Peter Moores Foundation celebrates

10 years of Opera in English with

Chandos Records

(and 31 years of opera recordings in English)

 

 

In October 2005, a new recording of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, will be at the heart of celebrations for the 10th anniversary of Opera in English, the award-winning label established by the Peter Moores Foundation with Chandos Records, to record operas sung in English translation.

 

Opera in English was launched in October 1995 with a new recording of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville conducted by Gabriele Bellini, starring British baritone Alan Opie as the barber Figaro, American tenor Bruce Ford as Count Almaviva and Welsh mezzo-soprano Della Jones as Rosina.   It was the first of 30 new opera recordings to be made over the decade – the most recent of which are  The Magic Flute, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras (with Rebecca Evans, Barry Banks and Simon Keenlyside), The Flying Dutchman (with Nina Stemme and John Tomlinson), and Fidelio (with Christine Brewer and Richard Margison), both conducted by David Parry. 

 

The series has been planned to make main-stream operatic repertoire as approachable as possible through using the English language – and a great range of communicators.   Amongst the many highlights are: Yvonne Kenny singing the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Jane Eaglen as Tosca, Andrew Shore in Wozzeck, Falstaff and Don Pasquale, Janice Watson as Jenufa, Nicolai Gedda in The Abduction of the Seraglio, Turandot and Idomeneo, John Tomlinson as The Flying Dutchman and Boris Godunov, Dennis O’Neill in Cav and Pag, Turandot, Aida and Un ballo in maschera, and the casts of The Thieving Magpie and The Marriage of Figaro.    Added to these are re-issues of historic recordings from the 1970s and 1980s, including Janet Baker in Mary Stuart and Julius Caesar and Werther, Valerie Masterson in La traviata, Charles Craig in Otello, and the famous Goodall Ring Cycle, recorded live at the London Coliseum between 1973 and 1977, making a total of 44 opera recordings.

These, together with a series of recital discs by Thomas Allen, Barry Banks, Christine Brewer, Bruce Ford, Elizabeth Futral, Yvonne Kenny, Della Jones, Alastair Miles, Diana Montague, Dennis O’Neill, Alan Opie, Andrew Shore and John Tomlinson, plus a number of ‘highlight’ discs, form the largest collection of opera recorded in English translation.

Peter Moores has said:

A language is not a subject to be studied; it is a means of communication.  And that is really what the Opera in English series is about.  It’s about understanding the opera.  Tosca is not better in English than it is in Italian; it is simply that it’s in your own language, so you can understand it.  Opera in English is about opening a door, but not about pushing people through it.  I want people to have the opportunity to share in something that I’ve been able to explore and enjoy.’

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Note for Editors:    List of recordings – See Appendix A below

 

Visit:                      www.pmf.org.uk   and   www.chandos.net

  

For further information contact:

 

Helen Anderson

Press & PR, Peter Moores Foundation

Email:  helen@helenandersonpr.co.uk

Tel/fax:  +44 (0)20 7735 1860

Mobile:   0774 760 3628

 

Paul Westcott

Press Officer, Chandos Records

Email:  pwestcott@chandos.net

Tel:    +44 (0)1206 225200 

Mobile: 0780 254 3883                                                                          

August 2005                     

APPENDIX A

 

CHAN 3123  BEETHOVEN: FIDELIO

CHAN 3094  BERG: WOZZECK 

CHAN 3091  BIZET: CARMEN 

CHAN 3083  DONIZETTI: LUCIA OF LAMMERMOOR 

CHAN 3017  DONIZETTI: MARY STUART 

CHAN 3073  DONIZETTI: MARY STUART 

CHAN 3011  DONIZETTI: DON PASQUALE 

CHAN 3027  DONIZETTI: THE ELIXIR OF LOVE 

CHAN 3014  GOUNOD: FAUST 

CHAN 3089  GOUNOD: FAUST 

CHAN 3019  HANDEL: JULIUS CAESAR 

CHAN 3072  HANDEL: JULIUS CAESAR 

CHAN 3029  JANACEK: OSUD (FATE) 

CHAN 3101  JANACEK: THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN 

CHAN 3106  JANACEK: JENUFA 

CHAN 3003  LEONCAVALLO: PAGLIACCI 

CHAN 3004  MASCAGNI: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA 

CHAN 3005  MASCAGNI: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA · LEONCAVALLO: I PAGLIACCI 

CHAN 3033  MASSENET: WERTHER 

CHAN 3113  MOZART: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO 

CHAN 3121  MOZART: THE MAGIC FLUTE 

CHAN 3057  MOZART: DON GIOVANNI 

CHAN 3081  MOZART: THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO 

CHAN 3103  MOZART: IDOMENEO 

CHAN 3007  MUSSORGSKY: BORIS GODUNOV HIGHLIGHTS 

CHAN 3070  PUCCINI: MADAM BUTTERFLY 

CHAN 3000  PUCCINI: TOSCA 

CHAN 3066  PUCCINI: TOSCA, JANE EAGLEN SINGS 

CHAN 3008  PUCCINI: LA BOHÈME 

CHAN 3086  PUCCINI: TURANDOT 

CHAN 3025  ROSSINI: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE 

CHAN 3097  ROSSINI: THE THIEVING MAGPIE 

CHAN 3022  R. STRAUSS: DER ROSENKAVALIER (HIGHLIGHTS) 

CHAN 3042  TCHAIKOVSKY: EUGENE ONEGIN 

CHAN 3116  VERDI: A MASKED BALL 

CHAN 3030  VERDI: RIGOLETTO 

CHAN 3036  VERDI: IL TROVATORE (THE TROUBADOUR) 

CHAN 3052  VERDI: ERNANI 

CHAN 3068  VERDI: OTELLO 

CHAN 3074  VERDI: AIDA 

CHAN 3079  VERDI: FALSTAFF 

CHAN 3023  VERDI: LA TRAVIATA 

CHAN 3067  VERDI CELEBRATION 

CHAN 3038  WAGNER: THE VALKYRIE 

CHAN 3045  WAGNER: SIEGFRIED 

CHAN 3054  WAGNER: THE RHINEGOLD 

CHAN 3060  WAGNER: TWILIGHT OF THE GODS 

CHAN 3065  THE GOODALL RING CYCLE 

CHAN 3119  WAGNER: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN 

CHAN 3078  BAROQUE CELEBRATION 

OPERA 0012  GREAT ARIAS AND ENSEMBLES FROM YOUR FAVOURITE OPERAS 

OPERA 0017  GREAT ARIAS AND ENSEMBLES FROM YOUR FAVOURITE OPERAS, VOL.2 

OPERA 0026  GREAT ARIAS AND ENSEMBLES FROM YOUR FAVOURITE OPERAS, VOL. 3 

CHAN 3088  BRUCE FORD SINGS VIENNESE OPERETTA 

CHAN 3085  ALAN OPIE SINGS BEL CANTO ARIAS 

CHAN 3118  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 16 - SIR THOMAS ALLEN 

CHAN 3112  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 15 - BARRY BANKS 

CHAN 3127  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 17 - CHRISTINE BREWER 

CHAN 3006  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 1 - BRUCE FORD 

CHAN 3100  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 13 - BRUCE FORD 2 

CHAN 3096  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 11 - ELIZABETH FUTRAL 

CHAN 3049  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 7 - DELLA JONES 

CHAN 3035  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 5 - YVONNE KENNY 

CHAN 3099  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 12 - YVONNE KENNY 2 

CHAN 3032  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 4 - ALASTAIR MILES 

CHAN 3010  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 2 - DIANA MONTAGUE 

CHAN 3093  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 10 - DIANA MONTAGUE 2 

CHAN 3013  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 3 - DENNIS O'NEILL 

CHAN 3105  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 14 - DENNIS O'NEILL 2 

CHAN 3077  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 9 - ANDREW SHORE 

CHAN 3044  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 6 - JOHN TOMLINSON

CHAN 3076  GREAT OPERATIC ARIAS, VOL. 8 - JOHN TOMLINSON 2 

OPER 0019  WAGNER: THE GOODALL RING SAMPLER 

 

NEW RELEASE, OCTOBER 2005:  The Bartered Bride