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Barbara Hannigan (Cecily), Peter Tantsits (Jack Worthing), Joshua Bloom (Algernon), Katalin Károlyi (Gwendoline), Hilary Summers (Miss Prism), Alan Ewing (Lady Bracknell), Benjamin Bevan (Lane/Merriman), Joshua Hart (Dr Chasuble)
BCMG, Thomas Adès
Surely this is not only the best operatic treatment of Oscar Wilde since Salome, but also one of the few absolutely essential operas of the last 20 years...This performances features at least... — More…
Andrew Watts (Angel) & Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (Jacob)
BBC Singers & London Sinfonietta, David Atherton
Birtwistle unleashes all his powers as a stage composer onto Stephen Plaice's text, using the whole building to create a thrilling dramatisation of the Bible story…pungent pizzicato rhythms,... — More…
Edwards Parks (Steve Jobs), Garrett Sorenson (Steve Wozniak), Sasha Cooke (Laurene), Jessica E. Jones (Chrisann), Wei Wu (Kōbun Chino Otogawa); Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Michael Christie
Bates’s vocal writing can be taxing, though its challenges are all wonderfully met in the recording…Edward Parks gives a terrific central performance as Jobs, capturing both this charisma and... — More…
Ailish Tynan (soprano), Anna Stéphany (mezzo), Andrew Tortise (tenor), Owen Gilhooly (baritone) & Jonathan Lemalu (bass baritone)
BBC Singers & BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins
a composer of integrity, [Weir] communicates intelligently with different audiences and ages. This timely release of The Vanishing Bridegroom (1990), her most successful opera, underscores her... — More…
Anita Johnson (Treemonisha), AnnMarie Sandy (Monisha), Edward Pleasant (Zodzetrick), Frank Ward Jr. (Ned), Chauncey Packer (Remus)
The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and Singers, Rick Benjamin
Benjamin's recording...is perfectly balanced to get the best out of the score. Glory lies less with the singers, who range from woolly (AnnMarie Sandy's Monisha) to bright (Anita Johnson's Treemonisha).... — More…
David Bennent (speaker) & Georg Nigl (baritone)
German Chamber Choir & Ensemble Modern, Franck Ollu
That music is a stylistic patchwork… with reference to Bollywood film scores and country and western punctuated by snatches of jazzy improvisation… and medieval pastiche. It shouldn't work at... — More…
Martyn Hill (Taverner), David Wilson-Johnson (Jester), Stephen Richardson (Henry VIII), Fiona Kimm (Virgin Mary), Michael Chance (Priest/God), Quentin Hayes (White Abbot) & Peter Sidhom (Richard Taverner)
Fretwork, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta Voices, His Majestys Sagbutts...
The opera is full… bitterly ironic juxtapositions, such as the 'holy' chanting from monks heard against the cynical Realpolitik of the negotiations between King and the Cardinal. Making the... — More…
Jeannette Friedrich, Lilith Gardell, Darius De Haas, Jonas Holst, Martina Muhlpointner, Markus Alexander Neisser & Kimako Xavier Trotman
The Band of the Holst-Sinfonietta, Klaus Simon
John Adams's stylistic range is vast, yet even in such a diverse output, I Was Looking at the Ceilingand Then I Saw the Sky (1995) stands apart. Conceived, in the composer's words, as 'a Broadwaystyle... — More…
Houston Grand Opera, Bradley Moore
Marie Angel (Morgan le Fay), Anne Howells (Lady de Hautdesert), Francois Le Roux (Gawain), John Tomlinson (The Green Knight/Bertilak de Hautdesert), Penelope Walmsley-Clark (Guinevere), Richard Greager (Arthur), Omar Ebrahim (The Fool), Alan Ewing (Agravain), John Marsden (Ywain), Kevin Smith (Bishop...
Tomlinson pulls off the feat magnificently. There's a deep, grainy quality to his voice that catches the sorrow and cynicism of the Green Knight perfectly...Another strength of this recording... — More…