Opera Reviews

I decided to change this title of this page from DVD Reviews to Opera Reviews, since I find I am watching/reviewing more and more webcasts. However, performances were viewed on DVD unless otherwise noted.

Bellini, Vincenzo

La Sonnambula – Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2012 (Arte Webcast)

Berlioz, Hector

Beatrice e Benedict  – Glyndebourne, 2016 (Glyndebourne website Stream)
 Berlioz from Glyndebourne

Dallapiccolo, Luigi

Il Prigioniero – New York Philharmonic (Radio Broadcast), 2013
  Gerald Finley is Il Prigioniero

Debussy, Claude

Pelléas et Mélisande – Glyndebourne, 1998 
  Part 1 Turn Off Your Mind...
  Part 2 Relax and Float Downstream

Donizetti, G. 

L'Elisir d'Amore – Metropolitan Opera, 2012 (Met Live in HD)

Escaich, Thierry

Claude – Opéra de Lyon, 2013 (Arte Webcast)

Glass, Philip

The Perfect American – Teatro Real, Madrid, 2013 (Medici Webcast)
  Post 1 Preview
  Post 2 The Perfect American (A Review)

Gluck, Ch. W. 

Orphée et Eurydice – Châtelet Théâtre Musical de Paris, 2000 
  The Baroque Stylings of…Robert Wilson? (or Blue Orpheus)

Orphée et Eurydice La Monnaie, Brussels, 2014 
  Preview 1 More About Orphée – Online Soon from La Monnaie
  Preview 2 La Monnaie's Orphée – Some Background
  Review  Moving Orphée from La Monnaie 

Handel, G. F.

Messiah – Theater an der Wien, 2009
  Part 1 Not Your Father's Messiah
  Part 2 Strange and Wonderful
  Part 3 Not Your Mother's Messiah, Either

Theodora – Salzburg, 2009

Wordle: Makropulos

Janáček, Leos

Věc Makropulos – Salzburg, 2009
  Part 1 The 337-year-old Diva
  Part 2 Everything Old is New Again
  Interlude Der Festspielhaus Maus
  Part 3 Give Me Alchemy, or Give Me Death

From the House of the Dead – Aix-en-Provence, 2007
  You Need to See this Opera


I Pagiliacci (with Cavalliera Rusticana) – Liege, 2013 (Arte Webcast)


Cavalliera Rusticana (with Pagiliacci) – Liege, 2013 (Arte Webcast)

Mozart, W. A.

Apollo et Hyacinthus – Salzburg, 2006 (M22)

La Clemenza di Tito  La Monnaie, Brussels, 2013 (La Monnaie Webcast)
  Preview La Clemenza at La Monnaie
  Part 1 Servilia and Annio – The Strongest Characters in La Clemenza di Tito?
  Part 2 Personal Drama Played Out in Public

Cosi Fan Tutte – Film by Jesusa Rodriguez, 1997 (Excerpts found on YT)
  Part 1 Opera as Telenovela
  Part 2 A Feminist Cosi

Cosi Fan Tutte – Salzburg, 2006 (M22)
  Part 3 Marry Me a Little

Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Salzburg Festpiele (Webcast), from Hangar 7, 2013
  Part 1 Abduction from Hangar 7
  Part 2 Re-Abducted – Mozart in Hangar 7, Part 2
  Part 3 Die Entfürhung aus Hangar 7 – The Review

Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Bayerischer Staatsoper, Munich, 1980
  Part 1 Time to Get Down On Your Knees
  Part 2 It Must Never Excite Disgust
  Bonus What Did Entführung Ever Do To You?

Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Staatsoper Stuttgart,1998
  Part 1 Double Fun
  Part 2 Buy One, Get One Free

Don Giovanni – Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, 2013
  Post Preview
  Post 2 

Don Giovanni – Dijon, 2013 (Medici Webcast)
  Don Giovanni di Dijon Disappointing

Don Giovanni – Zurich, 2006
  Part 1 The Music and The Mirror
  Part 2 Never Stick Your Hand Inside a Singing Statue

Mitridate, Re di Ponto – Salzburg, 2006 (M22)

Le Nozze di Figaro – Paris Opera, 2006
  Part 1 The Chair, the Stair, and the Lectern
  Part 2 Eyeglasses and Wine Glasses

Requiem – Vienna, 1991 (no, not an opera, but operatic!)
  Mozart Requiem for Mozart

Die Zauberflöte – Baden-Baden, 2013 (Arte Webcast)
  Part 2 It Takes a Village

Die Zauberflöte – Zurich, 2000
  Part 2 Pounced into Eternal Night

Puccini, G.

La Boheme – Bregenzer Festspiel, 2002 
  Part 1 Cafe Grandissimo
  Part 2 A Cozy Table for Two Hundred

La Boheme – Royal Opera House, 2013 (Cinema Broadcast)

  OK Tevye, Tradition Ain’t All Bad 

Madama Butterfly – Teatro Real, Madrid, 2017 (The Opera Platform)
  Madama Butterly "en Cinema" – so What?

Tosca – Zurich, 2009
Wordle: Tosca Review  Part 1 Life is Art
  Part 2 Art is Life

Ravel, Maurice

Ravel: L’Enfant et les Sortilèges – Berliner Philharmoniker, 2008 (DCH)

  Digital Concert Hall

Saariaho, Kajia

L'amour de Loin – Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, 2016
  Distanced from L'amour de Loin

Schubert, Franz

Fierrabras – Zurich Opera, 2005
  Father Knows Best?

Strauss, Richard

Arabella – Metropolitan Opera, 1995
  Back to the Future

Arabella – Zurich, 2007
  It's Different for Girls

Ariadne auf Naxos – Zurich, 2006

  Part 1 Is this the Real Life?
  Part 2 They Shoot Composers, Don't They?
  Part 3 More Questions than Answers

Capriccio – Opéra National de Paris, 2004
  Part 1 Opera about Opera
  Part 2 A Decision Not to Decide

Stravinsky, Igor

Oedipus Rex – Armel Opera Festival, 2013 (Arte Webcast) 

  Science Fiction Double Feature: Stravinsky and Stockhausen


Eugene Onegin –  Metropolitan Opera, 2007
  Part 1: Les Feuilles Mortes et Des Rangées de Chaises
  Part 2: It's all Fun and Games till Someone Challenges You to a Duel

Verdi, Giuseppe

Don Carlo – Salzburg, 1986
  In Spite of the Director

La Forza del Destino 
– Liege, 2013 (Arte Webcast)
  La Forza del Destino

La Traviata – La Scala, 2013 (Arte Webcast)
  Post 1 Piotr Peeved with La Scala's Loggionisti
  Post 2 Meanwhile, Back at La Scala with Piotr and Diana...

  Post 3 La Scala La Traviata on La Arte La-ive Web

  Post 4 Boo Who? – Awkward La Scala La Traviata (Review Part 1)

  Post 5 Boo Who, Part Two (Review Part 2)

  Post 6 Final Note (maybe)

La Traviata – La Monnaie, Brussels, 2012 (La Monnaie Webcast)
  More Disturbing Than Shocking

La Traviata – Salzburg, 2005
  I Have a Theory, and it's Mine

Il Trovatore - Bayerische Staatsoper, 2013
  Post 1 First Review (and some audio)
  Post 2 Trovatore on the Tube (Temporarily)

Simon Boccanegra – Göthenberg, Sweden, 2013 (Sveriges Radio Broadcast)
  Simon in Sweden (Radio Broadcast)

Wagner, Richard

Der Fliegende Holländer – Bayreuth, 1985
  Part 1 I Love You for Senta-mental Reasons
  Part 2 I Never Sang for my Father

Der Fliegende Holländer – Bayrische Staatsoper, 2013 (Live Webcast)
  Review of the Live Webcast
  Clip: The Dutchman, The Girl, and The Gown

Lohengrin – Bayreuth, 2011
  Pre-review No Escape From the Rat Race
  Part 1
  Part 2 

Lohengrin – Gran Teatre del Liceu, 2006
  Loved Her, Hated Him

Lohengrin – La Scala, 2012 (Cinema Broadcast)

  Post 1 Jonas Kaufmann Interview: Lohengrin
  Post 2 More on Lohengrin, More on Regie, and More Blog Posts I Wish I had Written
  Post 3 Kaufmann is Lohengrin at La Scala: The Video (Another Pre-Review)
  Post 4 Jonas Kaufmann is Lohengrin – Coming Soon to a Theater Near You
  Post 5 I think I may be in love with Annette Dasch (Sort of an Actual Review)
  Post 6 Lohengrin at La Scala – Impressions from the Cinema
  Post 7 Lohengrin at La Scala – A Few Thoughts about Elsa and Gottfried
  Post 8 Maybe it WAS all a Dream – Elsa, Ortrud, and Gottfried

Lohengrin – Metropolitan Opera, 1986
  Safe for Regie-phobes

Parsifal – Metropolitan Opera, 2013
  Post 1 Previews from Dress Rehearsal
  Post 2 More About the New Met Parsifal (Backstage Interview)

Parsifal – Zurich, 2007
  Great Singing, Dull Staging

Der Ring Des Nibelungen – Metropolitan Opera, 2010-11 (As Seen on TV)
  Post 1  Wagner's Dream, or Bob's Machine?
  Post 2  This Ring Thing is Looking Up
  Post 3  Siegfried @ the Met
  Post 4  Nothung, Nothung!

Tristan und Isolde – Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, 2016
  Tristan und Isolde in HD – I love you so much I could die!

Wuorinen, Charles

Brokeback Mountain – Teatro Real, Madrid, 2014 (Medici Webcast)
  Post 1 Charles Wuorinen's Brokeback Mountain – Video Online Soon

updated 07/04/2017

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