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The Merry Widow - The Australian Ballet | DVD | (01/12/2003)
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Recently widowed and seeking a new husband Hanna Glawari is one of Pontevedro's wealthiest women. If she marries a foreigner Pontevedro will be left bankrupt...so the bureaucats plot to ensure that Hanna marries a suitable national. The Merry Widow is sheer entertainment with lifting melodies breathtaking decor and glorious dancing!
Romeo And Juliette - Berlioz | DVD | (27/02/2006)
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From the Kulturzentrum Gasteig MunichHector Berlioz - Romeo Et Juliette - Symphonie Dramatique op.17
Puccini: La Fanciulla del West | DVD | (22/09/2003)
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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
20 Pack: Woman's Own (including Behind The Mask, Somewhere Tomorrow, Deadly Whispers, Do You Know The Muffing Man, Love Can Build A Bridge & 15 More) | DVD | (17/10/2007)
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1. Behind the Mask (Dir. Tom McLoughlin 1999) 2. Somewhere Tomorrow (Dir. Robert Wiemer 1983) 3. Deadly Whispers (Dir. Bill L. Norton 1994) 4. Do You Know the Muffin Man? (Dir. Gilbert Cates 1989) 5. Love Can Build A Bridge (Dir. Bobby Roth 1995) 6. Murder Without Motive (Dir. Kevin Hooks 1992) 7. False Arrest (Dir. Bill L. Norton 1991) 8. Trapped in a Purple Haze (Dir. Eric Laneuville 2000) 9. Hard Evidence (Dir. Jan Egleson 1994) 10. Heart of the Lie (Dir. Jerry London 1992) 11. In a Stranger's Hand (Dir. David Greene 1991) 12. A Murderous Affair (Dir. Martin Davidson 1992) 13. Other Side of Love (Dir. Bethany Rooney 1991) 14. Out of the Ashes (Dir. Peter Werner 1990) 15. Rivals (Dir. Norma Bailey 2000) 16. Midwest Obsession (Dir. William A. Graham 1995) 17. Caged Seduction (Dir. Karen Arthur 1994) 18. The Rendering (Dir. Peter Svatek 2002) 19. Range of Motion (Dir. Donald Wyre 2000) 20. Stolen from the Heart (Dir. Bruce Pittman 2000)
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann -- Royal Opera House/Pretre | DVD | (22/09/2003)
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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.
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte --Gardiner | DVD | (14/10/2002)
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A performance of Mozart's 'Cosi Fan Tutte' performed by the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists. Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.
Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (07/11/2011)
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When Rudolf Nureyev created a new version of The Sleeping Beauty for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1989, Tchaikovsky's richest, most gem-studded score was about to celebrate its 100th birthday. He made some modifications to the original score and stagings, but basically took Marius Petipa's choreography and polished it with the greatest of respect for what he dubbed "the ballet of ballets". Ten years later, the Opera Bastille adopted his version in a sumptuous new production, and what a sensory experience it turns out to be. For one thing, the brilliance of the classical sets and costumes fills the huge stage of the Opera Bastille with extravagant glamour. For another, the quality of the dancing is superb at every level. Aurélie Dupont as Princess Aurore and Manuel Legris as her Prince Désiré trigger sublime romance in their ultimate pas de deux. Other highlights include Nathalie Aubin's sinuously evil Carabosse, finally managing to deliver the fateful needle in a bunch of flowers before meeting her match in the Lilac Fairy, and the parade of fairy-tale characters in Act III. This is a connoisseur's production, true. It celebrates one of the greatest classical ballets and the genius of one of the greatest dancers. But it is also a superb entertainment, certain to generate a festive thrill in the chilliest of hearts. On the DVD: Excellent sound quality (Dolby Digital 2.0) and the 16:9 picture format do proper justice to the sweeping, theatrical scale of the production. The disc also includes printable articles on Petipa's and Nureyev's choreography and a link to NVC Arts' Web site. The comprehensive booklet includes explanations of Nureyev's alterations, a brief history of the ballet and a plot synopsis. --Piers Ford
An Evening With The Royal Ballet | DVD | (26/03/2007)
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Filmed on stage in London featuring extracts from Swan Lake Ondine and The Firebird.
Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (09/05/2005)
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Perhaps the most popular ballet video ever released, this version of Tchaikovsky's beloved work stars one of the most famous classical dance partnerships of all time, Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. Nureyev choreographed this production for the Vienna State Opera Ballet. No ballet lover can afford to be without this DVD, which finds two icons of the 20th-century dance in magnificent form. Ballet authority John Lanchbery, former music director of the Sadler's Wells and Royal Ballet companies, as well as of America Ballet Theatre and Australian Ballet, conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's enchanting score.
Michael Flatley's Feet Of Flames | DVD | (04/05/1999)
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An expanded and more polished version of Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames was recorded at an outdoor performance in London's Hyde Park. While much of the material is familiar to Flatley fans, the production is superior in every way. It's better photographed and the editing is less frenetic. The individual segments are sharper, more self-assured, as is Flatley, who also produced and directed this version. (He also demonstrates his talents as a flutist--maybe he should call himself Lord of the Renaissance.) The outdoor setting also makes the show feel less like a Vegas act, though the proceedings have about as much relation to their Celtic folk roots as the Broadway musical Cats has to the TS Eliot children's poems on which it was based. --Richard Natale
Leonard Cohen-Under Review 1978-2006 | DVD | (02/06/2008)
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By 1978 Leonard Cohen had already produced a staggering body of work that had firmly set the standard for the singer-songwriter genre and contained numerous classic songs within its cannon. If like many of his contemporaries his muse had abandoned him around this time he would still today be regarded as a genius. But the 6 studio albums released between then and 2006 contained some of the finest work of Cohens entire career and on tracks such as First We Take Manhattan Dance Me To The End Of Love The Future I'm Your Man Ain't No Cure For Love Tower Of Song and so many others he augmented his music with a philosophy wisdom and enlightenment that both delighted his existing fanbase and endeared him to new generations in a manner that few others could hope to achieve. This film mixes rare performance footage studio recordings interviews rarely seen photographs location shoots and many other features with contributions from some of Cohens closest colleagues and from experts on his life and music. Featuring his official biographer Ira Nadel; Cohen producers John Lissauer David Gold and John Simon journalists Robert Christgau [Village Voice] Anthony De Curtis [Rolling Stone] and Nigel Williamson [Uncut] authors Johnny Rogan and Jim Devlin and many others.
Stricly Come Dancing: The Live Tour | DVD | (10/11/2008)
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Packed full of glitz glamour show-stopping moves and more sequins than ever the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing is now live on stage... Glittering glamourous exciting and funny Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour features all of your favourite elements from the series - including sequins and feathers bickering judges even the glitter ball - as each couple performs two dances to receive the expert judges scores and face the audience vote. Stars from all five series including celebrities Zo'' Ball Louisa Lytton James Martin Chris Parker Denise Lewis Letitia Dean Matt Di Angelo and Darren Gough join their professional partners such as Darren Bennett Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone to tango foxtrot waltz jive rumba cha-cha-cha and pasa doble in front of judges Len Goodman Arlene Philips and Craig Revel Horwood and a packed arena audience. Introduced by Kate Thornton the show sees the couples battling for the glitter ball trophy.
Tales Of Beatrix Potter | DVD | (20/11/2006)
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Entertaining children's stories danced by the Royal Ballet wearing animal masks. Music by John Lanchbery choreography by Frederick Ashton. The adventures are alive with same energy and passion of the books and feature unheard melodies from British Museum manuscripts recovered and transcribed by composer John Lanchbery. As the characters waltz their way across set to the rhythm of the songs you'll join in with the merriment and hot step with the cast - a must see treat for the entire family.
Massenet - Manon | DVD | (07/01/2008)
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For their first-ever encounter in a staged opera Natalie Dessay as Manon and Rolando Villazn as des Grieux were the much-awaited highlight of Barcelona's Liceu season in June 2007 in David McVicar's beautiful stage production of Massenet's Manon. The DVD captures this outstanding production of Massenet's most popular and enduring opera which has since its creation in Paris in 1884 maintained an important place in the repertory.
New York City Ballet - The Complete Workout - 1 And 2 | DVD | (15/01/2007)
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A deluxe edition DVD set comprised of the best-selling fitness videos New York City Ballet Workout Volume 1 and 2. These workouts are designed to help you develop the strength grace and poise of a dancer. An excellent alternative to fast paced high-energy workout routines this unique exercise program balances art life and fitness into the perfect workout for any age or fitness level. Whether you love ballet or are simply searching for an alternative workout regimen designed to produce a strong graceful body this program will deliver exceptional results.
Verdi - Falstaff / Graham Vick, Bernard Haitink, Royal Opera House | DVD | (10/10/2001)
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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
Tancredi | DVD | (01/08/2005)
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Ballets Russes | DVD | (21/08/2006)
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Ballets Russes is an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists (now in their 70s 80s and 90s) who gave birth to modern ballet. Directed with consummate invention and infused with juicy anecdotal interviews from many of the company's glamorous stars Ballets Russes treats modern audiences to a rare glimpse of the singularly remarkable merger of Russian American European and Latin American dancers choreographers composers and designers that transformed the
Tosca - Puccini | DVD | (09/05/2005)
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Opera is an inherently theatrical medium that does not lend itself readily to the realism of film treatment. The shining exception is Puccini's Tosca, an action-packed melodrama that unfolds in three taut and gripping acts, like the meatiest of Hollywood films noir. And unlike most operas, these three acts are set in three very specific Roman locales. Thus this 1976 film takes place in the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle (Act 1), the Palazzo Farnese (Act 2) and the Castel Sant'Angelo (Act 3). The evocative settings, however, would be mere window-dressing if the cast wasn't just right; fortunately here Placido Domingo is at his virile peak in the heroic tenor role of Cavaradossi; Raina Kabaivanska is a sultry, vocally beautiful Tosca; while a more infamous and domineering Scarpia than that of Sherrill Milnes can hardly be imagined. Bruno Bartoletti and the New Philharmonia Orchestra give lustily dramatic support. Here the music and vocals are pre-recorded and the singers mime to the playback. Occasionally the result is a little unnatural, but overall the cast are good enough actors to bring off the conceit even in the close-ups. It all pays off triumphantly with the gripping realism of the rooftop finale, the one place where film can improve on stage. With the authenticity of the settings assured and such distinguished leads singing so well, this is an almost ideal filmed Tosca. On the DVD: Tosca on disc is presented in 4:3 ratio with a choice of Dolby 5.1 or LPCM Stereo. The picture is adequate but a little flat (possibly because the format is NTSC not PAL) and the same can be said for the sound, which does what it should but is never revelatory. Subtitles are provided in the main European languages and Chinese. --Mark Walker
Great Pas De Deux | DVD | (01/02/2004)
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This superb collection of stunning pas de deux from many of the best loved classical ballets features some of the most celebrated partnerships of recent times. There are stunning perfomances choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan Marius Petipa Sir Frederick Ashton and Yuri Grigorovich from productions by The Royal Ballet The Kirov Ballet The Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Also including a pas de deux from Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake (danced by Adam Cooper and Sc