Roberto Alagna / Cecilia Bartoli

Opera 2012

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The selections from Opera 2012 are drawn from Decca's huge archive of recordings spanning over 50 years. The majority of the singers were active in 2012, but there is a healthy sampling of performances that date as far back as the 1950s. There's also a handful of artists who had fairly recently emerged as international stars in 2012, including soprano Mojca Erdmann, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, and tenor Joseph Calleja. The selections trend toward the soothing or the poignant, although there are exceptions, such as the fiery "Di quella pira" from Il Trovatore and "Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre. Most of the selections are solos, but there are several small ensembles as well as an assortment of choruses. By far, the majority of the pieces come from works from the standard repertoire of the Romantic and post-Romantic eras, although the Classical period is represented by Mozart, and the Baroque by Purcell, along with some rarities by Handel and Vivaldi. With such an extensive resource of recordings, the tracks Decca has chosen for this recording are never less than excellent. The sound improves with the more recent recordings, but even the earliest are very good. The album makes a good choice for anyone looking for an introduction to opera, or anyone interested in a miscellaneous collection of stellar singing.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Le nozze di Figaro
1 2:54
Il trovatore
2 3:16
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
3 4:24
Andrea Chénier
4 2:49
Il Farnace
5 5:09
Tosca
6 3:04
Roberto Devereux
7 3:34
Don Giovanni
8 2:17
Gianni Schicchi
9 2:18
Rigoletto
10 1:49
11 6:19
Tannhäuser
12 5:02
La Gioconda
13 5:14
Giulio Cesare
14 5:56
Così fan tutte
15 2:40
Rodelinda
16 5:03
Faust
17 5:01
Les Contes d'Hoffmann
18 2:00
Le nozze di Figaro
19 2:51
Cavalleria rusticana
20 5:25

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
La figlia del regimento
1 7:26
Le nozze di Figaro
2 3:55
L' elisir d'amore
3 3:00
Dido and Aeneas
4 5:07
La Bohème
5 4:09
La traviata
6 2:45
Tosca
7 2:13
Ariodante
8 3:47
Martha
9 3:32
Casanova
10 3:37
Madama Butterfly
11 1:57
La sonnambula
12 3:56
Andrea Chénier
13 5:32
L' africana
14 3:18
Nabucco
15 5:05
Die Zauberflöte
16 4:26
Turandot
17 2:50
Manon Lescaut
18 2:29
La traviata
19 4:41
Die Walküre
20 6:22
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