JOHANN SIMONE MAYR (1763-1845): Medea in Corinto.
Catalogue Number: 11N033
Label: Arthaus Musik
Reference: 101 578
Description: Probably Mayr's best, and most famous, opera (1813), gets its first recording on DVD (Opera Rara  and Oehms Classics  have complete CD recordings) with a fresh young cast. "The soul of the performance... was Ivor Bolton, who conducted with equal portions of fire and feeling, breathing life into this long-neglected score, coaxing the optimum out of a superbly disposed Bavarian State Orchestra. Nadja Michael sang the difficult title role with an enviable fullness of sound, making up for short stretches of indefinite intonation with long stretches of exquisite, emotionally moving vocalism." - Jeffrey A. Lepsic, Opera News (Sept. 2010). 2 DVDs. Nadja Michael, Elena Tsallagova (sopranos), Ramón Vargas (tenor), Alastair Miles (bass), Bavarian State Chorus and Orchestra; Ivor Bolton. 16:9 widescreen. Dolby Digital 5.0 or PCM stereo. NTSC region 0. 151 minutes + 48 min. extras (interviews with cast and production team, rehearsal and backstage footage and a piece on the life and work of the composer).