Vladimir Stoyanov & David Butt Philip Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

This week two complete opera DVDs will be released as well as a single, which will donate all funds to an artist relief fund.

Der Zwerg

Naxos releases a production from the Deutsche Oper Berlin of Alexander von Zemlinsky’s one-act adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “Birthday of the Infanta,” “Der Zwerg.” In this acclaimed production by Tobias Kratzer, the work stars David Butt Philip, actor Mick Morris Mehnert, Elena Tsallagova, and Emily Magee. Donald Runnicles conducts.


I Due Foscari 

Dynamic releases Verdi’s early masterwork in a production from the Verdi Festival in Parma. Paolo Arrivabeni conducts a cast that includes Vladimir Stoyanov, Stefan Pop, Maria Katzarava, and Giacomo Prestia.

“O soave fanciulla”

Tenor sensation David Miller of Il Divo and his wife, soprano Sarah Joy Miller have released an opera single, “O soave fancuilla” from “La Bohéme,” from their upcoming new album, on the independent music and film enterprise label Bohèmisphere. The two announced that 100 percent of the proceeds from the release of the single will be donated to The Actors Fund to aid creative artists out of work due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Il Divo tenor Miller said in a press release, “I have been extremely blessed in so many ways throughout my career, but there were certainly much leaner times, especially in my early days singing opera. The pandemic has put all freelance artists/musicians out of work and many of our friends and colleagues have been stripped of their sources of income entirely.”


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