December 2017

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

Recordings Lohengrin Cover 1217Editor's Choice

WAGNER: Lohengrin
DVD Button Netrebko, Herlitzius; Beczala, Konieczny, Zeppenfeld, Welton; Chorus of the Dresden State Opera, Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann. Deutsche Grammophon 0440 073 5319 6, 215 mins., subtitled

Starry Night

Great singers and a fabulous conductor are the draw of this Lohengrin.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Wonderful Life Cover 1217HEGGIE: It’s a Wonderful Life 
CD Button Trevigne, Carroll; Burden, Gilfry, Hopkins, Griffey; Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Summers. English text. Pentatone  PTC5186 631 (2)
Recordings Adelaide in Borgona Cover 1217ROSSINI: Adelaide di Borgogna
CD Button Sadovnikova, Zubieta, Gritskova; Vlad, Watanabe, Lewenberg, Anderzhanov; Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Acocella. Naxos 8.660401-02 (2)
Recordings Sigismondo Cover lg 1217ROSSINI: Sigismondo
CD Button Aleida, Sánchez-Valverde, Gritskova; Tarver, Arrieta, Bakonyi; Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani. Naxos 8.660403-04 (2)
Recordings Rigoletto Hvorostovsky Cover 1217VERDI: Rigoletto
Online Exclusive
CD Button Sierra, Volkova; Demuro, Hvorostovsky, Mastroni. Kaunas State Choir, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Orbelian. Text and translation. Delos DE3522 (2)
Recordings Parsifal Cover 1 lg 1217WAGNER: Parsifal
DVD Button Pankratova; Vogt, McKinny, Zeppenfeld, Grochowski, Lehner; Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Haenchen. Production: Laufenberg. Deutsche Grammophon 00440 073 5350 2, 247 mins., subtitled
Recordings Parsifal Concertgebouw lg 1217WAGNER: Parsifal
DVD Button Lang; Ventris, Marco-Buhrmester, Struckmann, Petrenko; Dutch National Opera Chorus, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Fisher. Production: Audi. Challenge Classics CC 72619,  260 mins., subtitled


Recordings Romanza Netrebko Cover 1217Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov: "Romanza"
CD Button Various orchestras and conductors. Panorama 00289 479 8110 GH
Recordings Joyce El-Khoury Cover 1217Joyce El-Khoury: "Echo"
CD Button The Hallé, Rizzi. Texts and translations. Opera Rara ORR252
Recordings Michael Spyres Cover 1217Michael Spyres: "Espoir"
CD Button The Hallé, Rizzi. Texts and translations. Opera Rara ORR251

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