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Mendelssohn: Le Songe [Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo] Blu-ray Review

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.

La Petite Danseuse De Degas [Ballet de l’Opera National de Paris] Blu-ray Review

La Petite Danseuse de Degas is a well realized concept ballet, based on the famous sculpture of a ballerina, performed and recorded quite successfully at the Opera National de Paris.

Ludwig Minkus: Don Quichot [Dutch National Ballet] Blu-ray Review

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: Elektra [Lehnhoff/Wiener Phil.] Blu-ray Review

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.

Bruno Mantovani: Siddharta [Susanna Mälkki] Blu-ray Review

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.

Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra [Teatro Comunale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

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.

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