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  • Les Troyens - Berlioz/The Met/James Levine Les Troyens - Berlioz/The Met/James Levine | DVD | (16/07/2007) from £15.99  |  Saving you £-1.00 (-6.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Filmed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1983 Berlioz's masterpiece Les Troyens is a tragic tale of love and fate based on Virgil's Aeneid. Under the baton of James Levine Jessye Norman is stunning in the part of Cassandra and Pl''cido Domingo makes for a strong compelling Aeneas. This benchmark performance was hailed by both critics and audiences and performed to greatest critical acclaim. Norman's role debut as Cassandra emerged as one her most significant and compelling performances and this DVD is also a stand-out release among Domingo's extensive filmography.

  • Natural World Natural World | DVD | (25/06/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Fromthe ice age and woolly mammoth to the oceans and rainforests Discovery looks at all that is incredible about our world

  • Wagner: Gotterdammerung -- Metropolitan/Levine Wagner: Gotterdammerung -- Metropolitan/Levine | DVD | (14/10/2002) from £14.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Under the baton of James Levine, Gotterdammerung ("The Twilight of the Gods") has a narrative drive that reminds us that, of all the individual operas in Wagner's Ring cycle, this is the one most about human emotions and the one in which its heroes are pulled into a world where they are most vulnerable to them. Siegfried Jerusalem as Siegfried and Hildegard Behrens as Brunnhilde never, in a sense, stand a chance: they are innocents who allow themselves to be manipulated not merely by the villainous Hagen, but by the ordinary venality of Gunther and his sister Gutrune, who goes along with a dirty little scheme to get what she wants, and is destroyed by it. As the tempter figure Hagen, Matti Salminen dominates the stage whenever he is on it; he is one of those basses whose voice and scowl seem to come from somewhere deeper than his large boots: rarely have the summoning of the vassals, or the oath of vengeance he, Gunther and Brunnhilde swear against Siegfried seemed so utterly his triumph. Jerusalem is almost perfect as Siegfried in spite of the gravelly quality of his heroic tenor: he has a glorious innocence even when the character is tricked into desecrating his true love; Hildegard Behrens is magnificent as Brunnhilde, both in her anger at Siegfried's apparent betrayal of her and in her redemptive understanding of how she has to atone for his death. Other Gotterdammerungs may be more monumental, but few make you care so passionately. On the DVD: Gotterdammerung comes with menus and subtitles in German, French, English, Spanish and Chinese and with a picture gallery of the production. Awkwardly it is presented in (American) NTSC format, not PAL, and with a visual aspect of standard TV 4:3. More impressive is the choice of PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1; the sound is admirably clear and well-balanced. --Roz Kaveney

  • The Ultimate Opera Collection The Ultimate Opera Collection | DVD | (14/05/2007) from £5.99  |  Saving you £4.13 (31.80%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Titles Comprise: CARMEN by Bizet from the St. Margarethen Opera Festival 1998 AIDA by Verdi from the St. Margarethen Opera Festival 1997 DON GIOVANNI by Mozart from the Prague National Theatre 1991 TOSCA by Puccini from the O'Keefe Centre Toronto 1989 NABUCCO by Verdi from the St. Margarethen Opera Festival 2000.

  • Offenbach: La Vie Parisienne [1991] Offenbach: La Vie Parisienne | DVD | (14/02/2002) from £23.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Offenbach's 1867 La Vie Parisienne is perhaps the quintessential French comic operetta: a broad satire on Paris society set against the backdrop of the 1867 Exposition and the descent of easily lampooned foreigners on to the city; sharp moments that Molière would be proud of; undercurrents of quick-fire farce, confusion, lust and mistaken identity; and a rich cast of characters racing inexorably to a can-can finale. This 1991 production by the Lyon National Opera presents a welcome opportunity to revel in a uniquely Gallic confection rarely seen outside France. It's also a chance to enjoy one of Offenbach's most inventive, melodic scores in which the starring musical role and many of the best tunes go to the orchestra, here conducted by Jean-Yves Ossonce. This is no accident: the operetta was originally created for a company of actors who relied on pastiche and the composer's help to get them through their "numbers". Not so these singers, of course. As Metella, the languorous courtesan who is responsible for the unravelling debacle, Helene Delavault is in meltingly good voice for her show-stopping rondeau, "A minuit sonnant commence la fete". Her sparring suitors Gardefeu (Jean-Francois Sivadier) and, particularly, Bobinet (Jacques Verzier) combine marvellous visual comedy with fluid singing and there is some dazzling vocal work from the supporting cast. It's a long piece, but hugely enjoyable. On the DVD: La Vie Parisienne has the usual, excellent booklet notes of ArtHaus DVD releases, which go some way to compensate for a disappointing lack of extras. Time, surely, to introduce some on-screen history or cross-references to other relevant works. The picture quality is good and sharp, although the 4:3 format does little justice to Carlo Tommasi's sweeping, stylish sets. The PCM Stereo soundtrack provides an adequate orchestral experience while managing to muffle much of the spoken dialogue. --Piers Ford

  • Rossini - Torvaldo E Dorliska Rossini - Torvaldo E Dorliska | DVD | (29/10/2007) from £19.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Torvaldo E Dorliska - Gioachino Rossini.

  • Boris Godunov - Mussorgsky [1992] Boris Godunov - Mussorgsky | DVD | (05/08/2002) from £14.65  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  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.

  • Don Giovanni - Mozart [2002] Don Giovanni - Mozart | DVD | (30/01/2006) from £22.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Calixto Bieto's famously controversial 2002 production of Mozart's great opera sets the action in the late twentieth century and brings to life an ancient story brilliantly retold. Bertrand de Billy conducts an energetic cast by Wojtek Drabowicz in the title role with the Liceu's Orchestra Academy.

  • Prince Igor [1998] Prince Igor | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £14.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Borodin's opera 'Prince Igor' performed by the Kirov Opera and Ballet. Tracklisting; Act 1 No. 2 Chorus of the Polovstan Maidens no. 3 Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens No. 4 Cavatina No. 6 recitative & Cavatina No. 7 Duet no. 8 Aria No. 9 Scena No.10 Aria No. 11 Recitative No. 12 Polovstian Dances & Chorus. Act 2 - No. 13a-c Chorus & Song No.13d-e Maidens Chorus & Scena No. 13f-g Song in Honour of Prince Galitsky Act 2 - No. 14 Arioso No. 15 Scena No.16 Scene No. 17 Fin

  • Ruslan And Lyudmila Ruslan And Lyudmila | DVD | (12/05/2003) from £16.49  |  Saving you £-1.50 (-10.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A performance of Glinka's opera 'Ruslan And Lyudmila'.

  • Les Troyens - Hector Berlioz [2000] Les Troyens - Hector Berlioz | DVD | (05/09/2002) from £23.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The gates of Troy are open again after a ten-year siege. The Greek troops appear to have departed the battlefield - their fleet of ships having disappeared over the horizon. Rejoicing at such an unexpected victory the Trojen citizens pour out of their city to take a look at what the Greeks appear to have left behind: a giant wooden horse which they take to be an offering to pallas Athene. The only one among them not to be lulled into the general festive spirit is Cassandra who has seen Hector's ghost wandering the city ramparts with a look of foreboding about him - she senses impending disaster. Nobody pays any heed to her warnings however least of all her suitor Coroebus who tries in vain to soothe her with a tender serenade. In the presence of King Priam and Hecuba his queen the Trojens thank the gods for their safe release. But a shadow is cast over the festivities with the appearance of Hector's widow Andromache and their son Astyanax her silent mourning a memorial to those sacrificed in the long years of fighting.

  • Don Giovanni - Mozart Don Giovanni - Mozart | DVD | (14/03/2005) from £13.77  |  Saving you £1.22 (8.10%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The Opera Don Giovanni drama in two acts.

  • 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) [2007] 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) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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)

  • Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg - Wagner Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg - Wagner | DVD | (17/01/2005) from £14.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    A performance of Wagner's opera 'Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg'.

  • Puccini's Tosca And La Boheme Puccini's Tosca And La Boheme | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £10.50  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £18.99

    The Canadian Opera Company Presents: Puccini's 'Tosca' And 'La Boheme' Puccini's Tosca: Puccini's three act opera remains one of the evergreens full of moving and heady arias and apt dramatic twists. Heady stuff beautifully performed on this outstanding DVD. Puccini's La Boheme Acts I & II: Many are hooked on opera on seeing La Boheme. It's a marvellous introduction to the whole opera experience with some of music's best known arias and a touchingtale of doomed love. There's high passion drama and heartrending lyricism. Puccini's La Boheme Acts III & IV: La Boheme features some of opera's most loved arias in an emotionally wrenching taleof doomed love. La Boheme dampens thee and puts lumps in the throat. Is this the exquisite music or the devastating story? Few confess. What's certain is that the combination was so powerful it reduced the composer to copious tears.

  • Mozart - Le Nozze Di Figaro Mozart - Le Nozze Di Figaro | DVD | (14/03/2008) from £22.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Recorded live at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London on 10th 13th and 17th February 2006.

  • Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi - Un Ballo In Machera Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi - Un Ballo In Machera | DVD | (26/02/2008) from £12.05  |  Saving you £2.94 (19.60%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Giuseppe Verdi - Un Ballo In Maschera.Live At The Metropolitan Opera on 16 February 1980.

  • Parsifal - Wagner Parsifal - Wagner | DVD | (29/03/2005) from £24.44  |  Saving you £9.00 (25.70%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Nikolaus Lehnoff's visionary staging of Wagner's opera for ENO.

  • Landi - Sant' Alessio Landi - Sant' Alessio | DVD | (19/05/2008) from £8.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (35.70%)  |  RRP £13.99

    First performed at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome in 1632 Landis Sant Alessio (Saint Alexius) is recognised as the earliest opera on an historical rather than mythological subject. Staged in Caen (where the DVD was filmed) and Paris in October 2007 the opera was subsequently presented in concert form in London and New York and is scheduled for the opera houses of Luxembourg and Nancy in early 2008.

  • Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen -- Metropolitan/Levine Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen -- Metropolitan/Levine | DVD | (14/10/2002) from £39.56  |  Saving you £2.50 (5.40%)  |  RRP £45.99

    The James Levine cycle of Wagners Der Ring des Nibelungen is humane and emotionally powerful rather than monumental or spiritual; Levine is more interested in finding our sympathy for the characters than inspiring pity or terror. These are very traditional productions in which you see a rock where you need to see a rock, a dragon where the libretto says a dragon (the Metropolitan Opera has never been a place for experiment). What Levine and the Met can and do offer is excellent orchestral playing and some of the best singers in these roles in the world. Siegfried Jerusalem is boyish and naive and touching as Siegfried, and he is also surprisingly good as the detached mischievous Loge of Das Rheingold. James Morris is uniformly impressive as Wotan and makes the character evolve from the young ruthless god of the first opera to the tired old god of Siegfried, who seeks nothing more than his own necessary defeat and death. As Brunnhilde, Hildegard Behrens makes a convincing shift from goddess to woman, from callousness to tenderness and on to vindictiveness and self-sacrificing wisdom. Overall, this is an attractive Ring cycle, well-cast and beautifully played; others have greater strengths in some areas, but Levine is reliable across the board. On the DVD: Der Ring des Nibelungen has all four operas, which are also available individually, contained in a single box. All the DVDs come with a photo gallery of the Metropolitan Opera productions and with menus and subtitles in German, French, English, Spanish and Chinese. Its a little disappointing, though, that they are presented in American NTSC format, not European PAL, and the picture ratio is standard TV 4:3. On the plus side, they all have an excellent clear acoustic in the three audio options: PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. --Roz Kaveney

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