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Classical Music > Opera

Operas and operettas are basically plays (tragedies, dramas and comedies) set to music. Most feature solo voices and choruses and the whole is accompanied by orchestra. The operetta is a light music version of the opera form, but the French 'Opéra Comique' and the German 'Singspiel' also represent lighter forms of opera. The most frequently performed opera composers are Mozart, Rossini, Puccini and Verdi, while the most successful operetta composers are Johann Strauss II, Offenbach, Lehár and Sullivan.

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Title Catalogue No.
BORODIN: Prince Igor (Highlights) / In the Steppes of Central Asia 8.557456
BORODIN: Prince Igor (Ivanov, Smolenskaya, Melik-Pashayev) (1951) 8.111071-73
BORRESEN: Kongelige Gaest (Den) (The Royal Guest) 8.112004
BOTTESINI, G.: Ero e Leandro [Opera] (Salvagno) CDS670
BRAUNFELS, W.: Lieder (M. Petersen, Jarnot, E. Schneider) C5251
BRAUNFELS, W.: Verkündigung (The Annunciation) [Mysterium] (R. Holl, H. Schwarz, Banse, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra, U. Schirmer) 900311
BRAUNFELS, W.: Vögel (Die) (excerpts) / Don Juan (Orchestral Songs, Vol. 1) (V. Farcas, K.F. Vogt, M. Volle, Weimar Staatskapelle, H. Albrecht) OC1846
BRAUNFELS: Prinzessin Brambilla 8.225312-13
BRIDES GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC FOR CIVIL CEREMONIES (A) 8.570227-28
BRITTEN, B.: Billy Budd [Opera] (Shicoff, Skovhus, Halfvarson, Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Runnicles) C602033D
BRITTEN: Albert Herring 8.660107-08
BRITTEN: Turn of the Screw (The) 8.660109-10
BRITTEN: Turn of the Screw (The) (Britten) (1955) 9.80187-88
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, WAB 103 / WAGNER: Lohengrin (Excerpts) CD93.031
BUSONI, F.: Arlecchino (Glyndebourne) (1956) 9.80138
BUSONI, F.: Arlecchino oder Die Fenster (Sung in German) [Opera] / Rondo arlecchinesco (Albrecht) C60038-1
BUSONI, F.: Doktor Faust [Opera] (Netopil) OC956
BUSONI, F.: Turandot [Opera] C60039-1

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