An extremely well performed and seriously updated version of this Russian classic in which the musical values trump director Dmitri Tcherniakov’s efforts to overwhelm Rimsky-Korsakov’s original intentions.
A completely reconceptualized version of Offenbach’s masterpiece that is frequently senseless with stage devices that simply fall flat
The largest staged Carmen to date receives competent rather than exciting performances from its Veronese cast.
A manic but effective portrayal of Elektra’s heroine, and excepting the less than top-flight visuals, a compelling performance that demands our attention.
This fifth Blu-ray version of Verdi’s Aida, second from Arena di Verona, benefits from a mostly strong cast
This updated production of Boris Godunov fails to convey the power and majesty that this work requires.
This Don Giovanni is Dmitri Tcherniakov’s rethinking of an operatic warhorse that simply goes all wrong from the beginning.
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.
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’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.