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Here is a selection of some of the greatest operatic recordings on

78 rpm records for your listening pleasure.

Files on the internet are necessarily compressed and do not reflect the quality of our CD issues. They are posted here for your enjoyment only. Please wait for them to download as some are big files. Please visit our site regularly, we will be adding more wonderful discs soon.

Miguel Villabella: Le Postillon de Lonjumeau: Assis au pied d’un hêtre (rec. 1933). A fine lyric tenor in a rarely recorded aria. click here

Louis Graveure: Passing by (Purcell) (rec. 1928). A beautifully sung, perfectly enunciated, wonderfully nuanced performance. click here

Margherita Carosio: Andalusia (rec. 1941). A ravishingly beautiful record click here

Galliano Masini: Lodoletta: Se Franz dicesse il vero (rec. 1932). One of the great lirico-spinto tenor discs.  click here (Look out for an article and biography of Masini coming in The Record Collector in 2015)

David Devriès: Jocelyn: Cachés dans cet asile (rec. 1930). An exquisite French lyric tenor of the sort that seems to have died out. click here (See the biography and discography of David Devriès in The Record Collector (Vol. 49, no 4))

Pavel Lisitsian: Aleko: Aleko's Cavatina (live, Moscow, 1971). This is a rare example of the great baritone in an aria that he never recorded commercially (from our CD, TRC40) click here

Frida Leider: Der fliegende Holländer: Jo-ho-hoe (rec. 1925). A wonderful Wagnerian soprano with a gorgeous, utterly feminine timbre, from her rare Polydors (from our CD, The Great Frida Leider TRC14) click here

José Luccioni: Werther: O nature, pleine de grâce (rec. 1936). A thrilling French spinto tenor of the sort that seems to have died out (from our CD, Great French Heroic Tenors TRC19) click here

Igor Gorin: Black Eyes (trad. Russian) (rec. 1946). The superb Ukranian baritone with the gorgeous voice (from our CD, The Glorious Voice of Igor Gorin TRC 21) click here

Nazzareno De Angelis: Der Freischütz: Viva bacco (rec. 1927). The magnificent bass who was a star at La Scala for three generations (from our CD, TRC 13) click here