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  • Wagner: Das Rheingold -- Metropolitan/Levine Wagner: Das Rheingold -- Metropolitan/Levine | DVD | (14/10/2002) from £16.69  |  Saving you £0.30 (1.80%)  |  RRP £16.99

    It takes a certain amount of forethought if Das Rheingold is to be more than a series of special effects scenes, though moments like the appearance of the giants through the mist or Alberich's transformations need to be as thrilling as they are here. As always in his Wagner, and perhaps especially in this very traditional 1990 Metropolitan Opera production of the Ring cycle, James Levine keeps to the forefront the underlying humanity of Wagner's gods and monsters. In the first scene, for example, he brings out the thoughtless, callous frivolity of the Rhine maidens as they precipitate the events of the four operas by taunting the gnome Alberich: it helps that they swirl around, green and gold, in a convincing representation of the bottom of the Rhine, but the emotions are the point. Ekkehaard Wlaschiha is a convincingly menacing Alberich partly because Levine brings out his vulnerability as well as his evil temper. James Morris is splendid as the younger less care-worn Wotan and Siegfried Jerusalem as Loge enjoys the sarcasm of his cynical commentary on Wotan's aspirations. The smaller parts have luxury casting: Matti Salminen as Fafner and Christa Ludwig as Fricka, for example. On the DVD: Das Rheingold comes with a photo gallery of the Metropolitan Opera production and with menus and subtitles in German, French, English, Spanish and Chinese. Disappointingly though it is presented in American NTSC format with standard TV 4:3 visual ratio. But it does have an excellent clear acoustic in all three of its audio options: PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. --Roz Kaveney

  • Turn Of The Screw - Britten Turn Of The Screw - Britten | DVD | (21/01/2005) from £18.68  |  Saving you £4.84 (19.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Benjamin Britten's haunting and sinister opera composed in 1954 is based on the famous novella written by Henry James in 1898. Katie Mitchell's atmospheric and innovative film of the opera returns to the late 19th century setting of the original tale to a world where it is hard to tell ghosts from mere reflections in the glass. There have been many discussions about what happened to the children in both the novella and Britten's opera. This production with an inspired cast led by excellent performances from Lisa Milne and Mark Padmore remains true to both sources. The rich dark imagery entices the viewer exposing the deepest layers of the tantalising unnamed and hidden past relationships between the two servants and the children in one of the greatest operas of the 20th century.

  • Samson Et Dalila - Saint-Saens Samson Et Dalila - Saint-Saens | DVD | (09/08/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £16.99

    A production of the Saint-Saens opera performed by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Conducted by the esteemed James Levine.

  • Patience - Gilbert And Sullivan Patience - Gilbert And Sullivan | DVD | (29/05/2006) from £12.25  |  Saving you £2.74 (18.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Gilvert And Sullivan: Patience (Stanhope Elizabethan Philharmonic Orchestra)

  • Undercover Kids Undercover Kids | DVD | (07/04/2008) from £2.48  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Nicole and Nelson are not ordinary kids - they have psychic powers. With the help of the school boff George and his high-tech gadgets the twins embark on a mission to reveal who is vandalizing their school.

  • Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk - Shostakovich Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk - Shostakovich | DVD | (01/09/2004) from £8.03  |  Saving you £7.96 (49.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Filmed in Barcelona at the Gran Teatro Del Liceu this new production of the 'Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk' by composer Dimitry Shostakovitch features the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatro Del Liceu; conducted by Alexander Anissimov.

  • The Death Of Klinghoffer The Death Of Klinghoffer | DVD | (09/02/2004) from £15.49  |  Saving you £-1.50 (-10.70%)  |  RRP £13.99

    An adaptation of John Adam's opera 'The Death Of Klinghoffer' which tells the story of the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship the Achile Lauro.

  • Lucia Di Lammermoor Lucia Di Lammermoor | DVD | (21/05/2004) from £8.95  |  Saving you £1.04 (10.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Donizetti's great tragedy is his undisputed masterpiece of melancholic romanticism with the doomed love between Lucia and Edgardo retold from Scott's novel The Bride of Lammermoor. The 1992 production heightens the story's powerful libretto with its dramatic visual design and first-class musical performances. Unlocked from the archives of RAI television this is a classic recording from one of the world's great opera houses.

  • Prokofiev: War and Peace (La guerre et la paix) -- Paris Opera/Bertini [2000] Prokofiev: War and Peace (La guerre et la paix) -- Paris Opera/Bertini | DVD | (29/09/2003) from £24.15  |  Saving you £5.84 (19.50%)  |  RRP £29.99

    From the opera National de Paris TDK presents Prokofiev's monumental opera War and Peace in a tremendous production directed by Francesca Zambello.Based on Tolstoy's famous novel War and Peace is an opus of exceptional scale. Over 70 figures make up the enormous lyrical formation. The story tells of the fate of a Russian aristocrat who is overcome with shock at Napoleon's invasion. The core of the drama set against the backdrop of the war is the passionate love between the young Natacha Rostov to the Prince Andrei Bolkonski.

  • Helene Fischer - Mut Zum Gefuehl - Live [2008] Helene Fischer - Mut Zum Gefuehl - Live | DVD | (14/03/2008) from £13.70  |  Saving you £3.46 (13.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Adriana Lecouvreur - Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur - Cilea | DVD | (22/10/2004) from £8.95  |  Saving you £1.04 (10.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Adriana LecouvreurFrancesco Cilea (1866-1950)Cilea's four-act opera of jealousy and tangled love first performed in Milan in 1902 is based on the true story of Adriana Lecouvreur an 18th-Century actress at the Comedie Francaise whose rival for the love of Maurizio count of Saxony is the married Principessa di Bouillon. Unlocked from the archives of RAI television this 1989 classic recording comes from one of the world's great opera houses.

  • Aria [DVD] [1987] Aria | DVD | (15/06/2009) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.50 (72.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Conceived developed and produced by Don Boyd Aria is a completely unique film both structurally and also in the sheer scale of the production itself. Ten of the world's most creative and celebrated directors were each given the same brief; to choose a piece of opera music and then present a visual interpretation of that music. The result is by turns erotic violent funny and poignant. The stills photographers assigned to each were equally celebrated among them David Bailey Annie Leibovitz Lord Snowdon Terry O'Neill and John Swannell. The impressive cast list includes John Hurt Tilda Swinton Bridget Fonda and Elizabeth Hurley Teresa Russell. A remarkable collective achievement Aria is a cinematic experience like no other.

  • Bach:  St John Passion / St Mark Passion - Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, Covey Crump, Cleobury [2007] Bach: St John Passion / St Mark Passion - Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, Covey Crump, Cleobury | DVD | (12/11/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £13.99

  • Donizetti - La Fille Du Regiment (Bonynge) Donizetti - La Fille Du Regiment (Bonynge) | DVD | (27/08/2007) from £11.99  |  Saving you £3.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Gaetano Donizetti: La Fille Du Regiment

  • Le Nozze Di Figaro - Mozart [1976] Le Nozze Di Figaro - Mozart | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £12.83  |  Saving you £8.20 (37.30%)  |  RRP £21.99

    This luxuriously cast film of Mozart's beloved opera buffa features a host of legendary interpretations including Kiri Te Kanawa's exquisite Countess Almaviva Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as her philandering husband Hermann Prey as the wily title character Mirella Freni a delight as his no less savvy bride Susanna and Maria Ewing hilarious as the lovesick page Cherubino. Director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's imaginative camera-work tellingly emphasizes character and mood of this immortal story of love intrigue and class struggle set against the historical background of ancien regime Europe sliding inexorably towards revolution.

  • Don Carlo - The Royal Opera [1985] Don Carlo - The Royal Opera | DVD | (24/10/2005) from £14.33  |  Saving you £3.66 (20.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Set in France and Spain in the second half of the sixteenth century Don Carlo tells the story of the political and amorous rivalry between Philip II of Spain and his son Don Carlo. Luchino Visconti's magnificent and definitive Royal Opera production of Verdi's Don Carlo was first seen in 1958 and is seen here in a staging by Christopher Renshaw filmed in 1985. The Visconti sets recreate the forest of Fontainebleau the monastery of San Yuste and Don Carlo's dark underground prison with equal effectiveness. The superb cast is led by Ileana Cotrubas as a tender and touching Elisabetta the fine lyric tenor Luis Lima in the title role and the great baritone Giorgio Zancanaro as Rodrigo. The conductor is Bernard Haitink.

  • Turandot - Puccini [1988] Turandot - Puccini | DVD | (15/09/2003) from £12.23  |  Saving you £1.95 (11.50%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Puccini's 'Turandot' performed by the Metropolitan Opera. Artists include: Eve Marton and Placido Domingo. Conducted by James Levine. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Sung in Italian

  • Otello - Arena Di Verona [1982] Otello - Arena Di Verona | DVD | (25/07/2005) from £8.79  |  Saving you £9.20 (51.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The spectacular open-air Arena di Verona is the setting for this production of Verdi's last tragic opera Otello a work some consider to be his masterpiece. In this recording from 1982 Otello is sung by the Russian tenor Vladimir Atlantov rightly famous for his magnificent interpretation of the title role. This DVD is the only chance to see and hear one of the great Otellos as no other recordings are currently available of Atlantov in this role. The role of Desdemona is beautifull

  • R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Royal Opera House/Solti [1985] R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Royal Opera House/Solti | DVD | (23/02/2004) from £11.29  |  Saving you £6.70 (37.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Strauss' dazzling opera Der Rosenkavalier set in 1740's Vienna combines farce romance and a world of weary acknowledgement of getting older. It features some of the most gorgeous music ever written for the female voice.

  • Fedora - Giordano [1997] Fedora - Giordano | DVD | (13/09/2004) from £16.69  |  Saving you £0.30 (1.80%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Italian composer Umberto Giordano's opera 'Fedora' has all of the qualities of a thrilling murder mystery. On this Bel Canto Society release of an impassioned 1998 performance soprano Mirella Freni lends her remarkable voice to the title role and tenor Sergei Larin provides powerful support.

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