The CD features arias by Puccini, Offenbach, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Donizetti, Bizet, and others; Michel Plasson is the conductor. It follows two successful recital discs by Villaz‹n focusing on French and Italian repertoire; his recording of La traviata with Anna Netrebko also recently appeared on the chart.
Cecilia Bartoli's Opera Proibita, which fell to number eight last week, rebounded to number two. Andr_ Rieu's The Flying Dutchman was at number three; Janine Jansen's recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons fell from number one to number four.
Also new to the chart was a recording of Mozart violin concertos by Julia Fischer and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, at number 21; Yakov Kreizberg is the conductor.
Andrea Bocelli's Amore remained at the top of the classical-crossover chart for the second straight week. Il Divo's Ancora and Il Divo stayed at numbers two and three, respectively. There were no new entries.