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Berlioz -- Beatrice et Benedict

BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT — BERLIOZ

“The standout among the cast is French mezzo Stéphanie d’Oustrac as Béatrice, who shows off a steady, clear voice with a glorious range of colour.” —Rick MacMillan
Breathe, composer James Rolfe

BREATHE–James Rolfe

“It’s rhythmically inventive, almost jazzy in places but always quite ethereal.” —John Gilks
Cosi fan tutte [Mozart] DVD from Paris Opera

COSÌ FAN TUTTE—MOZART

ArtHaus Musik 109338—"Michèle Losier's Dorabella is a beautifully sung and witty characterization of a young girl whose natural impulses churn to break through the veneer of her romantic idealism right from the start" —Wayne Gooding
HaniganGirlCrazy

CRAZY GIRL CRAZY—BARBARA HANNIGAN

Alpha 293—Barbara Hannigan's performance brings a "compelling emotional arc— and the precision of her delivery is breathtaking." —Wayne Gooding
Metropolitan Opera DVD of Der Rosenkavalier [Robert Carsen, director]

DER ROSENKAVALIER—R. STRAUSS

Cmajor: DVD 743308, Blu-ray 743404—With director Robert Carsen's production of Der Rosenkavalier, we now witness "the swansong of the Austrian Empire in the late 19th century with all the lavishness and decadence of the period" —John Holland
Don Giovanni - Solti

DON GIOVANNI — Mozart

“Nimbus Records has given fans a thoroughly satisfying reissue of a special performance from the vaults of operatic history.”—Catherine Kustanczy

DON GIOVANNI—MOZART

Alpha 379—Robert Gleadow relishes "every note and nuance of Mozart's great buffo role, and comes across as the performance's dramatic anchor." —Wayne Gooding
Duets

DUETS — ROLANDO VILLAZÓN & ILDAR ABDRAZAKOV

“The recorded sound is excellent, and the booklet chockful of bromance photos.” —Joseph So
Joyce El-Khoury

ÉCHO–JOYCE EL-KHOURY

“It’s easy to see why Joyce El-Khoury would be drawn to this repertoire. It fits her very beautiful and agile voice perfectly. She has all the bases covered as she amply demonstrates in this recording.” —John Gilks

GUILLAUME TELL–ROSSINI

Opus Arte: OA 1205D   “The chorus is immensely important in this piece and it’s excellent.”...
Amici Ensemble -- Canada Notre Pays

INSPIRED BY CANADA/NÔTRE PAYS — AMICI CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

“It’s a hugely enjoyable disc and highly recommended.” —Joseph So
Heggie--It's a Wonderful Life

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE –Heggie

“This is very much an ensemble piece, with no true arias but many duets, trios and quartets, and making generous use of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus, which sounds marvelous.” —Rick MacMillan

LA CLEMENZA DI TITO –Mozart

Alpha Classics 270 “Gauvin is in fine voice as the scheming Vitellia; she shines especially in her dark lower register, and beautifully exploits the wide range the role demands.”—Rick MacMillan

LA DONNA È MOBILE — Luc Robert

Estonian Record Productions: ERP9316 “Robert possesses a very attractive voice, with a vibrant, warm, Italianate timbre” —Joseph So
Lucio Silla [Mozart] DVD

LUCIO SILLA—MOZART

Cmajor: DVD 743308, Blu-ray 743404—"La Scala's Orchestra under the direction of Marc Minkowski plays beautifully from start to finish...and his connectivity between singers and orchestra is seamless" —John Holland

O GLADSOME LIGHT — LAWRENCE WILIFORD

“Wiliford sings beautifully in what one might call the ‘Aldeburgh style.’ It’s light, clear, sensitive and every word is clearly audible…it does the music full justice.” —John Gilks
Venazzio Rauzzini, Opera Arias and Scenes

OPERA ARIAS AND SCENES –VENAZZIO RAUZZINI

Centaur: CRC 3416 “This is a record full of interesting, unusual material that deserves to be heard.”—Rick Phillips
London Symphony Orchestra cd of Pelleas et Melisande with Gerald Finley

PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE—DEBUSSY

London Symphony Orchestra 0790 “It's a supple and subtle performance, and one of its strongest assets is the consistently high standard of the orchestral playing.” —Wayne Gooding
Messiaen

POÈME POUR MI/TROIS PETITES LITURGIES – Messiaen

“Soprano Jane Archibald brings exceptionally beautiful tone and phrasing, as well as perennially clear annunciation, to these mystical songs. She seems ideally suited in a work that exploits her enormous range. Just magical” —Rick MacMillan

PROSERPINE–SAINT-SAËNS

“Captured live in concert, the recorded sound is excellent with crisp, clear voices, well balanced with orchestra” —Rick Phillips
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