A triumphant return to the musical capital of central Europe, Renée Fleming gives us a superb lieder recital that is a standard bearer for the 21st century in this Arthaus Musik concert release.
Make it Louder, Please! is a dual-program disc that features a full-length concert by The Michael Nyman Band and a documentary on this leading contemporary composer’s life and career in the arts that is a fascinating watch.
In spite of a gripping performance of the title role from Ermanela Jaho, the rest of this production of La Traviata is somewhat of a disappointment in staging and supporting cast.
An upbeat and updated production of a classic comic opera, this Rossini Festival production of L’Italiana in Algeri on Blu-ray offers many smiles, outright guffaws, and nonstop shtick.
A manic but effective portrayal of Elektra’s heroine, and excepting the less than top-flight visuals, a compelling performance that demands our attention.
Merchant of Venice would have benefited from the revisions that Tchaikowsky would have made had he lived long enough to make them.
A modernist interpretation of Monteverdi’s opera Poppea that is danced rather than sung with terrific dancers.
A bargain box of three of Gluck’s operas gives us decent performances in standard definition video with lossy audio.
Somewhat perverse staging and bizarre costumes coupled with some vocal disappointments lets down what could have been a stellar Wiener StaatsOper production.
Mozart’s comic opera receives a makeover in an airplane hangar with modern dress, plot adjustments, and uneven vocal performances.