Updated version of Strauss’ masterpiece Der Rosenkavelier features some sensational vocal performances and sensitive conducting.
This domestic comedy opera offers Strauss’ gorgeous vocal music delivered by today’s leading proponent of the title role, the ageless Renée Fleming.
A manic but effective portrayal of Elektra’s heroine, and excepting the less than top-flight visuals, a compelling performance that demands our attention.
Somewhat perverse staging and bizarre costumes coupled with some vocal disappointments lets down what could have been a stellar Wiener StaatsOper production.
One of Richard Strauss’ vocal masterpieces, this Ariadne auf Naxos has its vocal strengths but is undermined by some bizarre dramaturgy.
EuroArts gives us some memorable archival performances of several of Strauss’ greatest vocal proponents caught in their prime
Strauss, a program of three symphonic tone poems, gets this new FRESH! series from Reference Recordings off to an auspicious start.
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.
A beautifully performed and filmed Opera Australia production of a classic opera is undermined by less than ideal recorded balance between soloists on stage and orchestra in the pit. Still worth a watch, given the otherwise high performance values.
This 2012 Vienna State Opera production delivers some excellent singing and musical direction with a less than ideal visual presentation.