Approaching the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, a number of opera companies are gearing up with new productions of some of the master’s less staged works. Un Giorno di Regno qualifies for this category while the current Teatro Regio di Parma performance unearths a minor masterpiece.
Director Robert Carsen gives Handel’s early opera, Rinaldo, a serious makeover in this 2011 Glyndebourne projection. Recasting this heroic piece as a schoolboy fantasy actually comes to life in a video that is extremely well recorded.
Le Grand Macabre is a surrealistic concept opera that is brilliantly staged in Barcelona by La Fura del Baus. Over the top staging and costumes, ear bleed score, and a cast that delivers the goods makes for a challenging but rewarding watch.
Modern dress aside, this is a pretty traditional Rigoletto that has two big names in the cast, Piotr Beczala and Leo Nucci, and another in the pit, Nello Santi. At a bargain price, this is the BD of choice although there are SD videos that are better cast and conducted.
This cult action/thriller may be a longtime coming on Blu-ray for some, but the disappointing transfer will still leave many wanting.
This gory slasher film treads familiar territory, but it is outrageous enough to warrant a look to those fans of the genre.
The Bach St. Matthew Passion is given an authentic performance, complete with boys’ choir, in Bach’s own church. Sight and sound are simply awe-inspiring in this Accentus Music 2012 recording.
This recital is an opportunity to see the possible next superstar in the piano galaxy. Nobuyuki Tsujii, an exceptional artist, tackles some of the biggest works in the literature and comes up a winner. Except for some video issues, this is a worthy release that should be seen by lovers of the piano repertoire.
This sci-fi/thriller series had a unique premise and strong cast, but fell victim to Fox network’s itchy trigger finger. If you were a fan of the short-lived series, here’s your chance to catch all 13-episodes in high quality HD.
Awesome hi-res sound and brilliant stripped-down live performances make this concert video/documentary a Neil Young film you’ll want to pick up.