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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

James Morris (Hans Sachs), Ben Heppner (Walther von Stolzing), Karita Mattila (Eva), Thomas Allen (Beckmesser), Jill Grove (Magdalena), Matthew Polenzani (David), René Pape (Pogner), John Relyea (Nachtwächter)

Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, James Levine

Thank goodness for no quirky ideas...The singers are all outstanding, led by James Morris's warmly genial Sachs...and by Ben Heppner, who is an equally convincing Walther...Mattila not only looks... More…

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2 DVD Videos

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Strauss, R: Ariadne auf Naxos

Deborah Voigt (Ariadne/Prima Donna), Natalie Dessay (Zerbinetta), Susanne Mentzer (The Composer), Richard Margison (Bacchus/The Tenor), Wolfgang Brendel (The Music Master), Waldemar Kmentt (The Major-Domo), James Courtney (A Lackey), Mark Schowalter (An Officer), John Fiorito (A Wigmaker), Tony Stevenson...

...two prima donnas [Voigt and Mentzer] at the peaks of their careers having fun with the liveliest Elijah Moshinsky production I've seen...Dessay slips between complex human truth and the commedia... More…

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Verdi: Otello

Plácido Domingo (Otello), Renée Fleming (Desdemona), James Morris (Iago), Richard Croft (Cassio), Charles Anthony (Rodrigo), Alexander Anisimov (Lodovico), Jane Bunnell (Emilia), Christopher Schaldenbrand (Un Araldo), Ted Lambrinos (Monatano)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James...

It is good to have so telling a reminder on DVD of Placido Domingo's masterly assumption of the role of Otello...[Fleming was] then at her freshest and purest, yet also with power, looking and... More…

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Das Rheingold

James Morris (Wotan), Siegfried Jerusalem (Loge), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Alberich), Christa Ludwig (Fricka), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Fasolt), Matti Salminen (Fafner), MariAnne Häggander (Freia), Alan Held (Donner), Jean-Mark Baker (Froh), Heinz Zednik (Mime), Birgitta...

None of the four video-recorded versions can be called ideal; but this Met cycle has plenty of strong points. It's the only one Wagner would have recognised – no small consideration. It's frequently... More…

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7 DVD Videos

$68.75

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Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri

Marilyn Horne (Isabella), Paolo Montarsolo (Mustafa), Douglas Ahlstedt (Lindoro), Allan Monk (Taddeo), Myra Merritt (Elvira), Diane Kesling (Zulma), Spiro Malas (Haly)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine

Sparkily conducted by James Levine, Ponnelle's 1986 Met production goes for broad comedy rather than subtlety, but Marilyn Horne knows exactly how to sing Isabella, and receives strong buffo... More…

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Donizetti: Don Pasquale

Anna Netrebko (Norina), Matthew Polenzani (Ernesto), John Del Carlo (Don Pasquale), Mariusz Kwiecień (Malatesta)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, James Levine

Donizetti's modest little domestic comedy almost sinks under the weight of such production values. That is stays afloat is a tribute to Netrebko who unleashes some fearsome coloratura; and to... More…

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Berg: Lulu

Julia Migenes (Lulu), Evelyn Lear (Countess Geschwitz), Kenneth Riegel (Alwa), Frank Little (Painter/Negro), Franz Mazura (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper)

The Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, James Levine

Migenes in the performance of her career, supported by a sterling cast and James Levine on the podium. An entirely conventional production, it still holds up surprisingly well. More…

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Verdi: Macbeth

Zeljko Lucic (Macbeth), Maria Guleghina (Lady Macbeth), John Relyea (Banquo), Dimitri Pittas (Macduff)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, James Levine

…well propelled by Levine, and fairly effectively staged by Adrian Noble in a scruffy, modern-Balkans ambiance. Zeljko Lucic is a solid, mellifluous anti-hero, but low on charisma; Maria Guleghina... More…

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James Levine conducts Mascagni & Leoncavallo

Tatiana Troyanos (Santuzza), Anatoly Solovianenko (Turiddu), Vern Shinall (Alfio), Isola Jones (Lola), Jean Kraft (Lucia), Plácido Domingo (Canio), Teresa Stratas (Nedda), Sherrill Milnes (James Atherton)

The Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, James Levine

I doubt you'll hear or see a better show: Levine, in his early prime, leads with respect for the music and the verismo tradition and whips the action into a melodramatic frenzy...Domingo sings... More…

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Sung in English and abridged

Matthew Polenzani (Tamino), Nathan Gunn (Papageno), Ying Huang (Pamina), Erika Miklósa (Queen of the Night), René Pape (Sarastro), Greg Fedderly (Monostatos), David Pittsinger (Speaker), Jennifer Aylmer (Papagena), Wendy Bryn Harmer, Kate Lindsey, Tamara Mumford (Drei Damen)

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The best performance comes from Nathan Gunn as Papageno, with his irrepressible energy and sense of comic timing...Matthew Polenzani and Ying Huang make a believably young pair of lovers. The... More…

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