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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov [Bayerisches Staatsoper/Nagano] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 12th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov [Bayerisches Staatsoper/Nagano] Blu-ray Review

This updated production of Boris Godunov fails to convey the power and majesty that this work requires.

Britten: Death in Venice [English National Opera/Gardner] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 9th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Britten: Death in Venice [English National Opera/Gardner] Blu-ray Review

Benjamin Britten’s final opera receives a superb reading by Edward Gardner and a moving portrayal of the lead role by John Graham-Hall

Gounod: Faust [Metropolitan Opera/Nezet-Seguin] Blu-ray Review

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

Gounod: Faust [Metropolitan Opera/Nezet-Seguin] Blu-ray Review

Gounod’s Faust receives serious reconceptualization from Des McAnuff and topflight performances from its lead singers and conductor

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.

Benjamin: Written on Skin [Royal Opera House Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano] Blu-ray Review

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

Benjamin: Written on Skin  [Royal Opera House Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano] Blu-ray Review

Written On Skin is a new millennium opera that is given an excellent production, authoritative performances, and is easy on the ear

Britten: Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach [Aldeburgh Festival] Blu-ray Review

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

Britten: Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach [Aldeburgh Festival] Blu-ray Review

This atmospheric and well staged version of Britten’s Peter Grimes goes to the top of the mast.

W.A. Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte [Cambreling/Teatro Real de Madrid] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 23rd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

W.A. Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte [Cambreling/Teatro Real de Madrid] Blu-ray Review

A beautifully filmed and directed rendition of one of Mozart’s supreme romantic comedies that is abetted by a great cast of young singers

Rossini: Matilde di Shabran [Martone/Teatro Comunale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

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

Rossini: Matilde di Shabran [Martone/Teatro Comunale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

The Blu-ray premiere of one of Rossini’s least performed operas gets the star-treatment with luxurious casting and excellent videography.

Bizet: Carmen [HANDA Opera On Sydney Harbour] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 3rd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Bizet: Carmen [HANDA Opera On Sydney Harbour] Blu-ray Review

Australia’s HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour uses clever staging to support some excellent vocalism and musical direction in Carmen

Richard Wagner: Parsifal [Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 3rd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Richard Wagner: Parsifal [Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden] Blu-ray Review

Wagner’s final masterpiece, Parsifal, receives a strong performance undermined by bizarre stage business and unflattering costumes

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