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.
One of Richard Strauss’ vocal masterpieces, this Ariadne auf Naxos has its vocal strengths but is undermined by some bizarre dramaturgy.
This Blu-ray premiere of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie has some interesting if offbeat staging and is supported by great videography.
A delightfully frothy and intimate Glyndebourne production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale is given a superb realization by all involved
Director Dornan and his strong cast deliver a compelling remounting of Shakespeare’s account of the downfall of English monarch Richard II
Benjamin Britten’s final opera receives a superb reading by Edward Gardner and a moving portrayal of the lead role by John Graham-Hall
A beautifully realized revival of Adolphe Adam’s Le Corsaire.
The Royal Ballet gets a study in human contortion rather than conventional ballet that will wear thin for most lovers of the dance.
With the exception of soprano Hui He in the title role, a less than stellar Aida that also suffers from subpar visuals.
Written On Skin is a new millennium opera that is given an excellent production, authoritative performances, and is easy on the ear