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  • Bizet-Shchedrin - Carmen Suite Ballet Bizet-Shchedrin - Carmen Suite Ballet | DVD | (03/01/2005) from £20.35  |  Saving you £2.64 (11.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Carmen was first set as a ballet by the famed Russian choreographer Petipa in 1845. It was based on the Merimee novella and premiered in Madrid some thirty years before Bizet's opera was first heard. Subsequent versions followed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries some using and some discarding Bizet's music. In 1949 Roland Petit created a successful vehicle for himself and his wife Zizi Jeanmaire using the Bizet score.Maya Plisetskaya always dreamed of dancing the role of Carmen and had approached Shostakovich for a score. He demurred out of respect for Bizet's celebrated opera. It was eventually Plisetskaya's husband Rodion Shchedrin who agreed to provide the music after seeing his wife and the choreographer Alberto Alonso working on some choreographic ideas. His Carmen Suite ballet based on Bizet and scored only for strings and percussion instruments was a perfect complement to Alonso's choreography and in its theatricality a showcase for Plisetskaya's considerable dramatic gifts. Shchedrin's Carmen Suite one of the darkest settings of Merimee's tragic story deeply symbolic and overtly sensual premiered at the Bolshoi Ballet on April 20 1967.

  • Mozart: Don Giovanni -- Glyndebourne [1995] Mozart: Don Giovanni -- Glyndebourne | DVD | (21/08/2000) from £11.93  |  Saving you £7.24 (36.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Deborah Warner's 1995 production of Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne is characterised by a central portrayal of the Don as at once evil and sexually magnetic. Gilles Cachemille has at one at the same time a raffish charm and a deep mean-spiritedness--many Don Giovannis don't bully his servant nearly as much as this one, and Warner pushes his sinfulness all the way into sacrilege--apart from mocking the Commendatore's grave effigy, this Giovanni also has his way with a statue of the Madonna. Pieczonka's Elvira is at once stately and sensual--there is no sense of hysteria here, rather more of a deep sadness and sense of a ruined life. Page's Leporello is a wonderful long-faced clown; his catalogue aria is at once genuinely funny and a rather sadistic tease of Elvira. Though Kreizberg is working with authentic forces, the feel of his performance has a passionate gloominess that teeters on the brink of Romanticism without ever exceeding the work's adventurousness. The DVD comes with subtitles in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as a full printable text of the libretto. --Roz Kaveney

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Glyndebourne Festival Opera [1981] A Midsummer Night's Dream - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (02/08/2004) from £12.49  |  Saving you £5.50 (30.60%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Benjamin Britten's enchanting opera adapted from Shakespeare's most English play is just the thing for a summer evening at Glyndebourne. In Peter Hall's magical and highly-acclaimed production for Glyndebourne Festival Opera filmed in 1981 the wood literally comes alive a perfetc setting for the mystical world of lovers fairies and rustics. The gorgeous and imaginative sets costume and lighting designs are by John Bury. Ileana Cotrubas is a majestic Tytiana James Bowman is a

  • Orfeo Ed Euridice - Glyndebourne Festival Opera [1982] Orfeo Ed Euridice - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (02/08/2004) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    The great British contralto Dame Janet Baker gave her very last stage appearance in Peter Hall's acclaimed production of Orfeo ed Euridice for Glyndebourne Festival Opera filmed in 1982. This is one her most famous roles and she gives a most moving portrayel of Orfeo the grieving musician of Greek myth who tries to bring his wife back form the depths of Hades. Elisabeth Speiser is Euridice and Elizabeth Gale is Amor with first-rate singing from the Glyndebourne Chorus. The Londo

  • Gluck - Orphée et Eurydice / Robert Wilson, John Eliot Gardiner, Théâtre du Châtelet [1999] Gluck - Orphée et Eurydice / Robert Wilson, John Eliot Gardiner, Théâtre du Châtelet | DVD | (22/11/2000) from £22.28  |  Saving you £2.71 (10.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Gluck's 1762 opera Orphée et Eurydice was ground-breaking in its day and--as this 1999 performance from the Theatre Musical de Paris shows--it still lends itself to radical treatment. The composer's rejection of traditional flamboyant operatic bells and whistles led to a fresh form in which the lyrics hold court. The music provides the setting and emotional colour in a way that is almost physical in its intensity. Gluck's readiness to incorporate the influences of other art forms--poetry, ballet and drama--has always made this story of love rescued from the jaws of tragedy universally appealing. This production, directed by Robert Wilson and conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, is mesmerising. The all but ill-fated couple (Magdalena Kozena and Madeline Bender) move as if in a trance, their actions suggesting marionettes controlled by greater forces. Their faces are largely expressionless, leaving their voices to explore the force of the huge range of human emotions they must cover during the opera's 100 minutes. Only Cupid runs free. The performances are beautifully sung in French, Kozena bringing immense dignity to Orphée's lament, "J'ai perdu mon Eurydice". A powerful interpretation of an important work, fit for the 21st century. --Piers Ford

  • La Scala Di Seta - Rossini [1990] La Scala Di Seta - Rossini | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £15.60  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Gioacchino Rossini's La scala di setaA stage production of the Oper der Stadt Koln and the Opera de Montpellier from the Schwetzinger Festspiele.Recorded live at the Rokokotheater Schwetzingen 6-8 May 1990.

  • Carmen - Bizet [1967] Carmen - Bizet | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £15.39  |  Saving you £1.60 (9.40%)  |  RRP £16.99

    This famous film of the world's best loved opera, directed by Herbert von Karajan, features the three greatest exponents of their respective roles at the time: Grace Bumbry's magnificently seductive-toned Carmen, Mirella Freni's ineffably lovely, touching Micaela, and Jon Vickers's thrillingly manic-depressive Don Jose.

  • Verdi: Rigoletto [2002] Verdi: Rigoletto | DVD | (27/03/2002) from £12.00  |  Saving you £4.58 (18.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    If there are doubts still lingering about the Royal Opera House's artistic renaissance after its mid-1990s doldrum years, David McVicar's gritty and sexy production of Rigoletto should blow them all away. One of the principal reasons is McVicar's decision to emphasise the tyrannical nature of the Duke (beautifully sung by Marcelo Alvarez), and the appalling social injustice that springs from a corrupt leader: his court is a place of physical and sexual abuse (graphically, but by no means gratuitously, depicted). This violence throws the dual nature of Rigoletto into relief, making his toadyism seem all the worse and his vengefulness all the more sympathetic. The singing and acting are first rate, with Paolo Gavanelli's energetic, insect-like Rigoletto worthy even to stand against Anthony Sher's Richard III. Christine Schafer has a gorgeous voice, an intelligent sense of phrasing, and plays Gilda as a frail, morbid creature whose ultimate self-sacrifice is as much an act of neurotic despair as of love. The production is also a visual and orchestral success. Michael Vale's set is a masterpiece of economy--both the Duke's palace and Rigoletto's home are surrounded by broken objects, wire fencing and gloomy shadows--and Edward Downes draws some stunning playing from the Royal Opera Orchestra. This is undoubtedly the best Rigoletto committed to DVD thus far. On the DVD Rigoletto comes with an entertaining 17-minute BBC biography of the composer, "Verdi Through the Looking Glass", presented by conductor Charles Hazlewood, as well as an illustrated synopsis of the opera, and a revealing 10-minute interview with the director. There are subtitles in English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish.--Warwick Thomson

  • The Beggar's Opera The Beggar's Opera | DVD | (23/05/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Created specially for television this Beggar's Opera captures the quality and satiric edge of the Hogarth engravings which influenced Gay's original version. The characters of this highly spirited comedy of London low-life thrived on thieving lechery and deceit: Peachum the receiver of stolen goods shops his clients when it suits him; Lockit the prison governor has corrupt links with Peachum; Macheath the highwayman has married Polly Peachum but is promised to Lucy Lockit; Jenn

  • Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker - Pas De Deux Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker - Pas De Deux | DVD | (17/03/2008) from £15.79  |  Saving you £4.20 (21.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Three of the most enchanting Ballet's brought together for the first time as a specially packaged gift for any aspiring ballet dancer

  • Popular Puccini - Tosca/La Boheme/Madama Butterfly Popular Puccini - Tosca/La Boheme/Madama Butterfly | DVD | (26/02/2008) from £14.75  |  Saving you £1.24 (7.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Puccini's most popular operas in three of the most widely acclaimed opera films ever produced.Includes:ToscaLa BohemeMadama ButterflyClassic films of Puccini's best-loved operas in a specially priced 3-DVD set to celebrate the composer's anniversary year.

  • The Opera Collection The Opera Collection | DVD | (05/12/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £31.99

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

  • L'Elisir D'Amore - Donizetti L'Elisir D'Amore - Donizetti | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £13.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    L'Elisir D'AmoreMelodramma In Two Acts.

  • Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail - The Royal Opera - Mozart [1988] Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail - The Royal Opera - Mozart | DVD | (01/11/1997) from £10.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (41.10%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Mozart's comic masterpiece is set in a Turkish palace and tells the exciting and amusing story of the 'escape from the harem'. In this acclaimed production from The Royal Opera by Elijah Moshinsky filmed in 1988 the Turkish atmosphere is created by Timothy O'Brien's imaginative set of garden and crumbling palace strikingly complemented by Sir Sidney Nolan's colourful front and backcloths. The Spanish nobleman Belmonte is ably sung by Deon van der Walt and his beloved Konstanze is sung by Inga Nielsen with both dramatic conviction and brilliant secure coloratura. The actor Oliver Tobias gives a sensuous and powerful performance in the speaking role of Pasha Selim and Lillian Watson is a charming Blonde.

  • Delius - A Village Romeo And Juliet [1992] Delius - A Village Romeo And Juliet | DVD | (08/09/2003) from £15.39  |  Saving you £-1.40 (-10.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Shot on location Peter Weigl's film is a spell binding version of Delius's operatic masterpiece. Based on the timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet the fate of the young lovers Vreli and Sali is mysteriously linked to the enigmatic Dark Fiddler. The drama is set in nineteenth century Switzerland and includes the celebrated 'Walk To Paradise Garden'.

  • Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) -- Stuttgart [1988] Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) -- Stuttgart | DVD | (06/03/2001) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The point of a good production of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia is to have a Rosina and a Figaro who will knock your socks off in their respective arias, while holding back enough in all those crescendo ensembles in which the farce plot reaches its several culminations that the other stars get a chance to shine too. Cecilia Bartoli and Gino Quilico give full-blooded enough performances when on stage by themselves that self-effacement seems far from imminent, yet both are capable of less, and give it when it is needed. Of the others, David Kuebler is an attractively raffish Almaviva, while Robert Lloyd turns Basilio into a memorable cameo. Gabriele Ferro is one of the most intelligent of Rossini conductors--he understands the relationship between the pulse of the music and its dramatic function, and he is also outstanding in the delicacy of phrasing, even in climaxes, that ensures that every voice, every instrument, gets the moment of glory Rossini intended. Michael Hampe's solid reliable unfussy production keeps everything moving without drawing attention to itself. The DVD has subtitles in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as trailers for other Arthaus Musik discs. --Roz Kaveney

  • Michael Flatley - The 10th Anniversary Complete Collection - Lord Of The Dance/Feet Of Flames/Celtic Tiger Michael Flatley - The 10th Anniversary Complete Collection - Lord Of The Dance/Feet Of Flames/Celtic Tiger | DVD | (27/11/2006) from £59.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Celtic Tiger: The international acclaimed master of dance Michael Flatley returns to the stage to spearhead his powerful new 90 minute dance spectacular Celtic Tiger. With his unrivalled skill and artistry Flatley ignites the world of dance once again with a bold dramatic and daring production which fuses the spirit of Ireland with its history with dance and music. The result is an epic masterpiece in which Irish dance is delivered as a dynamic and powerful art form. Perfromance list: Act I:

  • Philomena Begley - Live in Concert Philomena Begley - Live in Concert | DVD | (03/03/2008) from £7.99  |  Saving you £-1.49 (-18.60%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Recorded at The Whitehall Theatre, Dundee 1990

  • La Traviata - Verdi La Traviata - Verdi | DVD | (13/06/2005) from £17.37  |  Saving you £4.14 (16.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The famous performance of Verdi's romantic tragedy captures one of the most sensational debuts in operatic history. Singing Violetta for the first time was the young Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu whose remarkable interpretation reached the front pages of the world's press and led the BBC immediately to film the production. Equally notable was the masterly conducting of Sir Georg Solti and director Richard Eyre's stylish staging. This DVD and highlights CD present the definitive record of a momentous occasion.

  • Cosi Fan Tutte - Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte - Mozart | DVD | (13/06/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Though performed in the original Italian Peter Sellars' production of Cosi fan tutte relocates Mozart's comedy of love to the neon-and-chrome glare of a seaside diner mirroring the turbulent world of late-twentieth-century America. Peter Sellars' productions of Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro set in the dark streets of Harlem and the heights of New York's Trump Tower are also available on DVD.

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