While not the first choices for any of these three operas, Netrebko fans will enjoy watching this consummate artist at work with excellent supporting casts.
Director Herheim’s reinvention of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg sheds new light with this production, well conducted and well sung.
An all-Russian opening concert for the 2012 Salzburg Festival receives an idiomatic performance from the Wiener Philharmoniker led by Valery Gergiev. Well recorded and directed, this is a terrific account of an important annual event.
Věc Makropulos, a rarely performed late Janáček opera, is given superb musical treatment in this sparsely staged Salzburg Festival performance.
Riccardo Muti and the Wiener Philharmoniker were more than up to the task in 2008 for this staging of Verdi’s Otello at the Salzburg Festival, the first since Karajan and the orchestra’s in 1970 — see and hear it in hi-res from Unitel Classica.