Browse: Operas (series)
This series presents legendary Decca opera recordings in new and fresh packaging, showcasing many of the greatest opera recordings ever made. Several of these recordings have been unavailable for many years, so see a welcome return to the catalogue.
Here you will find legendary recordings of Tosca (Freni & Pavarotti), Norma (Sutherland & Pavarotti), Aida (Chiara & Pavarotti) as well as several important rarer opera recordings such as Giordano’s Fedora, Krenek’s Jonny spielt auf, Massenet’s Esclarmonde, Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh.
Dalibor Jedlicka (Goryantchikov), Jiri Zahradnicek (Luka Morosoff), Jaroslava Janská (Alyeya), Václav Zitek (Shishkov), Antonin Svorc (Old Prisoner), Ivo Zidek (Skuratov)
Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker, Charles Mackerras
Cecilia Bartoli (Fiorilla), Ramon Vargas (Narciso), Michele Pertusi (Selim), Laura Polverelli (Zaida), Alessandro Corbelli (Don Geronio), Roberto De Candia (Prosdocimo), Francesco Piccoli (Albazar)
Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo...
Chailly has recorded the work before, but in the years since he's matured as a Rossini conductor, and the Scala orchestra has this music under its fingers; there's an energy and vitality to this... — More…
Jessye Norman (Ariadne/Prima Donna), Edita Gruberova (Zerbinetta), Julia Varady (Komponist), Paul Frey (Bacchus/Tenor), Olaf Bär (Harlekin), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Musiklehrer)
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur
Cristina Deutekom (Giselda), Placido Domingo (Oronte), Ruggero Raimondi (Pagano), Jerome Lo Monaco (Arvino), Desdemona Malvisi (Viclinda), Stafford Dean (Pirro), Clifford Grant (Acciano), Montserrat Aparici (Sofia), Keith Erwen (Priore della città di Milano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra &...
Joan Sutherland (Norma), Luciano Pavarotti (Pollione), Montserrat Caballé (Adalgisa), Samuel Ramey (Oroveso)
Orchestra & Chorus of Welsh National Opera, Richard Bonynge
Though Dame Joan Sutherland was 58 when her second Norma recording was made, her singing is still impressive, but Pavarotti is in some ways the set's greatest strength, easily expressive as Pollione — More…
Samuel Ramey (Oberto), Maria Guleghina (Leonora), Sara Fulgoni (Imelda), Violeta Urmana (Cuniza), Stuart Neill (Riccardo)
Academy of st. Martin in the Fields & London Voices, Neville Marriner
Verdi's first opera is an uneven work but with some fine inventive passages within a Donizettian framework. This is a fine recording, though lacks theatrical atmosphere. — More…
Renee Fleming (Fiordiligi), Anne Sofie von Otter (Dorabella), Adelina Scarabelli (Despina), Frank Lopardo (Ferrando), Olaf Bar (Guglielmo), Michele Pertusi (Don Alfonso)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Georg Solti
von Otter knows how to extract the most in vivid characterization from her arias and capitulates to Guglielmo's advances with real feeling...Frank Lopardo is a paragon of a Ferrando, possibly... — More…
Sung in English
Steve Davislim (Oberon), Frances Bourne (Puck), Hillevi Martinpelto (Reiza), Jonas Kaufmann (Huon), William Dazely (Sherasmin), Marina Comparato (Fatima), Katharine Fuge (First mermaid), Charlotte Mobbs (Second mermaid)
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot...
It would be hard to overestimate the importance of this recording of Weber's final opera. — More…
Roberto Alagna (Rodolfo), Angela Gheorghiu (Mimi), Elisabetta Scano (Musetta), Simon Keenlyside (Marcello), Ildebrando d' Arcangelo (Colline), Roberto de Candia (Schaunard), Alfredo Mariotti (Benoit/Alcindoro)
Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Chailly
Puccini's romance shines brightly, with plenty of detail and lively conducting from Riccardo Chailly, Gheorghiu, Alagna, Keenlyside and D'Arcangelo provide highlights. — More…
José Carreras (Werther), Frederica von Stade (Charlotte), Isobel Buchanan (Sophie), Thomas Allen (Albert), Robert Lloyd (Le Bailli), Malcolm King (Johann), Paul Crook (Schmidt), Donaldson Bell (Brühlmann), Linda Humphries (Kätchen)
Orchestra & Children's Chorus of the Royal Opera House...
the pacing of each tableau vivant is handled so superbly by Sir Colin that there is not a single moment of longueur...The casting polarizes this Werther and this Charlotte. Jose Carreras is very... — More…