This week, the public discovers two jewels of Bel Canto, a world premiere recording, a first album and a new album by the “people’s diva”. Here’s a look at what’s new for this week.
Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene
Renée Fleming is releasing a new album for Decca Classics with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the piano. The disc contains music by Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, Gabriel Fauré and Reynaldo Hahn.
The album also includes the premieres of two new commissions from living composers. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts directs American poet Dorianne Laux’s “Evening”, and Nico Muhly pastes poems by 17th-century English theologian Thomas Traherne with excerpts from the writings of Robinson Meyer, a journalist who covers climate change, in “Endless Space.”
The Equivoco Stravagante
Naxos is releasing this rarely performed Rossini opera from a production in Germany Rossini in Wildbad. The new 2018 production was by Jochen Schönleberand with mezzo-soprano Antonella Colaianni as the lady in question, baritone Giulio Mastrototaro as his rich dad and Patrick Kabongo and Emmanuel Franco as his tenor and baritone contenders. José Miguel Pérez-Sierra conducted the Górecki Chamber Choir and the Virtuosi Brunensis.
The Nozze at Villa
Dynamic publishes Donizetti’s early work on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD. The production marked the first modern production and was performed during the 2020 edition of the Donizetti Opera Festival. Davide Marranchetti directed the production which was performed without an audience and directed by Stefano Montanari. The production starred Gaia Petrone, Giorgio Misseri, Fabio Capitanucci and Omar Montanari.
The Chicago Opera Theater is releasing a digital-only album of “Taking Up Serpents” by Kamala Sankaram and Jerre Dye, a current opera set in the Deep South. The new recording stars Alexandra Loutsion as Kayla, Leah Dexter as her mother Nelda and Michael Mayes as her fire and brimstone father.
In a statement, Sankaram said, “My goal for the opera sound world has always been to try to capture the mystery of faith in musical form. To better capture that spirit – and the raw power an audience can feel – the opera was recorded in one take. “
Emily D’Angelo releases her first album for Deutsche Grammophon. The new album features the mezzo-soprano in music by Hildur Gudnadóttir, Hildegard von Bingen, Missy Mazzoli and Sarah Kirkland Snider. She is accompanied by the orchestra das freie Berlin under the direction of Jarkko Riihimäki.