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March 2016

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

Recordings King Roger lg 316Editor's Choice


DVD Button Jarman, Zwierko; Kwiecien, Pirgu, Begley, Ewing; Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Pappano. Production: Holten. Opus Arte OA 1161D, 88 mins., subtitled

Król Show

ROH presents an insightful and masterful production of Szymanowski’s underrated masterpiece.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Herculanem cover 316DAVID: Herculanum
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CD Button Gens, Deshayes; Montvidas, Courjal; Brussels Philharmonic, Flemish Radio Choir, Niquet. Text and translation. Ediciones Singulares/Palazzetto Bru Zane Opéra Français Series, Vol. 10
Recordings Agrippina Cover 316HANDEL: Agrippina
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CD Button Schneider, Winland; Arditti, Ainslie, Willetts, Ramgobin, Steiner, Fernandes; FestspielOrchester Göttingen, Cummings. Text and translations. Accent ACC 26404 (3)
Recordings Partenope Cover 316HANDEL: Partenope
CD Button Gauvin, Baráth, Iervolino; Jaroussky, Ainsley, Tittoto; Il Pomo d’Oro, Minasi. Erato 082564609075 (3)
Recordings Cosi Cover 316MOZART: Così fan Tutte
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DVD Button Hartelius, Chappuis, Janková; Mitterrutzner, Pisaroni, Finley; Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor; Eschenbach. Production: Bechtolf. Unitel Classica 2072748 (2 DVDs)/2072744 (1 Blu-ray), 200 mins., subtitled
recordings Davide Penitente Cover 316MOZART: Davide Penitente
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DVD Button Karg, Crebassa; de Barbeyrac; Salzburg Bach Choir, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Minkowski. Production: Bartabas. C Major 731608, 73 mins., subtitles
Recordings FInta Giardiniera Cover 316MOZART: La Finta Giardiniera 
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DVD Button Morley, Savastano, Henry, Chappuis; Scala, Allemano, Borchev; Le Concert d’Astrée; Haïm. Production: Lescot. Erato 08256 461664 5  9 (2), 176 mins., subtitles
Recordings Belle Helene Cover 316OFFENBACH: La Belle Hélène
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CD Button Larmore, Edri, Loeb; Galliard, Han, Miedl, Rud. Staatsoper Hamburg, Priessnitz. Production: Barbe & Doucet. C Major 730908, 117 mins., subtitles
Recordings Contes Hoffmann 316OFFENBACH: Les Contes d’Hoffmann
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DVD Button Brueggergosman, Durlovski, von Otter; Cutler, Priante, Homberger; Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Real de Madrid, Cambreling. Production: Marthaler. Bel Air Classiques 124 (DVD) or 424 (Blu-ray), 193 mins., subtitled
Recordings Zais Cover 316RAMEAU: Zaïs
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CD Button Piau, Brahim-Djelloul, Bennani; J. Prégardien,Wilder, Lefèvre, Arnould; Chamber Choir of Namur; Les Talens Lyriques; Rousset. Libretto and translation. Aparté 109 (3)
Recordings Signor Bruschino Cover 316ROSSINI: Il Signor Bruschino
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CD Button Aleida, Amarù; Alegret, Brito, de Candia, Lepore, Bonsignore; Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini, Rustioni. Production: Teatro Sotterraneo. Opus Arte OA 1109 D (DVD), 96 mins. (opera), 20 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Recordings Otello Cover 316ROSSINI: Otello
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CD Button Romeu, Lupinacci; Kunde, Mironov, McPherson, Heirman, Adriaens; Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Opera Vlaanderen Antwerp/Ghent, Zedda. No texts. Dynamic CDS 7711/1-3 (3)
Recordings Schumann Paradis Cover 316SCHUMANN: Das Paradies und die Peri
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CD Button Matthews, Royal, Fink; Padmore, Staples, F. Boesch; London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Rattle. Text and translation. LSO Live 782 (2)
Recordings Traviata Cover 316VERDI: La Traviata
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DVD Button Damrau, Pennisi, Oncioiu; Demuro, Tezier; Orchestre et Choeur de l’Opéra National de Paris, Ciampa. Production: Jacquot. Erato 46166503, 145 mins., subtitled
Recordings Rattle Rheingold Cover 316WAGNER: Das Rheingold
CD Button Dasch, Kulman; Ulrich, Pecoraro, Bruns, Volle, Konieczny, Van Horn, Rose, Halfvarson; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rattle. Text and translation. BR Klassik 900133 (2)
Recordings Rheingold Naxos Cover 316WAGNER: Das Rheingold
CD Button Samuil, DeYoung; Begley, Cangelosi, Reid, Goerne, Sidhom, Pushniak, Youn, Milling; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, van Zweden. Naxos 8.660374-75 (2)


Recordings Brahms Bostridge Cover 316BRAHMS: "The Complete Songs, Vol. 6"
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CD Button Bostridge; Johnson, piano. Texts and translations. Hyperion CDJ33126
Recordings Karg Cover 316Christiane Karg: "Scene!"
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CD Button Concert arias by Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Mozart; Arcangelo, Cohen; Martineau, piano; Pogostkina, violin. Texts and translations. Berlin Classics 0300646BC
Recordings FLorez Italia Cover 316Juan Diego Flórez: "Italia"
CD Button Songs by Tosti, Leoncavallo, Donizetti, Rossini, Donaudy, De Curtis, Di Capua, and others. Orchestra Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini, Tenan. Decca 4788408
Recordings Ullmann Cover 316ULLMANN: Schwer ist’s, das Schöne zu Lassen
CD Button Troupová; Dusek (piano). Texts and translations. ArcoDiva UP 0176 2 131 (2)
Recordings Beethoven Cover 316Werner Güra: "Beethoven: Lieder & Bagatellen"
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CD Button Berner, piano. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902217


Recordings Vanessa Cover 316BARBER: Vanessa
CD Button Steber, Elias, Resnik; Gedda, Tozzi. Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, Mitropoulos. No libretto. Sony 88897448172 (2)
Recordings Gloriana Cover 316BRITTEN: Gloriana
DVD Button S. Walker, E. Vaughan, Russell, Rigby; A .R. Johnson, Howlett, Opie, Donnelly, Bailey, Van Allen; English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Elder. Production: Graham. Arthaus Musik 109152 (Blu-ray), 109151 (DVD), 147 mins., subtitled
Recordings Satyagraha Cover 316GLASS: Satyagraha
CD Button Cummings, Woods, Liss; Perry, McFarland, Reeve; New York City Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Keene. No text or translation. Sony 88697527232 (3)
Recordings Huguenots Cover 316MEYERBEER: Les Huguenots
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CD Button Bak, Cunitz, Köhrer; Terkal, Berry, F. Fuchs, Frick. Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Radio Orchestra, Heger. Walhall WLCD 0169 (2)

Musical Theater

Recordings Peter Pan Cover 316CHARLAP/STYNE: Peter Pan
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DVD Button Martin, Nolan, Gilmore, Lee, Halliday; Ritchard. Studio orchestra. VAI BD 8203 (Blu-ray), 4592 (DVD), 105 mins. (1956 telecast), 130 mins. (1955 + bonus)
Recordings Only Girl Cover 316HERBERT: The Only Girl
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CD Button Mendezona, Ballenger, Best, Mossman; Erdos-Knapp, McEuen, Cannedy, Smith; Orchestra of the Light Opera of New York, Steichen. Libretto. Albany TROY 1590     
Recordings Parapluies Cover 316LEGRAND: Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
DVD Button Oppert, Dessay, Leterme, Roy; Niclo, Naouri;  Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, Legrand. Production:  Vittoz. ERATO 0825646117642, 100 min., English subtitles

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