Sunday, September 29, 2013

Films from the San Francisco Opera

We are constantly confronted with ads for films from the Met, so maybe it's time to consider some from San Francisco.  If this is too commercial for you, I apologize.

The most recent is Jake Heggie's Moby Dick, a work I declared a 21st century masterpiece, which will be released on October 29.  It's available in DVD and Blue Ray.  If you'd rather, you can wait to see it on PBS Nov 1.  I reviewed this here.

I didn't know you could buy a film of Donizetti's Lucretia Borgia with Renée Fleming and Michael Fabiano.  This was excellent.  I reviewed it here.  This DVD will also be released on October 29.

The original cast of the San Francisco Opera's current production of  Boito's Mefistofele can be seen in this DVD.

You can still buy a DVD of Andre Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire with Fleming, Futral and Gilfry.

So far I was in the audience for all of these, including this wonderful La Boheme with Pavarotti and Freni.

And that certainly is true for this very fine example of General Horne in Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso.

And what an incredible sensation accompanied this Samson and Delilah with Domingo, the most gorgeous man who ever graced an opera state.

This is just so you know we get some pretty fabulous opera here.

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