Warner Classics to Release ‘Renata Scotto: Sempre Libera, A Farewell’

Warner Classics has announced the release of “Renata Scotto: Sempre Libera, A Farewell.” The compilation features 48 tracks from recordings she made for Columbia/ EMI. Audiences will hear tracks from seven operas including “La Traviata,” “Madama Butterfly,” and “Medea,” where she appeared alongside Maria Callas. There will also be excerpts from a recital alongside conductor Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and Verdi’s Requiem {…}

CD Review: Sondra Radvanovsky & Jonas Kaufmann’s ‘Turandot’

There is no shortage of good and, sometimes, exceptional recordings of Puccini’s “Turandot,” with aficionados generally swaying between Molinari-Pradelli’s studio release (with Franco Corelli and Birgit Nilsson) and Mehta’s landmark take from 1972. Add to this Franco Ghione and, in excerpts, Barbirolli’s visceral “Turandots” from the pre-war period, and nearly all aspects of Puccini’s swan song – from the ritualistic {…}

The Masterpiece of French Opera – Conductor John Nelsons On His Lifelong Relationship & Warner Classics Recording of Berlioz’s ‘Les Troyens’

Back in 1973, 32-year-old conductor John Nelson took the stage at Carnegie Hall. He was leading his first-ever performance of Berlioz’s monumental opera “Les Troyens.” Little did he know at that moment that the piece could come to become one of the most important of his entire career. “I was a kid back then,” the conductor told OperaWire in a {…}

Maria Callas: The Live Recordings CD Review: A 42 Disc Box Set With Rare Gems & Wonderful Remasterings

For years Warner Classics has remastered Maria Callas’ collections for opera lovers, releasing various sets that showcase the art of the legendary soprano. After releasing the complete studio recordings, Warner Classics returns with “Maria Callas: Live Remastered Recordings.” Ther 42-disc box set comes on the heels of the 40th anniversary of La Divina’s death and brings many of the soprano’s signature {…}