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Desert Island Opera

Gary Douglas
 
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri
"This is such a witty performance.  Agnes Baltsa is untouched as Isabella and Ruggero Raimondi really hams it up as Mustafa."
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
"Worth every penny! Visceral excitement at its best.  The sparks start flying from Agnes Baltsa's first entrance and never seem to stop!"
Verdi: Aida
Verdi: Aida
"There is no other recording to listen to."
Beethoven: Fidelio
Beethoven: Fidelio
"Simply the best"
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Mozart: Così fan tutte
"Christa Ludwig and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf are amazing as the two sisters and only to be outdone by Agnes Baltsa and Margaret Marshall on the long deleted Muti recording."
Die Walkure. Act I
Die Walkure. Act I
"It's all worth the orgasmic scream of delight at the end of the first act"
Anne Sofie Von Otter Sings Offenbach
Anne Sofie Von Otter Sings Offenbach
"Offenbach is fun and Anne Sofie von Otter brings her unique sense of wit to this charming program."
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
"Solely for the unrivalled Queen of the Night.   Cristina Deutekom has one of those rare dramatic coloratura voice which spans all the way up to the top F!"
Lehár: The Merry Widow
Lehár: The Merry Widow
"Elizabeth Harwood was the only Merry Widow worth listening to.  Such a gorgeous voice."
Wagner: Tannhäuser
Wagner: Tannhäuser
"This is one to relieve the tension.  Christa Ludwig is the most sensual singer and "Geliebter, komm" is so ethereal it's untrue."