March 2017

Reviews of the latest opera CDs and DVDs — both remastered reissues of the greats and new recordings by today's most notable artists.

Recordings Turandot cover lg 317Editor's Choice

DVD Button Sun, Yao; Dai, Tian; China National Centre for the Performing Arts Chorus and Orchestra, Oren. Production: Chen. Accentus Music ACC20338 (DVD), 127 mins. (opera), 13 mins. (bonus), subtitled

Made in China

An almost all-Chinese production of Turandot, with a new completion by a Chinese composer.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Viktoria Cover 317ABRAHAM: Viktoria und ihr Husar
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CD Button Schellenberger, Barth-Jurca, Fuchs; Heim, Lesiak, Sauerzapf, Steppan. Seefestspiele Mörbisch Festival Orchestra and Choir, Levi. No texts or translations. OEHMS Classics OC 454
Recordings Capuleti Cover 317BELLINI: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
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DVD Button Kulchynska, DiDonato; Bernheim, Botnarciuc, Lorenzi; Chor der Oper Zürich; Philharmonia Zürich, Luisi.  Production: Loy. Accentus Music ACC20353 (DVD), ACC10353 (Blu-ray), 139 mins., subtitled
Recordings Berlioz Lin cover 317BERLIOZ: Roméo et Juliette
CD Button Dragojevic; Staples, Miles; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Swedish Radio Choir, Ticciati. French text and English translation. Linn Records CKD 521 (2)
Recordings Berlioz Romeo Chandos cover 317BERLIOZ: Roméo et Juliette
CD Button Losier; Boden, Soar; BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus, Davis, French text and English translation. Chandos CHSA 5169 (2)
Recordings Rosenthal Cover 317DESYATNIKOV: The Children of Rosenthal
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CD Button Mkhitaryan, Rubtsova, Manistina; Paster, Grivnov, Ladyuk, Statsenko, Migunov, Teliga; Choir and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater, Vedernikov. Texts and translations. Melodiya MEL CD 10 024832 (2)
Recordings Ungarische Cover 317DOSTAL: Die Ungarische Hochzeit
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CD Button Kostal, Riel, Peterl, Schmidinger; Taruntsov, Zisterer, Kovacic. Chor des Lehár Festivals Bad Ischl, Franz Lehár-Orchester, Burkert. No texts or translations. CPO 777 974-2 (2) 
Recordings Apollo e Dafne cover 317HANDEL: Apollo e Dafne
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CD Button Lawson; Thorpe; Ensemble Marsyas, Whelan. Linn CKD 543
Recordings Karaindrou Cover 317KARAINDROU: David
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CD Button Karagianni; Christoyannopoulos; ERT Choir, Camerata Orchestra, Myrat. English texts. ECM 2221 4814499
Recordins Clemenza Cover lg 317MOZART: La Clemenza di Tito
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CD Button Bernsteiner, Marbach, Aldrich, Solvgang; Allemano, Bakonyi; Academia Montis Regalis, De Marchi. CPO 777 870-2 (2)
Recordings Figaro Cover 317MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro
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CD Button Huang, Yu, Xu; A. Li, Zhou; China National Centre for the Performing Arts Chorus and Orchestra, Lü. Production: Castro. Accentus Music 20307 (2), 177 mins. (opera), 16 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Dorian Gray cover 317OLESEN: The Picture of Dorian Gray
DVD Button Riddell, Vinther, Hansen, Thiele; Radley, Bobby, Best; Chorus of the Danish National Opera, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Gustafsson. Production: Brolin-Tani. Dacapo 2.110415, 108 mins.
Recordings Pepusch Cover 317PEPUSCH: Venus and Adonis
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CD Button Hendrick, Hyde; Edgar-Wilson. The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen, Rawson. English text with German and French translations. Ramée RAM 1502
Recordings Seymon Kotko Cover 317PROKOFIEV: Semyon Kotko
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DVD Button Pavlovskaya, Solovyova, Sergeeva; Popov, Lutsyuk, Leontyev, Nikitin, Bezzubenkov; Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra, Gergiev. Production: Alexandrov. Mariinsky MAR0592, 131 mins., subtitled
Recordings Inganno Felice Cover 317ROSSINI: L’Inganno Felice
DVD Button Dalla Benetta; Sargsyan, Regazzo, Bracci, Anderzhanov; Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani. Production: Schönleber. Dynamic DYN-37760 (DVD), 94 mins., subtitled.
Recordings Summer Tempest Cover 317SUMMER: The Tempest
CD Button Pracht, Guthrie, G. Arroyo; Van Horn, Fry, Ferreira, Maddelena, Burchett; The Shakespeare Concerts Ensemble, Lano. English libretto. Albany Records TROY 1609/10 (2)
REcordings Hermaphrodite Cover 317THOMMESSEN: The Hermaphrodite
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CD Button Inderhaug, Gericke, Einarsson; Sødal, Fegran, Hugaas; Oslo Sinfonietta, Eggen. Text and translation. Aurora ACD5049 (2)
Recordings Cuatro Corridos Cover 317VÁSQUEZ, SIERRA, LIANG, PAREDES: Cuatro Corridos
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CD Button Narucki; Karis, piano; Gómez, guitar; Kataoka. percussion. Texts and translations. Bridge 9473
Recordings Walkure Cover 317WAGNER: Die Walküre
CD Button Lang, Melton, DeYoung; Skelton, Goerne, Struckmann; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, van Zweden. Naxos 8.660394-97 (4)
Recordings Parsifa cover 317WAGNER: Parsifal
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DVD Button Kampe; Schager, Koch, Tómasson, Pape, Hölle; Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatsopernchor, Barenboim. Production: Tcherniakov. Bel Air Classiques BAC128 (2), 252 mins., subtitled

Choral and Song

Recordings Il Volo Cover 317Il Volo: "Notte Magica—A Tribute to the Three Tenors"
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CD Button Various composers and choirs; Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Domingo and M. Rota. No texts or translations. Sony 8985351962
Recording Confessions Cover 317MUHLY/TEITUR: Confessions
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CD Button Teitur. Holland Baroque, Muhly. Texts. Nonesuch 556783-2
Recordings Howard Shore Cover 317SHORE: A Palace Upon the Ruinsf
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CD Button Cano, Sanabras; Kronos Quartet, Lang Lang (piano), and others. Texts. Howe HWR-1020


Recordings Anna Netrebko Verismo cover 317Anna Netrebko: "Verismo"
CD Button Coro e Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Pappano. Texts and translations. Deutsche Grammophon B0025289-02
Recordings Von Otter Cover 317Anne Sofie von Otter: "So Many Things"
CD Button Brooklyn Rider. Texts, no translations. Naïve V5436
Recordings Emalie Savoy Cover 317Emalie Savoy: "A Portrait"
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CD Button Songs and arias by Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Weber and Barber. Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt, Foremny; J. Ware, piano. Texts and translations. GEN 16436
Recordings Fraco Fagioli Cover 317Franco Fagioli: "Rossini"
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CD Button Armonia Atenea, Petrou. Italian texts and English translations. Deutsche Grammophon 4795681
Recordings Marianne Crebassa Cover 317Marianne Crebassa: "Oh, Boy!"
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CD Button Arias by Chabrier, Gluck/Berlioz, Gounod, Hahn, Massenet, Meyerbeer, Mozart, Offenbach, Thomas. Mozarteum Orchestra, Minkowski. Texts and translations. Erato 0190295927622
REcordings MEyerbeer in France Cover 317"Meyerbeer in France"
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CD Button Excerpts from L’Africaine, Dinorah, L’Etoile du Nord, Les Huguenots, Le Prophète, Robert le Diable. Thébault, Pruvot, Svetoslav Obretenov Choir and Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Talpain. No texts or translations. Brilliant Classics 94732
Recordings Jaroussky Sacred Cantatas Cover 317Philippe Jaroussky: "Sacred Cantatas"
CD Button Freiburger Barockorchester. Texts and translations. Erato 0190295925338


Recordings Marian ANderson cover 317Marian Anderson: "Let Freedom Ring"
CD Button Live recitals in Washington, D.C., and Copenhagen. Vehanen, Krupp, piano. No texts. JSP Records JSP683
Recordings Don Giovanni Cover 317MOZART: Don Giovanni
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CD Button Curtis-Verna, Gavazzi, Ribetti; Valletti, Taddei, Susco, Tajo, Zerbini; Chorus and Orchestra of RAI Torino, Rudolf. No libretto. Urania WS121.294-3 (3)
Recordings Nineteenth Century Cover 317"Nineteenth-Century Italian Tenors"
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CD Button Signoretti, De Negri, Garulli, Signorini, Garbin, Giraud, Valero. Marston 53018-2 (3)

Musical Theater

Recordings Road to Promise cover 317WEILL: The Road of Promise
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CD Button Michelle, Marino; Tokash, Griffey, Delavan, Glueckert, Cutlip, Rifkin; MasterVoices and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Sperling. No text. Navona Records NV6059

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