pruvost/Maurice Maievski/Claude Calès/Jacques Mars/Choeurs René Duclos/Choeurs d'Enfants 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetéeRoberto Alagna/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Richard Armstrong 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, '(The) Tales of Hoffmann' (1989 Digital Remaster): Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Jeannine Collard/André Cluytens/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Andrea Chenier (1986 - Remaster): La mamma mortaMaria Callas/Tullio Serafin 4:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Pagliacci (1987 Digital Remaster): Recitar! Vesti la giubba (Canio)Riccardo Muti/José Carreras/Philharmonia Orchestra 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Madama Butterfly Lib. Giacosa and Illica (1995 Digital Remaster): Un bel dì vedremoRenata Scotto/Carlo Bergonzi/Rolando Panerai/Coro del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma/Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma/Sir John Barbirolli 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Così fan tutte K588: Soave sia il ventoWiener Philharmoniker/Riccardo Muti/Margaret Marshall/Agnes Baltsa/José Van Dam 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. La Rondine (1995 Digital Remaster): Chi il bel sogno di DorettaMontserrat Caballé/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Charles Mackerras 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Die Zauberflöte - Singspiel in two acts K620 (1987 Digital Remaster), Act I: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (Papageno)Bayerisches Staatsorchester/Wolfgang Sawallisch 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Die Zauberflöte, K.620, Act II: Der Hölle RacheSymphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Edita Gruberova/Bernard Haitink 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Rusalka: Song to the Moon (Act I)Lucia Popp/Münchner Rundfunkorchester/Stefan Soltesz 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. La Wally (1986 - Remaster): Ebben? ne andrò lontanaMaria Callas/Philharmonia Orchestra/Tullio Serafin 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller?Roberto Alagna/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Richard Armstrong 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Turandot (1995 Digital Remaster): Signore, ascolta!Montserrat Caballé/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Charles Mackerras 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Turandot (Act III) (1991 Digital Remaster): Nessun dormaJosé Carreras/Choeurs de l'Opéra du Rhin/Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/Alain Lombard 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, REAL music!! 8 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
As a novice listener of opera, this collection has been ideal in learning to appreciate the wealth of fantastic music that is out there. I can heartily recommend this!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Selection of Opera on any Album 10 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have never found such a wonderful mixture of popular opera classics in one album. I will be pleasantly surpised if it will ever be surpassed.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listening. 16 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
I bought a copy of this many years ago, but it got mislaid when i moved.
i think its fantastic!!! FIVE STAR LISTENING
I meant to get another copy and kept promising my self to do so "BECAUSE it is the BEST OPERA ALBUM YET".
It's got all my favorites on it! brill!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Opera you'll ever need! 14 Oct 2010
By RSL
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic selection of Opera greats [songs and singers].
As a taster it will get you hooked on opera!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been listening to this CD for approximately 2 months now. Great performances, great selection of Opera. The audio quality is great (even the recordings from the 50's are outstanding). I have even decided to buy some of the full length operas that are featured on this CD.

Recommended.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Selection of Opera on any Album 10 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have never found such a wonderful mixture of popular opera classics in one album. I will be pleasantly surpised if it will ever be surpassed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Opera Album in the World Ever 20 Feb 2013
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It is very good and allows for easy listening without going to the actual works themselves. It jogs the memory and reminds you of the wonderful music that is available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Opera 3 Feb 2014
By Rev
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm not an opera nut but like it in my collection for a change of mood. I was pleasantly surprised to find I like most of the tracks on this album which arrived promptly in good condition.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Info Missing
I haven't bought this disk yet; I am undecided as there's no information as to what it contains.

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Published 2 months ago by Coloratura Maven
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it says!
Can't say any more. We know nothing of opera, but we know we love the majority of the songs on this CD - and the others are growing on us!
Published 8 months ago by Dickydark
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Opera
Played almost daily in my car and a perfect tonic on long journeys. Far more contemporary than many. Current performers and beautiful renditions. Best buy for some time.
Published 9 months ago by roger jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I thought that the selection was excellent and also the choice of artists performing. Thorough enjoyment throughout. Glad I bought it.
Published 9 months ago by mikeatwrykyn
4.0 out of 5 stars The best opera
In good condition. Bought this to replace a disc we had had for a long time and was definately showing its age. Very happy, prompt delivery
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. R. Brodesser
4.0 out of 5 stars good album
Overblown title, but this is a good sslection of high quality tracks.
And there are, apparently, eight more words required.
Published 14 months ago by Phil Revell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cornucopia
A Superabundance of great arias and voices:Domingo as Carvadossi in Tosca,Freni as Mimi in La Boheme,Caballe as Manon in Manon Lescaut,Carreras as Canio in I Pagliacci,Boris... Read more
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