Concert operatic performances from some of the greatest singers of our time - including Alfredo Kraus, Katia Ricciarelli, and Ruggero Raimondi - on one stage, in one superbly shot on video. With the Symphonic Orchestra of Madrid (Gian Paolo Sanzogno, conductor) providing nuanced support, the stars appears solo, duet, and trio settings, taking on well-loved works by great and varied masters of the grand operatic tradition: Puccini, Gounod, Offenbach, Bellini, Donizetti among them. Three pieces by Giuseppe Verdi - including an orchestral overture - give the concert an unusual degree of unity. Strong visual production values and deft, thoughtful editing give an immediate sense of the evening's richness and scope. Joining Kraus, Ricciarelli, and Raimondi are baritone Paolo Coni and mezzo-soprano Lucia Valentini-Terrani - and the concert concludes with a rousing trio from the biggest stars of the evening.
Tracklisting:I - Vespri Siciliani: Overture - Giuseppe Verdi - I Puritani: "il Rival Salvar Tu Dei" - Vincenzo Bellini - La Traviata: "lunga Da Lei" - Giuseppe Verdi - Les Contes D'hoffman: Barcarole & Duet - Jacques Offenbach - Tosca: "vissi D'arte" - Giacomo Puccini - Semiramide: "eccomo Alfine in Babilonia" - Gioacchino Rossini - Lucrezia Borgia: "vieni La Mia Vendetta" - Gaetano Donizetti - Don Carlos: "per Me Giunto e Il Di Supremo" - Giuseppe Verdi - Faust: "alerte, Alerte" - Charles Gounod