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Natalie Dessay - Natalie Dessay – The Opera Singer

Erato

  • £135

Format: 33 CD/19 DVD Box Set
Catalogue No.: 0190295163136
Release Date: 26th February 2021
Genre: Classical

Packaging:
33CD + 19DVD – 2-piece box - wallets illustrated with original jackets
Essay in French, English, German

Natalie Dessay is a dazzling opera singer. She is also an actress of intensity and magnetism, whether in tragedy or comedy. Her charisma, captured on the stages of the world’s great opera houses and in the recording studio, illuminates the complete operas and recitals of arias and scenes in this collection. From
Mozart’s furious Queen of the Night to Debussy’s enigmatic Mélisande … Offenbach’s robotic Olympia to
Strauss’s flirtatious Zerbinetta and Delibes’ devoted Lakmé … Handel’s mercurial Cleopatra to Donizetti’s boisterous Marie and desperate Lucia… Thomas’s fragile Ophélie to Massenet’s capricious Manon and Verdi’s passionate, tragic Violetta … Natalie Dessay proves irresistible in repertoire that spans four centuries and a wealth of musical and dramatic possibilities.

Key points

NATALIE DESSAY: THE OPERA SINGER comprises 33 CDs and 19 DVDs, demonstrating Dessay’s achievement as a singing actress both in purely vocal terms and as a bête de scene (‘stage animal’).
That box represents the COMPLETE COLLECTION OF OPERA RECORDINGS she did in audio and video.

CDs
• 12 complete operas, ranging from the Baroque era to the 20th century:
Bellini: La sonnambula; Delibes: Lakmé; Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor and Lucie de Lammermoor (French version of the opera, prepared by the composer for Paris); Handel: Alcina; Monteverdi: Orfeo; Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, Mitridate; Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Orphée aux enfers; Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos; Stravinsky: Le Rossignol;
• Seven recital discs covering Handel, Mozart, Strauss and a variety of French and Italian repertoire.

DVDs
• 12 complete operas, again ranging from the Baroque era to the 20th century, recorded at some of the world’s major opera houses and festivals:
Bellini: La sonnambula; Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande; Donizetti: La Fille du régiment; Handel: Giulio Cesare; Massenet: Manon; Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Orphée aux enfers; Strauss: Arabella; Ariadne auf Naxos; Stravinsky: Le Rossignol; Thomas: Hamlet; Verdi: La traviata
• ‘Greatest Moments on Stage’: a DVD of scenes, all featuring Dessay at her most virtuosic, recorded live at some of the world’s major opera houses and festivals, from works by Bernstein, Donizetti, Mozart, Offenbach, Ravel, Johann Strauss, Richard Strauss and Thomas. The video also includes commentary from Dessay herself.
• DVD BONUS: Lucia di Lammermoor’s Mad Scene filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in 2007

Among the other major singers appearing on NATALIE DESSAY: THE OPERA SINGER are:
Roberto Alagna, Cecilia Bartoli, Ian Bostridge, Charles Castronovo, Patrizia Ciofi, Stéphane Degout, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Véronique Gens, Susan Graham, Ben Heppner, Sumi Jo, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sophie Koch, Gregory Kunde, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Felicity Lott, Francesco Meli, Laurent Naouri (who is also Natalie Dessay’s husband), Anne Sofie von Otter, Patricia Petibon, Sandrine Piau, Samuel Ramey, Michael Spyres, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ludovic Tézier, Violeta Urmana, José van Dam, Rolando Villazón, Deborah Voigt

Among the conductors are:
William Christie, James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, Stéphane Denève, Christoph von Dohnányi, Emmanuelle Haïm, James Levine, Marc Minkowski, Kent Nagano, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, Christophe Rousset, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Christian Thielemann

Among the directors of the operas on DVD are:
Robert Carsen; Patrice Caurier & Moshe Leiser; Christian Chaudet; David McVicar; Elijah Moshinsky; Laurent Pelly; Andrei Serban; Otto Schenk; Jean-François Sivadier; Mary Zimmerman

Natalie Dessay: biography
Born in Lyon in 1965, Natalie Dessay grew up in Bordeaux. Her first ambitions were to become a dancer, but she went on to study acting and singing at the Bordeaux Conservatoire. She completed her studies in just one year, graduating with First Prize at the age of 20. In 1989, after a brief period in the chorus of the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, she won second prize in France’s first Concours des Voix Nouvelles. This led to further studies at the Paris Opéra and to her first major engagements as a soloist.

In 1992 she sang Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Paris’s Opéra Bastille in a staging by Roman Polanski. In 1993 she was Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Vienna State Opera and Olympia for the reopening of the Opéra de Lyon. By 2001 she had performed Olympia in eight different stagings of Hoffmann, including her debut at La Scala, Milan. The 1990s also brought: the Queen of the Night at Aix-en-Provence; Ophélie (Thomas: Hamlet) in Geneva (also at London’s Royal Opera House and at Barceona’s Liceo, filmed for DVD); Aminta (Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau) in Vienna; Fiakermilli (Strauss: Arabella) for her debut at the New York Metropolitan, which was soon followed by Olympia and Zerbinetta; Lakmé (Delibes) at Paris’ Opéra Comique (she also recorded the role with Michel Plasson); Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers in Lyon (also recorded) and, in Paris, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina (recorded for Erato) and the title role in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol (recorded for audio, used as a film soundtrack). Conductors over this period included Pierre Boulez, James Levine, James Conlon, William Christie and Marc Minkowski.
Her career entered a new phase in 2001 with Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, which she subsequently sang in 2004 in Chicago, in 2006 at the Bastille, Paris and for the opening of the New York Metropolitan’s 2007-8 season. She also recorded the French version of the opera. She triumphed in more Donizetti, La Fille du régiment, in 2007 in a witty staging by Laurent Pelly (one of Dessay’s favourite directors) in London, Vienna and New York. The British performances led to a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for Dessay, and to a DVD release which became an international bestseller.
In 2008, after revivals of Lucia and of La Fille du regiment at the Metropolitan, she starred as Massenet’s Manon (a role she first sang in Geneva in 2004) at Chicago Lyric Opera. This was in David McVicar’s production, also staged in Barcelona, where it was recorded for DVD with Rolando Villazón as Des Grieux.
January 2009 brought Natalie Dessay’s first assumption of Debussy’s Mélisande at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, again directed by Laurent Pelly (recorded for DVD). More firsts followed in 2009 with Violetta in Santa Fe and Musetta (Puccini: La bohème) at the Opéra de Paris. In 2010, Paris mounted a new production of La sonnambula for Dessay, an opera she had sung in 2004 in Santa Fe and which she recorded live at concert performances in Lyon in 2006. In 2009-10 Dessay again sang Amina, this time in new productions at the Metropolitan Opera, Paris and Vienna. 2011 brought her first Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, at the Opéra de Paris, staged by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, and a new production of La Traviata at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Dessay chose to give her final operatic performances in 2013, as Manon in Toulouse, but has continued to perform both classical and popular song. Notably, she collaborated with the late Michel Legrand in concerts and in a semi-staging of Les parapluies de Cherbourg in Paris in 2014 (recorded for DVD by Erato).
Natalie Dessay‘s relationship with Warner Classics dates back to 1994 and she has recorded the song and oratorio repertoire in addition to opera. Her CD/DVD compilations Le Miracle d’une voix, released in 2006, have proved an enormous success, selling over 250,000 copies.

Media comment on Natalie Dessay, on stage in some of her most celebrated roles – all represented in NATALIE DESSAY: THE OPERA SINGER

Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Olympia
“The news of the Metropolitan Opera … was the astonishing Olympia of Natalie Dessay in Les Contes d’Hoffmann ... In the last 50 years, and this is not said lightly, there is nobody to whom one could possibly compare Dessay as she sang on February 4 … not only the interpolated top notes … the precision of the coloratura and the richness of the melodic phrasing, but also … the hilarious, quasi-mechanical gestures of the doll that has, somewhat to her own surprise, achieved humanity.”
Opera magazine

Lakmé
“Lakme requires that exotic creature, a soprano able to scale the dizziest heights while having enough body to her tone to sound convincingly languid and Romantic … Natalie Dessay is such a phenomenon: she can trill, she can certainly hit those top note without a flinch or tremor, and she can colour her voice in a way that neither of her predecessors, Mado Robin and Mady Mesplé, was quite able to do.”
Opera magazine

Hamlet, Ophélie
“In her mad scene, Dessay's performance came thrillingly alive – acting with total abandon and singing with staggering technical control, she made eloquent use of the text and mined into a depth of emotion that turned it into so much more than a show-stopper. She's the thinking man's coloratura soprano …”
Daily Telegraph

Manon
“Natalie Dessay and Rolando Villazon bring typically generous commitment to their characters … Time and effort have rounded out [Dessay’s] middle register and added substance to her lower notes, and the French soprano is … making a brilliant success of her transition to the lyric soprano repertoire. Blessed with a physique that favours her credibility in the role of a young girl, she finds the range of nuance to express the excited feelings of [a character] who wants everything now and suffers the consequences …”
Forum Opéra

Lucia di Lammermoor
“ … She sounded glorious …. Her voice has an intriguing mix of qualities. She is essentially a light, lyric soprano with agile coloratura technique. Yet she supports her voice so solidly that her sound shimmers throughout the Met’s vast auditorium. There is that classic French, slightly cool color to her voice, though she brings her own kind of richness to the Italian repertory … Staging and singing worked in tandem arrestingly during Lucia’s Mad Scene … crazed Lucia … appears on the balcony. With her huge, vacant eyes … Ms. Dessay moved not with halting steps but in nervous spurts. When she recalled melodic phrases from the love duets, she sang in a voice by turns tremulous, pale, throbbing and unsettlingly brilliant.”
New York Times

“The tiny French soprano possesses spellbinding vocal allure, an intense onstage physicality, and the uncanny ability to connect the two. Every vocal roulade and gesture reflected the developing – and deteriorating – character of the unfortunate heroine. The ornaments of her Act I aria were the joyous laughter of a young girl in love for the first time; the wedding hallucination in the middle of her mad scene became a time-stopping moment of dreamy eroticism.”
Financial Times

“Fragile and febrile, nervous yet passionate, she resisted both melodrama and cliché. She inflected the text with subtle nuances, floated exquisite pianissimo phrases in moments of introspection and made the tiniest embellishment seem organic (ah, those trills!) … She broke hearts.”
Wall Street Journal

“The French coloratura … was in superb form … The voice acquires a distinctive shimmer above the staff, and it coursed through the elaborate filigree with precision and spontaneity, exhibiting liquid trills and a lovely diminuendo. Dramatically, the soprano created a tightly wound, febrile presence at her first entrance, a fragile slip of a girl overwhelmed by the dominating men around her. … The cadenza was quite heartrending … ‘Spargi d’amaro pianto’ was capped with a fully voiced, gleaming interpolation in alt, bringing a highly individual performance to a triumphant conclusion.”
Opera News

La Fille du regiment, Marie
“Laurent Pelly's production casts Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez as Marie and Tonio. Neither, one suspects, could ever be bettered. Dessay, in particular, gives the performance of a lifetime. A remarkable theatrical animal, she acts as well as she sings (…).”
The Guardian

“[Dessay and Flórez …] An operatic coupling made in heaven”
Financial Times






NATALIE DESSAY
The Opera Singer
Tracklist

- R E C I T A L S –


CD 1 65.45
Airs d’Opéras Français
French Opera Arias

Léo Delibes 1836-1891
Lakmé Edmond Gondinet & Philippe Gille
1 Air des clochettes : « Où va la jeune Hindoue » (Lakmé) 8.13

Emmanuel Chabrier 1841-1894
Le Roi malgré lui Émile de Najac & Paul Burani
2 Chanson tzigane : « Il est un vieux chant de Bohême » (Minka) 5.07

Maurice Ravel 1875-1937
L’Enfant et les sortilèges Colette
3 Air du Feu : « Arrière ! Je réchauffe les bons » (Le Feu) 2.46

Giacomo Meyerbeer 1791-1864
Le Pardon de Ploërmel Jules Barbier & Michel Carré
4 Récitatif & air : « Ombre légère » (Dinorah) 7.49

Emmanuel Bondeville 1898-1987
L’École des maris Jacques Laurent
5 Récitatif & air de la Ruse : « O ciel, pardonne encore... De tout temps la gent masculine » (Isabelle) 3.16

Ambroise Thomas 1811-1896
Hamlet Michel Carré & Jules Barbier
6 Scène de la folie : « À vos jeux mes amis » (Ophélie) 13.23

Darius Milhaud 1892-1974
Médée Madeleine Milhaud
7 Aria : « Chers Corinthiens » (Créuse) 4.56

Jacques Offenbach 1819-1880
Les Contes d’Hoffmann Jules Barbier
8 Chanson d’Olympia : « Les oiseaux dans la charmille » (Olympia) 5.21

Francis Poulenc 1899-1963
Les Mamelles de Tirésias Guillaume Apollinaire
9 « Non, Monsieur mon mari » (Thérèse) 5.05
with Charles Burles tenor

Charles Gounod 1818-1893
Mireille Michel Carré
10 Valse-ariette : « O, légère hirondelle » (Mireille) 3.05

Henri Sauguet 1901-1989
Les Caprices de Marianne Jean-Pierre Gredy
11 « O, amour, mystérieux amour » (Marianne) 5.46

Natalie Dessay soprano
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
Patrick Fournillier

Recorded: Monte-Carlo, Auditorium du Palais des Congrès, 9-13.VII.1996
Producer: Étienne Collard · Balance Engineer: Daniel Michel
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) 1996 Warner Music France


CD 2 66.32
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756-1791
Heroines
Opera Arias

Die Zauberflöte Emanuel Schikaneder
1 Aria: “Der Hölle Rache” (Königin der Nacht) 2.57
2 Aria: “Ach, ich fühl’s” (Pamina) 3.49

Lucio Silla Giovanni de Gamerra
3 Recitative: “Vanne, t’affreta... ” (Giunia) 1.06
4 Aria: “Ah se il crudel periglio” (Giunia) 7.40

Zaide (Das Serail) Johann Andreas Schachtner
5 Aria: “Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” (Zaide) 6.18
6 Aria: “Tiger! Wetze nur die Klauen” (Zaide) 4.42

Ascanio in Alba Giuseppe Parini
7 Aria: “Dal tuo gentil sembiante” (Fauno) 10.35

Die Entführung aus dem Serail Gottlieb Stephanie
8 Recitative: “Welcher Wechsel... ” (Konstanze) 1.51
9 Aria: “Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose” (Konstanze) 6.34
10 Aria: “Martern aller Arten” (Konstanze) 9.00

Idomeneo, rè di Creta Giambattista Varesco
11 Recitative: “Solitudini amiche...” (Ilia) 1.08
12 Aria: “Zeffiretti lunsinghieri” (Ilia) 5.11

Die Zauberflöte
13 Aria: “O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn!” (Königin der Nacht) 4.37

Natalie Dessay soprano
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Louis Langrée

Recorded: London, Air Studios, 26.VIII-1.IX.2000
Producer: Étienne Collard · Balance engineer: Arne Akselberg
Cover photo: Simon Fowler · Publisher: Bärenreiter (except 8-12)
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) 2000 Parlophone Records Ltd


CD 3 67.11
Airs d’opéras français
French Opera Arias

Jules Massenet 1842-1912
Manon Meilhac & Gille
1 Air du Cours la Reine : « Suis-je gentille ainsi ? » (Manon) 2.52
2 Gavotte : « Obéissons quand leur voix appelle » (Manon) 2.59
3 Fabliau : « Rire toujours ? Vous vous trompez… » (Manon) 3.55

Ambroise Thomas 1811-1896
Mignon Barbier & Carré
4 Polonaise : « Oui, pour ce soir… Je suis Titania la blonde » (Philine) 5.59

Jules Massenet 1842-1912
Chérubin Croisset & Cain
5 Aubade : « Vive amour qui rêve » (L’Ensoleillad) 4.12

François Adrien Boieldieu 1775-1834
La Fête du village voisin Charles Augustin de Bassompierre, dit Sewrin
6 Boléro : « Profitez de la vie » (Mme de Ligneul) 2.30

Jacques Offenbach 1819-1880
Robinson Crusoë Cormon & Crémieux
7 Grande valse : « Conduisez-moi vers celui que j’adore » (Edwige) 3.58

Gioacchino Rossini 1792-1868
Le Comte Ory Scribe & Delaistre-Poirson
8 « En proie à la tristesse » (La Comtesse) 9.59
with Anne Gotkovsky mezzo-soprano · Maciej Kotlarski tenor

Gaetano Donizetti 1797-1848
La Fille du régiment Saint-Georges & Bayard
9 « C’en est donc fait… Salut à la France !” (Marie) 8.33

Charles Gounod 1818-1893
Roméo et Juliette Barbier & Carré
10 Valse de Juliette : « Ah ! Je veux vivre » (Juliette) 3.35

Ambroise Thomas 1811-1896
Hamlet Barbier & Carré
11 Air de la folie : « À vos jeux mes amis » (Ophélie) 13.34
12 Mort d’Ophélie : « Le voilà, je crois l’entendre » (Ophélie) 4.56

Natalie Dessay soprano
Chœur Les Éléments · Joël Suhubiette
Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse
Michel Plasson

Recorded: Toulouse, Halle-aux-Grains, 9-13.VII & 29-31.VIII.2003
Producer: Étienne Collard · Balance engineer: Jean Chatauret
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd


CD 4 65.35
RICHARD STRAUSS 1864-1949
Amor

Ariadne auf Naxos
1 „Großmächtige Prinzessin… Noch glaub’ ich dem einem ganz mich gehörend“ (Zerbinetta) 11.15
2 „Kindskopf! Merkt auf, wir spielen mit in dem Stück“ (Zerbinetta, Komponist) 7.07
3 „An Ihre Plätze… Seien wir wieder gut“ (Musiklehrer, Primadonna, Komponist) 4.14

Brentano Lieder Op. 68
4 No. 2 Ich wollt’ ein Sträußlein binden 2.55
5 No. 3 Säusle, liebe Myrte 4.12
6 No. 4 Als mir dein Lied erklang 3.32
7 No. 5 Amor 3.08

Arabella
8 „Ich danke, Fräulein… Aber der Richtige, wenn’s einen gibt“ (Arabella, Zdenka) 8.56

Der Rosenkavalier
9 „Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren“ (Octavian, Sophie) 7.04
10 „Marie Theres’, wie gut Sie ist“ (Octavian, Marschallin, Sophie) 5.25
11 „Ist ein Traum… Spür’ nur dich“ (Sophie, Octavian, Marschallin, Faninal) 7.40

Natalie Dessay soprano
Zerbinetta, Zdenka, Sophie – Lieder

Felicity Lott soprano
Primadonna, Arabella, Marschallin

Angelika Kirchschlager mezzo-soprano
Octavian

Sophie Koch mezzo-soprano
Komponist

Thomas Allen baritone
Musiklehrer, Faninal

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Antonio Pappano

Recorded: Studio No.1, Abbey Road Studios, London & Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, 4, 7, 15, 18, 29.IV, 2.V.2004
Producer: David Groves · Balance Engineer: John Dunkerley
Angelika Kirchschlager appears courtesy of Sony Classical
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd


CD 5 73.25
Italian Opera Arias

Giuseppe Verdi 1813-1901
La Traviata
1 “E strano!… Ah, fors’è lui...” (Violetta) 6.05
2 “Follie! Follie… Sempre libera” (Violetta, Alfredo) 4.45

Vincenzo Bellini 1 801-1835
I puritani
3 “O rendetemi la speme” (Elvira, Giorgio, Riccardo) 2.08
4 “Qui la voce sua soave” (Elvira, Giorgio, Riccardo) 9.03
5 “Vien diletto” (Elvira, Giorgio, Riccardo) 5.26

Gaetano Donizetti 1797-1848
Maria Stuarda*
6 “Allenta il piè, Regina” (Anna, Maria Stuarda) 3.51
7 “Oh nube che lieve” (Maria Stuarda, Chorus, Anna) 3.35
8 “Nella pace del mesto riposo” (Maria Stuarda, Anna) 3.02

Giuseppe Verdi
Rigoletto*
9 “Gualtier Maldé… Caro nome” (Gilda, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano) 6.44

Vincenzo Bellini
I Capuleti e i Montecchi Giulietta
10 “Eccomi in lieta vesta” (Giulietta) 5.48
11 “Oh! quante volte” (Giulietta) 4.01

Gaetano Donizetti
Lucia di Lammermoor*† Lucia
12 “Eccola… Il dolce suono” (Lucia) 6.41
13 “Ardon gli incensi” (Lucia, Normanno, Raimondo, Chorus) 4.52
14 “S’avanza Enrico” (Raimondo, Enrico, Chorus, Lucia) 2.57
15 “Spargi d’amaro pianto” (Lucia, Enrico, Raimondo, Chorus) 4.17

Natalie Dessay soprano
Violetta, Elvira, Maria Stuarda, Gilda, Giulietta, Lucia

Roberto Alagna tenor
Alfredo, Borsa

Karine Deshayes mezzo-soprano
Anna

Franck Ferrari baritone
Riccardo, Marullo, Enrico

Matthew Rose bass
Giorgio, Ceprano, Raimondo

Wolfgang Klose tenor
Normanno

*Europäischer Kammerchor (chorus master Michael Reif)
Concerto Köln
Evelino Pidò
†Sascha Reckert glass harmonica

Recorded: StollbergerStrasse, Köln, 28.VII-5.VIII.2007
Producer: Étienne Collard · Balance Engineer: Michel Pierre
Concerto Köln & Roberto Alagna appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) 2007 Parlophone Records Ltd


CD 6 65.32
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL 1685-1759
Arias for Cleopatra
from Giulio Cesare in Egitto HWV 17
Libretto by Nicola Haym, after Giacomo Francesco Bussani

1 Ouverture 2.42
ACT I
2 “Tutto può donna vezzosa” (Cleopatra) 4.57
ACT II
3 “Taci! Che fia?” (Giulio Cesare, Nireno) 1.47
4 “V’adoro, pupille” (Cleopatra, Giulio Cesare) 5.06
5 “Esser qui deve in breve” (Cleopatra) 0.34
6 “Venere bella” (Cleopatra) 5.03
7 “Che sento? Oh dio!” (Cleopatra) 0.49
8 “Se pietà di me non senti” (Cleopatra) 9.08
9 “Per dar vita all’idol mio” (Cleopatra) 3.58
10 Sinfonia bellica 1.11
ACT III
11 “E pur così in un giorno” (Cleopatra) 0.37
12 “Piangerò la sorte mia” (Cleopatra) 6.29
13 “Troppo crudeli siete” (Cleopatra) 6.21
14 “Voi che mie fide ancelle” (Cleopatra) 1.42
15 “Forzai l’ingresso a tua salvezza, o cara!” (Giulio Cesare, Cleopatra) 0.45
16 “Da tempeste il legno infranto” (Cleopatra) 5.54
17 Sinfonia 2.45
18 “Bellissima Cleopatra” (Giulio Cesare, Cleopatra) 0.43
19 “Caro! Bella!” (Cleopatra, Giulio Cesare) 4.57

Natalie Dessay soprano
Cleopatra

Sonia Prina contralto
Giulio Cesare

Stephen Wallace countertenor
Nireno

Le Concert d’Astrée
Emmanuelle Haïm

Recorded: Église Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, 6, 8, 10-13.XI.2010
Producer: Daniel Zalay · Balance Engineer: Michel Pierre
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) 2011 Parlophone Records Ltd


CD 7 33.35
6 Opera Arias

Leonard Bernstein 1918-1990
1 Candide, Act 1 Scene 3: “Glitter and be Gay” (Cunegonde) 5.44
London Philharmonic Orchestra · Sir Andrew Davis

Richard Wagner 1813-1883
2 Siegfried, Act 2 Scene 3: “Nun sing! Ich lausche dem Gesang … O holder Sang!“ (Siegfried, Waldvogel) 4.18
Plácido Domingo tenor
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden · Antonio Pappano

Jules Massenet 1842-1912
3 Manon, Act 2: “Enfin Manon nous voilà seuls ensemble ... En fermant les yeux” (Le chevalier des Grieux, Manon) 4.53
Rolando Villazón tenor
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France · Evelino Pidò

Giuseppe Verdi 1813-1901
4 I vespri siciliani, Act 5 Scene 2: “Mercé, dilette amiche” (Elena) 3.46
Concerto Köln · Evelino Pidò

Jean-Philippe Rameau 1683-1764
5 Les Indes galantes: Les Sauvages. Danse du Calumet de la Paix – “Forêts paisibles” (Zima, Adario) 5.00
George Frideric Handel 1685-1759
6 Giulio Cesare, Act II: “Che sento... Se pietà” (Cleopatra) 9.51
Stéphane Degout baritone (5)
Le Concert d’Astrée · Emmanuelle Haïm


Natalie Dessay soprano


Concerto Köln appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH (4)
Recorded: 8-15.III.2004, Studio 103, Maison de Radio France, Paris (3); StollbergerStrasse, Köln, 28.VII-5.VIII.2007 (4); 19.XII.2011, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris (Live, 5-6)
Producer: Daniel Zalay (3, 5-6), Étienne Collard (4) · Balance Engineer: Gilles Pezerat (3), Michel Pierre (4), Joël Soupiron & Djaisan Taouss (5-6)
(p) 1997 (1), 2001 (2), 2005 (3), 2007 (4), 2012 (5-6) Parlophone Records Ltd



- COMPLETE OPERA RECORDINGS –

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–1791
Die Zauberflöte
Opera in two acts, K 620 · Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder

Sarastro Reinhard Hagen
Königin der Nacht Natalie Dessay
Pamina, ihre Tochter Rosa Mannion
Tamino Hans Peter Blochwitz
Papageno Anton Scharinger
Papagena Linda Kitchen
Sprecher Willard White
Monostatos, ein Mohr Steven Cole
Erste Dame Anna Maria Panzarella
Zweite Dame Doris Lamprecht
Dritte Dame Delphine Haidan
Drei Knaben Damien Colin · Patrick Olivier Croset · Stéphane Dutournier
(Maîtrise de l’Opéra de Lyon chorus master Hans de Gilde)
Erster Priester / Erster geharnischter Mann Christopher Josey
Zweiter Priester / Zweiter geharnischter Mann Laurent Naouri

Spoken dialogue directed by Robert Carsen. The following actors took part in recording the spoken dialogue:
Erste Dame Sabine Schlichting
Dritte Dame Andrea Schieffer
Sprecher Joachim Seitz
Erster Priester / Erster geharnischter Mann Richard Sammel
Zweiter Priester / Zweiter geharnischter Mann Martin Ploderer

Les Arts Florissants
William Christie

Recorded: 2-9.VIII.1995, Studio Olivier Messiaen, Radio France, Paris · A Radio France Recording
Producer: Martin Sauer · Balance Engineer: Michel Lepage
Edition: Neue Mozart-Ausgabe, Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kassel · Cover photo: Bernand
A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, (p) 1996 Warner Music UK Limited


CD 8 76.08
1 Overture 5.57
ACT ONE
2 „Zu Hilfe! Zu Hilfe! Sonst bin ich verloren“ (Tamino, die drei Damen) 6.41
„Wo bin ich?“ (Tamino)
3 „Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja“ (Papageno) 3.03
4 „He da! – Was da?“ (Tamino, Papageno, die drei Damen) 4.25
5 „Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön“ (Tamino) 4.41
„Rüste dich mit Mut und Standhaftigkeit“ (die drei Damen, Tamino)
6 „O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn! …“ 4.45
„Zum Leiden bin ich auserkoren“ (Königin der Nacht)
„Ist’s denn auch Wirklichkeit, was ich sah?“ (Tamino)
7 „Hm! hm! hm!“ (Papageno, Tamino, die drei Damen) 5.51
„He, Sklaven! Schafft Fesseln herbei!“ (Monostatos)
8 „Du feines Täubchen, nur herein!“ (Monostatos, Pamina, Papageno) 1.54
9 „Mutter! Mutter! Wie? Noch schlägt dieses Herz?“ (Pamina, Papageno) 3.09
10 “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen“ (Pamina, Papageno) 2.55
11 Finale: „Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn“ (die drei Knaben, Tamino) 1.32
12 „Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben sei ewig mir ins Herz gegraben“ (Tamino, Sprecher, Chorus) 8.43
13 „Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton“ (Tamino) 2.55
14 „Schnelle Füße, rascher Mut“ (Pamina, Papageno, Monostatos, Chorus) 3.05
15 „Es lebe Sarastro! Sarastro lebe!“ (Chorus, Papageno, Pamina) 1.48
16 „Herr, ich bin zwar Verbrecherin!“ (Pamina, Sarastro) 2.48
17 „Na, stolzer Jüngling, nur hierher!“ (Monostatos, Pamina, Tamino, Sarastro, Chorus) 3.12

ACT TWO
18 Marcia. March of the Priests 3.03
19 „Eingeweihte Diener der großen Götter Osiris und Isis!“ (Sarastro, 1. & 2. Priester, Sprecher) 2.58
20 „O Isis und Osiris“ (Sarastro, Chorus) 2.46

CD 9 74.19
1 „Eine schreckliche Nacht!“ (Tamino, Papageno, Sprecher, 2. Priester) 3.17
2 „Bewahret euch vor Weibertücken“ (Sprecher, 2. Priester) 1.10
„He, Lichter her!” (Papageno, Tamino)
3 „Wie? Wie? Wie? Ihr an diesem Schreckensort?“ (die drei Damen, Papageno, Tamino, Chorus) 3.47
„Ha! Da find’ ich ja die spröde Schöne!“ (Monostatos)
4 „Alles fühlt der Liebe Freuden“ (Monostatos) 1.17
5 „Zurück! – Götter!“ (Königin der Nacht, Pamina, Monostatos) 1.34
6 „Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen“ (Königin der Nacht) 3.12
7 „Morden soll ich?“ (Pamina, Monostatos, Sarastro) 1.29
8 „In diesen heil’gen Hallen kennt man die Rache nicht!“ (Sarastro) 3.30
9 „Hier seid ihr beide euch allein überlassen“ (Sprecher, 2. Priester, Papageno, Tamino, Papagena) 2.38
10 „Seid uns zum zweiten Mal willkommen“ (die drei Knaben) 1.25
11 „Tamino, wollen wir nicht speisen?“ (Papageno, Pamina) 1.42
12 „Ach, ich fühl’s, es ist verschwunden“ (Pamina) 5.19
„Nicht wahr, Tamino, ich kann auch schweigen“ (Papageno)
13 Chor der Priester: „O Isis und Osiris, welche Wonne!“ (Chorus) 3.18
Dialog: „Prinz, dein Betragen war bis hierher männlich“ (Sarastro, Pamina, Tamino)
14 „Soll ich dich, Teurer, nicht mehr sehn?“ (Pamina, Sarastro, Tamino) 4.42
„Tamino! Tamino!“ (Papageno, Stimmen, Sprecher)
15 „Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen wünscht Papageno sich!“ (Papageno) 4.14
16 „Da bin ich schon, mein Engel!“ (Papagena, Papageno, Sprecher) 1.44
17 Finale: „Bald prangt, den Morgen zu verkünden“ (die drei Knaben, Pamina) 5.50
18 „Der, welcher wandert diese Straße“ (1. & 2. Geharnischter, Tamino) 3.16
19 „Tamino, halt! Ich muss dich sehn!“ (Pamina, Tamino, 1. & 2. Geharnischter) 5.26
20 „Wir wandelten durch Feuersgluten“ (Pamina, Tamino, Chorus) 3.05
21 „Papagena! Papagena! Papagena!“ (Papageno, die drei Knaben) 5.12
22 „Pa-Pa-Pa“ (Papageno, Papagena) 2.34
23 „Nur stille! stille! stille!“ (Monostatos, Königin der Nacht, die drei Damen) 1.53
24 „Die Strahlen der Sonne vertreiben die Nacht“ (Sarastro, Chorus) 2.46


JACQUES OFFENBACH 1819–1880
Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Opéra fantastique in five acts · Libretto: Jules Barbier after the play of the same name by Barbier & Michel Carré based on tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann · Performing edition: Michael Kaye

Hoffmann Roberto Alagna
Le Conseiller Lindorf / Coppélius / Le Capitaine Dapertutto / Le Docteur Miracle José van Dam
Olympia Natalie Dessay
Giulietta Sumi Jo
Antonia Leontina Vaduva
Stella Juanita Lascarro
Nicklausse / La Muse Catherine Dubosc
Spalanzani Michel Sénéchal
Crespel Gabriel Bacquier
Schlemil Ludovic Tézier
Andrès / Cochenille / Pitichinaccio / Frantz Gilles Ragon
Maître Luther Jean-Marie Frémeau
Nathanaël Benoît Boutet
Wolfram Jean Delescluse
Hermann Gérard Théruel
Wilhelm Christophe Lacassagne
Une Voix de la tombe (La Mère) Doris Lamprecht
Le Capitaine des Sbires Marc Fournier
Étudiants, garçons de taverne, laquais, invités de Spalanzani, invités de Giulietta, les esprits de la bière et du vin, sbires, gondoliers
Chœur de l’Opéra national de Lyon (chorus masters Richard Cooke, Alan Woodbridge)
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Lyon
Kent Nagano

Recorded: IX-X.1994, VIII-IX.1995 & II.1996, Opéra de Lyon
Producer: Martin Sauer · Balance Engineer: Michel Lepage · Assistant Engineer: Patrick Henry
Casting: Jean-Pierre Brossmann · A co-production with the Opéra de Lyon · Avec le soutien de l’Union pour la Valorisation du Patrimoine & Lyonnaise de Banque
Publisher: Schott Musik International (Mainz)
A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, (p) 1996 Warner Music UK Limited

CD 10 72.47
1 Prélude 0.30
ACT I
2 “Glou ! glou ! glou !” (Les Esprits de la Bière et du Vin) 2.14
3 “La vérité, dit-on, sortait d’un puits … Quelle Muse, une folle qui déserte les cieux” (La Muse, les Esprits de la Bière et du Vin) 2.09
4 “Elle est sur la scène, un peuple l’acclame” (La Muse, les Esprits de la Bière et du Vin) 1.36
5 “Le conseiller Lindorf, morbleu !” (Lindorf, Andrès) 2.19
6 “Voyons ? Pour Hoffmann !” (Lindorf) 1.43
7 “Dans les rôles d’amoureux langoureux” (Lindorf) 2.18
8 “Deux heures devant moi” (Lindorf)
“Vite, vite qu’on se remue !” (Luther) 0.51
9 Chœur des Étudiants: “Drig ! drig ! drig !” (Étudiants, Hermann, Luther, Wilhelm, Wolfram, Nathanaël) 3.00
10 “Vrai Dieu ! Mes amis, la belle créature !” (Nathanaël, Hermann, étudiants) 0.45
11 “Eh ! Luther ! ma grosse tonne !” (Nathanaël, Wilhelm, Hermann, Lindorf, Luther, étudiants) 0.47
12 “Bonjour, amis !” (Hoffmann, Nicklausse, Nathanaël, Wilhelm, Wolfram, Hermann, étudiants) 2.16
13 “Va pour Kleinzack ! … Il était une fois à la cour d’Eisenach” (Légende de Kleinzack) (Hoffmann, Nathanaël, étudiants) 4.59
14 Finale: “Peuh ! cette bière est détestable !” (Hoffmann, Nicklausse, Nathanaël, Lindorf, étudiants) 2.05
15 “Et par où votre Diablerie est-elle entrée ici” (Hoffmann, Lindorf) 2.11
16 “Simple échange de politesses !” (Nicklausse, étudiants) 0.37
17 “Je vous dis, moi, qu’un malheur me menace !” (Hoffmann, Lindorf, Nathanaël) 1.29
18 “Ma maîtresse ? » (Hoffmann, Nicklausse, étudiants) 1.31
19 “Messieurs, on va lever le rideau !” (Luther, Nathanaël, Lindorf, Nicklausse, étudiants) 1.44
20 Entracte (Menuet) 1.15

ACT II: OLYMPIA
21 “Là ! dors en paix” (Spalanzani)
“Ah ! Bonjour ! Enchanté !” (Spalanzani, Hoffmann)
“Fais allumer partout !” (Spalanzani, Cochenille) 1.56
22 “Allons ! courage et confiance !” (Hoffmann) 0.57
23 “Pardieu ! j’étais bien sûr de te trouver ici !” (Nicklausse, Hoffmann) 1.18
24 “Une poupée aux yeux d’émail” (Nicklausse, Hoffmann) 1.12
25 “C’est moi, Coppélius” (Coppélius, Nicklausse, Hoffmann) 0.56
26 “Je me nomme Coppélius” (Coppélius, Hoffmann, Nicklausse) 1.02
27 “J’ai des yeux, de vrais yeux” (Coppélius, Nicklausse, Hoffmann) 1.11
28 “Serviteur !” (Hoffmann, Coppélius, Nicklausse) 0.59
29 “Ah ! Ange du ciel ! Est-ce bien toi ?” (Hoffmann, Coppélius, Nicklausse) 1.45
30 “Hein ! vous !” (Spalanzani, Coppélius, Hoffmann, Cochenille) 1.59
31 “Non, aucun hôte vraiment ne reçoit plus richement !” (Les invités de Spalanzani) 1.46
32 “Vous serez satisfaits, messieurs, dans un moment” (Spalanzani, Nicklausse, Hoffmann) 0.46
33 “Mesdames et messieurs, je vous présente ma fille Olympia” (Spalanzani, Hoffmann, Nicklausse, les invités) 0.51
34 “Mesdames et messieurs, fière de vos bravos” (Spalanzani, Nicklausse, Hoffmann, Olympia, Cochenille, les invités) 1.38
35 Chanson de la poupée: “Les oiseaux dans la charmille” (Olympia, les invités) 5.30
36 “Ah ! mon ami ! quel accent !” (Hoffmann, Nicklausse, Spalanzani, Olympia, Cochenille, les invités) 2.07
37 “Ils se sont éloignés ! Enfin !” (Hoffmann, Olympia) 1.18
38 “Ah ! vivre deux ! n’avoir qu’une même espérance !” (Hoffmann) 1.53
39 “Tu me fuis ? qu’ai-je fait ?” (Hoffmann)
“Eh morbleu ! modère ton zèle ! … Malheureux fous, suivez la belle” (Nicklausse, Hoffmann) 2.33
40 “Voleur ! Brigand ! Quelle déroute !” (Coppélius) 0.49
41 Finale: “En place, les danseurs !” (Spalanzani, Cochenille, Hoffmann, Olympia, Nicklausse, les invités) 1.22
42 “Voilà ! Assez, assez ma fille !” (Spalanzani, Olympia, Cochenille, Nicklausse, les invités) 1.27
43 “Ah ! Quoi ? L’homme aux lunettes, là !” (Cochenille, Spalanzani, Hoffmann, Coppélius, Nicklausse, les invités) 1.20

CD 11 48.40
1 Entracte 0.50
ACT III: ANTONIA
2 “Elle a fui, la tourterelle !” (Antonia) 3.37
3 “Malheureuse enfant !” (Crespel, Antonia)
“Désespoir ! Tout à l’heure, encore, je voyais ces taches de feu » (Crespel)
“Frantz, n’ouvre à personne !” (Crespel, Frantz)
“Eh bien ! Quoi ! Toujours en colère » (Frantz) 2.45
4 “Jour et nuit, je me mets en quatre » (Frantz) 3.06
5 “Frantz !… c’est ici !“ (Hoffmann, Frantz) 0.41
6 “Enfin je vais savoir pourquoi, sans me rien dire, on s’éloigne » (Hoffmann, Nicklausse) 0.59
7 “Vois sous l’archet frémissant » (Nicklausse) 2.49
8 “C’est une chanson d’amour » (Hoffmann, Antonia, Nicklausse) 0.32
9 “Ah ! je le savais bien que tu m’aimais encore !” (Antonia, Hoffmann) 1.47
10 “Ah ! j’ai le bonheur dans l’âme !” (Hoffmann, Antonia) 1.28
11 “Pourtant, ô ma fiancée, te dirais-je une pensée qui me trouble » (Hoffmann, Antonia) 0.56
12 “Viens-là comme autrefois … C’est une chanson d’amour qui s’envole » (Antonia, Hoffmann) 3.21
13 “Qu’as-tu donc ? » (Hoffmann, Antonia)
“Rien ! J’ai cru qu’Hoffmann était ici !” (Crespel, Hoffmann, Frantz, Miracle)
“Eh bien ! me voilà !” (Miracle, Crespel) 2.14
14 “Pour conjurer le danger » (Miracle, Hoffmann, Crespel) 2.23
15 “Allons, parle et sois bref !” (Crespel, Miracle, Hoffmann, Antonia) 2.14
16 “J’ai là certains flacons » (Miracle, Crespel, Hoffmann) 3.20
17 “Ne plus chanter !” (Hoffmann, Antonia)
“De mon père aisément il s’est fait le complice !” (Antonia) 3.04
18 “Tu ne chanteras plus ?” (Miracle) 2.39
19 “Ah ! quelle est cette voix qui me trouble l’esprit ?” (Antonia, Miracle) 2.11
20 “Ta mère ? Oses-tu l’invoquer ? … Chère enfant que j’appelle comme autrefois” (Miracle, une Voix de la Tombe, Antonia) 2.24
21 “Non ! assez ! je succombe ! … Oui, son âme m’appelle” (Antonia, Miracle, la Voix de la Tombe) 0.59
22 “Je cède au transport qui m’enivre !” (Antonia, la Voix de la Tombe, Miracle) 1.35
23 Finale: “Mon enfant ! ma fille !” (Crespel, Antonia, Hoffmann, Nicklausse, Miracle) 2.49

CD 12 50.46
1 Entracte 3.22
ACT IV: GIULIETTA
TABLEAU I
2 “Messieurs, silence ! … Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour” (Barcarolle) (Hoffmann, Nicklausse, Giulietta, les invités) 2.45
3 Récit et Chant bachique: “Et moi, ce n’est pas là, pardieu ! ce qui m’enchante !” (Hoffmann) 0.23
4 “Amis, l’amour tendre et rêveur, erreur !” (Hoffmann, les invités) 2.26
5 “Je vois qu’on est en fête !” (Schlemil, Giulietta, Pitichinaccio, Hoffmann, les invités)
“Au premier rêve je t’enlève” (Nicklausse, Hoffmann)
“Allez ! pour te livrer combat les yeux de Giulietta sont une arme certaine” (Dapertutto) 2.05
6 “Tourne, tourne, miroir où se prend l’alouette !” (Dapertutto) 1.21
7 “Cher ange ! — Qu’attendez-vous de votre servante ?” (Dapertutto, Giulietta) 1.24
8 “Vivat ! J’ai tout gagné ! Sa ruine est certaine !” (Schlemil, Giulietta, Dapertutto) 1.14
9 “Giulietta, palsambleu ! Sinon plus de fête !” (Les invités, Hoffmann, Schlemil, Dapertutto, Pitichinaccio, Giulietta) 1.06
10 “Vous ne jouez pas ?” … Air de Giulietta: “L’amour lui dit : ‘la belle !…’” (Schlemil, Giulietta, Pitichinaccio, Hoffmann) 2.24
11 “Que dit-elle ? Pourquoi ces regards enflammés ?” (Hoffmann, Schlemil, Pitichinaccio, Nicklausse, Dapertutto, Giulietta) 0.38
12 “Giulietta, je vous jure !” (Hoffmann, Giulietta) 1.03
13 “Oui, fût-ce au prix de ma vie !” (Hoffmann, Giulietta) 0.39
14 “Hélas ! Je vais encore la suivre” (Hoffmann, Dapertutto, Giulietta, Nicklausse, Schlemil, Pitichinaccio, les invités) 1.56
15 “Morbleu ! — Nous gagnons !” (Schlemil, Dapertutto, Pitichinaccio) 0.25
16 “Il a ma clé, c’est à toi de la prendre … Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour” (Giulietta, gondoliers)
“Zéphirs embrasés” (Gondoliers, Nicklausse, Hoffmann, Schlemil, Dapertutto) 2.08
TABLEAU III
17 “Ton ami dit vrai !” (Giulietta, Hoffmann) 1.04
18 “Ô Dieu, de quelle ivresse embrases-tu mon âme ?” (Hoffmann) 1.44
19 “Jusque-là, cependant, affermis mon courage” (Giulietta, Hoffmann) 1.04
20 “Si ta présence m’est ravie” (Giulietta, Hoffmann) 1.58
21 “Ah ! tu m’as défiée, orgueilleux !” (Giulietta, Dapertutto, Pitichinaccio, Hoffmann) 0.48
22 Finale: “Alerte, Hoffmann ! on a trouvé Schlemil !” (Nicklausse, Hoffmann, Dapertutto, Pitichinaccio, Giulietta, les invités) 1.01
23 “Voyez ! Il n’a plus le moindre reflet !” (Dapertutto, Hoffmann, les invités) 0.38
24 “Je n’aime pas qu’on me défie !” (Giulietta, Hoffmann, Nicklausse, le Capitaine des Sbires, les invités) 0.46
25 “Ainsi, tu mentais, misérable femme !” (Hoffmann, Dapertutto, Nicklausse, Giulietta, les invités) 1.56
26 Entracte 1.22

ACTE V: STELLA
27 “Folie ! Oublie tes douleurs !” (Les étudiants) 1.38
28 “Voilà quelle fut l’histoire de mes amours” (Hoffmann, Luther, Lindorf, Nathanaël, Nicklausse, les étudiants) 1.48
29 Chœur des Esprits et des Étudiants : “Glou, glou, glou, glou” 1.16
(Les Esprits de la Bière et du Vin, les étudiants, Hoffmann)
30 “Stella ! Stella !” (Les étudiants, Andrès, Hoffmann) 1.14
31 “Pour le cœur de Phryné” (Hoffmann, les étudiants) 0.41
32 Dénouement : “Holà ! Quelqu’un de fort pour emporter Hoffmann !” (Nicklausse, Hoffmann, Luther, Lindorf, Nathanaël, Hermann, Wolfram, Wilhelm, Stella, Andrès, les étudiants) 1.42
33 Finale : “Ingrat ! Et moi ?” (La Muse, Stella, Hoffmann, Lindorf, les étudiants) 2.43
34 “Adieu ! je t’abandonne à ces amours nouvelles” (Stella, la Muse, Hoffmann, Lindorf, les étudiants) 2.08



LEO DELIBES 1836-1891
Lakmé
Opera in 3 acts · Libretto: Edmond Gondinet & Philippe Gille. Publisher: Heugel/Leduc.

Lakmé Natalie Dessay
Gerald Gregory Kunde
Nilakantha José van Dam
Mallika Delphine Haidan
Frederic Franck Leguérinel
Ellen Patricia Petibon
Rose Xenia Konsek
Mistress Bentson Bernadette Antoine
Hadji Charles Burles
Un Domben Alain Chilemme
Un Marchand chinois Jean-Pierre Lautre
Un Kouravar Yves Boudier

Chœur & Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse
Michel Plasson
(chorus master: Pierre Iodice)

Recorded live: 24.VI.-2.VII.1997, Halle-aux-Grains, Toulouse
Producer: Étienne Collard · Balance engineer: Daniel Michel · Assistant: Claude Wagner
Music coach: Janine Reiss · Assistant: Bob Gonella
Cover photo: Photo 2A Associés/Warner Classics
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) 1998 Warner Music France

CD 13 74.59
1 Prélude 3.35
ACT I
2 “A l’heure accoutumée” (Chorus, Nilakantha) 3.16
3 Prière: “Blanche Dourga” (Lakmé, Chorus, Nilakantha) 4.14
4 “Lakmé, c’est toi qui nous protèges !” (Nilakantha, Lakmé, Hadji, Mallika) 3.14
5 “Viens, Mallika” (Lakmé, Mallika) 5.54
6 “Miss Rose, Miss Ellen” (Mistress Bentson, Ellen, Rose, Gerald, Frederic) 2.31
7 “Quand une femme est si jolie” (Ellen, Frederic, Gerald, Rose, Mistress Bentson) 5.17
8 “Nous commettons un sacrilège” (Frederic, Gerald, Mistress Bentson, Rose, Ellen) 1.16
9 “Prendre le dessin d’un bijou” (Gerald) 5.48
10 “Non ! Je ne veux pas toucher” (Gerald, Lakmé, Mallika) 3.07
11 “Les fleurs me paraissent plus belles” (Lakmé) 3.58
12 “Ah ! Mallika ! Mallika !” (Lakmé, Mallika, Hadji) 0.42
13 “D’où viens-tu ? Que veux-tu ?” (Lakmé, Gerald) 7.52
14 “Viens ! là ! là !” (Hadji, Nilakantha, Lakmé, Chorus) 1.10
15 Entr’acte 1.19

ACT II
16 Scène du marché: “Allons, avant que midi sonne” (Chorus, Mistress Bentson, Frederic, Rose) 4.45
17 “Enfin ! Nous aurons du silence !” (Mistress Bentson, Frederic, Rose) 1.01
Airs de danse
18 Introduction 0.26
19 Terâna 1.39
20 Rektah 0.56
21 Persian 2.01
22 “Ah ! Ah ! Par nos yeux charmés” (Chorus) 1.09
23 Sortie 0.43
24 “Voyez donc ce vieillard” (Rose, Frederic, Mistress Bentson) 4.03
25 “Ah ! Ce vieillard encor !” (Rose, Nilakantha, Lakmé) 4.36

CD 14 68.56
1 “Ah ! c’est de ta douleur” (Lakmé, Nilakantha) 1.27
2 Scène & légende de la fille du Paria (Air des clochettes): “Ah !… Par les dieux inspirés… Où va la jeune indoue” (Lakmé, Nilakantha, Chorus) 8.31
3 “La rage me dévore” (Nilakantha, Lakmé, Chorus, Frederic) 3.20
4 “Au milieu des chants d’allégresse” (Nilakantha, Lakmé, Chorus) 2.21
5 “Le maître ne pense qu’à sa vengeance” (Hadji) 2.05
6 “Lakmé ! Lakmé ! C’est toi !” (Lakmé, Gerald) 8.25
7 Finale: “O Dourga, toi qui renais” (Chorus, Ellen, Rose, Mistress Bentson, Frederic, Gerald) 8.16
8 Entr’acte 3.43

ACT III
9 Berceuse: “Sous le ciel tout étoilé” (Lakmé) 3.22
10 “Quel vague souvenir alourdit ma pensée ?” (Gerald, Lakmé) 2.39
11 Cantilène: “Lakmé ! Lakmé ! Ah ! Viens dans la forêt profonde” (Gerald) 1.55
12 “Là, je pourrai t’entendre” (Lakmé, Chorus, Gerald) 4.29
13 “Vivant !” (Frederic, Gerald) 4.08
14 “Ils allaient deux à deux” (Lakmé, Gerald, Chorus) 10.33
15 Finale: “C’est lui ! C’est lui !” (Nilakantha, Lakmé, Gerald) 3.22



JACQUES OFFENBACH 1819–1880
Orphée aux enfers
Libretto: Hector-Jonathan Crémieux & Ludovic Halévy · 1858 version (Opéra bouffon in two acts) with some extra numbers from the 1874 version (Opéra-féerie in four acts) · Version made by Marc Minkowski & Laurent Pelly

Eurydice Natalie Dessay
Jupiter Laurent Naouri
Aristée-Pluton Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
Orphée Yann Beuron
L’Opinion Publique Ewa Podles
Cupidon Patricia Petibon
Diane Jennifer Smith
Vénus Véronique Gens
Junon Lydie Pruvot
John Styx Steven Cole
Mercure Étienne Lescroart
Minerve Virginie Pochon
Chœurs de l’Opéra de Lyon chorus master Alan Woodbridge
Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon
Orchestre de Chambre de Grenoble
Marc Minkowski

Recorded live: XII.1997, Opéra de Lyon
Producer: Daniel Zalay · Balance engineer: Raymond Buttin
Dialogue coach: Laurent Pelly · Dramaturgy and rewriting of dialogues: Agathe Mélinand · Principal assistant: Sébastien Rouland
Recorded during performances at the Opéra de Lyon, with the support of the town of Grenoble, the Conseil Général de l’Isère, the Région Rhône-Alpes and the Ministère de la Culture-DRAC Rhône-Alpes.
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) 1998 Parlophone Records Limited

CD 15 69.32
1 Overture 3.05
ACT I
Scène 1: La campagne près de Thèbes
2 “Qui suis-je ? Du théâtre antique” (Opinion publique) 1.45
3 “La femme dont le cœur rêve” (Eurydice) 2.24
4 “Il est sorti !” 2.01
5 “Ah ! c’est ainsi !” 5.17
6 “Oh Vénus, belle déesse” (Orphée, Eurydice) 1.22
7 “J’ai peur” (Eurydice) 0.24
8 Ballet pastoral 1.45
9 Chanson d’Aristée: “Moi, je suis Aristée” 3.36
10 “Voilà ! Voilà ce que je dis” 1.26
11 “Allons ! Allons !” (Aristée, Eurydice) 1.03
12 “La mort m’apparaît souriante” (Eurydice) 2.16
13 “Crac ! C’est bon !” (Aristée) 1.55
14 Finale: “Libre ! ô bonheur” (Orphée, Chorus) 2.02
15 Couplets de l’Opinion Publique: “C’est l’Opinion Publique” (Opinion publique, Chorus) 1.35
16 “Viens ! à l’Opinion” (Opinion publique, Chorus, Orphée) 0.57
17 “Viens ! viens ! c’est l’honneur” (Opinion publique, Orphée) 1.56
18 Entr’acte et chœur du sommeil: “Dormons, dormons” (Chorus) 4.46

Scène 2: Mont Olympe
19 “Les Heures” (Jupiter, Chorus) 2.01
20 Réveil des dieux et couplets de Diane: “Par Saturne ! quel est ce bruit” 2.50
(Jupiter, Chorus, Diane)
21 “Ah ! Pauvre Actéon !” (Diane, Cupidon, Junon, Jupiter, Vénus) 3.22
22 Rondo-saltarelle de Mercure: “Eh hop ! Eh hop !” 2.10
23 “Et Pluton ?” (Mercure, Junon, Jupiter) 0.52
24 Entrée de Pluton et des Furies: “Salut au puissant maître” (Pluton, Jupiter) 1.06
25 Air en prose de Pluton: “Heureuses divinités” (Pluton) 2.02
26 “As-tu bientôt fini” (Jupiter, Pluton) 1.25
27 Chœur de la Révolte: “Aux armes, dieux et demi-dieux !” 1.33
(Diane, Vénus, Cupidon, Chorus of the gods, Jupiter, Pluton)
28 “Une sédition” (Jupiter, Vénus, Cupidon, Pluton, Diane, Junon) 1.19
29 Rondeau des métamorphoses: “Pour séduire Alcmène” 2.27
(Minerve, Chorus, Diane, Cupidon, Vénus, Pluton)
30 “Je suis à bout de forces !” (Junon, Jupiter, Pluton, Mercure) 1.45
Finale
31 “Il approche ! Il s’avance !” 4.19
32 “Gloire ! gloire à Jupiter” 2.32
(Pluton, Les dieux, Opinion publique, Jupiter, Orphée, Mercure, Cupidon, Diane, Vénus)

CD 16 40.43
ACT II
Scène 3: Le boudoir de Pluton
1 Entr’acte 0.49
2 Couplets des regrets: “Ah ! quelle triste destinée” (Eurydice) 2.09
3 “ Voilà deux jours que je suis seule” (Eurydice, John Styx) 1.54
4 Couplets du roi de Béotie: “Quand j’étais roi de Béotie” (John Styx) 1.43
5 “Va-t’en, je te dis, tu sens le vin” (Eurydice, John Styx, Pluton, Jupiter, Cupidon) 4.24
6 Couplets des baisers: “Pour attirer du fond de sa retraite” 2.45
7 “À la une... à la deux... à la trois” (Cupidon) 0.10
8 Duo de la mouche: “Il m’a semblé sur mon épaule” (Eurydice, Jupiter) 5.00
9 “Ah, je le savais bien” (Eurydice, Jupiter, Pluton, John Styx, Cupidon) 3.11
10 Ballet des mouches: galop 1.45
11 Entr’acte 0.59

Scène 4: Les enfers
12 Chœur infernal: “Vive le vin ! Vive Pluton ! ” (Chorus) 2.04
13 “Allons, ma belle bacchante” (Cupidon, Vénus, Chorus) 1.00
14 Hymne à Bacchus: “J’ai vu le dieu Bacchus” (Eurydice, Diane, Cupidon, Vénus, Les déesses) 2.14
Menuet, galop infernal et chœur
15 “Maintenant, je veux”(Jupiter, Pluton) 1.17
16 “La la la. Le menuet n’est vraiment si charmant” (Pluton, Jupiter, Vénus, Eurydice) 1.24
17 Galop infernal: “Ce bal est original” (Pluton, Jupiter, Vénus, Eurydice) 1.47
18 “Et maintenant, fuyons” (Eurydice, Jupiter, Pluton) 0.56
19 “La position se tend” (Pluton, Eurydice) 1.22
20 “Oui, je suis convaincu” (Orphée, Jupiter, Pluton) 1.00
21 Finale: “Ne regarde pas en arrière !” 2.36
(Opinion publique, Jupiter, Les dieux, Orphée, Eurydice)




IGOR STRAVINSKY
Le Rossignol
Lyric tale in three acts after Hans Christian Andersen · Libretto: Stravinsky & S.M. Mitusov · Sung in Russian

Le Rossignol Natalie Dessay
La cuisinière Marie McLaughlin
La Mort Violeta Urmana
Le pêcheur Vsevolod Grivnov
L’Empereur Albert Schagidullin
Le Chambellan Laurent Naouri
Bonze Maxime Mikhailov
Les Envoyés japonais Olivier Berg, Wassyl Slipak, Grzegorz Staskiewicz
Soprano solo Claire Servian
Alto solo Olga Oussova
Tenor solo Olivier Berg

Solistes, Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
James Conlon

Recorded: 6-9.II.1999, Alfortville, Maison de l’Orchestre National d’Île-de-France – A Radio France recording
Producer: Daniel Zalay · Balance Engineer: Raymond Buttin · Assistant engineers: Bernard Legac, Sandrine Bréchat
A Warner Classics release, (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited

CD 17 46.24
1 Introduction 3.30
ACT I
2 “Porté au vent, tombant au loin” (Le pêcheur, le Rossignol) 3.35
3 “Ah! Ah! Ah! ” (Le Rossignol, Le pêcheur) 3.14
4 “Voici l’endroit, près de ces arbres” (La Cuisinière, Courtisans, Le Chambellan, Le Bonze) 3.12
5 “Beau rossignol, incomparable oiseau” (Le Chambellan, Le Bonze, Le Rossignol, Courtisans, Le pêcheur) 3.27

ACT II
6 “Des feux, des feux, bien vite” (Chorus, Soprano, Tenor, Alto, La Cuisinière, Le Chambellan) 2.13
7 Marche chinoise – “O maître magnanime” (Le Chambellan) 3.36
8 Chanson du rossignol – “Ah, joie, emplis mon cœur” (Le Rossignol, L’Empereur, Les Courtisans, Le Chambellan) 4.17
9 “Ah coucher du soleil” (Les Envoyés japonais) 1.19
10 Jeu du rossignol mécanique. “Psst, psst” (Les Courtisans, L’Empereur, Le Chambellan, La voix du pêcheur) 3.36

ACT III
11 “Vois-nous rassemblés” (Spectres, L’Empereur) 4.03
12 “Ah, me voici, ô prince magnanime” (Le Rossignol, L’Empereur) 2.24
13 “Ah, j’aime à t’écouter” (La Mort, Le Rossignol, L’Empereur) 5.17
14 Cortège solennel 1.06
15 “Bonjour à tous” (L’Empereur, La Voix du pêcheur) 1.26



WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756-1791
Mitridate, re di Ponto
Opera seria in three acts · Libretto: Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi after Giuseppe Parini’s Italian translation of Jean Racine’s play Mithridate

Mitridate Giuseppe Sabbatini
Aspasia Natalie Dessay
Sifare Cecilia Bartoli
Farnace Brian Asawa
Ismene Sandrine Piau
Marzio Juan Diego Flórez
Arbate Hélène Le Corre

Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset

Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Operations Limited
Recorded: 11-18.V.1998, Salle Del Castillo, Vevey, Switzerland
Producer: Chris Sayers · Balance Engineer: Jonathan Stokes
(p) 1999 Decca Music Group Limited - Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Operations Limited to Parlophone Records Limited

CD 18 70.31
1 Overture 5.46
ACT I
2 “Vieni, Signor” (Arbate, Sifare) 1.29
3 “Se a me s’unisce Arbate” (Aspasia, Sifare) 2.46
4 “Al destin, che la minaccia” (Aspasia) 6.32
5 “Qual tumulto nell’alma” (Sifare) 1.08
6 “Soffre il mio cor con pace” (Sifare) 7.10
7 “Sin a quando, o Regina” (Aspasia, Farnace) 1.19
8 “Ferma, o germano” (Aspasia, Sifare, Farnace) 0.47
9 “All’ire freno” (Arbate, Sifare, Farnace) 0.30
10 “L’odio nel cor frenate” (Arbate) 3.34
11 “Principe, che facemmo” (Aspasia, Sifare, Farnace) 0.12
12 “Nel sen mi palpita” (Aspasia) 2.12
13 “Un tale addio, germano, si spiega assai” (Sifare, Farnace) 1.03
14 “Parto: Nel gran cimento” (Sifare) 4.03
15 “Eccovi in un momento” (Farnace, Marzio) 0.56
16 “Venga pur, minacci e frema” (Farnace) 7.03
17 Marcia 2.56
18 “Se di lauri il crine adorno” (Mitridate) 4.42
19 “Tu me revedi, Arbate” (Arbate, Ismene, Mitridate) 0.57
20 “Su la temuta destra mentre l’un figlio e l’altro” (Ismene, Sifare, Farnace, Mitridate) 2.22
21 “In faccia all’oggetto” (Ismene) 5.48
22 “Teme Ismene a ragion” (Arbate, Mitridate) 2.33
23 “Respira alfin” (Mitridate) 1.46
24 “Quel ribelle e quell’ingrato” (Mitridate) 2.55

CD 19 62.04
ACT II
1 “Questo è l’amor, Farnace” (Ismene, Farnace) 1.52
2 “Va, l’error mio palesa” (Farnace) 2.49
3 “Perfido, ascolta” (Ismene, Mitridate) 0.59
4 “Eccomi a’cenni tuoi” (Aspasia, Mitridate) 1.59
5 “Respiro, o Dei!” (Aspasia, Sifare, Mitridate) 0.40
6 “Tu, che fedel mi sei” (Mitridate) 4.03
7 “Che dirò? Che ascoltai?” (Aspasia, Sifare) 1.19
8 “Alla tua fedeil padre, Sifare?” (Arbate) 0.25
9 “Oh giorno di dolore!” (Aspasia, Sifare) 2.03
10 “Non più, Regina” (Aspasia, Sifare) 2.17
11 “Lungi da te, mio bene” (Sifare) 7.51
12 “Grazie ai Numi partì” (Aspasia) 1.35
13 “Nel grave tormento” (Aspasia) 4.44
14 “Qui, dove la vendetta” (Arbate, Ismene, Mitridate) 1.02
15 “Sedete, o Prenci, e m’ascoltate” (Sifare, Farnace, Mitridate) 2.33
16 “Signor, io son” (Sifare, Marzio, Mitridate) 0.44
17 “Inclita Ismene” (Ismene, Mitridate) 0.19
18 “So quanto a te dispiace” (Ismene) 5.52
19 “Ah, giacchè son tradito” (Farnace) 0.33
20 “Son reo; l’error confesso” (Farnace) 2.39
21 “E crederai, Signor” (Aspasia, Sifare, Mitridate) 4.03
22 “Già di pietà mi spoglio” (Mitridate) 2.16
23 “Sifare, per pietà stringi l’acciaro” (Aspasia, Sifare) 1.18
24 “Io sposa di quel mostro” (Aspasia, Sifare) 1.45
25 “Se viver non degg’io” (Aspasia, Sifare) 6.32

CD 20 46.21
ACT III
1 “Pèra omai chi m’oltrggia” (Aspasia, Ismene, Mitridate) 2.06
2 “Tu sai per chi m’accese” (Ismene) 5.38
3 “Re spietato” (Aspasia, Mitridate) 2.08
4 “Mio Re, t’affretta” (Arbate, Mitridate) 0.34
5 “Vado incontro, al fato estremo” (Mitridate) 2.18
6 “Lagrime intempestive” (Aspasia) 0.30
7 “Ah ben ne fui presaga...Pallid’ombre” (Aspasia) 6.57
8 “Che fai, Regina?” (Aspasia, Sifare) 1.02
9 “Che mi val questa vita?” (Sifare) 0.39
10 “Se il rigor d’ingrata sorte” (Sifare) 2.25
11 “Sorte crudel, stelle inimiche” (Farnace) 0.48
12 “Teco i patti, Farnace” (Farnace, Marzio) 1.42
13 “Se di regnar sei vago” (Marzio) 4.14
14 “Vadasi... oh ciel” (Farnace) 1.04
15 “Già dagli occhi il velo è tolto” (Farnace) 9.30
16 “Figlio, amico, non più” (Sifare, Mitridate) 1.22
17 “Ah vieni, o dolce dell’amor mio” (Aspasia, Sifare, Mitridate) 1.22
18 “Reo non si chiami, o Sire” (Ismene, Mitridate) 1.10
19 “Non si ceda al campidoglio” (Aspasia, Arbate, Ismene, Sifare, Farnace) 0.58


GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL 1685-1759
Alcina
Opera seria in 3 acts · Libretto: adapted from Riccardo Broschi’s L’isola della Alcina after Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso

Alcina, a sorceress Renée Fleming
Ruggiero, a knight Susan Graham
Morgana, Alcina’s sister Natalie Dessay
Bradamante, betrothed to Ruggiero Kathleen Kuhlmann
Oronte, Alcina’s general Timothy Robinson
Melisso, Bradamante’s governor Laurent Naouri
Oberto, son of the Paladin Juanita Lascarro

Les Arts Florissants
William Christie

Renée Fleming appears courtesy of the Decca Record Company · Susan Graham appears courtesy of Sony Classical
Recorded live: 10, 13, 16, 19, 20.VI.1999, Palais Garnier, Paris – A Radio France recording
Producer: Arnaud Moral · Balance Engineer: Joël Soupiron · Assistant engineers: Alain Joubert, Christian Koeler, Francis Robert
Original cover artwork – Renée Fleming & Susan Graham, photo Thierry Cohen
A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, (p) 1999 Warner Music UK Limited

CD 21 57.50
1 Sinfonia 2.52
2 Minuet 1.06
3 Musette 1.51
ACT I
4 “Oh Dei! quivi non scorgo alcun sentiero!” (Bradamante) 0.57
5 “O s’apre al riso” (Morgana) 4.33
6 “Questo è il cielo de’ contenti” (Chorus) 2.30
7 “Ecco l’infido” (Bradamante) 0.55
8 “Di’, cor mio, quanto t’amai” (Alcina) 7.07
9 “Generosi guerrier” (Oberto) 0.37
10 “Chi m’insegna il caro padre?” (Oberto) 3.09
11 “Mi ravvisi” (Bradamante) 0.49
12 “Di te mi rido” (Ruggiero) 4.08
13 “Qua dunque ne veniste” (Oronte) 0.38
14 “È gelosia” (Bradamante) 4.01
15 “Io dunque” (Oronte) – “La cerco in vano” (Ruggiero) 1.35
16 “Semplicetto!” (Oronte) 2.46
17 “Ah, infedele, infedel!” (Ruggiero) 0.49
18 “Sì, son quella!” (Alcina) 6.51
19 “Se nemico mi fossi” (Bradamante) – “Bradamante favella?” (Ruggiero) 0.47
20 “La bocca vaga” (Ruggiero) 3.29
21 “Fuggi cor mio” (Morgana) 0.50
22 “Tornami a vagheggiar” (Morgana) 4.55

CD 22 76.33
ACT II
1 “Col celarvi a chi v’ama” (Ruggiero) – “Taci, taci, codardo” (Melisso) 1.55
2 “Qual portento mi richiama” (Ruggiero) 1.51
3 “Ah, Bradamante!” (Ruggiero) 0.47
4 “Pensa a chi geme d’amor” (Melisso) 5.36
5 “Qual odio ingiusto contro me?” (Bradamante) 1.31
6 “Vorrei vendicarmi” (Bradamante) 4.07
7 “Chi scopre al mio pensiero” (Ruggiero) 0.16
8 “Mi lusinga il dolce affetto” (Ruggiero) 7.16
9 “S’acquieti il rio sospetto” (Alcina) – “E la tua pace” (Morgana) 1.04
10 “Ama, sospira” (Morgana) 7.12
11 “Non scorgo nel tuo viso” (Alcina) 0.55
12 “Mio bel tesoro” (Ruggiero) 6.23
13 “Regina, io cerco in vano” (Oberto) 0.51
14 “Tra speme e timore” (Oberto) 3.21
15 “Regina, sei tradita” (Oronte) 0.34
16 “Ah! mio cor!” (Alcina) 12.42
17 “Or, che dici, Morgana?” (Oronte) 0.40
18 “È un folle” (Oronte) 4.25
19 “Eccomi a’ piedi tuoi” (Ruggiero) 0.51
20 “Verdi prati” (Ruggiero) 4.16
21 “Ah! Ruggiero crudel” (Alcina) 2.48
22 “Ombre pallide” (Alcina) 6.29

CD 23 56.34
ACT III
1 Sinfonia 0.42
2 “Voglio amar e disamar” (Oronte) 0.42
3 “Credete al mio dolore” (Morgana) 6.55
4 “M’inganna, me n’avveggo” (Oronte) 0.19
5 “Un momento di contento” (Oronte) 4.35
6 “Molestissimo incontro!” (Ruggiero) 1.07
7 “Ma quando tornerai” (Alcina) 4.31
8 “Tutta d’armate squadre” (Melisso) 0.24
9 “Sta nell’Ircana” (Ruggiero) 5.47
10 “Vanne tu seco ancora” (Melisso) 0.18
11 “All’alma fedel” (Bradamante) 4.16
12 “Niuna forza lo arresta” (Oronte) 0.38
13 “Mi restano le lagrime” (Alcina) 8.18
14 “Già vicino è il momento” (Oberto) 1.04
15 “Barbara!” (Oberto) 3.10
16 “Le lusinghe” (Bradamante) 0.37
17 “Non è amor, nè gelosia” (Ruggiero, Alcina, Bradamante) 5.24
18 “Ah mio Ruggier, che tenti?” – “Misera, ah, no!” (Alcina) – “A che tardi?” (Melisso) 0.38
19 “Dall’orror di notte cieca” (Chorus) 2.23
20 Entrée 2.36
21 Tamburino 1.01
22 “Dopo tante amare pene” (Chorus) 0.37



RICHARD STRAUSS 1685-1759
Ariadne auf Naxos
Opera · Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd, Adolph Fürstner, Schott Musikverlage International Mainz

Primadonna/Ariadne Deborah Voigt
Der Komponist Anne Sofie von Otter
Zerbinetta Natalie Dessay
Der Tenor/Bacchus Ben Heppner
Ein Musiklehrer Albert Dohmen
Der Haushofmeister Romuald Pekny
Ein Offizier Klaus Florian Vogt
Ein Tanzmeister Michael Howard
Ein Perückenmacher Matthias Henneberg
Ein Lakai Jürgen Commichau
Harlekin Stephen Genz
Scaramuccio Ian Thompson
Truffaldin Sami Luttinen
Brighella Christoph Genz
Najade Christiane Hossfeld
Dryade Andris Liepa
Echo Eva Kirchner

Staatskapelle Dresden
Giuseppe Sinopoli

Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Operations Limited
Recorded: IX & XII.2000, Lukaskirche, Dresden
Producer: Sid McLauchlan · Balance engineers: Jürgen Bulgrin, Mark Buecker, Wolf-Dieter Karwatky
(p) 2001 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

CD 24 71.23
VORSPIEL (Prologue)
1 Orchestral Introduction 2.19
2 “Mein Herr Haushofmeister!” (Ein Musiklehrer, Der Haushofmeister) 5.55
3 “Du allmächtiger Gott!” (Der Komponist, Der Tenor, Zerbinetta, Primadonna, Ein Musiklehrer, Ein Tanzmeister) 6.12
4 “Hast ein Stückerl Notenpapier?” (Ein Lakai, Der Komponist, Zerbinetta, Ein Musiklehrer, Primadonna, Ein Tanzmeister) 3.43
5 “Ist schon geschehn. Wir sind bereit” (Der Haushofmeister, Primadonna, Zerbinetta, Der Komponist, Ein Musiklehrer, Der Tenor, Ein Tanzmeister) 8.26
6 “Nein, Herr, so kommt es nicht” (Zerbinetta, Der Komponist, Ein Musiklehrer) 5.17
7 “Ein Augenblick ist wenig” (Zerbinetta, Der Komponist, Ein Musiklehrer, Primadonna) 5.06
8 “Sein wir wieder gut” - “Musik ist eine heilige Kunst” (Der Komponist, Ein Musiklehrer) 3.02

OPER (Opera)
9 Overture 3.43
10 “Schläft sie?” (Echo, Ariadne, Najade, Dryade) 3.53
11 “Wo war ich? Tot?” (Ariadne, Echo, Zerbinetta, Harlekin, Truffaldin) 3.15
12 “Ein Schönes war: hiess Theseus – Ariadne” (Ariadne, Echo, Zerbinetta, Najade, Dryade, Harlekin, Scaramuccio, Truffaldin) 7.01
13 “Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen” (Echo, Zerbinetta, Harlekin) 2.16
14 “Es gibt ein Reich” (Ariadne) 6.02
15 “Die Dame gibt mit trüben Sinn” - “Wie sie sich schwingen” (Brighella, Scaramuccio, Harlekin, Truffaldin) 5.00

CD 25 50.39
1 “Großmächtige Prinzessin” (Zerbinetta) 11.10
2 “Hübsch gepredigt! Aber tauben Ohren!” (Zerbinetta, Harlekin, Brighella, Scaramuccio, Truffaldin) 8.01
3 “Ein schönes Wunder!” (Echo, Najade, Dryade) 3.40
4 “Circe, kannst du mich hören?” (Ariadne, Echo, Najade, Dryade, Bacchus) 6.08
5 “Theseus! Nein, nein!” (Ariadne, Bacchus) 10.35
6 “Das waren Zauberworte!” (Ariadne, Echo, Zerbinetta, Najade, Dryade, Bacchus) 3.14
7 “Gibt es kein Hinüber?” (Ariadne, Bacchus, Najade, Dryade, Echo, Zerbinetta) 7.51



GAETANO DONIZETTI 1797–1848
Lucie de Lammermoor
Opera in three acts · French version of 1839 supervised by the composer · Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano after Walter Scott · French adaptation by Alphonse Royer & Gustave Vaëz · Critical edition Ricordi, 2000

Lucie Ashton Natalie Dessay
Edgard Ravenswood Roberto Alagna
Henri Ashton Ludovic Tézier
Arthur Bucklaw Marc Laho
Raymond Nicolas Cavallier
Gilbert Yves Saelens
Chœur et Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Lyon
Evelino Pidò
chorus master Alan Woodbridge

Recorded: 23–28.I.2002, Opéra de Lyon
Producer: Daniel Zalay · Balance engineers: Jean Chatauret & Pierre-Marie Guiraldenq (Opéra national de Lyon)
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd

CD 26 77.25
ACT I
1 “Couronnez la crête des montagnes” (Gilbert, Chorus) 4.27
2 “Quel air sombre” (Gilbert, Ashton) 3.33
3 “D’un amour qui me brave” (Ashton, Gilbert, Chorus) 4.02
4 “À moi viens, ouvre tes ailes” (Ashton, Chorus, Gilbert) 3.20
5 “J’arrive le dernier au rendez-vous” 5.58
6 “Gilbert ! – C’est moi, mademoiselle” (Lucie, Gilbert) 2.11
7 “Que n’avons-nous des ailes” (Lucie) 7.07
8 “C’est moi Lucie, j’ai voulu” (Edgard, Lucie) 2.17
9 “Sur la tombe de mon père… Qu’une lettre en ma misère” (Edgard, Lucie) 4.38
10 “Qu’une lettre en ma misère” (Lucie, Edgard) 4.54

ACT II
11 “Ainsi tu viens de France ?” (Ashton, Gilbert) 4.02
12 “Je t’attendais, approche” (Ashton, Lucie) 5.33
13 “Pleurant son absence, du fond de ma souffrance” (Lucie, Ashton) 5.06
14 “Entends-tu ces chants de fête ?” 3.10
15 Finale: “Suivons l’amant qui nous conduit” (Chorus, Arthur) 3.22
16 “Eh bien, Lucie ?” (Arthur, Ashton, Lucie, Chorus, Edgard, Raymond) 4.02
17 “J’ai pour moi mon droit” (All, Chorus) 3.49
18 “Loin de nous, j’ordonne” (Ashton, Arthur, Chorus, Raymond, Edgard, Lucie) 2.38
19 “Non, du serment tu trahis la foi ! Anathème…” (All, Chorus) 3.06

CD 27 49.31
ACT III
1 Entracte 0.49
2 “Oui mon seigneur, à la petite porte” (Gilbert, Ashton, Edgard) 1.36
3 “Souviens-toi qu’en ce domaine” (Ashton, Edgard) 2.58
4 “J’aurai ton sang” (Edgard, Ashton) 4.05
5 “Elle a quitté ces lieux” 1.19
6 “Malheur ! Malheur !” (Raymond, Chorus) 4.31
7 “Elle s’avance, hélas, pauvre victime” (Raymond, Lucie) 4.36
8 “Ah ! C’est l’hymne des noces” (Lucie) 6.35
9 “Ashton s’avance” (Raymond, Lucie, Chorus, Ashton) 2.28
10 “Je vais quitter la terre” (Lucie, Ashton, Raymond, Chorus) 4.37
11 “Tombes de mes aïeux” (Edgard) 7.43
12 “Ravenswood, à ton attente” (Chorus, Edgard, Raymond, Ashton) 9.12



CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI 1567–1643
L’Orfeo
Favola in musica in a prologue and five acts · Libretto: Alessandro Striggio

La Musica Natalie Dessay
Orfeo Ian Bostridge
Euridice Patrizia Ciofi
Messaggiera Alice Coote
Speranza Sonia Prina
Caronte Mario Luperi
Proserpina Véronique Gens
Plutone Lorenzo Regazzo
Apollo Christopher Maltman
Ninfa Carolyn Sampson
Eco Paul Agnew
Pastori Pascal Bertin · Paul Agnew · Christopher Maltman · Richard Burkhard
Spiriti infernali Malcolm Bennett · Paul Thompson · Norbert Meyn · Richard Burkhard · Robert Macdonald

European Voices · Les Sacqueboutiers
Le Concert d’Astrée
Emmanuelle Haïm harpsichord, organ, regal & direction

Recorded: 15-22.I.2003, Église Notre Dame du Liban, Paris
Producer & Editor: Daniel Zalay · Balance Engineer: Jean Chatauret
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) 2004 Parlophone Records Limited

CD 28 45.03
1 Toccata 1.37
PROLOGUE
2 Ritornello 0.39
3 “Dal mio Permesso amato” (La Musica) 0.41
4 Ritornello 0.15
5 “Io la Musica son” (La Musica) 0.34
6 Ritornello 0.15
7 “Io su cetera d’or” (La Musica) 0.38
8 Ritornello 0.15
9 “Quinci a dirvi d’Orfeo” (La Musica) 0.34
10 Ritornello 0.18
11 “Or mentre i canti alterno” (La Musica) 1.26

ACT I
12 “In questo lieto e fortunato giorno” (Un pastore) 1.21
13 “Vieni, Imeneo, deh vieni” (Chorus) 0.46
14 “Muse, onor di Parnaso” (Ninfa) 0.59
15 “Lasciate i monti” (Chorus) 1.30
16 “Ma tu, gentil cantor” (Un pastore) 0.40
17 “Rosa del ciel” (Orfeo) 2.00
18 “Io non dirò qual sia” (Euridice) 0.52
19 “Lasciate i monti” (Chorus) 0.43
20 “Vieni, Imeneo, deh vieni” (Chorus) 0.46
21 “Ma se il nostro gioir dal ciel deriva” (Un pastore) – Ritornello 1.15
22 “Alcun non sia che disperato in preda” (Due pastori) – Ritornello 1.14
23 “Ché, poiché nembo rio gravido il seno” (Ninfa, Due pastori) – Ritornello 1.14
24 “E dopo l’aspro gel del verno ignudo” (Due pastori) 0.36
25 “Ecco Orfeo, cui pur dianzi” (Chorus) 0.41

ACT II
26 Sinfonia – “Ecco pur ch’a voi ritorno” (Orfeo) 0.38
27 Ritornello – “Mira ch’a sé n’alletta” (Un pastore) 0.40
28 Ritornello – “In questo prato adorno” (Due pastori) 0.51
29 Ritornello – “Qui le Napee vezzose” (Due pastori, Chorus) 0.55
30 Ritornello – “Vi ricorda, o bosch’ombrosi” (Orfeo) 2.11
31 “Mira, deh mira, Orfeo” (Pastori, Messaggiera, Orfeo) 3.12
32 “In un fiorito prato” (Messaggiera, Pastori) 3.23
33 “Tu se’ morta, mia vita” (Orfeo) 2.04
34 “Ahi, caso acerbo” (Chorus) 0.54
35 “Ma io, ch’in questa lingua” (Messaggiera) 1.12
36 Sinfonia – “Chi ne consola, ahi lassi?” (Due pastori, Chorus) 5.28
37 Ritornello 1.36

CD 29 51.06
ACT III
1 Sinfonia 1.15
2 “Scorto da te, mio Nume” (Orfeo) 0.59
3 “Ecco l’atra palude” (Speranza, Orfeo) 3.04
4 “O tu ch’innanzi morte a queste rive” (Caronte) 1.42
5 Sinfonia 0.37
6 “Possente Spirto e formidabil Nume” (Orfeo) 1.23
7 Ritornello 0.31
8 “Non viv’io, no, che poi di vita è priva” (Orfeo) 1.07
9 Ritornello 0.17
10 “A lei volt’ho il cammin per l’aer cieco” (Orfeo) 1.32
11 Ritornello 1.26
12 “Orfeo son io, che d’Euridice i passi” 1.42
13 “Sol tu, nobile Deo, puoi darmi aita” (Orfeo) 0.54
14 “Ben mi lusinga alquanto” (Caronte) 0.39
15 “Ahi, sventurato amante!” (Orfeo) 1.00
16 Sinfonia 0.35
17 “Ei dorme, e la mia cetra” (Orfeo) 1.39
18 Sinfonia a 7 – “Nulla impresa per uom si tenta in vano” (Chorus) – Sinfonia a 7 3.15

ACT IV
19 “Signor, quell’infelice” (Proserpina) 2.05
20 “Benché severo e immutabil fato” (Plutone) 1.44
21 “O degli abitator de l’ombre eterne” (Due spiriti) 0.59
22 “Quali grazie ti rendo” (Proserpina) 0.44
23 “Tue soavi parole” (Plutone) 0.32
24 “Pietade oggi e Amore” (Chorus, Uno spirito) 0.32
25 “Qual onor di te fia degno” (Orfeo) 1.08
26 “Ma mentre io canto” (Orfeo) 1.13
27 “O dolcissimi lumi, io pur vi veggio” (Orfeo, Uno spirito) 0.30
28 “Ahi, vista troppo dolce e troppo amara” (Euridice, Uno spirito) 1.09
29 “Dove ten vai, mia vita?” (Orfeo) 0.36
30 Sinfonia a 7 – “È la virtute un raggio” (Chorus) – Sinfonia a 7 2.58

ACT V
31 Ritornello 0.51
32 “Questi i campi di Tracia” (Orfeo, Eco) 3.34
33 “Ma tu, anima mia, se mai ritorna” (Orfeo) 0.54
34 “Tu bella fusti e saggia” (Orfeo) 0.49
35 “Or l’altre donne son superbe e perfide” (Orfeo) 0.29
36 Sinfonia 0.34
37 “Perché a lo sdegno e al dolor in preda” (Apollo) 0.58
38 “Padre cortese, al maggior uopo arrivi” (Orfeo) 0.33
39 “Troppo, troppo gioisti” (Apollo) 0.48
40 “Sì non vedrò più mai” (Orfeo, Apollo) 0.37
41 “Saliam cantando al cielo” (Apollo, Orfeo) 1.02
42 Ritornello – “Vanne, Orfeo, felice a pieno” (Chorus) 1.04
43 Moresca 0.53


VINCENZO BELLINI 1801–1835
La sonnambula
Opera in two acts · Libretto: Felice Romani

Amina Natalie Dessay
Il conte Rodolfo Carlo Colombara
Elvino Francesco Meli
Teresa Sara Mingardo
Lisa Jaël Azzaretti
Alessio Paul Gay
Un notaro Gordon Gietz

Orchestre & Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Lyon chorus master Alan Woodbridge
Evelino Pidò

Recorded: XI.2006, during and subsequent to the concerts given at the Opéra national de Lyon
Producer: Daniel Zalay · Balance Engineer: Christian Prévôt · Recording Engineer & editing: Jean-Baptiste Etchepareborde
Critical edition by Alessandro Roccatagliati and Luca Zoppelli · Published by Casa Ricordi, Milan
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) 2007 Parlophone Records Limited

CD 30 77.53
ACT I
Scene 1
1 “Viva! Viva Amina!” (Chorus) 2.16
2 “Tutto è gioia, tutto è festa” (Lisa) 2.01
3 “Viva Amina! … In Elvezia non v’ha rosa” (Chorus, Alessio, Lisa) 3.46
4 “Care compagne … Come per me sereno” (Amina, Chorus) 5.21
5 “Sovra il sen la man mi posa” (Amina, Chorus) 4.36
6 “Io più di tutti, o Amina” (Alessio, Amina, Lisa, Teresa, Notaro, Chorus) 2.09
7 “Perdona, o mia diletta” (Elvino, Amina, Notaro, All) 2.41
8 “Prendi: l’anel ti dono” (Elvino, Amina, Chorus) 5.05
9 “Ah! vorrei trovar parole” (Amina, Elvino, Teresa, Lisa, Chorus) 2.55
10 “Domani, appena aggiorni” (Elvino, All, Amina, Rodolfo, Lisa) 2.04
11 “Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni” (Rodolfo, All, Lisa, Elvino, Chorus) 4.45
12 “Contezza del paese” (Elvino, Rodolfo, Teresa, Lisa, Chorus) 3.13
13 “A fosco cielo, a notte bruna” (Chorus, Rodolfo, Amina, Teresa, Elvino, Lisa) 3.15
14 “Basta così” (Rodolfo, Teresa, Elvino, Amina) 4.06
15 “Son geloso del zefiro errante” (Elvino, Amina) 6.24
Scene 2
16 “Davver, non mi dispiace” (Rodolfo, Lisa) 3.44
17 “Che veggio?” (Rodolfo, Amina, Lisa) 2.31
18 “Oh ciel! che tento?” (Rodolfo, Amina) 3.58
19 “Osservate: l’uscio è aperto” (Chorus) 3.13
20 “È menzogna” (Elvino, Chorus, Lisa, Amina) 2.00
21 “D’un pensiero e d’un accento” (Amina, Elvino, Teresa, Alessio, Chorus) 4.44
22 “Non più nozze” (Elvino, Amina, Lisa, Teresa, Alessio, Chorus) 2.55

CD 31 52.33
ACT II
Scene 1
1 “Qui la selva è più folta ed ombrosa” (Chorus) 7.32
2 “Reggimi, o buona madre” (Amina, Teresa) 2.55
3 “Vedi, o madre, è afflitto e mesto” (Amina, Elvino) 4.04
4 “Viva il conte!” (Chorus, Elvino, Amina, Teresa) 1.17
5 “Ah! perché no posso odiarti” (Elvino, Chorus) 2.19
Scene 2
6 “Lasciami: Avver compreso assai dovresti” (Lisa, Alessio, Chorus) 2.12
7 “De’ lieti auguri a voi son grata” (Lisa, Alessio, Chorus) 2.04
8 “E fia pur vero, Elvino” (Lisa, Elvino, Rodolfo, Alessio, Chorus, Teresa) 6.55
9 “Lisa! mendace anch’essa!” (Elvino, Teresa, Lisa, Rodolfo) 4.25
10 “Signor? chi creder deggio?” (Elvino, Rodolfo, Teresa, Chorus) 2.48
11 “Oh! se una volta sola” (Amina, Rodolfo, Teresa, All) 5.20
12 “Ah! no credea mirarti” (Amina, Elvino, Rodolfo, Chorus) 6.43
13 “Ah! non giunge uman pensiero” (Amina, All) 3.51



GAETANO DONIZETTI 1797–1848
Lucia di Lammermoor
Opera in three acts · Libretto: Salvatore Cammarano after Walter Scott

Enrico / Lord Henri Ashton Vladislav Sulimsky
Lucia / Lucy Ashton Natalie Dessay
Edgardo / Sir Edgard, Master of Ravenswood Piotr Beczała
Arturo / Lord Arthur Bucklaw Dmitry Voropaev
Raimondo Bidebent / Raymond Bide-the-Bent Ilya Bannik
Alisa / Alice Zhanna Dombrovskaya
Normanno / Norman Normanno

Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus
Valery Gergiev
Chorus master Andrei Petrenko
Sascha Reckert glass harmonica

Recorded: 12-16.IX.2010, Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Producer: James Mallinson · Recording, editing & mastering facilities: Classic Sound Ltd · Balance engineer: Jonathan Stokes · Assistant engineer: Vladimir Ryabenko · Audio editing, mixing & mastering: Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson
(p) 2011 State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

CD 32 63.57
ACT I
Scene 1
1 No. 1 “Percorrete le spiagge vicine” (Normanno, Chorus) 4.26
2 No. 2a “Tu sei turbato” (Normanno, Enrico, Raimondo) 2.50
3 No. 2b “Cruda, funesta smania” (Enrico, Normanno, Raimondo) 2.05
4 No. 2c “Il tuo dubbio” (Normanno, Enrico, Raimondo, Chorus) 2.05
5 No. 2d “La pietade in suo favore” (Enrico, Raimondo) 3.32
Scene 2
6 No. 3a “Ancor non giunse!” (Lucia, Alisa) 4.06
7 No. 3b “Regnava nel silenzio” (Lucia, Alisa) 4.05
8 No. 3c “Quando rapito in estasi” (Lucia, Alisa) 4.58
9 No. 4a “Egli s’avanza!” (Lucia, Alisa, Edgardo) 2.30
10 No. 4b “Sulla tomba” (Lucia, Edgardo) 5.16
11 No. 4c “Verranno a te” (Lucia, Edgardo) 4.30
ACT II
Scene 1
12 No. 5 “Lucia fra poco a te verra” (Normanno, Enrico) 2.55
13 No. 6a “Appressati, Lucia” (Enrico, Lucia) 5.25
14 No. 6b “Soffriva nel pianto” (Lucia, Enrico) 4.42
15 No. 6c “Se tradirmi tu potrai” (Enrico, Lucia) 2.56
16 No. 7a “Ebben?” (Lucia, Raimondo) 4.02
17 No. 7b “Al ben de’tuoi” (Lucia, Raimondo) 3.32

CD 33 67.12
Scene 2
1 No. 8a “Per te d’immenso” (Chorus) 1.20
2 No. 8b “Per poco fra le tenebre” (Arturo, Chorus) 2.05
3 No. 9a “Dov’ e Lucia?” (Arturo, Lucia, Enrico, Raimondo, Normanno, Edgardo, Alisa, Chorus) 3.48
4 No. 9b “Chi mi frena in tal momento?” (Edgardo, Enrico, Lucia, Raimondo, Alisa, Arturo, Chorus) 3.31
5 No. 10a “T’allontana, sciagurato” (Arturo, Enrico, Edgardo, Raimondo, Chorus) 1.11
6 No. 10b “Sconsigliato!” (Enrico, Edgardo, Raimondo, Lucia, Arturo, Alisa, Chorus) 4.24
ACT III
Scene 1
7 No. 11a Uragano. “Orrida e questa notte” (Edgardo, Enrico) 2.06
8 No. 11b “Ashton!” (Enrico, Edgardo) 7.45
Scene 2
9 No. 12 “D’immenso giubilo” (Chorus) 1.32
10 No. 13 “Cessi, ah cessi quel contento” (Raimondo, Chorus) 4.40
11 No. 14a “Oh giusto cielo!” (Lucia, Chorus) 2.48
12 No. 14b “Ohime!” (Lucia, Normanno, Raimondo, Enrico, Chorus) 11.23
13 No. 14c “Spargi d’amaro pianto” (Lucia, Enrico, Raimondo, Chorus) 4.14
14 No. 14d “Si tragga altrove” (Enrico, Raimondo, Normanno) 1.39
Scene 3
15 No. 15a “Tombe degliavi miei” (Edgardo, Raimondo, Chorus) 10.19
16 No. 15b “Tu che a Dio” (Edgardo, Raimondo, Chorus) 4.25




- D V D -

RICHARD STRAUSS 1685-1759
Arabella
Lyric comedy in three acts · Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Graf Waldner Donald McIntyre
Adelaide Helga Dernesch
Arabella Kiri Te Kanawa
Zdenka Marie McLaughlin
Mandryka Wolfgang Brendel
Matteo David Kuebler
Graf Elemer Charles Workman
Graf Dominik Kim Josephson
Graf Lamoral Julien Robbins
Die Fiakermilli Natalie Dessay
Eine Kartenaufschlägerin Jane Shaulis
Welko Roger Crouthamel
Djura Barry Brandes
Jankel David Asch
Ein Zimmerkellner Charles Anthony
Drei Spieler David Frye, Glenn Bater, Frank Coffey

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Christian Thielemann

Stage Production: Otto Schenk
Set Designer: Günther Schneider-Siemssen
Costume Designer: Milena Canonero
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Stage Director: Stephen Pickover
Chorus Master: Raymond Hughes

Production: XI.1994, Metropolitan Opera House, New York
A Metropolitan Opera Television Production Video Director: Brian Large · Producer: Louisa Briccetti · Associate Producer: Susan Erben · Audio Producer: Jay David Saks · Associate Director: Jay Millard · Engineer-in-charge: Mark Schubin · Technical Supervisor: Ron Washburn · Technical Director: Emmett Loughran · Audio Supervisor: Bill King · Television Stage Manager: Terence Benson · Music Associate: Karen McLaughlin · Assistant Stage Director: Phebe Berkowitz · Musical Preparation: Walter Taussig, George Darden, Donna Racik, Robert de Ceunynck · Prompter: Donna Racik · German Diction Coach: Irene Spiegelman
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. · The stage production of Arabella was made possible in part by Mrs. Michael Falk · Project Management: Roland Ott / Libretto Subtitles prepared by Richard Fairhead, Paola Simonetti, Siu Hang Law · © 1933 Richard Strauss / Boosey & Hawkes Ltd. · English translation © 1969 Decca · Traduction française: Françoise Ferlan (L’Avant-Scène Opéra) · Traducción española: Angel Fernando Mayo · Chinese translation © People’s Music Publishing House / DVD Production Producer: Hermann Enkemeier · Screen Design: Gabriele Schlipf · Authoring: Rita Hermeyer, Jens Saure
Original cover artwork – photo: Beatriz Schiller (Kiri Te Kanawa)
© 1995 Metropolitan Opera Association – (p) 1996/2001 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg - © 2001 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

DVD 1 178.00



JACQUES OFFENBACH 1819–1880
Orphée aux enfers
Libretto: Hector-Jonathan Crémieux & Ludovic Halévy · 1858 version (Opéra bouffon in two acts) with some extra numbers from the 1874 version (Opéra-féerie in four acts) · Version made by Marc Minkowski & Laurent Pelly

Eurydice Natalie Dessay
Jupiter Laurent Naouri
Aristée-Pluton Jean-Paul Fouchécourt
Orphée Yann Beuron
L’Opinion Publique Martine Olmeda
Cupidon Cassandre Berthon
Diane Virginie Pochon
Vénus Maryline Fallot
Junon Lydie Pruvot
John Styx Steven Cole
Mercure Étienne Lescroart
Minerve Alketa Cela
Violoniste Sharman Plesner
Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève
Chœurs de l’Opéra de Lyon chorus master Alan Woodbridge
Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon
Orchestre de Chambre de Grenoble
Marc Minkowski


Stage Director: Laurent Pelly
Set Design: Chantal Thomas
Costume Design: Michel Dussarat, Laurent Pelly
Lighting: Joël Adam
Choreography: Dominique Boivin
Drama Libretto: Agathe Melinand
Filmed live: XII.1997, Opéra de Lyon
Producer: Daniel Zalay · Balance engineer: Raymond Buttin
A co-production France 2, Bel Air Media and Opéra National de Lyon © 1998 France 2, Bel Air Media
© 2009 by Arthaus Musik GmbH

DVD 2 123.00


RICHARD STRAUSS 1864-1949
Ariadne auf Naxos
Libretto by Hugo Von Hofmannsthal

Primadonna/Ariadne Deborah Voigt
Zerbinetta Natalie Dessay
Der Komponist Susanne Mentzer
Der Tenor/Bacchus Richard Margison
Ein Musiklehrer Wolfgang Brendel
Der Haushofmeister Waldemar Kmentt
Ein Offizier Mark Schowalter
Ein Tanzmeister Tony Stevenson
Ein Perückenmacher John Fiorito
Ein Lakai James Courtney
Harlekin Nathan Gunn
Scaramuccio Eric Cutler
Truffaldin John Del Carlo
Brighella John Nuzzo
Najade Joyce Guyer
Dryade Jossie Pérez
Echo Alexandra Deshorties

Solo Dancers Maria Kowroski, Martin Harvey

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
James Levine


Production: Elijah Moshinsky
Set and Costume Design: Michael Yeargan
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Stage Director: Laurie Feldman

Filmed: IV.2003
Musical Preparation: Dennis Giauque, Susan Webb, Robert Morrison, Gareth Morrell · Assistant Stage Director: Paul Mills · Prompter: Susan Webb · German Diction Coach: Irene Spiegelman · Television Lighting: Wayne Chouinard · Directed by Brian Large
A METROPOLITAN OPERA TELEVISION PRODUCTION
Producers: Louisa Briccetti, Susan Erben · Associate Producer: Victoria Warivonchik · Music Producer: Jay David Saks · Associate Director: Jay Millard · Engineer-in-Charge: Mark Schubin · Editor: Gary Bradley · Technical Supervisor: Ron Washburn · Technical Director: Emmett Loughran · Audio Supervisor: Bill King · Audio: Michael Shoskes, Mel Becker, Paul Cohen · Video: Billy Steinberg, Matty Randazzo, Paul Ranieri · Videotape: Alan Buchner · Television Stage Manager: Terence Benson · Music Associate: Karen McLaughlin · Audio Post-Production: John Bowen · Production Secretary: Yolanda S. Williams · Production Assistants: Matt Curreri, Daniel G. O’Brien · Production Facilities: All Mobile Video, Inc., Remote Recording Services, Inc. / DVD development: msm-studios GmbH, München / English Subtitles: Met Titles by Sonya Friedman adapted by David Rebhun © Metropolitan Opera 2010 · German and Spanish Subtitles: © Metropolitan Opera 2010 · French translation: Nina Lesieur © 1985 Decca Music Group · Spanish translation: Luis Gago © 2005 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Original cover artwork - Photo: 2010 Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
© 2003 The Metropolitan Opera. This DVD (P) & © 2010 The Metropolitan Opera - Parlophone Records Limited

DVD 3 134.00
Vorspiel (Prologue) & Oper (Opera)



AMBROISE THOMAS 1811-1896
Hamlet
Opera in five acts · Libretto: Jules Barbier & Michel Carré, after Shakespeare

Hamlet, prince de Danemark Simon Keenlyside
Gertrude, reine de Danemark et mère d’Hamlet Béatrice Uria-Monzon
Ophélie, fille de Polonius Natalie Dessay
Claudius, roi de Danemark Alain Vernhes
Laërte, fils de Polonius Daniil Shtoda
Le Spectre du feu roi, père d’Hamlet Markus Hollop
Marcellus, un officier Gustavo Peña
Horatio, ami d’Hamlet Lluís Sintes
Polonius, chambellan de la maison du roi Celestino Varela
Premier fossoyeur Joan Martín-Royo
Deuxième fossoyeur Francesc Garrigosa
Comédiens: Frank Arráez, Melcior Casals, Carlos Roó, Fernando Ruiz, de Mendarozqueta

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
(chorus master William Spaulding)
Bertrand de Billy

Stage Directors: Patrice Caurier & Moshe Leiser
Revival Director: Jean-Michel Criqui
Video Director: Toni Bargalló

Filmed live: X.2003, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
Production Team
Set Design: Christian Fenouillat · Costume Designer: Agostino Cavalca · Lighting: Christophe Forey · Costume Assistant: Ruth McComish · Production: Grand Théâtre de Genève
Gran Teatre del Liceu
General Director: Josep Caminal · Artistic Director: Joan Matabosch · Managing Director: Jordi Alié · Musical Director: Bertrand de Billy · Choral Master William Spaulding · Technical Director: Lleonard Garuz · Production Director: Núria Mitjans · Management Control: Clara Rodríguez · Audio & Video Producers: Noemí Cuní & Josep Tardà
TVC Unit
Production Director: Toni Bargalló · Producer: M. Lluïsa Farré · Executive producer: Oriol Sala-Patau · Head Technician: Francesc · Moya-Angeler · Production Director Assistant: Xavier Bové · Production Assistant: Raquel Adrados · Musical Advisor: Francesc Castelló · Technician in charge: Josep Carles Martínez · Sound Technician: José Ángel Vaz-Romero · Mixer: Toni Solé · Camera Control: Diego Fuentes · VTR Operator: José Ramon Vidal · Cameramen: Felip Alcon, Lluís Merino, Joan Palau, Joan Sánchez, Fidel Soler, José Romero · DVD development: msm-studios GmbH, München

This DVD contains an electronic booklet in pdf form
A Warner Classics release, (p) 2004 Fundació del Gran Teatre del Liceu, under licence to Parlophone Records Limited

DVD 4 93.30
Acts I & II
DVD 5 82.55
Acts III, IV & V



Le Rossignol
The Nightingale - Die Nachtigall
A film by Christian Chaudet
Music by Igor Stravinsky
Libretto by the composer & Stephan Mitusov, after H.C. Andersen · Publisher: Hawkes & Son (London) Ltd

Le Rossignol Natalie Dessay
L’ Enfant Hugo Simcic
La Cuisinière Marie McLaughlin
La Mort Violetta Urmana
Le Pêcheur Vsevolod Grivnov
L’Empereur Albert Schagidullin
Le Chambellan Laurent Naouri
Le Bonze Maxime Mikhailov
Les Envoyés japonais Olivier Berg, Wassyl Slipak, Grzegorz Staskiewicz
Soprano solo Claire Servian
Alto solo Olga Oussova
Tenor solo Olivier Berg

Solistes, Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
James Conlon

Audio Recording
Recorded: 6-9.II.1999, Alfortville, Maison de l’Orchestre National d’Île-de-France – A Radio France recording
Producer: Daniel Zalay · Balance Engineer: Raymond Buttin · Assistant engineers: Bernard Legac, Sandrine Bréchat
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) 1999 Parlophone Records Limited
Film Production
Producer: Dominique Barneaud · Special effects supervisor: Hugues Namur

Musical Assistant: Philippe de Chalendar · Music Preparation: Luba Orfenova · Russian Language coach: Svetlana Kurtz
Une Production Agat Films & Cie en co-production avec ARTE France et MIKROS IMAGE, avec la participation de Saint-Gobain, le soutien de la Région Ile-de-France, du Centre national de la cinématographie, de la PROCIREP et de l’ANGOA – AGICOA en association avec Thirteen-WNET New York
(P) 1999 & © 2005 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Parlophone Records Limited
(P) & © 2005 The copyright in this Film Production is owned by Agat Films & Cie / ARTE France / Mikros image

DVD 6 110.00
Stravinsky: Le Rossignol
A film by Christian Chaudet
Bonus
Making-of: film - Post-production - Audio recording session



JULES MASSENET 1842-1912
Manon
Opéra-comique in 5 acts and 6 tableaux · Libretto: Henri Meilhac & Philippe Gille, after Abbé Prévost (L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut)

Manon Lescaut Natalie Dessay
Le Chevalier Des Grieux Rolando Villazón
Lescaut Manuel Lanza
Le Comte Des Grieux Samuel Ramey
Guillot de Morfontaine Francisco Vas
De Brétigny Didier Henry
Poussette Cristina Obregón
Javotte Marisa Martins
Rosette Anna Tobella
L’hôtelier Lluís Sintes
La servante Claudia Schneider
Les gardes Jordi Mas, Gabriel Diap
Un sergent Leo Paul Chiarot
Un archer Ignasi Campà
Les croupiers Miguel Ángel Currás, Josep Lluís Moreno, Ignasi Gomar
Une vieille dame Carmen Jímenez
Voyageurs Josep Lluís Moreno, Xavier Martinez
Vendeur d’élixir Emili Roses
Voyageuses Mariel Aguilar, Rosa Cristo, Elisabet Vilaplana, Núria Lamas
Une vendeuse María Such
Un vendeur de chansons Ivo Mischev
Un vendeur Josep M Bosch
Un cuisinier Carles Prat
Une vendeuse de chapeaux Hortènsia Larrabeiti
Un voyageur, une voix Omar A. Jara

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Victor Pablo Pérez

Stage director: David McVicar
Sets and costumes: Tanya McCallin
Lighting: Paule Constable
Choreography: Michael Keegan-Dolan
Chorus master : José Luis Basso
Film director: François Roussillon

Filmed Live: 24, 27 & 30.VI.2007, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
Recorded with the collaboration of the technical and audiovisual team and administrative personnel of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Production manager: David Kulas · Production assistant: David Reboul · Director of photography: Patrick Fabry · Script : Geneviève Tourneur · Musical adviser (images): Pierre Cholley · Images : Hélène Brugnes, Richard Devoucoux, Lionel Eskenazi, Hélène Girre, Laurent Grellet, Thierry Rancier, Jean-Marie Rodriguez, Cédric Runser · Sound Director: Jean Chatauret · Musical advisor: Philipp Knop · Musical adviser (images) & sound montage: Mireille Faure
High definition filming team
Production manager: Olivier Pajot · Equipment managers: Thierry Thaunay, Philippe Virollaud · Image engineers: Olivier Joy, Vincent Naudin ·Special effects: Vincent Pouradier · Video technicians: Cyril Coindeau, François Dandin, Bruno Hemonic, Eric Lebigre, Christian Schaller · Sound operator: Stève Guillemet · Sound Assistant: Freddy Fages
Gran Teatre del Liceu - Barcelona
General manager: Rosa Cullell · Artistic director: Joan Matabosch · Head of audiovisual: Jesus Regueira · Audiovisual department: Cristina Vinas
Production based in the original by English National Opera in collaboration with the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Lyric Opera Chicago

François Roussillon et Associés · Executive producer: Toni Hajal · Production administrator: Annette Lorinquer
A coproduction Gran Teatre del Liceu – François Roussillon et Associés – With the participation of France 2 and France 3 – With TVE, TF1, Mezzo – Avec le soutien du Centre national de la Cinématographie
Original cover artwork - Photo: A. Bofill
DVD development: msm-studios GmbH, München
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (P) & © 2007 Gran Teatre del Liceu, François Roussillon et Associés & Parlophone Records Limited

DVD 7 71.43
Acts I & II

Bonus: “Natalie Dessay with Rolando Villazón - Manon in Barcelona”
A fascinating hour-long documentary showing Natalie Dessay and Rolando Villazón rehearsing with stage director David McVicar. A film by Esti.

DVD 8 103.08
Acts III, IV & V



GAETANO DONIZETTI 1797-1848
La Fille du régiment
Opéra-comique in 2 acts · Libretto: Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges & Jean-François-Alfred Bayard

Marie Natalie Dessay
Tonio Juan Diego Flórez
La Marquise de Berkenfeld Felicity Palmer
Sulpice Pingot Alessandro Corbelli
Hortensius Donald Maxwell
La Duchesse de Crackentorp Dawn French
Un caporal Bryan Secombe
Un paysan Luke Price
Un notaire Jean-Pierre Blanchard

The Royal Opera Chorus chorus master Renato Balsadonna
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Bruno Campanella

Stage Director & Costume Designs: Laurent Pelly
Associate Director / Dialogue: Agathe Mélinand
Set Designs: Chantal Thomas
Lighting Designer: Joël Adam
Choreography: Laura Scozzi

First performance of this production 11.I.2007, Royal Opera House, London
Juan Diego Flórez appears courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
A Co-Production of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna and The Metropolitan Opera, New York / Television Director: Robin Lough · Television Producer: Peter Byram / A BBC Production in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden © BBC 2007 / Subtitles adapted for DVD by texthouse, © 2006 Decca Music Group (sung texts), © 2008 Erato (dialogues) / DVD development: msm-studios GmbH, München
Original cover artwork - Photo: Rob Moore
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) & © 2008 Parlophone Records Limited

DVD 9 132.00
Acts I & II



CLAUDE DEBUSSY 1862-1918
Pelléas et Mélisande
Lyric drama in five acts (1902) · Libretto by Maurice Maeterlinck

Mélisande Natalie Dessay
Pelléas Stéphane Degout
Golaud Laurent Naouri
Arkel Phillip Ens
Geneviève Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Physician/Shepherd Tim Mirfin
Yniold Beate Ritter

Arnold Schoenberg Chor
supernumeraries Theater an der Wien
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Bertrand de Billy

Stage director & Costume design: Laurent Pelly
Set design: Chantal Thomas
Light design: Joël Adam
Costume assistant: Jean-Jacques Delmotte

Filmed Live: I.2009, Theater an der Wien
Marie-Nicole Lemieux appears courtesy of Naïve
Production Manager: Petra Haidvogel · Technical Manager: Robert Hofecker
Head Coach: Claire Levacher · Répétiteur: Rupert Dussmann · Assistant Director: Christian Räth · Assistant Director & Performance Supervisor: Angelika Frenzel · Stage Manager: Cathrin Hauschildt / Costume Assistant: Miriam Draxl · Assistant Set Designer: Isabelle Girard-Donnat · Production Assistant & Head of Supermumerary: Simone Kraft · Technical Director: Kurt Schöny · Head of Stage Department: Gerald Stotz · Technical Planning: Ulrike Ranft · Head of Costume Department: Doris Maria Aigner · Lighting: Ralf Sternberg, Frank Storm / Head of Sound Department: Robert Macalik / Staging Rights: Durand-Salabert-Eschig represented in Austria by Universal Edition AG, Vienna / Sound Recording: ORF / Head of Sound Recording: Erich Hofmann / Video Recording: Landsmann+Landsmann / DVD development: msm-studios GmbH, München
Original cover artwork - Photo: Armin Bardel/Theater an der Wien
A Warner Classics/Erato release, (p) & © 2009 A new Theater an der Wien production - ORF - Parlophone Records Limited

DVD 10 93.00
Acts I, II & III

DVD 11 70.00
Acts IV & V



VINCENZO BELLINI 1801–1835
La sonnambula
Opera in two acts · Libretto: Felice Romani


Amina Natalie Dessay
Elvino Juan Diego Flórez
Il conte Rodolfo Michele Pertusi
Teresa Jane Bunnell
Lisa Jennifer Black
Alessio Jeremy Galyon
Un notaro Bernard Fitch

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet chorus master Donald Palumbo
Evelino Pidò

Production: Mary Zimmerman
Set Designer: Daniel Ostling
Costume Designer: Mara Blumenfeld
Lighting Designer: T.J. Gerckens
Choreographer: Daniel Pelzig


Filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 21.III.2009

A METROPOLITAN OPERA HIGH DEFINITION PRODUCTION
Executive Producer: Peter Gelb · Live transmission directed by Barbara Willis Sweete · Audio Producer: Jay David Saks · Supervising Producers: Mia Bongiovanni, Elena Park · Producers: Louisa Briccetti, Victoria Warivonchik
© 2009 The Metropolitan Opera. This DVD (P) & © 2010 The Metropolitan Opera. Originally released on Decca. Licensed to Parlophone Records Limited.

DVD 12 138.00
Acts I & II
Bonus: “Backstage at the MET”, presented by Deborah Voigt, featuring interviews with Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez



GIUSEPPE VERDI 1813-1901
La Traviata
Opera in 3 acts · Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave

Violetta Valéry Natalie Dessay
Giorgio Germont Ludovic Tézier
Alfredo Germont Charles Castronovo
Annina Adelina Scarabelli
Flora Bervoix Silvia de La Muela
Gastone de Letorières Manuel Nunez Camelino
Barone Douphol Kostas Smoriginas
Marchese d’Obigny Andrea Mastroni
Dottor Grenvil Maurizio Lo Piccolo
Giuseppe Mati Turi
Domestico di Flora Rainer Vilu
Commissionario Uku Joller
Actor Rachid Zanouda

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir chorus master Mikk Üleoja
London Symphony Orchestra
Louis Langrée

Réalisation: Don Kent
Stage Director: Jean-François Sivadier
Set Designs: Alexandre de Dardel
Costume: Virginie Gervaise
Lighting Designer: Philippe Berthomé
Makeup, Wigs: Cécile Kretschmar
Collaborator to Stage Director: Véronique Timsit

Filmed at the Théâtre de l’Archevêché, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, 2011
Nouvelle production du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence · En coproduction avec le Wiener Staatsoper et l’Opéra de Dijon · Coproducteur associé: Théâtre de Caen / DVD development: msm-studios GmbH, München / DVD: A Bel Air Media - Festival d’Aix en Provence - Arte 2011 coproduction · Réalisation Don Kent
A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2012 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

DVD 13 139.00
Acts I, II & III



GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL 1685-1759
Giulio Cesare
Opera in 3 acts (1724) · Libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym after Giacomo Francesco Bussani · Publisher: Hallische Händel-Ausgabe, Bärenreiter-Verlag

Giulio Cesare Lawrence Zazzo
Cleopatra Natalie Dessay
Sesto Isabel Leonard
Cornelia Varduhi Abrahamyan
Tolomeo Christophe Dumaux
Achilla Nathan Berg
Niremo Dominique Visse
Curio Aimery Lefèvre

Chœur de l’Opéra national de Paris chorus masters Patrick Marie Aubert & Alessandro Di Stefano
Le Concert d’Astrée
Emmanuelle Haïm
Benoît Hartoin harpsichord

Stage Director & Costumes: Laurent Pelly
Set Designs: Chantal Thomas
Dramaturgy & Collaboration to production: Agathe Mélinand
Lighting Designer: Joël Adam
Film director: François Roussillon

Filmed Live: 1, 4 & 7.II.2011, Opéra national de Paris - Palais Garnier
Une coproduction Opéra national de Paris, François Roussillon et Associés, Mezzo · Avec la participation de Francetélévisions et du Centre national de la Cinématographie · Avec le soutien de l’AROP / Production audiovisuelle: Directeur du son: Jean Chatauret · Sous-titrage versions françaises et anglaises © Richard Neel / François Roussillon et Associés / DVD development: msm-studios GmbH, München
Original cover artwork - Photo: Agathe Poupeney
© 2011 Opéra national de Paris - François Roussillon et Associés – Mezzo. A Warner Classics/Erato release, this DVD © 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

DVD 14 85.00
Act I
DVD 15 131.00
Acts II & III


JACQUES OFFENBACH 1819-1880
Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Opera in one prologue, three acts and an epilogue · Libretto by Jules Barbier after the work by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré · After the opera’s complete edition by Michael Kaye et Jean-Christophe Keck · Publisher: Schott Music, Mainz, Germany

Hoffmann Michael Spyres
Olympia Kathleen Kim
Antonia Natalie Dessay
Giulietta Tatiana Pavlovskaya
Lindorf / Coppélius / Docteur Miracle / Dapertutto Laurent Naouri
Nicklausse / La Muse Michèle Losier
Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz / Pitichinaccio Francisco Vas
La voix de la mère Salomé Haller
Stella Susana Cordón
Spalanzani Manel Esteve Madrid
Schlémil / Hermann Isaac Galán
Luther Àlexs Sanmartí
Crespel Carlos Chausson
Nathanaël Airam Hernández

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Stéphane Denève


Stage Director & Costumes: Laurent Pelly
Assistant conductor: Gueràssim Voronkov
Chorus master: José Luis Basso
Associate stage director: Christian Räth
Scenography: Chantal Thomas
With the collaboration of Jean-Jacques Delmotte
Dramaturgy and new libretto version: Agathe Mélinand
Lighting: Joël Adam
Vidéo: Charles Carcopino
Film Director: Louise Narboni

Filmed: 20 & 23.II.2013, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
New coproduction Gran Teatre del Liceu - San Francisco Opera - Opéra national de Lyon / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona Director: Joan Francesc Marco · Artistic director: Joan Matabosch · Director audiovisual production : Gemma Felius / Recorded with all technical teams and production of the Gran Teatre del Liceu / A production Les Films Jack Fébus Producer: Laurent Lesperon · Executive Producer: Simon Marre · Production Directors: Lionel Lartigue, Sylvain Marquet · Production manager: Sandra Labeyrie · Director of photography: Cécile Trelluyer · Continuity: Elisabeth Grelier · Sound Engineer: Philippe Engel, Jean-Luc Ferrer, Anne Chosson / In coproduction with Gran Teatre del Liceu - Les Films Jack Febus - Mezzo - Kairos Musique · With the participation of TV3 - Cinaps TV - Télé Miroir - GAD - Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée
Original cover artwork - Photo: A. Bofill

© 2013 Gran Teatre del Liceu - Les Films Jack Fébus – Mezzo. A Warner Classics/Erato release, this DVD © 2013 Parlophone Records Limited

DVD 16 78.00
Acts I (Prologue) & II
DVD 17 105.00
Acts III, IV & V (Epilogue)


DVD 18 135.00
GREATEST MOMENTS ON STAGE

1 JOHANN STRAUSS: Frühlingsstimmenwalzer
with Gabriele Sima (Orlofsky)
Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper · Ulf Schirmer
Recorded: 31.XII.1993, Wiener Staatsoper (during a performance of ‘Die Fledermaus’)
TV direction: ORF
© 1993 Wiener Staatsoper – ORF & (p) 2006 Parlophone Records Limited

2 RICHARD STRAUSS Ariadne auf Naxos: “Grossmächtige Prinzessin”– Zerbinetta
with Deborah Polasky (Ariadne), Russell Braun (Harlequin)
Wiener Philharmoniker · Christoph von Dohnányi
Recorded: VIII.2001, Salzburg, Kleines Festspielhaus
Stage direction & dramaturgy: Jossi Wieler & Sergio Morabito · Sets & costumes: Anna Viebrock · Recorded by Austrian Television ORF · Directed by Brian Large
© Salzburger Festspiele/ORF Austrian Radio & (p) 2006 Parlophone Records Limited

3 JACQUES OFFENBACH Les Contes d’Hoffmann: “Les oiseaux dans la charmille” – Olympia
with Neil Shicoff (Hoffmann), Gottfried Hornik (Spalanzani)
Chor & Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper · Jun Märkl
Recorded: 6.IX.1996, Wiener Staatsoper
Stage director: Andrei Serban · Sets & costumes: Richard Hudson · TV direction: ORF
© 1996 Wiener Staatsoper – ORF & (p) 2006 Parlophone Records Limited

4 GAETANO DONIZETTI Lucie de Lammermoor: Mad scene. “Mon nom s’est fait entendre” - Lucie
with Ludovic Tézier (Henry Ashton), Nicolas Cavallier (Raymond)
Orchestre & Chœurs de l’Opéra National de Lyon · Evelino Pidò
Recorded: I.2002, Opéra National de Lyon
Stage directors: Patrice Caurier & Moshe Leiser · Sets: Christian Fenouillat · Costumes: Agostino Cavalca · Lighting: Christophe Forey · TV director: Don Kent
© 2002 Bel Air Media, Arte France, Opéra National de Lyon & (p) 2006 Parlophone Records Limited

5 JACQUES OFFENBACH Les Contes d’Hoffmann: “Les oiseaux dans la charmille” – Olympia
with Daniel Galvez-Vallejo (Hoffmann), Gabriel Bacquier (Spalanzani), José van Dam (Coppelius)
Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon · Kent Nagano
Recorded: V.1993, Opéra de Lyon
Stage director: Louis Erlo · Sets: Philippe Starck · Costumes: Jacques Schmidt, Emmanuel Peduzzi · Video director: Pierre Cavassilas
© 1993 Opéra National de Lyon/RM Associates & (p) 2006 Parlophone Records Limited

6 AMBROISE THOMAS Hamlet: Mad scene. “A vos jeux mes amis” – Ophélie
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu · Bertrand de Billy
Recorded: X.2003, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
Stage directors: Patrice Caurier & Moshe Leiser · Sets: Christian Fenouillat · Costumes: Agostino Cavalca · Lighting: Christophe Forey · TV director: Toni Bargalló
© 2004 (video recording) & (p) 2004 (sound recording) by Fundació del Gran Teatre del Liceu under licence to Parlophone Records Limited

7 MAURICE RAVEL L’Enfant et les Sortilèges: Air du Feu: “Arrière…”
with Isabelle Eschenbrenner (L’Enfant)
Didier Puntos, Christophe Simonet piano 4-hands · José-Daniel Castellon flute · Jean-Michel Fonteneau cello
Recorded: VI.1993, Opéra de Lyon
Stage directors: Patrice Caurier & Moshe Leiser · Sets: Christian Rätz · Costumes: Etienne Couleon & Patrice Caurier · Réalisation musicale: Didier Puntos · Directeur de la photographie: Martial Barrault
© 1993 Imalyre Groupe France Telecom - Opéra de Lyon - Club d’Investisssement Média – France 2/FranceSupervision – Radio France 1993 Courtesy of Ideale Audience International & (p) 2006 Parlophone Records Limited

8 JACQUES OFFENBACH Les Contes d’Hoffmann: “Les oiseaux dans la charmille” – Olympia
with Markus Haddock (Hoffmann), Antoine Normand (Spalanzani), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Cochenille), Angelika Kirchschlager (Nicklausse)
Chœurs du Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse et de l’Opéra-Théâtre d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse · Michel Plasson
Recorded: 12 & 15.VII.2000, Chorégies d’Orange
Stage director: Jérôme Savary · Scenography: Michel Lebois · Costumes: Michel Dussarat · Lighting: Alain Poisson · TV director: Ariane Adriani
© 2000 Bel Air Media, France 2, Lark Productions, France Musiques, Chorégies d’Orange & (p) 2006 Parlophone Records Limited

9 LEONARD BERNSTEIN Candide: “Glitter and be gay” - Cunegonde
London Philharmonic Orchestra · Sir Andrew Davis
Recorded: 27.IV.1997, Glyndebourne
© & (p) 2006 Parlophone Records Limited

10 JACQUES OFFENBACH Orphée aux enfers: Duo de la Mouche. “Il m’a semblé sur mon épaule” – Finale – Eurydice
with Laurent Naouri (Jupiter), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Pluton), Martine Olmeda (L’Opinion publique)
Orchestre & Choeurs de l’Opéra National de Lyon
Orchestre de Chambre de Grenoble · Marc Minkowski
Recorded: XII.1997, Opéra National de Lyon
Stage director: Laurent Pelly · Sets: Chantal Thomas · Costumes: Michel Dussarat & Laurent Pelly · Lighting: Joël Adam · TV directors: Ariane Adriani & Yves André Hubert
© 1998 Bel Air Media, France 2 & (p) 2006 Parlophone Records Limited

Includes Natalie Dessay’s comments for each role, filmed by Esti

Publishers: Boosey & Hawkes/Leduc (2); Durand (7); Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing (9) · DVD development: msm-studios GmbH, München · Original cover artwork
A Warner Classics/Erato compilation, (p) & © 2006 Parlophone Records Limited


DVD 19 Bonus 21.00
GAETANO DONIZETTI 1797–1848
Lucia di Lammermoor
Mad Scene

Lucia Natalie Dessay
Enrico Mariusz Kwiecień
Raimondo John Relyea
Armonica Solo Cecilia Brauer

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
James Levine
Chorus Master: Donald Palumbo


Production: Mary Zimmerman
Costume Designer: Mara Blumenfeld
Lighthning Designer: T.J. Gerckens
Choreographer: Daniel Pelzig


Filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 24.IX.2007

A METROPOLITAN OPERA HIGH DEFINITION PRODUCTION
Executive Producer: Peter Gelb · Live transmission directed by Barbara Willis Sweete · Audio Producer: Jay David Saks · Supervising Producers: Mia Bongiovanni, Elena Park · Producers: Louisa Briccetti, Victoria Warivonchik
© 2007 The Metropolitan Opera




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