San Francisco Opera gives us a traditional production of one of Donizetti’s lesser known operas
A strong cast delivers vocal pyrotechnics with sets and effects from the silent movie era in Teatro Communale di Bologna’s Ciro in Babilonia
This Don Giovanni is Dmitri Tcherniakov’s rethinking of an operatic warhorse that simply goes all wrong from the beginning.
Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West receives interesting staging and strong performances in this Royal Opera Orchestra performance on Blu-ray
A well recorded and updated version of Mozart’s classic opera, this Nozze di Figaro will please most audiences if not rising to the top of the list.
Parma provides a Falstaff that is well intended but ultimately disappoints due to its vocalism, saved mainly by the en pointe conducting by rising star maestro Battistoni
A frothy, enjoyable period piece from the Mozartean era, and reproduced in its original house with candle lighting, and chamber orchestra. An operatic hors d’oeuvre rather than a main course.
A subpar Aida from Parma undermined by lackluster singing and less than spectacular staging makes for one that even hardcore Verdi fans would do best to avoid.
Shoah, the Holocaust, is Claude Lanzmann’s epic rendering of the horror of the Nazi death camps, recalled by survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators. This nearly 10-hour set of four films took 11 years to complete and stands apart from any previous or subsequent efforts to tell the tragic story of man’s inhumanity to man.
Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera receives a satisfactory if not top flight production from the Teatro Regio di Parma forces under Gianluigi Gelmetti. Strong audio and video recording makes up for some vocal unevenness of the leading lady.