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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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Anna Netrebko: Live from the Salzburg Festival Blu-ray Review

Posted December 7th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Anna Netrebko: Live from the Salzburg Festival Blu-ray Review

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.

Boito: Mefistofele [San Francisco Opera/Nicola Luisotti] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 28th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Boito: Mefistofele [San Francisco Opera/Nicola Luisotti] Blu-ray Review

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.

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Royal Opera/Luisotti] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 16th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Royal Opera/Luisotti] Blu-ray Review

An interesting and mostly effective reworking of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni is well cast and features some nifty visual effects.

Verdi: La Traviata [Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 26th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi: La Traviata [Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

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.

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.

Strauss: Elektra [Festival Aix-en-Provence/Salonen] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 14th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Strauss: Elektra [Festival Aix-en-Provence/Salonen] Blu-ray Review

A manic but effective portrayal of Elektra’s heroine, and excepting the less than top-flight visuals, a compelling performance that demands our attention.

Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice [Wiener Syhmphoniker/Nielsen/Bregenzer Festpiele] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 13th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice [Wiener Syhmphoniker/Nielsen/Bregenzer Festpiele] Blu-ray Review

Merchant of Venice would have benefited from the revisions that Tchaikowsky would have made had he lived long enough to make them.

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.