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Bellini, Vincenzo (1801 - 1835)

i capuleti

I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Artists - Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Robert Lloyd, Raimund Herincx, John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia.
Conductor - Giuseppe Patane
Date & Location -
June 16-26, 1975; Abbey Road Studios, London
Label & Catalog numbers
CD 5-86055-2 - EMI Classics Gemini
LP SCLX-3824 - Angel Records
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I Capuleti

I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Artists - Tatiana Troyanos, Joseph Evans, Herbert Beattie, Robert Trehy, Chorus & Orchestra of the Opera Company of Boston
Conductors - Sarah Caldwell, William Fred Scott
Date & Location -
June 5 & 7, 1975; Boston, MA
Label & Catalog numbers
CD VAIA 1221-2 - Video Artists International
Note -
VAI has official license to distribute this live recording and combines the best of the June 5 & 7 performances

Reviews -
Sills puts so much joy into her work no matter what she is singing and she is wonderful on VAI too. Bel canto works seemed to come naturally to her. In Boston, the then 46-year-old prima donna assoluta sounds amazingly youthful and fresh-voiced...She and Troyanos blend very well with each other in their scenes together ... Read More - Michael Mark, American Record Guide
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Norma

Norma

Artists - Shirley Verrett, Enrico Di Giuseppe, Paul Plishka, Delia Wallis, Robert Tear, John Alldis Chorus, New Philharmonia.
Conductor - James Levine
Date & Location -
August 1973; All Saints Church, Tooting, London
Label & Catalog numbers
CD OPE-CD 1049 EMI France (highlights)
LP AVC_34030 - Angel Records
LP ATS 20017 - ABC Audio Treasury
Note -
1. This full performance will be released on CD on July 1, 2009 by Deutsche Grammophon (477 8186)
2. 2. An abridged version of this recording was issued by EMI France to fit on two cds (OPE-CD 1049/1050). CD 1/Act I is missing four short sections totaling 15 minutes; CD 2/Act II is complete.
3 "Mira, O Norma" duet available on "Beverly Sills: The Great Recordings (DG) - see our Compilations section for details)
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i puritani

I Puritani

Artists - Heather Begg, Nicolai Gedda, Riccardo Cassinelli, Louis Quilico, Richard Van Allan, Paul Plishka, London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Conductor - Julius Rudel
Date & Location -
August 1973; EMI Studios, London
Label & Catalog numbers
CD 289 471 207-2 - Westminster : the Legacy
CD 3-80356 - Millennium Classics
LP AVC-34013 - Angel Records
LP ATS 20016 - ABC/Dunhill Records
Reviews -
Sills voice and character are well suited to Elvira because of the strong femininity and lack of heavy dramatic singing of the role, and of course she includes a good deal of embellishment most of which is tasteful. She possesses a fine legato sense - indispensable for Bellini - and articulates the notes with style and shape, following the natural phrase of Bellini's lines.. I found her performance at its best in the first act, especially in the scene with Giorgio because that portion of the opera emphasizes Elvira's youthful, headstrong qualities and her innocent happiness... - A Triumph of Music over Text , by Patrick J. Smith. High Fidelity

This is the one I've been waiting for, and DG has brought it to us, though without the familiar DG logo anywhere on the package. ... I'll accept that there are three great recordings of this opera, but this is my favorite. Sills is dazzling, and she has more feeling than Sutherland and a lovelier voice than Callas-the best of both worlds? ... Read More - Donald R. Vroon, American Record Guide
 
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Charpentier, Gustave (1860 - 1956)

louise

Louise

Artists - Nicolai Gedda, Jose van Dam, Mignon Dunn, Martyn Hill, Chorus and Orchestra of Theatre de l'Opera de Paris.
Conductor - Julius Rudel
Date & Location -
June 1977, Salle Wagram, Paris
Label & Catalog numbers
CD 5 65299-2 - EMI Angel
LP SCLX-3846 - Angel Records
 
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