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.
The coupling of the two Gluck Iphigénia operas is a rare occasion, served well by this updated, bare staged effort of the Nederlandse Opera. Excellent singing trumps the lack of sets and the clashing wardrobes.
This recent Barcelona performance of Dukas’s only and rarely staged opera is given a minimalist updated production but fails to deliver a convincing performance, largely due to some vocal difficulties of its title character and inherent weaknesses in the score and libretto.
Graham Vick and Trevor Nunn have created a major update of this Rossini classic. Transported to the modern middle East, the power of this opera seems extremely relevant to our times, and the cast seems to have caught the spirit, delivering terrific performances.