March 2015

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

ZeaniCDEditor's Choice

Virginia Zeani: “Operatic Recital”
spacer Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gavazzeni;Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Patanè. No texts. Decca 480 8187

Genuine Classics

Decca gathers a generous selection of arias from Virginia Zeani, one of the outstanding singing actresses of the twentieth century.

Opera and Oratorio

spacer Netrebko, Bohinec; Skorokhodov, Markov, Meachem, Kowaljow; Slovenian Chamber Choir and Philharmonic, Villaume. Libretto and translation. Deutsche Grammophon 479 3969 (2)

Choral and Song

Netreb4LastSongsR. STRAUSS: Vier Letzte Lieder; Ein Heldenleben 
spacer Netrebko; Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon DG 479 3964


SampsonCDCarolyn Sampson: “A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel”
spacer Opera and sacred arias by Fiocco, Lacoste, Lalande, Mondonville, Rameau and Rousseau; Ex Cathedra, 
Skidmore. Texts and translation. Hyperion A68035
AlvarezCDMarcelo Álvarez: “20 Years on the Opera Stage” 
spacer Arias by Giordano, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Puccini, Gomes, Halévy, Cilèa, Zandonai and Massenet. St. Petersburg State Symphony, Orbelian. Texts and translations. Delos DE 3472
JarousskyCDPhilippe Jaroussky: "Pieta"
spacer Sacred works for alto by Vivaldi. Ensemble Artaserse, Jaroussky. Texts and translations. Erato 0825646258109


MefistofeleDVDBOITO: Mefistofele
spacer Racette, Johnson, Rapier; Vargas, Wang, Abdrazakov; San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Luisotti. Production: Carsen. San Francisco Opera/EuroArts 2059674 (Blu-ray), 2059678 (DVD), 145 mins., subtitled
CibouletteDVDHAHN: Ciboulette
spacer Fuchs, Ganizate, Achille, Laurens, Lafont; Behr, Debois, Sarragosse, Deschamps; 
Accentus, Orchestre Symphonique de l’Opéra de Toulon, Equilbey. Production: Fau. 
FRA Musica 3152, 145 mins. (opera), 
31 mins. (bonus), subtitled
CorelliDVDIncontro con Franco Corelli
spacer Arias and scenes by Verdi, Puccini, Leoncavallo, Ponchielli, Bizet, 
Bach–Gounod. Various orchestras and 
conductors. Hardy Classic Video 
HCD 4053, 100 mins., no subtitles
LeharLandDVDLEHÁR: Das Land des Lächelns
spacer Habermann, Mitani; Choi, 
Kerschbaum, Tanabe, Serafin, Singer, Wahl; Bibl. Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Serafin. Production: Bauernfeind. 
ORF VLMD 007, 134 mins., subtitled
ArabellaDVDR. STRAUSS: Arabella
spacer Fleming, Müller, Beňačková; 
Hampson, Behle, Dohmen; Sächsischer 
Staatsopernchor Dresden, Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. Production: 
Klepper. C Major 717208 (2 DVDs) or 717304 (Blu-ray), 169 mins., subtitled
ParsifalROH_DVDWAGNER: Parsifal
spacer Denoke; S. O’Neill, Finley, White, Pape; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Pappano. Production: S. Langridge. Opus Arte OA 1158D, 270 mins. (opera), 25 mins. (bonus), subtitled
spacer Carson, Lanchester, Van Fleet, Wood; Eastham, Cox, Clary; Charles Sanford and his Orchestra, Sanford. Production: Liebman. VAI 4578, 80 mins.

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Current Issue: March 2015 — VOL. 79, NO. 9