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Angela Gheorghiu (Manon), Roberto Alagna (Des Grieux), Earle Patriarco (Lescaut), José van Dam (Comte des Grieux)
Orchestre Symphonique et Chœurs de la Monnaie, Antonio Pappano
In Act 1 Gheorghiu instantly establishes the heroine as a vivacious, wilful character with a great sense of fun and her singing is both imaginative and technically flawless...while Alagna, always... — More…
Rolando Villazon (Werther), Sophie Koch (Charlotte), Audun Iversen (Albert), Eri Nakamura (Sophie), Alain Vernhes (Le Bailli), Stuart Patterson (Schmidt), Darren Jeffrey (Johann), Anna Devin (Käthchen), Zhengzhong Zhou (Brühlmann)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,...
[Villazon] successfully negotiates the exposed or awkward passages. In the bigger singing of the third act...there's a touch of the old, devil-may-care Villazon...Even better is [Koch's Charlotte]...But... — More…
Juan Diego Flórez (Werther), Anna Stéphany (Charlotte), Mélissa Petit (Sophie), Audun Iversen (Albert), Cheyne Davidson (Le Bailli), Martin Zysset (Schmidt)
Philharmonia Zürich, Chor der Oper Zürich, Kinderchor der Oper Zürich, Cornelius Meister, Tatjana Gurbaca (dir).
Director Tatjana Gürbaca and designer Klaus Grünberg have transformed Massenet’s masterpiece into a compelling drama that glues you to the edge of your seat from start to finish…Flórez gives... — More…
Natalie Dessay (Manon), Rolando Villazon (Le Chevalier des Grieux), Samuel Ramey (Le Comte des Grieux), Manuel Lanza (Lescaut)
Orquesta Sinfónica e coro del Gran Teatre del Liceu, Victor Pablo Pérez
David Caviar's production of Massenet's masterpiece is strong on period flavour… It's strong, too, in the delineation and interaction of the two protagonists… Dessay's Manon shines, not only... — More…
Renée Fleming (Thaïs), Thomas Hampson (Athanael), Giuseppe Sabbatini (Nicias), Estefano Palatchi (Palemon)
Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Yves Abel
At last – a modern recording of Thaïs with a soprano who can sing the title-role. All we need is a soprano with a fabulously beautiful voice, idiomatic French, a sensuous legato, pure high notes... — More…
Anna Moffo (Thaïs), Gabriel Bacquier (Athanaël), José Carreras (Nicias), Justino Diaz (Palémon), Patricia Clark (Crobyle), Antonia Butler (Myrtale), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Albine), Jessica Cash (La Charmeuse), Leslie Fyson (Servant)
Ambrosian Opera Chorus & New Philharmonia Orchestra, Julius...
Lushly upholstered at every turn, this should have been a perfect Thaïs, but Anna Moffo in the title role has problems with pitch which mar a vintage recording. However Jose Carreras and Gabriel... — More…
Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quichotte), Anna Kiknadze (Dulcinée) & Andrei Serov (Sancho Panza)
Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers Ensemble & Mariinsky Orchestra & Soloists, Valery Gergiev
Furlanetto's basso cantante makes a fine compromise [between Ghiaurov and van Dam] - rich but smooth in fluent French - and Valery Gergiev whips up the score more vigorously than either predecessor...Gergiev... — More…
Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon), Alice Coote (Prince Charming), Eglise Gutiérrez (Fairy Godmother), Ewa Podles (Madame de la Haltère), Jean-Philippe Lafont (Pandolfe), Madeleine Pierard (Noémie), Kai Rüütel (Dorothée), Jeremy White (Le Roi)
The Royal Opera House, Bertrand de Billy, Laurent Pelly
Pelly's production has a style all of its own...DiDonato is winning in Cinderella's smiles and tears, though vocally a little edgy. But she's well ballasted by...Alice Coote, who is intense and... — More…