The #1 Opera Album

The #1 Opera Album


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With 40 tracks of operatic favorites, this double-disc album is a festival of hits. There are famous arias: Rodolfo's "Che gelida manina" from Bohème (Luciano Pavarotti) and Mimi's reply, "Mi chiamano" (Angela Gheorghiu); Madame Butterfly's "Un bel di" (Mirella Freni); and Cavaradossi's "E lecuvan le stelle" from Tosca (Placido Domingo). There are famous choruses: "Va pensiero" from Verdi's Nabucco, the "Bridal Chorus" from Wagner's Lohengrin, and the "Anvil Chorus" from Trovatore. And there are great moments for the orchestra, too: Bizet's Overture to Carmen, Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," and the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana. You'll find celebrated voices from the past -- Jussi Björling in Fedora's "Amor ti vieta" and Joan Sutherland in the "Flower Duet" from Lakme -- as well as latter-day stars: Cecilia Bartoli in Mozart's "Voi che sapete" from the Marriage of Figaro and Andrea Bocelli in Leoncavallo's "Mattinata." Decca wasted no space with this compilation. Every selection is an operatic gem, culled from the catalogue of one of classical music's foremost record labels. But how should such a hit parade end? With Pavarotti, of course, singing "Nessun dorma" for all it's worth.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2001
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028946763223
catalogNumber: 467632
Rank: 20059


  1. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Prelude
  2. La Traviata, opera: Brindisi
  3. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina
  4. Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet
  5. Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta
  6. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Habanera
  7. Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves
  8. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono
  9. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile
  10. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Bridal Chorus
  11. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
  12. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Largo al factotum
  13. La Wally, opera: Ebben?...Ne andro lontana
  14. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming Chorus
  15. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Flower Song
  16. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle
  17. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle
  18. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di
  19. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Au fond du temple saint
  20. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: The Ride Of The Valkyries
  21. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete
  22. Pagliacci, opera: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba
  23. La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla
  24. Il Trovatore, opera: Anvil Chorus
  25. Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai
  26. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: La ci darem la mano
  27. Mattinata, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  28. Faust, opera: Soldiers' Chorus
  29. L'Elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima
  30. Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta!
  31. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Champagne Aria
  32. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento
  33. Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira
  34. Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte
  35. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Toreador song
  36. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Love Duet
  37. Cavalleria rusticana, opera in 1 act: Intermezzo
  38. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O silver moon
  39. La bohème, opera: Si, mi chiamano Mimi
  40. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma

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The #1 Opera Album 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Too often the best singers of a given aria were not used. There are so many better cds than this one. Aria; a Passion for Opera has much better versions of some of these arias. All you have to do to understand what I am talking about is to play the two versions of 'Di quella pira'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in getting into Opera and don't know where to start, this would be a great CD to get. It gives a good broad look at Opera, and you will be suprised how many tracks sound familiar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will have a passion for Italian Opera forever! Placido Domingo in Tosca (17), or Luciano Pavarotti in Pagliacci(3) ...BEAUTIFUL!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This compilation is extraordinary! It contains the highlights from all my favorite operas, as well as a few new ones. This is a must-have for any opera lover, or anyone who is new to the genre!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I have always enjoyed opera and classical, as do our children. This was the CD that we chose to introduce our children to opera, and they loved it. It has classic and well-known pieces and arias that are easy to enjoy, even at a young age. Ages of our children when we started them on opera ? Ages 2,3 and 5 respectively...and they will choose this CD over Barney or Silly Songs anytime !