My favourite Baroque era operas

A Listmania! list by MW (UK)
 
Cavalli;Ercole Amanti
1.  Cavalli;Ercole Amanti by Corboz
The list author says:
  "Cavalli – Ercole Amante (1662)  Exceptional.  You may also be interested in "La Didone" (1641) (B0000247DH).  And try Rossi's "Orfeo" (1647), if you can find it, as well (B000026D5K)."
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Moro Per Amore
2.  Moro Per Amore by Stradella
The list author says:
  "Stradella – Il Moro per Amore (1688) /B000025AYP  Try Biber's "Arminio" (1691/92) (B000001RXY) and Conradi's "Ariadne" (1691) as well (B0009SQC3M)."
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Lully - Atys / Les Arts Florissants, Christie
3.  Lully - Atys / Les Arts Florissants, Christie by William Christie
The list author says:
  "Lully – Atys (1676)"
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Charpentier: Actéon (Les Arts Florissants/William Christie)
4.  Charpentier: Actéon (Les Arts Florissants/William Christie) by Les Arts Florissants
The list author says:
  "Charpentier – Actéon (ca1684)  A charming little opera which foreshadows Blow's and Purcell's."
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Charpentier: Médée
5.  Charpentier: Médée by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
The list author says:
  "Charpentier – Médée (1693)  With Lorraine Hunt in the title-role."
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Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco: La púrpura de la rosa
6.  Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco: La púrpura de la rosa by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco
The list author says:
  "Torrejón y Velasco – La púrpura de la rosa (1701)  /B00004VSMN  Try Facco's "Amor es todo invención, Júpiter y Amphitrión" (1721) as well (B00005QXUP/B00005TPF4)."
£33.95   Used & New from: £9.95

Locke: Psyche /Bott · Gooding · Robson · A King · George · Grant · New London Consort · Pickett
7.  Locke: Psyche /Bott · Gooding · Robson · A King · George · Grant · New London Consort · Pickett by Matthew Locke
The list author says:
  "Locke – Psyche (1675)  A semi-opera.  I wish someone would record Banister's "Circe" (1677).  Try Purcell's "King Arthur" too (B000005EEH/B00029CXB8)."
£29.99   Used & New from: £19.69

Blow: Venus & Adonis
8.  Blow: Venus & Adonis by Catherine Bott
The list author says:
  "/B00008LJF1  Blow – Venus and Adonis (ca1682)  Every bit as beautiful as "Dido and Aeneas"."
£20.02   Used & New from: £9.11
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Purcell - Dido & Aeneas / Gens, Marin-Degor, Brua, Berg, Les Arts Florissants, Christie
9.  Purcell - Dido & Aeneas / Gens, Marin-Degor, Brua, Berg, Les Arts Florissants, Christie by Véronique Gens
The list author says:
  "Purcell – Dido and Aeneas (ca1684)  If only Purcell had lived to compose more English operas . . ."
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Eccles - The Judgment of Paris · Three Mad Songs / Crowe, Booth, Bickley, Hulett, Williams, EOC, Curnyn
10.  Eccles - The Judgment of Paris · Three Mad Songs / Crowe, Booth, Bickley, Hulett, Williams, EOC, Curnyn by Lucy Crowe
The list author says:
  "Eccles – The Judgment of Paris (1701)  A superb recording of a lovely early English opera.  If only someone would record Eccles' "Rinaldo & Armida" (with spoken text) too."
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Eccles Semele
11.  Eccles Semele by Various
The list author says:
  "Eccles – Semele (1707)  An abysmal performance of an excellent opera.  Why hasn't William Christie recorded this opera yet?  It's crying out for Les Arts Florissants!"
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Georg Frideric Handel: Acis and Galatea
12.  Georg Frideric Handel: Acis and Galatea by Anthony Rolfe Johnson
The list author says:
  "Handel – Acis and Galatea (1732)  Try Galliard's "Pan and Syrinx" (1726, revised from 1718) too (B001EQPD3S).  If only we had more recordings of forgotten English operas."
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Telemann: Damon
13.  Telemann: Damon by Georg Philipp Telemann
The list author says:
  "Telemann – Damon (1719/24)"
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Vivaldi: Atenaide - Musical Drama in 3 Acts
14.  Vivaldi: Atenaide - Musical Drama in 3 Acts by A. Vivaldi
The list author says:
  "Vivaldi – Atenaide (1728)  Perhaps try "Motezuma" (1733) (B000E5L8AM) and "Farnace" (1727) (B0000634VT) as well."
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Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
15.  Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie by Jean-Philippe Rameau
The list author says:
  "Rameau – Hyppolyte et Aricie (1733)  Minkowski has Gens & Fouchécourt but Christie has Lorraine Hunt and a more effective underworld scene, plus a more dramatic orchestral sound etc."
£38.95   Used & New from: £24.37

Handel - Giulio Cesare
16.  Handel - Giulio Cesare by Marc Minkowski
The list author says:
  "Handel - Giulio Cesare in Egitto (1724)  You may prefer Jacobs recording with Larmore, Fink and Schlick (B000027O71)."
£22.41   Used & New from: £19.99
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Handel - Ariodante / von Otter, Dawson, Cangemi, Podles, Croft, Sedov, Coadou, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Minkowski
17.  Handel - Ariodante / von Otter, Dawson, Cangemi, Podles, Croft, Sedov, Coadou, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Minkowski by Anne Sofie von Otter
The list author says:
  "Handel – Ariodante (1734)  A superb recording of a superb opera.  I cannot recommend it more highly.  McGegan's recording is also excellent (his best, in my opinion)."
£17.28   Used & New from: £14.38
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Handel - Alcina / Auger, Jones, Kuhlmann, Kwella, Hickox
18.  Handel - Alcina / Auger, Jones, Kuhlmann, Kwella, Hickox by George Frideric Handel
The list author says:
  "Handel – Alcina (1735)  An enchanting recording of an enchanting opera.  This re-issue has been long-awaited.  Smashing."
£25.24   Used & New from: £19.02
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Serse (Christie)
19.  Serse (Christie) by William Christie
The list author says:
  "Handel – Serse (1738)  Brilliant recording, brilliant comic opera.  Who better to record it than Christie & LAF, von Otter et al?!"
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Handel: Semele
20.  Handel: Semele by Norma Burrowes
The list author says:
  "Handel – Semele (1743)  A brilliant English opera.  Norma Burrowes is extremely pretty here and Della Jones' amazing vocals suit the jealous Juno down to the ground."
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Handel - Hercules
21.  Handel - Hercules by Anne Sofie von Otter
The list author says:
  "Handel – Hercules (1745)  Another English masterpiece and surely the finest, most gripping recording of any of Handel's dramas.  Try Belshazzar (1745) too (B000000S8D)."
£36.08   Used & New from: £13.98
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Graun: Cleopatra et Cesare
22.  Graun: Cleopatra et Cesare by Carl Heinrich Graun
The list author says:
  "/B00008NEYM or B000003YDD  Graun – Cleopatra e Cesare (1742)"
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Arne: Alfred /Smith · Brandes · D Daniels · MacDougall · Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra · McGegan
23.  Arne: Alfred /Smith · Brandes · D Daniels · MacDougall · Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra · McGegan by Thomas Arne
The list author says:
  "Arne – Alfred (1740) from which the marvellous anthem "Rule Britannia" originates; full of great tunes! For another example of an English masque try William Boyce’s "Peleus and Thetis" (B000002ZZ6)."
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Lampe: Pyramus and Thisbe
24.  Lampe: Pyramus and Thisbe by John Frederick Lampe
The list author says:
  "Lampe – Pyramus and Thisbe (1745)  A mock opera.  Also try Rameau's hilarious "Platée" (1745) (B000009IU9) - and Pepusch' "The Beggar's Opera" (1728), a ballad opera (B000002ZR9)."
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Arne: Artaxerxes (English Orpheus Vol 33) /Robson · Partridge · Spence · Edgar-Wilson · Bott · Hyde · Parley of Instruments · Goodman
25.  Arne: Artaxerxes (English Orpheus Vol 33) /Robson · Partridge · Spence · Edgar-Wilson · Bott · Hyde · Parley of Instruments · Goodman by Thomas Arne
The list author says:
  "Arne – Artaxerxes (1762)  A splendid recording of the only surviving (one of two) opera seria in English.  Highly recommended."
£34.99   Used & New from: £4.46
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