Shot in composer Puccini’s resort village, this outdoor performance of Madama Butterfly has lackluster singing and downright inferior video properties.
Beloved animated characters Wallace & Gromit host a six-part series on wild, weird, whacky, and incredibly innovated inventions and the inventors responsible for them in Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention.
Le Coq d’Or (The Golden Cockerel) was Rimsky-Korsakov’s final opera and is transformed into a kabuki theater showpiece by the forces of the Theatre Musical de Paris-Chatelet. A superb feast for the eyes and ears awaits viewers of this Arthaus Musik Blu-ray Disc.
Robert Carsen’s makeover of Wagner’s Tannhäuser succeeds in its portrayal of the conflicts between spiritual love and carnal desire. Strong singing and musical direction trumps sparse sets and nondescript modern costumes
Christoph Loy’s production of Mozart’s comic opera is long on vocalism and musicianship and short on sets. Still an enjoyable watch of a rarely performed masterpiece.
A Rossini Festival performance in Pesaro, this rarely performed opera is well conducted with a vocal mixed bag. Definitely worth watching but with reservations.
Fellini, Jazz & Co. is a delightful hour and a half of varied musical fare from Shostakovich to Rota. The atmosphere of an outdoor concert is well captured by video and audio engineers.
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.
A new and “updated” Die Zauberflöte by La Scala offers both visual and audio appeal. The youthful cast and clever special effects contribute to a very enjoyable watch.
A 20th anniversary tribute to legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins shows off the ballet corps of the Paris Opera Ballet. The Robbins pieces are stunning as witnessed by the videography.