Opera

Opera

Shchedrin: The Enchanted Wanderer
Mariinsky Chorus & Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
'Valery Gergiev and his forces feel how deeply Russian this Shchedrin opera is'

Opera

Sullivan: Ivanhoe
Soloists; BBC National Orchestra of Wales/David Lloyd-Jones
'We can at last hear how Sullivan conceived Ivanhoe, and it's impressive'

Opera

Wagner: Arias and duets from Lohengrin, Tannhäuser & Die Walküre
Petra Maria Schnitzer (soprano), Peter Seiffert (tenor)
'Seiffert and Schnitzer are among today's finest Wagnerians'

Opera

MacMillan: The Sacrifice
Soloists; WNO Chorus & Orchestra/Anthony Negus
'MacMillan's Sacrifice has Puccini's emotional directness'
 

Opera

Rossini

Colbran, the Muse
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano) et al
'Joyce DiDonato shows exactly that vocal style that excited Rossini'

 

Opera

Verismo
Arias by Puccini, Catalani, Cilea, Giordano, Leoncavallo, Mascagni & Zandonai
Renée Fleming (soprano); Giuseppe Verdi Chorus & SO, Milan/Marco Armiliato
'Renée Fleming sings an imaginative set of verismo arias'

Opera

The Verdi tenor Marcelo Alvarez (tenor); Verdi Milan Choir & SO/Daniel Oren 'Marcelo Alvarez offers open-hearted, open-throated singing'

Opera

Jonas Kaufmann Opera arias by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven & Wagner Kaufmann (tenor); Mahler CO/Abbado ‘Kaufmann is the German tenor we have been waiting for’

Opera

Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle Elena Zhidkova, Willard White; London SO/Valery Gergiev 'This is the LSO's most successful disc under Gergiev's leadership'

Opera

Vivaldi: Arias Magdalena Kozená (mezzo-soprano); Venice Baroque Orchestra/Andrea Marcon 'Kozená's vocal colour and intuitive style enliven Vivaldi's arias'

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