here is the playlist). Jaroussky is vocal beauty on a stick.
GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU
Adriana Lecouvreur BARBARA FRITTOLI
Maurizio ROBERTO ALAGNA
Principessa di Bouillon DOLORA ZAJICK
Principe di Bouillon GIORGIO GIUSEPPINI
Michonet BRUNO DE SIMONE
L'Abate di Chazeuil FRANCISCO VAS
Conductor MAURIZIO BENINI
There is something about general sound of this recording that made it almost annoying to listen to me, despite selection of great music and great singer. Is this bad modern orchestra or just a period ensamble?
Getting ready for our local opera company's 2012 season, which gets underway next Thursday with a double bill of I Pagliacci and Gianni Schicchi. I'm also looking forward to hearing Porgy and Bess at the end of the month, and have been listening to this video to prepare:
Fabulous cast, terrific staging -- I can see why this video was so highly recommended by some of our other members.
These have already been reviewed here; I'll just add my voice to the positive recommendations. The Elektra is stark and harrowing, with a knockout ending. The Anna Bolena has sumptuous costumes and appropriate fireworks between Netrebko and Garanca. The Rienzi takes the ultimate Regie cliche (Wagner is really all about Hitler and the Nazis), but applies it with such meticulous commitment--referencing everything from Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will to Chaplin's The Great Dictator--that by the end it's hard to imagine (or want) the opera done any other way.
Rigoletto with Bergonzi, Gianna D'Angelo and MacNeil. Not bad. Actually it was great performance (especially from Bergonzi), but the recording is a bit less than great.
It can be found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAC66DF4425065053