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The selections from Opera 2012 are drawn from Decca's huge archive of recordings spanning over 50 years. The majority of the singers were active in 2012, but there is a healthy sampling of performances that date as far back as the 1950s. There's also a handful of artists who had fairly recently emerged as international stars in 2012, including soprano Mojca Erdmann, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, and tenor Joseph Calleja. The selections trend toward the soothing or the poignant, although there are exceptions, such as the ...

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  1. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 2. Voi che sapete
  2. Il Trovatore, opera: Act 3. Di quella pira
  3. I Capuleti e i Montecchi, opera: Act 1. Oh! quante volte
  4. Andrea Chénier, opera: Act 4. Come un bel dì di maggio
  5. Farnace, opera, RV 711: Act 2. Gelido in ogni vena
  6. Tosca, opera: Act 3. E lucevan le stelle
  7. Roberto Devereux (Il Conte di Essex), opera: Act 1. All'afflitto è dolce il pianto
  8. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Deh! vieni alla finestra
  9. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
  10. Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Questo o quella
  11. Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Gualtier Maldè...Caro nome
  12. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 3. Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat (Pilgrim's Chorus)
  13. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Cielo e mar
  14. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 1. Cara speme, questo core tu cominci
  15. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 1. Soave sia il vento
  16. Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Act 1. Dove sei, amato bene?
  17. Faust, opera, CG 4: Act 3. Ô Dieu! que de bijoux!...Ah! je ris de me voir si belle (Jewel Song)
  18. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Ô Dieu! de quelle ivresse
  19. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 1. Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio
  20. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Regina coeli laetare...Inneggiamo, il Signor (Easter Hymn)
  21. La fille du régiment, opera: Act 1. Amici miei
  22. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 2. Porgi, amor
  23. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Quanto è bello, quanto è cara!
  24. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Act 3. Thy hand, Bellina...When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament)
  25. La bohème, opera: Act 1. O soave fanciulla
  26. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Noi siamo zingarelle
  27. Tosca, opera: Act 1. Recondita armonia
  28. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 1. Volati, Amori
  29. Martha, opera: Act 3. M'apparì
  30. Casanova, musical comedy (Strauss works arr. by Benatzky): Nuns' Chorus
  31. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Addio, fiorito asil
  32. La sonnambula, opera: Act 2. Ah! non giunge uman pensiero
  33. Andrea Chénier, opera: Act 3. La mamma morta
  34. L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Act 4. Mi batte il cor...O Paradiso
  35. Nabucco (Nabucodonosor), opera: Act 1. Gli arredi festivi
  36. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act 2. Ach, ich fühl's es ist verschwunden
  37. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Non piangere, Liù
  38. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. In quelle trine morbide
  39. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Di Provenza il mar, il suol
  40. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Hojotoho! Hojotoho! (Ride of the Valkyries)
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