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  • Boris Godunov - Mussorgsky [1992] Boris Godunov - Mussorgsky | DVD | (05/08/2002) from £12.09  |  Saving you £1.10 (7.30%)  |  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.

  • Wagner: Gotterdammerung -- Metropolitan/Levine Wagner: Gotterdammerung -- Metropolitan/Levine | DVD | (14/10/2002) from £13.67  |  Saving you £1.32 (8.80%)  |  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

  • 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

  • Giulio Cesare - Handel [2004] Giulio Cesare - Handel | DVD | (03/01/2006) from £24.39  |  Saving you £5.60 (18.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Recorded live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona July 2004.Giulio Cesare is regarded by many as Handel's greatest and most exquisite work.This new adaptation comes from director Herbert Wernicke who includes in his version fragments of Rinaldo Orlando and Tolomeo. Wernicke concentrates on the psychology and politics of the story rather than seeking to set the opera in a contemporary context.In Handel's Giulio Cesare a far cry from the dark story of p

  • La Scala Collection La Scala Collection | DVD | (02/05/2006) from £46.79  |  Saving you £13.20 (22.00%)  |  RRP £59.99

    Various Composers: La Scala Collection - 11 Operas

  • Giacomo Puccini - La Boheme Giacomo Puccini - La Boheme | DVD | (20/11/2006) from £22.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (25.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Puccini: La Boheme (Cobos Madrid SO/Chorus Mula Machado)

  • Les Paladins - Rameau [2004] Les Paladins - Rameau | DVD | (31/10/2005) from £22.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (25.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Inspired by a fable by La Fontaine Rameau produced perhaps his most brilliant music for his penultimate great work blending reality and surreal on several levels.This passionate new production by Jose Montalvo stunningly choreographed by Montalvo and Dominique Hervieu sets new standards in entertainment charm and ingenuity. The sharp and spectacular multimedia staging does full justice to Rameau's dazzling burlesque confirming Olivier Rouviere statement that 'Les Paladins is the last laugh of a witty 77-year old composer'. Recorded live in 2004 at the Paris Theatre du Chatelet in true surround sound both the virtuoso cast and Les Arts Florissants are in top form clearly enjoying themselves in the masterful hands of William Christie.

  • Prince Igor [1998] Prince Igor | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £12.09  |  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

  • Don Giovanni - Mozart Don Giovanni - Mozart | DVD | (14/03/2005) from £12.09  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The Opera Don Giovanni drama in two acts.

  • Ruslan And Lyudmila Ruslan And Lyudmila | DVD | (12/05/2003) from £13.89  |  Saving you £1.10 (7.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

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

  • The Ultimate Opera Collection The Ultimate Opera Collection | DVD | (14/05/2007) from £8.01  |  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.

  • Mozart - Le Nozze Di Figaro Mozart - Le Nozze Di Figaro | DVD | (14/03/2008) from £22.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (25.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

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

  • Rosenkavalier - Strauss [1979] Rosenkavalier - Strauss | DVD | (15/08/2005) from £12.09  |  Saving you £0.56 (3.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Comedy for music in three acts.

  • Rameau - Les Indes galantes / Petibon · Agnew · Croft · Hartelius · Rivenq · de Niese · Panzarella · Le Roi · Les Arts Florissants · Christe - Serban (Opéra de Paris 2004) [2003] 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 £22.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (25.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    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.

  • Tristan Und Isolde - Wagner/Daniel Barenboim Tristan Und Isolde - Wagner/Daniel Barenboim | DVD | (16/07/2007) from £12.09  |  Saving you £1.10 (7.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    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

  • Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg [1993] Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg | DVD | (24/11/2000) from £15.99  |  Saving you £5.60 (18.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    This glorious 1995 production of Wagner's festival opera highlights the central debate about the artist, his inspiration and the academic rules that have to be worked with, or around, by setting it not in the Middle Ages so much as in a high-Victorian world of frock coats and cravats. Wolfgang Brendel's impressive performance as Hans Sachs has both the authority of the great poet trying to make everyone understand the virtues of good sense and a middle way, as well as the emotional appeal of a man whose decision to make Eva's choice between him and Walther is for once a real struggle: Brendel plays him as a man young enough to be a credible rival to the young minstrel-knight. Gosta Windbergh in turn brings real passion not only to the "Prize Song" itself but to the whole opera, not least to the aristocratic/bohemian distrust of the bourgeois world of the master singer for which Sachs ends up rebuking him. Schulte's performance as Beckmesser conveys the meanness and pettiness without buying wholly into the viciousness with which Wagner humiliates his comic villain and through him all of his own enemies. Conductor de Burgos manages to keep the massive scale of this longest of comic operas human and humane--this never becomes a sinisterly intense or vast performance. --Roz KaveneyOn the DVD: This two-disc set comes equipped with scene selection and subtitles in German, French and English, as well as menus in those languages and Spanish. --Roz Kaveney

  • Massenet - Manon [2008] Massenet - Manon | DVD | (07/01/2008) from £14.29  |  Saving you £5.70 (28.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    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.

  • Glyndebourne Diamonds Glyndebourne Diamonds | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £32.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (26.70%)  |  RRP £44.99

    All enclosed operas are recorded live at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.Contains the operas:- Macbeth (1972).- Il Ritorno D'Ulisee In Patria (1973).- The Rake's Progress (1975).- Falstaff (1976).- Fidelio (1979).

  • Offenbach - Les Contes D'hoffmann (Guingal, Opera De Bilbao) Offenbach - Les Contes D'hoffmann (Guingal, Opera De Bilbao) | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £22.49  |  Saving you £7.50 (25.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Giancarlo Del Monaco's passionate and intelligent production of Jacques Offenbach's magnum opus creates a climactic kaleidoscope of deep and convincing emotions. A highly credible incarnation of the pitiable Kleinsach he sings about, Aquiles Machado is the poet who loses his romantic idealism, his reflection and finally his soul to a trio of charming enchantresses. Conductor Alain Guingal inspires the superbly dramatic cast, including Maria Bayo, Milagros Poblador, Valentina Kutzarova and Katharine Goeldner, in an outstanding recording in High Definition video and surround sound.

  • Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg - Wagner Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg - Wagner | DVD | (17/01/2005) from £12.09  |  Saving you £1.10 (7.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

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

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