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Two Ballet Favourites by Christopher Wheeldon (Danish National Ballet/The Royal Ballet)

Two Ballet Favourites by Christopher Wheeldon (Danish National Ballet/The Royal Ballet)

Lauren Cuthbertson (Alice (Alice)); Sergei Polunin (Jack/The Knave of Hearts (Alice)); Edward Watson (Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit (Alice)); Zenaida Yanowsky (Mother/The Queen of Hearts (Alice)); Steven MacRae (Mad Hatter (Alice)); Anna Tsygankova (Cinderella (Cinderella)); Matthew Golding (Prince Guillaume (Cinderella)); Larissa Lezhnina (Stepmother Hortensia (Cinderella)); Megan Zimny Gray (Stepsister Edwina (Cinderella)); Nadia Yanowsky (Stepsister Clementine (Cinderella));

"What a treat this is - such an imaginative treatment of a favourite story. There are extraordinary, eccentric sets and special effects; colourful, larger-than-life, argumentative characters and extraordinary costumes. Lauren Cuthbertson, as Alice, is excellent, her every movement suggesting the actions and emotions of this curious, spirited pre-adolescent... Christopher Wheeldon’s choreography is very imaginative and fitting for every character." (Musicweb International (Alice))

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)

Verdi: I Due Foscari (The Royal Opera)

Verdi: I Due Foscari (The Royal Opera)

Plácido Domingo (Francesco Foscari); Francesco Meli (Jacopo Foscari ); Maria Agresta (Lucrezia Contarini ); Maurizio Muraro (Jacopo Loredano); Samuel Sakker (Barbarigo); Rachel Kelly (Pisana);

"Domingo ... is, unquestionably, rather fine in it. There’s strong conducting from Antonio Pappano, and the dark-hued score, all sombre brass and low strings, is excitingly played." (The Guardian)