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  • Relic Hunters Relic Hunters | DVD | (21/04/2008) from £4.43  |  Saving you £-11.97 (-239.90%)  |  RRP £4.99

  • 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.

  • Bizet - Carmen (Levine, Metropolitan Opera) Bizet - Carmen (Levine, Metropolitan Opera) | DVD | (20/11/2000) from £6.97  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    George Bizet's opera 'Carmen' performed by the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Conducted by James Levine.

  • Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg -- Australian Opera / Mackerras [1988] Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg -- Australian Opera / Mackerras | DVD | (20/02/2004) from £24.09  |  Saving you £4.64 (15.50%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is Wagner's most life-affirming opera, a romantic comedy about life and love in 16th century Nürnberg with none of the mythological characters and settings of the composer's other operas. The story concerns a knight, Walther Von Stolzing (here sung by Paul Frey) who must win the hand of the woman he loves, Eva (Helena Doese) by competing in a competition to become the Master Singer of the city. Against him are various romantic rivals, while in the role of his eventual mentor is the shoemaker Hans Sachs (Donald McIntyre). Doese brings just the right innocent femininity to one of only two important female roles--the other is filled by Rosemary Gunn as her governess, Magdalene. Paul Frey is fine as the romantic young knight, but the opera belongs to the great New Zealand Wagnerian bass-baritone, Donald McIntyre. His performance is richly insightful as only one so steeped in the world of the composer could be. The staging is deliberately unspectacular, the colours muted to the natural earth tones of the Middle Ages, focusing all attention on the characters, drama and exhilarating music. Though running three-and-a-half hours, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is an excellent introduction to Wagner's art; especially as presented in this 1990 performance in an engagingly direct and unpretentious style, one that draws the audience in and makes for highly effective small-screen viewing. On the DVD: Die Meistersinger is presented on two DVDs to maximise picture quality over the 227-minute playing time. The image is 4:3 and is typical of a 1990 live opera performance recorded on video, being perfectly acceptable while revealing all the faults of the medium. The stereo sound is very good without being exceptional. There are optional subtitles in English, German, French and Spanish but no extras. --Gary S Dalkin

  • 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.

  • Eugene Onegin - Glyndebourne Festival Opera Eugene Onegin - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Graham Vick s acclaimed production of Eugene Onegin for Glyndebourne Festival Opera was premiered and recorded in the first season of Glyndebourne s new opera house in 1994. Pushkin s tale of doomed love tragedy and rejection is set against an acutely observed backdrop of Russian society with spectacular choruses and dances yet in a staging of breathtaking simplicity. The star of this production is undoubtedly Russian soprano Elena Prokina an enthralling singing actress whose shy

  • I Now Pronounce You Vince and Ralph I Now Pronounce You Vince and Ralph | DVD | (31/12/2007) from £4.22  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £6.99

    I Now Pronounce You Ralph And Vince

  • The Three Tenors Christmas [1999] The Three Tenors Christmas | DVD | (08/12/2011) from £8.99  |  Saving you £-1.00 (-12.50%)  |  RRP £7.99

    1. Medley: White Christmas - Let It Snow - Oh Tannenbaum - Ay! Para - Navidad2. Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle3. Carol Of The Drum4. Medley: Ave Maria, Dolce Maria- Brahms' Wiegenlied5. Jingle Bells6. Medley: Children of Christmas - La Virgen Lava Panales - I'll Be Home for Christmas7. Adeste Fideles8. Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night)9. Amazing Grace10. Feliz Navidad11. Silent Night12. Pregaria (El Cant de L'Anima a la Verge)13. Medley: Winter Wonderland - Strauss's Wiegenlied - Sleigh Ride - Susani14. Un Nuevo Siglo15. Medley: Dormi, O Bambino - Happy Christmas/ War Is Over

  • Offenbach Gala 2001 Offenbach Gala 2001 | DVD | (26/02/2007) from £5.97  |  Saving you £1.64 (10.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Recorded at the Theatre Musical de Paris - Chatelet, December 2001.Contains excerpts from:- La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein.- Fantasio.- Le Carnaval des revues.- Madame l'Archiduc.- Les Contes d'Hoffman.- La Belle Helene.- Barbe-Bleue.- Lischen et Fritzchen.- La Vie parisienne.- La Fille du tambour-major.- La Perichole.- Orphee aux enfers.- Souvenir d'Aix-les-Bains.- Ouverture a grand orchestre.

  • The Likely Lads The Likely Lads | DVD | (24/12/2007) from £4.74  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    One of the best British sitcoms of all-time, The Likely Lads focuses on the friendship between two working-class men, James Bolam and Rodney Bewes, living in the north east of England.Bob (Bewes) is the 'sensible' one, doing his best to get on with his job and 'better' himself. Terry (Bolam) is the 'irresponsible' one, intent on living life to the full. He's forever getting himself (and Terry) into trouble of one kind or another...Episodes Comprise:1. Entente Cordiale2. Double Date3. Older Women Are More Experienced4. The Suitor5. The Last Of The Big Spenders6. Rocker7. Goodbye To All That

  • Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti - The Three Tenors Christmas [1999] Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti - The Three Tenors Christmas | DVD | (04/12/2000) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The Three Tenors capture the joy and spirit of the season with their first ever Christmas concert. Featuring live performances of international seasonal favorites by the best-selling and world-renowned trip - all music that has never appeared on any previous Three Tenors CD or video. Recorded live at the Konzerthaus in Vienna December 1999. Track Listing: 1. White Christmas 2. Let It Snow 3. Oh Tannenbaum 4. Ay! Para Navidad 5. Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle 6. Carol Of The Drum (The Little Drummer Boy) 7. Ave Maria Dolce Maria 8. Wiegenlied I 9. Jingle Bells 10. Children Of Christmas 11. La Virgen La Panales 12. I'll Be Home For Christmas 13. Adeste Fideles 14. Cantique De Noel (O Holy Night) 15. Amazing Grace 16. Feliz Navidad 17. Silent Night 18. Paregaria (El Can de L'Anima a La Verge) 19. Winter Wonderland 20. Wiegenlied II 21. Sleigh Ride 22. Susani 23. Un Nuevo Siglo 24. Dormi O Bambino 25. Happy Christmas/War Is Over

  • Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti - L'Elisir D'Amore Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti - L'Elisir D'Amore | DVD | (26/02/2008) from £14.52  |  Saving you £1.60 (9.40%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Donizetti's L' Elisir D' Amore recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera, March 2nd, 1981.

  • L'Africaine - Meyerbeer [1988] L'Africaine - Meyerbeer | DVD | (02/08/2006) from £12.05  |  Saving you £13.24 (44.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Meyerbeer - L'Africaine (Arena Orch/Chorus/Ballet SFO)

  • Luciano Pavarotti - Pavarotti In Concert - Modena Luciano Pavarotti - Pavarotti In Concert - Modena | DVD | (19/11/2007) from £2.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £4.99

    A rare and intimate evening with Pavarotti live in Modena.

  • The Three Tenors - In Concert 1994 The Three Tenors - In Concert 1994 | DVD | (29/06/1998) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Featuring Jose Carreras Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in concert on July 16th 1994 at the Dodger Stadium Los Angeles California. Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus. Tracklist includes: 'America' (West Side Story) 'O Sole Mio' (Di Capua) 'Brindisi' (La Traviata) and 'Tribute To Hollywood' (Medley).

  • Salome [1992] Salome | DVD | (09/09/2002) from £13.94  |  Saving you £24.05 (63.30%)  |  RRP £37.99

    A one-act production performed at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Maria Ewing in the lead role ably supported by Michael Devlin and Kenneth Riegel. The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House is conducted by Edward Downes. Directed by Derek Bailey. English subtitles.

  • Mozart: Don Giovanni -- Glyndebourne [1995] Mozart: Don Giovanni -- Glyndebourne | DVD | (21/08/2000) from £12.14  |  Saving you £7.24 (36.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Deborah Warner's 1995 production of Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne is characterised by a central portrayal of the Don as at once evil and sexually magnetic. Gilles Cachemille has at one at the same time a raffish charm and a deep mean-spiritedness--many Don Giovannis don't bully his servant nearly as much as this one, and Warner pushes his sinfulness all the way into sacrilege--apart from mocking the Commendatore's grave effigy, this Giovanni also has his way with a statue of the Madonna. Pieczonka's Elvira is at once stately and sensual--there is no sense of hysteria here, rather more of a deep sadness and sense of a ruined life. Page's Leporello is a wonderful long-faced clown; his catalogue aria is at once genuinely funny and a rather sadistic tease of Elvira. Though Kreizberg is working with authentic forces, the feel of his performance has a passionate gloominess that teeters on the brink of Romanticism without ever exceeding the work's adventurousness. The DVD comes with subtitles in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as a full printable text of the libretto. --Roz Kaveney

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Glyndebourne Festival Opera [1981] A Midsummer Night's Dream - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (02/08/2004) from £12.49  |  Saving you £5.50 (30.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    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

  • Orfeo Ed Euridice - Glyndebourne Festival Opera [1982] Orfeo Ed Euridice - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (02/08/2004) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The great British contralto Dame Janet Baker gave her very last stage appearance in Peter Hall's acclaimed production of Orfeo ed Euridice for Glyndebourne Festival Opera filmed in 1982. This is one her most famous roles and she gives a most moving portrayel of Orfeo the grieving musician of Greek myth who tries to bring his wife back form the depths of Hades. Elisabeth Speiser is Euridice and Elizabeth Gale is Amor with first-rate singing from the Glyndebourne Chorus. The Londo

  • Gluck - Orphée et Eurydice / Robert Wilson, John Eliot Gardiner, Théâtre du Châtelet [1999] Gluck - Orphée et Eurydice / Robert Wilson, John Eliot Gardiner, Théâtre du Châtelet | DVD | (22/11/2000) from £22.28  |  Saving you £2.71 (10.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Gluck's 1762 opera Orphée et Eurydice was ground-breaking in its day and--as this 1999 performance from the Theatre Musical de Paris shows--it still lends itself to radical treatment. The composer's rejection of traditional flamboyant operatic bells and whistles led to a fresh form in which the lyrics hold court. The music provides the setting and emotional colour in a way that is almost physical in its intensity. Gluck's readiness to incorporate the influences of other art forms--poetry, ballet and drama--has always made this story of love rescued from the jaws of tragedy universally appealing. This production, directed by Robert Wilson and conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, is mesmerising. The all but ill-fated couple (Magdalena Kozena and Madeline Bender) move as if in a trance, their actions suggesting marionettes controlled by greater forces. Their faces are largely expressionless, leaving their voices to explore the force of the huge range of human emotions they must cover during the opera's 100 minutes. Only Cupid runs free. The performances are beautifully sung in French, Kozena bringing immense dignity to Orphée's lament, "J'ai perdu mon Eurydice". A powerful interpretation of an important work, fit for the 21st century. --Piers Ford

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