May 2015

Reviews of the latest opera CDs and DVDs — both remastered reissues of the greats and new recordings by today's most notable artists.

HymelCDEditor's Choice

Bryan Hymel: "Héroïque"
spacer Prague Philharmonia and Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno, Villaume. Texts and translations. Warner Classics 0825646-179503

Lyric Hero

Bryan Hymel offers imaginative, refined performances — and an essentially lyric approach — in his new recording of French grand opera arias.

Opera and Oratorio

LuciaCDDONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor
spacer Damrau, McLaughlin; Calleja, Tézier, Testé, Lee, Meyer; Münchner Opernchor & Orchester, López-Cobos. No text or translation. Erato 0825646 19018 (2)

Choral and Song

FollowCDFAIROUZ: Follow, Poet
spacer Lindsey; Muldoon (speaker); Ensemble LPR, Rogister. No texts. Deutsche 
Grammophon B0022417-02


StutzmannCDNathalie Stutzmann: "Heroes From the Shadows"
spacer Arias by Handel. With Jaroussky. Orfeo 55, Stutzmann. Texts and translations. Erato 08256 46231775
AlagnaLifeCDRoberto Alagna: "My Life is an Opera"
spacer Arias 
and songs by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Massenet, Donizetti, Reyer, Goldmark, 
D. Alagna, et alia. With Kurzak. 
London Orchestra, Cassar. No texts or translations. Deutsche Gramophon 
DG 11524
PiauCDSandrine Piau: "Desperate Heroines"
spacer Mozart Arias. With Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Bolton. Texts and translations. Naïve V 5366


FurlanettoCDFerruccio Furlanetto: "Wiener Staatsoper Live"
spacer Scenes from operas by Mussorgsky and Verdi. 
Various assisting artists; Chor und 
Orchester des Wiener Staatsoper, various conductors. No texts. Orfeo C 887 141 B


CarmenKaufDVDBIZET: Carmen
spacer Kasarova, Rey, Guo, Schmid; 
Kaufmann, Pertusi, Camarena, Bermudez, Stražanac, Moody; Chorus
and Orchestra of Opernhaus Zürich, 
Welser-Möst. Production: Hartmann. 
Decca DVD 074 3881, 166 mins., subtitled
RodelindaDVDHANDEL: Rodelinda
spacer De Niese, Ernman; Mehta, Rexroth, Streit, Wolff; Concentus Musicus Wien, 
N. Harnoncourt. Production: 
P. Harnoncourt. Belvedere 10144 
(2 discs), subtitled, 189 mins.
SimpliciusDVDJ. STRAUSS: Simplicius
spacer Magnuson, Janková; Beczala, Zysset, Widmer, Volle, Haunstein; Chorus and Orchestra of Zurich Opera House, 
Welser-Möst. Production: Pountney. Arthaus Musik 100 365, 132 mins., 
CsardasfurstDVDKÁLMÁN: Die Csárdásfürstin
spacer Schoenenberg, Grotrian, Irosch; 
Bothmer, Harsányi, Serafin, Werba; 
Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Bibl. 
Production: Lohner. ORF VLMD 009, 132 mins., subtitled
VerdiReqDVDVERDI: Messa da Requiem
spacer Stoyanova, Prudenskaya; Pirgu, 
Anastassov; Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Chorus, Jansons. Arthaus Musik 102 205, 91 minutes, subtitled
VogelhandlerDVDZELLER: Der Vogelhändler
spacer Serafin, Gfrerer, Lichter; Reinthaller, Clear, Gartner, Berger-Tuna, 
Muckenstruntz & Bamschabl; 
Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Bibl. Production: Bauernfeind. ORF VLMD 004, 
132 mins., subtitled

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