This innovative Bregenz Festival production of Turandot has much to enjoy visually and vocally outside of an average title role performance.
This Tosca with, mostly minimalist sets and a thrilling tenor, disappoints in the other two principal roles.
A dream cast rendition of Puccini’s last opera Turandot gets the Pure Audio Blu-ray makeover that it has long deserved from Decca.
Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West receives interesting staging and strong performances in this Royal Opera Orchestra performance on Blu-ray
A rarely performed trio of one act operas, Puccini’s Il Trittico gets a great performance by the Royal Opera House forces directed by Antonio Pappano. Strong casting for each opera is upheld for the most part by director Richard Jones concepts.
Shot in composer Puccini’s resort village, this outdoor performance of Madama Butterfly has lackluster singing and downright inferior video properties.
An enjoyable Opera Australia production of Puccini’s La Boheme is presented. The young singers in the cast look their parts and deliver some fine singing.
An outdoors Tosca, rendered effectively by the Arena di Verona performing forces. While not a performance for the ages, the cast acquits itself quite well.
Madama Butterfly, a perennial operatic favorite, is given a routine rendering in this Sferisterio Festival performance. The principals are neither vocally nor visually suited for the high definition Blu-ray scene while the remainder of the cast and musicians are adequate at best. The videography is the strong suit of this traditionally staged production by Pier Luigi Pizzi.
Opera Netherlands mounts a significantly updated version of Puccini’s neglected masterpiece. Performance virtues abound on vocal and orchestral sides but Lehnoff’s unusual directorial concepts may not suit the tastes of traditional opera lovers.