Le Songe is a considerably updated version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, merging Mendelssohn's score with contemporary contributions. The Monte Carlo Ballet delivers a visually impressive performance with some eye-catching costumes and special effects.
This Dutch National Ballet performance of the Minkus/Petipa Don Quichot provides excellent choreography performed by strong solo dancers and corps de ballet. Visually, the stunning scenes and costumes are undermined by frequent motion artifacts.
Richard Strauss' visceral masterpiece, Elektra, is given a superb performance by strong singers and the always magnificent Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2010 Salzburg Festival. In spite of a stark set and rather nondescript costumes, this is a very strong and recommendable production.
The life of Siddhartha, founder of Buddhism, is represented in this contemporary ballet, Siddharta, by French choreographer Angelin Preljocal and composer Bruno Mantovani. In spite of the best efforts of the principal dancers and the corps de ballet of the Opera National de Paris, the production is undermined by dreary sets, an unattractive score and rather strange choreography.
A middle-Verdi masterpiece that is given a strong reading by soloists, orchestra and conductor. The superb period costumes offset a minimalist set and overall dark staging. This performance is most satisfying on repeated viewings.