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Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda [Teatro Massimo Bellini] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 23rd, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda [Teatro Massimo Bellini] Blu-ray Review

A rarely heard Bellini masterpiece, Beatrice di Tenda gets a terrific performance from its principals, particularly leading lady Dimitra Theodossiou in the title role.

Cavalli: Il Giasone [Teatro Pergolesi] Blu-ray Review

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

Cavalli: Il Giasone [Teatro Pergolesi] Blu-ray Review

Cavalli’s Il Giasone, once a staple of the baroque opera stage, is rarely heard today. This Antwerp production combines creative staging with well-turned vocalism and orchestral playing

Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly [Festival Puccini/Gilgore] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 5th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly [Festival Puccini/Gilgore] Blu-ray Review

Shot in composer Puccini’s resort village, this outdoor performance of Madama Butterfly has lackluster singing and downright inferior video properties.

Rossini: La Gazza Ladra [Rossini Opera Festival] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 28th, 2012 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Rossini: La Gazza Ladra [Rossini Opera Festival] Blu-ray Review

A Rossini Festival performance in Pesaro, this rarely performed opera is well conducted with a vocal mixed bag. Definitely worth watching but with reservations.

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