march 2011, vivalavoce highlights

The schedule was out 3 days ago, but i’m quite delayed in posting. here are some hightlights from vivalavoce. (It seems they have in their library lots of recordings with Anne Sofie von Otter, Agnes Baltsa, Marias Callas, Placido Domingo, etc. I was curious why I don’t see many recordings with Barbara Bonney for example. Did she not have many opera recordings?) They’re also repeating many recordings, possibly due to not having the budget to buy new ones. all the same, truly lovely music. let’s hope their budget won’t shrink too much next year due to the proposed cut fundings. speaking of which, i should go over there and donate some.

March 5
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Indes Galantes

Claron McFadden [Hébé; Zima] | Jérôme Corréas [Bellone; Alidoro] | Isabelle Poulenard [L’Amour; Phani] | Nicolas Rivneq [Osman; Adario] | Miriam Ruggeri [Émilie] | Howard Crook [Valère; Damon] | Bernard Delétré [Huascar; Don Alvar] | Jean-Paul Fouchécourt [Don Carlos; Tacmas] | Sandrine Piau [Zaïre] | Noémi Rime [Fatime] | Les Arts Florissants Chœurs et Orchestre | William Christie (conductor)

March 6
Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio (i recently fell in love with the recording of Nina Stemme and Jonas Kaufmann of this work)

Hildegard Behrens (soprano) [Leonore] | Peter Hofmann (tenor) [Florestan] | Hans Sotin [Rocco] | Theo Adam (bass) [Don Pizarro] | Sona Ghazarian [Marzelline] | David Kuebler [Jaquino] | Gwynne Howell [Don Fernando] | Robert Johnson [Erster Gefangener] | Philip Kraus [Zweiter Gefangener] | Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus | Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

March 14
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor) [Idomeneo] | Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) [Idamante] | Sylvia McNair [Ilia] | Hillevi Martinpelto [Elettra] | Nigel Robson [Arbace] | Glenn Winslade [Gran Sacerdote di Nettuno] | Cornelius Hauptmann (bass) [La Voce] | Angela Kazimierczuk [Cretesa 1] | Jonathan Peter Kenny [Cretesa 2] | Philip Salmon [Troiane 1] | Stephen Charlesworth [Troiane 2] | The Monteverdi Choir | The English Baroque Soloists | John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

March 16
George Frideric Handel: Giustino

Michael Chance (alto) [Giustino] | Dorothea Röschmann (soprano) [Arianna] | Dawn Kotoski [Anastasio] | Juliana Gondek [Fortuna] | Dean Ely [Polidarte] | Jennifer Lane (mezzo-soprano) [Leocasta] | Mark Padmore (tenor) [Vitaliano] | Drew Minter [Amanzio] | Dean Ely [Voce di Dentro] | kammerchor cantamus halle | Freiburg Baroque Orchestra | Nicholas McGegan (conductor)

March 21
Gioacchino Rossini: Il turco in Italia

Michele Pertusi [Selim] | Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano) [Donna Fiorilla] | Alessandro Corbelli [Don Geronio] | Ramon Vargas [Don Narciso] | Roberto de Candia (baritone) [Poeta] | Laura Polverelli [Zaida] | Francesco Piccoli [Albazar] | Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala | Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

March 27
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte

Renée Fleming (soprano) [Fiordiligi] | Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) [Dorabella] | Olaf Bär (baritone) [Guglielmo] | Frank Lopardo (tenor) [Ferrando] | Adelina Scarabelli [Despina] | Michele Pertusi [Don Alfonso] | London Voices [Soldiers, servants, mariners] | Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

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3 Responses to march 2011, vivalavoce highlights

  1. Eyesometric says:

    Something there for most of us! Thank you. I’m fairly sure Ms. Bonney has recorded far more song albumns and religious works than opera, apart from her “signature” roles of Sophie and some Mozarts.

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  2. Hmm… I don’t think the CDs make up a large chunk of their budget. They should get recordings for free anyway, but probably have to pay some fees whenever they play them. But I don’t think it’s down to not being able to pay that. I think that a few geezers who decide the programming — and they’re all probably Baby Boomers and older — have their ultimate favourite definite recordings of all operas and they remain faithful to them.

    Though they do play a lot of baroque, which tends to be newer and with younger singers and conductors… So I don’t know.

    Or maybe it’s that the Golden Era of the CD is over, and there aren’t as many operas being recorded on CDs any longer, so the sheer numbers of the preceding generations’ CDs overwhelm whatever the last 10 years of recordings can offer.

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