This movie version of Bizet's popular opera Carmen was filmed on location, conveying a kind of atmosphere, a sense of space, movement, and presence that's hard to achieve in a staged performance. It takes the action out of doors for many scenes, with the opening titles superimposed on the bloody conclusion of a bullfight. Elsewhere the changing of the guard, the crowd scenes, the dance number that opens Act 2, and the panoramic scenery of the smugglers' mountain hideout all benefit from the freedom granted by movie cameras. It's an exciting Carmen, too, with a young-looking Placido Domingo in top form for a role he has sung hundreds of times. For Julia Migenes, though, it was her first performance in a role she would have trouble performing in an opera house. Her voice does not fit easily into Carmen's range, and she spent months training it, very successfully, before singing the role in a recording studio where the soundtrack was taped before the film was shot. Casting her in the role was a gamble, but it worked; she is a convincing actress. Unlike most opera-house performances this movie version uses the opera's original opera comique form with some spoken dialogue rather than recitatives.--Joe McLellan, Amazon.com
Acclaimed film and stage director Franco Zeffirelli spared no costs to reproduce the opulent setting of Violetta Val''ry''s happiness and downfall. The unparalleled musical quality of the production is guaranteed by some of the world''s most famous musicians: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra of New York conductor James Levine and singers Teresa Stratas and Placido Domingo. As Violetta soprano Teresa Stratas strikes the right balance between emotional grandeur and physical weakness. And with his meltingly lyrical voice and magnetic stage presence Placido Domingo embodies Alfredo Germont with a rarely seen passion.
A 1975 Royal Opera House production of Verdi's opera Un Ballo In Maschera. Conducted by Claudio Abbado and directed by Otto Schenk.
Join 20,000 cheering fans in Berlin's famous Waldbuhne amphitheatre as three of the world's most exciting singers set the evening on fire with favourite songs, arias, duets, and trios by Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Lehar, Bernstein, and many others.
Puccini's Wild West opera based on Belasco's play The Girl of the Golden West has the California gold rush as its dramatic backdrop for a story in which Minnie the only woman in a mining camp gambles on her one chance of happiness. Lorin Maazel conducts a fine cast in Jonathan Miller's 1991 production of the compelling and evocative opera which Puccini himself considered his best work. Unlocked from the archives of RAI television this is a classic recording from one of the world's great opera houses.
Giordano's Andrea Chenier is one of the greatest of verismo operas, full of heart-stopping big tunes and powerful emotional situations. If it is not as well-known as it should be, it is because in summary it sounds a little too like Puccini's Tosca: there is a tussle between political opponents over a woman, an attempt to save a condemned man, a tenor aria about writing poetry on the eve of execution. The difference is that Gerard (Giorgio Zancanaro) is not a villain like Scarpia, he is an idealist whom the French Revolution has betrayed as much as it has his rival the poet Chenier (Placido Domingo). His temptation to abuse his power to seduce the virtuous Maddalena (Anna Tomowa-Sintow) is a momentary one, though its consequences are terrible. There is a streak of post-Wagnerian decadence in much of this--Maddalena is at least as much in love with death as she is with Chenier, and the final love duet has a deeply sinister aspect. Domingo is at his best in this Covent Garden Opera House performance from 1985; at once ardent and serious-minded, we believe in his Chenier as a poet and political figure. Conductor Julius Rudel gives the rich score all the weight and lyricism it demands and the Covent Garden chorus is at its occasional best in the scenes of revolutionary excess. On the DVD: Andrea Chenier is presented a little disappointingly in NTSC format and 4:3 picture ratio. At least the sound is sumptuous Dolby Digital 5.0. Subtitles are in English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese. --Roz Kaveney
A coproduction by BBC Covent Garden Pioneer and the Royal Opera House of Verdi's classic opera about the Moor who loved not wisely but too well. Conducted by George Solti.
This famous and highly-praised Royal Opera production by film director John Schlesinger filmed in 1981 is as good as we are ever likely to see. The spectacular designs by Maria Bjornson and William Dudley vividly bring Hoffman's nightmare world to life. The brilliant cast is led by Placido Domingo as Hoffmann in one of his towering portrayals. He has become wholly identified with this part in a way that no other artist has.
The operetta 'Die Fledermaus' is Johann Strauss' most brilliant and best-known stage work. It's a glittering comedy packed with Viennese music that has become a firm favourite in opera houses all over the world. A top international cast really have a ball in this highly-acclaimed 1983 New Years Eve performance from The Royal Opera Covent Garden in which Placido Domingo makes a very stylish British conducting debut. Kiri Te Kanawa stars with her celebrated performance as Rosalinde
Giuseppe Verdi - The Royal Opera Otello - At the Royal Opera House.
The heat and passion of Bizet’s Carmen is brought to life as never before in Francesco Rosi’s definitive, highly-acclaimed version starring Placido Domingo, Julia Migenes and Ruggero Raimondi.In Seville, 1820, a naive soldier Don Jose falls under the spell of sensual temptress Carmen. He deserts from the army, gives up everything to be with her, only to be spurned in favour of the toreador Escamillo. His desperate pleas for her to return are met with further humiliation and Carmen’s taunts lead to a dramatic finale.
Featuring Jose Carreras Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in concert on July 16th 1994 at the Dodger Stadium Los Angeles California. Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus. Tracklist includes: 'America' (West Side Story) 'O Sole Mio' (Di Capua) 'Brindisi' (La Traviata) and 'Tribute To Hollywood' (Medley).
Stiffelio the searing drama of adultery jealousy religious devotion and reconciliation is sung by an all-star cast led by Pl''cido Domingo. Performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1993 this rarely staged masterpiece was conducted by James Levine directed by Giancarlo del Monaco and filmed by Brian Large.
Pl'cido Domingo's triumphant return to his baritone roots (his first debut with the Mexican National Opera in 1959 was as a baritone) is captured in this stunning 2-DVD set of the Royal Opera House's 2010 production of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra. Domingo is joined by Mariana Polavskaya Joseph Calleja Ferruccio Furlanetto Jonathan Summers and Lukas Jakobski in this Antonio Pappano conducted performance directed by Elijah Moshinsky. The Simon Boccanegra release features exclusive bonus material including a Back Stage with Pl'cido Domingo featurette and an interview with director Moshinsky. There is an additional audio function which features introductions to each of the opera's scenes (in English with subtitles).
The Concert of the Century recorded live. Includes 11 minutes of exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage not available elsewhere. Tracklisting: 1. Le Carnaval Romain2. Io Conosco Un Giardino3. Amor Ti Vieta4. Quando Le Sere Al Placido5. T' Estimo6. Memoires De Danton7. Granada8-15. Medley Of Romance 16. Voce 'E Notte!17. Quiero Desterrar De Tu Pecho El Temor18. Caruso19. Bacchanale20. Intenditi Con Dio21. Rachel Quand Du Seigneur22. Nessun Dorma23-29. Medley Of The WorldFeaturing the hit You'll Never Walk AlonePlus 6 Encores!
Leoncavallo's often-performed short opera uses the play-within-a play device to explore the classic operatic themes of passion, adultery, jealousy and revenge. The great tenor aria, Vesti la giubba, expresses the anguish of the cuckolded husband who, as a performing clown, must make others laugh even as his heart is breaking. Zeffirelli's production is set in a contemporary urban environment, with fire eaters, children, animals, jugglers and acrobats. PlÃ¯Â¿Â½cido Domingo, showing that he is argua...
Join 20,000 cheering fans in Berlin's famous Waldbuhne amphitheatre as three of the world's most exciting singers set in the evening on fire with favourite songs, arias, duets, and trios by Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Lehar, Bernstein, and many others.
This famous production of Manon Lescaut from The Royal Opera recorded in 1983 features two of the biggest stars in opera Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa in their vocal prime. Placido Domingo's performance of Des Grieux is considered to be unsurpassed. Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli made his British operatic debut with this production which has not been available on video for 10 years. Puccini's first masterpiece was rapturously received on its first night. It has his hallmark se
Verdi: Luisa Miller (Levine Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
Piero Faggioni's highly-acclaimed Royal Opera production of 'The Girl of the Golden West' filmed in 1983 stars the incomparable Placido Domingo and American soprano Carol Neblett. It is considered by many the definitive production of this work and hasn't been available on video for 10 years. Faggioni's amazing production brings the opera vividly to life. The realistic timbered sets are by Oscar-winning designer Ken Adam whose film work includes ""Dr Strangelove"" and a number of Ja
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