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Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg - Wagner | DVD | (17/01/2005)
from £11.41 | Saving you £3.58 (23.90%) | RRP
A performance of Wagner's opera 'Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg'.
Rameau - Les Indes galantes / Petibon · Agnew · Croft · Hartelius · Rivenq · de Niese · Panzarella · Le Roi · Les Arts Florissants · Christe - Serban (Opéra de Paris 2004) | DVD | (27/06/2005)
from £22.39 | Saving you £7.60 (25.30%) | RRP
William Christie and Les Arts Florissants propel this exuberant production of Jean-Phillipe Rameau's second opera to great heights. Andrei Serban's extravagant highly baroque staging presents the four exotic love stories vibrantly. In Le Turc Genereux Osman sets free his captive Emilie whom he loves so that she may be reunited with her former lover Valere; Les Incas De Perou is all about the rivalry of the Inca Huascar and the Spaniard Don Carlos both in pursuit of Princess Phani; Les Fleurs offers a Persian love intrigue as the Sultana Fatime tries to detect whether her husband Tacmas has his eye on the lovely Atalide; and Les Sauvages takes us to North America where a Spaniard and a Frenchman compete for the love of Zima daughter of a native chief who prefers one of her own people.
Ruslan And Lyudmila | DVD | (12/05/2003)
from £12.54 | Saving you £2.45 (16.30%) | RRP
A performance of Glinka's opera 'Ruslan And Lyudmila'.
Mozart - Le Nozze Di Figaro | DVD | (03/03/2008)
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Recorded live at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London on 10th 13th and 17th February 2006.
Prince Igor | DVD | (06/10/2003)
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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
The Ultimate Opera Collection | DVD | (14/05/2007)
from £7.98 | Saving you £5.01 (38.60%) | RRP
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.
La Scala Collection | DVD | (02/05/2006)
from £46.59 | Saving you £13.40 (22.30%) | RRP
Various Composers: La Scala Collection - 11 Operas
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen -- Metropolitan/Levine | DVD | (14/10/2002)
from £31.54 | Saving you £13.12 (28.50%) | RRP
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
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte --Gardiner | DVD | (14/10/2002)
from £11.40 | Saving you £3.59 (23.90%) | RRP
A performance of Mozart's 'Cosi Fan Tutte' performed by the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists. Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.
Wagner-Der Ring Des Nibelunge | DVD | (02/07/2007)
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This legendary Bayreuth Festival production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen directed by Harry Kupfer with designs by Hans Schavernoch and conducted by Daniel Barenboim is considered perhaps the finest video recording of these four operas ever made. For their innovative modernist staging Kupfer and his team turned away from the work's time of origin and located The Ring at a road of history a meeting-place of past present and future which sets the scene for the story's struggles of power and love. Barenboim's authoritative yet highly responsive reading of the immense score and the extraordinary performances of the cast help to make this a truly memorable Ring.
Don Giovanni / Cosi Fan Tutte | DVD | (28/11/2005)
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Cosi Fan Tutte:Live from the Zurich Opera House 2000Don Giovanni:Live from the Zurich Opera House 2001
Luciano Pavarotti - The Italian Opera Collection - L'Ellsir D'Amore/La Boheme/Pagliacci | DVD | (18/02/2008)
from £16.96 | Saving you £1.50 (7.50%) | RRP
Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme and Il tabarro, Ruggiero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Gaetano Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, performed by The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by James Levine.
Rosenkavalier - Strauss | DVD | (15/08/2005)
from £12.46 | Saving you £3.02 (18.10%) | RRP
Comedy for music in three acts.
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier -- Vienna/Kleiber | DVD | (03/09/2004)
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The epic grandeur of Der Rosenkavalier stems not just from its immense length (over three hours) but from the all-too-human complexity of its characters--each of whom is smitten with someone else--and the endless stream of graceful melodies the composer conjures. After the tonality-stretching dissonance of Salome and especially Elektra, Strauss moved onto a different musical path here: the music's sheer gorgeousness has given this most heartbreaking of 20th-century operas its pride of place in the repertory. For this 1994 performance at the Vienna Opera House, conductor Carlos Kleiber leads a committed reading of the buoyant score that savours every note. The three leads are superb singer-actresses who get full marks for embodying Strauss's most richly romantic creations: Felicity Lott (the Marschallin), Anne Sophie von Otter (Octavian) and Barbara Bonney (Sophie) also offer a truly entrancing final trio, one of the great scenes in all opera. The stereo sound mix is solid, as is the video transfer. --Kevin Filipski, Amazon.com
Natural World | DVD | (25/06/2007)
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Fromthe ice age and woolly mammoth to the oceans and rainforests Discovery looks at all that is incredible about our world
La Grande-Duchesse De Gerolstein - Offenbach | DVD | (09/01/2006)
from £9.74 | Saving you £6.25 (39.10%) | RRP
Recorded at the Theatre Du Chatelet in Paris.
Boris Godunov - Mussorgsky | DVD | (05/08/2002)
from £12.44 | Saving you £1.30 (8.70%) | RRP
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.
Tristan Und Isolde - Wagner/Daniel Barenboim | DVD | (16/07/2007)
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Daniel Barenboim conducts Bayreuth's landmark 1983 production of Wagner's quintessential Romantic music-drama Tristan Und Isolde. The great Wagnerian singers Ren'' Kollo and Johanna Meier perform the title roles in Wagner's romantic masterpiece. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's celebrated Bayreuth production is filmed on the Festspielhaus stage with six cameras and in digital sound to recreate the unique intensity of a live performance in studio quality. With its exceptional cast of singers - plus the thoughtful staging by Ponelle and the musical expertise of Daniel Barenboim - this DVD is one of the finest Tristan and Isolde productions ever
Le Nozze Di Figaro - Mozart | DVD | (13/06/2005)
from £21.01 | Saving you £3.98 (15.90%) | RRP
Though performed in the original Italian Peter Sellars' production of Le nozze di Figaro relocates Mozart's social comedy to the tinted-glass elegance of New York's Trump Tower high above the turbulent world of late-twentieth-century America.
Popular Puccini - Tosca/La Boheme/Madama Butterfly | DVD | (26/02/2008)
from £12.49 | Saving you £3.50 (21.90%) | RRP
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.