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  • The Flying Dutchman - Wagner The Flying Dutchman - Wagner | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £15.04  |  Saving you £1.95 (11.50%)  |  RRP £16.99

    One of the most acclaimed Wagner productions of the postwar period this electrifying revolutionary Bayreuth staging of The Flying Dutchman catapulted the German director Harry Kupfer to international fame. Kupfer's psychologically acute production presents the entire story as a hallucination in which Senta's yearning for the eternally wandering Dutchman sends her into a trance-like state. Senta is sung by Danish soprano Lisbeth Balslev the American bass-baritone Simon Estes portrays the Dutchman while the Finnish bass Matti Salminen is Daland.

  • 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

  • Tancredi [1992] Tancredi | DVD | (01/08/2005) from £12.55  |  Saving you £12.44 (49.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Verdi - Simon Boccanegra Verdi - Simon Boccanegra | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £12.91  |  Saving you £1.84 (10.80%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Sir Georg Solti - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

  • Janacek - From The House Of The Dead Janacek - From The House Of The Dead | DVD | (17/03/2008) from £13.29  |  Saving you £0.70 (5.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

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

  • 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

  • The Three Tenors - In Concert 1994 The Three Tenors - In Concert 1994 | DVD | (29/06/1998) from £9.05  |  Saving you £8.94 (49.70%)  |  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).

  • Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella) -- Houston Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella) -- Houston | DVD | (25/06/2001) from £11.99  |  Saving you £1.50 (8.80%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Rossini's opera recorded live in Houston in November 1995. Bruno Campanella conducts the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera Chorus.

  • Verdi - Il Corsaro Verdi - Il Corsaro | DVD | (23/05/2005) from £15.97  |  Saving you £1.94 (9.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Verdi: Il Corsaro - Renato Palumbo (Parma Teatro Regio Chorus)

  • Peter Grimes Peter Grimes | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £8.99  |  Saving you £5.30 (29.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Benjamin Britten's powerful opera 'Peter Grimes' is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the 20th century. In this famous production by Elijah Moshinsky for The Royal Opera Canadian tenor Jon Vickers stars as the complex and misunderstood fisherman. The conductor is Sir Colin Davis who worked for several years with the cast of this production resulting in a masterly interweaving of characters in this gripping drama. ""One of the most riveting operatic impersonations o

  • Patience - Gilbert And Sullivan Patience - Gilbert And Sullivan | DVD | (29/05/2006) from £12.25  |  Saving you £2.74 (18.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Gilvert And Sullivan: Patience (Stanhope Elizabethan Philharmonic Orchestra)

  • Salome [1992] Salome | DVD | (09/09/2002) from £15.94  |  Saving you £22.05 (58.00%)  |  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.

  • Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias [1999] Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias | DVD | (03/12/2007) from £11.59  |  Saving you £3.40 (22.70%)  |  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?

  • Luciano Pavarotti - A Rare And Intimate Evening With Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti - A Rare And Intimate Evening With Pavarotti | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £11.98  |  Saving you £3.01 (20.10%)  |  RRP £14.99

    You are welcomed to a rare and wonderful performance that has never been previously available in the UK. Recorded in 1987 this is Pavarotti at his very finest. This concert is unique as Pavarotti performs classic songs with only his piano accompaniment giving an intimate feeling between the great legend and his audience. In this personal setting the viewer gets a rare insight into the great tenor's art form. Featuring his most popular classics such as.... Caro Mio Ben Angus Dei A

  • Verdi: Requiem Verdi: Requiem | DVD | (04/01/2001) from £16.85  |  Saving you £3.14 (15.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Produced by the BBC in association with RM ARTS from the Usher Hall, Verdi's 'REQUIEM'.

  • Puccini: La Boheme -- San Francisco/Severini [1988] Puccini: La Boheme -- San Francisco/Severini | DVD | (28/08/2000) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    One way to use the DVD format for opera is to provide a video format with a clear picture and sumptuous sound and let a good performance speak more or less for itself. Severini's La Boheme comes with a minimum of trimmings--subtitles in English, French and German; even a short account of the performance history is relegated to text in a booklet. The live performance has real theatrical presence, even to the extent that, at times, the vocal and orchestral subtleties get lost in wild applause. Pavarotti's Rodolfo was, in 1988, as plangently lyrical as ever and Freni's care-worn Mimi is a deeply touching and musical performance; Pacetti is a beefy full-blooded no-nonsense Musetta--the waltz song and ensuing duet with Marcello is for once the Broadway show-stopper it ought to be. Of the supporting roles, though, perhaps the most moving is Ghiaurov's Colline--his farewell to his old coat is a short passage of deep pathos which he has rarely sung as well as he does here. --Roz Kaveney

  • Attila - Verdi Attila - Verdi | DVD | (22/10/2004) from £8.95  |  Saving you £1.04 (10.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Attila Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)Ricardo Muti conducts a fine cast in the powerful and atmospheric 1991 production of Verdi's ninth opera whose story of the heroic tussle between Ezio a Roman general and Attila the Nordic invader was written for the 1846 Teatro la Fenice season and premiered there to huge acclaim. Unlocked from the archives of RAI televvision this is a classic recording from one of the world's great opera houses.Sung In Italian

  • 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.

  • Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti - L'Elisir D'Amore Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti - L'Elisir D'Amore | DVD | (26/02/2008) from £13.29  |  Saving you £3.70 (21.80%)  |  RRP £16.99

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

  • Macbeth - Verdi [1972] Macbeth - Verdi | DVD | (18/02/2005) from £11.57  |  Saving you £3.42 (22.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Giuseppe VerdiMacbethFrom the Glyndebourne Festival Opera 1972Opera in Four Acts

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