This week audiences will get a chance to hear complete opera recordings from Saint-Saëns, Monteverdi, Janáček, Olga Neuwirth, and Wagner. Here is a look at this week’s new releases.
Odyssey Opera will release its fifth album Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Henry VIII.” Recorded on New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall stage in 2019, this four-CD set marks the debut recording of the complete four-act opera including rediscovered music that has been omitted for over a century. Gil Rose conducts the Odyssey Opera’s 70-piece orchestra and 60-voice chorus with soloists baritone Michael Chioldi as King Henry, soprano Ellie Dehn as Henry’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and mezzo-soprano Hilary Ginther as Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn.
A motherʼs love for her children is everything and forever. Mezzo-soprano, Cheri Rose Katz, takes us on a journey of her familyʼs rich history of Jewish tradition through this remarkable collection, lovingly called “Momeleh.” The music encompasses a Jewish section featuring both classics and lesser-known treasures.
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
In June 2021, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino presented “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria” in a new production by Robert Carsen. Dynamic releases the work which OperaWire said was “a performance of the highest standard, which will not quickly be forgotten.” The cast included Charles Workman and Delphine Galou Ottavio Dantone led the Accademia Bizantina.
C Major releases Leoš Janáček’s masterwork from the Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The cast includes Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund in the title role, German soprano Evelyn Herlitzius as Kostelička, Australian tenor Stuart Skelton as Laca, and tenor Ladislav Elgr as Števa. Damiano Michieletto directed the production and Simon Rattle conducted.
In 2019 Wiener Staatsoper made history by presenting the first full-length opera by a woman composer. The Virginia Woolf–based Orlando by Austria’s Olga Neuwirth was directed by Polly Graham. The work stars Kate Lindsey.
The Teatro Massimo Palermo releases a production of Wagner’s work conducted by Omer Meir Wellber. The 2020 production was staged by the late Graham Vick and starred tenor Julian Hubbard, soprano Catherine Hunold, baritone Tómas Tómasson, and bass John Relyea.
Alpha Classics releases Véronique Gens and Sandrine Piau album which features great arias and duets by Gluck, Grétry, Piccinni, Monsigny, Cherubini, Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, and Johann Christian Bach. The period musicians of Le Concert de la Loge are led by their founding director, the violinist Julien Chauvin.
Handel’s work is led by Harry Bicket and The English Concert The solo quintet features Sophie Bevan, Lucy Crowe, Iestyn Davies, Hugo Hymas, and Ashley Riches.