Glyndebourne has brought to light a long-overlooked winner in Donizetti’s Poliuto, delivering ‘a superb musical performance’ (The Telegraph) offering ‘lucent accounts of the principal roles and an incandescent London Philharmonic Orchestra, under Enrique Mazzola’ (New York Times). This first ever professional UK staging of the story of third-century Armenian martyr St Polyeuctus features a ‘trio of world-class young singers’ with Fabiano, winner of the Beverly Sills and Richard Tucker awards, displaying a ‘thrilling, vibrant tone’ in the title role, Martínez providing Paolina with ‘pinging coloratura’ and Golovatenko giving a ‘radiant-toned’ voice to Severo. (The Guardian)
In 2011 Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko showed herself an impressively versatile artist on her début CD, ‘’La bellezza del canto.’’ On her second album, “Arabesque”, where she is accompanied by the NDR Sinfonieorchester (NDR Radio Symphony Orchestra) under the baton of Enrique Mazzola, she again casts her net wide, from sophisticated bel canto to light music. In addition to arias by Verdi, Bellini and Strauss, Ms Peretyatko, has recorded pieces by the French composers, Gounod and Bizet. Also, for the first time on disc we hear her singing Mozart, one of her favourite composers. Her recital includes Mozart’s concert aria K. 538, “Ah se in ciel, benigne stele,” as well as Donna Anna’s dramatic coloratura aria “Crudele…non mi dir” fromDon Giovanni, and Susanna’s idyllic “Rose aria” from The Marriage of Figaro.
"Txai" is described as a term of respect for those who are allies of the forest – and such is the focus of this concept album, the end result of a fact-finding voyage through part of the northern Brazilian watershed. Utilizing forces ranging from a simple dialogue between Milton Nascimento's baritone and percussion to a large orchestra and chorus (often arranged by Wagner Tiso), Nascimento shares his thoughts about the rivers and nature, ultimately warning us not to let the forces of capitalism destroy the Amazon rain forest (reinforced by a spoken passage written and narrated by actor River Phoenix). The songs are separated by wild-sounding interludes of folk music from the peoples of the region, and there is a fascinating vocal/percussion arrangement of Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Nozani Na."