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Opera fans are enjoying a bumper crop of new Naxos recordings right now. With release dates in July, August and September, they feature composers from Austria, Britain, France, Germany, Iran and Italy.

This month we have Massenet's fairy tale opera Cendrillon on DVD and Blu-ray video, plus a world premiere CD recording of Behzad Abdi's Rumi, recognised as Iran's first national opera.

Last month we released Rossini's Le Comte Ory (again on DVD and Blu-ray video) together with the first recording of a rarity by Peter von Lindpaintner, Il vespro siciliano.

And in September, opera buffs have another pair of works to look forward to: Handel's Agrippina (on DVD and Blu-ray video), plus a further offering of Rossini, a CD recording of his Aureliano in Palmira.

And it doesn't end there, with more exciting releases in the opera pipeline before the year is out. The line-up includes works by Abdi, Berg, Britten, Korngold, Puccini and Verdi, plus the much anticipated final instalment in Naxos' acclaimed Wagner Ring Cycle - Götterdämmerung. We recommend you keep your eyes peeled and your ears attuned!

Follow this link for the complete list of operas in the Naxos catalogue.

August 2018 releases
Jules MASSENET (1842–1912)
Cendrillon (‘Cinderella’)
A fairy tale in four acts (1896)
Libretto by Henri Cain
after Cendrillon ou la Petite Pantoufle de verre by Charles Perrault

Kim-Lillian Strebel and Katharina Melnikova, Sopranos
Anat Czarny, Mezzo-soprano • Anja Jung, Contralto
Juan Orozco, Baritone • Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg
Fabrice Bollon, Conductor
Barbara Mundel and Olga Motta, Stage Directors

Jules Massenet’s fairy-tale opera Cendrillon (‘Cinderella’) was an immediate success at its premiere in 1899 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Massenet, then at the height of his powers, creates a magical sound-world full of wit, enchantment and perfumed elegance to match librettist Henri Cain’s coming-of-age adaptation of this classic fairy tale. The colourful fantasy world created by the acclaimed stage director Barbrara Mundel and set designer Olga Motta features the British-Swiss soprano, Kim-Lillian Strebel, in her critically acclaimed title role.

2.110563 [DVD]
Playing Time: 139 minutes
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo and DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Language: French
Subtitles: French, English, German,
Japanese, Korean
No. of disc/s: 1 (DVD9)
NBD0079V [BD]
Playing Time: 139 minutes
Picture format: High Definition 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo and
Region code: A, B, C
Language: French
Subtitles: French, English, German,
Japanese, Korean
No. of disc/s: 1 (BD50)
ABDI, B.: Rumi [Opera]
8.660424-25 [CD]
Behzad ABDI (b. 1973)
Libretto by Behrouz Gharibpour
Based on the life and writing of Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī

Maliheh Moradi, Mezzo-soprano • Mohammad Motamedi, Tenor
Homayun Shajarian, Hosein Alishapour and Ali Khodaei, Tenors
Mohammadreza Sadeghi, Baritone
Credo Chamber Choir • Bogdan Plish, Choirmaster
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine • Vladimir Sirenko

Behzad Abdi’s opera Rumi fuses traditional dastgāh (the Iranian modal system) and the Persian Sama dance with Western classical music, and can be considered the first national opera of Iran. The libretto was written and conceived by the renowned Iranian theatre director and puppeteer, Behrouz Gharibpour, based on the life and writings of the 13th-century Persian scholar, poet, theologian and mystic, Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī. The legendary story of Shams and Rumi is one of the most significant tales in the history of Iranian mystical literature and is brought vividly to life by the award-winning composer’s exotic, lyrical and at times intensely dramatic score.

Listen to an extract from Rumi:
Act I Scene 1: War

July 2018 releases
2.110388 [DVD] | NBD0062V [BD]
ROSSINI, G.: Le Comte Ory
8.660440-43 [CD]
  Listen to Raymond Bisha's podcast about this release
September 2018 releases
2.110579-80 [DVD] | NBD0078V [BD]
HANDEL, G.F.: Agrippina
8.660448-50 [CD]
  Listen to the Finale of Act II

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