Index of DVD reviews

The basic structure of this page is an alphabetic index, by composer and work, of all the DVD and Blu-ray reviews that have appeared on Opera Ramblings.  Recital and documentary type disks are grouped at the end.  It’s a long list so I wrote some posts designed to guide readers to the the disks I find most worthwhile (as of April 2015).

“Best of” lists
Best overall recordings
Most interesting pre-1980 recordings
Best recordings of works prior to Mozart
Most interesting recordings of Mozart works
Personal favourite recordings of 21st century operas
Interesting recordings that didn’t make it onto the other lists

…and for fun, the weirdest opera video recordings.

Adams
The Death of Klinghoffer; Film, 2003
Doctor Atomic; Amsterdam, 2007 
El Niño; Paris, 2000
Nixon in China; Metropolitan Opera, 2011 

Adès
The Tempest; Metropolitan Opera, 2012

Albéniz
Merlin; Madrid, 2003

d’Albert
Tiefland; Zürich, 2006

Alfano
Cyrano de Bergerac; Valencia, 2007

Beethoven
Fidelio; Glyndebourne, 1979
Fidelio; Metropolitan Opera, 2000
Fidelio; Zürich, 2004 
Fidelio; Zürich, 2008
Fidelio; Salzburg, 2015

Bellini
I Capuletti e I Montecchi; San Francisco, 2012

Norma; Canadian Opera Company, 1981
Norma; Munich, 2006
Norma; Barcelona, 2015

I Puritani; Barcelona, 2001
I Puritani; Metropolitan Opera, 2007

La Sonnambula; Stuttgart, 2013

Benjamin
Written on Skin; Royal Opera House, 2013 

Berg
Lulu; Glyndebourne, 1996
Lulu; Salzburg; 2010
Lulu; Brussels, 2012

Wozzeck; Film, 1970
Wozzeck; Wiener Staatsoper, 1987
Wozzeck; Frankfurt, 1996
Wozzeck; Barcelona, 2007
Wozzeck; Moscow, 2010 
Wozzeck; Zürich, 2015

Berlioz
Les Troyens; Paris, 2003 
Les Troyens; Royal Opera House, 2012

Birtwistle
The Minotaur; Royal Opera House, 2008

Bizet
Carmen; Earl’s Court, 1999
Carmen; Glyndebourne, 2002 
Carmen; Royal Opera House, 2006
Carmen; Zurich, 2008
Carmen; Metropolitan Opera, 2010
Carmen; Barcelona, 2011

Boesmans
Julie; Aix-en-Provence, 2005

Boismortier
Don Quichotte chez la duchesse; Versailles, 2015

Boito
Mefistofele; San Francisco, 2013 

Borodin
Prince Igor; Metropolitan Opera, 2014

Britten
Albert Herring; Glyndebourne, 1985

Billy Budd; BBC film, 1966
Billy Budd; Glyndebourne, 2010 

Death in Venice; Glyndebourne Touring Opera, 1987
Death in Venice; Venice, 2008 

Gloriana; BBC film/Opera North, 2000
Gloriana; Royal Opera House, 2013

A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Glyndebourne, 1981
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Barcelona, 2005

Owen Wingrave; BBC2 film, 1970
Owen Wingrave; Channel 4 film, 2001

Peter Grimes; BBC film, 1969
Peter Grimes; Royal Opera House, 1981
Peter Grimes; ENO, 1994
Peter Grimes; Zurich, 2005
Peter Grimes; Metropolitan Opera, 2008
Peter Grimes; La Scala, 2012
Peter Grimes; Aldeburgh, 2013
Comparative round up of all seven available versions of Peter Grimes

The Rape of Lucretia; Snape, 2001
The Rape of Lucretia; Glyndebourne, 2015

The Turn of the Screw; Opera Australia, 1991
The Turn of the Screw; BBC Wales film, 1996
The Turn of the Screw; Glyndebourne, 2011

Busoni
Doktor Faust; Zurich, 2008

Cavalli
La Didone; Caen, 2011 
Ercole amante; Amsterdam, 2009
Il Giasone; Vlaamse Opera, 2010 

Chabrier
Une Éducation Manquée; Compiègne, 1994

Cherubini
Koukourgi; Klagenfurt, 2010
Médée; Brussels, 2011 

Chin
Alice in Wonderland; Munich, 2007

Cilea
Adriana Lecouvreur; Royal Opera House, 2010 

Debussy
Pelléas et Mélisande; WNO, 1992
Pelléas et Mélisande; Zurich, 2004
Pelléas et Mélisande; Theater an der Wien, 2009

Deshenov
Ice and Steel; Saarbrücken, 2007

Donizetti
Anna Bolena; Canadian Opera Company, 1984
Anna Bolena; Wiener Staatsoper, 2011 

Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali; La Scala, 2009
Don Pasquale; Cagliari, 2002
L’Elisir d’Amore; Glyndebourne, 2009 
La Fille du Régiment; Royal Opera House, 2007

Lucrezia Borgia; Munich, 2009
Lucrezia Borgia; San Francisco, 2011 

Maria Stuarda; Metropolitan Opera, 2013
Roberto Devereux; Munich, 2005

Dukas
Ariane et Barbe-bleue; Barcelona, 2011 

Dvorák
Rusalka; ENO, 1986
Rusalka; Paris, 2002
Rusalka; Munich, 2010
Rusalka; Brussels, 2012
Rusalka; Metropolitan Opera, 2014

de Falla
La Vida Breve; Valencia, 2012 

Floyd
Susannah; St. Petersburg (FL), 2014

Franck
Stradella; Liège, 2012

Gay/Britten
The Beggar’s Opera; BBC Film, 1963

Gershwin
Porgy and Bess; San Francisco, 2013 

Giordano
Andrea Chénier; Royal Opera House, 2015
Fedora; Metropolitan Opera, 1996

Glass
The Perfect American; Madrid, 2013 
Spuren der Verirrten; Linz, 2013

Gluck
Alceste; Paris, 2000

Iphigénie en Aulide; Amsterdam, 2011

Iphigénie en Tauride; Zurich, 2001
Iphigénie en Tauride; Amsterdam, 2011

Orfeo ed Euridice; Royal Opera House, 1991
Orphée et Eurydice; Paris, 2000
Orphée et Eurydice; Munich, 2003
Orfeo ed Euridice; Peralada, 2012

Gounod
Faust; Wiener Staatsoper, 1985
Mireille; Paris, 2010
Roméo et Juliette; Verona, 2011 

Graun
Montezuma; Bayreuth, 1982

Hahn
Ciboulette; Paris, 2014

Handel
Acis and Galatea; Royal Opera House, 2009 

Alcina; Wiener Staatsoper, 2011 
Alcina; Aix-en-Provence, 2015

Ariodante; ENO, 1996
Ariodante; Spoleto, 2007

Belshazzar; Aix-en-Provence, 2008

Giulio Cesare; Sydney, 1994
Giulio Cesare; Glyndebourne, 2005 
Giulio Cesare; Copenhagen, 2005
Giulio Cesare; Salzburg, 2012

Hercules; Paris, 2004

Messiah; Theater an der Wien, 2009

Orlando; Zurich, 2008

Partenope; Copenhagen, 2008

Rinaldo; Munich, 2001
Rinaldo; Glyndebourne, 2011 

Rodelinda; Glyndebourne, 1998
Rodelinda; Theater an der Wien, 2011

Saul; Glyndebourne, 2015

Semele; Zurich, 2007

Serse; Dresden, 2000

Tamerlano; Halle, 2001

Theodora; Glyndebourne, 1996
Theodora; Salzburg 2009 

Hartmann
Simplicius Simplicissimus; Stuttgart, 2005

Haydn
Il Mondo della Luna; Theater an der Wien, 2009 
Orlando Paladino; Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2009

Heggie
Moby Dick; San Francisco, 2012

Henze
Boulevard Solitude; Barcelona, 2007
L’Upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe; Salzburg, 2003

Humperdinck
Hansel and Gretel; Metropolitan Opera, 2008
Hänsel und Gretel; Royal Opera House, 2008 

Janáček
The Cunning Little Vixen; Paris, 1995
The Cunning Little Vixen; Florence, 2009
The Cunning Little Vixen; Glyndebourne, 2012

From the House of the Dead; Aix-en-Provence, 2007

Jenůfa; Glyndebourne, 1998
Jenůfa; Madrid, 2009
Jenůfa; Deutsche Oper, 2014 

Kat’a Kabanová; Glyndebourne, 1988
Kat’a Kabanová; Madrid, 2010

Věk Makropulos; Glyndebourne, 1995
Věk Makropulos; Salzburg, 2011

Knussen
Where The Wild Things Are & Higglety, Pigglety, Pop; Glyndebourne, 1985

Korngold
Die Tote Stadt; Deutsche Oper, 1983
Die Tote Stadt; Helsinki, 2010

Lalo
Le Roi d’Ys; Liège, 2008

Leoncavallo
Pagliacci; Royal Opera House, 2015
Pagliacci; Salzburg, 2015

Ligeti
Le Grand Macabre; Barcelona, 2011

Louie
Burnt Toast; Film, 2005

Lully
Armide; Paris, 2008 
Atys; Paris, 2011 
Cadmus et Hermione; Paris, 2008
Persée; Opera Atelier, 2004

Mascagni
Cavalleria Rusticana; Royal Opera House, 2015
Cavalleria Rusticana; Salzburg, 2015

Massenet
Cendrillon; Royal Opera House, 2011
Don Quichotte; Sofia, 2009

Manon; Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2007
Manon; Liège, 2014

Thaïs; Metropolitan Opera, 2008

Messiaen
Saint François d’Assise; Amsterdam, 2008

Meyerbeer
L’Africaine; San Francisco, 1988
Dinorah; Compiègne, 2002
Les Huguenots; Opera Australia, 1990
Die Hugenotten; Deutsche Oper, 1991

Monteverdi
Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda; Amsterdam, 1993

L’incoronazione di Poppea; Film, 1979
L’incoronazione di Poppea; Amsterdam, 1994
L’incoronazione di Poppea; Aix-en-Provence, 2000
L’incoronazione di Poppea; Barcelona, 2009
L’incoronazione di Poppea; Madrid, 2010
L’incoronazione di Poppea; Oslo, 2010

L’Orfeo; Film, 1978
L’Orfeo; Barcelona, 2002

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria; Film, 1979
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria; Aix-en-Provence, 2002
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria; Madrid, 2007

Mosca
Signor Goldoni; Venice, 2007

Mozart
Ascanio in Alba; Salzburg, 2006

Bastien und Bastienne/Der Schauspieldirektor; Salzburg, 2006

La clemenza di Tito; Film, 1980
La clemenza di Tito; Salzburg, 2003
La clemenza di Tito; Paris, 2005
La clemenza di Tito; Zurich, 2005

Così fan tutte; Film, 1988
Così fan tutte; Paris, 1992
Così fan tutte; Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2002
Così fan tutte; Salzburg, 2006
Così fan tutte; Salzburg, 2009
Così fan tutte; Madrid, 2013 
Così fan tutte; Salzburg, 2013

Davide penitente; Salzburg, 2015

Don Giovanni; Deutsche Oper, 1961
Don Giovanni; La Scala, 1987
Don Giovanni; Wiener Staatsoper, 1999
Don Giovanni; Metropolitan Opera, 2000
Don Giovanni; Barcelona, 2002
Don Giovanni; Salzburg, 2006
Don Giovanni; Royal Opera House, 2008 
Don Giovanni; Salzburg, 2008
Don Giovanni; Glyndebourne, 2010
Don Giovanni; Aix-en-Provence, 2010
Don Giovanni; Royal Opera House, 2014 
Don Giovanni; Salzburg, 2014

Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Stuttgart, 1998
Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Aix-en-Provence, 2004
Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Amsterdam, 2008

La finta giardiniera; Lille, 2014

Idomeneo; Metropolitan Opera, 1982
Idomeneo; Salzburg, 2006
Idomeneo; Munich, 2008

Mitridate, rè di Ponto; Royal Opera House, 1993

Le nozze di Figaro; Film, 1976
Le nozze di Figaro; Paris 1993
Le nozze di Figaro; Glyndebourne, 1994
Le nozze di Figaro; Salzburg, 2006
Le nozze di Figaro; Royal Opera House, 2006 
Le nozze di Figaro; Madrid, 2009 
Le nozze di Figaro; Salzburg, 2015

Trollflöjten; Film 1975
Die Zauberflöte; Metropolitan Opera, 1991
Die Zauberflöte; Ludwigsburg, 1992
Die Zauberflöte; Royal Opera House, 2003
Die Zauberflöte; Salzburg, 2006
The Magic Flute; Film, 2006
Die Zauberflöte; La Scala, 2012
Die Zauberflöte; Baden-Baden, 2013

Mussorgsky
Boris Godunov; St. Petersburg, 1990
Boris Godunov; Munich, 2013 

Khovanshchina; Vienna, 1989
Khovanshchina; Barcelona, 2007

Nielsen
Saul og David; Copenhagen, 2015

Offenbach
La Belle Helène; Zurich, 1997
La Belle Helène; Paris, 2000

La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein; Paris, 2004
La Vie Parisienne; Lyon, 1991

Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Paris, 2002
Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Bilbao, 2006
Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Barcelona, 2013

Orphée aux Enfers; Lyon, 1997

Pergolesi
Il prigionier superbo and La serva padrona; Jesi, 2009/11 

Pfitzner
Palestrina; Munich, 2009

Pizzetti
Assassinio nella Cattedrale; Bari, 2007

Poulenc
Dialogues des Carmélites; Strasbourg, 1999
Dialogues des Carmélites; La Scala, 2004
Dialogues des Carmélites; Paris, 2013

La voix humaine; Film, 2011

Prokofiev
The Gambler; Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2008 
The Gambler; St. Petersburg, 2010

L’Amour des trois oranges; Amsterdam, 2005 
L’Amour des trois oranges; Paris, 2005

Puccini
Gianni Schicchi; Glyndebourne, 2004 

La Bohème; San Francisco, 1988
La Bohème; Film, 2008
La Bohème; Oslo, 2012

La Rondine; Metropolitan Opera, 2009

Madama Butterfly; Film, 1974

Manon Lescaut; Royal Opera House, 1983

Tosca; La Scala, 2000
Tosca; Royal Opera House, 2012

Il Trittico; Royal Opera House, 2011 

Turandot; Beijing, 1999
Turandot; Valencia, 2008
Turandot; La Scala, 2015

Purcell
Dido and Aeneas; Film (Canada), 1995
Dido and Aeneas; Film (UK), 1995
Dido and Aeneas; Paris, 2008
Dido and Aeneas; Royal Opera House, 2009
Dido and Aeneas; Rouen, 2014

King Arthur; Salzburg, 2004
King Arthur; Montpellier, 2009

The Fairy Queen; Glyndebourne, 2009

Rachmaninov
The Miserly Knight; Glyndebourne, 2004 

Rameau
Les Boréades; Paris, 2003
Castor et Pollux; Amsterdam, 2008
Hippolyte et Aricie; Glyndebourne, 2013
Les Indes galantes; Paris, 2003
Les Paladins; Paris, 2004
Plateé; Paris, 2002
Zoroastre; Drottningholm, 2006

Ravel
L’heure espagnole and L’enfant et les sortilèges; Glyndebourne, 2012 

Reimann
Lear; Hamburg, 2014
Medea; Vienna, 2010

Rihm
Dionysos; Salzburg, 2010

Rossini
Adelaide di Borgogna; Pesaro, 2011 
Aureliano in Palmira; Pesaro, 2014

Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Film, 1972
Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Glyndebourne, 1982
Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Madrid, 2005 

La Cenerentola; Film, 1981
La Cenerentola; Salzburg, 1988

Ciro in Babilonia; Pesaro, 2012 

Le Comte Ory; Metropolitan Opera, 2011
Le Comte Ory; Zurich, 2012

La Donna del Lago; Metropolitan Opera, 2015
Ermione; Glyndebourne, 1995
Guillaume Tell; Pesaro, 2013 
Otello; Zurich, 2012
Tancredi; Schwetzingen, 1992
Il Turco in Italia; Zurich, 2002
Il Viaggio a Reims; Barcelona, 2003

Saariaho
L’Amour de Loin; Helsinki, 2004

Scarlatti
Dove è Amore è Gelosia; Krumlov, 2011 

Schoenberg
Moses und Aron; Film, 1975
Moses und Aron; Paris, 2015

Von Heute auf Morgen; Venice, 2008

Schubert
Fierrabras; Salzburg, 2014

Schumann
Genoveva; Zürich, 2008

Shostakovich
Katerina Izmailova; Film, 1966
The Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District; Barcelona, 2002
The Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District; Amsterdam, 2006
The Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District; Florence, 2008 

Somers
Louis Riel; Canadian Opera Company, 1969

Spontini
La fuga in maschera; Jesi, 2012

Strauss, Johann
Die Fledermaus; Munich, 1987
Die Fledermaus; Seefestspiele Mörbisch, 1996
Die Fledermaus; Salzburg, 2001
Die Fledermaus; Glyndebourne, 2009

Eine Nacht in Venedig; Film, 1973

Der Zigeunerbaron; Seefestspiele Mörbisch, 2000

Strauss, Richard
Arabella; Wiener Staatsoper, 2012

Ariadne auf Naxos; Salzburg, 1965
Ariadne auf Naxos; Film, 1978
Ariadne auf Naxos; Metropolitan Opera, 1988
Ariadne auf Naxos; Dresden, 2000
Ariadne auf Naxos; Metropolitan Opera, 2003
Ariadne auf Naxos; Zurich, 2006
Ariadne auf Naxos; Glyndebourne, 2013 

Capriccio; San Francisco, 1993
Capriccio; Paris, 2004
Capriccio; Metropolitan Opera, 2011

Elektra; Metropolitan Opera, 1980
Elektra; Film, 1981
Elektra; Zürich, 2005
Elektra; Salzburg, 2010
Elektra; Baden-Baden, 2010
Elektra; Aix-en-Provence, 2013

Feuersnot; Palermo, 2014 

Die Frau ohne Schatten; Salzburg, 1992
Die Frau ohne Schatten; Salzburg, 2011 
Die Frau ohne Schatten; St. Petersburg, 2011

Intermezzo; Glyndebourne, 1983

Die Liebe der Danae; Deutsche Oper, 2011

Der Rosenkavalier; Salzburg, 1961
Der Rosenkavalier; Royal Opera House, 1985
Der Rosenkavalier; Vienna, 1994
Der Rosenkavalier; Salzburg, 2004

Salome; Film, 1974
Salome; Royal Opera House, 1992
Salome; Royal Opera House, 2008 

Stravinsky
The Rake’s Progress; Glyndebourne, 1975
The Rake’s Progress; Brussels, 2007
The Rake’s Progress; Glyndebourne, 2010

Le Rossignol; Film, 2005

Sturminger
The Giacomo Variations; Vienna, 2011
The Infernal Comedy; Vienna, 2009

Tan Dun
The First Emperor; Metropolitan Opera, 2007
Marco Polo; Amsterdam, 2008

Tchaikovsky, Piotr
Eugene Onegin; Film, 1988
Eugene Onegin; Metropolitan Opera, 2007
Eugene Onegin; Valencia, 2011 

Queen of Spades; St. Petersburg, 1992

Tchaikowsky, André
The Merchant of Venice; Bregenz, 2013

Thomas
Hamlet; Barcelona, 2003

Ullmann
Der zerbrochene Krug; Los Angeles, 2008

Verdi
Don Carlo; Amsterdam, 2004
Don Carlos; Paris, 1996

Falstaff; Glyndebourne, 2009

La forza del destino; Munich, 2014

Macbeth; Royal Opera House, 2011 

Nabucco; Royal Opera House, 2013

Otello; Film, 1974
Otello; Salzburg, 2008 
Otello; Salzburg, 2016
Otello; Macerata, 2016

Rigoletto; Zürich, 2006

Simon Boccanegra; Royal Opera House, 2010 

La Traviata; Aix-en-Provence, 2003
La Traviata; Salzburg, 2005
La Traviata; La Scala, 2007
La Traviata; Royal Opera House, 2009 bra
La Traviata; Aix-en-Provence, 2011

Il Trovatore; Metropolitan Opera, 2011

I vespri Siciliani; La Scala, 1989

Vinci
Artaserse; Nancy, 2012

Vivaldi
Orlando Furioso; Paris, 2011

Wagner
Der fliegender Holländer; Bayreuth, 1985
Der fliegender Holländer; Amsterdam, 2010 

Götterdämmerung; Bayreuth, 1980
Götterdämmerung; Bayreuth, 1991
Götterdämmerung; Copenhagen, 2006

Lohengrin; Metropolitan Opera, 1986
Lohengrin; Vienna, 1992
Lohengrin; Munich, 2009
Lohengrin; Bayreuth, 2011

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Bayreuth, 2008
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; Glyndebourne, 2011 

Parsifal; Brussels, 2011
Parsifal; Metropolitan Opera, 2013
Parsifal; Staatsoper Berlin, 2015

Das Rheingold; Bayreuth, 1980
Das Rheingold; Bayreuth, 1991
Das Rheingold; Copenhagen, 2006

Rienzi; Toulouse, 2012

Siegfried; Bayreuth, 1980
Siegfried; Bayreuth, 1991
Siegfried; Copenhagen, 2006

Tannhäuser; Barcelona, 2008
Tannhäuser; Copenhagen, 2009

Tristan und Isolde; Bayreuth, 1995
Tristan und Isolde; Metropolitan Opera; 1999
Tristan und Isolde; La Scala, 2007
Tristan und Isolde; Bayreuth, 2009 
Tristan und Isolde; Bayreuth, 2015

Die Walküre; Bayreuth, 1980
Die Walküre; Bayreuth, 1991
Die Walküre; Copenhagen, 2006

Weber
Der Freischütz; Film, 1968
Der Freischütz; Zürich, 1999
Der Freischütz; Dresden, 2015

Weill
Die Dreigroschenoper; Film, 1931

The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Salzburg, 1998
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Los Angeles, 2007
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Madrid, 2010 

Wuorinen
Brokeback Mountain; Madrid, 2014 

Zemlinsky
Der Zwerg; Los Angeles, 2008

Zimmermann
Die Soldaten; Salzburg, 2012

Recitals, Documentaries etc
Barbara Hannigan – Concert Documentary; 2014
Cecilia and Bryn at Glyndebourne; 1999
Le miracle d’une voix; 1993-2003
Maria Callas at Covent Garden; 1962 and 1964
The Real Don Giovanni; 1998
traviata et nous; 2011

Want more reviews?

Not finding what you want here? Want a second opinion? Over at Mostly Opera Monika Rittershaus has reviewed over 200 DVDs. There’s not much overlap with my list and Monika tends to come at the task from a somewhat different perspective so her page is definitely worth a look.

 A note on my reviewing philosophy/approach

My reviews are both a personal opinion and an attempt to offer a kind of review of opera DVDs and Blu-rays which is hard to find elsewhere.  Of course I evaluate the production concept and how well it is executed as well as the quality of the music making though, not being a musicologist or a trained singer, you will not find highly detailed analysis of the “such and such a character did/did not execute a trill in the repeat of such and such da capo aria” variety.  What I do do is attempt to evaluate the disk as such rather than just review what was on stage with perhaps a few cursory remarks about the disk specific aspects of the production.  I believe that recordings are as much the work of the video director and engineering team as they are of the cast and creative team and I try to give full weight to their work in the review.  In my reviews you will read a fairly detailed critique of the video direction as well as an evaluation of the audio-visual quality of the package.  (I find it odd that many reviewers make comments about sound quality without even identifying which sound track they were listening to!)

I strongly believe that Blu-ray has significant advantages over DVD and review that format when I can which means (a) it exists in that format and (b)either I get a review copy or I buy it. The other major source of disks is the Toronto public library system which doesn’t carry Blu-ray so quite often even when Blu-ray is available I will end up reviewing the DVD version. Where I have reviewed the Blu-ray I have marked the entry on this page with a . Where I have reviewed the release on DVD but I know that Blu-ray is available I have indicated with . Absence of this icon should not be taken as a definitive indication that Blu-ray is not available.  Things change and the Met, in particular,is quite prone to releasing its HD broadcasts on DVD well ahead of an eventual Blu-ray release.  On a final note, one can usually assume that a recording issued on Blu-ray was prepared from HD audio and video material but if it has a recording date before about 2000 it’s more likely to be a digitally enhanced non-HD recording. These can be very good and I welcome the trend to cheap Blu-ray reissues of older material but they aren’t of the technical quality of the newer ones. That said, the Sellars’ Theodora is pretty good (and a magnificent production/performance).

3 thoughts on “Index of DVD reviews

  1. Very interesting blog! I’m very glad I came across it. Have you seen Purcell’s The Fairy Queen done by the English National Opera? I’d be interested in your review.

    • The only version of The Fairy Queen I’ve seen is the Glyndebourne one which I really like. I’ll keep an eye out for the ENO one. I think my favourite interpretation of a semi-opera would be the Salzburg King Arthur. It’s a bit quirky but tremendous fun.

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