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listen  1. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"Samuel Ramey 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Verdi: La traviata / Act 1 - Sempre liberaJames Levine 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 2 - "Porgi amor"Kiri Te Kanawa 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - "Les oiseaux dans la charmille"Edita Gruberova 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mozart: Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 / Act 1 - "Batti, batti, o bel Masetto"Berliner Philharmoniker 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Wagner: Die Walküre - Erster Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Erster Aufzug - Du bist der LenzJames Levine 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Verdi: Aida / Act 1 - Ritorna vincitorOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 2 - "Venite... inginocchiatevi..."Dawn Upshaw 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mozart: Così fan tutte ossia La scuola degli amanti, K.588 / Act 1 - "In uomini, in soldati"James Levine 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 2 - Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (Königin der Nacht)Berliner Philharmoniker 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 2 - Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden (Pamina)Berliner Philharmoniker 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - "Signore, ascolta!"Herbert von Karajan 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Vedrai, piccolo amor, mia pena e mio conforto (Butterfly, Suzuki)Teresa Berganza 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 2 - "In quelle trine morbide"Mirella Freni 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 4 - "Sola perduta, abbandonata"Mirella Freni 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Tu che di gel sei imponentiMirella Freni 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Mozart: Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 / Act 1 - "Or sai chi l'onore"Berliner Philharmoniker 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59 / Act 3 - Heut oder morgen oder den übernächsten TagJanet Perry 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Dritter Aufzug - Fliegt heim, ihr Raben! (Immolation Scene)Matti Salminen 7:53$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Barbara Hendricks, Cheryl Studer, Dawn Upshaw, Edita Gruberová, et al.
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, La Scala Theater Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, et al.
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Seiji Ozawa
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jacques Offenbach, Giacomo Puccini, Richard [1] Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi, et al.
  • Audio CD (July 13, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GKL
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mad About Sopranos by Giuseppe Sinopoli [Conductor]

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Mirella Freni, Kiri Te Kanawa, Edita Gruberova, Katia Ricciarelli, Edith Mathis, Barbara Hendricks, Hildegard Behrens, and more than a fistful more of the world's greatest sopranos sing here some of the world's greatest music, with some of the greatest conductors and orchestras to assist them. This CD is for aficionados and newcomers as well: It's a feast for the ear. Despite the fact that specialists are sure to miss one of their favorites, this should please, entertain, and teach everyone about the glories of those high, sweet, sometimes agile, sometimes dramatically piercing voices that fall under the category of "soprano." From Mozart (a delicious "Ach ich fuhls" from Mathis) to Wagner to Verdi to Puccini (a gorgeous Liu from Hendricks), this is rich. Enjoy. --Robert Levine

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If you haven't liked opera before, this CD could convert you.
Stephen G. Shumate
As the title indicates, this cd features the beauty and virtuosity of the soprano voice.
Rudy Avila
I have worn out one recording of this tape and had to buy another one!
Pamela Butler

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Cruz on August 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Mad about Sopranos, is a wonderful collection of fantastic voices singing outstanding and well known music. Not only is it's music selection diverse from Offenbach's "The Doll Song" to Wagner's Brunnhilde, but the complilation of different voice types is a real treat. This is a great album for an oprera lover at any level, but is also a excellent album to compliment the growing repertiore of a young singer studying opera. I loudly echo Robert Levine's review regarding this cd; "It's a feast for the ears".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When I brought this album I assumed the sopranos featured in it would be more classic sopranos of decades past- Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Birgit Nilsson, Leontyne Price, Montserrat Caballe, Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills, etc. But instead we get a fine collection of soprano arias sung by divas of more recent years. The album feautes such artists as Edita Gruberova- an essentially lyric-coloratura soprano who sings one hell of a Doll Song from Tales of Hoffman is showcased here. Cheryl Struder as Violetta, Edith Mathis as Pamina, Karen Ott as the Queen as the Queen of the Night (Magic Flute) Kathleen Battle as Zerlina from Don Giovanni (Batti Batti)..I'm not thrilled about Miss Battle though her voice, a coloratura miracle, is good, she herself was an unprofessional and terrible diva drama queen with very bad manners. Mirella Freni is gloriously showcased her singing the emotionally moving Puccini heroines- Madame Butterfly and Manon Lescaut. Mirella Freni is a soprano I am very fond of. She had a voice that was flexible so she could sing not only fine Puccini roles as the ones previously mentioned (not to mention her Tosca) but Tatiana in Tchaikovsky's Russian opera Eugene Onegin and the French reperotire- she sings the best Micaela ever from Bizet's Carmen and Marguerite in Gounod's Faust as well as Juliette and Mirelle. It's fitting that Mirella Freni should be here in this album, for she is truly the last great "Italian" diva.

Anna Tomowa Sintow, a dramatic lyric soprano possessing a huge voice, is showcased here as Dona Ana in Don Giovanni singing "Or Sai Che L'onore" in a grand manner. She is also in the Trio with Agnes Baltsa for the richly layered cake of an opera that is Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. Barbara Hendricks is here, as is Hildegard Behrens and Jessye Norman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Avila on February 20, 2004
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This compilation album is a dazzling showcase of the multiple range and repertoire of the female singing voice in opera. It is a cd which fans of the opera and of sopranos should not be without. This "Mad About" series is a great way to get you into opera if you're not hooked into it already. Other titles in the "Mad" labels include "Mad About Puccini" "Mad About Wagner" "Mad About Italian Opera" etc. Look for them to add to you're collection. They're all very impressive. As the title indicates, this cd features the beauty and virtuosity of the soprano voice. The compilation album features some of the best singers of the last 30 years - among them Mirella Freni, Hildegard Behrens, Cheryl Struder, Kiri Te Kenawa and Agnes Baltsa. Of course, considering the total number of amazing sopranos who have graced the opera stage, this catalog of sopranos is very limited. Not showcased here is Maria Callas and her contribution to the opera world, Cecilia Bartoli whose mezzo-soprano style is dynamic, Beverly Sills whose coloratura ranks among the finest, Joan Sutherland, Shirley Verrett, Leontine Price, Elizabeth Schwartzkopff and Birgit Nilsson. These opera women have all been great artists throughout the 20th century and should have been featured on this cd.
The album makes use of the coloratura richness of Cheryl Struder in her role as Violetta from Verdi's Traviata. "Sempre Libera" is a tour de force aria and Struder really delivers all the goods. On here is the art of Mirella Freni, who was quite skilled at singing various Puccini heroines, from Tosca to Madama Butterfly. Freni's arias on here are "Vissi D'arte" and "Un Bel Di" respectively. But something that should have been used is her Russian repertoire.
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