New Release: Ultimate Puccini: The Esssential Masterpieces


A new compilation with highlights from five of the most well known Puccini operas was released in April 2009 with the title “Ultimate Puccini: The Esssential Masterpieces” (Decca catalogue no. not available). It’s a 5 CD set with Pavarotti singing on the fifth CD with highlights from Manon Lescaut (with Mirella Freni and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by James Levine, taken from the complete Decca recording of the opera). All other four Puccini opera highlights in this set are sung by other classic Decca artists.