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  The Best of...
Part I

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Mozart  -  Paganini  -  Puccini  -  Schubert
Schumann
Strauss  - Tchaikovsky  -  Verdi  -  Vivaldi  -  Wagner

 Part II
The greatest opera singers

1.Voice type - 2.A-C - 3.D-J - 4.K-M - 5.N-Sc - 6.Si-Z
 
     
     
 
 
 
 
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The Best of... (Part I)
 
 
The greatest opera singers - 5 N-Sc
 
 
 
 
 
 
100 Greatest Opera Singers by L. Richard Lewis
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: HEDDLE NASH
 
Heddle Nash, Tenor (1894, the birth-date on the picture is wrong-1961)

Georges Bizet - Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The pearl fishers)
Je crois entendre encore - sung in english -
(Recorded 1944)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: Anna Netrebko
 
Anna Netrebko , Soprano, born 1971

Anna Yuryevna Netrebko (Russian: Анна Юрьевна Нетребко, born 18 September 1971) is a Russian operatic soprano. She now holds dual Russian and Austrian citizenship and currently resides in Vienna, Austria and in New York City.
 
The Best Of Anna Netrebko (Full Album)
 
Soprano: Anna Netrebko
Album; The Best Of Anna Netrebko
Year; 2009

Tracklist:
01 O Mio Babbino Caro 00:00
02 Quando Men Vo 02:42
03 Dome Epais le Jasmin (Flower Duet) 05:18
04 Deh Vieni Non Tardar 10:24
05 La Ci Darem la Mano 13:51
06 Ardon Gli Incensi (Mad Scene) 17:12
07 Casta Diva 22:15
08 Lied an den Mond 28:02
09 Libiamo ne Lieti Calici 33:03
10 Meine Lippen, die Kussen so Hei? 36:09
11 Ma Qual Mai... Fuggi Crudele 41:50
12 Si, Mi Chiamano Mimi 48:04
13 O Soave Fanciulla 53:24
14 Belle nuit, o Nuit D'amour 57:32
15 Solvejgs Lied 01:00:07
16 Addio del Passato 01:03:51
17 Eccomi... Oh! Quante Volte 01:09:34

 
 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: BIRGIT NILSSON
 
Birgit Nilsson, Soprano (1918-2005)

Giacomo Puccini - Turandot
In questa reggia
with Jussi Bjoerling, Tenor (1911-1960)
(Recorded 1959)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: Jessye Mae Norman
 
Jessye Mae Norman (born September 15, 1945) is an American Grammy award-winning opera singer and recitalist.

A dramatic soprano, Norman is associated in particular with the Wagnerian repertoire, and with the roles of Sieglinde, Ariadne, Alceste, and Leonore. Norman has been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and is a Spingarn Medalist. Apart from receiving several honorary doctorates and other awards, she has also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, and is a member of the British Royal Academy of Music.
 
Jessye Norman - Ave Maria (Schubert)
 
 
 
Jessye Norman - Ave Maria (Gounod)
 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: SIGRID ONEGIN
 
Sigrid Onegin, Contralto and Mezzosoprano(1889-1943)

Christoph Willibald Gluck - Orfeo et Euridice
Che faro senza Euridice?
(Recorded 1930)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: ROSETTA PAMPANINI
 
Rosetta Pampanini, Soprano (1896-1973)

Giacomo Puccini - Tosca
Vissi d´arte, vissi d´amore
(Recorded 1939)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: CHARLES PANZÉRA
 
Charles Panzéra, Baritone (1896-1976)

Henri Duparc - L´Invitation au voyage: Mon enfant, ma soeur
(Recorded 1936)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: LUCIANO PAVAROTTI
 
Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor (1935-2007)

Gaetano Donizetti - La figlia del reggimento (La fille du régiment)
Ah! Mes amis... Por mon áme quel destin
(Recorded 1967)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: Peter Pears
 
Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears CBE (22 June 1910 – 3 April 1986) was an English tenor. His career was closely associated with the composer Benjamin Britten, his personal and professional partner for nearly forty years.

Pears's musical career started slowly. He was at first unsure whether to concentrate on playing or singing, and despite the efforts of some of his friends, it was not until he met Britten in 1937 that he threw himself wholeheartedly into singing. Once he and Britten were established as a partnership, the composer wrote many concert and operatic works with Pears's voice in mind, and the singer created roles in more than ten operas by his partner. In the concert hall, Pears and Britten were celebrated recitalists, known in particular for their performances of Lieder by Schubert and Schumann. Together they recorded most of the works written for Pears by Britten, as well as a wide range of music by other composers. Working with other musicians, Pears sang an extensive repertoire of music from four centuries, from the Tudor period to the most modern times.

With Britten, Pears was a co-founder of the Aldeburgh Festival in 1947 and the Britten-Pears School in 1972. After Britten died in 1976, Pears remained an active participant in the festival and the school, where he was director of singing. His own voice had a distinctive timbre, not to all tastes, but such was his musical skill that he could use the voice to good effect in many styles of music.

Peter Pears & Benjamin Britten discuss "Die Winterreise" - 1968
This brief sampling from Schubert's great cycle "Winterreise", D. 911, includes "Frühlingstraum", "Im Dorfe", and "Der Leiermann". From 1968.

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: EZIO PINZA
 
Ezio Pinza, Bass (sometimes Bass-Baritone) (1892-1957)

Gioacchino Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia
La calunnia e un venticello
(Recorded 1940)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: POL PLANCON
 
Pol Plancon, Bass (1851, other source 1854-1914)

Ambroise Thomas Le Caid
Enfant chéri, des dames, des grisettes (Air du Tambour-Major)
(Recorded 1903)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: ROSA PONSELLE
 
Rosa Ponselle, Soprano (1897-1981)

Giuseppe Verdi - La Forza del Destino
Pace, Pace mio Dio
(Recorded 1928)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: Lucia Popp
 
Lucia Popp (born Lucia Poppová; 12 November 1939 – 16 November 1993) was a Slovak operatic soprano.

She began her career as a soubrette soprano, and later moved into the light-lyric and lyric coloratura soprano repertoire and then the lighter Richard Strauss and Wagner operas. Her career included performances at Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala. Popp was also a highly regarded recitalist and lieder singer.

Lucia Popp performing Der Holle Rache from Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" (The Magic Flute), 1969.
 
 
Lucia Popp -- The Queen of the Night, 1969
 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: LEONTYNE PRICE
 
Leontyne Price, Soprano (born 1927)

Giuseppe Verdi - Aida
Qui Radamès verrà... O patria mia
(Recorded 1961)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: SAMUEL RAMEY
 
Samuel Ramey, Bass (basso cantante) (born 1942)

Gioacchino Rossini - L´Italiana in Algeri
Gia d´insolito ardore nel petto
(Recorded around 1980)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: ELISABETH RETHBERG
 
Elisabeth Rethberg, Soprano (1894-1976)

Giuseppe Verdi - Aida
O patria mia
(Recorded 1924)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: HELGE ROSVAENGE
 
Helge Rosvaenge, Tenor (1897-1972)

Eduard Künneke - Die grosse Sünderin
Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk
(Recorded 1935))

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: ANNELIESE ROTHENBERGER
 
Anneliese Rothenberger, Soprano (1926-2010)

Friedrich Freiherr von Flotow Martha
Letzte Rose (Last rose of summer) sung in german
with Fritz Wunderlich, Tenor (1930-1966)
(Recorded 1960)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: CHARLES SANTLEY
 
Charles Santley, Baritone (1834-1922)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro
Ehi, capitano... Non più andrai, farfallone amoroso
(Recorded 1903)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: AKSEL SCHIOTZ
 
Aksel Schiotz, Tenor (after several diseases baritone)

Franz Schubert - Die schöne Muellerin
First Song: Das Wandern
(Recorded 1945)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: Tito Schipa
 
Tito Schipa (born Raffaele Attilio Amedeo Schipa; 27 December 1888 – 16 December 1965) was an Italian tenore di grazia.

Tito Schipa - Una Furtiva Lagrima

Tito Schipa sings "Una Furtiva Lagrima" from "L'elisir D'amore" by Gaetano Donizetti in this 1929 recording.
 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: JOSEPH SCHMIDT
 
Joseph Schmidt, Tenor (1904-1942)

Johann Strauss II. - Simplicius
Wenn nicht die Hoffnung wär (If there would be no hope) (Simplicius-Waltz)
- sung in german -
(Recorded 1933)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: ELISABETH SCHUMANN
 
Elisabeth Schumann (13 June 1888 – 23 April 1952) was a German soprano who sang in opera, operetta, oratorio, and lieder. She left a substantial legacy of recordings.

Elisabeth Schumann, Soprano (1888-1952)
Schubert: "Du bist die Ruh'..." with pianist Karl Alwin, recorded 1932 in London
Schubert: "Nacht und Träume" with pianist Gerald Moore, recorded 1937 in London
 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: ERNESTINE SCHUMANN-HEINK
 
Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Contralto (1861-1936)

Gaetano Donizetti - Lucrezia Borgia
Brindisi - sung in German - (Recorded 1909)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
 
Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, DBE (9 December 1915 – 3 August 2006) was a German-British soprano. She was among the foremost singers of lieder, and was renowned for her performances of Viennese operetta. After retiring from the stage, she was a voice teacher internationally.

Richard Strauss.
FOUR LAST SONGS.
Spring.
September.
Going to Sleep (Poems by Hermann Hesse).
In the Glow of Evening (Poem by Joseph von Eichendorff).
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf soprano.
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
George Szell.
From Angel LP first published 1966.
 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: META SEINEMEYER
 
Meta Seinemeyer, Soprano (1895-1929)

Franz Schubert - Gretchen am Spinnrade
Composed 1814, based on a selection of Goethe´s Faust
(Recorded 1928)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: MARCELLA SEMBRICH
 
Marcella Sembrich, Soprano ( 1858-1935)

Vincenzo Bellini - I Puritani
Qui la voce sua soave
(Recorded 1907)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: TITO SCHIPA
 
Tito Schipa, Tenor (1887-1965)

Pietro Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana
O Lola c´hai di latti la cammisa
(Recorded 1913)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: HEINRICH SCHLUSNUS
 
Heinrich Schlusnus, Baritone (1888-1952)

Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto
Final scene - sung in german -
with Helge Rosvaenge, Tenor (1897-1972)
Erna Berger, Soprano (1900-1990)
Josef Greindl, Bass (1912-1993)
(Recorded 1944)

 
 
 
 
 
Greatest Singers: FRIEDRICH SCHORR
 
Friedrich Schorr, Bass-Baritone (1889-1953)

Richard Wagner - Der fliegende Holländer (The flying Dutchman)
Die Frist ist um!
(Recorded 1929)

 
 
 
 
 
     
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