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Gounod: Faust [Metropolitan Opera/Nezet-Seguin] Blu-ray Review

Gounod's Faust receives serious reconceptualization from Des McAnuff and topflight performances from its lead singers and conductor

Rossini: Matilde di Shabran [Martone/Teatro Comunale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

The Blu-ray premiere of one of Rossini's least performed operas gets the star-treatment with luxurious casting and excellent videography.

Verdi: Messa da Requiem [Barenboim/Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

A towering performance of Verdi's chorale masterpiece, the only flaw is the "halo" that enfolds maestro Barenboim on occasion and some motion artifact.

Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos [Staatskapelle Dresden] Blu-ray Review

Star soprano Renee Fleming gives us her first Ariadne in this 2012 Baden-Baden production led by top conductor Christian Thielemann. Supported by a strong cast and superb recording properties, this is a great watch if not the definitive performance of this delightful work.

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