A well-crafted documentary of how politics shaped the classical music scene in post-WW II East Germany
An extremely well performed and seriously updated version of this Russian classic in which the musical values trump director Dmitri Tcherniakov’s efforts to overwhelm Rimsky-Korsakov’s original intentions.
A completely reconceptualized version of Offenbach’s masterpiece that is frequently senseless with stage devices that simply fall flat
A Blu-ray premiere of a Bellini rarity that gets the star treatment that surmounts its minimalist staging.
The largest staged Carmen to date receives competent rather than exciting performances from its Veronese cast.
Experienced leader Mark Elder and two future stars give a good turn at La Traviata on Blu-ray from Opus Arte
Wagner’s towering opera Tannhäuser gets some strong vocal performances, is undone by perverse and bizarre staging concepts.
Updated version of Strauss’ masterpiece Der Rosenkavelier features some sensational vocal performances and sensitive conducting.
Rethought version of Dvorak classic worth watching for Myrto Papatanasiu’s riveting portrayal of the title character.
This domestic comedy opera offers Strauss’ gorgeous vocal music delivered by today’s leading proponent of the title role, the ageless Renée Fleming.