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Hamlet - Ambroise Thomas | DVD | (06/09/2004)
from £10.15 | Saving you £7.84 (43.60%) | RRP
Staged at the Gran Teatro Del Liceu in Barcelona October 2003 this opera - written by Ambroise Thomas - is performed by the Symphony Orchestra And Chorus of the Gran Teatro Del Liceu; conducted by Bertrand De Billy.
Mozart: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) -- Ludwigsburg/Gonnenwein | DVD | (20/04/2001)
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In Die Zauberflöte, Mozart and his librettist Schikaneder brought off an extraordinary feat, uniting two seemingly unrelated theatrical genres--pantomime and straight play. The first is represented by the comic antics of the birdcatcher, Papageno, the second in a series of rituals through which a Prince and his lady pass in search of true love. This production from the Ludwigsburger Festspiele in 1992 in a minimalist staging by Axel Manthey with sets and costumes by him and Alexander Lintl, offers a clearly delineated path through a sophisticated and worldly plot that can be bewildering on first acquaintance. Claps of thunder herald evil in the presence of the Queen of the Night and Monostatos, while a white dove introduces Papageno and a larger one carries the three boys who lead the couple on their journey of enlightenment. Their departure in silhouette makes a touching finale to Act One. But no opera production in recent years seems to eschew some whim or trendy idea of the producer: here we have Sarastro's priests with shaved heads, the three boys dressed for a school sports day and a Papageno kitted out in knickerbockers who one fears might break into "I love to go a-wandering a knapsack on my back". Much more stylish are the Three Ladies, emissaries of the Queen of the Night, shapely figures in their striking royal blue and red dresses. The musical direction is in the safe hands of Wolfgang Gonnenwein who favours the occasional swift tempo as in the "March" to Act Two. The cast includes one exceptional singer, the soprano Ulrike Sonntag as Pamina, happily partnered by Deon Van Der Walt as Tamino. Thomas Mohr is the characterful Papageno and Andrea Frei as the Queen of the Night makes good the coloratura runs of her fiendishly difficult arias, though sounds less secure in her slow music. As Sarastro, Cornelius Hauptmann makes up for some wooden acting with his sonorous bass. One takes away from watching this production a renewed admiration for Mozart and his librettist for an opera that, in its mixture of spoken dialogue and musical numbers, anticipates by 150 years the musical shows of Rodgers and Hammerstein. --Adrian Edwards
Fidelio - Beethoven | DVD | (19/01/2004)
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A performance of the Beethoven's Fidelio. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
TDK DVD Opera Sampler 2006 | DVD | (30/01/2006)
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A compilation of opera excerpts from the 2006 TDK catalogue.
Verdi - Nabucco | DVD | (31/12/2007)
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Giuseppe Verdi's 'Nabucco' filmed at the State Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia, May 7, 1996.
Le Rossignol - Stravinsky | DVD | (03/01/2005)
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This DVD is a stunning film adaptation of Stravinsky's Rossignol with Natalie Dessay in the title role. Inspired by Stravinsky's words: ""I said somewhere that it wasn't enough to hear the music you had to see it too..."" the firlm-maker Christian Chaudet made an innovative and ambitious animated film illustrating the opera score with 3 dimensial images into which the singers have been inserted. The film offers superb narrative and visual ingredients following Stravinsky's own st
Puccini: Manon Lescaut -- Royal Opera House | DVD | (22/09/2003)
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This famous production of Manon Lescaut from The Royal Opera recorded in 1983 features two of the biggest stars in opera Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa in their vocal prime. Placido Domingo's performance of Des Grieux is considered to be unsurpassed. Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli made his British operatic debut with this production which has not been available on video for 10 years. Puccini's first masterpiece was rapturously received on its first night. It has his hallmark se
Giacomo Puccini - Puccini - Turandot | DVD | (21/07/2008)
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Turandot: Puccini - Arena di Verona
La Grande-Duchesse De Gerolstein - Offenbach | DVD | (09/01/2006)
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Recorded at the Theatre Du Chatelet in Paris.
Parsifal - Wagner | DVD | (29/03/2005)
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Nikolaus Lehnoff's visionary staging of Wagner's opera for ENO.
Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail - Mozart | DVD | (01/08/2005)
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Recorded at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera 1980
Handel: Ariodante | DVD | (23/06/2000)
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Ariodante makes extraordinary vocal and acting demands, which the English National Opera brilliantly fulfils in a curious combination of baroque music and post-modern production styles. Handel's intensely emotional arias and the surreal staging combine their energies with powerful impact, aided by some imaginative choreography and a remarkable English singing translation of the Italian text. The subject is the painfully complex love entanglements of five characters: pure idealism and raging jealousy, nefarious plots and deceptions, unscrupulous exploitation, and opportunism, hopelessness mounting to the brink of insanity. The plot, as often happens in baroque opera, is riddled with improbabilities, exaggerations, and coincidence, but they matter not at all. It is essentially no more than a framework on which Handel mounts music of tender passion, rage, delirious joy, hope, resignation--nearly three hours of unrestrained emotional intensity and vocal brilliance. Ann Murray and Joan Rodgers are appealing as the young lovers Ariodante and Ginevra, but the show is nearly stolen by countertenor Christopher Robson as the villainous Polinesso, who convinces Ariodante that Ginevra has been unfaithful. Lesley Garrett performs brilliantly as Polinesso's dupe and accomplice, Dalinda, and Ivor Bolton conducts with a fine sense of baroque style. --Joe McLellan, Amazon.com
Lehar - Der Zarewitsch | DVD | (13/08/2007)
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Lehar: Der Zarewitsch - The Tsarevich
The Mikado | DVD | (07/02/2005)
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A lavish 1982 production of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera in which Nanki-Poo the son of the Mikado escaping a distasteful marriage arrives in the town of Titipu disguised as a musician...
Verdi: Requiem | DVD | (04/01/2001)
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Produced by the BBC in association with RM ARTS from the Usher Hall, Verdi's 'REQUIEM'.
Janacek - From The House Of The Dead | DVD | (17/03/2008)
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Leos Janacek: From The House Of The Dead, performed by various performers and conducted by Pierre Bouelz.
Theodora - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (05/07/2004)
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This production of Handel's tragic and moving oratorio took Glyndebourne by storm when it was first staged in 1996. Sellars took Handel's tale of self-sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman imperial bodyguard in fourth century enemy occupied Antioch and by resetting it in modern-day America transformed it into a timeless parable of spiritual resistance to tyranny and persecution.
Busoni - Doktor Faust | DVD | (29/10/2007)
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Ferruccio Busoni - Doktor Faust - Live Recording From The Zurich Opera House 2006.
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg | DVD | (24/11/2000)
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This glorious 1995 production of Wagner's festival opera highlights the central debate about the artist, his inspiration and the academic rules that have to be worked with, or around, by setting it not in the Middle Ages so much as in a high-Victorian world of frock coats and cravats. Wolfgang Brendel's impressive performance as Hans Sachs has both the authority of the great poet trying to make everyone understand the virtues of good sense and a middle way, as well as the emotional appeal of a man whose decision to make Eva's choice between him and Walther is for once a real struggle: Brendel plays him as a man young enough to be a credible rival to the young minstrel-knight. Gosta Windbergh in turn brings real passion not only to the "Prize Song" itself but to the whole opera, not least to the aristocratic/bohemian distrust of the bourgeois world of the master singer for which Sachs ends up rebuking him. Schulte's performance as Beckmesser conveys the meanness and pettiness without buying wholly into the viciousness with which Wagner humiliates his comic villain and through him all of his own enemies. Conductor de Burgos manages to keep the massive scale of this longest of comic operas human and humane--this never becomes a sinisterly intense or vast performance. --Roz KaveneyOn the DVD: This two-disc set comes equipped with scene selection and subtitles in German, French and English, as well as menus in those languages and Spanish. --Roz Kaveney
Rosenkavalier - Strauss | DVD | (15/08/2005)
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Comedy for music in three acts.