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  • Camille: Thanks for the mention of the Cinq-Mars as I’ve long been curious about it. If any of the rest of the score is as pretty... 12:40 PM
  • Camille: Oh lordy–Chris Merritt strikes again! You know, I heard him almost exactly ten years previously, in May 1997, give one of... 12:35 PM
  • Camille: I cannot thank you enough for mention of the theatre at Compiègne as it was their production, I now see, which I used to... 12:29 PM
  • Cicciabella: So sorry I missed this. But, seek and ye shall find… 12:10 PM
  • la vociaccia: Honestly she shouldn’t have to explain herself; she cancelled and its her business. But it’s not really viable... 11:13 AM
  • chicagoing: Statement from Deborah Voigt about upcoming schedule (from her web site); Recent announcements from Florida Grand Opera and... 10:27 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Their latest issue is Gounod’s Cinq-Mars, with Mathias Vidal, Tassis Christoyannis, Véronique Gens, etc., and the Münchner... 6:44 AM
  • NPW-Paris: And later the Opéra Comique joined in, and the Palazzetto Bru Zane with some very interesting recordings. 5:39 AM

Out of the past

Karajan amazonImperfect sound is often the price of admission with historical recordings. A unique grouping of artists or particularly compelling performance from the past should make the scratches, distortion and other technical blemishes seem trifling, even Patina-like, like scuffs on an old Gladstone bag.
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Sweet bird

Anna Moffo made some of the most entrancing records ever. Their appeal is to “voice fanciers.” (I understand. We’re a despised group.) But Moffo’s best work renders us helpless.  Read more »

Significant mother

Fans of divas who sing 19th and 20th century opera may find themselves searching in vain for CDs to buy with this season’s gift cards, since their idols so rarely put out solo recitals these days. Yes, Olga Peretyatko delivered Rossini to mixed responses, and Anna Netrebko’s verismo collection will burst forth sometime next year. But for those who also enjoy pre-bel canto arias a whole slew of recent releases has already arrived ranging from Dorothea Röschmann’s unnecessary Mozart recital to one of the finest CDs of this young century by Ann Hallenberg.   Read more »

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Gold diggers

Das Rheingold is the outlier among the Ring operas, an ensemble work with a fast-shifting plot, animated dialogue, fewer set pieces and less character development.

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La figlia dell’aria

For her third solo recording, Olga Peretyatko summons the two men who launched her career less than a decade ago

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Awakenings

There is a simple elegance to the single-composer recital album format. For the listener in the mood for, say, Puccini, it’s a chance to delve into his music without any pesky interruptions by those other guys like Verdi or Massenet. And if one is also in the mood for a particular singer’s art, then the choice is even more straightforward. For the singer, it is an opportunity to showcase and explore the variety and nuance that a single composer offers to his/her voice type, while also displaying his/her own skill at presenting a varied recital experience within narrow confines.  

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A desert breeze whispering a lullaby

The studio opera recording is a rare beast these days and its arrival always a cause for celebration.

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A fjord in her future

Anja Silja staked a claim as a leading Senta of her era with a series of searing performances of Der Fliegende Holländer while in her early twenties.

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Tony, “Danza”

Exclusively for you, the loyal parterriani, here’s a sneak preview video from Joyce and Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall.

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A ‘Ring’ for the rest of us

I was once accused—by my own mother, mind you!—of having too many recordings of Verdi’s Aida.  The blistering audacity of that recrimination did get me to thinking: How many recordings of Aida is too many? I mean, you’ve got the old classic you cut your teeth on. Then there’s he one where the tenor and the mezzo are really the only good thing going. And, of course, the one with your favorite soprano in the title role, the remake when she switched labels, and then the four pirates. Don’t forget the one with another favorite soprano, but this time she’s […]

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