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Gaetano Donizetti - La Fille du régiment / Dessay, Florez, Palmer, Corbelli, French, Campanella, Pelly (Royal Opera House 2007) | DVD | (21/04/2008)
from £5.95 | Saving you £2.00 (14.30%) | RRP
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
Cimarosa - Il Matrimonio Segreto (Travis, Fissore, Baiano) | DVD | (29/01/2007)
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Partly based on the 1766 English comedy 'The Clandestine Marriage' by David Garrick and George Colman, Domenico Cimarosa's Il Matrimono Segreto was a widely popular example of opera buffa in its day. This sparkling comedy tells the story of Geronimo, a wealthy citizen of Bologna, who is trying to arrange aristocratic marriages for his two daughters, Carolina and Elisetta. However his plans seem destined to fail as his daughter Carolina is already secretly married to Paolino, his young secretary. Through a series of humorous situations the young couple confess their marriage and all ends well.
Le Nozze Di Figaro - Mozart | DVD | (09/05/2005)
from £13.78 | Saving you £8.21 (37.30%) | RRP
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.
Parsifal - Wagner/Stein | DVD | (16/07/2007)
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Wolfgang Wagner's arrestingly beautiful production filmed live at Bayreuth in 1981 and directed by Brian Large features a stellar cast led by Eva Randova Bernd Weikl and Siegfried Jerusalem.
Hamlet - Ambroise Thomas | DVD | (06/09/2004)
from £14.55 | Saving you £3.44 (19.10%) | RRP
Staged at the Gran Teatro Del Liceu in Barcelona October 2003 this opera - written by Ambroise Thomas - is performed by the Symphony Orchestra And Chorus of the Gran Teatro Del Liceu; conducted by Bertrand De Billy.
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (02/08/2004)
from £8.99 | Saving you £8.01 (44.50%) | RRP
Benjamin Britten's enchanting opera adapted from Shakespeare's most English play is just the thing for a summer evening at Glyndebourne. In Peter Hall's magical and highly-acclaimed production for Glyndebourne Festival Opera filmed in 1981 the wood literally comes alive a perfetc setting for the mystical world of lovers fairies and rustics. The gorgeous and imaginative sets costume and lighting designs are by John Bury. Ileana Cotrubas is a majestic Tytiana James Bowman is a
Classic British Jets-Victor | DVD | (03/07/2006)
from £6.25 | Saving you £3.74 (37.40%) | RRP
The story of the legendary V-Bomber from its days at the heart of Britains nuclear deterrent through its tanker conversion and disbandment.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Don Giovanni | DVD | (28/08/2006)
from £7.79 | Saving you £19.01 (63.40%) | RRP
Lluis Pasqual's powerful new production for the Spanish capital sets Da Ponte's timeless story of sleaze and seduction into the dark world of 1940s Spain. Carlos Alvarez, in the title role, toys with the affections of Donna Anna, Zerlina and the Spanish lady Donna Elvira, before his overpowering methods finally bring his own destruction. Filmed with high definition cameras and true surround sound.
Tancredi | DVD | (01/08/2005)
from £10.56 | Saving you £14.43 (57.70%) | RRP
The Quest - Knights Templar 2 - The Journey Begins | DVD | (11/08/2008)
from £14.09 | Saving you £5.90 (29.50%) | RRP
The Quest presented by Dr. Nick Barratt takes you on a journey proving without doubt what the Knights Templar knew & discovered. With eminent experts the Quest reveals indisputable NEW evidence; unearthing secrets of the Knights Templar. Discover how they travelled using ancient knowledge; & the forgotten 'hieroglyphic' language. Witness the excavation of hidden tombs & chambers investigate ancient myths & legends; as the Quest travels the world in search of the truth. Volume 2 - 'The Journey Begins''. The Royston Cave carvings reveal the next locations as The Quest travels to the medieval towns of Warwick and Guildford in which the research leads to Temple Balsall Rothley Temple Newburgh Priory and Byland Abbey with some fascinating developments.
Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias | DVD | (03/12/2007)
from £9.31 | Saving you £5.68 (37.90%) | RRP
In reflecting on this DVD of sacred arias it is significant that Andrea Bocelli refers to the dawn of 'a new millennium' and it is appropriate that this concert was taped in Rome. In no other city of the world did the millennium have such immediate resonance and what better place for the recording of a universal jubilee celebrating the two-thousandth anniversary of the birth of Christ?
Verdi: Il Trovatore | DVD | (20/11/2000)
from £15.39 | Saving you £1.60 (9.40%) | RRP
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.
Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito -- Glyndebourne | DVD | (29/04/2002)
from £18.59 | Saving you £1.50 (6.00%) | RRP
Mozart's Clemenza di Tito ("The Clemency of Titus") makes for riveting viewing in this Glyndebourne performance directed by Nicholas Hytner and conducted by Andrew Davis staged in the composer's bicentenary in 1991. Mozart's last opera, Clemenza was for some time considered below par by his own exalted standards. He composed it in a rush, the recitatives are by a pupil and it had to be on an appropriate theme to please the new Hapsburg monarch, for whose enthronement it was designed. There's little character development and the musical style harks back to operatic conventions Mozart had done so much to overthrow. Watching this production one would scarcely credit that such reservations once held sway. Hytner and his team have put a contemporary angle on a story set in Rome AD 78 in which sets, props and the stage itself are constructed to different dimensions offering alternate perspectives on a static tale. A slanting pillar and a sloping corridor allude to the unhinged mind of the scheming Vitellia, the central character, who puts her confidant Sesto on an emotional roller coaster ride as she ensnares him to plot the downfall of Titus. The principals use their eyes to communicate to one another as well as the audience and in the imaginatively staged entrances and exits of the ensembles one senses Hytner's choreographic instincts coming to the fore. The superb cast sing magnificently and look stunning. Philip Langridge is an eloquent Titus, Diana Monatgue a sincere Sesto and Ashley Putnam brings a touch of Alexis Colby to her portrayal of Vitellia. The London Philharmonic are all fired up under conductor Andrew Davis' fervent direction. The performance (the "Overture" accompanied by a visual montage of artefacts of Ancient Rome) is played on modern instruments yet articulated and reproduced with the clarity and definition associated with period ones. On the DVD: La Clemenza di Tito has no special features save for the obligatory subtitles. The picture quality is outstanding with the imaginative and colourful production design caught, like the music, with exceptional fidelity. The high drama at the conclusion of Act 1 justifies running on without a break into Act 2. This is a must for all lovers of opera. --Adrian Edwards
Die Lustige Witwe - Lehar | DVD | (30/05/2005)
from £18.59 | Saving you £4.94 (19.80%) | RRP
Recorded Live from the Zurich Opera House 2004Based on the comedy L'Attache d'ambassade by Henri Meilhac.
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte --Gardiner | DVD | (14/10/2002)
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A performance of Mozart's 'Cosi Fan Tutte' performed by the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists. Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.
Samson Et Dalila - Saint-Saens | DVD | (09/08/2004)
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A production of the Saint-Saens opera performed by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Conducted by the esteemed James Levine.
Albert Herring - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (05/09/2005)
from £12.09 | Saving you £5.90 (32.80%) | RRP
Set in an English market town at the turn of 20th century a gangling greengrocer's lad is crowded May King. The break with the tradition of choosing a girl is virtuous enough to May Queen... The comic opera at Glyndebourne was conducted by Bernard Haitink. 'A Vintage production with a vintage cast.' - Sunday Times.
Anna Russell - The | DVD | (14/12/2001)
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Tracklisting:How To Become A SingerWind Instruments I Have KnownOn Pink Chiffon DragA Gilbert & Sullivan OperettaWagner's Ring CycleJolly Old Sigmund Freud & Other Folk TunesRecorded live at the Baltimore Museum of Art November 7 1984
Mozart: Don Giovanni -- Vienna/Furtwangler | DVD | (08/10/2004)
from £11.40 | Saving you £2.59 (18.50%) | RRP
The incomparable Cesare Siepi stars in this legendary Salzburg production of Mozart's masterpiece. Wilhelm Furtwangler conducts the internationally renowned Vienna Philharmonic in what has become one of the definitive productions of a classic opera.
Ariadne Auf Naxos | DVD | (02/09/2002)
from £17.69 | Saving you £2.30 (11.50%) | RRP
Strauss's opera 'Ariadne Auf Naxos' performed by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Artists include: Jessye Norman Kathleen Battle Tatania Troyanos and James King. Conducted by James Levine.