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Critic's Choice: Opera Rara releases David Parry's intoxicating take on Offenbach's Vert-Vert.Records: Martin's passionate oratorio Golgotha gets a new recording; Sullivan's Scott-derived Ivanhoe; a new recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Des Simplicius Simplicissimus Jugend; Ricciarelli, Vargas and Alaimo star in a 1990 live recording of Bellini's Zaira; Fabrizio Maria Carminati conducts Donizetti's I Pazzi per Progetto; Panzarella sings Terradellas's Artaserse; a Harnoncourt Bach retrospective; Netrebko and Barenboim in a live recital from Salzburg; Decca presents Kaufmann in opera and in song; Rossinians Larmore, Delunsch and Brownlee head the cast in Opera Rara's latest volume of Italian salon music.Video: La Fura dels Baus puts its stamp on the Ring in Valencia; Met Sonnambula stars Dessay and Flórez; Cavalli's Ercole Amante from Nederlandse Opera; 1950s Glyndebourne captured on film; two new stagings of Gluck's Orphée on the Bel Air label; Cinzia Forte and Saimir Pirgu star in a Traviata from Liège.
North America: The Met offers Szot's debut in the company's first Nose and a "shrewd" revival of Hamlet; New York City Opera revives L'Étoile; Boston Lyric Opera's Ariadne; Antony and Cleopatra in Philadelphia; the Kirov at the Kennedy Center; Porgy at WNO; Pittsburgh and Charlotte hear Carmen; Florentine Opera welcomes Elmer Gantry; Le Nozze di Figaro at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Holländer docks in New Orleans; Long Beach Opera offers Nixon in China; Opera Boston unveils Madame White Snake; an exhilarating Falstaff in Seattle.International: The first installment of Paris Opera's new Ring; Mattila stars in the world premiere of Saariaho's Emilie; Racette sings Kát'a at ENO; Orlando at Berlin's Komische Oper; Covent Garden presents Tamerlano; Grétry's L'Amant Jaloux at the Opéra Comique; Ravel and Bernstein in Nancy; Street Scene in Toulon; a triple bill of monologues in Toulouse; Rameau's Platée in Strasbourg. Concerts and Recitals: Rossini's Stabat Mater from the BSO; Manhattan recitals from Keenlyside, Barton, Finley, and Upshaw and Ax; Gergiev leads the Kirov in Berlioz at Carnegie Hall; Boston Baroque brings Monteverdi to Manhattan; Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra collaborate on a starry Grapes of Wrath.
A brilliant Bridgetower biography in verse; Living Opera offers a series of Q&As with opera greats.