View Full Version : Opera sung in English Translation on CD

January 21st, 2018, 04:38 PM
This will be a thread to review subject recordings. I have a lot of them and hopefully will learn of others through this thread. Here is what I have with minor notes. More detailed reviews will be put up later as I have time or ability and when I listen to them. But please, anyone else can put up a review or comment on any of these and add to the list.

Eventually I would like to order my list by favorite to least favorite. Also they are posted here in order that they are on my computer drive. Why they are out of alphabetical order is just some quirks in my filing system.

Also in this list, I am putting the Amazon Review points if it exists. If a sourpuss puts a bad review based on non-performance/recording quality issues like didn't arrive, wrong set, etc. I have adjusted the review points to exclude it. I may miss some sourpusses who give more points and or miss that wrong reviews are under the listing, but then these Amazon points don't actually amount to more than a general guide and one needs to do their own investigation, the moreso, the fewer the reviewers present. I also added links to some that may be hard to locate online.

4.2/5 (10 reviews) Julius Caesar Chandos--this by all means is the finest opera in English I have ever heard and rates at the top of my list. Having first watched the video of this may have colored things a bit but this one is great, and with Dame Janet Baker!

x.x/x (0 reviews) Boris Godunov HL Chandos--I like this one a lot.

4.0/5 (2 reviews) Boris Godunov Walhall (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004NFU6GQ/)--is in shipping so I have not heard it yet.

4.6/5 (3 reviews) Eugene Onegin Chandos--Am listening right now and like it very much.

3.9/5 (7 reviews) Le Coq D'Or Gala (Sills)--Like it quite well (what's not to like about Sills, eh?)

4.5/5 (2 reviews) Flying Dutchman Chandos--Pretty good but not totally satisfying. A keeper though.

4.5/5 (6 reviews) Mastersingers Chandos--Haven't listened enough to this one.

4.7/5 (9 reviews) Rheingold Chandos (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00005B550)--This one I liked a lot when I listened to it. Need to listen again.

4.8/5 (10 reviews) Valkure Chandos--This one I liked a lot when I listened to it. Need to listen again.

4.7/5 (9 reviews) Siegfried Chandos--Need to listen again.

4.8/5 (4 reviews) Twilight of the Gods Chandos--Need to listen again.

5.0/5 (1 review) Fidelio Chandos--I want to get rid of this one. Never listen to it.

4.2/5 (5 reviews) Mary Stuart Chandos--As I recall this one is pretty good, but I have not listened in a long time.

3.7/5 (9 reviews) Barber of Seville Chandos--Just listened to this one. Pretty good. Very clear vocals. Can follow story.

4.1/5 (4 reviews) Elixir of Love Chandos--So terrible I stopped in the middle. Want to get rid of this one.

5.0/5 (1 review) Martha (Flotow) Walhall (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UGJ1MM/)--I don't care for this one much, but will keep it because I am a Martha freak. This one is very much done in a Gilbert and Sullivan style which in my opinion ruins the opera because I look at Martha as a semi-serious comedy and with the comedy secondary to the whole story. (BTW, I can't stand listening to Martha in Italian translation either.)

4.7/5 (7 reviews) Merry Widow HL (sills) (https://www.amazon.com/Lehar-Merry-Widow-Beverly-Sills/dp/B000K3GP9M/) EMI--I have not listened to this one much, but again, what is to not like when Sills is present?

3.2/5 (5 reviews) Thieving Magpie Chandos--I like this one very much.

3.9/5 (7 reviews) Tosca Chandos--Haven't listened to this one in quite a while, but I recall it was pretty good.