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Paul Shoemaker
MusicWeb International

"A generous, well selected collection of operatic highlights capably sung and excellently recorded ... A collection such as this is an impressive showcase of the Naxos operatic catalogue...these are all from recent Naxos recordings and all are at least very good. The music is well known, and this collection would be a good opera recording for a person with slight interest in opera, or just beginning a collection and wanting a good run through the highlights to serve until the complete operas could be obtained one by one. Throughout, the recording quality, orchestras, and conducting are first rate and often the equal of the finest orchestras in the world.

The real star of the collection is the opening number, the Pearl Fishers' duet. Not only one of the most substantial musically, it's very well sung and played, and is not heard nearly often enough.

Another high point for me is the Mimi of Luba Orgonasova, one of the great voices and great dramatic actresses of our time!Xalthough with a work played so often as Boheme, everyone will have a favourite recorded version chosen from among so many available. Miriam Gauci in the Manon Lescaut excerpt is also outstanding."





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