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  • L'Africaine - Meyerbeer [1988] L'Africaine - Meyerbeer | DVD | (02/08/2006) from £14.03  |  Saving you £6.84 (22.80%)  |  RRP £29.99

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

  • Gianni Schicchi - Puccini Gianni Schicchi - Puccini | DVD | (30/05/2005) from £15.49  |  Saving you £4.50 (22.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Alessandro Corbelli takes the title role in Annabel Arden's whirlwind production of Puccini's compact opera in which the scheming Gianni Schicchi retrieves for himself the spoils of a disinherited family to pave the way for his daughter to marry her love.

  • Bizet: Carmen -- film version [1984] Bizet: Carmen -- film version | DVD | (13/03/2000) from £13.13  |  Saving you £-1.99 (-10.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This movie version of Bizet's popular opera Carmen was filmed on location, conveying a kind of atmosphere, a sense of space, movement, and presence that's hard to achieve in a staged performance. It takes the action out of doors for many scenes, with the opening titles superimposed on the bloody conclusion of a bullfight. Elsewhere the changing of the guard, the crowd scenes, the dance number that opens Act 2, and the panoramic scenery of the smugglers' mountain hideout all benefit from the freedom granted by movie cameras. It's an exciting Carmen, too, with a young-looking Placido Domingo in top form for a role he has sung hundreds of times. For Julia Migenes, though, it was her first performance in a role she would have trouble performing in an opera house. Her voice does not fit easily into Carmen's range, and she spent months training it, very successfully, before singing the role in a recording studio where the soundtrack was taped before the film was shot. Casting her in the role was a gamble, but it worked; she is a convincing actress. Unlike most opera-house performances this movie version uses the opera's original opera comique form with some spoken dialogue rather than recitatives.--Joe McLellan, Amazon.com

  • Parsifal - Wagner/Stein Parsifal - Wagner/Stein | DVD | (16/07/2007) from £14.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    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.

  • Idomeneo - Mozart [1974] Idomeneo - Mozart | DVD | (29/10/2004) from £7.75  |  Saving you £7.24 (48.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Although Idomeneo is one of Mozart's lesser known operas it sparkles with the composer's usual brilliant melodies. Glyndebourne became the main advocate of the opera in the 50s and 60s and yet despite this Idomeneo was still considered by 1974 something of a rarity.During a ferocious storm Idomeneo the King of Crete makes a vow to Neptune offering a sacrifice (the first human being Idomeneo sees) in return for the god's help in bringing his ship safely to shore. As it turns out this is his own son Idamante. This dilemma can only be solved by the unselfish love of Ilia who is willing to give her life in his stead.Richard Lewis once again confirms his position as the world's leading exponent of this opera in the title role of Idomeneo with Josephine Barstow equally mesmerising in her portrayal of Elettra's agony. This significantly shortened version begins with Idomeneo alone on the beach after having survived the fierce storm. John Cox uses strikingly dark staging echoing the drama of the action and according to Mozart's original directions includes drowning sailors and the infamous Act II sea monster.

  • Maria Callas - La Callas... Toujours - Paris, 1958 Maria Callas - La Callas... Toujours - Paris, 1958 | DVD | (26/03/2001) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    La Callas... Toujours is a black-and-white televised recital (Callas' Paris debut) that took place at the Paris Opera on December 19, 1958 when television was still in its infancy. We might wish that it had happened earlier, when her voice was in better condition, or later, when video recording technology was more advanced--so that, for example, we would not have to take the narrator's word that Callas is wearing a red dress. After all, visual elements were as important as the vocal dimensions in her art but her fans will welcome this warmly. The material, carefully chosen to show Callas at her best and most versatile, includes "Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma (a Callas speciality), the haunting "Miserere" scene from Verdi's Il trovatore, and the mischievous "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's Barber of Seville, a fine series of stylistic contrasts in which the essential point is not pure tonal beauty but characterisation and subtle expressive nuances. Others have made this music sound prettier; nobody has presented it with more impact. But the climax of this programme is its second half, a staged performance of Act II of Puccini's Tosca. This is a study in police brutality, sexual harassment and sheer violence, psychological and physical, that has some of opera's most extreme moments--including the great aria "Vissi d'arte", the murder of the villain Scarpia and the contemptuous dismissal flung at his corpse--"and all Rome trembled before him". In this segment, Callas goes mano a mano with Tito Gobbi, her only equal as a singing actor during her career. They savour this material in a virtuoso performance. --Joe McLellan, Amazon.com

  • Beethoven - Missa Solemnis Beethoven - Missa Solemnis | DVD | (04/02/2008) from £15.39  |  Saving you £1.60 (9.40%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Beethoven's Missa Solemnis from the 1979 Salzburg Easter Festival.

  • Classic British Jets-Victor Classic British Jets-Victor | DVD | (03/07/2006) from £6.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (37.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The story of the legendary V-Bomber from its days at the heart of Britains nuclear deterrent through its tanker conversion and disbandment.

  • I Now Pronounce You Vince and Ralph I Now Pronounce You Vince and Ralph | DVD | (31/12/2007) from £1.79  |  Saving you £-1.05 (-15.00%)  |  RRP £6.99

    I Now Pronounce You Ralph And Vince

  • The Makropulos Case - Glyndebourne Festival Opera [1995] The Makropulos Case - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Nicolas Lehnhoff's stunning 1995 production of Janacek's extraordinary black comedy The Makropulos Case was one of the first to be recorded in the superb new opera house at Glyndebourne. It was received with unanimous acclaim especially for its star the astounding singing-actress Anja Silja. Silja won an Evening Standard Award for her performance.

  • Paradise Lost - The Anatomy Of Melancholy Paradise Lost - The Anatomy Of Melancholy | DVD | (26/05/2008) from £9.03  |  Saving you £8.96 (49.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    On April 12th 2007 UK Gothic Metal pioneers PARADISE LOST played a sold-out show at the Koko club in the heart of Camden London to record a DVD. Fans and media from all over the world swarmed the beautiful Baroque style venue initially opened in 1900 as ""The Camden Theatre"" to celebrate a band that 20 years since they began in 1988 is still one of the most exciting bands of their self-defined genre. Disc One: 1. Intro 2. The Enemy (from the album In Requiem 2007) 3. Grey (from the album Paradise Lost 2005) 4. Erased (from the album Symbol Of Life 2002) 5. Red Shift (from the album Paradise Lost 2005) 6. So Much is Lost (from the album Host 2005) 7. Sweetness (from the single Seals the Sense 1994) 8. Praise Lamented Shade (from the album In Requiem 2007) 9. Pity The Sadness (from the album Shades Of God 1992) 10. Forever Failure (from the album Draconian Times 1995) 11. Once Solemn (from the album Draconian Times 1995) 12. As I Die (from the album Shades Of God 1992) 13. Embers Fire (from the album Icon 1993) 14. Mouth (from the album Believe In Nothing 2001) 15. No Celebration (from the album Symbol Of Life 2002) 16. Eternal (from the album Gothic 1991) 17. True Belief (from the album Icon 1993) 18. One Second (from the album One Second 1997) 19. The Last Time (from the album Draconian Times 1995) 20. Gothic (from the album Gothic 1991) 21. Say Just Words (from the album One Second 1997) Disc 2: 1. Interview with Paradise Lost (14:27) 2. Fans at Koko (8:48) 3. Lost In Europe (2007 tour report) (27:30) Promo video clips: 1. The Enemy (3:39) 2. Praise Lamented Shade (4:05) 3. Over The Madness - documentary trailer (1:31)

  • Pelleas Et Melisande Pelleas Et Melisande | DVD | (23/09/2002) from £14.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A performance of Debussy's beautiful opera recorded in France in 1987.

  • L'Amour De Loin - Saariaho [2004] L'Amour De Loin - Saariaho | DVD | (15/08/2005) from £17.69  |  Saving you £2.30 (11.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Kaija SaariahoL'Amour De LoinOpera in five acts

  • 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.

  • Zombie Flesheaters 3 Zombie Flesheaters 3 | DVD | (28/09/2008) from £6.99  |  Saving you £5.01 (38.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Zombie Flesheaters 3

  • Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) [1992] Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) | DVD | (21/01/2002) from £18.89  |  Saving you £5.43 (21.70%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This Glyndebourne production of Pique Dame ("The Queen of Spades") received rave reviews when it appeared in 1992 due to its claustrophobic intensity and powerful acting, and these qualities help it to transfer to DVD with great success. Graham Vick's direction ensures that the story is told clearly and simply but includes a wealth of telling details: the pastoral scene from Act 2, for example, uses the boys from the opening chorus as comical sheep and the effect is enchanting. But there are much darker undertones too: Richard Hudson's slanting, angular designs produce a disorientating atmosphere which mirrors Herman's increasing mental deterioration with uncanny precision. There is a brilliant stroke of visual assonance when the Countess returns to haunt Herman and all the furniture from her death scene appears on the roof. The singing is generally good, though Yuri Marusin's voice may not be to everyone's taste; sometimes he sounds like he's shouting, and his frequent lack of vibrato produces a piercing, uncomfortable effect. Nancy Gustafson is a fine Lisa, however, and Dimitri Kharitonov (Yeletsky) is heartbreaking in the famous "Ya vas lyublyu" ("I love you") aria. For overall better singing but a more plodding production, try the 1992 Kirov recording, but for spine-tingling drama this is the one to go for. On the DVD: Pique Dame on disc has subtitles in English, German, French and Spanish. The camerawork captures the odd angularity of the designs and gives an excellent account of a fast-paced, powerful production.--Warwick Thomson

  • Coppelia Coppelia | DVD | (03/04/2002) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Royal Ballet.Orchestra of The Royal Opera House.Conducted by Nicolae Moldoveanu.Coppelia, a mechanical doll made by the toy-maker Dr. Coppelius, is so lifelike that some believe she is his daughter. The mistake leads to intrigue and jealousy in love.This 19th century classic, in an enchanting production of Royal Ballet choreographer Dame Ninette de Valois, with original designs by Sir Osbert Lancaster, was broadcast live by BBC television in February 2000.

  • Wagner: Das Rheingold [1980] Wagner: Das Rheingold | DVD | (15/10/2001) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Le Nozze Di Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Le Nozze Di Figaro | DVD | (28/08/2006) from £5.45  |  Saving you £24.54 (81.80%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Lorenzo Da Ponte's libretto and Mozart's music were to transform the stock characters of the Opera Buffa tradition into real human beings, making Le Nozze di Figaro one of the most sophisticated operas of all time. A charming expressive and witty Figaro, Lorenzo Regazzo leads a sparkling cast to illustrate superbly the timeless humanity of this masterpiece.Christoph Marthaler's take on Mozart's classic is both daringly original and highly contemporary, the setting transposed to a wedding-dress shop lit with neon lights and a shabby register office.

  • Verdi: Nabucco -- La Scala/Muti Verdi: Nabucco -- La Scala/Muti | DVD | (26/04/2004) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This magnificent production of Verdi's biblical epic Nabucco marked the return of Riccardo Muti as Musical Director of La Scala Milan Italy's greatest opera house. Nabucco was Verdi's first real success. This vast opera has great scenes for the chorus most famously in 'Va pensiero' the hymn of longing sung by the Hebrew slaves on the banks of the Euphrates. This DVD is a marvellous opportunity to hear La Scala's famous Chrous on top form.

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