CD / DVD Releases – Week of May 7: Jonas Kaufmann Leads New Releases With ‘Otello’

By Francisco Salazar

The week sees a number of high profile releases including a world premiere, an exciting role debut, a rarely performed gem, and an innovative production from one of the world’s greatest filmmakers.


The world premiere recording of Albert Reimann’s new opera “L’Invisible” will be released by Oehms Classics from the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The new CD, which was recorded from performances in 2017, is led by Donald Runnicles and stars Rachel Harnisch, Annicka Schlicht, Ronnita Miller, Seth Carico, and Stephen Bronk. The CD will be released first in Europe, followed by a U.S. release.


Verdi’s “Otello” will be released starring Jonas Kaufmann in his role debut. Sony Classical releases the DVD, which also stars Maria Agresta and Marco Vratogna and is conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. The recording was made from the Royal Opera House and OperaWire, who attended the performance noted, “Jonas Kaufmann Cements His Legacy As One of History’s Great Otellos.” The DVD will first be released in Europe, followed by a U.S. release not yet announced.

Benvenuto Cellini

Terry Gilliam’s production of Berlioz’s masterpiece stars John Osborn, Maurizio Muraro, and Michele Losier in a new DVD by Naxos. The production, which was recorded from the Dutch National Opera, also stars Laurent Nauori and is conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Il Vologeso

Jommelli’s rarely performed opera gets a new DVD from Oper Stuttgart. The new DVD will be released by Naxos and is conducted by internationally renowned conductor Gabriele Ferro.


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