Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Il barbiere di Siviglia: Act I. "Una voce poco fa" (Rosina)
Gioachino Rossini 7:01
2 La bohème: Act IV. "In un coupé?" - "O Mimì tu pì non torni"
Giacomo Puccini 4:36
3 La traviata: Act I. Brindisi "Libiamo ne'lieti calici"
Giuseppe Verdi 3:08
4 Tosca: Act II. "Vissi d'arte"
Giacomo Puccini 3:08
5 Madama Butterfly: Act II. "Un bel dì vedremo"
Giacomo Puccini 4:32
6 Nabucco: Act III. "Va pensiero"
Giuseppe Verdi 4:36
7 Pagliacci: Act I. Recitar "Vesti la giubba"
Ruggero Leoncavallo 2:40
8 Andrea Chénier: Act III. "La mamma morta" (Maddalena)
Umberto Giordano 4:51
9 Aida: Act I. "Se quel guerrier io fossi!" - "Celeste Aida"
Giuseppe Verdi 4:37
10 Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro"
Giacomo Puccini 1:57
11 Turandot: Act III. "Nessun dorma"
Giacomo Puccini 3:07
12 Adriana Lecouvreur: Act I. "Ecco, respiro appena" - "Io son l'umile ancella"
Francesco Cilea 3:16
13 Il trovatore: Act IV. "Miserere"
Giuseppe Verdi 4:43
14 La Wally: Act II. "Ebben, nè andrò lontana"
Alfredo Catalani 3:30
15 La bohème: Act I. "Che gelida manina"
Giacomo Puccini 4:38
16 Cavalleria rusticana: "Regina coeli laetare." (Coro)
Pietro Mascagni 5:41

Credits

CD 1

baritone vocals:
Sir Thomas Allen (baritone) (track 2)
choir vocals:
composer:
Alfredo Catalani (track 14)
Francesco Cilea (track 12)
Umberto Giordano (Italian opera composer) (track 8)
Pietro Mascagni (track 16)
Giacomo Puccini (Italian composer) (tracks 2, 2, 4–5, 10)
Gioachino Rossini (Italian composer 1792-1868) (track 1)
Giuseppe Verdi (Italian opera composer) (tracks 3, 13)
Giuseppe Verdi (Italian opera composer) (1841) (track 6)
Giuseppe Verdi (Italian opera composer) (1871) (track 9)
Ruggero Leoncavallo (1892) (track 7)
Giacomo Puccini (Italian composer) (1896) (track 15)
Giacomo Puccini (Italian composer) (1921-03 – 1924-03) (track 11)
conductor:
John Barker (conductor) (track 2)
Michael Collins (clarinettist & conductor) (track 7)
Sir Colin Davis (track 1)
Alberto Erede (conductor) (tracks 4, 10)
Lamberto Gardelli (conductor) (track 8)
Giuseppe Patanè (tracks 9, 11)
Gabriele Santini (conductor) (tracks 6, 15–16)
Thomas Schippers (track 13)
Alberto Zedda (track 12)
Tullio Serafin (1960) (track 3)
Leone Magiera (conductor, pianist) (1968) (track 5)
Lamberto Gardelli (conductor) (1984) (track 14)
librettist:
Giuseppe Adami (track 11)
Salvadore Cammarano (Italian librettist) (track 13)
Arturo Colautti (track 12)
Giovacchino Forzano (track 10)
Giuseppe Giacosa (tracks 2, 2, 4–5, 15)
Luigi Illica (tracks 2, 2, 4–5, 8, 14–15)
Renato Simoni (track 11)
Temistocle Solera (track 6)
Cesare Sterbini (track 1)
Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti (Italian librettist, 19th-20th c.) (track 16)
Antonio Ghislanzoni (1870) (track 9)
Ruggero Leoncavallo (1892) (track 7)
orchestra:
London Symphony Orchestra (tracks 4, 10)
Philharmonia Orchestra (London orchestra, known as New Philharmonia Orchestra from 1964-1976) (track 1)
Münchner Rundfunkorchester (1984) (track 14)
soprano vocals:
Ghena Dimitrova (track 8)
Fiamma Izzo D'Amico (track 12)
Anna Moffo (soprano) (track 1)
Antonietta Stella (tracks 4, 10)
Gabriella Tucci (track 13)
Victoria de los Ángeles (1960) (track 3)
Mirella Freni (1968) (track 5)
Ghena Dimitrova (1984) (track 14)
tenor vocals:
Giuseppe Campora (Italian operatic tenor) (track 16)
Franco Corelli (track 13)
Charles Craig (track 7)
Plácido Domingo (track 2)
Nicolai Gedda (tracks 9, 11)
Carlo del Monte (1960) (track 3)
publisher:
Casa Ricordi BMG S.p.A. (tracks 10–11)
arrangements:
"O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi (for piano, Mikhashoff) (track 10)
"Vissi d’arte" from Tosca (for piano, Mikhashoff) (track 4)
Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro" (catch-all for arrangements) (track 10)
La Wally: Atto I. "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana" (for cello and orchestra, arr. Cosma) (track 14)
Nabucco: Atto III. "Va, pensiero" (Coro) (catch-all for arrangements) (track 6)
On With the Motley (for brass band, Farr) (track 7)
Pagliacci: Atto I. "Recitar!" - "Vesti la giubba" (Canio) (catch-all for arrangements) (track 7)
is the basis for:
Pagliacci (Maynard Ferguson jazz adaptation of "Vesti la giubba" from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci) (track 7)
later translated versions:
El nostre heroi (track 11)
Going to Win (track 11)
Hear My Prayer (English translation of Nessun dorma) (track 11)
Kādā jaukā dienā (from opera "Madama Butterfly") (track 5)
私のお父さん (track 10)
part of:
Gianni Schicchi (track 10)
La Wally: Atto I (track 14)
Nabucco: Atto III (track 6)
Aida: Atto Primo (track 9)
La bohème: Atto IV (tracks 2, 2)
Turandot: Atto III (track 11)
La bohème: Atto I (track 15)
Pagliacci: Atto I (track 7)
Tosca: Atto II (track 4)
recording of:
Gianni Schicchi: “O mio babbino caro” (Lauretta) (1957) (track 10)
Nabucco: Atto III, Scena IV. “Va, pensiero” (Coro) (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) (1966) (track 6)
referred to in medleys:
Barcelona Games Medley (tracks 1, 3, 7)
Relax and Unwind With the Classics (preview) (track 10)