Music: Opera on Your Own

Whatever happens at the Met, there is no reason to go without opera this Christmas. The record companies have been as productive as ever and some of their releases are of extraordinary quality.

Cavalli: L'Ormindo (Argo). Something practically unheard-of: an authentic, workable masterpiece miraculously retrieved from the past. One of the 17th century Venetian composers influenced by Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli wrote melodiously, with great penetration into the personal relationships of his characters. The present recording stems from an edition pieced together by Raymond Leppard from musical fragments for a Glyndebourne production in 1967....

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