Daniel Barenboim conducts a seriously revised version of Wagner’s Tannhauser out on Blu-ray from BelAir Classiques
A definitive performance of this early 20th century masterpiece that gets strong vocal and orchestral contributions.
A most delightful rendition of Strauss’s whipped cream operetta that is augmented by an interpolated recital by opera legends Pavarotti, Horne, and Dame Joan Sutherland on the occasion of her retirement.
Weber’s brooding opera receives great musical direction, excellent contributions by a veteran cast.
This innovative Bregenz Festival production of Turandot has much to enjoy visually and vocally outside of an average title role performance.
A well-crafted documentary of how politics shaped the classical music scene in post-WW II East Germany
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.
A completely reconceptualized version of Offenbach’s masterpiece that is frequently senseless with stage devices that simply fall flat
A Blu-ray premiere of a Bellini rarity that gets the star treatment that surmounts its minimalist staging.
The largest staged Carmen to date receives competent rather than exciting performances from its Veronese cast.