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Shakespeare: Richard II [Royal Shakespeare Company/Gregory Doran] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 18th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Shakespeare: Richard II [Royal Shakespeare Company/Gregory Doran] Blu-ray Review

Director Dornan and his strong cast deliver a compelling remounting of Shakespeare’s account of the downfall of English monarch Richard II

Britten: Death in Venice [English National Opera/Gardner] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 9th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Britten: Death in Venice [English National Opera/Gardner] Blu-ray Review

Benjamin Britten’s final opera receives a superb reading by Edward Gardner and a moving portrayal of the lead role by John Graham-Hall

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Adam: Le Corsaire [Ballet du Capitole] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 30th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Adam: Le Corsaire [Ballet du Capitole] Blu-ray Review

A beautifully realized revival of Adolphe Adam’s Le Corsaire.

Arthur Pita: The Metamorphosis [Royal Ballet/Watson/Day/Goldman] Blu-ray Review

Posted March 23rd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Arthur Pita: The Metamorphosis [Royal Ballet/Watson/Day/Goldman] Blu-ray Review

The Royal Ballet gets a study in human contortion rather than conventional ballet that will wear thin for most lovers of the dance.

Verdi: Aida [Oren/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

Posted February 4th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi: Aida [Oren/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

With the exception of soprano Hui He in the title role, a less than stellar Aida that also suffers from subpar visuals.

Benjamin: Written on Skin [Royal Opera House Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano] Blu-ray Review

Posted February 4th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Benjamin: Written on Skin  [Royal Opera House Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano] Blu-ray Review

Written On Skin is a new millennium opera that is given an excellent production, authoritative performances, and is easy on the ear

Ashton Celebration: The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton Blu-ray Review

Posted December 18th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Ashton Celebration: The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton Blu-ray Review

One of the best ballet Blu-rays in some time, this homage to the legendary Sir Frederick Ashton gives wonderful examples of his art

Glass: The Perfect American [Teatro Real Madrid] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 19th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Glass: The Perfect American  [Teatro Real Madrid] Blu-ray Review

Composer Glass and director McDermott present a fantasy about mogul Walt Disney with a surprising lack of dramatic thrust in this opera.

Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia [Crutchfield/Teatro Communale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 29th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Rossini: Ciro in Babilonia [Crutchfield/Teatro Communale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

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: Robert Le Diable [Oren/Royal Opera House] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 27th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Meyerbeer: Robert Le Diable [Oren/Royal Opera House] Blu-ray Review

Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable receives bizarre staging that trumps some good vocal performances in this Blu-ray from Opus Arte