Review of Blu-ray of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi

A review by Peter Bates of the Blu-ray recording of Bellini’s opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Audiophile Audition.

Peter Bates Review  Bellini's opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi Here’s a review of a DVD recording of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Joyce DiDonato et al, as it appears in Audiophile Audition (www.audaud.com).
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A Stirring Il Trovatore by the St. Petersburg Opera

The St. Petersburg Opera presented an Il Trovatore that met all the requirements of a classic Verdi opera production.

Il Trovatore (St. Petersburg Opera)
Il Trovatore (St. Petersburg Opera)

IL TROVATORE. Opera by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Salvatore Cammarano. Cast: Michael Morrow (Manrico); Alexandra Batsios (Leonora); Claudia Chapa (Azucena); Christopher Clayton (Count di Luna). Stage Director: Karl W. Hesser; Costume designer: Glenn Breed; Conductor and executive director: Mark Sforzini. Produced by St. Petersburg Opera.

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Review of Blu-ray Recording of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar in Egypt)

Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Here’s a review of a DVD recording of Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Cecilia Bartoli et al, as it appears in Audiophile Audition (www.audaud.com).
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Opera Tampa Produces Spot-on Performance of Così fan tutti

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Così fan tutti at Opera Tampa

COSÌ FAN TUTTI. Opera buffa by Wolfgang Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. Cast: Cecilia Violetta López (Fiordiligi), soprano; Sarah Nordin (Dorabella), mezzo soprano; Cody Austin (Ferrando), tenor; Gabriel Preisser (Guglielmo), baritone; Eileen Vanessa Rodriguez (Despina), soprano; Won Cho (Don Alphonso), bass Baritone. Artistic director and conductor: Daniel Lipton. Produced by Opera Tampa. Venu: The Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
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Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish Perform for the Celebrity Series of Boston

Dawn Upshaw

Winner of five previous Grammy awards and a rare MacArthur genius award, Dawn Upshaw is one of the great contemporary sopranos of the world. I was so excited to hear her sing for the first time at Jordan Hall, an exquisite concert space. Continue reading “Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish Perform for the Celebrity Series of Boston”