Every screening at L’OperaDou is followed by a “deliberation”,

during which our Jury votes on the production they have just seen

and rates it for staging, singing/performance and HDVD production.


OperaDou Jury ratings are also posted on the authoritative HDVD Arts site

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In September 2012, two different OperaDou Juries watched the spectacular Opera Australia production of “La Traviata” on Sydney Harbour with Emma Matthews as Violetta…

Their first impressions say it all!



(in French and English)



The OperaDou Jury


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A spectacular “La Traviata”

Opera Australia’s production of “La Traviata” on Sydney Harbour enthralled the OperaDou Jury. They found it “Stunning”, “Magical”, “Transcendental”, “Enchanting”, “Luminous” - with our audiophile expert declaring “The sound engineer deserves a medal

Everyone was very much aware of the tremendous sense of occasion communicated by this grandiose production set against the iconic backdrop of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and glittering skyline.

There was great praise from everyone for the cast, particularly Emma Matthews (“Fantastic”, “Fabulous”, “Extraordinary”, “Emotionally thrilling”) One of our Australian Jury members even said, “We thought that no one could ever rival Joan Sutherland… but I think Emma Matthews does…” Jonathan Summers as Germont was also singled out for special praise by several Jury members. 


Jury quotes:

“Emma is superb and in fine voice. The setting is magical and I loved the fireworks! Congratulations to Sydney Opera, to the whole cast and production team!

« Un régal au niveau des voix, de la mise en scéne, de l’orchestre et les décors. Emma Mattews est sublime ! »

“Congratulations on this amazing technical feat, the magical colours, the lights, the fireworks and the amazing décor with such an extraordinary backdrop. It was also a very emotional experience, particularly thanks to Emma Matthews and Jonathan Summers as Germont the father.”

« Production spectaculaire et un véritable défi avec une telle conception originale. Une interprétation extraordinaire de Emma Matthews. »  

“I was very impressed by the quality of the sound! Videos of open air productions invariably fail to capture everything satisfactorily — but not this one! To maintain such perfect balance between the orchestra and the singers who were frequently covering a lot of ground as they took advantage of the huge stage, was quite AMAZING! The dynamic way the production was shot also impressed me greatly, really communicating a special sense of sharing in a grand occasion.



Overall, the Jury awarded this production an A+ rating.




Survey results


Jury members are also asked whether they want to see the production again, would buy or recommend the disc and how they feel it compares with “being there”.


"Would you like to see this production again, on TV or in  the cinema?"
94% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

"Will you add this DVD/Blu-Ray to your own collection?"
80% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

Will you recommend this DVD/Blu-Ray to your family and friends?"
100% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"


And finally...

"How does this HD experience compare with attending a live performance?"
86% answered "Significantly better, rather better or comparable.


The OperaDou Jury consists of at least 12 volunteers

drawn from a panel of almost 100

professional musicians, dancers, music teachers, performers

 and seasoned opera and ballet afficionados who give their time to

critically review the most interesting HDVD releases

of operas, ballets and concerts.


These opinions provide valuable guidance for potential purchasers

and newcomers to this exciting way of experiencing the performing arts.


Many of these findings are also posted on:

amazon.co.uk, amazon.com, and amazon.fr driving as many as

200 visitors a day !!! to www.operadou.info.


Jury members on the panel include:


A former dancer from the Maurice Béjart troupe, a former first violinist in the Opera de Paris orchestra and the Orchestra de Paris who has played under Georges Prêtre,  Daniel Barenboim and Herbert von Karajan, season ticket holders to the Glyndebourne Festival and the New York Metropolitan Opera, organisers of the Nimes British Screen Film Festival, a film producer for the BBC, music and singing teachers plus a number of people who have come to love opera simply by serving on the Jury!

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The OperaDou Jury in deliberation

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Robert le Diable  from the Royal Opera House


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