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Torroba: Luisa Fernanda (Teatro Real)

Torroba: Luisa Fernanda (Teatro Real)

Plácido Domingo (Vidal Hernando); Nancy Herrera (Luisa Fernanda); José Bros (Javier Moreno); Mariola Cantarero (Duchess Carolina);

"The production at the Teatro Real in Madrid was a top-of-the-range version...Vidal is a peach of a role for Domingo:his voice easily commands its baritone range and he dominates the action, convincingly heroic in voice and figure and still able to project a greying virility in the style of Sean Connery. Nancy Herrara as Luisa and Jose Bros as Javier gave fine support." (The Independent)

Turnage: Anna Nicole (The Royal Opera)

Turnage: Anna Nicole (The Royal Opera)

Eva-Maria Westbroek (Anna Nicole); Gerald Finley (The Lawyer Stern); Alan Oke (Old Man Marshall); Susan Bickley (Virgie);

".It's a tremendous show...shocking it isn't; stunning it is!" (The Independent)

Verdi: Aida (Arena di Verona) - Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray

Verdi: Aida (Arena di Verona) - Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray

Hui He (Aida); Marco Berti (Radames); Andrea Ulbrich (Amneris ); Ambrogio Maestri (Amonasro ); Roberto Tagliavini (The King); Antonella Trevisan (High Priestess); Antonello Ceron (A messenger); Orchestra, Chorus and Corps de Ballet of the Arena di Verona (Choir and Orchestra); Daniel Oren (Conductor); Gianfranco De Bosio (Director);

"It's straightforward, recalling Edwardian toy theatre...And the spectacle isn't overdone...Ulbrich is a fiery Amneris. But it's the Ethiopians who carry the day, with Maestri's thundering Amonasro and, above all, Chinese soprano Hui He's Aida, vocally strong and passionate and commanding a decent mezza voce" (BBC Music Magazine)

Verdi: Don Carlo (Teatro Regio, Torino)

Verdi: Don Carlo (Teatro Regio, Torino)

Ramón Vargas (Don Carlo ); Svetlana Kasyan (Elizabeth); Ildar Abdrazakov (Filippo II ); Ludovic Tézier (Rodrigo); Daniela Barcellona (Princess Eboli); Marco Spotti (Grand Inquisitor);

"Without doubt, the Argentinian director’s [Hugo de Ana] production is one of the best around…" (Liricamente)

Verdi: Falstaff (Glyndebourne)

Verdi: Falstaff (Glyndebourne)

Christopher Purves (Falstaff); Tassis Christoyannis (Ford); Dina Kuznetsova (Mrs Ford); Marie-Nicolre Lemieux (Mistress Quickly); Jennifer Holloway (Mrs Page); Bulent Bezduz (Fenton);

"Some of Glyndebourne’s more entrenched punters took umbrage at Richard Jones’s updating of Falstaff to a 1940s Ealing-comedy Windsor. Most, though, as you can hear throughout this film, roared at the gags in a production so sharply coordinated with the music." (BBC Music Magazine)