CD recordings keep bringing us unexpected treasures, including chamber works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Samuel Adler, and the (by turns) exquisite and powerful opera Armida by Mozart’s contemporary — who was not his murderer — Antonio Salieri.
Opera Album: A Deliciously Grisly “Comic Opera” from 1789 — the Year the French Revolution Began
Grétry’s Raoul Barbe-Bleue — the story of the original lady-killer, Bluebeard — receives its world premiere recording and it’s splendid.
Opera Album Review: Is Perfection Still Possible? Lully’s “Isis” under Christophe Rousset
Is it any wonder? An opera that angered Louis XIV in 1677 brings enormous pleasure in 2020.
Opera Review: Antonio Salieri’s “Tarare” — A Startling Opera of Social Commentary
Tarare is simply one of the most important operas of the Classic era, precisely because it challenges so many aspects of Classic-era “normality.” You won’t believe your ears.