Robert Carsen’s makeover of Wagner’s Tannhäuser succeeds in its portrayal of the conflicts between spiritual love and carnal desire. Strong singing and musical direction trumps sparse sets and nondescript modern costumes
Maestro Thielemann and his Dresden forces give viewers a superior reading of two pieces based on the Faustian Theme. This disc raises the bar awfully high for the future competition.
Christian Thielemann and his Bayreuth team collaborate to present a generally enjoyable first installment of a Blu-ray Ring Cycle with this 2010 performance of Die Walkure. Sonics are excellent, while the sets and costumes may not appeal to traditionalists.
La Fura Del Baus has mounted an unconventional, visually arresting Wagnerian Ring Cycle from Spain. This highlights disc of the the four opera’s best moments will demand and get your full attention.
It’s the original Ring to “rule them all” in a dazzlingly modern production that blends science fiction with Cirque du Soleil all captured in splendid 1080i.