While performed on a practically bare stage, this production of Verdi’s infrequently played I Vespri Siciliani receives superb singing and musical direction.
Pop legend Paul Anka puts on a show at the Basel AVO Sessions that belies his 71 years. Well recorded, this is an excellent document of a fabulous entertainer.
Rigoletto, one of Verdi’s most popular operas, receives a Teatro di Regio Parma production that is beautifully shot but suffers from the vocal inadequacies of some of its principals.
A rarely performed middle Verdi opera, this Parma production gives us a good reason to watch and welcome a work that will be unfamiliar to many operagoers.
Il Trovatore receives an understaged and mostly undersung performance from the Teatro Regio di Parma. Headliner Marcelo Alvarez is the main reason to watch this Blu-ray, but unfortunately, he is also the only reason to watch it.
Part of the Tutto Verdi series from C Major, this is a seldom-performed minor masterpiece with a terrific score.The opera receives a strong performance with this 2012 Teatro Verdi Trieste production and gives viewers an opportunity to see a work that will be unlikely to receive a staging outside of Italy.
One of Verdi’s least performed operas, Il Corsaro receives a good if not great rendering by the Parmese forces and the principal soloists helped by the baton of maestro Montanaro.
Luisa Miller falls into Verdi’s middle period and, unlike other operas from that era, is an uneven work, both musically and dramatically. This 2006 performance has a number of strong contributions from its principal singers and musical director who do their best to make a case for this opera.
Alzira, a rarely heard early Verdi opera, receives its Blu-ray premiere with this concert performance from C Major. Uneven singing and the lack of staged drama undermine the impact of this production.
A real rarity, Verdi’s I Masnadieri presents a strong score well handled by cast and orchestra in this performance from the Teatro di San Carlo. The only snag in an otherwise worthy production is the bizarre staging and costume design.