Perfect recordings of some of the world's best operas

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Cavalli;Ercole Amanti
1.  Cavalli;Ercole Amanti by Corboz
The list author says:
  "An engaging and beautiful recording of one of Cavalli's finest operas.  The cast is uniformaly excellent and the libretto and plot are great."
Used & New from: £41.29

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Blow: Venus & Adonis /Argenta · Dawson · Varcoe · London Baroque · Medlam
2.  Blow: Venus & Adonis /Argenta · Dawson · Varcoe · London Baroque · Medlam by Gordon Jones
The list author says:
  "A very lovely recording.  Blow's opera is similar in scale and character to Purcell's."
£18.95   Used & New from: £11.99

Purcell - Dido & Aeneas / Gens, Marin-Degor, Brua, Berg, Les Arts Florissants, Christie
3.  Purcell - Dido & Aeneas / Gens, Marin-Degor, Brua, Berg, Les Arts Florissants, Christie by Véronique Gens
The list author says:
  "The most perfect and well-balanced recording I know.  Christie'sconducting, Les Arts Florissants, the singers - especially VeroniqueGens as Dido (rivalled only by Lynne Dawson) - are exquisite."
Used & New from: £7.17
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Handel - Alcina / Auger, Jones, Kuhlmann, Kwella, Hickox
4.  Handel - Alcina / Auger, Jones, Kuhlmann, Kwella, Hickox by George Frideric Handel
The list author says:
  "An enchanting recording of an enchanting opera.  This re-issue has been long-awaited.  Smashing."
Used & New from: £18.52
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Handel - Ariodante / von Otter, Dawson, Cangemi, Podles, Croft, Sedov, Coadou, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Minkowski
5.  Handel - Ariodante / von Otter, Dawson, Cangemi, Podles, Croft, Sedov, Coadou, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Minkowski by Anne Sofie von Otter
The list author says:
  "A brilliant recording of a great drama.  The story is an episode in the poet Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, from which Shakespeare borrowed for the story of Hero in Much Ado About Nothing."
£27.01   Used & New from: £21.85
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Handel: Giulio Cesare
6.  Handel: Giulio Cesare by Georg Friederich Handel
The list author says:
  "A marvellous drama, possibly Handel's most successful opera.  This recording will take some beating."
£19.87   Used & New from: £16.49
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Handel - Hercules
7.  Handel - Hercules by Anne Sofie von Otter
The list author says:
  "The greatest recording of all Handel's dramatic works and the most gripping!  Try "Semele" (B000005EA0) and "Saul" as well (B000A169OA)."
£35.77   Used & New from: £11.29
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Arne: Artaxerxes (English Orpheus Vol 33) /Robson · Partridge · Spence · Edgar-Wilson · Bott · Hyde · Parley of Instruments · Goodman
8.  Arne: Artaxerxes (English Orpheus Vol 33) /Robson · Partridge · Spence · Edgar-Wilson · Bott · Hyde · Parley of Instruments · Goodman by Thomas Arne
The list author says:
  "Sensational.  If only his "Caractacus" or Storace's "Dido, Queen of Carthage" (which was the only other English opera seria) survived as well . . ."
£34.95   Used & New from: £7.50
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
9.  Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie by Jean-Philippe Rameau
The list author says:
  "Another great drama.  Try Gluck's "Orphée et Euridice" too (B0007ORDZY)."
£16.95   Used & New from: £6.41

Mozart: Don Giovanni
10.  Mozart: Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "Try "Così Fan Tutte" as well (B000000SDN)."
£41.29   Used & New from: £7.13
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
11.  Mozart: La clemenza di Tito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "Mozart's final opera and perhaps my favourite.  Try "Le Nozze di Figaro" also (B000000SJD)."
Used & New from: £18.88
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Beethoven: Fidelio, Opera in English
12.  Beethoven: Fidelio, Opera in English by Ludwig van Beethoven
The list author says:
  "A wonderful recording in English!"
£19.27   Used & New from: £12.59

Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia
13.  Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia by Leo Nucci
The list author says:
  "/B00004GOWZ  Try "Armida" as well (B0000029L0)."
£31.03   Used & New from: £8.78
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Meyerbeer - Il Crociato in Egitto
14.  Meyerbeer - Il Crociato in Egitto by Giacomo Meyerbeer
The list author says:
  "Try Mercadante's "Orazi e Curiazi" too (B000009HCC)."
£41.93   Used & New from: £24.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Norma
15.  Norma by Gruberova/Garanca/Machado/Staatsphilharmonie Rhein
The list author says:
  "/B00000630R Also try "La Sonnambula" (B0000014BC)."
£25.73   Used & New from: £14.66
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Donizetti: L'Assedio di Calais
16.  Donizetti: L'Assedio di Calais by Gaetano Donizetti
The list author says:
  "Wonderful."
Used & New from: £59.99

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Berlioz: Les Troyens
17.  Berlioz: Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz
The list author says:
  "Try Wagner's Ring Cycle as well."
£164.96   Used & New from: £13.57
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Puccini: Tosca
18.  Puccini: Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
The list author says:
  "Or with Miricioiu (B0000014AU/B00002721V).  There is also anEnglish-language recording available with Jane Eaglen in the title role(B000000A6Q).  Try Respighi's "La Fiamma" as well (B000027CAY)."
£43.99   Used & New from: £4.24
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Holst: Savitri
19.  Holst: Savitri by Gustav Holst
The list author says:
  "This is a truly remarkable chamber opera, unusual in subject and highlyunique vocally and musically.  Beautiful."
£7.20   Used & New from: £4.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Boughton: The Immortal Hour
20.  Boughton: The Immortal Hour by Rutland Boughton
The list author says:
  "Spellbinding . . . a forgotten masterpiece.  You'll be quite taken bysurprise.  And although it is not an opera I must also recommend Elgar'swonderful dramatic cantata "Caractacus"."
£14.43   Used & New from: £6.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love
21.  Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love by Ralph Vaughan Williams
The list author says:
  "Wonderful, wonderful."
Used & New from: £6.50
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Beatrice Cenci
22.  Beatrice Cenci by berthold Goldschmidt
The list author says:
  "Try  Alwyn's "Miss Julie" as well (B000027QX6)."
£22.24   Used & New from: £19.51

Copland: The Tender Land
23.  Copland: The Tender Land by Aaron Copland
The list author says:
  "Try Floyd's "Susannah" too (B000002SQB)."
Used & New from: £20.00

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Lennox Berkeley: A Dinner Engagement
24.  Lennox Berkeley: A Dinner Engagement by Anne Collins
The list author says:
  "Witty libretto and music to match!  Try Walton's "The Bear" as well (B000000ATW)."
£14.41   Used & New from: £4.51

Walton: Troilus and Cressida
25.  Walton: Troilus and Cressida by Sir William Walton
The list author says:
  "Marvellous."
£23.83   Used & New from: £6.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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