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Luciano Pavarotti - Pavarotti In Concert - Modena | DVD | (19/11/2007)
from £2.00 | Saving you £-15.01 (-300.80%) | RRP
A rare and intimate evening with Pavarotti live in Modena.
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera | DVD | (22/04/2002)
from £20.51 | Saving you £14.48 (41.40%) | RRP
A 1975 Royal Opera House production of Verdi's opera Un Ballo In Maschera. Conducted by Claudio Abbado and directed by Otto Schenk.
Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk - Shostakovich | DVD | (01/09/2004)
from £4.49 | Saving you £11.50 (71.90%) | RRP
Filmed in Barcelona at the Gran Teatro Del Liceu this new production of the 'Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk' by composer Dimitry Shostakovitch features the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatro Del Liceu; conducted by Alexander Anissimov.
Salome | DVD | (09/09/2002)
from £14.92 | Saving you £23.07 (60.70%) | RRP
A one-act production performed at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Maria Ewing in the lead role ably supported by Michael Devlin and Kenneth Riegel. The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House is conducted by Edward Downes. Directed by Derek Bailey. English subtitles.
Adams: El Nino | DVD | (15/10/2001)
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John Adams set out to write an oratorio about the Nativity of Christ; but as he worked on it, El Nino became a more dramatic piece than he intended, flowering into a staged opera in which the oratorio's free-flowing singer's identity becomes an effective statement of a mystical point. Dawn Upshaw and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson--singing a mixture of biblical texts and Spanish/Mexican poetry--are both Mary and at the same time all women. The same is true of the dancer Daniela Graca, the women of the chorus and the young Hispanic-American woman who has her child and argues with her boyfriend in contemporary LA. Willard White is both Joseph and Herod, while the trio of counter-tenors are Angels and Shepherds and Kings. Because the work was written in close consultation with director Peter Sellars, it is a remarkably collaborative vision of music and staging. This is a gloriously sung piece, which continues Adams' voyage through minimalism into a lush tonal style still informed by minimalist simplicity, but it is also an impressive piece of theatre in which every physical gesture has a musical cue. This production from the Chatelet Theatre, Paris, under the baton of Kent Nagano, is more or less definitive. On the DVD: Unusually for an Arthaus Musik release, this DVD comes with an extended documentary in which Adams, Sellars, Nagano and Upshaw talk insightfully about the creation and nature of the piece. Sellars is particularly impressive in his talk of opera as the art form for a multicultural era. The picture format is 16:9 and the viewer is offered a choice of PCM stereo or Dolby Digital for the audio.--Roz Kaveney
The Singing Kettle | DVD | (07/05/2007)
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R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Royal Opera House/Solti | DVD | (23/02/2004)
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Strauss' dazzling opera Der Rosenkavalier set in 1740's Vienna combines farce romance and a world of weary acknowledgement of getting older. It features some of the most gorgeous music ever written for the female voice.
Handel: Julius Caesar -- ENO | DVD | (21/06/2002)
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Dame Janet Baker in one of her greatest roles leads a cast of some of Britain's finest interpreters of baroque opera under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras. John Copley's acclaimed English National Opera production was restaged in studio skilfully using all the technical advantages offered to create this top quality recording.
Parsifal - Wagner/Stein | DVD | (16/07/2007)
from £18.33 | Saving you £-3.34 (-22.30%) | RRP
Wolfgang Wagner's arrestingly beautiful production filmed live at Bayreuth in 1981 and directed by Brian Large features a stellar cast led by Eva Randova Bernd Weikl and Siegfried Jerusalem.
Attila - Verdi | DVD | (22/10/2004)
from £8.85 | Saving you £1.14 (11.40%) | RRP
Attila Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)Ricardo Muti conducts a fine cast in the powerful and atmospheric 1991 production of Verdi's ninth opera whose story of the heroic tussle between Ezio a Roman general and Attila the Nordic invader was written for the 1846 Teatro la Fenice season and premiered there to huge acclaim. Unlocked from the archives of RAI televvision this is a classic recording from one of the world's great opera houses.Sung In Italian
The Glory Of The Bolshoi | DVD | (02/04/2001)
from £11.07 | Saving you £6.92 (38.50%) | RRP
The Glory of the Bolshoi is a feature-length anthology of rare archive films showcasing the Bolshoi Ballet's greatest dancers and some very fine performances. Spanning almost a century, there are 19 selections, either complete dances or extracts. There is no commentary or documentary content, simply a succession of great ballet. Everything here is a highlight, from a pas de deux by Ekaterina Geltzer and Vasili Tikhomirov to music by Schubert which dates, extraordinarily, from 1913, through to a series of chapters showing the development of Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vasiliev, including their debut together at the age of 13. At 20 minutes the longest sequence is also different to anything else on the DVD, offering the opportunity to contrast two performances of Khachaturian's Spartacus, from 1968 with Vasiliev, and from 1984 with Natalia Bessmertnova as Phrygia. Apart from this sequence a chronological presentation of the material would surely have made more sense than the apparently random order of much of the disc, but otherwise this is a superb compilation of great historic value. A companion title, The Glory of the Kirov is also available. On the DVD: The Glory of the Bolshoi plays for 90 minutes, with almost exactly half the material in colour. While inevitably of variable quality, the 4:3 ratio picture is overall of a very high standard. The sound varies between mono and stereo and, apart from unavoidable patches of distortion, is more than acceptable. There is a Web link and booklet notes, but no special features--a disappointment on an excellent programme crying out for a commentary track to place everything in context. --Gary S. Dalkin
Albert Herring - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (05/09/2005)
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Set in an English market town at the turn of 20th century a gangling greengrocer's lad is crowded May King. The break with the tradition of choosing a girl is virtuous enough to May Queen... The comic opera at Glyndebourne was conducted by Bernard Haitink. 'A Vintage production with a vintage cast.' - Sunday Times.
Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso | DVD | (22/06/2001)
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For those with any interest in Vivaldi's operas Orlando Furioso is essential viewing, being a 1989 San Francisco Opera revival by Pier Luigi Pizzi of his own 1979 production which was largely responsible for beginning modern interest in Vivaldi's stage work. The composer first premiered Orlando finto pazzo in 1714, but the Orlando Furioso finalised in 1727 was so heavily reworked as to be virtually an entirely new opera, and so successful Handel set the same epic poem by Aristo under the title Alcina in 1735. Vivaldi's opera is not of that calibre, offering rather too much functional recitative and only a handful of truly memorable arias. However, the cast perform with such commitment and style as to make the work thoroughly enjoyable. It is a tale of romantic and magical intrigue on a small island, inevitably echoing Shakespeare's The Tempest, and the classically elegant set-design and colourful costumes evoke a suitable sense of fantasy. Mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne makes the title role her own while Susan Patterson is a characterful and strong-minded Angelica. William Matteuzzi makes a sympathetic Medoro, notably outmanoeuvred in love, while as the sorceress Alcina Kathleen Kuhlann is a appropriately complex and powerful in revealing the loneliness at the heart of her corruption. On the DVD: There are no features other than the two trailers which appear on almost all Arthaus releases. The production is presented in the original television 4:3 and the image is little better than a good video. The picture is not especially detailed and too often the performer's faces are slightly out of focus while the sets are pin-sharp. Overall the image suffers the usual problems from originally being shot on professional video, in addition to which some compression artefacting is noticeable. The prologic sound is fine, though appears simply to down mix the main stereo signal to the rear channel and the result is more accurate if switched to straight stereo. --Gary S Dalkin
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
The Prince Of The Pagodas | DVD | (27/06/2005)
from £12.09 | Saving you £5.90 (32.80%) | RRP
Sir Kenneth MacMillan's glorious version of The Prince of The Pagodas provides a fascinating and magnificent spectacle of classical dance on the grandest scale. Benjamin Britain's exotic score inspired by the sounds of the gamelan is the only one that he created for ballet. The oriental theme is followed through with Nicholas Georgiadis' enchanting designs enhancing the fairytale atmosphere. This production by the Royal Ballet filmed at Covent Garden in 1990 stars Darcey Bussell in dazzling form as Princess Rose and Jonathan Cope as the Prince. This is the role that launched Bussell's career. MacMillan had noted her exceptional talent while she was still a student and he chose her to create the role of Princess Rose for him.
Michael Flatley - The Ultimate Collection | DVD | (24/11/2014)
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The Michael Flatley - The Ultimate Collection Includes the Dangerous Games Lord of the Dance Feet of Flames Gold Celtic tiger.
Luciano Pavarotti - Dal Vivo - Gran Teatre Del Liceu Barcelona | DVD | (04/02/2008)
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The world's greatest tenor in concert. Luciano Pavarotti recorded this wonderful selection of 23 great songs at the legendary Gran Teatre del Liceu at Barcelona on 8 June 1989. Just hours after this performance was filmed this historic theatre burned to the ground. One of the great palaces of opera was reduced to rubble. This DVD offers a last chance to relive the splendour and passion of Barcelona opera.
Oedipus Rex - Stravinsky | DVD | (13/06/2005)
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Opera-oratorio in two acts. Poem after Sophocles by Jean Cocteau.
Lehar - The Land Of Smiles | DVD | (01/01/2005)
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Lehar: Das Land Des Lachelns (Bibl Habermann)
Mozart: Don Giovanni -- Vienna/Furtwangler | DVD | (08/10/2004)
from £12.65 | Saving you £1.34 (9.60%) | RRP
The incomparable Cesare Siepi stars in this legendary Salzburg production of Mozart's masterpiece. Wilhelm Furtwangler conducts the internationally renowned Vienna Philharmonic in what has become one of the definitive productions of a classic opera.