Carmela Remigio, Xabier Anduaga, Michael Fabiano & Zachary James Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week, audiences can listen and watch three classic works with stellar casts. They will also get a chance to check out a new album by one of the most innovative performers of his generation.

Here is a look at this week’s new releases.

On Broadway 

Broadway and Opera star Zachary James brings his award-winning cabaret show is set to be released as a digital album and a film. The show, which was recorded for Des Moines Metro Opera at Philadelphia’s acclaimed Chris’ Jazz Cafe,  will be available on all platforms.

The project features James alongside Broadway pianist Charity Wicks and includes such tunes as “On Broadway,” “A New Town is a Blue Town,” “16 Tons,” “Something’s Coming,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Nothing Like a Dame,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “This Nearly Was Mine,” “If I Loved You,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “No One is Alone,” “Move Toward the Darkness,” and “Over the Rainbow.”

The filmed version of the performance will be available from March 19 through March 31, 2021, only, streamed exclusively on Des Moines Metro Opera’s website as part of their 2021 virtual season.

Lucrezia Borgia 

Dynamic releases the Donizetti Opera’s production of “Lucrezia Borgia.” The acclaimed production from the 2019 festival features Carmela Remigio in the title role, Xabier Anduaga as Gennaro, Varduhi Abrahamyan as Orsini and Marko Mimica as Alfonso. Riccardo Frizza conducts the production which OperaWire said, “among the best all year.”


Opus Arte is set to release Gounod’s masterpiece in the company’s acclaimed Sir David McVicar production. The April 2019 production starred Michael Fabiano as Faust, Erwin Schrott as Méphistophélès, Irina Lungu as Marguerite, Varduhi Abrahamyan as Siébel, and Stéphane Degout as Valentin. Dan Ettinger conducted the production.

Bluebeard’s Castle 

Susanna Mälkki’s conducts the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in Bartók’s masterpiece. The performance captured in January 2020 stars Mika Kares and Géza Szilvay.


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