Experienced leader Mark Elder and two future stars give a good turn at La Traviata on Blu-ray from Opus Arte
A thoroughly reinvented Trovatore on a postage-stamp stage and harlequin costumes that features vocal luminaries Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo.
La Forza Del Destino, one of Verdi’s darkest works, receives a decent production from the Florence May Music Festival company. The vocal strengths of the cast compensate for some pretty bare staging and unrelenting darkness of the sets
Rigoletto, one of Verdi’s most popular operas, receives a Teatro di Regio Parma production that is beautifully shot but suffers from the vocal inadequacies of some of its principals.
A rarely performed middle Verdi opera, this Parma production gives us a good reason to watch and welcome a work that will be unfamiliar to many operagoers.
Il Trovatore receives an understaged and mostly undersung performance from the Teatro Regio di Parma. Headliner Marcelo Alvarez is the main reason to watch this Blu-ray, but unfortunately, he is also the only reason to watch it.
Part of the Tutto Verdi series from C Major, this is a seldom-performed minor masterpiece with a terrific score.The opera receives a strong performance with this 2012 Teatro Verdi Trieste production and gives viewers an opportunity to see a work that will be unlikely to receive a staging outside of Italy.
One of Verdi’s least performed operas, Il Corsaro receives a good if not great rendering by the Parmese forces and the principal soloists helped by the baton of maestro Montanaro.
Luisa Miller falls into Verdi’s middle period and, unlike other operas from that era, is an uneven work, both musically and dramatically. This 2006 performance has a number of strong contributions from its principal singers and musical director who do their best to make a case for this opera.
Alzira, a rarely heard early Verdi opera, receives its Blu-ray premiere with this concert performance from C Major. Uneven singing and the lack of staged drama undermine the impact of this production.