November 2004

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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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson: "Handel Arias"
From Theodora and Serse; Cantata - La Lucrezia. With Stubbs (lute), Carral (cello), Tindemans (viola da gamba), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bicket. Texts and translations. Avie AV0030

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson delivers a Handel program with steady, unblemished sound, burrowing deeply into the essence of the music.

Opera and Oratorio

opera newsBRITTEN: Billy Budd
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Shicoff, Skovhus, Halfvarson; Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Runnicles. No libretto. Orfeo C 602 033 D (3) (Qualiton, dist.)
opera newsARGENTO: Casanova's Homecoming
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Alvarado, Padula, Hansen, Brown, Padilla; Wroblewski, Ogan, Shircliffe, Monzón, Smith, Flores; Singers and Orchestra of the Moores Opera Center, University of Houston, Jacoby. English text. Newport Classic NPD 85673 (2)
opera newsLEHÁR: Der Sterngucker
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Rohrbach, Sturludóttir; Odinius, Wörle, Köhler; Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Goritzki. Notes in translation, no libretto. CPO 999 872 (2)
opera newsSTRAUS: Die Perlen der Cleopatra
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Fadayomi, Peyerl, Mihanovic; Mendrok, Zabanoff, Vogel, Meyer, Johanssen; Franz-Lehár Orchestra and Chorus (Bad Ischl Operetta Festival), Mogg. No libretto. CPO 777 022-2 (Naxos, dist.)
opera newsDOVE: Flight
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McFadden, Plazas, Willis, Taylor, Mason; Robson, Coxon, Magee, Page, Van Allan; Glyndebourne Festival Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Parry. Text. Chandos CHAN 10197(2)
opera newsROSSINI: La Pietra del Paragone
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Bienkowska, Gemmabella, Herrmann; Codeluppi, Zarrelli, Yoshihara, Costantini, Machej; Czech Chamber Chorus, Czech Chamber Soloists, de Marchi. Italian text only. Naxos 8660093-95 (3)
MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
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Breedt, Mescheriakova, Sima, Sáfár; Skovhus, Girolami, Monarcha; Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Hungarian National Chorus, Halász. No text or translation. Naxos 8.660102-04
YVAIN: Pas Sur la Bouche
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Azéma, Nanty, Tautou; Arditi, Cowl, Espert, Prévost, Wilson; Fontaine. Selected lyrics. Naïve V 4972.
opera newsBRITTEN: Peter Grimes
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Watson; Winslade, Michaels-Moore; London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Davis. LSO Live LSO054 (3)


opera newsMaría Bayo: "Arias de Zarzuela Barroca"
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Works by Nebra, Martín y Soler, Boccherini, Hita. Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Texts and translations. Naïve Astrée E8885
Renée Fleming: "Handel"
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Arias. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bicket. Texts and translations. Decca B0003160
opera newsDennis O'Neill: "More Favourite Arias"
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Arias and ensembles by Leoncavallo, Ponchielli, Verdi, Giordano, Puccini, Mascagni, Rossini. London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Parry. English texts. Chandos 3105
opera newsBarry Banks: "Sings Bel Canto Arias"
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(Opera in English) Arias by Rossini, Donizetti, Mozart, Mascagni, Stravinsky. London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Parry. English texts. Chandos 3112
opera newsMarina Mescheriakova: "Soprano Arias"
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by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti, Spontini. Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Halász. Texts and translations. Naxos 8.557109
opera newsNathalie Stutzmann: "SCHUBERT: Winterreise"
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Stutzmann; Södergren, piano. Texts and translations. Calliope 9339


Marcella Reale: "Verismo"
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Arias and songs by Puccini, Giordano, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Cilèa, Franchetti, Alfano. Orchestra of Rome Opera, Feist; Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Alberth; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Matheson. Notes, no texts or translations. Desirée Records 03578 (2) (Norbeck & Peters, dist.)
opera newsJoan Sutherland: Close Encounters with Great Singers
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In conversation with Jon Tolansky, with musical selections by Bellini, Delibes, Donizetti, Puccini and Verdi. Various accompaniments. No libretto. VAI Audio VAIA 1232
opera newsBEETHOVEN: Fidelio
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Kubiak, Falewicz; Vickers, Evans, Morgan, Van Allen, Gramm; Opera Company of Boston, Caldwell. No text or translation. VAI VAIA 1222-2
opera newsLisa Della Casa: Lisa Della Casa Sings Lieder
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Lieder of Brahms, Schubert, Richard Strauss, Wolf, Schumann (Frauenliebe und -Leben). Hudez, Peschko, piano. Notes, texts, translations. Testament SBT 1341


opera newsPUCCINI: La Fanciulla del West
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Zampieri, Verri; Domingo, Bertocchi, Pons, Salvadori, Spagnoli, Chingari, Roni, Giombi; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Maazel. Opus Arte DVD OA LS300 4D (Naxos, dist.), 144 mins., subtitled

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