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My favourite Classical era operas

A Listmania! list by MW (UK)
 
Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice
1.  Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice by Bernarda Fink
The list author says:
  "Gluck – Orfeo ed Euridice (1762)  The Italian version.  For the French version, try Minkowski's (B0001CGNVW) or Brown's (B0007ORDZY) recording."
£18.91   Used & New from: £13.72

Gluck: Armide
2.  Gluck: Armide by Christoph Willibald Gluck
The list author says:
  "Gluck – Armide (1777)  Try "Iphigenie en Tauride" (1779) as well.  For an early example of his operas, try "Ezio" on Oehms Classics (B0017KVDBC)."
£17.76   Used & New from: £10.99
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Niccolo Jommelli: Armida Abbandonata
3.  Niccolo Jommelli: Armida Abbandonata by Christophe Rousset
The list author says:
  "Jommelli – Armida abbandonata (1770)  A beautiful recording with superb soloists."
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Arne: Artaxerxes (English Orpheus Vol 33) /Robson · Partridge · Spence · Edgar-Wilson · Bott · Hyde · Parley of Instruments · Goodman
4.  Arne: Artaxerxes (English Orpheus Vol 33) /Robson · Partridge · Spence · Edgar-Wilson · Bott · Hyde · Parley of Instruments · Goodman by Thomas Arne
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  "Arne – Artaxerxes (1762)"
£35.00   Used & New from: £10.99
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Dibdin: Three Operas - The Ephesian Matron; The Brickdust Man; The Grenadier (English Orpheus, Vol 16) /Opera Restor'd · Holman
5.  Dibdin: Three Operas - The Ephesian Matron; The Brickdust Man; The Grenadier (English Orpheus, Vol 16) /Opera Restor'd · Holman by Charles Dibdin
The list author says:
  "Dibdin – The Ephesian Matron (1769)  A great operetta.  Perhaps try Bray's and Taylor's American operas, "The Indian Princess" (1808) and "The Ethiop" (1814) too (B0000030FC)."
£26.95   Used & New from: £8.99
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J.C. Bach -- Endimione
6.  J.C. Bach -- Endimione by Jorg Waschinski
The list author says:
  "Bach, J.C. – Endimione (1772)  Was JC Bach an influence on early Mozart?  Try "La Clemenza di Scipione" (1778) too (B000069KKY)."
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Il Tutore Burlato
7.  Il Tutore Burlato by Martin Y Soler
The list author says:
  "Martin y Soler – Il Tutore Burlato (1775)"
£44.39   Used & New from: £19.99

Holzbauer - Günther von Schwarzburg
8.  Holzbauer - Günther von Schwarzburg by Ignaz Holzbauer
The list author says:
  "Holzbauer - Günther von Schwarzburg (1777)  A beautifully performed recording of a opera full of beautiful melodies."
£21.48   Used & New from: £7.82
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Idomeneo (Harnoncourt, Zurich Opera House Orchestra)
9.  Idomeneo (Harnoncourt, Zurich Opera House Orchestra) by Simon Estes
The list author says:
  "Mozart – Idomeneo (1781)  A chillingly brilliant performance - exactly as it should be; raw and dramatic.  Try Levine's recording as well (B000001GR8)."
£30.72   Used & New from: £22.39

Mozart: Die Entführüng aus dem Serail
10.  Mozart: Die Entführüng aus dem Serail by Lynne Dawson
The list author says:
  "Mozart – Die Entführüng aus dem Serail (1782)  A musical extravaganza!  Dawson is beautiful, Heilmann unusually touching, the orchestral sound lovely - other recordings lack this one's loveliness."
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Salieri - La Grotta di Trofonio
11.  Salieri - La Grotta di Trofonio by Antonio Salieri
The list author says:
  "Salieri – La Grotta di Trofonio (1785)"
£33.95   Used & New from: £29.90
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Armida E Rinaldo
12.  Armida E Rinaldo by Sarti
The list author says:
  "Sarti – Armida e Rinaldo (1786)  and B0001E6XME.  You may also be interested in "Giulio Sabino" (1781) (B00004W1GR)."
Used & New from: £27.99

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Haydn - L'anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice
13.  Haydn - L'anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice by Academy of Ancient Music Chorus
The list author says:
  "Haydn – L'Anima del Filosofo ossia Orfeo ed Euridice (1791).  Also try "Armida" (1784) (B000OCZ7WA/B00004YSFQ) & "Orlando Paladino" (1782) (B000EQHSK0)."
£20.65   Used & New from: £10.50
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Haeffner: Electra
14.  Haeffner: Electra by Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner
The list author says:
  "Haeffner – Electra (1787)  Try Kraus' "Proserpin" (1781) too (B000027S30/B000003XZJ)."
£19.89   Used & New from: £7.66
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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
15.  Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  "Mozart – Le Nozze di Figaro (1786)"
£34.33   Used & New from: £5.90

Mozart: Don Giovanni
16.  Mozart: Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "Mozart – Don Giovanni (1787)  A beautiful recording."
£29.97   Used & New from: £6.57

Mozart: Don Giovanni
17.  Mozart: Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "Mozart – Don Giovanni (1787)  Probably the most dramatic performances on record.  A truly demonic and terrifying finale."
£28.61   Used & New from: £11.50
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Mozart: Don Giovanni
18.  Mozart: Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "Mozart – Don Giovanni (1787)  A magnificent cast of soloists, beautiful vocal ensembles. Harnoncourt and his orchestra breathe new life into the score."
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Mozart: Così fan tutte [IMPORT]
19.  Mozart: Così fan tutte [IMPORT] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "Mozart – Così fan tutte (1790)  Harnoncourt and his orchestra are ingenious and Hampson is especially pleasing.  Also try Solti's recording with Fleming & von Otter (B00000426I)."
£51.76   Used & New from: £13.95
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Die Zauberflote (Norrington, London Classical Players)
20.  Die Zauberflote (Norrington, London Classical Players) by Andreas Schmidt
£4.00   Used & New from: £2.52

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
21.  Mozart: La clemenza di Tito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "Mozart – La Clemenza di Tito (1791)  Della Jones' Vitellia and Cecila Bartoli's Sesto are unrivalled!  Try Harnoncourt's (B000000SJC) and Gardiner's (B0000057DY) marvellous recordings as well."
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Medea (Bernstein, Callas)
22.  Medea (Bernstein, Callas) by Luigi Cherubini
The list author says:
  "Cherubini – Medea (1797)  Also 1961 (B00004TCHM), 1958 (B000001XNI); Rysanek (B000059R75); the original French, spoken dialogue (B000003W3J).  Try "Lodoïska" (1791) too (B0000027JN/B00028F85M)."
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Paisiello - Proserpine
23.  Paisiello - Proserpine by Giovanni Paisiello
The list author says:
  "/B00022XEAO  Paisiello – Proserpine (1803)  Beautiful (Gluckian)."
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Beethoven: Fidelio, Opera in English
24.  Beethoven: Fidelio, Opera in English by Ludwig van Beethoven
The list author says:
  "Beethoven – Fidelio (1806/1814)  Try Harnoncourt's (B000000SNI) MacKerras' (B0000064U4), Halasz's (B00020QWKK), Klemperer's (B00004U0C4), Bernstein's (B00008Y4IQ) and Blomstedt's (B0000035N6)."
£15.04   Used & New from: £10.00

L'italiana In Algeri
25.  L'italiana In Algeri by Luigi Mosca
The list author says:
  "Mosca – L'Italiana in Algeri (1808)  and B0002YLCOC."
£22.12   Used & New from: £17.28

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