November 2014

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

SeattleRingCDEditor's Choice

WAGNER: Der Ring des Nibelungen
spacer Wray, Mellor, Harmer, Blythe; Skelton, Vinke, Petersen, Schowalter, Grimsley, Fink, Sumegi; Seattle Opera Chorus and Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Fisch. Libretto and translation. AVIE Records AV2313 (14)

Catching the Ring

AVIE Records releases a live recording of Seattle Opera’s 2013 Ring cycle, conducted by Ascher Fisch.


WintersCancionCDCorinne Winters and Steven Blier: "Canción Amorosa: Songs of Spain"
spacer Songs by Montsalvatge, Toldrà, Turina, Bonet and others. With Lahyani; Fader, guitar. Texts and translations. GPR records, GPR70013 (Naxos)
DiDonatoStellaCDJoyce DiDonato: "Stella di Napoli"
spacer Arias by Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, Pacini, Mercadante, Carafa, Valentini. Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra National de Lyon, Minasi. Texts and translations. Erato 2564636562
CargillMahlerCDKaren Cargill and Simon Lepper: "Lieder: Alma and Gustav Mahler" 
spacer Texts and translations. Linn CKD 463
VargasVerdiCDRamón Vargas, Joanna Parisi and Charles Spencer: "Verdi Lieder" 
spacer Italian texts, no translations. Capriccio C5170


DeutekomCDCristina Deutekom: "In Vienna"
spacer Operetta arias and Christmas songs. Vienna Volksoper Orchestra, Allers, van Hoof, conds. No texts. Decca 480 8152
RouleauCDJoseph Rouleau: "Sings French Opera"
spacer Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Matheson. No texts or translations. Decca 480 8174


DonPasqDVDDONIZETTI: Don Pasquale
spacer De Niese; Corbelli, Shrader, Borchev; Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mazzola. Production: Clément. Opus Arte BD7144D (Blu-ray) or 1134D (DVD), 128 mins. (opera), 23 mins. (bonus), subtitled
EntfuhrungDVDMOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
spacer Rancatore, Nelsen; Camarena, Ebenstein, Rydl, Moretti; Camerata Salzburg and Salzburger Bachchor, Graf. Production: Marthaler. Arthaus Musik 102 183. 125 mins. (opera), 27 mins. (bonus), subtitled
OrpheeDVDOFFENBACH: Orphée aux Enfers
spacer Vidal, de Callatay, Theodoridou, Meiser; Badea, Macias, Cassard, Duesing; Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of 
La Monnaie/De Munt, Davin. Production: Wernicke. Arthaus Musik 100 403, 120 mins., subtitled
TurandotDVDPUCCINI: Turandot
spacer Lindstrom, Nakamura; Berti, Philip, Jones, Elliott, Sourbis, Aceto; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Hánási. Production: Serban. Opus Arte BD7142D (Blu-ray) or 1132D (DVD), 125 mins. (opera), 
12 mins. (bonus), subtitled
GlyndeAriadneDVDSTRAUSS: Ariadne auf Naxos
spacer Isokoski, Claycomb, Lindsey; Skorokhodov, Vargin, Allen, Relton; London Philharmonic, Jurowski; Thoma, director. Opus Arte BD7145D (Blu-ray) or 1135D (DVD)
OtelloDVDVERDI: Otello
spacer Remigio, Martorana; Kunde, Gallo, Marsiglia; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro La Fenice, Chung. Production: Micheli. C Major 716604 (Blu-ray) or 716508 (DVD), 149 mins., subtitled

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