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The Very Best of Beverly Sills


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listen  1. Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1996 Digital Remaster): Una voce poco fà (Rosina)Beverly Sills/London Symphony Orchestra/James Levine 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1996 Digital Remaster): Dunque io son (Figaro/Rosina)Beverly Sills/Sherrill Milnes/London Symphony Orchestra/James Levine 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1996 Digital Remaster): Contro un cor che accende amore (Rosina/Conte)Beverly Sills/Nicolai Gedda/London Symphony Orchestra/James Levine 7:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1996 Digital Remaster): Ah, qual colpo inaspettato! (Figaro/Conte/Rosina)Beverly Sills/Nicolai Gedda/Sherrill Milnes/London Symphony Orchestra/James Levine 6:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rigoletto (1996 Digital Remaster): È il sol dell'anima...Addio! speranza ed anima (Act I)Beverly Sills/Alfredo Kraus/Dennis O'Neill/Sherrill Milnes/John Rawnsley/Samuel Ramey/Malcolm King/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Julius Rudel 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rigoletto (1996 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Gualtier Maldè ...Caro nomeBeverly Sills/Dennis O'Neill/Malcolm King/John Rawnsley/Philharmonia Orchestra/Julius Rudel 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rigoletto (1996 Digital Remaster), Act II: Tutte le feste al tempio...Compiuto pur quanto...Sì, vendettaBeverly Sills/Alfredo Kraus/Dennis O'Neill/Sherrill Milnes/John Rawnsley/Samuel Ramey/Malcolm King/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Julius Rudel10:20Album Only
listen  8. Rigoletto (1996 Digital Remaster), Act III: V'ho ingannato...Lassù in cieloBeverly Sills/Alfredo Kraus/Dennis O'Neill/Sherrill Milnes/John Rawnsley/Samuel Ramey/Malcolm King/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Julius Rudel 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Don Pasquale (1996 Digital Remaster), Act I: Quel guardo...So anch'io la virtù magicaBeverly Sills/Alfredo Kraus/Donald Gramm/Alan Titus/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra/Sarah Caldwell 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Don Pasquale (1996 Digital Remaster), Act I: Pronto io son...Vado, corroBeverly Sills/Alfredo Kraus/Donald Gramm/Alan Titus/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra/Sarah Caldwell 8:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Don Pasquale (1996 Digital Remaster), Atto Terzo Seconda Scena: Via, Caro Sposino (Norina/Pasquale)Beverly Sills/Donald Gramm/Alan Titus/Alfredo Kraus/Henry Newman/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra/Sarah Caldwell 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Don Pasquale (1996 Digital Remaster), Atto Terzo Sesta Scena: Tornami A Dir Che M'Ami (Norina/Ernesto)Beverly Sills/Donald Gramm/Alan Titus/Alfredo Kraus/Henry Newman/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra/Sarah Caldwell 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Don Pasquale (1996 Digital Remaster), Atto Terzo Sesta Scena: Bravo, Bravo, Don Pasquale (Malatesta/Norina/Ernesto/Pasquale/Coro)Beverly Sills/Donald Gramm/Alan Titus/Alfredo Kraus/Henry Newman/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra/Sarah Caldwell 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. The Merry Widow (1986 Digital Remaster): Vilia (Act II)Beverly Sills/New York City Opera Chorus & Orchestra/Julius Rudel 6:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ah! je suis seule enfin...Dis-moi que je suis belle (Thaïs, Act II) (1995 Digital Remaster)Beverly Sills/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Lorin Maazel 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. L'assedio di Corinto (1992 Digital Remaster), Act II: Cielo! che diverrò?...Sì, ferite...Dal soggiorno...Ah! che spiegarBeverly Sills/London Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Schippers12:44Album Only
listen  4. La traviata (highlights), Act I: Libiamo ne'lieti caliciBeverly Sills/Nicolai Gedda/Rolando Panerai/John Alldis Choir/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Aldo Ceccato 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. La traviata (highlights) (1988 Digital Remaster), Act I: Un dì, felice, etereaBeverly Sills/Nicolai Gedda/Rolando Panerai/John Alldis Choir/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Aldo Ceccato 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. La traviata (highlights), Act I: È strano...Ah, fors'è lui...Follie! follie!...Sempre liberaBeverly Sills/Nicolai Gedda/Rolando Panerai/John Alldis Choir/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Aldo Ceccato12:37Album Only
listen  7. La traviata (highlights), Act II: Pura siccome un angelo...Ah! dite alla giovaneBeverly Sills/Nicolai Gedda/Rolando Panerai/John Alldis Choir/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Aldo Ceccato16:43Album Only
listen  8. La traviata (highlights), Act II: Che Fai?Beverly Sills/Nicolai Gedda/Rolando Panerai/John Alldis Choir/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Aldo Ceccato 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. La traviata (highlights), Act III: Addio, del passatoBeverly Sills/Nicolai Gedda/Rolando Panerai/John Alldis Choir/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Aldo Ceccato 7:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. La traviata (highlights), Act III: Parigi, o caraBeverly Sills/Nicolai Gedda/Rolando Panerai/John Alldis Choir/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Aldo Ceccato 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Conductor: James Levine/Lorin Maazel
  • Composer: Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, Gaetano Donizetti, Franz Lehar, Jules Massenet
  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0006VYELE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Beverly Sills hardly needs an introduction. She sang on the radio as a child and on the operatic stage as a teenager; her meteoric international career was launched by appearances in several virtually unknown bel canto operas at the New York City Opera. This compilation of arias and ensembles from some of her signature roles, recorded in the 1970s, with splendid partners like Nicolai Gedda, Alfredo Kraus, and Sherrill Milnes, displays her unique vocal and dramatic artistry at its peak. Her voice, effortlessly produced over an enormous range, is bright, pure, infinitely variable in color, inflection and intensity. Her intonation is impeccable even in huge leaps, and her breath is endless. The coloratura roulades are like strings of perfect, luminous pearls, clearly articulated in seamless legato. But this stunning technique (whose only flaw is a sometimes wide, wobbly vibrato) is never used for show; every note has life and expression, serving the music and the dramatic situation. Indeed, her characters are flesh-and-blood human beings, whose thoughts, emotions and interactions, from inwardness to ecstasy, from lamentation to overflowing joy, she projects with riveting concentration. Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville is a charming, mischievous minx who succumbs to delighted tenderness; Pamira's great scene from his Siege of Corinth shows clearly why her Metropolitan Opera debut in that role was a sensation. In Verdi's Rigoletto, Gilda's hopeful innocence turns into hopeless despair: she dies, palpably, on a floating, celestial pianissimo. In his La traviata, Violetta's initial cool, hesitant restraint gradually melts as she opens herself (and her voice) to Alfredo's ardor and the bliss of love. The vocal balance in their final duet is uncanny; its tremulous tenderness in the shadow of death breaks the heart, as does her duet with Germont. Massenet's Thais is sensuous; Donizetti's Don Pasquale and Lehár's The Merry Widow provide comic relief. --Edith Eisler

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This is a fine collection -- we will miss her.
M. Elizabeth Wilson
She was so generous as a performer and as a humanitarian, and she really brought opera into the American mainstream.
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The Very Best of Beverly Sills, and Beverly Sills are why I believe that Beverly Sills is the American Pavarotti.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Avila on July 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
EMI's "Very Best Of" series are perfect introductions to operatic singers of the 20th century. Once you hear these artist tribute albums (much like The Singers series) you will get hooked on the singer and seek out their full-length studio recordings. Beverly Sills was the first truly famous American opera star. One may argue that she was not, that she was merely a continued tradition of American divas such as Mary Garden and Lily Pons and which still continues today with Renee Fleming, Elizabeth Futral and Susan Graham. Beverly was raised in New York City, which is still her home, and which is the home of the New York City Opera and the Met, opera houses which rocketed her to fame. Her first success (not featured in this recording...UH WHY ?) was Cleopatra of Handel's Julius Caesar, a performance she sang opposite the illustrious baritone Norman Treigle. Those performances were legendary because coincidentally at the same time the Met was opening its new theatre and season with what became a disastrous Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra starring Leontyne Price in an overblown, big-budget, epic fiasco. The great roles that followed the 1965 Cleopatra were Manon, Queen Elizabeth I in Roberto Deveraux, Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena in the Donizetti Tudor Queen operas, Pamira in The Siege of Corinth (which were Sill's La Scala and belated Met debut. None of the Queens are featured in this recording, though its supposedly the Very Best Of. An aria from Rossini's Siege of Corinth is featured here however.Read more ›
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
At last EMI's "The Very Best Of" series has issued some of the finer recorded documented arias of the incomparable soprano Beverly Sills. Fans of this down-to-earth, warm patron of music and the most unique lyric-coloratura-dramatic soprano, will be in Heaven. Sure, this is only some of the arias in only a small number of the many operas Sills performed. To be truthful, this is not what I'd personally regard as the best of Beverly Sills. Other albums of hers do use greater vocal masterpieces she sang- the best being "The Singers" Series, and another EMI edition called The Art of Beverly Sills Volume 2 and then there's the rare and brilliant "Sillsiana". Nevertheless, this album has its charm and appeal. Beverly Sills sings arias from Rossini's Barber of Seville, Verdi's Rigoletto and Traviata. This recording seems to highlight mostly her mastership of the bel canto repertoire and Verdi. Gilda and Violetta were roles she sang with supreme dramatic integrity and sweetness and purity of vocal line. Yet, it is hardly "the best of". Where are scenes from the masterful interpretations of Donizetti, truly Sills strongest suit- Lucia Di Lammermoor, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereaux, where is Sills' Manon, which even she hails as her best ? And when will her recorded Norma ever see the light of day ? Sills also excelled in the French repertoire- Faust, Thais, La Fille Du Regiment, The Tales of Hoffman and she was an incredible Queen Shemakha in Korsakov's Coq D'Or. True, Sills had a light, girlish, delicate voice, bright and small, but this worked in her favor in tragic roles. Dramatically, she could get into character as passionately and convincingly as Maria Callas. When she could darken her voice and use her chest voice for dramatic effect it was often thrilling.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carlos James Woodward on August 18, 2006
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THIS CD WAS THE BEST OPERA CD ISSUED LAST YEAR, AND HAS CAUGHT THE WORLD'S EAR IN NO TIME. I WAS BUSY WRITING IN SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL, WHILE THE STATEOWNED FM RADIOSTATION, DEDICATED TO CULTURE, WAS SOFTLY PLAYING OPERA ARIAS IN THE BACKGROUND. SUDDENLY I HEARD THE MOST FANTASTIC RENDERING OF "SEMPRE LIBERA" FROM "LA TRAVIATA". I GOT UP, SAT BY THE RADIO AND WAITED TO KNOW WHO WAS SINGING... THEN GOT BACK TO THE COMPUTER TO ORDER THIS CD FROM AMAZON! INCREDIBLE: ONLY 17 BUCKS FOR THIS, WHILE QUITE A BIT OF TRASH IS SOLD FOR 30.40 AND MORE...

A LADY FRIEND ONCE TOLD ME SHE COULD NOT LISTEN TO THE DUET IN "MADAMA BUTTERFLY" WITH MIRELLA FRENI AND LUCIANO PAVAROTTI (RECORDED IN 1974, BY VON KARAJAN) WITHOUT CRYING. WELL, YOU CANNOT LISTEN TO SILLS IN "LA TRAVIATA" DRY-EYED, NO MATTER WHO THE TENOR IS. SHE PROJECTS THE SAME DRAMATIC FEELING OF "LA DIVINA" CALLAS WITHOUT THOSE SHRIEKED HIGHNOTES; SHE OFFERS THE SAME COLORATURA VOCAL GYMNASTICS AS "LA STUPENDA" SUTHERLAND BUT WITH WARMTH... WHEN BEVERLY SANG, AS IN EVERYTHING ELSE SHE DID, SHE ALWAYS GAVE HER UTMOST. SHE WAS "LA GENEROSA" TO BE SURE.

DON'T JUST SIT THERE READING WHAT OTHERS THINK.

ORDER THIS CD NOW AND MARVEL AT HOW THIS GREAT AMERICAN LADY, IN SO MANY OTHER WAYS, ALSO COULD SING!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elise J. Lancrain on September 18, 2006
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Adio del Passato is incredible! Beverly's high, floating coloratura is no less than ethereal which takes you to another world. Her voice has given me so much joy that it is hard to say one recording is better than another because I love her Mozart album equally with her Bellini/Donizetti. It is so wonderful to have these recordings captured on CD! Enjoy!
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