Dvd

Verdi: La Traviata (The Royal Opera)

Verdi: La Traviata (The Royal Opera)

Renée Fleming (Violetta); Joseph Calleja (Alfredo); Thomas Hampson (Germont);

"Antonio Pappano takes charge of this revival, searching out the meaning of Verdi's score in a supple, sentient reading that sweeps you along." (The Guardian)

Verdi: Les vêpres siciliennes (De Nederlandse Opera)

Verdi: Les vêpres siciliennes (De Nederlandse Opera)

Barbara Haveman (Hélène); Burkhard Fritz (Henri); Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester (Guy de Montfort); Balint Szabo (Jean Procida);

"Alejandro Marco-Buhrmeister succeeds in evoking our sympathy in 'Au sein de la puissance'. The lovers sing tenderly; but what stands out in their Act 2 duet is some exquisite phrasing in the strings...There are a few cuts, including the cabaletta of Procida's 'Et toi, Palerme', but it's a worthwhile addition to the modest number of French grand operas on DVD." (Gramophone)

Verdi: Macbeth (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

Verdi: Macbeth (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

Carlos Álvarez (Macbeth); Maria Guleghina (Lady Macbeth); Roberto Scandiuzzi (Banquo); Begoña Alberdi (Lady in Waiting); Marco Berti (Macduff); Javier Palacios (Malcolm); Ferran Ilari (Fleance);

"A strong cast was the most prominent factor in the return of Macbeth to the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Carlos Álvarez...sung in glorious voice and with a good sense of the psychology of the character. His dominating Lady wasGuleghina...her dramatic presence is overwhelming, especially in her wonderful Sleepwalking scene." (Opera)

Verdi: Macbeth (The Royal Opera)

Verdi: Macbeth (The Royal Opera)

Simon Keenlyside (Macbeth); Liudmyla Monastyrska (Lady Macbeth); Raymond Aceto (Banquo);

"... an impressive company showcase, full of moments when chorus and orchestra are at full throttle. Whipped up by Antonio Pappano's baton, they sound truly thrilling." (The Guardian)

Verdi: Nabucco

Verdi: Nabucco

Jonathan Summers (Nabucco); Bruce Martin (Zaccaria); Rosemary Gunn (Fenena); Jeannie Kelso (Anna); Anson Austin (Ismaele); Elizabeth Connell (Abigaille);

"Jonathan Summers...was in wonderful voice and gave a performance of rich intensity and dramatic power...The Hebrews' choral lament, Va Pensiero, perhaps Verdi's most famous piece was given thrilling voice by The Australian Opera Chorus." (The Australian)

Verdi: Oberto (Ópera de Bilbao)

Verdi: Oberto (Ópera de Bilbao)

Ildar Abdrazakov (Oberto); Evelyn Herlitzius (Leonora); Carlo Ventre (Ricardo); Marianne Cornetti (Cuniza);

"Verdi'’s first opera launches the ambitious Tutto Verdi project in the capital of the Basque Country, Bilbao, supported by an international committee including Claudio Abbado, Carlo Bergonzi and Riccardo Chailly. Yves Abel achieves optimum directing, rhythmic sense and ideal control of dynamics without renouncing to the boldness of this already fascinating young Verdi. Ildar Abrazakov achieves a personal triumph...his fantastic tessitura, interpretation, vocalization, and his privileged timbre, make this young bass a precious element." (L'Opera)