Javier Camarena

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff


Ambrogio Maestri (Sir John Falstaff), Fiorenza Cedolins (Mrs. Alice Ford), Stephanie Houtzeel (Mrs. Meg Page), Massimo Cavalletti (Ford), Eleonora Buratto (Nannetta), Javier Camarena (Fenton), Elisabeth Kulman (Mrs. Quickly), Luca Casalin (Dottore Cajus), Gianluca Sorrentino (Bardolfo), Davide Fersini (Pistola)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta

This surprising and imaginative staging thought up by the Italian director Damiano Michieletto moves the action of Verdi's late, great masterpiece from a fictitious London to that special care home, the Casa Verdi, a place rich in memories of great days past and impressions of a real-time present. The characters of the comedy appear as shadows of the past and now the drama, increasingly a mixture of dream and reality, can commence.

"Ambrogio Maestri seems a tailor-made Falstaff. A giant of a man in real life, he is the ideal eponymous hero and the most sought after Falstaff singer of his time. His physique is just right for the part, as are his powerful voice, flair for drama and feeling for the Verdi style." New York Times

"Damiano Michieletto is bursting with ideas when it comes to combining illusion and reality." Tagesspiegel

Picture format: NTSC - 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 120 mins

Language: Italian

Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese

German FSK: 0

Worldwide Available

“The singers are all steeped in their roles, but would put their experience to better effect in a more traditional performance. Maestri remains a classic interpreter of the role; he savours his words, but is constricted in his acting, thanks to the non-demands of Damiano Michieletto's direction.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ***

“Maestri is a familiar Falstaff and performs with customary gusto, but Fiorenza Cedolins sounds a little soupy and scoopy as Alice. Javier Camarena and Eleonora Buratto are charming as Nannetta and Fenton...Kulman's Mrs Quickly is refreshing for not being the battleaxe we often see in the role...There's no shortage of classy playing from the pit.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

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Gounod: La Colombe

Gounod: La Colombe


Erin Morley (Sylvie), Javier Camarena (Horace), Michèle Losier (Mazet), Laurent Naouri (Maître Jean)

Hallé Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Following his award-winning recording of Donizetti’s Les Martyrs, Sir Mark Elder’s second Opera Rara release of 2015 features an rare recording Gounod’s delightful opera La Colombe ("The Dove”). Sir Mark and the Halle Orchestra are joined by a wonderful cast, led by two of the most acclaimed young singers in the world today.

Since graduating from the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in 2010, Erin Morley has risen to become one of today’s most most sought after coloratura sopranos. Alongside Erin is Mexican tenor Javier Camerena, one of only three singers in 70-years to sing an encore at the Metropolitan Opera during two consecutive performances of Rossini’s “la Cenerentola” (those two other encore singers were Juan Diego Florez and Luciano Pavarotti).

“Michèle Losier is marvellous in the trouser-role of Mazet, Horace’s misogynistic servant: his/her manic tirade against womanly wiles is a real highlight, but she also has great rapport with Camarena’s high tenor...Laurent Naouri is all haughty Gallic flair as Sylvie’s epicurean majordomo...But the palm goes to the American coloratura soprano Erin Morley, who’s an absolute knock-out as the spoilt girl-about-town Sylvie.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 30th October 2015

“La Colombe is clearly not a profound work, but it is well filled with the kind of ingratiating tunes that Gounod could turn out so effectively. Elder’s performance has just the right light touch too, always keeping its tongue ever so slightly in its cheek...Modest though it is, a rarity like this couldn’t be served much better by a recording.” The Guardian, 25th November 2015 ****

“One hero of this admirable Opera Rara release is Mark Elder, utterly committed to Gounod's score and coaxing elegant music-making from the Hallé. There's also some properly idiomatic singing, as you'd expect from a veteran like Laurent Naouri…best of all is the young Mexican tenor Javier Camarena as Horace.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2016 *****

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30th October 2015

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Opera Rara - ORC53

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Recitales

Recitales


Javier Camarena, Javier Camarena (tenor), Ángel Rodríguez (piano)

Columbia - G010003379917W

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff


Ambrogio Maestri (Sir John Falstaff), Fiorenza Cedolins (Mrs. Alice Ford), Stephanie Houtzeel (Mrs. Meg Page), Massimo Cavalletti (Ford), Eleonora Buratto (Nannetta), Javier Camarena (Fenton), Elisabeth Kulman (Mrs. Quickly), Luca Casalin (Dottore Cajus), Gianluca Sorrentino (Bardolfo), Davide Fersini (Pistola)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta

This surprising and imaginative staging thought up by the Italian director Damiano Michieletto moves the action of Verdi's late, great masterpiece from a fictitious London to that special care home, the Casa Verdi, a place rich in memories of great days past and impressions of a real-time present. The characters of the comedy appear as shadows of the past and now the drama, increasingly a mixture of dream and reality, can commence.

"Ambrogio Maestri seems a tailor-made Falstaff. A giant of a man in real life, he is the ideal eponymous hero and the most sought after Falstaff singer of his time. His physique is just right for the part, as are his powerful voice, flair for drama and feeling for the Verdi style." New York Times

"Damiano Michieletto is bursting with ideas when it comes to combining illusion and reality." Tagesspiegel

Running time: 120 mins

Language: Italian

Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese

German FSK: 0

Worldwide Available

“The singers are all steeped in their roles, but would put their experience to better effect in a more traditional performance. Maestri remains a classic interpreter of the role; he savours his words, but is constricted in his acting, thanks to the non-demands of Damiano Michieletto's direction.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ***

“Maestri is a familiar Falstaff and performs with customary gusto, but Fiorenza Cedolins sounds a little soupy and scoopy as Alice. Javier Camarena and Eleonora Buratto are charming as Nannetta and Fenton...Kulman's Mrs Quickly is refreshing for not being the battleaxe we often see in the role...There's no shortage of classy playing from the pit.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

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EuroArts - 2072714

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Live from Hangar-7, Salzburger Festspiele 2013


Desirée Rancatore (Konstanze), Tobias Moretti (Bassa Selim), Javier Camarena (Belmonte), Rebecca Nelsen (Blonde), Thomas Ebenstein (Pedrillo), Kurt Rydl (Osmin)

Camerata Salzburg & Salzburger Bachchor, Hans Graf (conductor) & Adrian Marthaler (director)

Opera as never experienced before: a world-class cast, stylish haute couture outfits, the spectacular setting of Hangar-7 with more than 10 different locations and state-of-the-art technology. All of this cut together as a live opera film: a modern and unique production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail – one of the highlights of the Salzburg Festival 2013.

In Adrian Marthaler’s production, the whole Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport becomes the backdrop for an extraordinary opera performance.

The distinguished Camerata Salzburg is conducted by Hans Graf, one of the best Mozart connoisseurs. The star soloists, including Desirée Rancatore (Konstanze), Javier Camarena (Belmonte), Kurt Rydl (Osmin) as well as famed Austrian actor Tobias Moretti as Bassa Selim, guarantee a special treat.

Even audiences that are not yet opera aficionados are set to be enthused by this novel approach.

Bonus Feature: Making of Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT, JP, Korean / Bonus: GB, FR, JP, Korean

Running Time: 125 mins + 27 mins (Bonus)

FSK: 0

Region Code: 0

Worldwide available

“Marthaler's production reimagines the opera as a modern-day tale of lust and temptation set in the rarefied world of high fashion...Camarena makes a nicely light, lyrical Belmonte, and there is a lively supporting pair in the Blonde and Pedrillo of Rebecca Nelsen and Thomas Ebenstein...Tobias Moretti is well cast as the ageing glamour boy Selim.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014

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Arthaus Musik - 102183

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Live from Hangar-7, Salzburger Festspiele 2013


Desirée Rancatore (Konstanze), Tobias Moretti (Bassa Selim), Javier Camarena (Belmonte), Rebecca Nelsen (Blonde), Thomas Ebenstein (Pedrillo), Kurt Rydl (Osmin)

Camerata Salzburg & Salzburger Bachchor, Hans Graf (conductor) & Adrian Marthaler (director)

Opera as never experienced before: a world-class cast, stylish haute couture outfits, the spectacular setting of Hangar-7 with more than 10 different locations and state-of-the-art technology. All of this cut together as a live opera film: a modern and unique production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail – one of the highlights of the Salzburg Festival 2013.

In Adrian Marthaler’s production, the whole Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport becomes the backdrop for an extraordinary opera performance.

The distinguished Camerata Salzburg is conducted by Hans Graf, one of the best Mozart connoisseurs. The star soloists, including Desirée Rancatore (Konstanze), Javier Camarena (Belmonte), Kurt Rydl (Osmin) as well as famed Austrian actor Tobias Moretti as Bassa Selim, guarantee a special treat.

Even audiences that are not yet opera aficionados are set to be enthused by this novel approach.

Bonus Feature: Making of Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Blu-ray Disc: 50 GB (Dual Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT, JP, Korean / Bonus: GB, FR, JP, Korean

Running Time: 125 mins + 27 mins (Bonus)

FSK: 0

Region Code: worldwide

“Marthaler's production reimagines the opera as a modern-day tale of lust and temptation set in the rarefied world of high fashion...Camarena makes a nicely light, lyrical Belmonte, and there is a lively supporting pair in the Blonde and Pedrillo of Rebecca Nelsen and Thomas Ebenstein...Tobias Moretti is well cast as the ageing glamour boy Selim.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014

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Arthaus Musik - 108102

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Rossini: Otello

Rossini: Otello


John Osborn (Otello), Cecilia Bartoli (Desdemona), Peter Kálmán (Elmiro), Javier Camarena (Rodrigo/Lucio), Edgardo Rocha (Iago) & Liliana Nikiteanu (Emilia)

Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich & Orchestra La Scintilla, Muhai Tang

Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier (Stage direction)

Cecilia Bartoli makes her long-anticipated debut in the role of Desdemona in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s new production of Rossini’s Otello for the Zurich Opera House.

“Ms. Bartoli…displayed…the dazzling strengths that have characterized her work since the beginning. It is obvious that she has plotted out every musical and dramatic moment: every subtle diminuendo, every gesture. But her charm — those twinkling eyes, those powerful low notes — is such that the effect doesn’t feel overly calculated.” – The New York Times

“Zurich Opera stared down the mighty challenge posed by Rossini’s Otello ossia il moro di Venezia, and knocked it out of the ballpark.” – Operatoday.com

Rossini’s unusual scoring of the drama calls for three tenor supporting roles – here sung to universal acclaim by long-standing Bartoli collaborators John Osborn and Javier Camarena and newcomer Edgardo Rocha.

Bartoli’s dramatic command and vocal presence dominate the stage and reveal her artistry to be entering a rich new stage of development.

“Sophisticated and expressive performance deserves to bring the composer’s under-sung work to the widest possible audience.” Financial Times, 3rd May 2014

“Osborn sings with appreciable technical command and dramatic insight. So does Cecilia Bartoli, once again in shining form...That the piece stands up so well is due not only to the cast and production; credit is also due to Muhai Tang, who certainly knows how to make Rossini's score sound vital and dramatically engaged.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 ****

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DVD of the Month - July 2014

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Summer Opera Sale

Decca - 0743863

(DVD Video)

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Rossini: Otello

Rossini: Otello


John Osborn (Otello), Cecilia Bartoli (Desdemona), Peter Kálmán (Elmiro), Javier Camarena (Rodrigo/Lucio), Edgardo Rocha (Iago) & Liliana Nikiteanu (Emilia)

Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich & Orchestra La Scintilla, Muhai Tang

Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier (Stage direction)

Cecilia Bartoli makes her long-anticipated debut in the role of Desdemona in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s new production of Rossini’s Otello for the Zurich Opera House.

“Ms. Bartoli…displayed…the dazzling strengths that have characterized her work since the beginning. It is obvious that she has plotted out every musical and dramatic moment: every subtle diminuendo, every gesture. But her charm — those twinkling eyes, those powerful low notes — is such that the effect doesn’t feel overly calculated.” – The New York Times

“Zurich Opera stared down the mighty challenge posed by Rossini’s Otello ossia il moro di Venezia, and knocked it out of the ballpark.” – Operatoday.com

Rossini’s unusual scoring of the drama calls for three tenor supporting roles – here sung to universal acclaim by long-standing Bartoli collaborators John Osborn and Javier Camarena and newcomer Edgardo Rocha.

Bartoli’s dramatic command and vocal presence dominate the stage and reveal her artistry to be entering a rich new stage of development.

“Sophisticated and expressive performance deserves to bring the composer’s under-sung work to the widest possible audience.” Financial Times, 3rd May 2014

“Osborn sings with appreciable technical command and dramatic insight. So does Cecilia Bartoli, once again in shining form...That the piece stands up so well is due not only to the cast and production; credit is also due to Muhai Tang, who certainly knows how to make Rossini's score sound vital and dramatically engaged.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 ****

Presto Discs of 2014

Finalist

GGramophone Magazine

DVD/Blu-ray of the Month - July 2014

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Summer Opera Sale

Decca - 0743865

(Blu-ray)

Normally: $22.75

Special: $18.20

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

Rossini: Le Comte Ory

Rossini: Le Comte Ory


Javier Camarena (Le Comte Ory), Cecilia Bartoli (La Comtesse Adèle), Rebecca Olvera (Isolier), Carlos Chausson (Le Gouverneur), Liliana Nikiteanu (Ragonde), Oliver Widmer (Raimbaud)

Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich & Orchestra La Scintilla, Muhai Tang

Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier (Stage direction)

Cecilia Bartoli stars in this ebullient Zurich Opera House production of Rossini’s first French-language comedy opera described by the international press as “pure, unadulterated fun”.

A DVD from Zurich of the acclaimed production by masters of bel canto comedy, Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier.

Bartoli reminds us of her comic gifts and her naturalness as a stage actor — as well as her total sympathy with the music of Rossini.

Muhai Tang conducts the historical performance ensemble La Scintilla, and the cast includes the acclaimed young Mexican tenor Javier Camarena in the title role.

A superb comic cast revel in the knockabout plot and excel in their delivery of Rossini’s trademark vocal writing. Bartoli, “the passionate powerhouse of bel canto”, gives a thrilling performance with “breakneck coloratura in endless variation” (NZZ Online).

Released in anticipation of Cecilia Bartoli’s 2014 Whitsun Festival at Salzburg “Rossinissmo” and in time for her appearance at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris in April 2014 as Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello.

“Musical standards are high, with Tang and the orchestra bouncing the score merrily along. Bartoli sends herself up...vocally, she is in more consistent voice than on some recent recordings, with neither the higher nor the lower register giving her any trouble...Camarena's facility with high notes and his accomplished comic acting will have [Flórez] looking to his laurels.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 ****

“Bartoli's vocal registers may not be quite as finely 'matched' as one might hope for...but the combination of classy singing and delighted playing quickly has one setting such quibbles aside...[Tang] leads with precision and point...[and] is capable of drawing sounds of rare beauty from the period instruments of the Orchestra La Scintilla.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Summer Opera Sale

Decca - 0743467

(DVD Video - 2 discs)

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Special: $14.20

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Rossini: Le Comte Ory

Rossini: Le Comte Ory


Javier Camarena (Le Comte Ory), Cecilia Bartoli (La Comtesse Adèle), Rebecca Olvera (Isolier), Carlos Chausson (Le Gouverneur), Liliana Nikiteanu (Ragonde) & Oliver Widmer (Raimbaud)

Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich & Orchestra La Scintilla, Muhai Tang

Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier (Stage direction)

Cecilia Bartoli stars in this ebullient Zurich Opera House production of Rossini’s first French-language comedy opera described by the international press as “pure, unadulterated fun”.

A BD from Zurich of the acclaimed production by masters of bel canto comedy, Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier.

Bartoli reminds us of her comic gifts and her naturalness as a stage actor — as well as her total sympathy with the music of Rossini.

Muhai Tang conducts the historical performance ensemble La Scintilla, and the cast includes the acclaimed young Mexican tenor Javier Camarena in the title role.

A superb comic cast revel in the knockabout plot and excel in their delivery of Rossini’s trademark vocal writing. Bartoli, “the passionate powerhouse of bel canto”, gives a thrilling performance with “breakneck coloratura in endless variation” (NZZ Online).

Released in anticipation of Cecilia Bartoli’s 2014 Whitsun Festival at Salzburg “Rossinissmo” and in time for her appearance at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris in April 2014 as Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello.

“Bartoli's vocal registers may not be quite as finely 'matched' as one might hope for...but the combination of classy singing and delighted playing quickly has one setting such quibbles aside...[Tang] leads with precision and point...[and] is capable of drawing sounds of rare beauty from the period instruments of the Orchestra La Scintilla.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

“Musical standards are high, with Tang and the orchestra bouncing the score merrily along. Bartoli sends herself up...vocally, she is in more consistent voice than on some recent recordings, with neither the higher nor the lower register giving her any trouble...Camarena's facility with high notes and his accomplished comic acting will have [Flórez] looking to his laurels.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 ****

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Decca - 0743468

(Blu-ray)

$22.75

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