Tracklist

CD 1: Great Puccini Arias
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Gianni Schicci: O mio babbino caro
Giacomo Puccini 2:37
2 Tosca: Atto II. "Vissi d'arte" (Tosca)
Giacomo Puccini 3:18
3 Tosca: Atto III. "Com'è lunga l'attesa!" - "Presto! Su, Mario!" (Tosca, Spoletta, Sciarrone)
Giacomo Puccini 3:32
4 Tosca: Atto III. "Amaro sol per te m'era il morire" - "Trionfal" (Tosca, Cavaradossi)
Giacomo Puccini 5:56
5 Madama Butterfly: Act II. "Un bel dì vedremo"
Giacomo Puccini 4:44
6 Madama Butterfly: Act II. "Che tua madre dovrà"
Giacomo Puccini 3:26
7 Madama Butterfly: Act II. "Con onor muore"
Giacomo Puccini 5:21
8 La bohème: Act I. "Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì” (Mimì)
Giacomo Puccini 4:51
9 La bohème: Act III. "Donde lieta usci" (Mimi)
Giacomo Puccini 3:20
10 Suor Angelica: "Senza mamma"
Giacomo Puccini 5:29
11 Manon Lescault: "In quelle trine morbide"
Giacomo Puccini 2:50
12 Manon Lescault: "Sola, perduta, abbandonata"
Giacomo Puccini 5:49
13 Turandot: Act I. "Signore, ascolta!" (Liù)
Giacomo Puccini 2:29
14 Turandot: Act III, Scene I. "Tu, che di gel sei cinta" (Liù, Crowd, Prince, Timur, Ping)
Giacomo Puccini 2:45
15 Turandot: Act II, Scene II. "In questa reggia" (Turandot, Crowd, Prince)
Giacomo Puccini 6:24
16 Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene I. "Ecco là!" - "Il dolce suono"
Gaetano Donizetti 5:00
17 Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene I. "Sparsa è di rose"
Gaetano Donizetti 2:13
18 Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene I. "Ardon gli incensi; splendon le sacre faci"
Gaetano Donizetti 5:38
CD 2: Great Opera Arias
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Norma: Act I. Scena e Cavatina "Casta Diva, che inargenti" (Norma, Chorus)
Vincenzo Bellini 9:01
2 Norma: Act I. Cabaletta "Ah! bello a me ritorna" (Norma, Oroveso, Chorus)
Vincenzo Bellini 3:35
3 I Puritani: Act II. Aria "Qui la voce sua soave" (Elvira)
Vincenzo Bellini 4:43
4 I Puritani: Act I, Scene III. "Son vergin vezzosa" (Elvira)
Vincenzo Bellini 3:44
5 Il barbiere di Siviglia: Act I, No. 5. "Una voce poco fa" (Rosina)
Gioachino Rossini 6:42
6 Il turco in Italia: Act I, Scene 1. "Non si dà follia maggiore"
Gioachino Rossini 3:40
7 La Wally: Act I. "Ebben? Ne andrò lontano" (Wally)
Alfredo Catalani 4:49
8 Lakmé: Act II. “Où va la jeune Indoue” (Air des clochettes - Bell Song) (Lakmé)
Léo Delibes 7:51
9 Adriana Lecouvreur: Act I. Aria "Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella" (Adriana)
Francesco Cilea 3:43
10 Adriana Lecouvreur: Act IV. "Poveri fiori" (Adriana)
Francesco Cilea 3:10
11 Pagliacci: Act I. "Stridono lassù" (Nedda)
Ruggero Leoncavallo 4:39
12 La Gioconda: Act IV. Aria "Suicidio!" (Gioconda)
Amilcare Ponchielli 4:43
13 Mefistofele: Act III. "L'altra notte in fondo al mare"
Arrigo Boito 7:19
14 Andrea Chénier: Act III. "La mamma morta"
Umberto Giordano 4:48
15 Cavalleria rusticana: "Voi lo sapete, o mamma"
Pietro Mascagni 6:17
CD 3: Great Verdi Arias
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Aida: Act I, Scene I. Scena "Ritorna vincitor" (Aida)
Giuseppe Verdi 6:46
2 Aida: Act III. Romanza "Qui Radames verrà... O patria mia"
Giuseppe Verdi 7:00
3 I Vespri Siciliani: Act V. "Mercè, dilette amiche"
Giuseppe Verdi 4:00
4 La Forza del Destino: Act II, Scene II. "Son giunta!" - "Madre, Madre, pietosa Vergine"
Giuseppe Verdi 6:42
5 La Forza del Destino: Act IV, Scene II. Aria "Pace, pace, mio Dio" (Leonora)
Giuseppe Verdi 6:10
6 La Traviata: Act I. "È strano! è strano!"
Giuseppe Verdi 1:17
7 La Traviata: Act I. "Ah, fors'è lui"
Giuseppe Verdi 3:06
8 La Traviata: Act I. "Follie! Follie!"
Giuseppe Verdi 1:07
9 La Traviata: Act I. "Sempre libera"
Giuseppe Verdi 3:59
10 La Traviata: Act III. "Teneste la promessa"
Giuseppe Verdi 1:53
11 La Traviata: Act III. "Addio, del passato"
Giuseppe Verdi 3:29
12 Rigoletto: Act I. "Gualtier Maldé…Caro nome" (Gilda)
Giuseppe Verdi 7:32
13 Macbeth: Act I. Scena e Cavatina "Nel dì della vittoria" – "Vieni t’affretta…Or tutti sorgete"
Giuseppe Verdi 8:27
14 Macbeth: Act II, Scene I. "La luce langue" (Lady Macbeth, Macbeth)
Giuseppe Verdi 4:02
15 Macbeth: Act IV, Scene II. "Una macchia" (Sleepwalking Scene) (Medico, Dama, Lady Macbeth)
Giuseppe Verdi 6:14

Credits

CD 1: Great Puccini Arias

balance engineer:
Robert Beckett (track 5)
composer:
Gaetano Donizetti (Italian opera composer) (tracks 16–18)
Giacomo Puccini (Italian composer) (tracks 1–3, 3–15)
conductor:
Herbert von Karajan (1953) (tracks 6–7)
Victor de Sabata (1953) (tracks 2–4)
Tullio Serafin (1953) (tracks 16–18)
Tullio Serafin (1954) (tracks 1, 8–15)
Herbert von Karajan (1955) (track 5)
librettist:
Giuseppe Adami (tracks 13, 15)
Salvadore Cammarano (Italian librettist) (tracks 16–18)
Giovacchino Forzano (tracks 1, 10)
Giuseppe Giacosa (tracks 2–9)
Luigi Illica (tracks 2–9)
Renato Simoni (tracks 13, 15)
lyricist:
Giacomo Puccini (Italian composer) (track 14)
orchestra:
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano (1953) (tracks 2–4, 6–7)
Philharmonia Orchestra (London orchestra, known as New Philharmonia Orchestra from 1964-1976) (1954) (tracks 1, 8–15)
producer:
Walter Legge (British classical record producer, 1906-1979) (track 5)
solo soprano vocals:
Maria Callas (1953) (track 2)
soprano vocals:
Maria Callas (1953) (tracks 2–4, 6–7, 16–18)
Maria Callas (1954) (tracks 1, 8–15)
Maria Callas (1955) (track 5)
tenor vocals:
Nicolai Gedda (1953) (track 7)
publisher:
Casa Ricordi BMG S.p.A. (tracks 1, 10)
recorded at:
Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Milano, Italy (1955-08-01 – 1955-08-06) (track 5)
arrangements:
Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro" (catch-all for arrangements) (track 1)
later translated versions:
Kādā jaukā dienā (from opera "Madama Butterfly") (track 5)
私のお父さん (track 1)
part of:
Gianni Schicchi (track 1)
Madama Butterfly: Atto II (tracks 5–6)
Suor Angelica (track 10)
Tosca: Atto II (track 2)
Tosca: Atto III (tracks 3, 3–4)
Turandot: Atto III (track 14)
Turandot: Atto I (track 13)
Turandot: Atto II (track 15)
La bohème: Atto I (track 8)
recording of:
Madama Butterfly: Atto III. “Con onor muore” (Butterfly, Pinkerton) (track 7)
Turandot: Atto II, Scena II. “In questa reggia” (Turandot, La folla, Calaf) (track 15)

CD 2: Great Opera Arias

composer:
Vincenzo Bellini (Sicilian opera composer) (tracks 3–4)
Alfredo Catalani (track 7)
Francesco Cilea (tracks 9–10)
Léo Delibes (track 8)
Umberto Giordano (Italian opera composer) (track 14)
Ruggero Leoncavallo (track 11)
Pietro Mascagni (track 15)
Amilcare Ponchielli (track 12)
Gioachino Rossini (Italian composer 1792-1868) (tracks 5–6)
Arrigo Boito (track 13)
Vincenzo Bellini (Sicilian opera composer) (– 1831) (tracks 1–2)
conductor:
Arturo Basile (Italian opera conductor) (1953) (track 3)
Tullio Serafin (1953) (track 4)
Gianandrea Gavazzeni (1954) (track 6)
Tullio Serafin (1954) (tracks 1–2, 5, 8–11, 13–15)
Antonino Votto (conductor) (1954) (track 12)
Tullio Serafin (1955) (track 7)
librettist:
Ruggero Leoncavallo (track 11)
Arrigo Boito (tracks 12–13)
Arturo Colautti (tracks 9–10)
Philippe Gille (track 8)
Edmond Gondinet (track 8)
Luigi Illica (tracks 7, 14)
Guido Menasci (Italian librettist, 19th-20th c.) (track 15)
Carlo Pepoli (Italian librettist, 19th c.) (tracks 3–4)
Felice Romani (track 6)
Cesare Sterbini (track 5)
Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti (Italian librettist, 19th-20th c.) (track 15)
Felice Romani (– 1831) (tracks 1–2)
orchestra:
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano (1954) (tracks 1–2, 6, 11, 15)
Philharmonia Orchestra (London orchestra, known as New Philharmonia Orchestra from 1964-1976) (1954) (tracks 5, 8–10, 13–14)
Philharmonia Orchestra (London orchestra, known as New Philharmonia Orchestra from 1964-1976) (1955) (track 7)
soprano vocals:
Maria Callas (1953) (tracks 3–4)
Maria Callas (1954) (tracks 1–2, 5–6, 8–15)
Maria Callas (1955) (track 7)
arrangements:
La Wally: Atto I. "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana" (for cello and orchestra, arr. Cosma) (track 7)
is the basis for:
later translated versions:
part of:
La Wally: Atto I (track 7)
Norma: Atto I (tracks 1–2)
Pagliacci: Atto I (track 11)
I puritani: Atto I (track 4)
Lakmé: Acte II (track 8)
recording of:
referred to in medleys:
Barcelona Games Medley (tracks 1, 5)

CD 3: Great Verdi Arias

additional librettist:
Andrea Maffei (19th century poet, translator and librettist) (tracks 13–15)
bass vocals:
Attilio Barbesi (Italian operatic bass) (1952) (track 14)
Dario Caselli (operatic bass) (1952) (track 15)
choir vocals:
composer:
Giuseppe Verdi (Italian opera composer) (tracks 1–4, 4–15)
conductor:
Victor de Sabata (1952) (tracks 13–15)
Tullio Serafin (1954) (tracks 3–5)
Gabriele Santini (conductor) (1955) (tracks 6–11)
Tullio Serafin (1955) (tracks 1–2, 12)
librettist:
Charles Duveyrier (track 3)
Antonio Ghislanzoni (tracks 1–2)
Francesco Maria Piave (tracks 4, 4–15)
Eugène Scribe (track 3)
mezzo-soprano vocals:
Angela Vercelli (Italian mezzo-soprano) (1952) (track 15)
orchestra:
Philharmonia Orchestra (London orchestra, known as New Philharmonia Orchestra from 1964-1976) (1954) (track 3)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano (1955) (tracks 1–2, 12)
soprano vocals:
Maria Callas (1952) (tracks 13–15)
Maria Callas (1954) (tracks 3–5)
Maria Callas (1955) (tracks 1–2, 6–12)
arrangements:
A me, fanciulla (track 7)
is the basis for:
later translated versions:
Ardievu maigie sapņi (from opera "Traviata") (track 11)
Kur bijāt, dienas saulainās (from opera "Traviata") (track 7)
part of:
La traviata: Atto I (tracks 6–9)
La traviata: Atto III (tracks 10–11)
Macbeth: Atto II (track 14)
Aida: Atto Terzo (track 2)
Aida: Atto Primo (track 1)
Macbeth: Atto I (track 13)
Macbeth: Atto IV (track 15)
Rigoletto: Atto I (track 12)
recording of:
referred to in medleys: