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
One of the best ballet Blu-rays in some time, this homage to the legendary Sir Frederick Ashton gives wonderful examples of his art
Composer Glass and director McDermott present a fantasy about mogul Walt Disney with a surprising lack of dramatic thrust in this opera.
A strong cast delivers vocal pyrotechnics with sets and effects from the silent movie era in Teatro Communale di Bologna’s Ciro in Babilonia
Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable receives bizarre staging that trumps some good vocal performances in this Blu-ray from Opus Arte
A well recorded and updated version of Mozart’s classic opera, this Nozze di Figaro will please most audiences if not rising to the top of the list.
A frothy, enjoyable period piece from the Mozartean era, and reproduced in its original house with candle lighting, and chamber orchestra. An operatic hors d’oeuvre rather than a main course.
Janáček’s fairy tale opera, The Cunning Little Vixen, gets the Glyndebourne Festival treatment much to its advantage and our delight.
A brilliant La Scala production that updates Benjamin Britten’s most popular opera, Peter Grimes, and receives outstanding musical leadership and characterful vocal performances.