September 2009

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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HANDEL: Alcina
DiDonato, Gauvin, Cherici, Beaumont, Prina; van Rensburg, Priante; Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis. Text and translations. Deutsche Grammophon Archiv 477 7374 (3)

Enchanted-Island Opera
Joyce DiDonato and a first-rate cast of Handel singers bring theatrical richness and linguistic precision to Alan Curtis's superb new recording of Alcina.

Opera and Oratorio

opera newsHAYDN: Die Schöpfung
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Matthews; Bostridge, Henschel; London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, C. Davis. Text and translation. LSO0628 (2)
opera newsTAYLOR: Peter Ibbetson
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Flanigan, Summers; Griffey, Zeller, Austin; Seattle Symphony and Chorale, Schwarz. Naxos American Opera Classics 8.669016-17 (2)
opera newsROSSINI: The Italian Girl in Algiers (Highlights)
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Larmore, Tynan; Banks, Opie, Miles; Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra, Cohen. English text. Chandos CHAN 3160
opera newsGLASS-MORAN: The Juniper Tree
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West, Torgove, Brown, Walters; Sylvan, Derrah, Cotton, Stoneman; The Juniper Tree Opera Orchestra, Pittmann. English text. Orange Mountain Music 0057
opera newsLANG: The Little Match Girl Passion
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Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hillier. English texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807496
opera newsFOSS: The Prairie
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With Weigle, Mitchell-Velasco; F. Kelly, Engebreth; Providence Singers, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, A. Clark. Texts. BMOP Sound 1007

Choral and Song

opera newsHOIBY: "A Pocket of Time"
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Faulkner, Garland; Hoiby, piano. Twenty-one songs and a duet by Lee Hoiby. Texts available online only. Naxos 8.559375
opera newsMAZZOCCHI, et al.: Vespero della Beata Vergine
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Cantus Cölln, Concert Palatino, Junghänel. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902001


opera news Kate Royal: "Midsummer Night"
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Arias by Alwyn, Barber, Britten, Dvořák, Korngold, Lehár, Messager, Stravinsky and Walton. Orchestra of English National Opera, Gardner. EMI Classics 2 68192 2 8


opera newsGLUCK: Iphigénie en Tauride (In German)
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Zadek, Wallenstein; Gedda, Prey, Cordes; Orchestra and Chorus of Cologne Radio, Keilberth. Cappricio 5005


opera newsVERDI: Aida
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Chiara, Dimitrova; Pavarotti, Pons, Ghiaurov, Burchuladze; Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, Maazel. Production: Ronconi. Includes documentary "The Making of Aida." Arthaus Musik 100 059 (2 discs), 160 mins., subtitled
opera newsS. WAGNER: Der Kobold
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Broberg, Mauel, Borst; Horn, Mitschke, Hoffmann; PPP Music Theatre Ensemble, Munich, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Strobel. Production: Pachl. Marco Polo 2.220003-04 (2 discs), 207 mins., subtitled
opera newsVERDI: Otello
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Scotto, Kraft; Vickers, MacNeil, Morris; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Levine. Production: Zeffirelli/Melano. The Metropolitan Opera DVD 811357012 185, 142 mins., subtitled

MASCAGNI: Cavalleria Rusticana/LEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci
Troyanos, Kraft, Jones; Domingo, Shinall (Cavalleria). Stratas; Domingo, Monk, Milnes (Pagliacci); Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Levine. Production: Zeffirelli/Melano. The Metropolitan Opera DVD 811357012 192, 152 mins. (both), subtitled
opera newsMESSIAEN: Saint François d'Assise
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Tilling; Gilfry, Delamboye, Neven, Randle; Hague Philharmonic, Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Metzmacher. Production: P. Audi. Opus Arte OA 1007 D (3 discs), 275 mins., subtitled
opera newsHANDEL: Tamerlano
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Bacelli, Bohlin, Mingardo, Holloway; Domingo, De Donato; Madrid Symphony Orchestra, McCreesh. Opus Arte OA 1006 D (3 discs), 241 mins., subtitled
opera newsDOVE: The Adventures of Pinocchio
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Simmonds, Plazas, Bottone; J. Summers, Broadbent, A. Clayton; Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North, Parry. Production: Duncan. Extra features. Opus Arte OA 1005 D (2 discs), 154 mins., subtitled

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