Marina Rebeka’s new label Prima Classic launches with Spirito

Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka, very much a rising star in the opera world, releases an album of dramatic Bel Canto scenes and arias by Bellini, Donizetti and Spontini – carefully researched from original manuscripts – as the first recording on her new independent label, Prima Classic. ‘Spirito’, with Jader Bignamini conducting the Teatro Massimo di Palermo Orchestra and Chorus, is released by Proper Music Distribution on Friday 9 November.  Prima Classic plans to release up to four recordings annually, a mixture of full operas and operatic recitals with world-class singers, largely recorded with orchestras in different opera houses and concert halls across Europe. For mixing and mastering these projects, a new studio has been built in Latvia.

Naxos completes Wagner Ring Cycle with Götterdämmerung

On 9th November 2018, Naxos releases Götterdämmerung, the fourth and final opera of Wagner’s mighty Ring Cycle, on CD, audio Blu-ray and digital formats. The release of this album concludes a three-year journey started in January 2015 which has seen the Hong Kong Philharmonic, under their dynamic Music Director Jaap van Zweden, record Der Ring des Nibelungen over four successive seasons. The highly acclaimed project features an all-star international Wagner cast, led by soprano Gun-Brit Barkmin in her debut as Brünnhilde, tenor Daniel Brenna as Siegfried, bass-baritone Shenyang as Gunther, bass Eric Halfvarson as Hagen, soprano Amanda Majeski as Gutrune and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung as Waltraute, with the Bamberg Symphony Chorus, Latvian State Choir and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus. Simultaneously, Naxos releases the complete Der Ring des Nibelungen, as a special boxed set. Containing 14 CDs, the box also features a USB card loaded with extra content, including the libretti to all four operas, concert photos and behind-the-scenes video.