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Chandos Opera in English is produced in association with the Peter Moores Foundation and aims to make opera available to a wider audience by presenting the performances in English. The series, which was launched in 1995 with The Barber of Seville, is to include many of the most popular operas in the repertoire. The Barber, which was very well received, has Bruce Ford as the Count, Della Jones as Rosina and Alan Opie as Figaro. Tosca was released in 1996 and stars Jane Eaglen as Tosca, Dennis O'Neill as Cavaradossi and Gregory Yurisich as Scarpia. All future recordings of Opera in English will appear on this label with a CHAN 3000 numbering sequence.

Browse among the 69 discounted albums below:

CHAN 3180
Verdi: Macbeth

“…This recording offers many rewards, and includes bonus tracks from the earlier score. The engineers have provided an admirably clear recording, ideally balanced.”

Richard Nicholson – ClassicalSource.com – September 2014

CHAN 3177
Debussy: Pelleas and Melisande

This live BBC broadcast of Claude Debussy’s ground-breaking opera Pelléas and Mélisande was recorded at the Coliseum in 1981. The unique performance is now available on CD for the first time, as part of Chandos’ Opera in English historical series, performed by the English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus under Sir Mark Elder, with the soloists Neil Howlett, Eilene Hannan, and Robert Dean playing out the tragic love triangle.

It is not so much the extremity of emotions in opera that moves us, but their intensity. And intense emotion does not need to be loud, or dramatic. It can be quiet, deep, and profound, as in this operatic masterpiece, based on Maeterlinck’s symbolist drama. With its simple setting of every day words, and slow-burning passion, the opera emerged in the early twentieth century as the very antithesis to the Wagnerian style. In the words of Debussy himself: ‘I imagine a kind of drama quite different from Wagner’s in which music would begin where the words are powerless as an expressive force. Music is made for the inexpressible.’

Debussy purposely avoided elaborate and lyrical language, and wrote in the simplest prose. In fact, most of the characters speak to one another in plain speech, and everything they say is, on the surface, completely transparent. But the waters run deep, and as questions bring about either the wrong reply or no reply at all, the simple language only deepens the obscurity of what is actually being said.

The plot is based on a tragic love triangle. Prince Golaud finds a mysterious young woman, Mélisande, lost in a forest. He marries her and brings her back to the castle of his grandfather, King Arkel of Allemonde. Here Mélisande becomes increasingly attached to Golaud’s half-brother, Pelléas, arousing Golaud’s jealousy. Golaud goes to excessive lengths to find out the truth about the relationship and Pelléas eventually decides to leave the castle, but he arranges to meet Mélisande one last time and the two finally confess their love for each other. Golaud, who has been eavesdropping, rushes out and kills Pelléas. Not long after, having given birth to a daughter, and with Golaud still begging her to tell him ‘the truth’, Mélisande dies.

CHAN 3174
Strauss, R: Intermezzo
CHAN 3168
Strauss, R: Ariadne on Naxos/ Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

“…The conductor’s hand is so consistently unerring that this recording becomes a prime recommendation…”

William R Braun

Opera News (USA) - January 2010

CHAN 3172
Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppea
CHAN 3167
Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 22 - Gerald Finley

“…It would be hard to imagine a more attractive bass-baritone voice than Finley’s, and his vocal gifts combined with his musical and dramatic acumen make these performances a delight.” “…The London Philharmonic Orchestra plays with precision under conductor Edward Gardner, and the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir provides excellent support, particularly in the Meistersingers excerpt. Chandos’s recording captures a myriad of subtle details found in the colourful orchestral textures…”
“…Finley’s accomplishment with this album is impressive…”

Derek Greten-Harrison

Opera News (USA) - July 2010

CHAN 3162
Verdi: Don Carlos

“… Don Carlos has never seemed so grand a tragedy as it does on this set.”

Fred Cohn

Opera News (USA) - July 2010

CHAN 3160
Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers (Highlights)

“Translator David Parry has done very well, making textural sense as well as allowing the musical line the flexibility it requires. The clear diction of the outstanding cast is notable. Brad Cohen’s tempi are excellent. The choir and the Philharmonia perform the music with clarity and sparkle. The recording is first-rate.

James McCarthy

Limelight Magazine - October 2009

CHAN 3159
Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 20 - Christine Brewer

This is a spectacular demonstration not only of Christine Brewer’s vocal strength with every note firm from top to bottom, but of her extraordinary versatility in this wide range of repertory.

CHAN 3157
Strauss, R: Salome

Charles Mackerras does total justice to every episode of full-out, rapturous lyricism, but the performance also boasts just about enough savage intensity to satisfy those who enjoy the work only for its most febrile moments. Fortunately Mackerras’s notably elegant approach keeps something in reserve, with the build-up of tension in each scene always expertly judged… Mackerras coaxes from the Philharmonia a truly splendid cushion of sound to support the singers.
International Record Review

CHAN 3156
Bizet: The Pearl Fishers (Highlights)

Keenlyside, as so often happens in his recordings, is the star here. This is, I believe, his debut in Chandos’ Opera in English series, and worth the long wait. In terrific voice, he projects immediate strength and appeal the moment he begins to sing.
International Record Review

CHAN 3148
Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg

An ensemble singing an ensemble opera: that is perhaps the performance’s greatest strength, but there are many moments when it rises far above that… Whether you were around or not, do listen to this supremely humane account of a supremely humane opera, and learn
Opera (Disc of the Month)

CHAN 3152
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte

"This is an account of Cosi which seems to put momentum first. The opening chord, more ferocious than one would expect, gives way to a rattling overture, and tension and pace never let up."

BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 3147
Handel: Acis and Galatea

Fans of this style of Baroque music-making will definitely cherish this release, as will those who enjoy its featured singers. With libretto included, and an excellent disc length, you certainly get your money’s worth.

CHAN 3145
Janacek: Katya Kabanova

This is the latest in the Peter Moores opera in English series, with Cheryl Barker giving a moving and beautifully sung performance as the adorable and tragic Katya, racked with guilt and tormented by emotional repression, surely Janácek’s greatest female creation (and I haven’t forgotten Jenufa). Robert Brubaker is in excellent voice as her lover, the hapless Boris. Jane Henschel is the hellish mother-in-law Kabanicha (perhaps a little too kindly at times). The young lovers Kudrash and Varavara are splendidly portrayed by peter Wedd and Victoria Simmonds. The WNO orchestra knows its Janácek, and Carlo Rizzi conducts a generally fine performance.
Sunday Telegraph

CHAN 3143
Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel

The Grimm Brothers would have loved it.
The New York Times on Jennifer Larmore in the Met’s production of Hansel and Gretel

CHAN 3138
Janacek: The Makropulos Case

This electrifying performance has been captured in sound that is exceptionally full-bodied, and it also has great immediacy. I very much welcome a recording in English – especially such clear English – but this new set enshrines an account that is altogether exceptional irrespective the language… The cast led by Barker’s stunning Emily Marty, is superb, and Charles Mackerras has probed ever deeper into this astonishing work. The result is one of the great Janacék opera sets.
International Record Review

CHAN 3136
Verdi: Nabucco

Alan Opie was everything that he has been for some time now, the finest British Verdi baritone since Peter Glossop.
Seen and Heard

CHAN 3134
Poulenc: The Carmelites

Josephine Barstow as the assistant prioress brought both a vocal and dramatic command to her role, as did Catrin Wyn-Davies to the central character, Blanche de la Force.
Online Review London

CHAN 3133
Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle

This is a superb studio recording of Opera North’s splendid semi-staged performances last year [2005] of Bartok’s only opera… The recording is also especially valuable for preserving the wonderful performance by Opera North’s orchestra under the baton of it music director Richard Farnes…Farnes’ control of his forces is supremely impressive… throughout the work.
Sunday Telegraph

CHAN 3130
Berg: Lulu

Having missed the acclaimed ENO production of Lulu, I’m very keen to hear the recording. From the reviews I know I’ll find it enthralling.
Duncan Druce Gramophone 2006 Critic’s Choice

CHAN 3128
Smetana: The Bartered Bride

"What makes this translated version so successful is not just the brilliant conducting of Sir Charles Mackerras and the scintilating playing of the Philharmonia Orchestra, with an exceptionally strong team of soloists working well together, but also the extra impact of the comedy made by performance in the vernacular. The echoes of G & S, with double-rhymes given a jolly Gilbertian ring, distracting in many operas for once see entirely appropriate, adding to the joy of the piece... "

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12

CHAN 3123
Beethoven: Opera - 'Fidelio'

The cast is a strong one, with commanding performances from Christine Brewer and Robert Lloyd, as Leonora and the jailer Rocco, and a vivacious Marzellina from Rebecca Evans… But if you want the opera in English this new version, sympathetically and intelligently conducted by David Parry, is impressive.
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 3121
Mozart: The Magic Flute

Indeed, this is on of the most desirable sets in Chandos’ admirable series, worthy to stand comparison with some of the classic accounts in the original German… A real winner
Opera ‘Disc of the month’

CHAN 3118
Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 16 - Sir Thomas Allen

As always, Allen was a supremely intelligent recitalist, matching sound with sense, probing the meaning of a text without fracturing the vocal line.
The Guardian

CHAN 3119
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman

'His [Tomlinson's] first aria superbly expounds the Dutchman's haunted and accursed character… She [Stemme] sings with radiant intensity and glorious lyrical tone, and her English diction is immaculate. She sings the Ballad magnificently and in the scene in which she pledges to redeem the Dutchman she and Tomlinson make magic.'
Sunday Telegraph

CHAN 3116
Verdi: A Masked Ball

'Dennis O'Neill is one of Britain's most Italianate singers, and he is ardent in the lead role, singing with a verbal clarity not always found elsewhere.'
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 3113
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro

'Even those who normally resist opera in translation should try it: Jeremy Sams's lively translation is so refreshing in the context of a performance outstandingly well cast. David Parry has established his Mozart credentials in earlier issues, and his timing of the comedy here is impeccable'The balance with the soloists is excellent too: words are clear, notably from the men, and the complex plot is well conveyed''

CHAN 3106
Janacek: Jenufa

'In the hands of that master Janácek conductor, Sir Charles Mackerras, this Englsih-language recording puts a finger on the work's pulse: it's a truly magnificent performance.'
Gramophone 'Editor's Choice'

CHAN 3103
Mozart: Idomeneo

Rebecca Evanss Ilia is all one expects from this lovely soprano, the voice pure, intonation secure and musicianship impeccable.
The Sunday Telegraph

CHAN 3101
Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen

'…there is much to be enjoyed in the fine performances here, and it is good to hear the work in our own tongue.'
International Record Review

CHAN 3097
Rossini: The Thieving Magpie

'What was by any standards a well-sung performance at Garsington is here even finer' under Parry the Philharmonia is able to take the performance to new levels of excellence. The Chandos recording is vivid and true.'

CHAN 3094
Berg: Wozzeck

'All translations involve compromises, and the virtues of this recording are such that it makes as powerful a case for this extraordinary work as any other version I've heard.'

CHAN 3091
Bizet: Carmen

’... produced with imagination and "oomph". Needless to say, the Philharmonic Orchestra plays well.’

Fanfare - July/August 2003

CHAN 3086
Puccini: Turandot

'Eaglen is magnificent as Puccini's eponymous anti-heroine in a fine addition to the Opera in English series.'

CHAN 3072
Handel: Julius Caesar

Mackerras and Janet Baker dominate this wonderful performance, but the cast includes Valerie Masterson, Della Jones, Sarah Walker, James Bowman and John Tomlinson, so no wonder it’s a classic
Sunday Telegraph ‘100 Classical Albums you must hear’

CHAN 3083
Donizetti: Lucia of Lammermoor

'As ever in this series, the choral and orchestral work is of the highest standard''

CHAN 3081
Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio

'I hope I have conveyed my enthusiasm for this set… this is certainly one of the opera's most successful recordings.'

CHAN 3079
Verdi: Falstaff

‘…the superb conducting of Paul Daniel.’
Classic FM Magazine

CHAN 3076
Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 8 - John Tomlinson 2

Two things impress above all – the singers marvellous way with the text, and his use of tone to define character…
Opera Now

CHAN 3074
Verdi: Aida

''devotees of Peter Moores's Opera in English project will not want to miss this, surely one of the best in the series to date'.
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 3070
Puccini: Madam Butterfly

'…another in Chandos' splendid Opera in English series…'
BBC Music Magazine on CHAN 3011(2) (Don Pasquale)

CHAN 3068
Verdi: Otello

‘Chandos’ outstanding sound allows listeners to hear every note of this recording … Anyone who wants a Rigoletto in English will be happy with this worthy effort.’
American Record Guide on CHAN 3030(2) (Rigoletto)

CHAN 3052
Verdi: Ernani

[Susan Patterson]… is in rich, firm voice, soaring over the big ensembles and approaching high notes fearlessly.

CHAN 3060
Wagner: Twilight Of The Gods

'Nowhere is the grasp of the musical architecture surer than in the vast spans of Twilight of the Gods, while orchestral textures are as ravishing as ever.'
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 3065
Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelung - complete

‘This first instalment sounds better than ever. Every word is crystal clear, and the cast is uniformly excellent … it is Goodall’s conducting that is truly spellbinding … the work of a supreme Wagner interpreter.’
The Guardian on CHAN 3038(4)

CHAN 3057
Mozart: Don Giovanni

‘A further valuable addition to the Chandos Opera in English series.’
Opera Now on CHAN 3036(2) (Il Trovatore)

CHAN 3066
Puccini: Tosca, Jane Eaglen Sings

‘This is an issue to delight… I look forward to more in the series.’
The Guardian

CHAN 3054
Wagner: The Rhinegold

‘It is a recorded document of great importance.’

CHAN 3042
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

This very fine Wagner recording returns to the catalogue – a highly persuasive account in its considered approach. The singing, in an effective English translation, is excellent.’
Gramophone on CHAN 3038(4) (The Valkyrie)

CHAN 3045
Wagner: Siegfried

‘Even for people who, understandably, shrunk from the thought of the Ring on disc in English, this is a quite special set, far too exciting and full of fresh perceptions to remain unpurchased’.

CHAN 3044
Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 6 - John Tomlinson

‘John Tomlinson… is undeniably authoritative and persuasive.’
American Record Guide on CHAN 3017(2) (Mary Stuart)

CHAN 3038
Wagner: The Valkyrie

‘The Ring Cycle that Reginald Goodall conducted from 1969 onwards … remains one of the company’s greatest achievements.’
(The Guardian on CHAN 3038(4) (The Valkyrie)

CHAN 3036
Verdi: Il Trovatore (The Troubadour)

‘…I cannot think of a performance I have enjoyed more than this one… It is one of the series’ best.’
Gramophone on CHAN 3027(2) (‘The Elixir of Love’)

CHAN 3035
Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 5 - Yvonne Kenny

‘Yvonne Kenny is a heaven-sent Marschallin, she boasts just the right balance of maturity and attractiveness of tone…’
Classic CD on CHAN 3022 (Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier)

CHAN 3033
Massenet: Werther
CHAN 3000
Puccini: Tosca

…this issue should convince doubters of the merits of such a series.
Opera Now

CHAN 3025
Rossini: The Barber Of Seville

…here is an assertion that recorded opera in English translation is alive still. But it is more than that… I maintain that the enterprise has never been more brilliantly done.

CHAN 3029
Janacek: Osud (Fate)

"Janacek’s - most unjustly neglected - opera, richly lyricl, more sustained and less fragmented than his later operas, is not just a valuable rarity but makes an ideal introduction to this composer... The warmly atmospheric ... recording made in Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, brings out the unusual opulence of the Janacek sound, yet it allows the words to come over with fine clarity..."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12

CHAN 3027
Donizetti: The Elixir Of Love

Barry Banks Nemorino could hardly be better: flexible, secure in intonation and silken in tone… he was an inspired choice for the part.
The Observer

CHAN 3023
Verdi: La Traviata

…a splendid English language performance… the orchestral playing and choral singing are first-rate.
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 3022
Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier (Highlights)

…a highly enjoyable addition
Classic CD

CHAN 3017
Donizetti: Mary Stuart

How fortunate we are to have this live recording…
BBC Music Magazine

CHAN 3019
Handel: Julius Caesar

His {Mackerras] slow tempos are ideal, never too slow but extracting all the tenderness of the music, and his fast ones are full of vitality.
Sunday Telegraph

CHAN 3011
Donizetti: Don Pasquale

…Barry Banks as Ernesto, a performance to compare favourably with those by foreign tenors who have a wider but not necessarily more justified international reputation.
The Times

CHAN 3003
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

"...this is the best yet of Chandos’s admirable Opera in English series: Parry’s conducting is spacious, but he captures the theatrical frisson of Leoncavallo’s potboiler to perfection. Although this is a studio production, the smell of grease-paint is palpable and Parry wrings all the raw Latin emotion out of this lurid tale of rustic jealousy, sexual betrayal and murder. He has cast the opera intelligently with British singers: it is launched magnificently by Alan Opie’s Prologue, ringingly sung, every word crystal clear, and Dennis O’Neill brings Italianate tone and terrifying intensity to the chief clown, Canio.  Rosa Mannion sings a sweetly lyrical Nedda, but there is a sting in her chest register for her vituperative jibes at the
treacherous hunchback Tonio. A treat..." 

Hugh Canning  - The Times


CHAN 3008
Puccini: La Boheme

"David Parry and the Philharmonia are the real heroes here. There is a real dramatic flair from the start to the very end of Puccini’s best-loved stage-work... Well worth purchasing ..."

Bill Newman - Hi-Fi News & Reviews - November 1998


CHAN 3007
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov Highlights

"... A highly compelling disc, made more communicative by being sung n English..."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12

CHAN 3004
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana

"...He [David Parry] holds the score together quite admirably, with a real sense of theatre. First class recording ..."

Bill Newman - Hi-Fi News - October 1998

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