February 2016

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

Recordings Tannhauser Cover 216Editor's Choice

Wagner: Tannhäuser
DVD Button Nylund, Breedt; Kerl, Eiche, Youn; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Kober. Production: Baumgarten. Opus Arte OA 1177D, 252 mins. (opera), 30 mins. (bonus), subtitled

Three Acts of Resistance.

Few operas so consistently thwart attempts at updating as Wagner’s tale of the debauched song contestant.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Maria di Rohan Cover 216Donizetti: Maria di Rohan
DVD Button Cullagh; Cordella, Menini, Di Felice; Orchestra and Chorus of Bergamo Music Festival Gaetano Donizetti, Kunde. Production: Recchia. Bongiovanni AB 20028 (DVD), 120 mins., subtitled
Recordings Match Girl Cover 216Getty: The Little Match Girl
CD Button Moore; Schukoff, Lynch; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Fisch, Schirmer. English texts. Pentatone PTC 5186 480
Recordings Orfeo ed Euridice Cover 216Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
CD Button Hartelius, de Negri; Fagioli; Accentus, Insula Orchestra, Equilbey. Archiv 4795315 (3)
Recordings Maskarade Cover 216Nielsen: Maskarade
CD Button Beck, Dahl, D. Andersen; Riis, S. Andersen, Reuter, Milling; Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Schønwandt. Libretto and translation. Dacapo 6.220641-42 (2)
Recordings Les Indes Galantes cover 216Rameau: Les Indes Galantes
DVD Button Brahim-Djelloul, van Wanroij, Warnier, Topalovic; Dahlin, Arnould, Prato, Dolié, Berg; Chorus of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Production: Scozzi. Alpha Classics 710, 175 mins., subtitled
Recordings Les Danaides Cover 216Salieri: Les Danaïdes
CD Button Van Wanroij, Velletaz; Talbot, Christoyannis, Dolié; Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Ediciones Singulares ES1019 (2)
Recordings Glyndebourne Traviata Lg 216Verdi: La Traviata
DVD Button Gimadieva, Hipp, Molendowska; Fabiano, Christoyannis, Broadbent; London Philharmonic Orchestra, C. Elder. Production: Cairns. Opus Arte OA 1171 D, 132 mins. (opera), 18 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Prima Donna Cover 216Wainwright: Prima Donna
CD Button Kelly, Guthrie; Figueroa, Morrison; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ogren. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 479 5340 (2)

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