Jonas Kaufmann, Olga Peretyatko, Aida Garifullina & Joyce El-Khoury Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

Welcome back to this week’s look at the newest CD and DVD releases in the opera world.

Among the major options are three DVD releases, a world premiere, and a film album by the world’s most famous tenor. Here’s the rundown.


Chandos Records releases a recording of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s beloved musical, “Oklahoma” led by acclaimed conductor John Wilson.

The recording features the original orchestrations for a 29 piece orchestra made by Robert Russell Bennett for the original production, restored by the late Bruce Pomahac. The cast features Nathaniel Hackmann, Sierra Boggess, Jamie Parker, Louise Dearman, Sandra Marvin, Rodney Earl Clarke, Nadim Naaman, and Leo Roberts.

The album was recorded in Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos, and was released on double Hybrid SACD and in spatial audio.


Chandos releases the new album by the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. The album features Alexander Zemlinsky’s Maiblumen blühten überall, Anton Webern’s Piano Quintet, and several Alma Mahler Songs. Soprano Francesca Chiejina is a guest soloist.

Some Favored Nook 

Composer Eric Nathan’s song cycle Some Favored Nook will be released as a new album on New Focus Recordings. Composed as a dramatic song cycle for soprano, baritone, and piano, the song cycle delves deeply into Dickinson’s correspondence with Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a passionate 19th-century abolitionist and women’s rights advocate known in his day as an essayist, minister and military officer in the American Civil War.

The Sound of Movies

Sony Classical releases Jonas Kaufmann’s latest album “The Sound of Movies” with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Jochen Rieder.

In a statement, Kaufmann said, “Immersing yourself in this world for a few hours and forgetting everything around you is incredibly fascinating – similar to the theater or opera. I’ve traveled a lot over many years, often alone for weeks and months in foreign cities at the other end of the world. In addition to museums, it was the cinema – that great opportunity to entertain yourself when you’re alone – that captured my imagination.”

The album includes music by Hans Zimmer, Leonard Bernstein, Vangelis, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Ennio Morricone, and Rachel Portman, among others.

Guitarist Miloš Karadaglić joins Kaufmann on the album.

Mi País: Songs of Argentina

 New York Festival of Song releases its next studio album “Mi País: Songs of Argentina” featuring bass-baritone Federico De Michelis and pianist and NYFOS Artistic Director Steven Blier on NYFOS Records. It is produced and mixed by Jonathan Estabrooks. The album features César Andrés Parreño (tenor), Shinjoo Cho (bandoneon), Sami Merdinian (violin), and Pablo Lanouguere (double bass).

“The songs on Mi País come directly out of my soul,” said Federico De Michelis. “I feel fortunate to have a partner like Steve Blier, who feels them as deeply as I do.”

The album features music by Guastavino, Ariel Ramírez, Carlos Gardel, Mariano Mores, Héctor Stamponi, and Astor Piazzolla.


BMOP/sound releases “Tobias Picker: Awakenings,” the highly anticipated world premiere studio recording of Tobias Picker and Aryeh Lev Stollman’s operatic retelling of the 1973 bestseller by Dr. Oliver Sacks. Gil Rose conducts the recording with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Odyssey Opera. Baritone Jarrett Porter plays the lead role of Oliver Sacks, alongside a cast including sopranos Joyce El-Khoury and Adrienne Danrich.

Franz Schreker: Der Schatzgräber (The Treasure Hunter)

Naxos releases Franz Schreker’s from the Deutsche Oper Berlin in a production by Christof Loy. The production stars Elisabet Strid, Daniel Johansson, and Michael Laurenz. Marc Albrecht conducts the Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus and Orchestra.

Charles Gounod: Roméo and Juliette

Josep Pons conducts Gounod’s masterpiece from the Gran Teatre Del Liceu. Aida Garifullina and Saimir Pirgu lead the cast which also includes David Alegret, Tara Erraught, and Gabriel Bermudez. Stephen Lawless directs. C Major Entertainment.

Donizetti: Don Pasquale

Opus Arte releases the Royal Opera Opera’s production of “Don Pasquale” with an all-star cast that includes Bryn Terfel, Ioan Hotea, Markus Werba, and Olga Peretyatko. The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House is conducted by Evelino Pidò and Damiano Michieletto directs.



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