Notes and Editorial Reviews
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The DVD release of this year’s Lehár Gala from Dresden takes up the success of last year’s live recording from the Operetta Gala with Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden.
The Dresden Semperoper is the perfect setting, the orchestra, conductor and soloists are top notch and the predominant Lehár program are a perfect fit.
The soloists, Angela Denoke, Ana Maria Labin and Piotr Beczala, assisted by the Dresden State Opera Chorus, offer arias and ensembles that will delight you with their joie de vivre.
Fast-rising soprano Ana Maria Labin, just at the start of a major international career, is already noted for her Lehár interpretations. On the heels of her successful debut as Valencienne in The Merry Widow at Milan's La Scala, she will debut at the Paris Opera in that same role in February 2012, alongside Susan Graham and Bo Skovhus.
Labin is joined by Angela Denoke, one of the leading German opera and concert sopranos and Opernwelt’s "Singer of the Year" in 1999 and 2007.
The Times wrote about Piotr Becza?a: "By far the biggest pleasure is the Polish tenor Piotr Becza?a ... with his vocal beauty and focus. High notes come with graceful ease; ... and he's a charming, if understated actor."