Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, television, film, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.
" Opera Rara
I may be in quarantine, but music can transport me back to the Middle Ages, or to the court of Catherine the Great of Russia, or, via Donizetti, to an imagined India.
The long-forgotten Il paria (1829), a work that Donizetti himself prized more highly than many of his other works, has now been reconstructed by a scholarly team and given a splendid recording.
A world-star soprano, in her magnificent prime at age 36, offers her first recital CD, and you can participate in its online “launch.”
One of Donizetti’s strongest and most original works, has finally been reconstructed and recorded by superb forces under the remarkable Mark Elder.
Two great tenor discs have recently been released
Soprano Joyce El-Khoury sings spectacularly in her new disc, Echo.