July 2015

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

BoccanegraCDEditor's Choice

VERDI: Simon Boccanegra
spacer Frittoli; Secco, Hvorostovsky, Abdrazakov, Caria, Smoriginas; Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra and Kaunas State Choir, Orbelian. Texts and translations. Delos DE 3457

Dramatic Commitment

Constantine Orbelian leads Dmitri Hvorostovsky and a stellar cast in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.

Opera and Oratorio

StranieraCDBELLINI: La Straniera
spacer Gruberova, Polverelli; Bros, Grassi, Stiefermann, Allen; Orpheus VokalensembleSWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Rizzo. 2012. No texts or translations. Nightingale NC 0715603 (2)
NIobeCDSTEFFANI: Niobe, Regina di Tebe
spacer Gauvin, Forsythe; Jaroussky, Balzer, Sheehan, Lemos, Blumberg, Wey, Immler; Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, O’Dette and Stubbs. Erato 0825646343546 (3)
PiratesCDSULLIVAN: The Pirates of Penzance
spacer Galván, Gariaeff; Vann, Brady, Ewing, Stafford; Lamplighters Music Theatre Orchestra and Chorus, Peeples. Lamplighters 888295227223 (2)


SabadusCDValer Sabadus: “Mozart Castrato Arias”
spacer Recreation – Grosses Orchester Graz, Hofstetter. No texts. Oehms Classics 1814


LastSongsDVDAnja Harteros: “Letzte Lieder”
spacer Music by R. Strauss and Rihm; Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann. C Major 726408, 103 mins., subtitled
LustigeWitweDVDLEHÁR: Die Lustige Witwe
spacer De Arellano, Starzinger; Hausmann, Klinger, Shamiyeh, D. Serafin, H. Serafin; Mörbisch Festival Orchestra and Choir, Bibl. Production: Lohner. ORF VLMD 012, 150 mins., subtitled
FairyQueenDVDPURCELL: The Fairy Queen
spacer Kenny, Hegarty, Kelly, Barclay; Chance, Randle, Van Allan, Best; Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera, Kok. Production: Pountney. Arthaus Musik 
100 201, 134 mins., subtitled
HandelFestivalDVDThe Handel Festival Collection
Arthaus Musik 107548
HANDEL: Admeto
spacer Lichtenstein, Bach, Hirsch; Rexroth, Mead, Nolte, Vogel; Handel Festival Orchestra, Arman. Production: Köhler. Arthaus Musik 101257, 196 mins. 
(2 DVDs), subtitled HANDEL: Tamerlano
spacer Norberg-Schulz, Bacelli, Bonitatibus; Pushee, Randle, Abete; The English 
Consort, Pinnock. Production: Miller. Arthaus Musik 100703, 226 mins. 
(2 DVDs), subtitled
spacer Rostorf-Zamir, Wesseling, Meyer; Laszczkowski, Wölfel, Diestler; Lautten Compagney Berlin, Katschner. Production: Köhler. Arthaus Musik 100709, 
166 mins., subtitled
spacer Directed by Ulrich Meyszies. Arthaus Musik 101375, 60 mins., subtitled 
VepresDVDVERDI: Les Vêpres Siciliennes
spacer Haroutounian; Hymel, Volle, Schrott; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Pappano. 
Production: Herheim. Warner Classics/ Opus Arte 0825646164318 (Blu-ray), 0825646164349 (2 DVDs), 182 mins. (opera), 10 mins. (bonus), subtitled

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