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Verdi: The Shakespeare Operas (The Royal Opera/Gran Teatro de Liceu/Glyndebourne)

Verdi: The Shakespeare Operas (The Royal Opera/Gran Teatro de Liceu/Glyndebourne)

Simon Keenlyside (Macbeth (Macbeth)); Liudmyla Monastryrska (Lady Macbeth (Macbeth)); Raymond Aceto (Banquo (Macbeth)); José Cura (Otello (Otello)); Krassimira Stoyanova (Desdemona (Otello)); Lado Ataneli (Jago (Otello)); Christopher Purves (Sir John Falstaff (Falstaff)); Tassis Christoyannis (Ford (Falstaff)); Dina Kuznetsova (Alice Ford (Falstaff));

"With strong conducting from Antoni Ros-Marbà, the whole cast collaborate to give us the truth of this desperately upsetting work, as no other DVD and few live performances I've seen of it ever have." (BBC Music Magazine - Otello)

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Teatro Real)

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Teatro Real)

Marcelo Álvarez (Riccardo); Violeta Urmana (Amelia); Marco Vratogna (Renato); Elena Zaremba (Ulrico);

"Marcelo Álvarez surely has the most beautiful tenor voice to be heard today in any opera house…Violeta Urmana is one of the few dramatic sopranos regularly active just now and it is a pleasure to listen to her in such a demanding part as Amelia...Young Alessandra Marianelli made an exemplary Oscar, both as an actress and as a very accomplished singer. The role fits her like a glove and she was perfect...The orchestra gave a very good performance and the Chorus was on top form." (Seen and Heard International)

Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (The Royal Opera)

Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (The Royal Opera)

Plácido Domingo (Gustavus III [Gustavo]); Katia Ricciarelli (Amelia); Piero Cappuccilli (Anckarström [Renato]); Reri Grist (Oscar); Elizabeth Bainbridge (Madame Arvidson [Ulrica]); Gwynne Howell (Count Ribbing [Samuel] ); Paul Hudson (Count Horn [Tom]);

"Claudio Abbado is laser-focused with the Royal Opera Orchestra, making a strong argument for Verdi’s score as one of his most psychologically astute and dramatically nuanced." (Gramophone)

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Julia Fischer (Violin);

"It seems rather appropriate that, as with LP and CD, one of the first really outstanding DVDs of The Four Seasons should come from the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, this time directed and led vivaciously by Kenneth Sillito, and with a brilliant young soloist in Julia Fischer. She plays with remarkable freshness, obviously inspiring the Academy players also to give of their very best. The result is remarkably spontaneous, and one feels one is hearing this baroque masterpiece anew." (The Penguin Guide)

Vivier: Rêves d?un Marco Polo

Vivier: Rêves d?un Marco Polo

Susan Narucki (); Lani Poulson (); Claron McFadden (); Kathryn Harries (); Karl Daymond (); Johan Leysen ();

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (Teatro Real)

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (Teatro Real)

Christopher Maltman (Friedrich); Peter Lodahl (Lucio); Ilker Arcayürek (Claudio); David Alegret (Antonio); David Jerusalem (Angelo); Manuela Uhl (Isabella); Maria Miró (Mariana); Isaac Galán (Danieli); María Hinojosa (Dorella); Francisco Vas (Pontio Pilato);

"The production by Kasper Holten is excellent: fun, imaginative, lively, and beautifully suited to a comic opera. The sets consist of a house with multiple rooms and stairs which, based upon lighting and the imagination, serves as the whorehouse El Corso, a convent, and even a prison. The colourful costumes respond perfectly to the demands of this opera, or rather operetta (and very near to a musical). To this must be added a superb job of lighting and excellent choreography. Mr. Holten’s direction is outstanding from beginning to end, narrating the story effectively and bringing the action up to modern times. Ivor Bolton was on the podium with the first cast, and his reading was well-suited to the work." (Seen and Heard International)