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  • Canterbury Tales - the Wife of Bath Canterbury Tales - the Wife of Bath | DVD | (29/09/2008) from £5.13  |  Saving you £-0.14 (-2.80%)  |  RRP £4.99

    Beth Craddock is a TV actress who still believes in Mr. Right even after a number of failed marriages. But is her dashing co-star Jerome her soulmate despite their large age difference.

  • The Art Of Singing - Golden Voices Of The Century [1996] The Art Of Singing - Golden Voices Of The Century | DVD | (01/07/2000) from £16.25  |  Saving you £1.74 (9.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Many illustrious stars of the twentieth century are featured in sound and vision in rare footage much of it previously unavailable. The accompanying booklet includes comprehensive notes by John Steane. Includes rare footage much of it previously unseen. Based on an original BBC TV series.

  • La Scala Collection La Scala Collection | DVD | (02/05/2006) from £47.75  |  Saving you £12.24 (20.40%)  |  RRP £59.99

    Various Composers: La Scala Collection - 11 Operas

  • Gotterdammerung - Wagner Gotterdammerung - Wagner | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £26.31  |  Saving you £8.68 (24.80%)  |  RRP £34.99

    In the final part of Wagner's epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen Siegfried's world descends into falsehood and betrayal before his cursed life is ended by a single spear. Fate ignites the final conflagration which sets the world to await its new beginning. Filmed at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2004 Harry Kupfer's stunning production first staged in Berlin numbers among the greatest productions of modern times and is recorded in sumptuous surround sound.

  • Verdi - Falstaff / Graham Vick, Bernard Haitink, Royal Opera House [1999] Verdi - Falstaff / Graham Vick, Bernard Haitink, Royal Opera House | DVD | (10/10/2001) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Graham Vicks production of Falstaff opened the new Covent Garden Royal Opera House, and was not to everybody's taste; the garish primary colours of the costumes, especially Falstaff's unusually hideous get-ups, go several steps beyond the Breughelian effect Vicks intended. The staging is effective--the complicated counterpoint of the ensembles is reflected in unobtrusive blocking that keeps the vocal lines clear and separate, especially in the final fugue. Bryn Terfel's Falstaff is a memorable creation, self-mocking and self-aggrandising at the same time--so much so, in fact, that he almost does not need the vast prosthetic body he has to wear for the part. Desiree Rancatore is an admirably sweet-toned Nanetta; Bernadette Manca di Nissa an appropriately sardonic Mistress Quickly; Roberto Frontali as Ford, in his Act 2 scena, perfectly distils and parodies every jealousy aria ever written, including Verdi's own. Haitink's conducting is exemplary in the lyrical passages, gets almost everything out of the fast and furious comic sections. --Roz Kaveney On the DVD: The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is powerful and filled with detail, capturing the excitement of the performance and the atmosphere of the Royal Opera House superbly. The anamorphically enhanced 1.77:1 widesceen image is very clear, and while given the source inevitably not up to the highest feature film standards, is among the best live classical titles yet released on DVD. The bold colours are particularly well realised, though the red lighting of the Garter Inn scenes causes the image to falter a little. There are optional subtitles in English, French and German. These are presented directly over the picture and would be easier to read had they been a little larger, or outlined in some way. The special features consist of a brief synopsis by James Naughtie, taken directly from the original television broadcast, a minute-long "comment" by conductor Bernard Haitink and short but interesting interviews with Bryn Terfel and director Graham Vick. Finally there is a nine-minute episode from the series of short BBC films, Covent Garden Tales on the 1999 modernisation of the Royal Opera House. --Gary S Dalkin

  • Janacek: Kat'a Kabanova -- Glyndebourne [1988] Janacek: Kat'a Kabanova -- Glyndebourne | DVD | (26/01/2001) from £18.05  |  Saving you £6.94 (27.80%)  |  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

  • Vietnam 5 DVD box Set Vietnam 5 DVD box Set | DVD | (17/03/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £14.99

  • Verdi: La Traviata -- Sills [1976] Verdi: La Traviata -- Sills | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Before live opera telecasts became regular television events The Grater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association ( WETA ) embarked on an ambitious project. In the summer of 1974 WETA began videotaping live operatic and concert performances at the Filene Center Auditorium in Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna Virginia for broadcast in a series entitled In Performance at Wolf Trap. The overwhelming success of the series proved to public television stations throughout the country that audiences were eager for this kind of programming.In 1976 In Performance at Wolf Trap presented Beverly Sills in one of her most celebrated portrayals that of Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata. Just months earlier Sills had performed the role at the Metropolitan Opera to great acclaim.

  • Donizetti - La Fille Du Regiment (Bonynge) Donizetti - La Fille Du Regiment (Bonynge) | DVD | (27/08/2007) from £4.49  |  Saving you £10.50 (70.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Gaetano Donizetti: La Fille Du Regiment

  • La Cenerentola [2005] La Cenerentola | DVD | (30/01/2006) from £22.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Vladimir Jurowski and Sir Peter Hall are re-united for a fresh and vibrant but timelessly elegant production of Rossinin's much-loved setting of the Cinderella story with a fine cast led by Ruxandra Donose in the title role. Filmed in June 2005 with high definition cameras and recorded in multi-track 5.1 surround sound

  • Verdi: Otello -- Royal Opera House/Solti [1992] Verdi: Otello -- Royal Opera House/Solti | DVD | (29/10/2001) from £23.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (31.40%)  |  RRP £34.99

    A coproduction by BBC Covent Garden Pioneer and the Royal Opera House of Verdi's classic opera about the Moor who loved not wisely but too well. Conducted by George Solti.

  • Fidelio - Beethoven [2000] Fidelio - Beethoven | DVD | (19/01/2004) from £15.62  |  Saving you £1.37 (8.10%)  |  RRP £16.99

    A performance of the Beethoven's Fidelio. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

  • Puccini: Manon Lescaut Puccini: Manon Lescaut | DVD | (24/08/2001) from £8.98  |  Saving you £16.01 (64.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Flemish Opera Symphony Orchestra conducted by Silvio Varviso perform The Manon Lescaut opera in four acts.

  • Carmen [DVD] Carmen | DVD | (06/11/2006) from £10.00  |  Saving you £-5.01 (-100.40%)  |  RRP £4.99

    Love jealousy and death - George Bizet's most popular work 'Carmen' includes all accessories for a successful opera.This DVD presents an open-air staging of the Opera Festival St. Margarethen recorded in 1998 in the colourful stage set of the Roman quarry which on this occasion was turned into a Spanish arena.

  • The Opera Collection The Opera Collection | DVD | (05/12/2005) from £29.99  |  Saving you £2.00 (6.30%)  |  RRP £31.99

    A wonderful 5 DVD set to add to your Opera collection.

  • Mozart: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) -- Royal Opera House/Davis [2003] Mozart: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) -- Royal Opera House/Davis | DVD | (22/08/2003) from £16.99  |  Saving you £5.20 (20.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A performance of the David McVicar production of Mozart's last opera. Colin Davis conducts the Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Recorded at Covent Garden.

  • 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.

  • Ivan The Terrible - Prokofiev Ivan The Terrible - Prokofiev | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £8.11  |  Saving you £6.88 (45.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Ballet in Two ActsIn 1942 Sergey Prokofiev was commissioned by Sergey Eisenstein to write music for his film Ivan the Terrible. The score caught the attention of highly acclaimed choreographer Yuri Grigorovich who set out to make the material and music into a self-contained ballet. But it took until the 1970s for the idea of this ambitious project to be put into action with the help of Mikhail I. Tchulaki director of the Bolshoi who composed a ballet score for the new production on the basis of Eisenstein's musical film material. The score of Ivan the Terrible is a collage of no less than 377 fragments of the original film score but also of other works by Prokofiev.

  • TDK DVD Opera Sampler 2006 TDK DVD Opera Sampler 2006 | DVD | (30/01/2006) from £3.56  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £4.99

    A compilation of opera excerpts from the 2006 TDK catalogue.

  • The Gift Of The Magi - Rautavaara The Gift Of The Magi - Rautavaara | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £8.39  |  Saving you £6.00 (24.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Created specially for television and recorded in studio this short opera by one of today's most eminent Finnish composers is based on a Christmas story by the American writer O. Henry. The telling of the story is unsentimental Hannu Heikinheimo's staging exquisitely observed and Rautavaara's music powerfully compelling. The Christmas message finds a truly imaginative and unequivocal expression in 'The Gift Of The Magi'.

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