Reviews of full operas as well as collections and recitals of arias

Johnson: De Organizer, The Dreamy Kid (Naxos)

An interesting pair of early operas with roots in the African-American musical tradition [GF]

Puccini: Le Villi (naïve)

(Déjà Review) Not just for anoraks, this is a marvellous introduction to Puccini [CF]

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Puccini: Turandot (Pristine Audio)

Not an ‘icon’ perhaps, but unmissable for admirers of Callas and Puccini [WH]

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Verdi: Falstaff (Pristine Audio)

Pristine revitalises another indispensable gramophone classic but the improvement over the RCA issue is only marginal [RMo]

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Gluck: Écho et Narcisse (Chateau de Versailles)

This recording is superb in every respect; nobody is likely to be disappointed by either the singing or the music [GF]

Grosz: Achtung, Aufnahme!! (Channel Classics)

Werner Herbers’s swansong with his Ebony Band: more previously unrecorded Weimar delights [JW]

Britten: Albert Herring (Opus Arte)

An unmatchable and irreplaceable video makes a welcome return to the catalogues [PCG]

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Atterberg: Aladin (cpo)

A decent performance of Atterberg’s last opera, a tuneful rendition of a fairy tale in an exotic musical setting [EJW]

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Handel: Acis and Galatea (Dorian)

A delightful recording that captures the energy of a live performance [KM]

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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (Opus Arte)

Sir Bryn Terfel triumphs in Mussorgsky’s original vision of his conscience-stricken Tsar [PCG]

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Graun: Silla (cpo)

A premiere recording that is mainly of interest to Opera Seria completionists [MP]

Rossini: Il turco in Italia (C Major)

A delightfully entertaining modern take on Rossini brings overtones of Fellini to the action [PCG]

Handel: Theodora (Opus Arte)

A radical feminist staging for a very well-sung account of Handel’s late masterpiece [RWe]

Mozart: Arias for Aloysia Weber (Glossa)

An attractive collection no lover of Mozart will regret acquiring [GF]

d’Albert: Die Toten Augen (cpo)

(Déjà Review) You will want to luxuriate in this fine score [RB]

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Remembering Tebaldi (Pentatone)

A lovely recital presenting Melody Moore as a worthy inhabitant of the pantheon of the present generation of sopranos [GF]

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Lully: Acis et Galatée (Dynamic)

A premiere filming of Lully’s major stage work: intelligent production, convincing performance [RWe]

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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex (Dynamic)

A decent concert performance of Stravinsky’s great work, with a rarity to precede it [SB]

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Weill: Propheten (Capriccio)

An interesting world premiere and a masterly reading of the Whitman songs [GF]

Leoncavallo’s Zazà

A survey by Ralph Moore

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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (Morrison Music Trust)

(Déjà Review) With the frisson of live recording and none of the drawbacks, this set can confidently be recommended on all counts [TH]

Albéniz: Henry Clifford (Decca)

(Déjà Review) Recommended for those looking for a vivid unfamiliar score to get their teeth into [LF]

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Pentatone)

In no way does this new recording displace its illustrious predecessors except in terms of the clarity of its digital sound [RMo]

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Monologues (Prospero)

An outstanding album, groundbreaking in repertoire and programming, beautifully performed and recorded [GPu]