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Rossini: L’Italiana in Algeri [Teatro Communale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 18th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Rossini: L’Italiana in Algeri [Teatro Communale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

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.

Gluck 300 Years: Alceste, Iphigenie en Tauride, and Orfeo ed Eurydice [Staatsoper Stuttgart, Zurich Opera, and Royal Opera Covent Garden] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 22nd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Gluck 300 Years: Alceste, Iphigenie en Tauride, and Orfeo ed Eurydice [Staatsoper Stuttgart, Zurich Opera, and Royal Opera Covent Garden] Blu-ray Review

A bargain box of three of Gluck’s operas gives us decent performances in standard definition video with lossy audio.

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Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert [Villazon/Hampson] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 5th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert [Villazon/Hampson] Blu-ray Review

The Odeonsplatz Concert is a nicely done outdoor concert with a star tenor and baritone and superb musical direction and videography.

Donizetti: Don Pasquale [Glyndebourne Festival/Mazzola] Blu-ray Review

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

Donizetti: Don Pasquale [Glyndebourne Festival/Mazzola] Blu-ray Review

A delightfully frothy and intimate Glyndebourne production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale is given a superb realization by all involved

Verdi: Aida [Wellber/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

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

Verdi: Aida [Wellber/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

This fifth Blu-ray version of Verdi’s Aida, second from Arena di Verona, benefits from a mostly strong cast

L’Eclisse [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 20th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

L’Eclisse [Criterion Collection] Blu-ray Review

In the finale of his trilogy, Michelangelo Antonioni further explores the intimacy of human relationships with L’eclisse.

Rossini: Otello [Orchestra La Scintilla/Tang] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 19th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Rossini: Otello [Orchestra La Scintilla/Tang] Blu-ray Review

A rarely heard Rossini specialty, we get four good tenors contributing to terrific performance of Rossini’s retelling of the Shakespeare legend.

Le mani sulla citta’ [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 1st, 2014 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Le mani sulla citta’ [Masters of Cinema] [UK] Blu-ray Review

A visually powerful yet coldly distant look at post–war corruption in Rome from Francesco Rosi

Frivolous Lola [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted February 20th, 2014 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Frivolous Lola [UK] Blu-ray Review

Female posterior-obsessed erotica director Tinto Brass’ Frivolous Lola arrives in a restored Blu-ray Edition from Arrow

Verdi: Aida [Oren/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

Posted February 4th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi: Aida [Oren/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

With the exception of soprano Hui He in the title role, a less than stellar Aida that also suffers from subpar visuals.