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Kern & Hammerstein: Show Boat [San Francisco Opera/DeMain] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 13th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Kern & Hammerstein: Show Boat [San Francisco Opera/DeMain] Blu-ray Review

This San Francisco Opera revival of one of the all-time musical blockbusters is a smashing success with great performances and superior production values.

Dvorak: Rusalka [La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Fischer] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 1st, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Dvorak: Rusalka [La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Fischer] Blu-ray Review

Rethought version of Dvorak classic worth watching for Myrto Papatanasiu’s riveting portrayal of the title character.

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Stravinsky: The Firebird [National Ballet of Canada/Gergiev] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 11th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Stravinsky: The Firebird [National Ballet of Canada/Gergiev] Blu-ray Review

A new version of Stravinksy’s modern classic, The Firebird, aided by nifty special effects and terrific dancing.

Martha Argerich: Evening Talks Blu-ray Review

Posted March 4th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Martha Argerich: Evening Talks Blu-ray Review

Piano virtuoso Martha Argerich shares her life and career with Georges Gachot in a series of intimate and probing interviews, interspersed with live performance excerpts.

Boito: Mefistofele [San Francisco Opera/Nicola Luisotti] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 28th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Boito: Mefistofele [San Francisco Opera/Nicola Luisotti] Blu-ray Review

The revival of Robert Carsen’s 1989 San Francisco Opera production succeeds with a stellar cast and rises to the top of the Blu-ray list for this rarely performed opera.

Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice [Wiener Syhmphoniker/Nielsen/Bregenzer Festpiele] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 13th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice [Wiener Syhmphoniker/Nielsen/Bregenzer Festpiele] Blu-ray Review

Merchant of Venice would have benefited from the revisions that Tchaikowsky would have made had he lived long enough to make them.

Spuck: Poppea // Poppea [Gauthier Dance] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 8th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Spuck: Poppea // Poppea [Gauthier Dance] Blu-ray Review

A modernist interpretation of Monteverdi’s opera Poppea that is danced rather than sung with terrific dancers.

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [Salzburg Festival/Gatti] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 8th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg [Salzburg Festival/Gatti] Blu-ray Review

Director Herheim’s reinvention of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg sheds new light with this production, well conducted and well sung.

Classic Archive — Celebrating Strauss [Streich/Schwartzkopf/Topper/Seefried] Blu-ray Review

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

Classic Archive — Celebrating Strauss [Streich/Schwartzkopf/Topper/Seefried] Blu-ray Review

EuroArts gives us some memorable archival performances of several of Strauss’ greatest vocal proponents caught in their prime

Strauss: Don Juan [Wiener Philharmoniker/Böhm] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 26th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Strauss: Don Juan [Wiener Philharmoniker/Böhm] Blu-ray Review

Relatively short fare for the money, this is primarily a rehearsal document with a brief main course in the form of Strauss’ tone poem