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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 (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: Otello (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

Verdi: Otello (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

José Cura (Otello); Krassimira Stoyanova (Desdemona); Lado Ataneli (Jago); Vittorio Grigolo (Cassio); Ketevan Kemoklidze (Emilia);

"Verdi’s wise, passionate score was served with precision, gusto and a keen ear for drama by maestro Antoni Ros-Marbà and the solid, malleable Liceu orchestra." (Opera News)

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)

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (Teatro Real)

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (Teatro Real)

Manuela Uhl (Isabella); Christopher Maltman (Friedrich); Peter Lodahl (Lucio); Ilker Arcayürek (Claudio); Ante Jerkunica (Brighella); Ivor Bolton (Conductor); Kasper Holten (Director);

"Seen and Heard International" (...The production by Kasper Holten is excellent: fun, imaginative, lively, and beautifully suited to a comic opera)