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This will be a thread to review subject recordings. I have a lot of them and hopefully will learn of others through this thread. Here is what I have with minor notes. More detailed reviews will be put up later as I have time or ability and when I listen to them. But please, anyone else can put up a review or comment on any of these and add to the list.

Eventually I would like to order my list by favorite to least favorite. Also they are posted here in order that they are on my computer drive. Why they are out of alphabetical order is just some quirks in my filing system.

Also in this list, I am putting the Amazon Review points if it exists. If a sourpuss puts a bad review based on non-performance/recording quality issues like didn't arrive, wrong set, etc. I have adjusted the review points to exclude it. I may miss some sourpusses who give more points and or miss that wrong reviews are under the listing, but then these Amazon points don't actually amount to more than a general guide and one needs to do their own investigation, the moreso, the fewer the reviewers present. I also added links to some that may be hard to locate online.

4.2/5 (10 reviews) Julius Caesar Chandos--this by all means is the finest opera in English I have ever heard and rates at the top of my list. Having first watched the video of this may have colored things a bit but this one is great, and with Dame Janet Baker!

x.x/x (0 reviews) Boris Godunov HL Chandos--I like this one a lot.

4.0/5 (2 reviews) Boris Godunov Walhall--is in shipping so I have not heard it yet.

4.6/5 (3 reviews) Eugene Onegin Chandos--Am listening right now and like it very much.

3.9/5 (7 reviews) Le Coq D'Or Gala (Sills)--Like it quite well (what's not to like about Sills, eh?)

4.5/5 (2 reviews) Flying Dutchman Chandos--Pretty good but not totally satisfying. A keeper though.

4.5/5 (6 reviews) Mastersingers Chandos--Haven't listened enough to this one.

4.7/5 (9 reviews) Rheingold Chandos--This one I liked a lot when I listened to it. Need to listen again.

4.8/5 (10 reviews) Valkure Chandos--This one I liked a lot when I listened to it. Need to listen again.

4.7/5 (9 reviews) Siegfried Chandos--Need to listen again.

4.8/5 (4 reviews) Twilight of the Gods Chandos--Need to listen again.

5.0/5 (1 review) Fidelio Chandos--I want to get rid of this one. Never listen to it.

4.2/5 (5 reviews) Mary Stuart Chandos--As I recall this one is pretty good, but I have not listened in a long time.

3.7/5 (9 reviews) Barber of Seville Chandos--Just listened to this one. Pretty good. Very clear vocals. Can follow story.

4.1/5 (4 reviews) Elixir of Love Chandos--So terrible I stopped in the middle. Want to get rid of this one.

5.0/5 (1 review) Martha (Flotow) Walhall--I don't care for this one much, but will keep it because I am a Martha freak. This one is very much done in a Gilbert and Sullivan style which in my opinion ruins the opera because I look at Martha as a semi-serious comedy and with the comedy secondary to the whole story. (BTW, I can't stand listening to Martha in Italian translation either.)

4.7/5 (7 reviews) Merry Widow HL (sills) EMI--I have not listened to this one much, but again, what is to not like when Sills is present?

3.2/5 (5 reviews) Thieving Magpie Chandos--I like this one very much.

3.9/5 (7 reviews) Tosca Chandos--Haven't listened to this one in quite a while, but I recall it was pretty good.
 
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Anyone know if there is a La Fanciulla del West (Puccini) sung in English?
 
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This one is also in English Frtitz , it's on Chandos


Verdi: Otello

Charles Craig (Otello), Rosalind Plowright (Desdemona), Neil Howlett (Iago), Shelagh Squires (Emilia), Bonaventura Bottone (Cassio), Stuart Kale (Roderigo), Sean Rea (Lodovico), Malcolm Rivers (Montano), Gordon Traynor (Herald)

English National Opera Orchestra, English National Opera Chorus,...
 

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I have some new sets since I started this thread.

Just arrived. Never liked this opera, but this sung-in-English set is pretty good. I am liking it quite a lot.

Andrew Shore (Don Pasquale)
Jason Howard (Dr Malatesta)
Barry Banks (Ernesto)
Lynne Dawson (Norina)
Clive Bayley (Notary)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry



This one also is very good:


This one. Not sure I am that fond of this opera. Probably need to listen to it some more.


And finally, this highlights set, which is quite good.
 

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4.1/5 (4 reviews) Elixir of Love Chandos--So terrible I stopped in the middle. Want to get rid of this one.
Looking back, my initial reaction now surprises me. I just listened to this one four times in a row and enjoyed it quite a bit. My main complaint is that I would prefer a different tenor.
 

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There's also an English-language DVD of The Bartered Bride, done at the Met in 1978 with Teresa Stratas as the Bride, Nicolai Gedda as the successful suitor and Jon Vickers (!?) as the loser, and Martti Talvela as Kecal.
That I have and it is an EXCELLENT production. Just watched it a couple weeks ago and loved it!
 

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This is the only opera I can abide in English, perhaps because I first heard it in this production
That was my first Julius Ceasar too. I rate that video and the CD of it as the very best recording of opera in English translation, and even better than many (if not all) operas written in English.
 
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That was my first Julius Ceasar too. I rate that video and the CD of it as the very best recording of opera in English translation, and even better than many (if not all) operas written in English.
I saw it in San Francisco with Troyanos instead of Baker as Caesar, with the rest of the cast intact except for Della Jones.
I have an audio CD of one of the San Francisco performances.
 

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The Chandos recording of The Dialogues of the Carmelites should be included in the list. I wish the Met were to publish the 1987 Carmelites in English with Norman (Mme. Lidoine), Crespin (Mme. de Croissy), Quivar (Mere Marie), Ewing (Blanche), Norden (Constance) conducted by Manuel Rosenthal.

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The Chandos recording of The Dialogues of the Carmelites should be included in the list. I wish the Met were to publish the 1987 Carmelites in English with Norman (Mme. Lidoine), Crespin (Mme. de Croissy), Quivar (Mere Marie), Ewing (Blanche), Norden (Constance) conducted by Manuel Rosenthal.

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Ooooh, I didn't realize that one was available. I have to check it out now, maybe buy a copy!
 

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Ooooh, I didn't realize that one was available. I have to check it out now, maybe buy a copy!
I recommend it.

Your thread for English translation recordings is very interesting to me. I used to believe firmly in performances in the original language. However, it drives me crazy when I realize that a singer does not quite understand the words because they are unfamiliar with the language and the intent behind the words. So, I prefer a well sung and articulated opera in English translation than a non-idiomatic Italian/French/German/etc. wannabe.
 

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Other titles available on CD in the Chandos Opera in English collection that I am interested in exploring are below. Have you listened to them? Recommendations?

Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle (Tomlinson, Burgess; Farnes ON)
Massenet: Werther (Baker, Brecknock; Mackerras ENO)
Puccini: Tosca (Eaglen, O'Neill, Yurisich; Parry PO)
Puccini: Turandot (Eaglen, O'Neill, Plazas; Parry PO)
Strauss: Salome (Bullock, Wegner; Mackerras PO)
Verdi: Aida (Eaglen, O'Neill, Plowright, Yurisich; Parry PO)
Verdi: Don Carlos (Gavin, Tomlinson, Miles, Watson; Farnes ON)
Verdi: Macbeth (Keenlyside, Moore; Gardner ENO)
Verdi: Otello (Craig, Plowright; Elder ENO)
 

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Other titles available on CD in the Chandos Opera in English collection that I am interested in exploring are below. Have you listened to them? Recommendations?

Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle (Tomlinson, Burgess; Farnes ON)
Massenet: Werther (Baker, Brecknock; Mackerras ENO)
Puccini: Tosca (Eaglen, O'Neill, Yurisich; Parry PO)
Puccini: Turandot (Eaglen, O'Neill, Plazas; Parry PO)
Strauss: Salome (Bullock, Wegner; Mackerras PO)
Verdi: Aida (Eaglen, O'Neill, Plowright, Yurisich; Parry PO)
Verdi: Don Carlos (Gavin, Tomlinson, Miles, Watson; Farnes ON)
Verdi: Macbeth (Keenlyside, Moore; Gardner ENO)
Verdi: Otello (Craig, Plowright; Elder ENO)
Of these, I only know Tosca and, as I recall, the English set on that one is pretty good. Maybe I should give it a listen today.

There is also an English set for Smetana's Bartered Bride.
 
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