This Tosca with, mostly minimalist sets and a thrilling tenor, disappoints in the other two principal roles.
While not the first choices for any of these three operas, Netrebko fans will enjoy watching this consummate artist at work with excellent supporting casts.
Criterion releases a new 4K restoration of director Antonioni’s breakthrough film L’avventura that defined this genre for the many new wave films that followed in its wake.
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.
An interesting and mostly effective reworking of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni is well cast and features some nifty visual effects.
The hit Italian organized crime drama Gomorrah redefines the drama, is gorgeously filmed, and will keep you glued to the TV.
La Dolce Vita is a landmark film with a terrific cast led by the iconic filmmaker Federico Fellini that exposes the seamier side of Roman society in the 1960s.
In spite of a gripping performance of the title role from Ermanela Jaho, the rest of this production of La Traviata is somewhat of a disappointment in staging and supporting cast.
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.
A bargain box of three of Gluck’s operas gives us decent performances in standard definition video with lossy audio.