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Evgeny Brazhnik & Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera Orchestra - Mussorgsky: Sorochintsi Fair (2014)

Evgeny Brazhnik & Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera Orchestra - Mussorgsky: Sorochintsi Fair (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+log+.cue) | Scans included | 01:40:54 | 495 Mb
Classical, Opera | Label: Brilliant Classics

In contrast to the very great and granitic Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina, Sorochintsi Fair gives us Mussorgsky in a rare, delightful and thoroughly convincing comic mood. Based on a tale by Gogol and taking place in Ukraine, this opera is full of lilting melodies and comic ensembles, delivered by a cast full of fine voices in pungent folk characterizations. The great centerpiece of the third act is a big choral ensemble based on Mussorgsky's early orchestral piece St. John's Night on Mount Triglav, best known to us in Rimsky -Korsakov's smoothed out, beautifully orchestrated arrangement "Night on Bald Mountain." Here, as Mussorgsky wrote it in complete vocal score it is a wild, scary and thoroughly thrilling experience. Otherwise Anatoly Lyadov and, principally, Vissarion Snebalin put Mussorgsky's finished pieces and sketches together and orchestrated them in Mussorgsky's style.
John Powell Singers, Victorian Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge - Michael William Balfe: Satanella (2016)

John Powell Singers, Victorian Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge - Michael William Balfe: Satanella (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:51:46 | 499 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.660378-79

Composer Michael William Balfe composed 29 operas, and around 250 other pieces. He is best known for his opera The Bohemian Girl. Balfe’s opera Satanella was his 23rd opera, and was premiered at Covent Garden in 1858. The work is a hybrid of classical opera tradition and stand-alone songs. This release is performed by the John Powell Singers and the Victorian Opera Orchestra under the direction of Richard Bonynge.
Maurizio Benini, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juan Diego Florez, Joyce Di Donato - Rossini - Le Comte Ory (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Rossini - Le Comte Ory (Maurizio Benini, Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce Di Donato, Diana Damrau) (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 144 min | 32,1 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 144 min | 7,81 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Erato | Sub: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

In spring 2011, the first-ever performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera of Rossini's Le Comte Ory brought standing ovations and critical-acclaim. The spectacular trio of Juan Diego Florez, Diana Damrau and Joyce DiDonato ignited vocal and theatrical fireworks. Le Comte Ory tells the story of a libidinous and cunning nobleman who disguises himself first as a hermit and then as a nun ("Sister Colette") in order to gain access to the virtuous Countess Adele, whose brother is away at the Crusades. The 2011 Met production was directed by the Tony Award-winning Broadway director Bartlett Sher, who in recent years has also staged Il barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffman for the Met. Sher presented the action as an opera within an opera, updated the action by a few centuries and giving the costume designer, Catherine Zuber, the opportunity to create some particularly extravagant headgear. Juan Diego Florez starred as the title role while Diana Damrau plays his love interest, Countess Adele, and Joyce DiDonato was in breeches as his pageboy Isolier. The trio had appeared in Sher's production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.
The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Soloists, Dennis Russell Davies Philip Glass: Akhnaten (1987) 2CDs

Philip Glass - Akhnaten: An Opera in Three Acts for Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists (1987)
The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Soloists, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 630 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 316 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Minimalism, Opera | Label: CBS Masterworks | # M2K 42457 | Time: 02:08:37

The third in the Glass’ trilogy of operas about men who changed the world in which they lived through the power of their ideas, “Akhnaten”‘s subject is religion. The Pharaoh Akhnaten was the first monotheist in recorded story, and his substitution of a one-god religion for the multi-god worship in use when he came to power was responsible for his violent overthrow. The opera describes the rise, reign, and fall of Akhnaten in a series of tableaus. Libretto (Egyptian, Arcadian, Hebrew, and language of the audience) by the composer in association with Shalom Goldman, Robert Israel and Richard Riddell. Vocal text drawn from original sources by Shalom Goldman.
Mussorgsky - Boris Godounov (1869 & 1872 Versions) (Valery Gergiev, Kirov Opera & Orchestra) (5CD) (1998)

Mussorgsky - Boris Godounov (1869 & 1872 Versions) (Valery Gergiev, Kirov Opera & Orchestra) (5CD) (1998)
EAC Rip | (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers | RAR | 1418 mb
Classical, Opera | Label: Philips - 462 230-2, 462 547-2, 462 548-2, 462 549-2, 462 550-2, 462 551-2

Mussorgsky's masterpiece performed by Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Opera & Orchestra. This set includes both the 1869 and 1872 versions.
Wagner - Die Walküre (Erich Leinsdorf, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) (MET 1940) (2013) {Sony Classical}

Wagner - Die Walküre (Erich Leinsdorf, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) (MET 1940)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | RAR | 574 mb
Classical, Opera | Label: Sony Classical / 88765 42717 2/D11+12+13

Not being a lifelong Wagner devotee, I'm not sure if this particular performance has been released before or not, but I do know that it was included in a 2013 9-title release of Wagner operas recorded live from The Met from 1937 through 1954.

Why this performance? 3 words: Flagstad, Melchior, Huehn. I would add to that Leinsdorf, especially since the recording quality is so bad; his faster-than-the-norm tempi help cut through the densely muddy sound quality.
Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Plácido Domingo, Andiana Chuchman - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi (2016)

Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Plácido Domingo, Andiana Chuchman - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi (2016)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 4.05 Gb (DVD5) | 59 min
Classical | Sony Classical | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais

Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi is the only opera Woody Allen has ever staged. The 2015 version on this release is a revival of Woody Allen’s 2008 production for L.A. Opera, a hilarious parody of classical Italian cinema stereotypes. Features Plácido Domingo in the leading role as Gianni Schicchi.
James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (2009/1978)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Plácido Domingo, Tatiana Troyanos, Teresa Stratas - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (2009/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.42 Gb (DVD9) | 152 min
Classical | The Metropolitan Opera | Sub: English

Plácido Domingo accomplishes the rare feat of singing both lead roles on the same night in opera's most popular double-bill. James Levine conducts the tenor in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production, opposite the superb singing actors Tatiana Troyanos, Teresa Stratas, and Sherrill Milnes.
Giacomo Puccini -  Rome Opera Orchestra & Chorus / Leinsdorf - Turandot (2006) {Hybrid-SACDISO & HiRes FLAC}

Giacomo Puccini - Turandot
Rome Opera Orchestra & Chorus / Leinsdorf
2xSACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 4,62 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 2,31 GB | Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: RCA Red Seal "Living Stereo" # Living Stereo 82876-82624-2 | Country/Year: US 2006
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic, Opera

"This Grammy winner, one of the most successful versions of Puccini's final opera, offers Nilsson's first recording of the title character, and Bjoerling's last operatic portrayal on disc, including a heroic, for-the-ages "Nessun dorma". The extraordinary orchestration, befitting a story set in ancient China, benefits from the new DSD remastering."
James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto - Puccini: Il Trittico [2010/1981]

Puccini - Il Trittico (James Levine, Renata Scotto) [2010/1981]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.34 Gb+3.53 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 170 min
Classical | The Metropolitan Opera | Sub: English

Leading the enormous forces to bring Puccini's huge vision to life in this now-legendary performance, James Levine presides over an evening of three one-act operas that cover the full spectrum of human experience. The great singing actress Renata Scotto is featured in all three operas, perhaps most memorably in her searing portrayal of Suor Angelica - a nu whose extreme atonement for he sin ultimately wins her redemption.