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  • Peter The Great - Gretry Peter The Great - Gretry | DVD | (02/05/2005) from £12.70  |  Saving you £1.54 (10.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    From the Helikon Opera Moscow 2002....

  • Donizetti-Don Pasquale Donizetti-Don Pasquale | DVD | (26/02/2007) from £12.94  |  Saving you £2.05 (13.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Recorded at the Teatro Lirico, Cagliari, February 2002.

  • Cosi Fan Tutte - Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte - Mozart | DVD | (23/07/2004) from £8.95  |  Saving you £1.04 (10.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Daniela Dessi and Delores Ziegler lead the cast in Mozart's brilliant and witty opera as the two women whose faithfulness in the face of romantic love is ruthlessly tested in Da Ponte's comic tale. Mozart lavishes some of the finest music ever written on the unfolding story of the two sisters' chaotic and fickle love affairs with their two Italian army officers. Unlocked from the archives of RAI television this 1989 recording is a classic from one of the world's great opera houses.

  • Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin -- European Union Orchestra [1998] Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin -- European Union Orchestra | DVD | (23/11/2000) from £10.60  |  Saving you £3.64 (14.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The important balance to be struck in any production of Eugene Oneginis between, on the one hand, the long lyrical monologues--Tatiana's letter scene, Lensky's aria, Gremin's praise of his wife--and the crucial confrontations between Tatiana and Onegin with the more public scenes in which these private emotions evolve into tragedy and disillusion. Rozhdestvensky finds this balance effortlessly--the chorus that dances its way through the small-town ball that ends in Lensky's challenge is as much a character in the tragedy as the principals. The principals are excellent, too. Orla Boylan is as good as the mature Tatiana as she is as the callow girl who first falls for Onegin, while Vladimir Gluschak's Onegin is as convincing as the object of her devotion as he is as the self-pitying egoist who wrecks his own life and those of Olga and Lensky. The orchestral sound is convincing but unexciting. --Roz KaveneyOn the DVD: The DVD has subtitles in German, English and French, and the menu is also in Spanish. --Roz Kaveney

  • The Bangles - Return to Bangleonia The Bangles - Return to Bangleonia | DVD | (14/07/2008) from £27.51  |  Saving you £-3.52 (-14.70%)  |  RRP £23.99

    One of the most successful female groups of all time The Bangles make a triumphant return to their hometown of L.A. with their first ever concert DVD. The queens of power pop pull out all of their hits from Walk Like An Egyptian to Eternal Flame along with early fan favorites like Hero Takes A Fall. Extras include acoustic performances of Ride The Ride and Princes Manic Monday a candid interview with the band about their history and a photo gallery with rare and never-before-seen photos. 1. Hazy Shade Of Winter 2. Live 3. If She Knew What She Wants 4. Between The Two 5. The Rain Song 6. Manic Monday 7. Here Right Now 8. September Gurls 9. Going Down To Liverpool 10. I Will Take Care Of You 11. Get The Girl 12. In Your Room 13. Stealing Rosemary 14. Angels Dont Fall In Love 13. Hero Takes A Fall 14. Walk Like An Egyptian 15. Pushin Too Hard 16. Eternal Flame

  • Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) -- Glyndebourne [1994] Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) -- Glyndebourne | DVD | (25/10/1999) from £8.59  |  Saving you £9.40 (52.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Mozart's immortal adaptation of Beaumarchais' satirical tale has always been a Glyndebourne staple, so it was appropriate that this delightfully traditional production of Le Nozze di Figaro was chosen to reopen a refurbished Gyndebourne in May, 1994. Here, John Gunter's set design is airy and uncluttered, leaving the actors plenty of breathing space, while director Stephen Medcalf likewise allows the characters to speak (and sing) for themselves. Gerald Finley's Figaro and Alison Hagley's Susanna make a charming central pairing; Renee Fleming and Andreas Schmidt are a formidable aristocratic duo, while Marie-Ange Todorovitch fills Cherubino's trousers with pleasing playfulness. Haitink and the London Philharmonic sparkle, as of course they should. Unfussily filmed, this is as close to the real thing as you are likely to get without a Glyndebourne season ticket.On the DVD: This is a double-sided disc requiring a changeover between Acts 2 and 3. With a running-time of 189 minutes, the disc is no longer than some epic Hollywood movies, so such flipping is hard to justify. But at least opera lends itself to natural breaks like this. The sound options are Dolby stereo or 5.1 and the picture is in 4:3 ratio. Subtitles are provided in English, French or German and the booklet contains a plot synopsis. --Mark Walker

  • The Cunning Little Vixen - Janacek [1995] The Cunning Little Vixen - Janacek | DVD | (15/11/2001) from £19.79  |  Saving you £5.20 (20.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen is a real charmer of an opera, a tale that shows the natural world the composer had loved from childhood in its true colours: miraculous, beautiful, mysterious but also cruel. The inspiration came from a series of illustrated stories published in a Czech newspaper. The Vixen of the title is captured by a forester and taken home as a plaything for his children. She is soon thrown out of the house and has to make her own way in the world, encountering lust, stupidity, pride, love and ultimately death. This 1995 performance was taken from the Chatelet Theatre in Paris. Visually, Nicholas Hytner's production is a triumph, the animals wonderfully wittily wrought (the mosquito with its syringe for a nose, the mangey old dog, distasteful in baggy Y-fronts, the hideous, goggle-eyed frog). And it's also brilliantly cast: Eva Jenis's Vixen is funny, sexy, endearing and youthful enough in voice and figure to convince. Thomas Allen is a veteran of the role of the Forester, a huge presence and singing in impeccable Czech. In fact, there's not a weak performance here, and that goes for the dancers and instrumentalists as well as the singers. And at the helm, who better than Sir Charles Mackerras, arguably the greatest living interpreter of Janacek's music? This is in essence a grown-up fairy tale, ravishingly done and extremely highly recommended. On the DVD: The Cunning Little Vixen is presented on disc in vividly remastered PCM stereo, with 16:9 picture format that does full justice to the alluringly colourful designs. The disc is encoded for regions 2 and 5, and the menu and subtitle languages are English, German, French and Spanish. The useful booklet gives coherent background information and synopsis as well as full casting details. There's also a substantial (23-minute) trailer of other offerings from Arthaus Musik. --Harriet Smith

  • Landi - Sant' Alessio Landi - Sant' Alessio | DVD | (19/05/2008) from £11.83  |  Saving you £1.30 (9.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    First performed at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome in 1632 Landis Sant Alessio (Saint Alexius) is recognised as the earliest opera on an historical rather than mythological subject. Staged in Caen (where the DVD was filmed) and Paris in October 2007 the opera was subsequently presented in concert form in London and New York and is scheduled for the opera houses of Luxembourg and Nancy in early 2008.

  • Verdi: Aida -- Royal Opera House Verdi: Aida -- Royal Opera House | DVD | (19/11/2001) from £13.35  |  Saving you £18.64 (58.30%)  |  RRP £31.99

    Featuring a performance of Verdi's opera 'Aida' recorded live at the stunning Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

  • Gaetano Donizetti - La Fille du régiment / Dessay, Florez, Palmer, Corbelli, French, Campanella, Pelly (Royal Opera House 2007) [2008] Gaetano Donizetti - La Fille du régiment / Dessay, Florez, Palmer, Corbelli, French, Campanella, Pelly (Royal Opera House 2007) | DVD | (21/04/2008) from £11.29  |  Saving you £2.70 (19.30%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Laurent Pelly staged this new production and how the singers were perfectly cast. They gave Donizetti's opera a new life at the Royal Opera House

  • Don Giovanni - Mozart Don Giovanni - Mozart | DVD | (14/03/2005) from £14.39  |  Saving you £3.76 (17.10%)  |  RRP £21.99

    The Opera Don Giovanni drama in two acts.

  • Verdi - Simon Boccanegra [2002] Verdi - Simon Boccanegra | DVD | (26/02/2007) from £21.55  |  Saving you £3.44 (13.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • The Ultimate Opera Collection The Ultimate Opera Collection | DVD | (14/05/2007) from £7.95  |  Saving you £10.90 (54.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Titles Comprise: CARMEN by Bizet from the St. Margarethen Opera Festival 1998 AIDA by Verdi from the St. Margarethen Opera Festival 1997 DON GIOVANNI by Mozart from the Prague National Theatre 1991 TOSCA by Puccini from the O'Keefe Centre Toronto 1989 NABUCCO by Verdi from the St. Margarethen Opera Festival 2000.

  • Rosenkavalier - Strauss [1979] Rosenkavalier - Strauss | DVD | (15/08/2005) from £18.49  |  Saving you £-3.76 (-25.10%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Comedy for music in three acts.

  • Childrens Bible Favorites Childrens Bible Favorites | DVD | (03/07/2006) from £7.95  |  Saving you £10.04 (55.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Bible stories for children.

  • Verdi - Un Ballo In Maschera - Verdi Verdi - Un Ballo In Maschera - Verdi | DVD | (01/04/2005) from £21.55  |  Saving you £3.44 (13.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    John Schlesinger directs Placido Domingo in Verdi's opera...

  • Die Fledermaus [1985] Die Fledermaus | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £11.19  |  Saving you £6.80 (37.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The operetta 'Die Fledermaus' is Johann Strauss' most brilliant and best-known stage work. It's a glittering comedy packed with Viennese music that has become a firm favourite in opera houses all over the world. A top international cast really have a ball in this highly-acclaimed 1983 New Years Eve performance from The Royal Opera Covent Garden in which Placido Domingo makes a very stylish British conducting debut. Kiri Te Kanawa stars with her celebrated performance as Rosalinde

  • Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann -- Royal Opera House/Pretre [1981] Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann -- Royal Opera House/Pretre | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £8.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This famous and highly-praised Royal Opera production by film director John Schlesinger filmed in 1981 is as good as we are ever likely to see. The spectacular designs by Maria Bjornson and William Dudley vividly bring Hoffman's nightmare world to life. The brilliant cast is led by Placido Domingo as Hoffmann in one of his towering portrayals. He has become wholly identified with this part in a way that no other artist has.

  • Verdi: Il Trovatore Verdi: Il Trovatore | DVD | (20/11/2000) from £14.74  |  Saving you £1.50 (8.80%)  |  RRP £16.99

    A performance of Verdi's opera 'Il Trovatore' by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus; conducted by James Levine. Singers include: Eva Marton Luciano Pavarotti Sherril Milnes and Dolora Zajick; directed by Brian Large.

  • Inside the Actors Studio - Dave Chappelle Inside the Actors Studio - Dave Chappelle | DVD | (26/01/2009) from £4.72  |  Saving you £5.27 (52.80%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Dave Chappelle continues the close relationship betweenInside the Actors Studio and America''s masters of comedy.His career which began in high school and has taken him -and us - through his film appearances standup televisionspecials and the Comedy Central series Chappelle''s Show deserves that rarest of entertainment accolades ''meteoric.''Chappelle''s Show broke many of the molds for sketchcomedy and pushed the boundaries of even as audaciousa network as Comedy Central. He has continued his boldvoyage toward comedy''s outer limits with the featurefilm Dave Chappelle''s Block Party.The sometimes hilarious often touching and alwaysintriguing answers to many different questions are waiting here in this Emmy''-nominated episode of Inside the Actors Studio.

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