Daniela Dessi and Delores Ziegler lead the cast in Mozart's brilliant and witty opera as the two women whose faithfulness in the face of romantic love is ruthlessly tested in Da Ponte's comic tale. Mozart lavishes some of the finest music ever written on the unfolding story of the two sisters' chaotic and fickle love affairs with their two Italian army officers. Unlocked from the archives of RAI television this 1989 recording is a classic from one of the world's great opera houses.
Laurent Pelly staged this new production and how the singers were perfectly cast. They gave Donizetti's opera a new life at the Royal Opera House
Rossini's opera recorded live in Houston in November 1995. Bruno Campanella conducts the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera Chorus.
This DVD is in fact the break a leg version which sees Joyce DiDonato perform her role in a wheelchair - a story which has occupied international headlines last year - and definitely a DVD which will stand out. The DVD includes bonus features like an interview with Joyce on her stage accident and subsequent wheelchair performances. Captured at London's Royal Opera House with an unbeatable cast in a sparkling colourful production this Barbiere offers a unique dramatic twist: Joyce DiDonato who had broken her leg on the first night of the run insisted on performing. As she said : Being trapped in the wheelchair was a quite literal way of demonstrating Rosina's huge desire to break free.
A rare 1989 recording of Pergolesi's second opera a comic and colourful tale of tangled love in which three girls resist their arranged marriages in pursuit of the same young man.
Features performance extracts from Verdi's IL TROVATORE, Tchaikovsky's SWAN LAKE, Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE, Puccini's LA BOHEME and GIANNI SCHICCHI, Bizet's CARMEN, Mendelssohn's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Strauss' DIE FLEDERMAUS, Rameau's ZOROASTRE, Bellini's NORMA, and Balanchine's JEWELS.
Alessandro Corbelli takes the title role in Annabel Arden's whirlwind production of Puccini's compact opera in which the scheming Gianni Schicchi retrieves for himself the spoils of a disinherited family to pave the way for his daughter to marry her love.
Giordano: Fedora (Gavazzeni / Freni / Giordano / Umberto)
L'occasione fa il ladro is one of the five one-act operas - farsa giocosa - in which the teenage Rossini first demonstrated his operatic genius and in musical terms is by far the most riotous one This sparkling production continues the Rossini one-act opera series emerging from the Schwetzingen Festival.
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Gioacchino Rossini's La scala di setaA stage production of the Oper der Stadt Koln and the Opera de Montpellier from the Schwetzinger Festspiele.Recorded live at the Rokokotheater Schwetzingen 6-8 May 1990.
One of the reasons why Donizetti's Don Pasquale is regarded as a cornerstone of the Italian comic opera tradition is because its characters are no mere comedia dell'arte stereotypes, but complex, vulnerable human beings. This is brought to the fore in Mariame Cl ments sensitive and perceptive production, which was hailed by the Financial Times as 'a Glyndebourne classic'. Acclaimed buffo bartone Alessandro Corbelli sings the title role 'with just the right degree of lugbriousn.
A performance of the Donizetti opera by the Teatro Lirico Cagliari; conducted by Gerard Korsten.
A production of Rossini's one act opera 'Il Signor Bruschino' performed by the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Schetzingen Festival in May 1989.
Gioachino Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri, performed by the Opera national de Paris.Recorded live, Palais Garnier, April 1998.
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