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  • Salome [1992] Salome | DVD | (09/09/2002) from £20.84  |  Saving you £17.15 (45.10%)  |  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.

  • Bizet - Carmen (Levine, Metropolitan Opera) Bizet - Carmen (Levine, Metropolitan Opera) | DVD | (20/11/2000) from £13.99  |  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.

  • Zdenek  Benaclova - Smetana -  Bartered Bride Zdenek Benaclova - Smetana - Bartered Bride | DVD | (14/08/2006) from £12.16  |  Saving you £2.83 (18.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    What oprea fan doesn't know the famous opera arias 'Our True Love' 'Make Up Your Mind Marenka' or 'I Know A Maiden Fair' ageless classics from that treasure of Czech opera Bedrich Smetana's The Bartered Bride? These outstanding singers Gabriela Benackova as Marenka Peter Dvorsky as Jenik and Richard Novak as Kecal as well as brilliant performances by the Czech Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonic Chorus conducted by Zdenek Kosler became the basis for this 1981 television programme directed by Frantisek Filip. Sets by Jan Zazvorka costumes by Lida Novotna cinematography by Ilja Bojanovsky directed by Frantisek Filip.

  • Cosi Fan Tutte - Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte - Mozart | DVD | (23/07/2004) from £8.59  |  Saving you £1.40 (14.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Daniela Dessi and Delores Ziegler lead the cast in Mozart's brilliant and witty opera as the two women whose faithfulness in the face of romantic love is ruthlessly tested in Da Ponte's comic tale. Mozart lavishes some of the finest music ever written on the unfolding story of the two sisters' chaotic and fickle love affairs with their two Italian army officers. Unlocked from the archives of RAI television this 1989 recording is a classic from one of the world's great opera houses.

  • Relic Hunters Relic Hunters | DVD | (21/04/2008) from £21.98  |  Saving you £-16.99 (-340.50%)  |  RRP £4.99

  • Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann -- Royal Opera House/Pretre [1981] Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann -- Royal Opera House/Pretre | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This famous and highly-praised Royal Opera production by film director John Schlesinger filmed in 1981 is as good as we are ever likely to see. The spectacular designs by Maria Bjornson and William Dudley vividly bring Hoffman's nightmare world to life. The brilliant cast is led by Placido Domingo as Hoffmann in one of his towering portrayals. He has become wholly identified with this part in a way that no other artist has.

  • Peter Grimes Peter Grimes | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  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

  • Le Nozze Di Figaro [1973] Le Nozze Di Figaro | DVD | (23/07/2004) from £12.95  |  Saving you £2.04 (13.60%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Recorded at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera 1973.

  • Waaris Waaris | DVD | (15/03/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Dulla and Gajjan are two brothers but their father engaged by Dulla's wayward ways names Gajjan's son Sarwan as his sole heir. A furious Dulla slays his father for which he is imprisoned. Meanwhile Gajjan's only son Sarwan grows up and falls in love with the virtuous Paro who has a young sprightly carefree sister Seebo who is in love with her childhood friend Binder. Dulla returns from the prison on the day Sarwan and Paro get married. He plots to get the land from his brother Gajjan by getting rid of his only heir. Immediately after the marriage through the connivance of Dulla Sarwan is fatally stabbed and killed. Dulla is now confident that he can acquire the land. Here begins Paro's struggle to acquire a rightful heir for the land and to save herself from the wicked intentions of Dulla. She spurns all his advances. Dulla tortures the family's faithful employees into leaving their master and creates every possible difficulty and hardship for Paro. She convinces her unwilling father-in-law Gajjan to marry her younger sister Seebo so the family can get a legal heir. Does she succeed in her struggle? Does the family get its heir? Watch the family drama Warris.

  • Puccini: La Fanciulla del West Puccini: La Fanciulla del West | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Piero Faggioni's highly-acclaimed Royal Opera production of 'The Girl of the Golden West' filmed in 1983 stars the incomparable Placido Domingo and American soprano Carol Neblett. It is considered by many the definitive production of this work and hasn't been available on video for 10 years. Faggioni's amazing production brings the opera vividly to life. The realistic timbered sets are by Oscar-winning designer Ken Adam whose film work includes ""Dr Strangelove"" and a number of Ja

  • Madama Butterfly - Puccini [2003] Madama Butterfly - Puccini | DVD | (03/10/2005) from £22.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Robert Wilson's pure and highly stylized 2003 production enhances the timeless beauty of Puccini's moving Japanese tragedy. Cheryl Barker and Martin Thompson lead an inspired cast in a highly charged recording from the Amsterdam Muziektheater with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by a masterful and passionate Edo de Waart.

  • Janacek: Jenufa -- Glyndebourne [1989] Janacek: Jenufa -- Glyndebourne | DVD | (22/06/2001) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Janacek's masterpiece Jenufa, captured in this 1989 Glyndebourne Festival Opera production, is among the most revived modernist works. Compared with much grand opera, the story of one woman's struggle to rise free from social constraints at a terrible cost is remarkably poignant, credible and accessible. Scenes are short and intense. The music shimmers with Janacek's characteristic blend of sweetness and sharp dissonance. His men are damaged and angry; his women kick against the expectations of convention. Tragedy is inevitable, but here, unusually, hope triumphs. In the title role, Roberta Alexander is utterly convincing as the stepdaughter of the Kostelnicka Buryja, placing her love and trust in the wrong man with dire consequences. As the Kostelnicka, Anja Silja turns in an equally towering performance, unravelling with the awful consequences of her pragmatism. Alexander's fluid soprano reveals the extraordinary beauty of some of Janacek's finest arias: the moment when she becomes supernaturally aware of her baby's fate--it's "as if death was peering into the house!"--and is actually singing prayers for its soul is quite overwhelming. This Jenufa is sung splendidly; a revelation of the essential humanity which lurks at the heart of the greatest operas. On the DVD: This production was filmed for Channel 4 and has all the hallmarks of a 1980s television broadcast: standard 4:3 picture format which limits the impact of Tobias Hoheisel's magnificent expressionistic set; PCM stereo which somewhat dulls Andrew Davis' sterling, powerful work at the helm of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (although the principal singers shine through); poor subtitles; and static freeze-frame links between scenes. As a record of an important production, though, it suffices. --Piers Ford

  • 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.

  • Richard Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier Richard Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £25.18  |  Saving you £4.81 (16.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (Bychkov)

  • Puccini's Tosca And La Boheme Puccini's Tosca And La Boheme | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £18.99

    The Canadian Opera Company Presents: Puccini's 'Tosca' And 'La Boheme' Puccini's Tosca: Puccini's three act opera remains one of the evergreens full of moving and heady arias and apt dramatic twists. Heady stuff beautifully performed on this outstanding DVD. Puccini's La Boheme Acts I & II: Many are hooked on opera on seeing La Boheme. It's a marvellous introduction to the whole opera experience with some of music's best known arias and a touchingtale of doomed love. There's high passion drama and heartrending lyricism. Puccini's La Boheme Acts III & IV: La Boheme features some of opera's most loved arias in an emotionally wrenching taleof doomed love. La Boheme dampens thee and puts lumps in the throat. Is this the exquisite music or the devastating story? Few confess. What's certain is that the combination was so powerful it reduced the composer to copious tears.

  • Janacek: Kat'a Kabanova -- Glyndebourne [1988] Janacek: Kat'a Kabanova -- Glyndebourne | DVD | (26/01/2001) from £17.89  |  Saving you £7.10 (28.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Kát'a Kabanová, Janácek's 1921 tragedy, is proof if any were needed that tales of personal oppression and turmoil will always make fine raw material for opera composers. Janácek took Ostrovsky's tumultuous drama of infidelity , The Storm, and created a compelling piece in which his music heightens the relationship between the troubled landscape of Kát'a's inner mind and the elements doing battle outside. In 1988, this Glyndebourne Festival production successfully distilled the heroine's wretched journey from put-upon wife and daughter-in-law to suicide via the ecstasy of a forbidden love affair into 100 minutes of intensely emotional operatic drama. At its heart, Janácek's unique tonal score underlines a powerful, almost naturalistic dialogue and exposes the impact of Kát'a's experiences on her escalating self-destruction. Felicity Palmer's Kabanicha--the mother-in-law from hell and the real instrument of Kát'a's downfall--is curiously remote and muted rather than the domineering figure of fear that we might expect. But the singing, particularly by Nancy Gustafson (tremendously affecting and emotionally convincing in the title role) and Ryland Davies as Kát'a's weak husband Tichon, is outstanding. Gustafson's performance alone makes this essential viewing for anybody with a passion for the great modern soprano roles. On the DVD: Sadly the only additional features are trailers for Seven Gates of Jersualem and The Damnation of Faust. The sound quality (PCM stereo) is more than fair, but inevitably the film of the production is constrained by the design: the stylised set is either very light or very dark and we don't get as close as we'd like to the characters in what is, after all, a disturbingly intimate piece. Arthaus Musik's booklet meets the expected high standards of information and background. --Piers Ford

  • A Life For The Tsar - Bolshoi Opera A Life For The Tsar - Bolshoi Opera | DVD | (26/09/2005) from £15.06  |  Saving you £2.93 (16.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A 17th Century tale of how a peasant gave his life to save the Tsar for the Russian people. After the Russian Revolution the Communist regime renamed the opera Ivan Susanin after the main character and altered the libretto in order to emphasise how Susanin delivered Russia from attack from the Polish enemy. The original title and libretto have now been restored. In this production by The Bolshoi Opera filmed in 1992 Russian bass Egveny Nesterenko magnificently sings the dramatic role of Ivan Susanin the tragic hero who leads the Polish enemy on a false path in their search for the Tsar and so allowing the Tsar to escape. The cast also includes Marina Mescheriakova as Susanin's daughter Antonida Alexander Lomonosov as her fiance Sobinin and Elena Zaremba as Susanin's son Vanja. The conductor is Alexander Lazarev.

  • Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera [1975] Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £23.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (31.40%)  |  RRP £34.99

    A 1975 Royal Opera House production of Verdi's opera Un Ballo In Maschera. Conducted by Claudio Abbado and directed by Otto Schenk.

  • Oedipus Rex - Stravinsky Oedipus Rex - Stravinsky | DVD | (13/06/2005) from £12.04  |  Saving you £4.95 (29.10%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Opera-oratorio in two acts. Poem after Sophocles by Jean Cocteau.

  • Great Tenor Performances [1997] Great Tenor Performances | DVD | (04/04/2012) from £7.21  |  Saving you £-3.76 (-37.60%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A glittering collection of performances from the extensive NVS ARTS catalogue and beyond. Including Jose Carreras ""La mia letizia infondere"" Robert Alagna ""Fontainebleu!..."" Placido Domingo ""Ch'ella mi creda"" Giacomo Aragall ""E lucevan le stelle"" John Mark Ainsley ""Dalla sua pace"" Vladamir Atlantov ""Nuin mi tema"" Max-Rene Cosotti ""Ecco ridente in cielo"" Luciano Pavarotti ""Celeste Aida"" Neil Shicoff ""Che gelida manina"" Placido Domingo ""Il etait une fois a la cour d'Eisenach""

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