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Opera

Verdi: La Traviata [Glyndebourne Festival/Elder] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 21st, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi: La Traviata [Glyndebourne Festival/Elder] Blu-ray Review

Experienced leader Mark Elder and two future stars give a good turn at La Traviata on Blu-ray from Opus Arte

Wagner: Tannhäuser [Bayreuth Festspiele/Kober] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 2nd, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Wagner: Tannhäuser [Bayreuth Festspiele/Kober] Blu-ray Review

Wagner’s towering opera Tannhäuser gets some strong vocal performances, is undone by perverse and bizarre staging concepts.

R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [Glyndebourne Festival/Ticciati] Blu-ray Review

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

R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [Glyndebourne Festival/Ticciati] Blu-ray Review

Updated version of Strauss’ masterpiece Der Rosenkavelier features some sensational vocal performances and sensitive conducting.

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.

Strauss: Arabella [Salzburg Festival/Thielemann/Fleming] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 9th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Strauss: Arabella [Salzburg Festival/Thielemann/Fleming] Blu-ray Review

This domestic comedy opera offers Strauss’ gorgeous vocal music delivered by today’s leading proponent of the title role, the ageless Renée Fleming.

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche/Frizza] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 6th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche/Frizza] Blu-ray Review

A reconceptualization of this classic Mozart opera that gets done in by excessive raunchiness and minimalist sets.

Verdi: Il Trovatore [Staatsoper Berlin/Barenboim] Blu-ray Review

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

Verdi: Il Trovatore [Staatsoper Berlin/Barenboim] Blu-ray Review

A thoroughly reinvented Trovatore on a postage-stamp stage and harlequin costumes that features vocal luminaries Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo.

Borodin: Prince Igor [Metropolitan Opera/Noseda] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 30th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Borodin: Prince Igor [Metropolitan Opera/Noseda] Blu-ray Review

A massive production that emphasizes the surreal aspect of Borodin’s flawed masterpiece, delivered to the viewers as only the Metropolitan Opera can do.

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca [Opernhaus Zurich/Carignani] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 10th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca [Opernhaus Zurich/Carignani] Blu-ray Review

This Tosca with, mostly minimalist sets and a thrilling tenor, disappoints in the other two principal roles.

Bizet: Carmen [Opernhaus Zurich/Welser-Möst] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 10th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Bizet: Carmen [Opernhaus Zurich/Welser-Möst] Blu-ray Review

A minimalist performance of Bizet’s beloved opera Carmen that fails to deliver the passion, heat, and atmosphere that this masterpiece requires.

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