Turandot with Boerling and Tebaldi recorded in 1959. I believe its still available. Good recording and outstanding performances.
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LPs, eh? That could be tough. I don't know of any opera recordings, especially from the major labels, that are available on vinyl. It will be the used market only. Yeah, "Carmen" is a good choice, maybe with Callas and Gedda. My favorite Puccini opera is "La Fanciulla del West" or "The Girl of the Golden West". I suggest the Angel recording with Nilsson. "Turandot" is another good 'un, but I prefer the golden, open-throated, no holes barred approach of Corelli as the Prince Calaf. "Samson and Delilah" is another rip snorter. Domingo had two good recordings. This is all a matter of taste so let the flames begin, if there are any opera fans on AudiogoN. Middle and late Verdi is also prime stuff. Happy hunting and listening.
If you liked Madama Butterfly, and more specifically Puccini, you will love "Montserrat Caballe Puccini Arias" Angel S-36711. This is my all time favorite album of opera music. This LP, as far as I know, is not currently available; you will need to find it used. It is also on CD on Angel(EMI) CDC-747841 2. The music on this album is so beautiful it's worth having, even if you have to get the CD! Do not miss this wonderful album! Good luck in your search.