Mike Parr

Donizetti gaetano PTC5186886

Donizetti: Signor Gaetano (Pentatone)

A welcome debut recital which promises much for the future of bel canto singing [MP]

mattheson boris goudenow CPO 555502-2

Mattheson: Boris Goudenow (CPO)

A long hidden operatic version of Boris Godunov gets its first recording with a respectable cast of young performers [MP]

rimsky-Korsakov christmas NBD0154V

Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve (Naxos)

A superlative cast in a crisply modern, but relatively faithful production of a rarely performed opera [MP]

Verdi rarities CDS7941

Verdi: French Rarities (Dynamic)

One new Verdi discovery combined with some previously released material, all neatly performed [MP]

Mozart Salieri requiem CVS078

Mozart & Salieri: Requiem (Chateau Versailles)

A very interesting pairing on a single CD but the performance achieves mixed results [MP]

Humperdinck: Der Blaue Vogel (Capriccio)

A premiere recording of an incandescent lost score [MP]

Leoncavallo Zingari ORC61

Leoncavallo: Zingari (Opera Rara)

An all-round excellent effort to document a forgotten opera that likely won’t be returning to the stage anytime soon [MP]

Voyage Orient 207

Le Voyage en Orient (Hortus)

A well executed esoteric program, let down by the lack of useful documentation for the casual listener [MP]