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  • Fedora - Giordano [1997] Fedora - Giordano | DVD | (13/09/2004) from £15.35  |  Saving you £1.64 (9.70%)  |  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.

  • Verdi - Otello [1992] Verdi - Otello | DVD | (31/03/2008) from £11.99  |  Saving you £3.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Giuseppe Verdi - The Royal Opera Otello - At the Royal Opera House.

  • Janacek - From The House Of The Dead Janacek - From The House Of The Dead | DVD | (17/03/2008) from £14.99  |  Saving you £-1.00 (-7.10%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Leos Janacek: From The House Of The Dead, performed by various performers and conducted by Pierre Bouelz.

  • Don Carlo - The Royal Opera [1985] Don Carlo - The Royal Opera | DVD | (24/10/2005) from £10.77  |  Saving you £7.22 (40.10%)  |  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.

  • Rameau - Les Boréades / Robert Carsen, La La La Human Steps, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Opéra National de Paris [2003] Rameau - Les Boréades / Robert Carsen, La La La Human Steps, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Opéra National de Paris | DVD | (20/06/2004) from £22.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A performance of the Rameau opera which follows the tale of Queen Alphise who is contemplating abdication rather that an arranged marriage.

  • Glass: Satyagraha [1981] Glass: Satyagraha | DVD | (04/01/2001) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Based on an original scenario by Philip Glass and Constance De Jong 'Satyagraha'. Performed in Sanskrit.Act 1. Tolstoy.Act 2. Tagore.Act 3. Martin Luther King.

  • Aria [DVD] [1987] Aria | DVD | (15/06/2009) from £6.69  |  Saving you £13.30 (66.50%)  |  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.

  • Canterbury Tales - the Wife of Bath Canterbury Tales - the Wife of Bath | DVD | (29/09/2008) from £5.13  |  Saving you £-0.14 (-2.80%)  |  RRP £4.99

    Beth Craddock is a TV actress who still believes in Mr. Right even after a number of failed marriages. But is her dashing co-star Jerome her soulmate despite their large age difference.

  • Carmen [1983] Carmen | DVD | (23/04/2012) from £9.79  |  Saving you £3.20 (24.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Based on the French novel and Bizet's most popular opera which it inspired Carlos Saura's exhilarating flamenco Carmen became an instant classic on its release and was rewarded with many international accolades including Academy Award nominations and prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. The film explores the legend by staging a modern ensemble of musicians and dancers busy rehearsing a flamenco interpretation of the Carmen story. The producer and star dancer is Antonio (Antonio Gades) chooses a girl named Carmen (Laura del Sol) to play 'his' Carmen but life begins tragically to imitate art...

  • La Grande-Duchesse De Gerolstein - Offenbach La Grande-Duchesse De Gerolstein - Offenbach | DVD | (09/01/2006) from £10.59  |  Saving you £5.40 (33.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Recorded at the Theatre Du Chatelet in Paris.

  • Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto [2004] Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £21.55  |  Saving you £3.44 (13.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Verdi: Rigoletto (Cobos / Alvarez / Mula)

  • La Traviata - Verdi La Traviata - Verdi | DVD | (13/06/2005) from £6.49  |  Saving you £7.55 (30.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The famous performance of Verdi's romantic tragedy captures one of the most sensational debuts in operatic history. Singing Violetta for the first time was the young Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu whose remarkable interpretation reached the front pages of the world's press and led the BBC immediately to film the production. Equally notable was the masterly conducting of Sir Georg Solti and director Richard Eyre's stylish staging. This DVD and highlights CD present the definitive record of a momentous occasion.

  • La Cenerentola [2005] La Cenerentola | DVD | (30/01/2006) from £9.99  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Vladimir Jurowski and Sir Peter Hall are re-united for a fresh and vibrant but timelessly elegant production of Rossinin's much-loved setting of the Cinderella story with a fine cast led by Ruxandra Donose in the title role. Filmed in June 2005 with high definition cameras and recorded in multi-track 5.1 surround sound

  • Puccini: Manon Lescaut Puccini: Manon Lescaut | DVD | (24/08/2001) from £5.39  |  Saving you £17.51 (70.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Flemish Opera Symphony Orchestra conducted by Silvio Varviso perform The Manon Lescaut opera in four acts.

  • Puccini: Tosca -- 1976 film version Puccini: Tosca -- 1976 film version | DVD | (15/10/2001) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Opera is an inherently theatrical medium that does not lend itself readily to the realism of film treatment. The shining exception is Puccini's Tosca, an action-packed melodrama that unfolds in three taut and gripping acts, like the meatiest of Hollywood films noir. And unlike most operas, these three acts are set in three very specific Roman locales. Thus this 1976 film takes place in the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle (Act 1), the Palazzo Farnese (Act 2) and the Castel Sant'Angelo (Act 3). The evocative settings, however, would be mere window-dressing if the cast wasn't just right; fortunately here Placido Domingo is at his virile peak in the heroic tenor role of Cavaradossi; Raina Kabaivanska is a sultry, vocally beautiful Tosca; while a more infamous and domineering Scarpia than that of Sherrill Milnes can hardly be imagined. Bruno Bartoletti and the New Philharmonia Orchestra give lustily dramatic support. Here the music and vocals are pre-recorded and the singers mime to the playback. Occasionally the result is a little unnatural, but overall the cast are good enough actors to bring off the conceit even in the close-ups. It all pays off triumphantly with the gripping realism of the rooftop finale, the one place where film can improve on stage. With the authenticity of the settings assured and such distinguished leads singing so well, this is an almost ideal filmed Tosca. On the DVD: Tosca on disc is presented in 4:3 ratio with a choice of Dolby 5.1 or LPCM Stereo. The picture is adequate but a little flat (possibly because the format is NTSC not PAL) and the same can be said for the sound, which does what it should but is never revelatory. Subtitles are provided in the main European languages and Chinese. --Mark Walker

  • Peter Grimes - Benjamin Britten [1994] Peter Grimes - Benjamin Britten | DVD | (25/03/2003) from £17.83  |  Saving you £7.16 (28.70%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Benjamin Britten's dour masterpiece Peter Grimes has been well-served in video recordings, yet this stark, intense production may become the top choice for most viewers. One of its major attractions is outstanding camerawork, under the direction of Barrie Gavin, powerfully reinforcing the shifting moods created by the music. The photography is notable in frequent close-ups, particularly those that focus on the ravaged, vulnerable and intensely expressive face of Philip Langridge in the title role. His interpretation is strikingly different from that of his chief video rival, Jon Vickers, who presents a more burly characterisation. The ambiguities in the role of Grimes make it possible to emphasise either strength or vulnerability in this story of an alienated fisherman, who stands virtually alone against a small (and small-minded society), vast forces of nature and a run of bad luck. His young apprentice has died (possibly because of his neglect or brutality); he is legally acquitted but found guilty by his neighbours and forbidden to take another boy as apprentice. He ignores that warning, the second boy dies accidentally, and he commits suicide under intense public pressure. Langridge gives a striking account of the role's psychological depth and complexity, aided by a well-chosen and directed cast. James Atherton conducts expertly. The chorus and orchestra are first-class, and the famous sea interludes, which have found a secure place in the concert repertoire, are visually enhanced by views of the ocean and shoreline. --Joe McLellan

  • Parsifal - Wagner Parsifal - Wagner | DVD | (29/03/2005) from £25.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (25.70%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Nikolaus Lehnoff's visionary staging of Wagner's opera for ENO.

  • Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias [1999] Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias | DVD | (03/12/2007) from £6.30  |  Saving you £3.50 (23.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    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?

  • Lesley Garrett - Desert Dreams [2003] Lesley Garrett - Desert Dreams | DVD | (12/07/2004) from £15.68  |  Saving you £-9.58 (-59.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Lesley Garrett is the focus of a small performing troupe who choose the desert as their stage. With songs and arias from the Barogue period to the modern day she brings this stark mysterious location to life.Tracklisting01. Soave Sia Il Vento02. If Music Be The Food Of Love03. Stabat Mater - 1st movement04. O Delle Mie Speranze05. Dido's Lament06. Where The Bee Sucks07. Song To The Moon08. Apres Un Reve09. Sure On This Shinin

  • Verdi - Aida Verdi - Aida | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £13.59  |  Saving you £1.40 (9.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Alagna: Aida

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