The Top Classical Vocals of 2003
I would be guilty of gross falsification were I to pretend that I am able to audition more than a fraction of the classical releases that arrive weekly chez Serinus. I therefore abandon all pretence to inclusiveness, and instead focus on the vocal issues that have led me closest to the gates of heaven these past 12 months.
Montserrat CaballÃ© Bellini: Norma at Theatre Antique d'Orange, 1974 (Vai DVD/Video)
Canteloube Songs of the Au Vergne, Karina Gauvin, soprano (CBS)
Metropolitan Opera and Chorus featuring Karita Mattila and Ben Heppner Beethoven's Fidelio (DG DVD/Video)
Elly Ameling The Artistry of Elly Ameling (Phillips)
Vienna Philharmonic featuring Lotte Lehmann and Lauritz Melchior Wagner's Die WalkÃ¼re (Naxos)