December 2015

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

Recordings DVD Jeanne d'Arc Cover 1215Editor's Choice

Honegger: Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher
DVD Button Cotillard, Honojosa, Almajano, Extrémo; Gallais, Beuron, Vidal, Planas; Lieder Camera Choir, Madrigal Choir, Vivaldi-Petits Cantors de Catalunya Choir, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Soustrot. Alpha 708, 80 mins., subtitles

Arc of History

Honegger’s oratorio about St. Joan bends toward greatness in this video recording with Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Long Christmas Dinner Cover 1215Hindemith: The Long Christmas Dinner
CD Button Zamora, Guthrie, Murphy, Martin; Allen, Murphree, Ott, Quinn; American Symphony Orchestra, Botstein. Bridge 9449
Recordings Death and the Powers Cover 1215Machover: Death and the Powers
DVD Button Risley, Harvey; Cazalet, Orth, Kelley, Kravitz, McNichols; The Miseries, Chorus of Operabots, Dallas Opera, Paiement. Production: Eggert. The Dallas Opera 88295-20400 (Blu-ray), 96 mins., subtitles
Recordings Aida Cover 1215Verdi: Aida
CD Button Harteros, Semenchuk; Kaufmann, Tézier, Spotti, Schrott; Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Pappano. Warner Classics 0825646106639 (3)


Recordings Puccini Cover 1215Jonas Kaufmann: Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album
CD Button Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Pappano. Texts and translations. Sony Classical 88875092492


Recordings Gedda Cover 1215Nicolai Gedda: My Favorite Operetta Heroes
CD Button Operettas by Lehár and J. Strauss. Various orchestras and conductors. No texts. Warner Classics 0825646127030 (10)

Musical Theater

Recordings golden Apple Cover 1215Moross: The Golden Apple
CD Button Lassiter, Estes, Brown; Deaton, Williams; Lyric Stage Orchestra, Dias. Text. PS Classics, PS-1528 (2)

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