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Strauss: Elektra [Festival Aix-en-Provence/Salonen] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 14th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Strauss: Elektra [Festival Aix-en-Provence/Salonen] Blu-ray Review

A manic but effective portrayal of Elektra’s heroine, and excepting the less than top-flight visuals, a compelling performance that demands our attention.

Verdi: Aida [Wellber/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 31st, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi: Aida [Wellber/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

This fifth Blu-ray version of Verdi’s Aida, second from Arena di Verona, benefits from a mostly strong cast

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov [Bayerisches Staatsoper/Nagano] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 12th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov [Bayerisches Staatsoper/Nagano] Blu-ray Review

This updated production of Boris Godunov fails to convey the power and majesty that this work requires.

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Festival d’Aix-en-Provence] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 28th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Festival d’Aix-en-Provence] Blu-ray Review

This Don Giovanni is Dmitri Tcherniakov’s rethinking of an operatic warhorse that simply goes all wrong from the beginning.

Cherubini: Médée [Theatre de La Monnaie De Munt] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 27th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Cherubini: Médée [Theatre de La Monnaie De Munt] Blu-ray Review

Cherubini’s operatic version of the Medea legend gets a serious update by several centuries in this Belgian production. Soprano Nadja Michael steals the show in the title role. Some of the stage and costume decisions might offend traditional opera goers.

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro [Opera National de Paris/Jordan] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 14th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro [Opera National de Paris/Jordan] Blu-ray Review

Le Nozze di Figaro gets a revival of the classic Giorgio Stehler staging from Paris. Musical production values are top-notch, but the video quality yields a bit of ground to the current competition.

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty [The Bolshoi Ballet/Sinaivsky] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 8th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty [The Bolshoi Ballet/Sinaivsky] Blu-ray Review

Tchaikovsky’s perennial favorite ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, gets a big-time production from the Bolshoi company. Lead dancer David Hallberg is simply spectacular and is reason enough to go for this blu-ray disc.

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette [Arena di Verona/Mastrangelo] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 24th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette [Arena di Verona/Mastrangelo] Blu-ray Review

One of the most romantic operas of all time, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette is given a massive performance with outrageous sets and costumes and, staged most appropriately in Verona’s outdoor arena. The leads are young and appealing but the visual qualities are a bit disappointing.

Adam: Giselle [Bolshoi Ballet/Grigorovich] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 25th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Adam: Giselle [Bolshoi Ballet/Grigorovich] Blu-ray Review

Giselle, one of the most popular of the classic ballet repertory, receives an enjoyable if not outstanding performance by the Bolshoi Ballet company. Videography and sound recording are excellent, enhancing the less than ideal Grigorovich choreography.

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker [The Bolshoi Ballet/Grigorovich] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 19th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker [The Bolshoi Ballet/Grigorovich] Blu-ray Review

The Bolshoi Ballet has mounted a less conventional, but visually and dramatically effective production of the beloved Tchaikovsky ballet. This Nutcracker has many magic moments with excellent sound and visual recording.