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Mark Mandel
Opera News, January 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Salome (Teatro Comunale di Bologna, 2010) (NTSC) 101699
STRAUSS, R.: Salome (Teatro Comunale di Bologna, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) 108096

This dark-horse Salome is a potent, straightforward production from Bologna in 2010 with excellent performances in the three biggest roles.

Under Luisotti, it sounds somewhat tame but accomplished and not unidiomatic. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review

Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, November 2014

STRAUSS, R.: Elektra (Salzburg Festival, 2010) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) (version with video samplers) 108110
STRAUSS, R.: Salome (Teatro Comunale di Bologna, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) 108096

This has been a good year for the late Romantics, Strauss in particular. His two turn-of-the-century one-act shockers have been especially well served. All too often, Salome and Elektra are mounted as star turns for the sopranos assuming the title roles. But two new videos feature performances of the secondary characters by singers who can hold their own against the eponymous heroines in a way we rarely experience. Arthaus Musik’s reissue of the 2010 Salzburg Elektra brings as solid a cast as you could rationally wish for in this world, with Iréne Theorin surrounded (and spurred on) by Waltraud Meier (a surprisingly poignant Klytämnestra), Eva-Marie Westbroek (an unusually strongly sung Chrysothemis), and René Pape (an imposing Orest). Nearly as good is the Bologna Salome from the same year: Besides the richly characterized and unerringly sung Salome of late-blooming Erika Sunnegårdh, this production, too, offers luxury casting in the non-titular roles, with Mark S. Doss as a Jokanaan of tremendous authority and Robert Brubaker as a Herod who refuses to go for cheap laughs. Both productions, too, manage to provide fresh visual interest on stage without running against the grain of the music and text. © 2014 Fanfare

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