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A taster rather than a complete collection
on 2 April 2010
This sampler disc has thirteen segments, each between three and four minutes long, from some of the world's most famous operas and from a couple of ballets. It is in parts the 'greatest hits' of opera, i.e. the bits that have been used in TV adverts.
Each of the excerpts is from a full-length Blu-Ray of that particular performance, and are essentially an advert for buying the full-length show. Most of the parts are complete songs or pieces, but a couple of them have rather abrupt edits in them which is a bit irritating.
It's also intended as a promotion for the HD Blu-ray format, and in parts it's visually stunning- especially in the ballets to see all the dancers in such clarity, but also in the operas where close-ups of the action make you feel like you're practically on-stage.
At less than 50 minutes of material (not 60 minutes as the description claims), it's not the most fulfilling of Blu-ray discs but it's a good starter. If (like me) you're only going to have one opera disc in your collection, it might as well be this one.