A well-crafted documentary of how politics shaped the classical music scene in post-WW II East Germany
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
An unusual multimedia piece dealing with the Prometheus legend that, in spite of a top-notch orchestra and conductor, fails to cohere into a satisfying watch
A rising star on the operatic scene, Dinara Alieva delivers a superb and varied program of some vocal favorites in five languages.
A Blu-ray premiere of a Bellini rarity that gets the star treatment that surmounts its minimalist staging.
The largest staged Carmen to date receives competent rather than exciting performances from its Veronese cast.
Experienced leader Mark Elder and two future stars give a good turn at La Traviata on Blu-ray from Opus Arte
A time-honored production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake receives a first-rate rendering by The Royal Ballet on Blu-ray from Opus Arte.
Wagner’s towering opera Tannhäuser gets some strong vocal performances, is undone by perverse and bizarre staging concepts.