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on 27 October 2001
Well, this is a compilation CD with a difference!
From the moment it arrived, I have been, quite literally spellbound.
Weeks later, after many (and that's many indeed) playings, it's not remotely possible to select "favourites". So wonderful are the renditions presented here, so beautifully moving is track after track, that it would be sheer folly to try to pick out one or two as favourites.
It's a delightful (and unusual) experience to enjoy a composite CD to this extent.
The compilers of this CD have done an excellent job in presenting a wonderfully diverse range of listening pleasure. How delightful to hear the fabulous purity of Bjorling included; how wonderful to hear Mirella Freni, as Butterfly, as she makes "Un Bel Di" a definitive performance (small wonder that von Karajan said that, if could be born as an opera singer, he'd choose to be Freni); how delightful to hear Andrea Bocelli there, up with 'the greats' (one can understand full well Pavarotti finding it hard to accept that he had not benefited from classical training); as for Renata Tebaldi with "O Mio Babbino Caro" - it's hard to find the words.
Looking at duets: well, "Flower Duet" is all that it could be, especially with the richness of Joan Sutherland at her best; as for "O Soave Fanciulla" with Pavarotti and Freni: this has to be as good as it gets.
But, there's so much more. I could go on (and on!), and it's a shame not to mention many more.
There are arias here that I have known and loved for years. I have never heard them sung better. Differently, yes; not better.
With Pavarotti, with Renee Fleming (Ah, her rendition of "O Silver Moon" is nothing other than transfixing), with Angela Gheorghiu as Mimi (utterly heartbreaking), with Domingo singing "E Lucevan Le Stelle" (surely, yet another definitive performance), with so many more - this is a CD that I truly regard as the best money in purchasing a CD that I have ever spent.
The Greatest Opera Show On Earth is simply a wealth of listening delight. It certainly carries my firmest recommendation.
Just the one "health warning": with arms and legs covered in goose bumps and with the hair on the back of one's head standing out, don't forget to keep some tissues handy for the eyes!

Adrian F. Van Neste
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on 15 November 2011
I first purchased this cd many years ago and have now purchased it again due to damaging the original. I have purchased many Opera compilations since but this is without the best mixed Opera cd ever.
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on 11 June 2014
For someone like me to listen to opera is a real achievement as I was so into pop music. But this CD collection others such a variation of music and stories. Breath taking sound making one feel as if you are watching the performance for real.
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VINE VOICEon 4 January 2016
Disappointed with this cd, the recordings were mainly from the 60's 70's 80's with one or two from the 90's. They were not very good at all, the recording quality leaved a lot to be desired. And to cap it all, most of the artist's I have never ever heard of, and there was just one Pavarottl thrown in so that they show his pisture, and thatwas a very old recording and it showed.
Sorry but I cannot recommend this cd at all.
Ros.Moore
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on 9 January 2013
Excellent all round. Great service.Great communication. A pleasure to do business with.Hope to deal with you again. Very happy with my purchase.Thank You!!!
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on 22 November 2013
Just got into classic and opera music so hesitant about exactly what to buy ? any road up,spotted this for the princely sum of one penny. Plus of course postage, came very quickly,well packaged and in good condition. Many hours of happy listening ahead .
Was I pleased ? Of course.
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on 11 February 2014
A great array of wonderful music. Usually composite albums contain many songs which are below par. This however, is packed with wonderful arias etc. It's like being in a sweetshop and being able to pick the best, all in one go. Very pleased with this purchase.
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on 22 September 2013
Wanted an album with plenty of variety and featuring lots of opera stars.This definitely fits the bill in every sense.
Plenty of tracks and featuring many well known arias.Slip into heaven with this album.
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on 30 January 2013
I really like the variety of music on this and there seems to be something for all tastes. I don't claim to know a lot about opera but it seems to be well chosen. It's a great introduction.
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on 22 April 2013
My first foray into the world of opera but what a great selection. If you're not a big opera fan but want to just 'scratch the surface' then this is a great introduction.
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