Emily D’Angelo, Benjamin Appl & Tyler Duncan Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week audiences are in for two solo albums, two full opera recordings, and a soundtrack for a new film.


The 30-voice choral group Libera returns with “Forever,” an all-new album.

“Forever” features new songs written by former members of Libera – an ensemble with many grateful alumni since it features the ethereal, time-sensitive beauty of young boys’ voices – as well as the last works of the group’s founder and guiding light, the late Robert Prizeman.

Forbidden Fruit 

Alpha Classics releases Benjamin Appl’s themed recital about contemporary contexts of good and evil. He is joined by pianist James Baillieu. The diverse program includes folk songs, 19th- and 20th-century German art songs, French Impressionism, and contemporary compositions.

A Left Coast 

Baritone Tyler Duncan and pianist Erika Switzer release A Left Coast on Bridge Records.  The album includes music for their home of British Columbia. The album includes music by Stephen Chatman, Jean Coulthard, Iman Habibi, Melissa Hui, Jocelyn Morlock, and Leslie Uyeda.

Il Boemo

Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and soprano Emőke Baráth appear on the soundtrack of a 2022 film by the Czech director Petr Václav. Called “Il Boemo,” the film tells the story of the Prague-born composer Josef Mysliveček. He became a major figure on Europe’s operatic scene, achieving particular renown in Venice, Naples, and Munich and composing more than two dozen operas in all. Václav Luks conducts Collegium 1704, the period-instrument ensemble he founded in Prague in 2005.

David & Jonathas 

Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s opera gets a new CD and DVD featuring the Ensemble Marguerite Louise and conductor Gaétan Jarry.


George Frideric Handel’s opera is featured in a recording with the English Concert and conductor Harry Bicket. The work is complemented by a world-class cast including Emily D’Angelo as the lovestruck king and Lucy Crowe as Romilda.