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

Recordings ConCordia Cover Caldara 315CALDARA: La Concordia de' Pianeti
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spacer Cangemi, Galou, Donose; Fagioli, Mena, Behle, Tittoto; La Cetra Barockorchester and Vokalensemble Basel, Marcon. DG Archiv 00289 479 3356 (2)
Recordings Milhaud Cover 315MILHAUD: L’Orestie d’Eschyle
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spacer DiGiacomo, Phillips, Eder, Delphis; Outlaw, Kempson; University of Michigan Choirs, Percussion Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, Kiesler. No texts or translations. Naxos 8.660349-51
spacer Netrebko, Bohinec; Skorokhodov, Markov, Meachem, Kowaljow; Slovenian Chamber Choir and Philharmonic, Villaume. Libretto and translation. Deutsche Grammophon 479 3969 (2)
Recordings Weir Bridegroom Cover 315WEIR: The Vanishing Bridegroom
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Tynan, Stéphany; Tortise, Gilhooly, Lemalu; BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singer, Brabbins. English text. NMC D196

Choral and Song

Recordings Heggie Connection Cover 315HEGGIE: Connection
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spacer Zona; Tagg, piano. Texts. Naxos 8.559764
Recordings Out of Darkness Cover 914HEGGIE: Out of Darkness
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spacer Lynch, Larsen; Smith. Music of Remembrance, Miller. Texts. Naxos 8.559770
Recordings Sacred Love Cover 315Latvian Radio Choir: “Sacred Love”
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spacer Choruses by Falik, Maskats and Sviridov. With Ezeriete; Antonenko; Latvian Radio Choir; Klava. Transliterated texts and translations. Ondine ODE 1226-2
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
Recordings Hana Blazikova Cover 315Hana Blažíková: “Vienna 1709”
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spacer Arias by Fux, Ariosto, Bononcini. Ensemble Tourbillon, Wagner. Texts and translations. Accent ACC 24284
Recordings Hibla Gerzmava Russian Composers Cover 315Hibla Gerzmava: “Vocal Cycles and Romances by Russian Composers” 
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spacer Cycles and songs by Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov; Ganelina, piano. No texts or translations. Melodiya 10 02289
Recordings Baxter Cover 315Katherine Unha Keem: “Songs and Arias by Garth Baxter”
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spacer Stewart, piano; Murray, guitar. Texts. Centaur CRC 3359
Recordings Recital Leo Nucci Cover 315Leo Nucci: "Kings & Courtiers: Great Verdi Arias"
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spacer Italian Opera Chamber ensemble, Marcarini. Texts and translations. Opus Arte OA CD0926 D
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
Recordings Ute Lemper Cover 315Ute Lemper: “Forever: The Love Poems of Pablo Neruda”
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spacer Songs by Lemper and Nisinman. With band. Steinway and Sons 30020


Recordings Mefistofele Cover 315BOITO: Mefistofele (highlights)
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spacer With Ghiaurov, Tagliavini, Pavarotti; Chorus and Orchestra of the Rome Theater; Varviso. No libretto. Decca 480 8154
Recordings Tatum Operatic Recital Decca Cover 315Nancy Tatum: "Operatic Recital"
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spacer Wiener Opernorchester, Quadri; Parsons, piano. No texts or translations. Decca 480 8183
Recordings Art of Sandor Konya Cover 315Sándor Kónya: "The Art of Sándor Kónya"
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spacer Arias by Puccini, Donizetti, Flotow, Meyerbeer, Ponchielli, Verdi, Wagner; Songs by Verdi and Wagner. Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Votto; Berlin Philharmonic, R. Kraus; Otto Guth, piano. No texts or translations. Deutsche Grammophon DG 480 7097 (2)


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.

Musical Theater

Recordings Tess D'Ubervilles Cover 315EDWARDS: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
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spacer Sara, Fone, Stokes, Healy, Pilkington; Umbers, Crew, Oakley, Monks, Harvey; pit and studio orchestras; no conductor listed. Stage Door records 9036

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