Over 2 & 1/2 hours of Essential Opera
The treasures on Essential Opera, drawn from the catalogues of EMI Classics and Virgin Classics, present the best-loved and most popular works by the great composers, performed by the world’s leading artists.
Opera today is more popular than ever before. Opera companies play to packed houses, while a new generation of exciting young opera singers appeal to the widest audiences through performances live and on-screen. Essential Opera includes many famous arias like Verdi’s ‘Celeste Aida’ and ‘La donna è mobile’, the Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, the Temple Duet from Les Pêcheurs de perles, the Flower Duet from Lakmé by Delibes and Puccini’s ‘O mio babbino caro’, ‘Vissi d’arte’ and of course ‘Nessun dorma’.
These opera hightlights are performed by a galaxy of major singers including some of today’s superstars like Placido Domingo, Natalie Dessay and Angela Gheorghiu, plus many other great names like José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Beverly Sills and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Not to be excluded on Essential Opera, are also the legendary Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas.