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Wagner: Parsifal

Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Peter Mattei (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor), Rúni Brattaberg (Titurel), Maria Zifchak (Stimme)

Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera, Daniele Gatti, Francois Girard (dir.)

Kaufmann is the Parsifal we've all been waiting for...Matching his agonies are those of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Katarina Dalayman's lustrous, secure Kundry, while the relaxed, minimal gestures... More…

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2 DVD Videos

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 Offer Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato (Maria Stuarda), Elza van den Heever (Elisabetta), Matthew Rose (Talbot), Joshua Hopkins (Cecil), Matthew Polenzani (Leicester), Maria Zifchak (Anna Kennedy)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Maurizio Benini

handsomely designed...well acted and strongly sung. Elza van der Heever delivers a statuesque Elizabeth, if with tomboyish tendencies...DiDonato offers a physically plain, emotionally determined... More…

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2 DVD Videos

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 Offer Puccini: La Bohème

Angela Gheorghiu (Mimi), Ramón Vargas (Rodolfo), Ludovic Tézier (Marcello), Ainhoa Arteta (Musetta), Oren Gradus (Colline), Quinn Kelsey (Schaunard), Paul Plishka (Benoit/Alcindoro), Meredith Derr (Parpignol), Robert Maher (Sergente dei doganieri), Richard Pearson (Un doganiere)

The Metropolitan...

…the spectacular Zeffirelli staging, now rather showing its age. It still makes a good frame… for Ramón Vargas's engaging Rodolfo, sung with ardour, and Gheorghiu's fine-toned but rather grand... More…

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 New  Offer Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Elīna Garanča (Octavian), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs), Erin Morley (Sophie), Markus Brück (Herr von Faninal), Matthew Polenzani (An Italian singer)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Sebastian Weigle

2 DVD Videos

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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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 Offer The Enchanted Island

Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax), David Daniels (Prospero), Danielle de Niese (Ariel), Placido Domingo (Neptune), Luca Pisaroni (Caliban), Lisette Oropesa (Miranda), Layla Claire (Helena), Elizabeth DeShong (Hermia), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Ferdinand), Paul Appleby (Demetrius), Elliot Madore (Lysander)

Orchestra...

an all-you-can-eat operatic buffet...Daniels's hauteur, Oropesa's sweetness and Pisaroni's loneliness lend this frothy fantasy some fibre, while DiDonato's transformation from dreadlocked hag... More…

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2 DVD Videos

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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

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Bizet: Carmen

Elina Garanča (Carmen), Roberto Alagna (Don José), Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Escamillo), Barbara Frittoli (Micaela), Keith Miller (Zuniga), Elizabeth Caballero (Frasquita), Sandra Piques Eddy (Mercedes), Earle Patriarco (Dancaire), Keith Jameson (Remandado), Trevor Scheunemann (Morales)

Metropolitan...

...everyone on stage, from stars to comprimarios and children (authentically underfoot), crackles with individual life, ideal on video... Garanča's clean-cut Baltic mezzo and fresh good looks... More…

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2 DVD Videos

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 Offer Puccini: La Rondine

Angela Gheorghiu (Magda), Roberto Alagna (Ruggero), Lisette Oropesa (Lisette), Samuel Ramey (Ramblado), Marius Brenciu (Prunier)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Marco Armiliato

Armiliato's conducting...captures the right warmth, and the former Dream Team still look superb...The lyrical young Ruggero still suits Alagna...Ramey's now leathery tone embodies Ramblado's... More…

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Renee Fleming (Tatyana), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Onegin), Ramon Vargas (Lensky) & Elena Zaremba (Olga), Sergej Aleksashkin (Gremin), Svetlana Volkova (Larina), Larissa Shevchenko (Filipyevna), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Triquet), Richard Bernstein (Zaretzky), Keith Miller (Captain)

Orchestra and...

Luxuriously cast but staged with restraint, Robert Carsen's production as revived by Peter McLintock has already reached wide audiences through the Met's live screenings. For one, Onegin really... More…

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2 DVD Videos

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