April 2015

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

YonchevaParisCDEditor's Choice

Sonya Yoncheva: "Paris, Mon Amour"
spacer Arias by Massenet, Puccini, Gounod, Offenbach, Verdi, Messager, Lecocq. With Albelo, Dupuis. Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Chaslin. Texts and translations. 
SONY Classical 88875017202

Ah, Paris!

Rising star Sonya Yoncheva offers a captivating recital of arias from operas with a connection to the City of Light.

Opera and Oratorio

EarnestCDBARRY: The Importance of Being Earnest
spacer Hannigan, Károlyi, Summers; Tantsits, Bloom, Bevan, Ewing; Birmingham 
Contemporary Ensemble, Adès. Texts. NMC D197
OrBlossomsCDHERBERT: Orange Blossoms
spacer Ballenger, Callinan, Flanagan, Best, Lally; Allen, Liebert, Kelleher-Flight; 
Light Opera of New York, Haile. 
Albany Records TROY 1535
AmadisCDLULLY: Amadis
spacer Van Wanroij, Tauran, Perruche, 
Bennani; Auvity, Arnould, Crossley-Mercer; Chamber Chorus of Namur, Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Texts and translations. Aparte AP094 (3)


FagioliCDFranco Fagioli: "Il Maestro"
spacer Porpora Arias. 
Academia Montis Regalis, De Marchi. Texts and translations. Naïve V 5369
MungerCDMarie-Eve Munger and Louise-Andrée Baril: "Colorature"
spacer Songs and arias. ATMA Classique ACD 22692
SabataCDXavier Sabata: "I Dilettanti"
spacer Cantata and opera arias by Benedetti, Bigaglia, d’Astorga, Maccari, Marcello and Ruggieri; Latinitas Nostra, Chryssicos. Texts and translations. Aparte 093


ValdengoCDGiuseppe Valdengo: "Italian Songs"
spacer By Tosti, Denza, Leoncavallo, others. New Promenade Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra, Erede. No texts or translations. Decca 4808184
BorkhCDInge Borkh: "Operatic Recital"
spacer Arias by Verdi, Mascagni, Giordano, Debussy, Weber, 
others. London Symphony, Fistoulari; 
Vienna Philharmonic, Moralt and Krips. No texts or translations. Decca 480 8139


NetrebSalzDVDAnna Netrebko: "Live from the Salzburg Festival"
spacer Deutsche Grammophon 0440 073 5162 (3 Blu-rays) or 0440 073 5157 
(4 DVDs), subtitled
VERDI: La Traviata
spacer Netrebko; Villazón, Hampson; 
Konzertvereinigung Wiener 
Staatsopernchor, Vienna Philharmonic, Rizzi. Production: Decker. 133 mins. (opera), 47 mins. (bonus)
MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
spacer Netrebko, Röschmann, Schäfer, McLaughlin; D’Arcangelo, Skovhus, Selig; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Vienna Philharmonic, Harnoncourt. 
Production: Guth. 202 mins. (opera), 
26 mins. (bonus)
PUCCINI: La Bohème
spacer Netrebko, Machaidze; Beczala, 
Cavalletti, Arduini, Colombara; 
Konzertvereinigung Wiener 
Staatsopernchor, Vienna Philharmonic, Gatti. Production: Michieletto. 124 mins.
CapuletiBlRyBELLINI: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
spacer Cabell, DiDonato; Pirgu, Li, Owens; San Francisco Opera Orchestra and 
Chorus, Frizza. Production: Boussard. 
San Francisco Opera/EuroArts 2059664 (Blu-ray), 2059668 (2 DVDs); 135 mins. (opera), 16 mins. (bonus), subtitled
VoicesBluRayCollector's Edition: Voices
spacer Berganza, Crespin, de los Angeles, Janowitz, Schwarzkopf, Seefried, Streich, Varady; Christoff, Fischer-Dieskau, Gobbi, Windgassen and others; Various choruses and orchestras, Engel, Giulini, Schmidt-Isserstedt, Sébastian; Moore, Reiss, others. Classic Archive 3075084 (Blu-ray), 848 mins., subtitled
NachtVenedigDVDJ. STRAUSS: Eine Nacht in Venedig
spacer Bath, Habermann, Irosch; 
Baumgärtel, Clear, Heinrich, Singer; Seefestspiele Mörbisch, Bibl. 
Production: Lohner. ORF VLMD005, 126 mins., subtitled
CarmelitesDVDPOULENC: Dialogues des Carmélites
spacer Petibon, Gens, Piau, Plowright, Koch; Lehtipuu; Chorus of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rhorer. Production: Py. Erato 
08256-462202 (2 DVDs), 166 mins., subtitled
WagnerVerdiDVDWagner vs. Verdi
spacer Directed by Pepe Pippig, Anna Schmidt, Daniel Gerlach, Martin Betz, Tomas Macho and Christian Kugler. Arthaus Musik 102 192, 156 mins.

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