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November 2008

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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Ludwig, Janowitz; Vickers, Kreppel, Berry, Kmentt, Wächter; Chorus and Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper, Karajan. Text and translation. Deutsche Grammophon 477-7364

Herbert von Karajan paces Christa Ludwig's Leonore in an exhilarating 1962 performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, recorded live at the Wiener Staatsoper.

Opera and Oratorio

opera newsADAMS: A Flowering Tree
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Rivera; Thomas, Owens; Schola Cantorum Caracas, London Symphony Orchestra, Adams. English text. Nonesuch Pro 400050 (2)
opera newsHANDEL: Amadigi di Gaula
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Wesseling, de la Merced, Rostorf-Zamir; Domènech; Al Ayre Español, López Banzo. Text and translation. Naïve Ambroisie AM 133 (2)
opera newsDOVE: Siren Song
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Dieltiens; Cooper, van de Woerd, Omvlee, Zwitserlood; Siren Ensemble, Guittart. Text. Chandos CHAN 10472

Choral and Song

opera newsBERNSTEIN: Symphony No. 3, Kaddish
WEILL: Das Berliner Requiem
SCHÖNBERG: Ein Überlebender aus Warschau
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Furmansky; Remmers, Immler; Pisar, Sheriff (narrators); Rundfunkchor Berlin, Knaben des Staats- und Domchor Berlin, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Axelrod. Texts and some translations. Nimbus Records NI 5807
opera newsTHEOFANIDIS: The Refuge
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Shagimuratova, Camm, Sherman, Barton; Gibson, Evbomoen, Bonner, McKinny, Durrani; Gifted and Talented Vocal Ensemble, Spanish Choir, Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral; Chorus, Children's Chorus and Orchestra of Houston Grand Opera, Summers. Texts and translations. Albany Troy 1024/25 (2)


opera news Anne Sofie von Otter: "Orchestral Songs"
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Music of Boldemann, Gefors and Hillborg. Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Nagano. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 00289 477 7439
opera news Jennifer Larmore: "Royal Mezzo"
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Cantatas by Barber, Berlioz, Britten and Ravel. Grant Park Orchestra, Kalmar. Texts and translations. Cedille CDR 90000 104
opera news Jingma Fan: "Chinese Lieder"
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With Reinild Mees, piano. English-language translations. Channel of China CCS SA 80908
opera news Marianne Fiset & Marie-Ève Scarfone: RAVEL: Shéhérazade; DEBUSSY: Proses Lyriques
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With an aria from Rusalka; Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, Tremblay (Rusalka only). Analekta AN2 8761
opera news René Pape: "Gods, Kings & Demons"
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Arias by Gounod, Boito, Berlioz, Verdi, Offenbach, Wagner, Rubinstein, Dvořák and Mussorgsky. Staatskapelle and Staatsopernchor Dresden, Weigle. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 00289 477 6488


opera newsWAGNER: Der Ring des Nibelungen
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Nilsson, Fisher, Milinkovic, Lindermeier, Ilosvay, Shuard, Sutherland, Hale, Thomas; Windgassen, Vinay, Hotter, Kraus, Klein, Böhme; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Kempe. Notes. Libretto available online. Testament SBT 13 1426
opera newsBELLINI: La Sonnambula
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Callas, Martelli, Cossotto; Monti, Zaccaria; Orchestra and Chorus of the Piccola Scala, Votto. Notes. Libretto available online. Testament SBT2 1417


opera newsBRITTEN: Billy Budd
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Glossop, Pears, Langdon; Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Mackerras. Decca 074 3256, 158 mins., subtitled
opera newsWAGNER: Das Rheingold
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Fassbaender, Altmeyer, Finnilä/Mödl; Stewart, Schreier, Kelemen; Berlin Philharmonic, Karajan. Production: Karajan. DG 004400734390, 144 mins, subtitled
opera newsADAMS: Doctor Atomic
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Rivera, Rabiner; Finley, Fink, Owens; Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Renes. Production: Sellars. Opus Arte OA 0998, 230 mins., subtitled
opera newsVERDI: Il Trovatore
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Tamar, Cornetti; Tanner, Lučić; Wiener Symphoniker, Bregenzer Festspielchor, Moscow Chamber Choir, Rösner. Production: Carsen. Opus Arte OA 0974 D, 135 mins., subtitled
opera news Karajan, or Beauty As I See It
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Director: Dornhelm. Deutsche Grammophon 00440 073 4392, 92 mins., subtitled
opera newsMASSENET: Manon
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Dessay; Villazón, Lanza, Ramey; Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Pérez. Production: McVicar. Virgin Classics 50999 505068 9 7, 175 mins., subtitled
Netrebko; Villazón, Daza, Fischesser; Orchestra and Chorus of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Barenboim. Production: Paterson. Deutsche Grammophon 00440 073 4431, 178 mins., subtitled
opera newsWAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
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Meier, Priew; Jerusalem, Struckmann, Hölle; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Barenboim. Production: Müller. Deutsche Grammophon 001142709, 235 mins., subtitled
opera newsFLOYD: Willie Stark
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Drake, Pettit; Jesse, Holcomb, Bouley, Richter; Orchestra and Chorus of Louisiana State University Opera, Keene. Production: McDonough. Newport Classic NVD22002, 135 mins., subtitled

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