William Christie & Kenneth Tarver Lead New CD/DVD Releases

By Francisco Salazar

The year is about to end but before it does, here are two new releases that you can’t miss. What’s more, they are rarely performed operas.

Titon et l’Aurore 

Naxos releases Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville’s opera with Reinoud van Mechelen, Gwendoline Blondeel, Emmanuelle de Negri, Marc Mauillon, Julie Roset, and Renato Dolcini. Les Arts Florissants is led by William Christie in a production by Basil Twist. The production was filmed on on Jan. 18 and 19, 2021, at the Opéra Comique, Paris, France, without an audience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Titon et l’Aurore” was one of the popular works of its time and was held up as a triumph over the rival Italian style during the Parisian Querelle des Bouffons in the 1750s.

L’occasione fa il ladro  

Naxos releases Rossini’s early comedy which he composed in 11 days. The work stars Patrick Kabongo, Vera Talerko, Kenneth Tarver, Lorenzo Regazzo, and Giada Frasconi. The Virtuosi Brunesis are led by conductor Antonio Foglian in a production by Jochen Schönleber.

The opera was filmed on July 13 and 22, 2017, at the Köngliches Kurtheater, Bad Wildbad, Germany.


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