Opera Gala 2016

 

The 2016 Opera Gala recital concert from Baden-Baden. Anja Harteros (soprano), Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo-soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), and Bryn Terfel (base-baritone) sing opera favorites. Marco Armiliato conducts the Badisische Staatskapelle.  Released 2016, disc has 5.1 PCM and 5.1 dts-HD sound. Grade: NA

The program includes:

  1. Wagner Tannhäuser: "Dich, teure Halle, grüß’ ich wieder" Anja Harteros
  2. Gounod Faust: "Le veau d’or est toujours debout" Bryn Terfel
  3. Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana: "Voi lo sapete, o mamma" Ekaterina Gubanova
  4. Puccini Tosca: "E lucevan la stelle" Jonas Kaufmann
  5. BoitoMefistofele: "Son lo spirito che nega" Bryn Terfel
  6. Verdi Un ballo in maschera: "Morrò, ma prima in grazia" Anja Harteros
  7. Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana: "Tu qui, Santuzza?" Ekaterina Gubanova and Jonas Kaufmann
  8. Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur: "Acerba voluttà … L’anima ho stanca" Ekaterina Gubanova and Jonas Kaufmann
  9. Puccini Tosca: "Vissi d’arte" Anja Harteros and Bryn Terfel
  10. Verdi Don Carlo: "Ella giammai m’amò" Bryn Terfel
  11. Verdi Don Carlo: "Ah! Più mai non vedrò la regina ... O don fatale" Ekaterina Gubanova
  12. Verdi Don Carlo: "Tu che le vanità conoscesti del mondo" Anja Harteros
  13. Verdi Otello: "Già nella notte densa"   Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros
  14. Bizet Carmen: "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Habanera) Ekaterina Gubanova
  15. Mascagni L'amico Fritz: "Son pochi fiori" Anja Harteros
  16. Bock Fiddler on the Roof: "If I were a rich man" Bryn Terfel
  17. Rota: "Parla più piano" Jonas Kaufmann
  18. Lehár Das Land des Lächelns: "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" Quartet

The Badisische Staatskapelle also plays several popular selections to give the singers breathing room.

Hugo Shirley finds enough to praise in this title (February 2017 Gramophone at page 92.) But Shirley warns that the event is more "Oscar " than "Tosca." There was a nice YouTube clip about this, but Oscar's lawyer got upset and the clip was taken down.