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Videos: Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie - "Richard Wagner: 'Parsifal'"
American Record Guide (2014) Vol. 77, No. 5, pp. 257-258

The comes Act 2! A screen-filling description of hydrofluoric acid, berylulium bromide, hydrazine anhydrous, sulfur mustards--all deadly chemicals--precedes the prelude. Then a brilliantly white empty stage filled with fog or poisonous chemicals appears. In the center are two Kingsors--both in ...

Videos: Orchestra e Coro del Teatro la Fenice - "Giuseppe Verdi: 'Otello'; [documentary] 'La Leçon de Musique: Tito Gobbi, Roma, 1980'"
American Record Guide (2014) Vol. 77, No. 5, pp. 255-256

Verdi originally considered naming the opera Iago: he considered him the stronger character. He just might have done that if he had seen this August 6, 1966 performance. Neither set nor singers, nor orchestra nor chorus can compare with the ...

Videos: Concerto Köln - "Vinci: 'Artaserse'"
American Record Guide (2014) Vol. 77, No. 5, pp. 256

The tenor voice was then synonymous with evil and vice. That tenor got the role of the murderous Artabano. Artabano has murdered the father of Persian King Artaxerxes. But the main suspect is the king's closest friend, Arbace. (Baroque operas ...

Videos: Metropolitan Opera - "Wagner: 'Parsifal'"
American Record Guide (2014) Vol. 77, No. 5, pp. 256-257

I'm just sketching some of the details that struck me most. There are many other strange aspects to the production, enough to have kept me in such a faint state of irritation that it distracted me from the music. It's ...

Videos: Teatro Comunale di Bologna - "Richard Strauss: 'Salome'"
American Record Guide (2014) Vol. 77, No. 5, pp. 253-254

I would have gladly tolerated all of this if the performance were worth listening to. Mark Doss is a decent Jochanaan who sounds far more imposing when we hear his voice coming from underground. When he's raised to the surface, ...

Videos: English National Opera - "Britten: 'The Rape of Lucretia'"
American Record Guide (2014) Vol. 77, No. 5, pp. 242-243

The close-ups of the rape scene are quite disturbing, a bit more realistic than necessary. Christopher Maltman, a real bari-hunk, goes shirtless for the rape. Vocally he is ideal for Tarquinius: suave, sensitive, rich in voice. Sarah Connolly is a ...

Stereo Review (2014) Vol. 79, No. 5, pp. 70