Piotr Beczala, Ildebrando d’Arcangelo & Sara Jakubiak Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar
This week audiences will be able to stream three new opera recordings, a highly anticipated versimo album, a new solo album, and a new DVD of one of last summer’s highly acclaimed productions. Here is a look.

Gunther Schuller: The Fisherman and His Wife

BMOP/sound has released Gunther Schuller’s “The Fisherman and His Wife” led by conductor Gil Rose and performed by two of Boston’s leading musical ensembles the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera. The recording stars tenor Steven Goldstein as the titular Fisherman, mezzo-soprano Sondra Kelly as his Wife, baritone David Kravitz as the magical Fish, and soprano Katrina Galka as the Fisherman’s cat companion.


Piotr Beczala makes his debut on Pentatone with a program of 18 verismo arias. The new album includes arias from “Tosca,” “Adriana Lecouvreur,” “Cavalleria rusticana,” “Pagliacci,” “Andrea Chenier,” “Turandot,” “Edgar,” “Manon Lescaut,” “Madama Butterfly,” “La fanciulla del West,” “Gianni Schicchi,” and “Fedora.” He is joined by conductor Marco Boemi leading the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana.


Chandos releases Edward Gardner conducting Arnold Schoenberg’s monodrama “Erwartung” of 1909 coupled with the composer’s tone poem “Pelleas und Melisande” of 1903. The recording features rising star American soprano Sara Jakubiak alongside the Bergen Philharmonic.

Die Zauberflöte 

Mozart’s popular opera gets a new recording from the Glyndebourne Festival  in a 2019 production from the ever-inventive French-Canadian team of designer André Barbe and director Renaud Doucet. The productions stars Caroline Wettergreen, Brindley Sherratt, David Portillo, Sofia Fomina, and Björn Bürger. Ryan Wigglesworth conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. The recording comes from Opus Arte.


BR-KLASSIK releases a new recording of Verdi’s early opera with a cast that includes Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in the title role, Liudmyla Monastyrska, George Petean, and Stefan La Colla. The Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Münchner Rundfunkorchesters is led by Ivan Repusic.

If The Night Grows Dark 

Bright Shiny Things releases soprano Camille Zamora’s latest album, which is an overview of Spanish song in both its early-music and traditional folk guises. Accompanied by guitarist Cem Duruöz, the album includes three recorded premieres, and features works by three sixteenth-century composers, Juan del Encina, Cristóbal de Morales, and Miguel de Fuenllana.


DVD and CD ReleasesNews