May 2012

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

Recordings De Gorgoza cover 512Editor's Choice

Emilio de Gogorza: "Selected Recordings"
spacer Arias, duets and songs. With Eames, Sembrich, Homer, Schipa. Unidentified orchestras, conductors and pianists. Marston 52068 (2)

Happy Rediscovery

Marston's new set of Emilio de Gogorza recordings reveals the baritone's velvety tone and irresistible charm.

Opera and Oratorio

Recordings Venus Cover 512BLOW: Venus and Adonis
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spacer Daneman, Thomas; Williams; Theatre of the Ayre, Kenny. Texts. Wigmore Hall Live WHLive 0043
PelleasCDDEBUSSY: Pelléas et Mélisande (in English)
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spacer Hannan, Brackenridge, Walker; Dean, Howlett, Tomlinson, Rea; English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Elder. Notes, English text only. Chandos CHAN 3177 (3)
Recordings Regimento cover 512DONIZETTI: La Fille du Régiment (in Italian)
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spacer Serra, Tagliasacchi; Matteuzzi, Dara; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna/Campanella. Text, no translation. Nuova Era Internazionale 233007 (2)
Recordings Glass Penal Colony Cover 512GLASS: In the Penal Colony
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spacer Bennett, Ebrahim; Music Theatre Wales, Rafferty. English text. Orange Mountain Music 0078
TreemonishaCDJOPLIN: Treemonisha
spacer Johnson, Sandy; Mack, Packer, Pleasant, Ward; Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and Singers, Benjamin. English text. New World Records 80720 (2)
QuichotteCDMASSENET: Don Quichotte
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spacer Kiknadze; Furlanetto, Serov; Soloists' Ensemble of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers and Mariinsky Orchestra, Gergiev. Text, translation, notes. Mariinsky MAR0523 (2)

Choral and Song

Recordings Sing Freedom Cover 512Conspirare: "Sing Freedom"
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spacer Texts and translation. Harmonia Mundi HMU807525 
Recording Criollas Cover 512Hespèrion XXI: "El Nuevo Mundo — Folías Criollas"
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spacer With Figueras; Tembembe Ensamble Continuo, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI, Savall. Texts and translations. Alia Vox AVSA9876
Recordings Janacek Cover 512JANÁČEK: Choral Works
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spacer T. Walker; Meyer, piano; Cappella Amsterdam, Radio Blazers Ensemble, Reuss. Texts and translations. Harmonia Mundi 902097
Recordings Into Light Cover 512Musica Intima: "Into Light"
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spacer Texts and translations. ATMA Classique ACD2 2613


Recordings Stimme cover 512Christianne Stotijn: "Stimme Der Sehnsucht"
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spacer Songs by Mahler, Pfitzner and R. Strauss. Breinl, piano. Onyx 4075
Recordings Fagioli Cover 512Franco Fagioli: "Canzone e Cantate"
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spacer With Pianca, lute; Frezzato, cello; Halubek, harpsichord. Texts and translations. Carus 83.361
Recordings Napoli Cover 512Marc Hervieux: "A Napoli"
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spacer Texts and translations. ATMA Classique ACD2 2620
FlemingPoemesCDRenée Fleming: "Poèmes"
spacer Music by Ravel, Messiaen, Dutilleux. Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Gilbert; Orchestra National de France, Ozawa. Texts and translations, Decca 478 3500
GensTrag3CDVéronique Gens: "Tragédiennes, Vol. 3"
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spacer Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset. Texts and translations. Virgin Classics 5099 070927 25


ElisirCDDONIZETTI: L'Elisir d'Amore
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spacer Peters, Di Franco; Bergonzi, Guarrera, Corena; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Schippers. No text or translation. Sony Classical 88691 90996 (2)
Recordings Hoffmann cover 512OFFENBACH: Les Contes d'Hoffmann
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spacer Peters, Amara, Stevens, Miller, Warfield; Tucker, Singher, DePaolis, Franke, Harvuot, McCracken, Scott. Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Monteux. Sony Classical 88697 96190 2 (2)
ErnaniCDVERDI: Ernani
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spacer Price; Bergonzi, MacNeil, Tozzi; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Schippers. No text or translation. Sony 
Classical 88691 90991 (2)


PavarottiDVDLuciano Pavarotti
spacer A film by Esther Schapira. EuroArts 2058918, 58 mins. (documentary), 35 mins. (bonus interviews), subtitled
Zaub.BlRyMOZART: Die Zauberflöte
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spacer Kühmeier, Shagimuratova; Pirgu, Esposito, Groissböck; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Böer. Production: Kentridge. Opus Arte OA BD7099 D (Blu-ray) or OA 1066 D (DVD), 160 mins. (opera), 12 mins. (bonus), subtitled
Video Turandot Cover 512PUCCINI: Turandot
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spacer Guleghina, Iveri; Licitra, Faria; Chorus and Orchestra of Arena di Verona, Carella. Production: Zeffirelli. Bel Air Classiques BAC466 (Blu-ray) or BAC066 (DVD), 128 mins., subtitled
DanaeBlRyR. STRAUSS: Die Liebe der Danae
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spacer Uhl; Klink, Delavan; Orchestra and Chorus of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Litton. Production: Harms. Arthaus Musik 108 032 (Blu-ray) or 101 580 (2 DVDs), 155 mins. (opera), 22 mins. (bonus), subtitled
SalomeBlRyR. STRAUSS: Salome
spacer Denoke, Soffel; Begley, Held; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Soltesz. Production: Lehnhoff. Arthaus Musik 
108 037 (Blu-ray) or 101 593 (DVD), 112 mins., subtitled
Video Legend Cover 512RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia
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spacer Monogarova; Panfilov, Gubsky, Kazakov, Gilmanov, Naumenko; Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Vedernikov. Production: Nekrošius. Naxos 2.110277-78 (2 DVDs), 187 mins., subtitled. Also available on CD as Naxos 8.660288-90
RakeDVDSTRAVINSKY: The Rake's Progress
spacer Persson, Manistina; Lehtipuu, M. Rose; Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, V. Jurowski. Production: Cox. Opus Arte OA 1062 D (DVD) or OA BD7094 D (Blu-ray), 140 mins. (opera), 19 mins. (bonus), subtitled
MikadoDVDSULLIVAN: The Mikado
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spacer Fiebig, Dark; Breen, Butel, Fyfe, Alexander; Opera Australia Chorus, Orchestra Victoria, Castles-Onion. Production: Maunder. Opera Australia OPOZ56014 (DVD) or OPOZ56015BD (Blu-ray), 146 mins., subtitled
ForzaBlRyVERDI: La Forza del Destino
spacer Stemme, Krasteva; Licitra, C. Álvarez, Miles; Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Mehta. Production: Pountney. 
C Major 708204 (Blu-ray) or 708108 (2 DVDs), 161 mins., subtitled
Video Boccanegra Cover 512VERDI: Simon Boccanegra
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spacer Harteros; Domingo, Sartori, Furlanetto, Cavalletti; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Barenboim. Production: Tiezzi. Arthaus Musik 101 595 (DVD) or 108 039 (Blu-ray), 149 mins., subtitled

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