Category Archives: Opera

Handel – Ombra mai fu (Serse) – Christopher Lowrey (countertenor), Voices of Music

American countertenor Christopher Lowrey and San Fransisco based early music ensemble Voices of Music perform “Ombra mai fu”, the opening aria from the 1738 opera Serse by George Frideric Handel. A 4K, Ultra HD video from the Voices of Music “Art of the Countertenor” concert, March, 2016.
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Elena Obraztsova sings “Habanera” from Bizet’s Carmen

Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova sings “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Love is a rebellious bird), also known as “Habanera”; one of the most famous arias from act 1, scene 5 of Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera “Carmen”. Recorded on December 9, 1978. Vienna State Opera, conductor: Carlos Kleiber. Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli.
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Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro (Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Kenneth Montgomery)

Conducted by Kenneth Montgomery, Amsterdam-based Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Chorus performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Italian: Le nozze di Figaro), K. 492, an opera buffa (comic opera) in four acts composed in 1786. The Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte (10 March 1749 – 17 August 1838), the Italian, later American opera librettist, poet and Roman Catholic priest. Recorded at the TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht on October 17, 2015. Published by AVROTROS Klassiek.
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Monteverdi – L’Orfeo (Harnoncourt)

Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Ensemble and Choir of Zürich perform Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (SV 318), sometimes called La favola d’Orfeo, a late Renaissance/early Baroque favola in musica, or opera, with a libretto by Alessandro Striggio. Filmed in 1978. Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. The work is based on the Greek legend of Orpheus, and tells the story of his descent to Hades and his fruitless attempt to bring his dead bride Eurydice back to the living world. It was written in 1607 for a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua (a city and comune in Lombardy, Italy, and capital of the province of the same name).
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Johann Strauss II – Die Fledermaus (Full) – Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo conducts Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus

Famous New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa is featured in this glittering Covent Garden Opera production of Johann Strauss’ masterpiece: Die Fledermaus (The Bat), an operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner (de) and Richard Genée. Plácido Domingo conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus. Other soloists include Hermann Prey, Hildegard Heichele, Benjamin Luxon. Recorded at the New Years Eve 1984 at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. An outstanding, clever, and funny production of Die Fledermaus.
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Mario Lanza sings Torna a Surriento

American tenor and Hollywood star with Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “Torna a Surriento”, a Neapolitan song composed in 1902 by Italian musician Ernesto De Curtis (October 4, 1875 – December 31, 1937) to words by his brother, the poet and painter Giambattista De Curtis (20 July 1860 – 15 January 1926, the an Italian painter and poet remembered today for his song lyrics). From the 1956 movie “Serenade”.
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Viva Verdi (BBC Proms 2013)

Conducted by the British-Italian conductor and pianist Sir Antonio “Tony” Pappano, Orchestra and Chorus of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma perform selected works of the famous Italian composer of operas, Giuseppe Verdi (9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901). Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London on July 20, 2013 (during the BBC Proms). Soloist: Maria Agresta, the Italian soprano.
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Maria Callas & Giuseppe Di Stefano concert (Tokyo, 1974)

A farewell concert of Maria Callas with the Italian operatic tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano. Recorded on October 12, 1974 in Tokyo NHK Hall. Accompanist: Robert Sutherland, Glasgow-born classical pianist.
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Handel, Vivaldi and Monteverdi: Arias and concertos with Magdalena Kožená and Anna Fusek

Arias and concertos from the Baroque period composers George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi and Claudio Monteverdi. Magdalena Kožená: mezzo-soprano, Anna Fusek: flautino. Czech early music orchestra and choir Collegium 1704 conducted by Andrea Marcon.
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