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  • Aria [DVD] [1987] Aria | DVD | (15/06/2009) from £7.75  |  Saving you £8.01 (40.10%)  |  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.

  • Boris Godunov - Mussorgsky [1992] Boris Godunov - Mussorgsky | DVD | (05/08/2002) from £17.31  |  Saving you £-2.32 (-15.50%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The legendary Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky helmed his one and only opera in 1983 with this famed production of Mussorgsky's 'Boris Godunov'. Staged at London's famed Royal Opera House the staging features Robert Lloyd giving a masterful performance in the title role. Conductor Valery Gergiev known primarily for his fine work leading St. Petersburg's Kirov Opera takes the baton.

  • Reves D'Un Marco Polo - Vivier [1980] Reves D'Un Marco Polo - Vivier | DVD | (03/01/2006) from £4.99  |  Saving you £24.90 (83.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A performance of the Vivier opera in two acts that tells a mystical story which centres on the character called Agni. Reinbert De Leeuw conducts.

  • L'Africaine - Meyerbeer [1988] L'Africaine - Meyerbeer | DVD | (02/08/2006) from £13.94  |  Saving you £13.24 (44.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

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

  • Verdi: La Traviata -- Venice [1992] Verdi: La Traviata -- Venice | DVD | (10/04/2000) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This performance of Verdi's La Traviata comes from the Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice in 1992. The intimacy and social realism of the story make it one of the most dramatically successful of all operas, while the score contains some of the finest music of the 19th century. Despite the strong production values and well-staged party scenes, any production of La Traviata stands or falls on the performers in the vital roles of the lovers Violetta and Alfredo, and that of Alfredo's father, Giorgio. Here Giorgio Zancanaro is suitably decent and morally serious as Giorgio, and Neil Shicoff makes a strong impression as an ordinary man suddenly overwhelmed by love. The drawback is that--and there is no polite way to say this--Edita Gruberova is not only too old to play the sparkling young society girl, Violetta, but she is a much better singer than she is an actress. She comes into her own in the tragic last act, but is otherwise awkward and uncomfortable when the part requires her to demonstrate confidence and sensuality. This remains a production with considerable merits, but overall a more dramatically, not to say visually, compelling version is that originally broadcast world-wide live from Paris in 2000 starring Eteri Gvazava and José Cura.On the DVD: The production is presented at 4:3 with above average picture quality for a live opera DVD, and with excellent PCM stereo sound. The disc and booklet both offer a synopsis, but other than the option to watch with or without subtitles there are no special features. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Verdi - Un Ballo In Maschera - Verdi Verdi - Un Ballo In Maschera - Verdi | DVD | (01/04/2005) from £21.55  |  Saving you £3.44 (13.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    John Schlesinger directs Placido Domingo in Verdi's opera...

  • Mozart: Don Giovanni -- Zurich/Harnoncourt Mozart: Don Giovanni -- Zurich/Harnoncourt | DVD | (12/03/2002) from £9.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £29.99

    In this Zurich Opera House staging of Mozart’s darkly comic cautionary fable Don Giovanni the lighting and stage design keep the characters shaded in half-shadow: even Zerlina’s wedding feels like a subdued affair here, and the Don’s banqueting room is a suitably gloomy venue for the Stone Guest’s climactic visit for a spot of dinner and damnation. Both this staging and video director Brian Large’s filming play no tricks with the audience’s expectations, opting for a largely traditional presentation of this tragedy of swaggering bravado, cuckolded lovers and revenge from beyond the grave. Nikolaus Harnoncourt brings all the sensitivity of his historically informed approach to the orchestra pit. Heading a very strong cast are Rodney Gilfry, defiantly strong-voiced but also haughtily handsome as the seducing Don, and Cecilia Bartoli, a mercurial presence as Donna Elvira. Their scenes together crackle and fizz, even when Bartoli’s extremely ripe vibrato contrasts a little uncomfortably with Harnoncourt’s authenticity. Liliana Nikiteanu makes for a pretty, naïve Zerlina, convincingly torn between her Masetto (Oliver Widmer) and the animalistic attraction of the Don. Laszlo Polgar’s Leporello is wheedling and base, but still the inheritor of his master’s charisma; Isabel Rey and Roberto Sacca are solid as the colourless moralists Anna and Ottavio; while Matti Salminen’s powerful Commendatore isn’t expected to do anything more than stand still and declaim. Overall this is an excellent musical performance, unexceptionally staged. On the DVD: Don Giovanni on disc has a good 24-minute "Behind the Scenes" feature, including interviews with Cecilia Bartoli, Harnoncourt, Gilfry and Isabel Rey. There’s also a trailer for other ArtHaus releases. The 16:9 picture sometimes struggles to bring definition to the dimly lit sets; sound though is crisp and clean PCM stereo or Dolby 5.1. There are subtitles in five languages. --Mark Walker

  • Verdi - La Traviata [2007] Verdi - La Traviata | DVD | (12/11/2007) from £13.63  |  Saving you £3.36 (19.80%)  |  RRP £16.99

    A lavish period production of Verdi's best -loved opera featuring two of today's most celebrated stars - American soprano Renee Fleming and Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon. The tragic love-story of the courtesan Violetts and her young admirer Alfredo Germont is set to some of the most popular in all opera, including the irresistible Brindisi (Drinking Song) and Violetta's thrilling Act One finale Sempre Libera. For this performance, filmed live in Los Angeles, the role of Alfredo's father is sung by the great Verdi baritone Renato Bruson.

  • Tosca - Puccini [2003] Tosca - Puccini | DVD | (18/06/2004) from £19.07  |  Saving you £10.92 (36.40%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The story of betrayal and lust performed by the Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra; conducted by Maurizio Benini. Recorded during the 2003-2004 season at Teatro Real.

  • Verdi: Requiem Verdi: Requiem | DVD | (04/01/2001) from £16.49  |  Saving you £3.50 (17.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

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

  • I Puritani - Bellini I Puritani - Bellini | DVD | (30/05/2005) from £25.18  |  Saving you £4.81 (16.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The opera I Puritani recorded live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona on 8th February 2001.

  • Antikrist - Rued Langgaard Antikrist - Rued Langgaard | DVD | (29/08/2005) from £17.95  |  Saving you £2.04 (10.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A religious mystery opera. A magnificent doomsday vision. A full length nightmare. This DVD production of Rued Langgaard's allegorical opera Antikrist witnesses the spectacular Danish co-production by the Royal Danish Opera and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation from 2002. No pains are spared as the composer's revelation unfolds with its intriguing allegorical characters and its powerful statement about the moral decay of modernity.

  • Aida [2003] Aida | DVD | (21/05/2004) from £21.98  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Daniela Dessi Elisabetta Fiorillo Fabio Armiliato Juan Pons and Roberto Scandiuzzi lead the cast in the renowned period production filmed in 2003 against the historic paper trompe-l'oeil sets painted between 1936-45 by Josep Mestres Cabanes the last representative of the old Catalan school of stenography.

  • Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) -- Glyndebourne [1982] Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) -- Glyndebourne | DVD | (26/04/2004) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Funny fast and furious Rossini's masterpiece Il Barbiere di Siviglia is one of the most popular of comic operas with its sparkling and stylish score. John Cox's innovative production for Glyndebourne Festival Opera with good looking authentic designs by William Dudley put plenty of fizz into this old favourite and was a real hit with the critics. The usual Glyndebourne hallmarks of team work and extended rehersal paid handsome dividends in this production filmed in 1982.

  • The Three Tenors Christmas [1999] The Three Tenors Christmas | DVD | (29/10/2007) 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

  • Puccini: La Fanciulla del West Puccini: La Fanciulla del West | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £10.30  |  Saving you £7.69 (42.70%)  |  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

  • 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.

  • Kiri Te Kanawa - A Celebration - Live At The Royal Albert Hall Kiri Te Kanawa - A Celebration - Live At The Royal Albert Hall | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £15.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (5.90%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Join Kiri and friends for a very special musical celebration as she sings the greatest hits from her sensational international career: from favourite operatic arias by Mozart and Puccini to musical theatre classics by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. A traditional ensemble from New Zealand perform a Maori tribute, and special guests Andre Previn and his join trio Kiri for intimate performances of popular American songs.The evening culminates in spectacular style with the arrival of a huge birthday cake, celebrating the 50th birthday of a unique musical star.

  • Learn To Paint On Glass And Tile Learn To Paint On Glass And Tile | DVD | (31/12/2007) from £2.00  |  Saving you £-0.80 (-20.10%)  |  RRP £3.99

    Learn To Paint On Glass And Tile

  • Possessed By the Night Possessed By the Night | DVD | (19/11/2007) from £16.53  |  Saving you £-10.54 (-176.00%)  |  RRP £5.99

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