Talbot: Like water for chocolate (Opus Arte)

This highly-praised Royal Ballet production intrigues and delights [RMay]

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The Zurich Affair – Wagner’s One and Only Love (Naxos)

A worthwhile effort is sadly – but seriously – flawed [RMay]

Britten: Albert Herring (Opus Arte)

An unmatchable and irreplaceable video makes a welcome return to the catalogues [PCG]


Anne-Sophie Mutter – Vivace (SWR Classic)

A revealing documentary sheds light on a superstar career [RMay]

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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (Opus Arte)

Sir Bryn Terfel triumphs in Mussorgsky’s original vision of his conscience-stricken Tsar [PCG]

Handel: Theodora (Opus Arte)

A radical feminist staging for a very well-sung account of Handel’s late masterpiece [RWe]

Rossini: Il turco in Italia (C Major)

A delightfully entertaining modern take on Rossini brings overtones of Fellini to the action [PCG]

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Lully: Acis et Galatée (Dynamic)

A premiere filming of Lully’s major stage work: intelligent production, convincing performance [RWe]

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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex (Dynamic)

A decent concert performance of Stravinsky’s great work, with a rarity to precede it [SB]

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Puccini: Manon Lescaut (Deutsche Grammophon)

(In Memoriam Déjà Review) Forget the limitations of this early video transcript and glory in Puccini’s music and the committed acting and singing [RJF]

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A Beethoven Concert (Arthaus Musik)

(Déjà Review) Subtle direction of the camera work adds to the very fine performances [SF]

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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) An unusual and challenging interpretation with exceptional performances by the two leads [AO]

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Verdi: Don Carlo (C Major)

A splendid memento of a magnificent production, despite too many cuts having been inflicted on the score [MP]

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Mascagni: L’amico Fritz (Dynamic)

A very good way to discover the attractions of Mascagni’s second opera [RWe]

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Bizet: Carmen (DG)

(Déjà Review) A great evening at the opera, crowned by Grace Bumbry’s great performance of Carmen [CH]

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Springtime in Amsterdam (Naxos)

An enjoyable and intriguing film that’s well worth seeking out [RMay]

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Bach’s Missing Pages (Fugue State Films)

A remarkable achievement [SG]

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La Divina Maria Callas in all her roles (Warner Classics)

A magnificent and comprehensive testament to the supremacy of the greatest singing actress of the 20C [RMo]

Offenbach: La Périchole (Naxos)

A benchmark production of Offenbach’s opéra bouffe, subtle yet full of colour [RW]

Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (Dynamic)

A modern-dress production that plays it pretty straight, and a very strong singing team [ST]

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Schubert: Eine Winterreise (Naxos)

Musically excellent and dramatically intriguing re-imagining of Schubert’s story [RWe]

The State Opera (Naxos)

Missed opportunities in a sporadically interesting film [LD]

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (ICA Classics)

(Déjà Review) Leinsdorf belatedly enters the select list of the greatest Tchaikovsky performances on record [CH]

Giordano: Siberia (C Major)

Bregenz gives Giordano’s tragic tale a contemporary twist [RMay]