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Opera Gala (20CD)

From Adam to Zandonai, from 1954 to 1996, 20 CDs made up of no less than 28 Decca opera recordings, most of them recorded as highlights albums, many long unavailable, newly remastered and all featuring the greatest singers of their age. 

TRACK LIST

CD 1
ADOLPHE ADAM (1803–1856)
Le Toréador
Don Belflor – Michel Trempont
Coraline – Sumi Jo
Tracolin – John Aler
Welsh National Opera Orchestra
RICHARD BONYNGE

CD 2
HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803–1869)
La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24 (excerpts)
Marguerite – Irma Kolassi
Faust – Raoul Jobin

JULES MASSENET (1842–1912)
Werther (excerpts)
Charlotte – Irma Kolassi
Werther – Raoul Jobin
London Symphony Orchestra
ANATOLE FISTOULARI

CD 3
GEORGES BIZET (1838–1875)
Carmen (excerpts)
Carmen – Marilyn Horne
Frasquita – Maria Pellegrini
Mercédès – Gwyneth Griffiths
Don José – Michele Molese
Le Dancaire – David Bowman
Le Remendado – Francis Egerton
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
HENRY LEWIS

Les Pêcheurs de perles (excerpts)
Leïla – Janine Micheau
Nadir – Libero de Luca
Zurga – Jean Borthayre
L’Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris
ALBERTO EREDE

CHARLES GOUNOD (1818–1893)
Mireille (excerpts)
Mireille – Janine Micheau
Vincent – Pierre Giannotti
Orchestre du Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique
ALBERTO EREDE

CD 4
ARRIGO BOITO (1842–1918)
Mefistofele (excerpts)
Mefistofele – Nicolai Ghiaurov
Faust – Franco Tagliavini
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Gianni Lazzari, chorus master
SILVIO VARVISO

CD 5
GIOVANNI BONONCINI (1670–1747)
Griselda (excerpts)
Griselda – Lauris Elms
Ernesto – Joan Sutherland
Gualtiero – Monica Sinclair
Almirena – Margreta Elkins
Rambaldo – Spiro Malas
Ambrosian Singers
John McCarthy, chorus master
London Philharmonic Orchestra
RICHARD BONYNGE

CD 6
CARL HEINRICH GRAUN (1704–1759)
Montezuma (excerpts)
Montezuma – Lauris Elms
Eupaforice – Joan Sutherland
Tezeuco – Joseph Ward
Pilpatoè – Rae Woodland
Erisenna – Elizabeth Harwood
Fernando Cortez – Monica Sinclair
Ambrosian Singers
John McCarthy, chorus master
London Philharmonic Orchestra
RICHARD BONYNGE

CD 7
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685–1759)
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 (excerpts)
Cleopatra – Joan Sutherland
Julius Caesar – Margreta Elkins
Cornellia – Marilyn Horne
Sextus – Richard Conrad
Ptomlemy – Monica Sinclair
New Symphony Orchestra
RICHARD BONYNGE

CD 8
EMMERICH KÁLMÁN (1882–1953)
Gräfin Mariza (excerpts)
Gräfin Mariza – Marika Németh
Lisa – Monika Dahlberg
Manja – Sonja Draksler
Graf Tassilo – Peter Minich
Baron Kolomán Zsupán – Herbert Prikopa
Wiener Volksopernchor
Wiener Grosstadtkinderchor
Élémer Horváth Gypsy Band
Orchester der Wiener Volksoper
ANTON PAULIK

CD 9
FRANZ LEHÁR (1870–1948)
The Merry Widow (excerpts)
Hanna Glawari – Dame Joan Sutherland
Count Danilo Danilovitsch – Werner Krenn
Valencienne – Valerie Masterson
Zo-Zo – Regina Resnik
Camille – John Brecknock
Raoul de St.Brioche – Francis Egerton
Vicomte Cascada – John Fryatt
Njegus – Graeme Ewer
Ambrosian Singers
John McCarthy, chorus master
National Philharmonic Orchestra
RICHARD BONYNGE

CD 10
GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Le Siège de Corinthe (excerpts)
La Donna del lago (excerpts)
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Ambrosian Singers
John McCarthy, chorus master
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
HENRY LEWIS

CD 11
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864–1949)
Arabella
Er ist der Richtige nicht für mich!
Das war sehr gut, Mandryka (Final scene)
Arabella – Lisa della Casa
Zdenka – Hilde Gueden
Mandryka – Alfred Poell
Wiener Philharmoniker
RUDOLF MORALT

Der Richtige – so hab ich still zu mir gesagt
Arabella – Lisa della Casa
Mandryka – Paul Schöffler

Capriccio: Closing scene
Gräfin – Lisa della Casa
Haushofmeister- Franz Bierbach

Ariadne auf Naxos
Es gibt ein Reich
Ariadne – Lisa della Casa
Wiener Philharmoniker
HEINRICH HOLLREISER

Großmächtige Prinzessin

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Mia speranza adorate … Ah, non sai qual pena, KV 416
No, che non sei capace, KV 419
Ilse Hollweg, soprano
Erna Gal, piano (Strauss)
London Symphony Orchestra
JOSEF KRIPS

CD 12
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864–1949)
Der Rosenkavalier (excerpts)
Die Feldmarschallin – Régine Crespin
Octavian – Elisabeth Söderström
Herr von Faninal – Heinz Holecek
Sophie – Hilde Gueden
Chor der Wiener Staatsoper
Wiener Philharmoniker
SILVIO VARVISO

CD 13
GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
Aida (excerpts)
Aida – Birgit Nilsson
Amneris – Grace Hoffman
Radamès – Luigi Ottolini
Amonasro – Louis Quilico
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
JOHN PRITCHARD

CD 14
GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
Falstaff (excerpts)
Falstaff – Fernando Corena
Ford – Renato Capecchi
Alice – Ilva Ligabue
Nanetta – Lydia Marimpietri
Meg Page – Fernanda Cadoni
Mistress Quickly – Regina Resnik
Fenton – Luigi Alva
Bardolfo – Robert Bowman
Pistola – Michael Langdon
New Symphony Orchestra of London
SIR EDWARD DOWNES

DOMENICO CIMAROSA (1749–1801)
Il Maestro di Cappella
Il Maestro – Fernando Corena
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
ARGEO QUADRI

CD 15
RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883)
Die Walküre (Act I)
Siegmund – Set Svanholm
Sieglinde – Kirsten Flagstad
Hunding – Arnold van Mill
Wiener Philharmoniker
HANS KNAPPERTSBUSCH

CD 16
RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883)
Die Walküre (Act III)
Brünnhilde – Kirsten Flagstad
Wotan – Otto Edelmann
Sieglinde – Marianne Schech
Gerhilde – Oda Balsborg
Ortlinde – Ilona Steingruber
Waltraute – Grace Hoffman
Schwertleite – Margaret Bence
Helmwige – Claire Watson
Grimwerde – Frieda Roesler
Roßweiße – Hetty Plümacher
Siegmund – Set Svanholm
Wiener Philharmoniker
SIR GEORG SOLTI

CD 17
RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883)
Die Walküre
Siegmund! Sieh auf mich (Todesverkündigung)
Brünnhilde – Kirsten Flagstad
Siegmund – Set Svanholm
Wiener Philharmoniker
SIR GEORG SOLTI

Götterdämmerung
Prologue: Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey
Siegfried’s Funeral March
Tristan und Isolde (excerpts)
Isolde – Birgit Nilsson
Brangäne – Grace Hoffman
Wiener Philharmoniker
HANS KNAPPERTSBUSCH

CD 18
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864–1949)
Salome (excerpts)
Salome – Birgit Nilsson
Herod – Gerhard Stolze
Herodias – Grace Hoffman

RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883)
Götterdämmerung (excerpts)
Brünnhilde – Birgit Nilsson
Hagen – Gottlob Frick
Wiener Philharmoniker
SIR GEORG SOLTI

CD 19
ERMANNO WOLF-FERRARI (1876–1948)
Il Segreto di Susanna
Conte Gil – Bernd Weikl
Contessa Susanna – Maria Chiara
Sante – Omar Godknow
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
LAMBERTO GARDELLI

CD 20
RICCARDO ZANDONAI (1883–1944)
Francesca da Rimini (excerpts)
Francesca – Magda Olivero
Paolo – Mario Del Monaco
Giovanni – Virgilio Carbonari
Il torrigiano – Virgilio Carbonari
Biancofiore – Annamaria Gasparini
Il balestriere – Athos Cesarini
L’Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo
NICOLA RESCIGNO