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ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA CHORUS
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CHAN 3038M
Wagner
The Valkyrie
CHAN 3054M
Wagner
The Rhinegold
CHAN 3052M
Verdi
Ernani
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BIOGRAPHY

The Chorus of English National Opera is one of the Company’s finest assets. In countless English National Opera productions they have thrilled audiences with the power of their singing and the intensity of their acting. The wide range of skills and experience members bring to performances distinguish any production in which they appear. Particular triumphs for the Chorus have been Prokofiev’s War and Peace, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Britten’s Billy Budd and Peter Grimes, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s Otello. Their recording of the last, in Jonathan Miller’s production conducted by Mark Elder, appeared on Chandos under the sponsorship of the Peter Moores Foundation, as did their recording of the celebrated ‘Ring Cycle’ conducted by Sir Reginald Goodall. Other Chandos/Peter Moores Foundation recordings featuring the ENO Chorus are Falstaff, Mary Stuart, Julius Caesar, Rigoletto and La traviata.

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CHAN 3017
Donizetti
Mary Stuart

‘Dame Janet Baker’s mastery of acting with vocal colour and intensity, not histrionics, ensure that … Queen Mary is both moving victim and ...
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...
CHAN 3023
Verdi
La Traviata

…a splendid English language performance… the orchestral playing and choral singing are first-rate....
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 ent...
CHAN 3038
Wagner
The Valkyrie

‘…one is transfixed by the quality of the singing… and above all by the orchestral playing and by the grandeur and insight of Sir Reginald’s ...
CHAN 3052
Verdi
Ernani

[Susan Patterson]… is in rich, firm voice, soaring over the big ensembles and approaching high notes fearlessly....
CHAN 3054
Wagner
The Rhinegold

‘It is a recorded document of great importance.’...
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...