July 2013

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

NormaCDEditor's Choice

spacer Bartoli, Jo; Osborn, Pertusi; La Scintilla, Antonini. Text and translation. Decca 478 3517 (2)

Not Your Mother's Norma

Cecilia Bartoli overhauls Bellini's iconic 1831 opera as a bel canto period piece.

Opera and Oratorio

ApostlesCDELGAR: The Apostles
spacer Evans, Coote; Groves, Imbrailo, Kempster, Sherratt; Hallé Choir, Hallé Youth Choir, Hallé Orchestra, Elder. Text included. 
Hallé HLD 7534 (2)
Recordings Rose of STambul cover 713FALL: The Rose of Stambul
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spacer McCord, Kelly; Buchholz, Frantzen, Morrisey; Chicago Folks Operetta Orchestra, Frantzen. Naxos 8.660326-27 (2)
Records Didone Cover 713HASSE: Didone Abbandonata
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spacer Holzhauser, Hinterdobler, Celeng; Ferri-Benedetti, Barna-Sabadus, Burkhart; Hofkapelle München, Hofstetter. Text and translation online. Naxos 8.660323-25 (3)
Records St. John Passion Cover 713J.S. BACH: St. John Passion
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spacer Sampson; I. Davies, Bostridge, Mulroy, R. Williams, N. Davies; Polyphony; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Layton. Libretto and translation. Hyperion CDA67901/2 (2)
JohnPassionCDJ.S. BACH: St. John Passion
spacer Lunn, Wilkinson; Mulroy, M. Brook, R. Davies; Dunedin Consort, University of Glasgow Chamber Choir, Butt. Text and translation. Linn CKD 419 (2) 
RobertDiableCDMEYERBEER: Robert le Diable
spacer Ciofi, Giannattasio; Hymel, Defontaine, Miles; Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana "Giuseppe Verdi" and chorus of the Teatro dell'Opera di Salerno, Oren. Notes; translation online. Brilliant Classics 94604 (3)
Records Amants Trahis Cover 713RAMEAU: Les Amants Trahis
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spacer Guilmette; Sly; Clavecin en Concert; Beauséjour, harpsichord, conductor. Texts and translations online only. Analekta 2 9991 8.572027


recordings garland cover 713Andrew Garland: "American Portraits"
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spacer Song cycles by Cipullo, Heggie, Laitman, Paulus; Loewy, piano. No texts. GPR
AntonacciCDAnna Caterina Antonacci and Donald Sulzen: "L'Alba Separa Dalla Luce L'Ombra"
spacer Songs by Cesti, Cilèa, Hahn, Refice, Respighi and Tosti. Sulzen, piano. Texts and translations. Wigmore Hall Live WHLIVE0054
Recordings Erlkonig Cover 713Matthias Goerne and Andreas Haefliger: "Erlkönig"
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spacer Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902141
Recordings Voice COver 713Philippe Jaroussky: "The Voice"
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spacer Arias and songs by Vivaldi, Handel, Porpora, Caldara, Monteverdi and others. Ensemble Matheus, Spinosi; Concerto Köln, Haïm; other ensembles. No texts or translations. Virgin Classics 602704
Recordings Faustina cover 713Roberta Invernizzi: "I Viaggi di Faustina"
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spacer Arias and instrumentals by Bononcini, Mancini, Porpora, Sarro and Vinci. With I Turchini, Florio. Texts and translations. Glossa GCD 922606
Recordings Once I was cover 713Stacy Tappan and Ricky Ian Gordon: "Once I Was"
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spacer Songs by Ricky Ian Gordon. With Hartig, clarinet. Texts included. Blue Griffin. BGR 265


CarrerasCDJosé Carreras and Edoardo Müller
spacer Songs by Massenet, Fauré, Tosti, Mompou, Turina, Falla. No texts or translations. Orfeo C 871 121 B
Records Verona Live Cover 713José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Giacomo Aragall, René Kollo, Ileana Cotrubas, et al.: "Verona Live"
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spacer Arias by Rossini, Verdi, Ponchielli, Cilea, Mascagni, Massenet, Guerrero, Donizetti, Bellini, Wagner, Debussy, Song by Lara. With Caballé, Cotrubas, Dimitrova, Marton, M. Zampieri, Millo, Carreras, Kollo, Aragall, Nucci, Ramey, Furlanetto, R. Raimondi et al. No texts or translations. Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, Collado, Franci Acanta 233553 (2)
Recordings Gottergatte cover 713LEHÁR: Der Göttergatte
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spacer Andergast, Herze, Holzschuh, Dermota, Borsos, Liewehr; Vienna Radio Orchestra and Chorus, Schönherr. CPO 777 029-2 (2)
spacer Mancini, Simionato; Filippeschi, Panerai, Neri, Massaria; Orchestra and Chorus of RAI, Rome, Gui. No texts or translations. Cetra 2564 66143 (3)
Recordings Simon Boccanegra Pradelli cover 713VERDI: Simon Boccanegra
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spacer Stella; Bergonzi, Silveri, Monachesi, Petri, Giorgetti; Chorus and Orchestra of Radio Italiana, Rome; Molinari-Pradelli. No libretto. Cetra 2564 661430 (2)


WingraveDVDBRITTEN: Owen Wingrave
spacer Hellekant, Barstow, Dawson, Gale; Finley, Hill, Marlton, Savidge; Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Chamber of Westminster Cathedral Choir, Nagano. Arthaus Musik 100 373, 92 mins.
Video Pelleas Cover 713DEBUSSY: Pelléas et Mélisande
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spacer Rey, Liebau, Kallisch; Gilfry, Volle, Polgár; Orchestra and Chorus of Zurich Opera, Welser-Möst. Production: Bechtolf. Arthaus Musik 107 285 (2), 161 mins., subtitled
IphigenieDVDGLUCK: Iphigénie en Aulide & Iphigénie en Tauride
spacer Gens, von Otter, Haller; Antoun, Testé/Delunsch, Haller; Beuron, Lapointe, Alvaro; Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble, Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Minkowski. Opus Arte 7115 (Blu-ray) or 1099 (2 DVDs), 229 mins (operas) + 39 mins (bonus), subtitled
Video Agrippina cover 713HANDEL: Agrippina
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spacer Geb, Wiles, Braun; Cordier, Matsui, Simper, Wächter; Saarländisches Staatsorchester; Junghänel. Production: Lund. Directed for TV and video by Brooks Riley. Recorded live at the Saarländisches Staatstheater. Intergroove Classics IGC004-9 (2), 163 mins., subtitled
HuguenotsDVDMEYERBEER: Les Huguenots (in German)
spacer Denning, Peacock, C. Capasso; Leech, Carlson, Blasius, Welker; Chorus and Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Soltesz. Arthaus 102 302, 156 mins., subtitled
OlimpiadeDVDPERGOLESI: L'Olimpiade
spacer Rivera, Soloviy, Petrova, Fernandez, Storti; Giménez, Lozano; Academia Montis Regalis, De Marchi. Production: Nunziata. Arthaus Musik 101650 (2 DVDs) or 108064 (Blu-ray), 170 mins., subtitled
Video Corsaro cover 713VERDI: Il Corsaro
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spacer Lungu, Dalla Benetta; Ribeiro, Salsi; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio di Parma, Montanaro. Production: Puggelli. Directed for video by Tiziano Mancini. Unitel Classica 722408 "Tutto Verdi" 10, 108 mins (opera), 11 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Forza cover 713VERDI: La Forza del Destino
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spacer Urmana, Gertseva; Giordani, Guelfi, Scandiuzzi, de Simone; Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Mehta. Production: Joël. Arthaus Musik 108 046 (Blu-ray) or 107 325 (DVD). 178 mins., subtitled
RigolettoNuccioDVDVERDI: Rigoletto
spacer Machaidze, Irányi; Nucci, Demuro, Spotti; Teatro Regio di Parma Orchestra and Chorus, Zanetti. Production: 
Samaritani. C Major/Unitel Classica 723208, 141 mins., subtitled

Musical Theater

Recordings Rodgers Hammerstein cover 713"Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies"
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spacer With Bogess, DiDonato, Ewing, Casey; Ovenden, Pittsinger; Maida Vale Singers, John Wilson Orchestra, Wilson. EMI Classics 50999 3 19301 2 3

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