CD/DVD Releases -Week of April 24: Enrico Caruso Rediscovered On RCA

By Francisco Salazar

Two vastly different CDs come out this week. One comes from a violinist exploring operatic repertoire through diverse arrangements while the other one comes from a legendary singer who is considered the greatest in the history of opera. There is also one Mozart selection that will likely appeal to DVD collectors.

Alexandre Da Costa Goes To The Opera 

The acclaimed violinist Alexandre Da Costa plays operatic selections from Wagner to Strauss to Bizet to Massenet in his new CD. Excerpts come from “Thais,” “Carmen” and “Der Rosenkavalier,” among others. The album is based on a project that Da Costa has toured and which he took to the cinemas. The new album by Sony Classical is entitled “Stradivarius at the Opera” and the Wiener Philharmoniker accompanies him.

Enrico Caruso Rediscovered 

The operatic legend left numerous recordings and this week RCA is re-releasing the complete recordings on an eleven CD box set. The set includes solo albums from 1904 to 1920 and arias from Puccini, Verdi, Tosti, Faure, Adams, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, and Leoncavallo. It is an exploration of his operatic legacy and it showcases his work in many styles. For a true opera lover, this is one set not to be missed.


European audiences will get treated to Mozart’s “Mitridate” this week from the Champs Elysées. The new DVD by Erato stars Patricia Petibon and Michael Spyres in the lead roles. It is conducted by Emanuelle Haim and is set for US release later this year.