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July 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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Anne Sofie von Otter and Christian Gerhaher: "Terezín/Theresienstadt"
Hope, Forsberg, Huber, Risenfors, et al. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon 477 6546

Anne Sofie von Otter and Christian Gerhaher offer an unsettling yet uplifting program of songs from the Nazi concentration camp at Theresienstadt.

Opera and Oratorio

opera newsMASCAGNI: Amica
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Malavasi, De Giorgi, Sotgiu, Rosiello, Dilengite; Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Bratislava Chamber Choir, Benzi. Text and translation. Dynamic CDS 574
opera newsRIES: Die Könige in Israel
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Gramss, Romberger, Wolak; Schäfer, van der Kamp, Rzepka, Bischoff. Rheineishe Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Max. Texts and Translations. CPO 777 221-2
opera newsPUCCINI: La Bohème
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Amsellem, Jarman; Haddock, Capitanucci, Schaldenbrand, Sedov, Glavin; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Gwinnett Young Singers, Spano. Text and translation. Telarc CD-80697
opera newsPASATIERI: The Hotel Casablanca
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Diltz, Hawkins, Krupansky, Smith; D. Baker, Brown, Probus, Lewis, C. Baker; University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Nardolillo. English text. Albany Records TROY 1005
opera newsHANDEL: Tolomeo
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Hallenberg, Gauvin, Bonitatibus, Basso; Spagnoli; Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis. Text and translation. DG Archiv 00289 477 7106 (3)

Choral and Song

opera news Amanda Roocroft and Konrad Jarnot: "ELGAR: Complete Songs for Voice and Piano, Vol. 1"
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Mees, piano. English texts. Channel Classics CCS SA 27507
opera news Kim Borg and Erik Werba: "Sibelius and Kilpinen Songs"
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No texts. DG477-6612

Hannu Jurmu and Jouni Somero: "Sibelius Songs" Online Exclusive
No texts. Naxos 8.570019
opera newsBERG/WEBERN/SCHOENBERG: "Music of the Viennese School"
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With Barainsky; Winterthur Musikkollegium Orch., van Steen. German texts only. MDG Scene 601-1425
opera news Orlando Consort: Scattered Rhymes
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Music by Machaut, O'Regan, Bryars; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Hillier. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807469


opera news Christine Schäfer and Eric Schneider: Apparition
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Songs by Purcell and Crumb. English texts. Onyx 4021
opera news Johan Reuter: "Rare Verdi"
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Arias from Oberto, Ernani, I Due Foscari, Giovanni d'Arco, Alzira, I Masnadieri, Il Corsaro, La Battaglia di Legnano and Aroldo. Kammerensemble Classic der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Heise-Glass. Texts and translations. MSM 004
opera news Mark Padmore: "Dowland Lute Songs"
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With Britten's Nocturnal. E. Kenny, lute, and Ogden, guitar. English texts. Hyperion CDA 67648
opera news Matthias Goerne: "Sehnsucht"
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Songs by Schubert. With Leonskaya, piano. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901988
opera news Melanie Diener: "Puccini's Heroines"
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City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Acocella. Michael Storrs Music, Ltd. MSM 0006
opera news Stephan Genz and Roger Vignoles: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
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Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA67645
opera news Yvonne Kenny and Piers Lane: "Delius Songs"
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Texts and translations. Hyperion CDA-6794


opera news Cesare Valletti: "New York Town Hall Recitals 1959 & 1960: The Art of Song"
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With Taubman. No texts or translations. Testament SBT2 1413


opera newsBUSONI: Doktor Faust
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Trattnigg; Hampson, Kunde, Macias, Groissböck; Orchestra and Chorus of the Zurich Opera House, Jordan. Production: Grüber. Arthaus Musik 101 283, 172 mins., subtitled
opera newsDONIZETTI: Don Pasquale
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L. Giordano; Gatell, Cassi, Desderi; Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, Muti. Production: de Rosa. Arthaus Musik 101 303, 124 mins., subtitled
opera newsVERDI: Ernani
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Mitchell; Pavarotti, Milnes, Raimondi; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Levine. Production: Samaritani. Decca 074 3228, 140 mins., subtitled
opera newsTIPPETT: King Priam
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Walker, Mason, Price; Macann, Haskin, Ebrahim, Hancorn; Kent Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Norrington. Production: Lough. Arthaus Musik 102 087, 138 mins., subtitled
opera newsDONIZETTI: La Favorita
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Cossotto; Kraus, Bruscantini, Raimondi; NHK Italian Opera Chorus, NHK Symphony Orchestra, de Fabritiis. Production: Nofri. VAI 4423, 141 mins., subtitled.
opera newsMOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
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Röschmann, Persson, Shaham; Schrott, Finley, Veira, Langridge; Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Pappano. Production: McVicar. Opus Arte OA 0990D, 202 mins., subtitled
opera newsVERDI: Simon Boccanegra
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Te Kanawa; Agache, Sylvester, Opie, Scandiuzzi; Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Solti. Production: Moshinsky. With Simon Boccanegra - The Good Father, a film by Brian Large. Decca 071 4239, 135 mins., subtitled
opera news The Full Monteverdi
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I Fagiolini: Crookes, Lane, Wilkinson, Mulroy, Brook, Underwood; Music director: Hollingworth; Production: La Bouchardière. Naxos 2.1110224, 60 mins., subtitled
opera newsWAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
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Stemme, Karnéus; Gambill, Skovhus, Pape; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Chorus, Bělohlávek. Production: Lehnhoff. Opus Arte OA 0988D, 350 mins., subtitled
opera newsVERDI: Un Ballo in Maschera
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Ricciarelli, Berini, Blegen; Pavarotti, Quilico, Wilderman, Robbins; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Patanè. Production: Moshinsky. Decca 074 3227, 145 mins., subtitled

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