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Christopher Ainslie (Artaxerxes), Elizabeth Watts (Mandane), Caitlin Hulcup (Arbaces), Andrew Staples (Artabanes), Rebecca Bottone (Semira) & Daniel Norman (Rimenes)
Classical Opera, Ian Page (director)
The very fine cast enters with spirit into the text's convoluted scenario of love and betrayal in ancient Persia and delivering [sic] the notes with assurance. Ian Page conducts the period-instrument... — More…
Elizabeth Watts (Josephine), Toby Spence (Ralph Rackstraw), John Mark Ainsley (Sir Joseph Porter KCB), Andrew Foster-Williams (Captain Corcoran), Hilary Summers (Buttercup), Neal Davies (Dick Deadeye), Gavan Ring (Bill Bobstay), Barnaby Rea (Bob Becket), Kitty Whately (Hebe), Tim Brooke-Taylor (narrator)
Richard Egarr brings springy energy to the score...Elizabeth Watts's Josephine has a mischievous touch. — More…
Katherine Bryan (flute), Ingrid Fliter (piano), Pamela Thorby (recorder), Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Alfredo Bernardini (oboe), Cecilia Bernardini (violin), Andrew Foster-Williams (bass-baritone), Kuniko Kato (percussion), Barb Jungr (vocals), Michael Olatuja (double bass), Laurence Hobgood (piano),...
Elizabeth Watts (soprano)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Christian Baldini
This disc shows, and in supremely vivid sound, that a delightful light lyric soprano is on the cusp of becoming something greater…her discreet ornamentation, unforced tone and careful vocal emphasis... — More…