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January 2007

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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Renée Fleming: "Homage: The Age of the Diva"
Arias and scenes by Cilèa, Gounod, Janácek, Korngold, Massenet, Puccini, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana, R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Verdi. Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Gergiev. Texts and translations. Decca 000740502

Renée Fleming's tribute to singers of a bygone era includes an exploratory, cohesive and compelling collection of excerpts from some less-than-familiar operas.

Opera and Oratorio

opera newsWAGNER: Die Walküre
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Behle, Denoke, Vaughn; Gambill, Rootering, Jun; Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Zagrosek. Untranslated text available at www.naxos.com/libretti/walkure.htm. Naxos 8.660172-74
opera newsRACHMANINOV: "Opera Highlights"
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Zvetkova, Nikolova; Zvetanov, Isakov, Tekeliev, Beykov, Naydenov; Orchestra and Chorus of the Sofia National Opera, Todorov. No texts. Naxos 8.557817
opera newsGERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess
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Lister, McDonald, Cabell; Mack, Powell, Lynch, Rowe; Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Members of Blair Children's Chorus and Tennessee State University Band, Mauceri. Texts. Decca B0007431-02 (2)
opera newsWAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
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Brewer, Pecková; Treleaven, Daniel, Rose, Holt, Ginty, Lemalu, Le Brocq; Apollo Voices, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Runnicles. Warner Classics 2564-62964-2

Choral and Song

opera newsMAHLER: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
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Connolly, D. Henschel; Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Herreweghe. Text and translation Harmonia Mundi HMC 901920


opera news Audra McDonald: "Build a Bridge"
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Songs by Adam Guettel, Laura Nyro, Randy Newman, Neil Young, and others; Doug Petty, Sperling, Hersch (pianos), Dan Petty (guitar), Donovan (bass), Pelton (drums and percussion). Texts. Nonesuch 79862-2
opera news James Bowman & 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 John Mark Ainsley & Graham Johnson: "L'Invitation au Voyage: Melodies from La Bella Époque"
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Songs by Cressonois, Delibes, Duparc, Godard, Hillemacher, Lecocq, Paladilhe, Pessard and Puget. Text and translation. Hyperion CDA67523
opera news Measha Brueggergosman: "Extase"
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Arias and songs by Berlioz and Massenet. Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Talmi. Texts and translations. CBC Records SMCD 5236
opera news Montserrat Figueras: "Lux Feminae"
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Alia Vox AVSA9847
opera news Steven Mercurio: "Many Voices"
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Jo, Martínez; Bocelli, Giordani, Villazón, Quilico; Prague Philharmonia, Mercurio. Texts and translations. Sony Classical 82876-87227-2


opera news Galina Vishnevskaya & Mstislav Rostropovich: Rachmaninoff & Glinka Songs
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No texts. DG 2530 725.


opera newsVERDI: Aida
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Voices of Tebaldi, Stignani; Campora, Bechi, Neri; Italian State Radio Orchestra, Morelli. Director: Fracassi, 1953. Qualiton DVD-616. 95 mins.
opera newsVERDI: Aida
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Fantini, Komlosi; Berti, Doss, Anastassov; Symphony Orchestra and Choir of La Monnaie De Munt, Ono. Production: Wilson. Opus Arte OA 0954 D, 150 mins., subtitled
opera newsROSSINI: Bianca e Falliero
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Bayo, Barcellona; Meli, Lepore; Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Prague Chamber Choir, Palumbo. Production: Martinoty. Dynamic DVD 33501, 183 mins., subtitled
opera newsRIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Sadko
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Tsidipova, Tarassova, Diadkova; Galouzine, Grigorian, Gergalov, Aleksashkin, Minjelkiev, Ognovenko; Kirov Opera and Ballet, Gergiev. Production: Stepaniuk. Philips 070 4399 8 DH, 175 mins.
opera newsPROKOFIEV: The Love for Three Oranges
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Piau, Shafajinskaja; Vernhes, Defontaine, Le Roux, Khomov, White; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Denève. Production: Pelly. Opus Arte OA 0957D, 144 mins., subtitled

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