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February 2010

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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Diana Damrau: "Coloraturas"
Arias by Gounod, Thomas, R. Strauss, Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Donizetti, Bernstein, Stravinsky. Munich Radio Orchestra, Ettinger. Texts and translations. Virgin Classics 50999 51931322

Shattering Expectations
Diana Damrau's new recital is charged with intelligence, imagination and originality.


Opera and Oratorio

opera newsSAARIAHO: L'Amour de Loin
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Lekhina, Todorovitch; Belcher; Rundfunkchor Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Nagano. Text and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC801937.38 (2)
opera newsHERBERT: Mlle. Modiste
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S. A. Mitchell, Wright, Martin; Strange, Mackus, Allen, Lesse; Ohio Light Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Borowitz. Text. Albany Troy 1146/47
opera newsGERMAN: Tom Jones
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Staykov, Shipp, Keeble; Morrison, Maxwell, Butteriss, Suart, Davies, Jones; National Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Hulme. Notes only. Naxos 8.660270-71 (2)

Choral and Song

opera newsVERDI: Requiem
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Harteros, Ganassi; Villazón, Pape; Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Pappano. Texts and translations. EMI 50999 6 9893629 (2)
opera newsMUSTO: "Songs"
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Amy Burton; Patrick Mason. With Musto, Barrett, piano. English texts. Bridge 9286

Recital

opera news Joan Rodgers and Malcolm Martineau: "Pushkin Romances"
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Songs by Cui, Dargomyzhsky, Glinka, Medtner, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rubinstein, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Vlasov. Transliterated texts and translations. Hyperion CD A67773
opera news Johannette Zomer: "Love And Madness"
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Handel arias from Amadigi, Ariodante, Berenice, Riccardo Primo, Rinaldo, Teseo and Il Trionfo del Tempo. With Schneemann, baroque oboe; Musica Amphion, Belder. Texts and translations. Channel Classics SA 29209
opera news Mary Bevan and Greg Tassell: "Handel In the Playhouse"
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L'Avventura London, Ozmo. Texts. Opella Nova ONCD014
opera news Philippe Jaroussky: "La Dolce Fiamma"
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Arias by J. C. Bach from La Clemenza di Scipione, Artaserse, Orfeo ed Euridice, Adriano in Siria, Carattaco, Temistocle, etc. Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, Rhorer. Texts and translations. Virgin Classics 50999 68572600
opera news Sandrine Piau: "Between Heaven and Earth"
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Handel arias, duet and orchestral selections. With Lehtipuu; Accademia Bizantina, Montanari. Texts and translations. Naïve OP30484
opera news Vivica Genaux: "Pyrotechnics"
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Vivaldi arias. Europa Galante, Biondi. Texts and translations. Virgin Classics 50999 69457302

Historical

opera newsBERLIOZ: L'Enfance du Christ; Roméo et Juliette (selections)
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De los Angeles; Gedda, Blanc, Soyer, Depraz; Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Cluytens (L'Enfance). Chicago Symphony, Giulini (Roméo). No libretto. EMI 6-9715-2 (2)

Video

opera news Aida's Brothers and Sisters: Black Voices in Opera and Concert
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A film by Jan Schmidt-Garre and Marieke Schroeder. Arthaus Musik 101 367, 85 mins., subtitled
opera newsPUCCINI: Edgar
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Nizza, Gertseva; Cura, Vratogna; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino, David. Production: Mariani. Arthaus Musik 101 377, 157 mins., subtitled
opera newsTCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin
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Monogarova, Mamsirova, Kasrashvili, Sarkisyan; Kwiecien, Dunaev, Kotscherga; Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Vedernikov. Production: Tcherniakov. DVD extras. Bel Air Classiques BAC046 (2 discs), 176 mins., subtitled
opera newsVERDI: Falstaff
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Freni, Bonney, Horne, Graham; Plishka, Lopardo, Pola; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Levine. Production: Zeffirelli. Deutsche Grammophon 00440 073 4532, 126 mins., subtitled
opera newsBEETHOVEN: Fidelio
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Beňačková, McLaughlin; Protschka, Pederson, Lloyd; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Dohnányi. Arthaus Musik 100 075, 125 mins., subtitled
opera newsKRENEK: Karl V; Kehraus um St. Stephan
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Karl V: Beller-Carbone; Henschel, Führmann; Wiener Symphoniker, Koenigs. Production: Laufenberg. Kehraus um St. Stephan: Bogner, Flechl; Sadnik, Pesendorfer, Holecek, Drescher; Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, Axelrod. Production: Scheidl. Capriccio 9001 (2 discs), 140 mins. (Karl V), 148 mins. (Kehraus), subtitled
opera newsLEO: L'Alidoro
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Ercolano, Schiavo, Varriale, Ermolli; De Vittorio, Morace, Ruggeri; Orchestra Barocca Cappella della Pietà de' Turchini, Florio. Production: Cirillo. Dynamic 33588 (2 discs), 165 mins., subtitled
opera newsROSSINI: La Cenerentola
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DiDonato; Flórez, Menéndez, de Simone; Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Summers. Production: Font. Decca B0013374-09 (2 discs), 166 mins., subtitled
opera newsPUCCINI: Madama Butterfly
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Hayashi, H. Kim; Dvorsky, Zancanaro; Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro all Scala, Maazel. Production: Asari. Arthaus Musik 100 111, 144 mins., subtitled
opera newsMASSENET: Thaïs
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Frittoli; Ataneli, Liberatore; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino, Noseda. Production: Poda. Arthaus Musik 101 385, 139 mins., subtitled

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