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10 Best Opera CD-Sets of All Time

Stephen McLeod
 
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
"Live: 1955 - maybe the greatest recording ever of an Italian opera"
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
"If it's on this list and it's mono, you have to have it"
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring Cycle)
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring Cycle)
"The greatest achievement in the history of recorded music"
Wagner: Lohengrin
Wagner: Lohengrin
"Splendor"
Il Trovatore
Il Trovatore
"See my review"
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Mozart: Don Giovanni
"Monumental - don't believe the anti-macho Mozart myth!"
Puccini: Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
"Peerless - actually makes a case for this "shabby little shocker""
Puccini: La Boheme
Puccini: La Boheme
"One of the most serendiptious ensemble recordings ever"
Bellini: I Puritani
Bellini: I Puritani
"The first of Callas' great EMI studio sets"
Rossini: The Barber of Seville / Maria Callas
Rossini: The Barber of Seville / Maria Callas
"Too much Callas on this list?  Make your own list!"