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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker [Staatsballett Berlin/Reimer] Blu-ray Review

Staatsballett Berlin gives us a traditional Nutcracker on Blu-ray certain to please audiences of all ages.

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake [The Bolshoi Ballet] Blu-ray Review

The Bolshoi Ballet delivers a beautiful performance of this famous work with outstanding contributions by its principals and corps de ballet.

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar’s Bride [Staatskapelle Berlin/Barenboim] Blu-ray Review

An extremely well performed and seriously updated version of this Russian classic in which the musical values trump director Dmitri Tcherniakov's efforts to overwhelm Rimsky-Korsakov's original intentions.

Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann [Teatro Real Madrid/Cambreling] Blu-ray Review

A completely reconceptualized version of Offenbach's masterpiece that is frequently senseless with stage devices that simply fall flat

Bizet: Carmen [Arena di Verona/Nanasi] Blu-ray Review

The largest staged Carmen to date receives competent rather than exciting performances from its Veronese cast.

Strauss: Elektra [Festival Aix-en-Provence/Salonen] Blu-ray Review

A manic but effective portrayal of Elektra's heroine, and excepting the less than top-flight visuals, a compelling performance that demands our attention.

Verdi: Aida [Wellber/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

This fifth Blu-ray version of Verdi's Aida, second from Arena di Verona, benefits from a mostly strong cast

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov [Bayerisches Staatsoper/Nagano] Blu-ray Review

This updated production of Boris Godunov fails to convey the power and majesty that this work requires.

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