There are many wonderful opera albums available on iTunes. Here are some recommendations.


Mozart's Don Giovanni, played by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Nézet-Séguin is the music director designate of New York's Metropolitan Opera.

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Every track in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) is wonderful. This album, played by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, is also conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. It has been nominated for a Grammy award at the 59th Annual Grammys.

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Verdis's La Traviatta, with the Wiener Philharmonic, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.

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Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Orchestra e Coro Dell'Accademia Di Santa Cecilia, Roma, conducted by Tullio Serafin.

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La Bohème, also by Puccini is one of the most popular Operas. This recording is played by the Berlin Philharmonika, conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

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The recording of La Bohème, featuring Jussi Björling is (as I write this) the top-selling opera on Amazon.

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Verdi's Rigoletto is the favorite of many Opera bufs. This very highly rated album is conducted by Riccardo Chailly and features June Anderson, Leo Nucci, Luciano Pavarotti and Nicolai Ghiaurov.

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Two Grammys for this Album!
This live recording of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, with James Conlon conducting the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra won two Grammys at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Cast: Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, Guanqun Yu, and Robert Brubaker.

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