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Bel Canto Arias
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Héloise Mas (Marta), Jean-Michel Bertelli (clarinet), Nabil Suliman (Polidoro), Rémi Mathieu (Ilo), Morgane Fauchois (glockenspiel), Héloise Mas (Sofia), Rémi Mathieu (Faone), Héloise Mas (Climene) & Nabil Suliman (Alcandro)
Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon,...
everyone who cares about singing should promote it immediately to the top of their letters to Santa. Creamy, sumptuous, almost flawless - every adjective may be a cliché, but how else to describe... — More…
Joan Sutherland (Elvira), Luciano Pavarotti (Arturo Talbot), Piero Cappuccilli (Riccardo Forth), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Giorgio Walton), Anita Caminada (Enrichetta de France), Gian Carlo Luccardi (Gualtiero Walton), Renato Cazzaniga (Bruno Robertson)
Chorus of Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London...
Sutherland's singing here is brighter and fresher than her earlier recording, with the lovely aria 'Qui la voce' no longer a wordless melisma...The recording is vivid and atmospheric and one... — More…
Maria Callas (Norma), Christa Ludwig (Adalgisa), Franco Corelli (Pollione), Nicola Zaccaria (Oroveso), Edda Vincenzi (Clotilde), Piero De Palma (Flavio)
Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Milan, Tullio Serafin
Bellini's tragic Druid priestess was surely one of Maria Callas's greatest roles, and she's caught at her histrionic peak on this 1960 studio recording under Tullio Serafin, with Franco Corelli's... — More…
Patrizia Ciofi (Alaida - 'The stranger'), Mark Stone (Il barone di Valdeburgo), Darío Schmunck (Arturo), Enkelejda Shokas (Isoletta), Graeme Broadbent (Il Priore), Roland Wood (Il signore di Montolino) and Aled Hall (Osburgo)
Geoffrey Mitchell Choir and The London Philharmonic Orchestra, David...
Opera Rara has fielded what is probably as good an ensemble of young singers as you are likely to be able to gather together for this early work; and David Parry coaxes some stylish playing from... — More…
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Edgaras Montvidas (tenor), Nabil Suliman (baritone), Elena Semenova (soprano), Pascale Obrecht (mezzo), Paolo Stupenengo (bass)
Orchestre et Choeur de L'Opéra National De Lyon, Kazuko Ono
Proof of DiDonato's consummate musicianship is everywhere here...For sheer beauty of tone, legato that defies gravity and singing that restores your faith in human nature, listen last of all... — More…
Cecilia Bartoli (Norma), Sumi Jo (Adalgisa), John Osborn (Pollione) & Michele Pertusi (Oroveso), Liliana Nikiteanu (Clotilde), Reinaldo Macias (Flavio)
Orchestra La Scintilla, International Chamber Vocalists, Giovanni Antonini
The result [of a mezzo Norma] is creditable and often expressive, but artistically compromised...while from a purely vocal point of view it sometimes sounds a struggle. Sumi Jo has greater success... — More…