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My Favourite Opera Recordings

M. Elliot
 
Verdi: Falstaff
Verdi: Falstaff
"Probably the best recording of anything ever.  Gobbi and Panerai in particular are magnificent and the Philharmonia is lovely.  Listen to the end of Scene 1."
Recital - Ewa Podles
Recital - Ewa Podles
"One of the cheapest ways to enjoy brilliant singing.  Podels brings excellent coloratura and deep colour to Rossini's brilliant arias.  Listen to Non temer d'un basso affeta."
Anna Moffo - Opera Arias
Anna Moffo - Opera Arias
"As characterful as Callas and as smooth as Sutherland.  Why do more people not know about Anna Moffo?  She is wonderful.  Listen to Michaelas aria."
Verdi: Il Trovatore
Verdi: Il Trovatore
"Quite electrifying.  Once you start listening you'll not stop until the end.  Listen to Bergonzi and Cossotto's Act Two duet."
La Boheme (Serafin, Tebaldi, Bergonzi)
La Boheme (Serafin, Tebaldi, Bergonzi)
"Wonderful.  There is a luxurious spaciousness about this recording and a warmth that permeates fromt he CD player.  Listen to the end of Mimi's farewell where Tebaldi spins the most lovely lines."
Verdi: Aida
Verdi: Aida
"Quite the best cast that Decca could assemble in the 1960's under the magnetic baton of Solti.  Listen to Price and Vickers in the Act Three duet."
La Forza del Destino
La Forza del Destino
"This is Price's best recording.  She is lush.  Smooth, smoky tone and wonderful attention to detail.  Listen to La Vergine Del'Angeli."
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
"For once foget Bartoli and hear Baltsa in the role she was born to play:  characterful, attentive singing.  Marriner treats this like Mozart and it pays off.  Listen to the Act One finale."
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri
"Baltsa again - she's a fire eater.  Lopardo is wonderful and Raimondi is very funny.  Abbado is electrifying.  Ensembles are perfect.  Listen to the end of Act One."
Mozart - Così fan tutte
Mozart - Così fan tutte
"Jacobs almost re-works my favourite opera and it pays off.  Thankfully the singing matches the conducting.  Listen to Di Scrivermi in Act One."
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe
"I surprised myself by liking this so much.  It'll leave you dancing.  Listen to the very beginning to see how Gardiner sets the tone."
Verdi: La Traviata
Verdi: La Traviata
"Cotrubas is the most affecting Violetta on disc.  Kleiber is electrifying.  Milnes is wonderful.  Listen to the Act Two duet between Cotrubas and Milnes."
Verdi: Don Carlo
Verdi: Don Carlo
"One of the best casts for an opera recording ever.  Carreras is in his element and Freni really surprises.  Listen to their duet in Act One."
Strauss: Four Last Songs; Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder
Strauss: Four Last Songs; Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder
"OK so it's not opera but it may as well be.  She is fantastic - nobody compares.  Listen to the crescendo in Beim Schlafengehen."
Verdi: Rigoletto
Verdi: Rigoletto
"The best duets between Gobbi and Callas in any recording.  Di Stefano is wild and wonderful.  Listen to Pari Siamo."
Verdi: Il Trovatore
Verdi: Il Trovatore
"The second best Trovatore.  Price is fantastic.  Domingo sounds heaven sent and Milnes is smooth and insinuating.  Listen to the duet between Cossotto and Milnes."
Bellini: Norma
Bellini: Norma
"The best Callas recording.  Mario Filippeschi is not as bad as some critics report and Stignani sounds old but characterful.  But Callas sounds incredible.  Listen to in mia man alfin tu sei."
Verdi: I Lombardi alla prima crociata
Verdi: I Lombardi alla prima crociata
"One of the best early Verdi recordings.  Many will probably have never heard Deutekom's voice, which is a shame because it's brilliant.  Listen to Qual prodigo...Non fu sogno."
Bellini: I Puritani
Bellini: I Puritani
"The only Sutherland recording I can tolerate because it requires flawless singing and I'm not too worried about character.  Listen to Pavarotti's high F!!!"
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