A reconceptualization of this classic Mozart opera that gets done in by excessive raunchiness and minimalist sets.
A thoroughly reinvented Trovatore on a postage-stamp stage and harlequin costumes that features vocal luminaries Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo.
A massive production that emphasizes the surreal aspect of Borodin’s flawed masterpiece, delivered to the viewers as only the Metropolitan Opera can do.
This Tosca with, mostly minimalist sets and a thrilling tenor, disappoints in the other two principal roles.
A minimalist performance of Bizet’s beloved opera Carmen that fails to deliver the passion, heat, and atmosphere that this masterpiece requires.
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.
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.
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.