Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Notable DVD and CD releases for the month of May

Massenet: Cendrillon

Massenet's rarely performed score is brought to life by the great Joyce Didonato. She was acclaimed for her interpretation of Cendrillon and now Virgin Classics releases the Royal Opera House production recorded last year. Laurent Pelly's production also starred Ewa Podles and Alice Coote.

Linda Di Chamounix
Edita Gruberova's legendary interpretation of Linda di Chamonix is re-released for the first time on Euroarts. Gruberova's mad scene is one for the ages and it is a real pleasure to see this DVD in stores once again.

Maria Chiara, Dolora Zajick, and Juan Pons lead the Arena di Verona Aida. Legendary conductor Nello Santi brings fresh air to Verdi's great score. Arthaus releases the DVD 

Don Quichotte
Jose Van Dam gave his farewell performances in the iconic role of Don Quixote.  The performances instantly became a classic and Massenet's other rarely performed score was also brought to life by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Marc Minkowski. 

Makropulos Affair
Janacek's masterpiece gets yet another DVD release. Angela Denoke takes on the virtuosic role of Emilia Marty in a staging by Christoph Marthaler. Eska Pekka Salonen conducts the Vienna Philharmonic.

Die E Frau Ohne Schatten
Strauss' masterpiece Die Frau Ohne Schatten gets a new production by Christof Loy conducted by Christan Thielemann. Stephen Gould and Anne Schwanewilms star.

L'Incoronazione Di Poppea
Miah Perrson and Sarah Connolly star as the historical lovers in L'Incoronazione di Poppea. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket leads the Liceu Orchestra from Barcelona. David Alden who will make his Met debut next season in Un Ballo in Maschera brings his interpretation to the Monteverdi's masterpiece. 


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