16 Opera Singers Pick Their Finest Recordings

“Mother always liked you best!”  You could always count on hearing that line at least once during a Smothers Brothers routine.

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham said of choosing the favorite of her recordings,”It’s almost like asking a mother which of her children is her favourite!

But choose they did.  Most of us have go-to recordings when it comes to certain pieces of music, but what happens when you ask Simon Keenlyside, Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Hampson, or Karita Matilla to rate themselves?

Read “My Finest Recording” – 16 Opera Stars Pick Their Best Disc (Limelight Magazine)

Once Reviled Record Label Now Nearly Last One Standing

At one time, saying the name Naxos Records around other record company promoters caused a bit of a sneer to cross their lips.

“Naxos Records is ruining the recording industry,” one might say.  ”I don’t recognize any of the orchestras they use,” says another.

Now, with over 7,000 recordings in their catalog, Naxos is a thriving business, while many of those naysayers no longer exist.

Read Klaus Heymann: Defy Labels, to be the One (San Francisco Classical Voice)