January 2000

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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Editor's Choice: The Faces of Love, an album of songs by Jake Heggie; two starry new performances of Werther; Robert King conducts a "vernal masterpiece" by Handel; Hasse's intermezzo La Contadina; Die Herzogin von Chicago shimmies onto disc under Richard Bonynge's direction; a pair of Sabat Mater recordings; a cantata and a song cycle by Ned Rorem; Bartoli sings Vivaldi; David Daniels in Mozart, Gluck and Handel arias; recitals from Hawlata, Kowalski and Carreras ...

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