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La Traviata (Fleming)

Verdi La traviata opera to a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. Directed 2009 by Richard Eyre at the Royal Opera House. Stars Renée Fleming (Violetta Varéry), Joseph Calleja (Alfredo Germont), Thomas Hampson (Giorgio Germont), Monika-Evelin Liiv (Flora Bervoix), Kostas Smoriginas (Marquis D'Obigny), Eddie Wade (Baron Douphol),  Richard Wiegold (Doctor Grenvil), Haoyin Xue (Gastone de Letorières), Sarah Pring (Anina), Neil Gillespie (Giuseppe), Charbel Mattar (Messenger), and Jonathan Coad (Servant). Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Concert Master Vasko Vassilev) and the Royal Opera Chorus (Chorus Director Renato Balsadonna). Designs by Bob Crowley; lighting by Jean Kalman; movement direction by Jane Gibson. Directed for TV by Rhodri Huw. Sung in Italian. Released 2011. Alert: disc may be restricted to Region A. Grade: A

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La Bohème (Gerzmava)

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Puccini La Bohème opera to a libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Directed 2009 by John Copley at the Royal Opera House. Stars Teodor Ilincai (Rodolfo), Hibla Gerzmava (Mimì), Gabriele Viviani (Marcello), Inna Dukach (Musetta), Kostas Smoriginas (Colline), Jacques Imbrailo (Schaunard), Jeremy White (Benoit), Donald Maxwell (Alcindoro), Alan Duffield (Parpignol), Bryan Secombe (Sergeant), and Jonathan Coad (Costums Officer). Andris Nelsons conducts The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Concert Master Peter Manning), the Royal Opera Chorus (Chorus Director Renato Balsadonna), and the Tiffin Children's Chorus (Chorus Director Simon Toyne). Designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman; lighting design by John Charlton after William Bundy. Directed for TV by Robin Lough; music direction by Frances Whitaker; produced by David Groves. Released 2011. Alert! this disc may be restricted to Region A. Grade: C+

This Japanese market version of the title appears from product descriptions on the Internet to have exactly the same music as that published by Opus Arte in 2010. The difference would be, of course, other artwork and the addition of package information written in Japanese.  It also appears that the sound on this recording, while excellent by general consumer standards, was not recorded with 96kHz/24 bit technology that is often used by Denon. So this would not be one of the audiophile recordings we have been enjoying from Denon. We give the same grade to the works on this title that we gave earlier in our review of the original Opus Arte version.

We would be happy to hear from anyone in Japan would could tell us more about this title.

It appears this title is still available now (August 2018) from www.amazon.co.jp with ASIN  B005MJVNGY.

Hansel and Gretel

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Engelbert Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel opera to libretto by Adelheid Wette (Humperdinck's sister). Directed 2008 by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier at the Royal Opera House. Stars Angelika Kirchschlager (Hansel), Diana Damrau (Gretel), Elizabeth Connell (Gertrud), Thomas Allen (Peter), Anja Silja (Witch), Pumeza Matshikiza (Sandman), and Anita Watson (Dew Fairy). Colin Davis conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Concert Master Peter Manning) and the Tiffin Boys' Choir and Children's Chorus (Director Simon Toyne). Set design by Christian Fenouillat; costumes by Agostino Cavalca; lighting by Christophe Forey. Directed for TV by Sue Judd. Released 2011, disc is restricted to Region A. Grade: B+

This Japanese market version of the title appears from product descriptions on the Internet to have exactly the same music as that published by Opus Arte in 2009. The difference would be, of course, other artwork and the addition of package information written in Japanese.  It also appears that the sound on this recording, while excellent by general consumer standards, was not recorded with 96kHz/24 bit technology that is often used by Denon. So this would not be one of the audiophile recordings we have been enjoying from Denon. We give the same grade to the works on this title that we gave earlier in our review of the original Opus Arte version.

We would be happy to hear from anyone in Japan would could tell us more about this title.

It appears this is still available (August 2018) from www.amazon.co.jp. Look for ASIN B005MJVMHE