Franco Fagioli & Lise Davidsen Highlight New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week features two debut albums, a highly acclaimed opera production and new album by an acclaimed countertenor. Here is a look at this week’s albums to stream:

Leonardo Vinci – Veni, Vidi, Vinci

Franco Fagioli releases his latest solo album for Deutsche Grammophon. This time the great countertenor teams up with Il Pomo d’Oro directed by its concertmaster Zefira Valova for an album that includes seven world premiere recordings of works unearthed specially for this project.

The album includes two showpiece arias from “Il trionfo di Camilla,” arias from “L’Ernelinda,”Medo,” “Siroe re di Persia,” “Gismondo re di Polonia,” “Alessandro nell’Indie,” and “Gismondo.”


Following the Grammy-nominated “Lohengrin,” “Tannhäuser” is the fifth installment in the exclusive, multiyear partnership between Deutsche Grammophon and the Bayreuth Festival. The new 2019 production, which premiered on July 26, showcases the long awaited debut of conductor Valery Gergiev and rising star Lise Davidsen.


Natalya Romaniw makes her recording debut on Orchid Classics with pianist Lada Valesova. The recording is a celebration of Slavic song and takes its name from Rachmaninov’s Arion. The album includes music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Janacek, and Rachmaniov.

Romaniw spoke with OperaWire noting, “I hope the combination of the integrity and our passionate musical chemistry can transport our listeners to escape the world for just a moment and that they can sit back and really feel like they were taken on a journey through our music.

Care Pupille – The London Concert, 1746

Young soprano Samuel Mariño releases his debut album on Orfeo. The new album retraces a historical concert evening that took place at London’s Haymarket and features works by Handel and Gluck. The album is based on a concert performed at the International Handel Festival in Halle and features the Halle Handel Festival Orchestra performing on period instruments is conducted by Michael Hofstetter.


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