Mezzo Opera

Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry - A Hundred Years of Italian Opera (1820-1830) (1995)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry - A Hundred Years of Italian Opera (1820-1830) (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:42:15 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Opera Rara | Catalog: ORCH104

The "100 Years of Italian Opera" series released by Opera Rara is unique in the annals of opera recordings. However, this installment is especially exciting as it documents the evolution of Italian opera during the 1820's, the decade when romanticism truly began to come into its own on the operatic stage. Opera Rara has lovingly compiled a variety of arcana written by composers famous and forgotten. Included is everything from overtures to arias, duets, ensembles, and entire scenes.
LA Opera, James Conlon - John Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles (2016)

LA Opera, James Conlon - John Corigliano & William M. Hoffman: The Ghosts of Versailles (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:35:34 | 785 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Pentatone | Catalog: PTC5186538

PentaTone's live recording of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles is billed as the world premiere recording, though it was preceded by the 1991 video recording of the Metropolitan Opera's production, which was conducted by James Levine and starred Teresa Stratas. Even so, this 2016 audiophile presentation of the LA Opera production, conducted by James Conlon, is a major event for opera lovers, especially since the Met's recording is difficult to find and performances of The Ghosts of Versailles are rare.
Max Emanuel Cencic, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Handel: "Mezzo-Soprano" - Opera Arias (2010)

Max Emanuel Cencic, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Handel: "Mezzo-Soprano" - Opera Arias (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 357 Mb | Total time: 64:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 50999 6945740 1 | Recorded: 2009

Max Emanuel Cencic accurately describes himself as a mezzo-soprano rather than a counter tenor. His tone, while pure, is colorfully nuanced, nothing like the blanched purity that was once (but is thankfully no longer) stereotypical of counter tenors. A lifetime of singing the most advanced repertoire has given him a confident technique, exceptionally sure intonation, astonishing vocal power, and an effortless-sounding flexibility; at the age of six he sang the Queen of the Night's "Der Hölle Rache on Zagreb" television, and he went on to become a soloist with the Vienna Boys' Choir. On this album he tackles some of Handel's most virtuosic and demanding mezzo arias, most of them relatively unfamiliar. /quote]
Lea Desandre, Nathalie Pérez, Chantal Santon Jeffery, Opera Fuoco and David Stern - Berenice, che fai ? (2017) [24/96]

Lea Desandre, Nathalie Pérez, Chantal Santon Jeffery, Opera Fuoco and David Stern - Berenice, che fai ? (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:34 minutes | 1.32 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Opera Fuoco's latest recording features three former members of the Opera Fuoco studio, Lea Desandré, Natalie Perez, Chantal Santon and the Opera Fuoco orchestra conducted by David Stern. Berenice, che fai? is a compilation of late Baroque and early Classical works based principally on Metastasio’s famous 18th-century opera scene «Ah Berenice» from his opera Antigono.
Ivor Bolton, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra - Händel: Xerxes (2005)

Ivor Bolton, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra - Händel: Xerxes (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:51:53 | 940 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Farao Classics | Catalog: B108010

The aria Ombra mai fu at the start of Act I of Handel's opera seria Serse (Xerxes) is likely to be its best-known asset. Serse was written in 1733-38, at the end of Handel's career as an opera composer: he concentrated on oratorio after 1741. It is a great achievement. Not least because it uses the music, and the marriage of words and music, to evoke in the audience pathos, sympathy, delight, and as much tempered ridicule as tempered tenderness.

Nella terra di mezzo  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Barvaz at Feb. 26, 2018
Nella terra di mezzo

Nella terra di mezzo by agnese coppola
Italian | 2012 | ISBN: n/a | 87 pages | PDF | 0.9 MB
Joyce DiDonato, Dallas Opera Orchestra & Patrick Summers - Heggie: Great Scott (2018)

Joyce DiDonato, Dallas Opera Orchestra & Patrick Summers - Heggie: Great Scott (2018)
Classical, Opera | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 784 MB
Label: Warner Classics | Tracks: 40 | Time: 155:45 min

Jake Heggie, who has been described as US opera’s most successful composer, chose the celebrated playwright Terence McNally as his librettist for Great Scott. The two previously collaborated on the gripping Dead Man Walking, which has become something of a modern classic since its premiere in 2000. Joyce DiDonato first performed its central role, Sister Helen Prejean, at New York City Opera in 2002 and will do so again in concert stagings in London and Madrid in January/February 2018, coinciding with the album release of Great Scott.
Joyce DiDonato, Dallas Opera Orchestra & Patrick Summers - Heggie: Great Scott (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Joyce DiDonato, Dallas Opera Orchestra & Patrick Summers - Heggie: Great Scott (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 155:45 minutes | 2.88 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Jake Heggie, who has been described as US opera’s most successful composer, chose the celebrated playwright Terence McNally as his librettist for Great Scott. The two previously collaborated on the gripping Dead Man Walking, which has become something of a modern classic since its premiere in 2000. Joyce DiDonato first performed its central role, Sister Helen Prejean, at New York City Opera in 2002 and will do so again in concert stagings in London and Madrid in January/February 2018, coinciding with the album release of Great Scott.
Max Emanuel Cencic, Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'oro - Venezia: opera arias of the serenissima (2013)

Max Emanuel Cencic, Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'oro - Venezia: opera arias of the serenissima (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 327 Mb | Total time: 63:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5099946454522 | Recorded: 2012

For today s audiences, Vivaldi s name exemplifies Venetian opera in the early 18th century but he was not the only composer to shape the distinctive musical aesthetic of the great trading city known as La Serenissima. In this release of arias by Vivaldi and his contemporaries, countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic further explores Venice s contribution to world s rich store of Baroque opera. Cencic recreates the Venetian ambiance with the support of Italian violinist/conductor Riccardo Minasi and his ensemble Il Pomo d Oro.
Anne Sofie von Otter, Lyon National Opera Orchestra, Kent Nagano - Massenet: Werther (1997)

Anne Sofie von Otter, Lyon National Opera Orchestra, Kent Nagano - Massenet: Werther (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 119:48 | 518 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Erato | Catalog: 0630-17790-2

This is a worthy reading of one of Massenet's best scores, thoughtfully conducted by Kent Nagano. Anne Sofie von Otter combines intelligence and a beautiful voice with passion and conviction in the complicated character of Charlotte. Tenor Jerry Hadley is occasionally afflicted by a musical-theater tendency to croon but expresses most of the torments of the title role, while Dawn Upshaw makes a better-rounded character of Sophie than the average soubrette.