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June 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 Live Domingo lg 617Editor's Choice

Three Live Films: Rigoletto, Traviata and Tosca 

DVD Button Novikova, Gvazava, Malfitano; Domingo, Grigolo, Surguladze, Raimondi, Cura, Panerai; Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, Mehta. Productions: Bellocchio, Griffi. Naxos 2.110374-77, 385 mins. (operas), 190 mins. (bonus), subtitled

Location Isn't Everything

Three classic operas were filmed in the real places where they’re set, but the neat gimmick impedes their dramatic impact.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Boito Mefistofele Cover 617BOITO: Mefistofele
DVD Button Opolais, Babajanyan; Calleja, Pape; Bayerische Staatsorchester, Chorus and Children’s Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Wellber. Production: Schwab. C Major 739208
Recordings Couperin Ariane lg 617COUPERIN: Ariane Consolée Par Bacchus
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CD Button Degout; Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Apartemusic AP130
Recordings Messa Donizetti Cover 617DONIZETTI/MAYR: Messa di Gloria e Credo in D
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CD Button Thornhill, Pollak, Papenmeyer; M. Adler, Berner; Concerto de Bassus, Simon Mayr Choir and members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Hauk. Texts and translations. Naxos 8.573605
Recordings Gerontius Cover 617ELGAR: The Dream of Gerontius
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CD Button Baker; Pears, Shirley-Quirk; London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Boult. ICA Classics ICAD 5140 (2)
Recordings Catone Cover 617HANDEL: Catone
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CD Button Cirillo, Invernizzi, Prina, Hammarstrom; Novaro; Auser Musici, Ipata. Libretto and translation. Glossa 923511 (2)
Recordings Hopscotch Cover 617Hopscotch
USB Button Music by Krausas, Lowenstein, McIntosh, Norman, Reid and Rosenboom. The Industry. Texts and translations. The Industry Records TIR003
Recordings Dog Days Cover 617LITTLE: Dog Days
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CD Button Worsham, Breckenridge, Duke; Bobick, Marcotte, Tantsits; Newspeak, Pierson. Text. Vision Into Art Records (2)
Recordings Student Prince Cover 617ROMBERG: The Student Prince
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CD Button A. Petersen, Ezenarro, Nelles; Wortig, Schirrmacher, Sturm, Blees. WDR Funkhausorchester Köln, Mauceri. No texts or translations. CPO 555 058-2 (2)
Recordings Traviata Cover 617VERDI: La Traviata
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CD Button Peretyatko; Ayan, Piazzola. Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble, Heras-Casado. Production: Villazón. C Major 733708 (DVD), 139 mins., subtitled
Recordings Crucible lg 617WARD: The Crucible
CD Button D’Eramo, Weishoff, Rogers, Karkari, Collins, Kayaalp; Murray, Benevento, Whiteman, Capozzo, Downey, Jones; Purchase Symphony, Murphy. English text. Albany Records Troy 1656/57 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Leshnoff Cover lg 617LESHNOFF: Zohar, Symphony no. 2, “Innerspace”
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CD Button Rivera; Ford; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Spano. Texts and translations. ASO Media 1008


Recordings Aida Garifullina Cover 617Aida Garifullina
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CD Button Arias and songs by Delibes, Gounod, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Solovyov-Sedov and Tchaikovsky. ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Meister. Texts and translations. Decca 478 8305
Recordings Anette Frisch Cover 617Anett Fritsch: "Mozart Arien"
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CD Button Munich Radio Orchestra, De Marchi. Orfeo C903161A
Recordings Hallenberg Farinelli Cover 617Anne Hallenberg: "Farinelli"
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CD Button Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Texts and translations. Apartemusic AP117
Recordings Finley In the Stream of Life Cover 617Gerald Finley: "In the Stream of Life"
CD Button Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gardner. Texts and translations. Chandos CHSA 5178
Recordings Breslik Cover 617Pavol Breslik: "Mozart"
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CD Button Munich Radio Orchestra, Lange. Orfeo 889161
Recordings Renee Fleming Cover 617Renée Fleming: "Distant Light"
CD Button Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Oramo. Texts. Decca B0026096-02
Recordings Rotem Cover 617Sivan Rotem: "Meyerbeer Songs Vol. 2"
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CD Button Zak, piano; Erdman, clarinet; Hillel Zori, cello. Texts & translations online. Naxos CD 8.573696.
Recordings Cesarini Cantatas Cover 617Stéphanie Varnerin: "Cesarini Cantatas"
CD Button L’Astrée, Tabacco. Texts and translations. Aparte AP136


Recordings Joan Sutherland Historic Voices Cover lg 617"Great Australian Voices: Joan Sutherland"
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CD Button Scenes and Arias from Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust, La Traviata, La Sonnambula, Semiramide, L'Elisir d'Amore, Eugene Onegin. Sutherland, Harwood, Sinclair, Elms, Elkins, Pavarotti, J. Alexander, J.Ward, Ophthof, Allman, R. Cross, Rouleau; Grand Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Bonynge, Weibel, Tinter. No texts or translations. Desiree Records GAV 004 (4)
Recordings Trille Cover 617Le Trille: Un Art Perdu
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CD Button Abendroth, Leider, Lubin, Patti, Ponselle, Ritter-Ciampi, Schumann, Sembrich, Siems, Butt, Onegin, Schumann-Heink, Willer; Caruso, Dalmorès, Devriès, Escalaïs, Jadlowker, Schmidt, Plancon, Weber. Malibran AMR 123
Recordings Supreme Sopranos LG 617"Supreme Sopranos"
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DVD Button Nilsson, Sutherland, Price, Tebaldi, De Los Angeles, Scotto, Sills, Moffo, Freni, Tebaldi, Farrell, Peters, Caballe, Della Casa. Scenes and arias by Puccini, Wagner, Donizetti, Rossini, Bellini, Thomas, Verdi. VAI 4594, 98 mins., subtitled
Recordings Tenor Titans Cover 617"Tenor Titans"
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DVD Button Björling, Corelli, Di Stefano, Tucker, Gedda, Mccracken, Vickers. Scenes and Arias by Puccini, Massenet, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Gounod, Donizetti. VAI 4589, 94 mins., subtitled

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