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Best 19th/20th century operas on DVD

Simon Aiken "simonpiers"
 
Wagner - Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg [Levine, Heppner] [DVD] [2004] [NTSC]
Wagner - Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg [Levine, Heppner] [DVD] [2004] [NTSC]
"Stunning production even by Met standards, committed to film with meticulous care; buy it, watch it, and FEEL GOOD!"
Puccini: Madame Butterfly [DVD] [1995] [1997]
Puccini: Madame Butterfly [DVD] [1995] [1997]
"A stunning production all-round - fine acting and equally fine singing"
Verdi: Rigoletto [DVD]
Verdi: Rigoletto [DVD]
"Very strong male leads (Alvarez and Gavanelli) dominate this energetic performance"
Bizet: Carmen -- film version [DVD] [1985]
Bizet: Carmen -- film version [DVD] [1985]
"Big-budget film version with perennial appeal"
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen -- Metropolitan/Levine [DVD] [2002] [NTSC]
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen -- Metropolitan/Levine [DVD] [2002] [NTSC]
"Traditional production from the Met, assembling a uniformly outstanding cast - very loyal to Wagner's own intentions"
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde [DVD] [1998] [2000]
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde [DVD] [1998] [2000]
"Jon Fredric West makes this hideously difficult tenor role look almost easy; Waltraud Meier is a great match"
Der Fliegende Hollander [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Der Fliegende Hollander [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"A splendidly dramatic setting and strong leads make this a gripping opera"
Parsifal: Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [DVD] [2002] [NTSC]
Parsifal: Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [DVD] [2002] [NTSC]
"The Met's usual high production standards, with Siegfried Jerusalem in fine voice"
Tosca - Puccini [1976] [DVD] [2005] [NTSC]
Tosca - Puccini [1976] [DVD] [2005] [NTSC]
"Authentic settings, and Sherrill Milnes as a truly nasty Scarpia!"
Mascagni/Leoncavallo - Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci [DVD] [2005]
Mascagni/Leoncavallo - Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci [DVD] [2005]
"Cav 'n' Pag - where would we be without Placido Domingo on film?"
Verdi: Aida. Metropolitan Opera [DVD] [2000] [NTSC]
Verdi: Aida. Metropolitan Opera [DVD] [2000] [NTSC]
"You think the Met are trying to impress us with the scale of their sets? Well, they DO impress!"
La Boheme - Pal [DVD] [2003]
La Boheme - Pal [DVD] [2003]
"A young ensthusiastic cast - looks so FRESH!"
Turandot - Puccini - NTSC edition [1988] [DVD] [2003]
Turandot - Puccini - NTSC edition [1988] [DVD] [2003]
"A big production in every respect - a real 'show'"
Die Tote Stadt Pal [DVD] [2002]
Die Tote Stadt Pal [DVD] [2002]
"Overwhelming emotional, or just repulsive? Either way, this opera deserves far more popularity. Torsten Kerl is nothing but impressive in the terribly challenging lead role"