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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake [Royal Ballet/Osipova/Golding] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 3rd, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake [Royal Ballet/Osipova/Golding] Blu-ray Review

A time-honored production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake receives a first-rate rendering by The Royal Ballet on Blu-ray from Opus Arte.

Wagner: Tannhäuser [Bayreuth Festspiele/Kober] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 2nd, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Wagner: Tannhäuser [Bayreuth Festspiele/Kober] Blu-ray Review

Wagner’s towering opera Tannhäuser gets some strong vocal performances, is undone by perverse and bizarre staging concepts.

R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [Glyndebourne Festival/Ticciati] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 4th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier [Glyndebourne Festival/Ticciati] Blu-ray Review

Updated version of Strauss’ masterpiece Der Rosenkavelier features some sensational vocal performances and sensitive conducting.

Talbot/Wheeldon: The Winter’s Tale [The Royal Ballet/Briskin] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 9th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Talbot/Wheeldon: The Winter’s Tale [The Royal Ballet/Briskin] Blu-ray Review

Following Christopher Wheeldon’s successful ballet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale is one terrific show that is as good as its predecessor.

Adam: Giselle [The Royal Ballet/Wright] Blu-ray Review

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

Adam: Giselle [The Royal Ballet/Wright] Blu-ray Review

This popular ballet gets a spectacular production in all respects and becomes a top choice among the Blu-ray versions

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.

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.

Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos [Glyndebourne Festival/Jurowski] Blu-ray Review

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

Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos [Glyndebourne Festival/Jurowski] Blu-ray Review

One of Richard Strauss’ vocal masterpieces, this Ariadne auf Naxos has its vocal strengths but is undermined by some bizarre dramaturgy.

Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie [Glyndebourne Festival/Christie] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 6th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie [Glyndebourne Festival/Christie] Blu-ray Review

This Blu-ray premiere of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie has some interesting if offbeat staging and is supported by great videography.

Donizetti: Don Pasquale [Glyndebourne Festival/Mazzola] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 31st, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Donizetti: Don Pasquale [Glyndebourne Festival/Mazzola] Blu-ray Review

A delightfully frothy and intimate Glyndebourne production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale is given a superb realization by all involved