A production of the Franz Lehar opera The Merry Widow. New dialogue was commissioned from the playwright Wendy Wasserstein.
A performance of Handel's Guilio Cesare. Richard Hickox conducts the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in June 1994.
David Pountney and Quinny Sacks' production of Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen caused something of a sensation when it hit the ENO stage in 1995. It has the feel of a decadent 17th-century masque re-invented with late-20th-century energy: half the principals and chorus are in cross-dressing costumes, female characters are played by men (leading to some rather wonderful polymorphous perversity), and everything has an air of mad, hallucinogenic hipness about it. While Robert Israel's wild sets don't appear to their full advantage on the small screen, Dunya Ramicova's costumes look fantastic (the details are simply stunning). The very fine singing is recorded with excellent clarity: while this is obviously a live performance, there are remarkably few moments that go out of microphone range, and the balance with the orchestra is handled very sensitively. The ENO band, under the baton of Nicholas Kok, respond to Purcell's wiry lines and spiky harmonies with glee, and sound like they're having a ball, as do the singers. In particular Jonathan Best as The Drunken Poet is hilarious, and it is a wonderful testament to his acting skills that he is as funny close-up as he was from the auditorium stalls.--Warwick Thompson
A performance of 'Mitridate' composed when Mozart was just fourteen. Theodore Guschlbauer conducts the Lyon Opera Orchestra recorded live at the Lyon National Opera in 1986.
Following swiftly on from the April release of Volume 1 Arthaus Musik is proud to present Volume II of Opera Highlights. This exciting new disc offers us the chance to get an insight into the opinions and motivations of some of the worlds greatest opera singers and presents new recordings and interviews produced especially for this DVD. Opera Highlights is both a visually exciting introduction for new viewers to opera as well as a unique opportunity to see great singers talking to camera then performing roles for which they are famous. The opening title sequence has been specially designed by Pat Gavin who has won countless awards for his innovative electronic graphics. Tracklist: Ann Murray: 'If you worship the man who has spurned you' from Handel's Xerxes (from Nicholas Hytner's English National Opera production conducted by Charles Mackerras) 'Take your pleasure' from Handel's Ariodante (from David Alden's English National Opera production conducted by Ivor Bolton) Philip Langridge: The 'sea wall' aria from Britten's Peter Grimes (from Tim Albery's English National Opera production conducted by David Atherton) Galina Gorchakova: 'Renata's Confession' from Prokofiev's Fiery Angel (from David Freeman's Kirov Opera production conducted by Valery Gergiev) Thomas Allen: 'They'll lash me in a hammock' from Britten's Billy Budd (from Tim Alberys English National Opera production conducted by David Atherton) 'Great Hymn to the Wonder of Nature' from Janeks Cunning little Vixen (from Nicolas Hytner's production for the Thtre du Chtelet conducted by Charles Mackerras) Eva Jenis and Hanna Minutillo: 'Love duet' 2nd Act from Janek's Cunning little Vixen (from Nicolas Hytner's production for the Thtre du Chtelet conducted by Charles Mackerras) Yvonne Kenny: 'Piangero la sorte mia' from Handel's Giulio Cesare (from Francisco Negrin's production for Opera Australia conducted by Richard Hickox) 'O weep for me' from Purcell's The Fairy Queen (from David Pountney's English National Opera production conducted by Nicholas Kok) Michael Konig: 'Oh golden days of my youth where have you gone?' and 'Enemies enemies' (Duet with Vladimir Gluschak) from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (from Nikolaus Lehnhoffs European Union Opera staging at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky) Orla Boylan: 'No there could never be another' from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (from Nikolaus Lehnhoff's European Union Opera staging at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky) Vladimir Gluschak: 'You wrote to me' and 'Can this be the same Tatyana?' from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (from Nikolaus Lehnhoff's European Union Opera staging at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky) Anna Netrebko: 'Aria of Lyudmila' from the 4th Act from Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila (from Lotfi Mansouri's production for the Kirov Opera conducted by Valery Gergiev) Vladimir Ognovenko: 'Finns Ballad' from the 2nd Act from Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila (from Lotfi Mansouri's production for the Kirov Opera conducted by Valery Gergiev) Larissa Diadkova: as Ratmir in the 2nd Act from Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila (from Lotfi Mansouris production for the Kirov Opera conducted by Valery Gergiev)
Featuring extracts from Carmen Idomeneo La Cenerentola Orfeo ed Euridice Il Barbiere di Siviglia and L'Incoronazione di Poppea.
This DVD marks the end of the Arthaus Opera Highlights series. Opera Highlights is both a visually exciting introduction for new viewers to opera as well as a unique opportunity to see great singers talking to camera and then performing roles for which they are famous. Highlights on this disc include Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Welsh legend Bryn Terfel singing Strauss Christine Schfer and Paul Groves singing Mozart and Waltraud Meier singing Wagner. Tracklist: Franz Hawlata : 'Solche hergelaufne Laffen' and 'O wie will ich triumphieren' Christine Schfer: 'Martern aller Arten' Paul Groves: 'Wenn der Freude Trnen flieen!' from Mozart's Die Entfhrung aus dem Serail (From Francois Abou Salem's production for the Salzburg Festival 1999 conducted by Marc Minkowski Brigitte Fassbaender and Eva Marton: 'Ich habe keine guten Nchte' from Strauss' Elektra (From Harry Kupfer's production for The Vienna State Opera conducted by Claudio Abbado) Waltraud Meier: 'Geliebter komm! Sieh dort die Grotte!' from Wagner's Tannhuser (From a National Theatre Munich production by David Alden conducted by Zubin Metha) Rene Kollo: 'Inbrunst im Herzen!' from Wagner's Tannhuser (From a National Theatre Munich production by David Alden conducted by Zubin Metha) Bryn Terfel: 'Wo ist er dessen Sndenbecher jetzt voll ist?' from Strauss' Salome (From Luc Bondy's production for The Royal Opera House Covent Garden conducted by Christoph Von Dohnanyi) Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: Final Scene from Strauss's Capriccio (From Stephen Lawless production for The San Fransisco Opera conducted by Donald Runnicles) Yvonne Kenny: 'Per piet ben mio perdona' from Mozart's Cos fan tutte (From an Australian Opera production by Goran Jarvefelt conducted by Peter Robinson)
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