November 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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Renée Fleming: "Verismo"
Arias and scenes by Puccini, Mascagni, Catalani, Leoncavallo, Zandonai, Cilèa, Giordano. Coro e Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Armiliato. Texts and translations. Decca 4781533

Making It Real
In her new recital disc, Renée Fleming explores the operas of Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo and other masters of the "giovane scuola."

Opera and Oratorio

opera newsBARTÓK: Bluebeard's Castle
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Zhidkova; White; London Symphony Orchestra, Gergiev. Text and translation. LSO 0685
opera newsHANDEL: Ezio
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Hallenberg, Gauvin, Prina, Andersen; Giustiniani, Priante; Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis. Text and translations. Archiv Produktion 477-8073 (3)
opera newsSHOSTAKOVICH: The Nose
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Dombrovskaya, Kravtsova, Vitman; Popov, Semishkur, Skorokhodov, Solimsky, Bezzubenkov, Kravets, Tanovitsky; Orchestra and Chorus of the Kirov Opera, Gergiev. Text and translation. Mariinsky MAR 0501 (2)

Choral and Song

opera news Anna Leese, Peter Lodahl & Alisdair Hogarth: "Life is a Dream"
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Songs by Haydn. Texts. Michael Storrs Music Ltd. MSM0012
opera newsBACH: Cantatas BWV 51, 209, 210
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Futral; Washington Bach Consort, J. R. Lewis. Texts and translations. Lyrichord LEMS 8069
opera newsRASI et al.: "La Voce di Orfeo"
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Zanasi; Casati (narrator); La Chimera, Egüez. Texts and translations. Naïve NAI 8925
opera newsBERNSTEIN: Mass
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Sykes, Wulfman; Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Children's Chorus, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alsop. English and Latin texts. Naxos 8.559622-23 (2)
opera news Stile Antico: "Song of Songs"
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Choral works by Palestrina, Victoria, Lassus, Gombert, Guerrero et al. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMU 807489
opera newsGETTY: The White Election
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Delan; Steinegger, piano. English texts. PentaTone Classics 5186 054


opera news Jörg Waschinski: "Ich Stand in Dunklen Träumen"
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Songs by Clara Schumann. Aulos-Streichquartett Berlin. Texts and translations. Deutschlandradio Kultur Phoenix Edition 170
Stig Andersen: "Wagner Arias"
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Arias from Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. With Pavlovski; Fosser; Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra, Borksand. CD Klassik 1011


opera newsWAGNER: Opera Scenes
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With Herrmann, Nissen; Staatskapelle and Staatsoper Chorus Dresden, Böhm. Notes only. Profil Hänssler PH07058
opera newsWAGNER: Parsifal
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Mödl; Windgassen, Neidlinger, Cramer, Rohr, Sentpaul; Stuttgart State Opera Chorus, Paris Opera Orchestra, Leitner. Profil Hänssler PH09009 (4)


opera newsROSSINI: Ermione
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Ganassi, Pizzolato; Kunde, Siragusa; Prague Chamber Choir, Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, R. Abbado. Production: D. Abbado. Dynamic 33609 (2 discs), 143 mins., subtitled
opera newsBEETHOVEN: Fidelio
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W. Meier, I. Raimondi; Seiffert, Uusitalo, Salminen; Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Mehta. Production: Pier'Alli. Medici Arts 2072498, 148 mins., subtitled
opera newsZANDONAI: Francesca da Rimini
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Dessì; F. Armiliato, Mastromarino, Altomare; Coro Lirico Marchigiano "V. Bellini," Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Barbacini. Production: Gasparon. Arthaus Musik 101 363, 137 mins., subtitled
opera newsDONIZETTI: L'Elisir d'Amore
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Noni; Tagliavini, La Porta, Montarsolo; NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Broadcasting Chorus, Osaka Broadcasting Chorus, Nikikai Chorus Group, Fujiwara Opera Chorus, Erede. Production: Nofri. VAI 4492, 107 mins., subtitled
opera newsMONTEVERDI: L'Incoronazione di Poppea
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De Niese, Coote, Arnet, Mumford; I. Davies, Battaglia; Glyndebourne Chorus, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Haïm. Production: Carsen. Decca 074 3339 (2 discs), 193 mins. (opera), 41 mins. (extras), subtitled
opera newsPUCCINI: La Bohème
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Netrebko, Cabell; Villazón, von Bergen/ Daniel, Erod/Degout, Kowaljow; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, de Billy. Direction: Dornhelm. Theatrical release: Sept. 23. DVD release: Dec. 15, Kultur K4601, 109 mins., subtitled
opera newsDONIZETTI: Lucrezia Borgia
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Theodossiou, Palacios; De Biasio, Iori; Orchestra and Chorus of the Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti, Severini. Production: Bellotto. Naxos 2.110264, 138 mins., subtitled
opera newsGIORDANO: Marcella
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Daolio, Carone; Formaggia, Rosiello, Dilengite; Slovak Chamber Choir, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Benzi. Production: Pizzech. Naxos 2.110263, 67 mins., subtitled
opera newsTAN DUN: Marco Polo
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S. Castle, Lundy, Kross; Workman, Zhang, Richardson, Bryant; Cappella Amsterdam, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Tan Dun. Production: Audi. Opus Arte OA 1010 D, 156 mins., subtitled

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