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Verdi: La Forza del Destino [Teatro Regio di Parma] Blu-ray Review

A disappointing La Forza del Destino from Parma offers few vocal highlights and is rescued by the strong solo performance of baritone Vladimir Stoyanov and sympathetic leadership by maestro Gelmetti.

Verdi: La Traviata [Teatro Regio di Parma] Blu-ray Review

In a field already crowded with excellent Blu-ray Discs of Verdi's biggest hit, La Traviata, this new one comes in near the bottom. Sub-par singing of its lead soprano is further disadvantaged by boxy and occasionally distorted sound.

Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani [Teatro Regio di Parma] Blu-ray Review

While performed on a practically bare stage, this production of Verdi's infrequently played I Vespri Siciliani receives superb singing and musical direction.

Verdi: Macbeth [Teatro Regio di Parma] Blu-ray Review

Macbeth, a middle Verdi opera that has finally received its due, does not get a convincing performance in this Teatro Regio di Parma performance. With below the mark vocalism from its principals, even Verdi veteran conductor Bartoletti cannot bail out these proceedings.

Giuseppe Verdi: Oberto [Teatro Regio di Parma] Blu-ray Review

A largely successful mounting of Giuseppe Verdi's first opera, Oberto gets the royal treatment in Parma.

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata [Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour] Blu-ray Review

Unconventionally staged in the Sydney harbor by Francesca Zambello, this updated version of La Traviata produces some wondrous sights and sounds. Soprano Emma Matthews carries the day and viewers get a real sensory feast from this 2012 production.

Verdi: Un Giorno di Regno [Teatro Regio di Parma/Renzetti] Blu-ray Review

Approaching the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, a number of opera companies are gearing up with new productions of some of the master's less staged works. Un Giorno di Regno qualifies for this category while the current Teatro Regio di Parma performance unearths a minor masterpiece.

Verdi: Falstaff [Zurich Opera House/Gatti] Blu-ray Review

Falstaff, Verdi's final masterpiece, receives a strong production from the Zurich Opera. A quicksilver vocal cast, led by a natural fat knight, Ambrogio Maestri, makes Shakespeare's Windsor Forest, a comic neighborhood worth visiting.

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