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October 2006

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

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THOMAS PASATIERI: Divas of a Certain Age; La Divina; Signor Deluso
Greenawald, Putnam (Divas of a Certain Age); Greenawald, Putnam, Margiore, Kinsella (La Divina); A. Rose, Friend, Seely, Grooms, Shanahan, B. G. Davis, Du Melle (Signor Deluso); Pasatieri, piano (Divas of a Certain Age); Opera Company of Brooklyn, Meetze (La Divina and Signor Deluso). Texts. Albany TROY 847

Soprano Sheri Greenawald scores a hit as the high-maintenance heroine of Thomas Pasatieri's backstage opera comedy, La Divina.

Opera and Oratorio

opera newsRUDERS: Kafka's Trial
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Stille, Rørholm; van Hal, Henning-Jensen; Royal Danish Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Søndergård. DACAPO 8.226042-43
opera newsA. SCARLATTI: La Giuditta
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Ricci, Fernandez; Oro, Di Donato, Rostand; Le Parlement de Musique, Gester. Texts and translations. Ambronay AMY1004
opera newsGOSSEC: La Triomphe de la République
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Haller, Balducci, Laurens; Sakurada, Danuser, Marzorati, Huttenlocher; Coro della Radio Svizzera and Coro Calicantus, I Barocchisti, Fasolis. Text and translation. Chandos Chaconne CHAN 0727
opera newsVIVALDI: Motezuma
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Invernizzi, Kalna, Beaumont, Basso, Mijanovic; Priante; Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis. Text and translation. Archiv B0006490-02 (3 CDs)
opera newsHAYDN: Orlando Paladino
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Petibon, Hartelius, von Magnus; Schade, Güra, Schäfer, Gerhaher, Kalpers, Boesch; Concentus Musicus Wien, Harnoncourt. Sony BMG 82876 HAYDN: The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross
Piau, Sandhoff; Getchell, van der Kamp; Accentus, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Equilbey. Naïve V5045
opera newsHANDEL: Saul
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Argenta, Reviol; Varcoe, Chance, LeBrocq, Berner; Die Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Maulbronner Kammerchor, Budday. No text or translations. K&K Verlagsanstalt LC 11277 (2)
opera newsMEYERBEER: Semiramide
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Riedel, Peretyatko, Janes; Adami, Silva, Gierlach; Altensteig Rossini Choir, Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Bonynge. No text or translation. Naxos 8.660205-06
opera newsHANDEL: Solomon
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Wolak, E. Scholl, Wemyss; Schoch, Vieweg; Junge Kantorei, Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra, Martini. Texts available online. Naxos, 8.557574-75
opera newsSALLINEN: The King Goes Forth to France
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Rantanen, Paasikivi, Palo, Nykänen, Thum; Hakala, Korhonen, Anttila, Wallén, Kinnunen; Finnish Philharmonic Chorus, Tapiola Chamber Choir, Helsinki Philharmonic, Kamu. Text and translation. Ondine ODD-1066-2D (2)
opera newsGLASS: The Voyage
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Robertson, Bormann, Lichter, Vasar, Ratzenböck; Lerche, Lettner, Diaz, Mason; Chorus of the Landestheater Linz, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Davies. English text. Orange Mountain Music omm0017 (2)

Choral and Song

opera newsMONTEVERDI: Il Sesto Libro de Madrigali
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Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini. Naïve OP30423
opera newsMONTEVERDI: Vespers
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Sampson, Outram; Auchincloss, Mulroy, Daniels, Gilchrist, Harvey, Evans, Macdonald; The King's Consort and Choir, King. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA67531/2 (2)


opera news Felicity Lott and Roger Vignoles: "Fallen Women and Virtuous Wives"
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Songs by Brahms, Coward, Fauré, Poulenc, Strauss, Wolf and others. Texts and translations. Wigmore Hall Live WHLive004
opera news James Bowman and Kenneth Weiss: "Songs for Ariel"
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Songs by Dowland, Purcell, Handel, Rubbra, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Warlock, Tippett, Howells and Gant. Texts. Satirino Records SR 052
opera news Joyce DiDonato and Julius Drake: "A Journey Through Venice"
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Songs and arias by Fauré, Hahn, Handel, Head and Rossini. Texts and translations. Wigmore Hall Live WHLIVE0009
opera news Renée Fleming and Brad Mehldau: "Love Sublime"
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Songs by Brad Mehldau. Texts. Nonesuch 79952-2


opera newsR. STRAUSS: Arabella
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Della Casa, Trötschel, Malaniuk, Nentwig, Michaelis; Uhde, Fehenberger, Proebstl, Klarwein, Hoppe, Peter; Chorus and Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera, Kempe. Notes; libretto can be downloaded from website. Testament SBT2 1367
opera news Russell Oberlin: "Music of John Blow and Henry Purcell"
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With Bressler, countertenor, and chamber ensemble. No libretto. VAI Audio 1258


opera newsWAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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Häggander, Schiml; Jerusalem, Weikl, Prey, Schenk, Clark, Hölle; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Stein. DG B0006780-09, 268 mins., subtitled
opera newsPUCCINI: Gianni Schicchi
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Matthews, Schalaewa, McLaughlin, Palmer; Giordano, Corbelli, Roni, Novaro; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jurowski. Opus Arte OA 0918 D, 74 mins., subtitled
opera news György Kurtág: The Matchstick Man
Peter Eötvös: The Seventh Door
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Juxtapositions DVD DVD9DS16 (Naxos, dist.) 137 mins.
opera newsBELLINI: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
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Farcas, Gardina; Patti, Tagliavini; Orchestra Lirica i Pomeriggi Musicali, Mianiti. Production: C. Muti. Kicco Classics KCOU 9012 (VAI, dist.), 141 mins., subtitled
opera newsROSSINI: La Gazzetta
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Forte; Praticò, Workman, Spagnoli; Orchestra Academy of the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Intermezzo Choir, Barbacini. Production: Fo. Opus Arte OA 0953 D, 156 mins., subtitled
opera newsVERDI: La Traviata
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Amsellem; Bros, Bruson; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, López-Cobos. Production: Pizzi. Opus Arte OA 0934 D, 175 mins., subtitled
opera news Montserrat Caballé and Marilyn Horne: "Two Gala Concerts: Evviva Belcanto & Le Grande Primadonne"
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Arias and duets by Vivaldi, Handel, Rossini, Mercadante, Meyerbeer, Offenbach, Puccini. Munich Radio Orchestra, Rescigno. Kultur D4049, 88 mins., subtitled
opera newsADÈS: Powder Her Face
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Plazas, Buck; Norman, Broadbent; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Adès. Production: M. Williams. Digital Classics DC 10002 (Kultur, dist.), 110 mins., subtitled
opera news "The Salzburg Festival"
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Documentary directed and edited by Tony Palmer. Isolde Films. ORF Digital Classics DVD DC10016 (Kultur, dist.), 195 mins., subtitled in part

Musical Theater

"Highlights from Musicals and Operettas"
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Excerpts from works by Benatzky, Coward, Cuvillier, Gershwin, Fraser-Simson, Friml, Herbert, Kerker, Kern, Lehár, Monckton, Novello, Norton, Romberg, Stolz, Straus, Strauss, Sullivan, Tate, Wright & Forrest, Youmans, etc. EMI Classics for Pleasure 335 9482 through 9922 (various numbers)

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