Heartfelt Heartfelt

Countertenor sensation Jakub Jozef Orlinski sings “Pena tiranna” from Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula.

on November 07, 2019 at 1:15 PM
Killer queen Killer queen

Rossini’s Semiramide is a highly original and imaginative work of theater that impresses for its creative and beautifully scored orchestration, incisive recitatives and ensembles, and theatrically intriguing characters.

on October 08, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Wien disposition Wien disposition

Following classic recordings documenting the work of Karl Böhm and Herbert von Karajan. Orfeo’s 150 Years Wiener Staatsoper box moves on to new releases that are seeing their first incarnation on an officially available disc.

on August 24, 2019 at 12:03 PM
Wien to me Wien to me

Orfeo’s 150 Years box chronologically documents some of the finest nights of live opera from the Wiener Staatsoper in the years following its restoration in 1955.

on August 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM
A grandeur night for singing A grandeur night for singing

Die Zauberflöte is an opera!”  “No, it’s the first musical comedy!”

on August 07, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Bolder sister Bolder sister

Brigitte Fassbaender‘s sound is piquant and, I’d hazard to guess, instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with her work.

on June 20, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Mr. Fabulous Mr. Fabulous

Michael Fabiano is a boss. This is a fact. 

on June 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Upon arrival Upon arrival

Lise Davidsen, the young Norwegian soprano who won the Operalia competition in 2015, makes her debut as a recording artist with the Decca label in a new recital of Wagner and Strauss arias and orchestral songs.

on June 02, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Made in the shade Made in the shade

Here’s a quick sprint through some recent (and a few maybe not-so-very-recent) Handel CDs that have been stacking up. 

on December 14, 2018 at 11:10 AM
The art of the steel The art of the steel

This Sony Classical set of live performances covers a golden quarter century in the singing and staging of Wagner. Birgit Nilsson shared it with many other legends, and many of them appear on these discs.

on September 23, 2018 at 11:30 AM
Very warm for mayonnaise Very warm for mayonnaise

The career of our beloved Renée Fleming deserves to continue… by whatever means necessary.

on September 17, 2018 at 10:22 AM
Being alive Being alive

Orfeo’s  latest edition is a 1978 performance of Lucia di Lammermoor with a very estimable cast that on its surface may seem a tad mundane but the extensive liner notes (with performance photos) tell the story of why it held such magic.

on September 04, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Melody and more Melody and more

The arrival of a new recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello into the catalogue, to say nothing of a new tenor capable of singing Otello, is generally cause for hosannas all around in operatic circles.

on February 03, 2018 at 10:25 AM
The party of Lincoln The party of Lincoln

Recorded on 7 May 2017, 50 Years at Lincoln Center: A Gala Celebration features three dozen Met singers of the present decade, from A(ngela) to Z(eljko).

on January 15, 2018 at 12:42 PM
Dames and divas Dames and divas

The Eloquence label of Australia, the down under-arm of Decca and now by extension Deutsche Grammophon, seems to specialize in the re-release of “Auld Lang Syne” treats.

on January 03, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Eternal, feminine Eternal, feminine

For her first CD in six years, Angela Gheorghiu has chosen Italian repertoire.

on October 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Divinity, restored Divinity, restored

All the daring and imagination of La Divina’s live work, particularly in the early years, is revealed in Warner Classics’ Maria Callas: The Live Recordings.

on September 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Das Süsses Mädel and the Boy from Berlin Das Süsses Mädel and the Boy from Berlin

Diana Damrau has chosen for her new Erato recital disc Grand Opera 11 high-flying showpieces from ten operas by Giacomo Meyerbeer.

on May 31, 2017 at 12:57 PM
The right box The right box

Let’s call this meeting to order. My name is Patrick and I’m a boxset-aholic.

on February 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Woman on the verge of a repertoire breakthrough Woman on the verge of a repertoire breakthrough

Revive is a manifesto of sorts, declaring Elina Garanca’s intentions for the new direction in her career.

on February 05, 2017 at 3:35 PM
Harmony of contrasts Harmony of contrasts

Joyce DiDonato’s atest album, In War & Peace: Harmony through music, is more specific than it sounds.

on December 01, 2016 at 8:45 AM
Teeny furniture Teeny furniture

Sony Classical has now released “Leontyne Price Prima Donna Assoluta” containing nearly her entire operatic oeuvre in a box set.

on November 02, 2016 at 12:08 PM
Mighty real Mighty real

Anna Netrebko‘s artistry is both subtle and thrilling.

on August 30, 2016 at 4:08 PM
Out of the past Out of the past

Myto’s transfer of Herbert von Karajan’s star-bedecked 1958 Die Walküre from La Scala gives collectors on a budget access to one of the legendary performances committed to tape.

on March 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM