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Rossini: L’Italiana in Algeri [Teatro Communale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

An upbeat and updated production of a classic comic opera, this Rossini Festival production of L’Italiana in Algeri on Blu-ray offers many smiles, outright guffaws, and nonstop shtick.

Tchaikowsky: The Merchant of Venice [Wiener Syhmphoniker/Nielsen/Bregenzer Festpiele] Blu-ray Review

Merchant of Venice would have benefited from the revisions that Tchaikowsky would have made had he lived long enough to make them.

Richard Strauss: Capriccio [Wiener Staatsoper/Eschenbach] Blu-ray Review

Somewhat perverse staging and bizarre costumes coupled with some vocal disappointments lets down what could have been a stellar Wiener StaatsOper production.

Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert [Villazon/Hampson] Blu-ray Review

The Odeonsplatz Concert is a nicely done outdoor concert with a star tenor and baritone and superb musical direction and videography.

Verdi: Aida [Oren/Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

With the exception of soprano Hui He in the title role, a less than stellar Aida that also suffers from subpar visuals.

Rossini: Matilde di Shabran [Martone/Teatro Comunale di Bologna] Blu-ray Review

The Blu-ray premiere of one of Rossini's least performed operas gets the star-treatment with luxurious casting and excellent videography.

Verdi: Messa da Requiem [Barenboim/Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

A towering performance of Verdi's chorale masterpiece, the only flaw is the "halo" that enfolds maestro Barenboim on occasion and some motion artifact.

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte [Bregenz Festival] Blu-ray Review

An innovative water-based setting of Mozart's comic singspiel opera

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