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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.

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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

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

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