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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.
WAGNER, R.: Walküre (Die) [Opera] (Aken, Anger, Stensvold, Westbroek, Bullock, Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Weigle) OC936
WAGNER, R.: Walküre (Die) [Opera] (Bayreuth Festival 2008, Thielemann) OACD9002D
WAGNER, R.: Walküre (Die) [Opera] (excerpts) (Schech, Volker, Dalberg, Bavarian State Orchestra, Solti) C019991Z
WAGNER, R.: Walküre (Die) [Opera] (Struckmann, Polaski, Hamburg Philharmonic, S. Young) OC926
WAGNER, R.: Walküre (Die) [Opera], Acts I and II (Bruno Walter) (1938) 8.110250-51
WAGNER, R.: Wesendonck Lieder / Tannhäuser / Tristan und Isolde (excerpts) (Schwanewilms, Vienna Radio Symphony, Meister) C5174
WAGNER, R: Ring des Nibelungen (Der) (Der Frankfurter Ring) (Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Weigle) OC939
WAGNER, R: Ultimate Opera Album (The) 8.578070-71
WAGNER, S.: Banadietrich 8.223895-96
WAGNER, S.: Barenhauter (Der) 8.223713-14
WAGNER, S.: Bruder Lustig 8.225245-47
WAGNER, S.: Kobold (Der) 8.225329-31
WAGNER, S.: Lieder (Complete) (Wahnfried-Idyll) (Broberg, Grabner) 8.225349
WAGNER, S.: Schmied von Marienburg (Der) [Opera] (Schneider, Broberg, PPP Music Theatre, Strobel) 8.225346-48
WAGNER, S.: Schwarzschwanenreich 8.223777-78
WAGNER, S.: Sternengebot 8.225150-51
WAGNER, S: Heidenkonig (Der) (The Heathen King) 8.225301-03
WAGNER: Die Feen CDS217
WAGNER: Historical Recordings CD93.019
WAGNER: Lohengrin / Götterdämmerung / Siegfried Idyll (Toscanini) (1936) 8.110843
WAGNER: Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Die) (Schoeffler, Gueden, VPO, Knappertsbusch) (1950-1951) 8.111128-31
WAGNER: Orchestra Opera Excerpts / Siegfried Idyll (1950 / 1954 / 1955 / 1966) CD93.156
WAGNER: Overtures (Furtwangler, Commercial Recordings 1940-50, Vol. 4) 8.110997
WAGNER: Parsifal CDS497
WAGNER: Ring des Nibelungen (Der) (excerpts) (sung in French) 88001-2
WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde (excerpts) OC527
WAGNER: Walküre (Die) (Modl, Rysanek, Furtwangler) (1954) 8.111056-58
WALLACE, W.V.: Lurline (Lewis, Silver, Soar, Maxwell, Victorian Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Bonynge) 8.660293-94
WALLACE, W.V.: Maritana [Opera] (Cullagh, L. Lee, Clarke, Caddy, RTE Philharmonic Choir and Concert Orchestra, Duinn) 8.660308-09
WALLACE: Maritana [Opera] (RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Duinn) 8.223406-07
WALTON, W.: Troilus and Cressida (excerpts) (Schwarzkopf, Walton) (1955) 9.80131
WARNER, R.: Vocal Music (Várady, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Fischer-Dieskau) C467981A
WARREN, Leonard: Complete Victor Recordings 1939-1947 82018-2
WEBER (THE BEST OF) 8.556676
WEBER / BERLIOZ: Overtures / LISZT: Les Preludes (Mengelberg) (1928-1942) 8.110853
WEBER / MAHLER: Drei Pintos (Die) 8.660142-43
WEBER, C.M. von: Euryanthe [Opera] (N. Reinhardt, J. Wagner, A. Foster–Williams, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Vienna Radio Symphony, Constantin) C5373
WEBER, C.M. von: Freischutz (Der) (excerpts) / MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Midsummer Nights Dream (Furtwangler, Early Recordings, Vol. 3) (1929-1935) 8.111004
WEBER, C.M. von: Freischutz (Der) [Opera] (1955) C67164-65
WEBER, C.M. von: Freischütz (Der) [Opera] (Janowitz, R. Holm, J. King, Ridderbusch, Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, K. Böhm) C732072I
WEBER, C.M. von: Oberon [Opera] (Kerschbaumer, Roschkowski, D.M. Marx, Peroš, M. Seidler, Giessen State Theatre Chorus and Philharmonic, Hofstetter) OC984
WEBER, C.M. von: Peter Schmoll und seine Nachbarn [Opera] (Edelmann, Grümbel, Revolskaya, Vienna Radio Symphony, Paternostro) C5376
WEBER: Euryanthe CDS408
WEBER: Peter Schmoll und seine Nachbarn 8.223592-93
WEBER: Silvana 8.223844-45
WEBER: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Turandot Overture / Silvana 8.550928
WEIGL, J.: Song and Arias (George, Mauro) DE3453
WEILL, K.: 7 Deadly Sins (The) / Mahagonny [Opera] C60028-1
WEILL, K.: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) [Opera] (Bruckner-Ruggeberg) (1956) 9.80837-39
WEILL, K.: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny [Opera] (Latham-Koenig) C10160-61
WEILL, K.: Down in the Valley [Opera] (Bell, McGraw, RCA Victor Chorus and Orchestra, Adler) (1950) 9.80949
WEILL, K.: Dreigroschenoper (Die) (The Threepenny Opera) (Raffeiner, Steinsky, Konig Ensemble, Latham-Koenig) C60058-1
WEILL, K.: Dreigroschenoper (Die) (The Threepenny Opera) [Opera] (Highlights) (1928-1931) C10346
WEILL, K.: Edition, Vol. 1 (Latham-König) (5-CD Box Set) C7178
WEILL, K.: Firebrand of Florence (The) [Opera] C60091
WEILL, K.: Happy End / Das Berliner Requiem / The Threepenny Opera / Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (May) C10180
WEILL, K.: Jasager (Der) [Opera] C60020-1
WEILL, K.: Jasager (Der) [Opera] (Kohler) / DESSAU, P.: Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (excerpts, sung in French) (Montero, Chevreux) (1954) 9.80378
WEILL, K.: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik / Quodlibet Suite / Mahagonny Songspiel / Violin Concerto, Op. 12 (The Berlin Project) (Landau, Foss, Detmold) CDX-5043
WEILL, K.: Kuhhandel (Der) [Opera] C60013-1
WEILL, K.: Protagonist (Der) [Opera] C60086
WEILL, K.: Recordings (Complete), Vol. 2 C7184
WEILL, K.: Royal Palace [Opera] C60106
WEILL, K.: Songs (Lenya, Weill) (1928-1944) C10347
WEILL, K.: Street Scene (Hollywood Bowl Performance) (1949) 8.120885
WEILL, K.: Threepenny Opera (The) / 6 Songs / Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib / Wie lange noch? (1928-1944) C5061
WEILL, K.: Threepenny Opera (The) [Opera] (Price, Matlowsky) (1954) 9.81196
WEILL, K.: Threepenny Opera [Opera] (Bruckner-Ruggeberg) (1958) 9.80840
WEILL, K.: Zar lasst sich photographieren (Der) [Opera] C60007-1
WEILL: Eternal Road (The) (Highlights) 8.559402
WEILL: Mack The Knife - Songs of Kurt Weill (1929-1956) 8.120831
WEINBERGER: Svanda Dudak 8.660146-47
WELLESZ, E.: Bakchantinnen (Die) [Opera] (Mohr, Burt, Stamm, Alexander, Berlin Radio Choir, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, G. Albrecht) C136012H
WEYSE, C.E.F.: Key Masterpieces (The) - Symphonies Nos. 1 and 7 / Christmas Cantata / Piano Sonata No. 6 / Songs 8.226105-06
WHEELER, S.: Construction of Boston (The) 8.669018
WIENER OPERNFEST 1955 (Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, R. Reiner, R. Kubelik, Knappertsbusch, K. Böhm) C666053D
WIENER OPERNFEST 2005 C672052I
WIKSTROM, I.: Naktergalen (The Nightingale) [Opera] (Wikstrom) PRCD9109
WIKSTROM: Brottsliga Modern (Den) (The Guilty Mother) PRCD9069
WIKSTROM: Inger Wikstrom - Portrait of a Composer PRCD9162
WINTER: Maometto 8.225279-80
WOLF, H.: Fest auf Solhaug (Das) [Opera] C71101
WOLF, H.: Orchestral Songs (Shirai, Berlin Radio Symphony, Kurz) C67091-92
WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Gioielli della Madonna (I) [Opera] (Ushakova, Kyungho Kim, Slovak National Opera Chorus, Slovak Radio Symphony, Haider) 8.660386-87
WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Segreto di Susanna, Il / Serenade (J. Howarth, Òdena, Oviedo Filarmonía, Haider) 8.660385
WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Vedova Scaltra (La) (La Fenice, 2007) 8.660225-26
WOLF-FERRARI: Himmelskleid (Das) 8.223261-63
World of Early Music 8.554770-71
WORLDS FAVORITE OPERA CHORUSES (THE) ODE946-2
Wunderlich, FRITZ: Historical Recording (1954-1965) CD93.003
WUNDERLICH, Fritz: Rarities from Opera and Operetta CD93.093

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