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  • Puccini: La Fanciulla del West Puccini: La Fanciulla del West | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £11.71  |  Saving you £5.30 (29.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    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

  • Zdenek  Benaclova - Smetana -  Bartered Bride Zdenek Benaclova - Smetana - Bartered Bride | DVD | (14/08/2006) from £13.49  |  Saving you £0.74 (4.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    What oprea fan doesn't know the famous opera arias 'Our True Love' 'Make Up Your Mind Marenka' or 'I Know A Maiden Fair' ageless classics from that treasure of Czech opera Bedrich Smetana's The Bartered Bride? These outstanding singers Gabriela Benackova as Marenka Peter Dvorsky as Jenik and Richard Novak as Kecal as well as brilliant performances by the Czech Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonic Chorus conducted by Zdenek Kosler became the basis for this 1981 television programme directed by Frantisek Filip. Sets by Jan Zazvorka costumes by Lida Novotna cinematography by Ilja Bojanovsky directed by Frantisek Filip.

  • Giacomo Puccini - Puccini - Turandot Giacomo Puccini - Puccini - Turandot | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £10.99  |  Saving you £2.30 (15.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Turandot: Puccini - Arena di Verona

  • Les Troyens - Berlioz/The Met/James Levine Les Troyens - Berlioz/The Met/James Levine | DVD | (16/07/2007) from £18.23  |  Saving you £-3.24 (-21.60%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Filmed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1983 Berlioz's masterpiece Les Troyens is a tragic tale of love and fate based on Virgil's Aeneid. Under the baton of James Levine Jessye Norman is stunning in the part of Cassandra and Pl''cido Domingo makes for a strong compelling Aeneas. This benchmark performance was hailed by both critics and audiences and performed to greatest critical acclaim. Norman's role debut as Cassandra emerged as one her most significant and compelling performances and this DVD is also a stand-out release among Domingo's extensive filmography.

  • Falstaff - Giuseppe Verdi [1987] Falstaff - Giuseppe Verdi | DVD | (06/09/2004) from £11.71  |  Saving you £5.30 (29.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Verdi's last opera and the final peak of his career Falstaff is the culmination of Italian comic opera. The story is taken from Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives Of Windsor although the central character is much closer to the Falstaff of Henry IV. The roguish Sir John embroils himself in numerous plots and dupes of love and marriage until eventually the Merry Wives get their revenge on him and all plans are thwarted. Verdi's sparkling and witty opera is the perfect synthesis of mu

  • Various Composers - Opera and Ballet Favourites Various Composers - Opera and Ballet Favourites | DVD | (29/09/2008) from £12.25  |  Saving you £2.74 (18.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

  • Wagner - Tannhauser Wagner - Tannhauser | DVD | (29/09/2006) from £17.19  |  Saving you £17.80 (50.90%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Wagner:Tannhauser (2 Discs)

  • Falstaff - Giuseppe Verdi - The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden [1983] Falstaff - Giuseppe Verdi - The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden | DVD | (07/05/2007) from £9.35  |  Saving you £5.30 (29.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Verdi was almost eighty when he startled the musical world with his mastery of comic invention in his last opera Falstaff with its brilliant libretto by Arrigo Boito. The story is taken from Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor although the central character is much closer to the Falstaff of Henry IV. The roguish Sir John embroils himself in numerous plots and dupes of love and marriage until eventually the Merry Wives get their revenge on him and all plans are thwarted. When Carlo Maria Giulini returned to conducting public performances of opera after an absence of fourteen years he chose this comic masterpiece for the occasion. The great lyric baritone Renato Bruson sings the title role. Katia Ricciarelli leads the trio of merry wives with Lucia Valentini-Terrani as Mistress Quickly and Brenda Boozer as Meg Page. Leo Nucci sings the role of Ford and the young lovers are here portrayed by Dalmacio Gonzalez and Barbara Hendricks. Stunning designs by Hayden Griffen and Michael Stennett provide the perfect setting for this witty interpretation of Shakespeare's masterpiece.

  • Carmen - Bizet [1967] Carmen - Bizet | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £15.49  |  Saving you £1.50 (8.80%)  |  RRP £16.99

    This famous film of the world's best loved opera, directed by Herbert von Karajan, features the three greatest exponents of their respective roles at the time: Grace Bumbry's magnificently seductive-toned Carmen, Mirella Freni's ineffably lovely, touching Micaela, and Jon Vickers's thrillingly manic-depressive Don Jose.

  • Verdi: Don Carlos [1996] Verdi: Don Carlos | DVD | (20/11/2000) from £5.29  |  Saving you £14.70 (73.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    This is a 1996 all-star-cast version from Paris of the original French version of Verdi's epic five-act opera, Don Carlos. First produced in 1867, only Wagner would write musical drama on a grander scale, and due to the three-and-a-half-hour running time most subsequent productions have made substantial cuts. This is therefore a rare opportunity to witness Verdi's tragedy in its entirety.Set in the 16th century in the aftermath of war between Spain and France, Don Carlo (Roberto Alagna), the heir to the Spanish throne comes to France to meet with his beloved Elizabeth de Valois (Karita Mattila). Inevitably politics divide the lovers, and while Rodrigue (Thomas Hampson) falls in with Flemish rebels, the Inquisition is determined to be the power behind the peace. This is certainly not Verdi's greatest work, but it contains great music and the stars are allowed to shine with strong characterisations in an elegantly designed production. There are no gimmicks or attempts at spurious contemporary relevance here, simply singers of the calibre of Alagna, Mattila, Hampson, plus the outstanding Eric Halfvarson as the Grand Inquisitor. This is a production that continues in the 19th-century tradition, and in the process delivers the frisson of world-class opera. --Gary S. DalkinOn the DVD: While the running time precludes much in the way of special features, via DVD-ROM the libretto can be printed in French, together with an article and biographies. The picture is presented at approximately 1.7:1 and while far superior to video could still benefit from anamorphic enhancement. The sound is stereo or excellent Dolby Digital 5.0. The booklet offers a detailed synopsis in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish and there are subtitles in the same languages. The disc is encoded for regions two to six. --Gary S. Dalkin

  • Classic British Jets-Victor Classic British Jets-Victor | DVD | (03/07/2006) from £7.25  |  Saving you £2.74 (27.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The story of the legendary V-Bomber from its days at the heart of Britains nuclear deterrent through its tanker conversion and disbandment.

  • Tristan Und Isolde - Wagner Tristan Und Isolde - Wagner | DVD | (08/03/2004) from £16.56  |  Saving you £5.43 (24.70%)  |  RRP £21.99

    A performance of Richard Wagner's opera 'Tristan Und Isolde'....

  • Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin -- film version/Solti [1988] Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin -- film version/Solti | DVD | (03/06/2002) from £10.97  |  Saving you £1.50 (8.80%)  |  RRP £16.99

    It's a common complaint that opera singers can't act, and actors can't sing opera. In this handsome 1988 film of Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin, director Petr Weigl attempts to solve the problem by letting each group of performers do what they do best. Thus the music is a studio recording with some great voices in the principal roles, and the film is a lip-synched performance shot in stunning locations by a good-looking cast of players. On the positive side this means that the whole thing looks gorgeous, and sun-drenched dachas, glittering ballrooms and snowy steppes are all captured with painterly verve. The musical performances are also splendid, with Bernd Weikl making a passionate, tortured Onegin, Teresa Kubiak a honeyed, fresh-sounding Tatyana, and Solti conducting with driven intensity. But realism and opera rarely make happy bed-fellows, and the down-side of this film is that the naturalistic "speaking-style" lip-synching and understated acting are entirely at odds with the grand musical gestures, and occasionally give rise to a somewhat absurd alienation effect. Thus while Kubiak's voice is at full blast, Magdalena Vasaryova looks like she's making polite chit-chat at a cocktail party. But the project feels like a brave experiment, nonetheless, and if the whole isn't quite the sum of its different elements, those elements are still jolly good. On the DVD: Eugene Onegin on disc has excellent picture quality (which is fortunate in such a visually exquisite film), though the sound is a little distant and muffled. The film starts with the entry of the peasants in Act 1, but the DVD includes the Prologue and music before this point as an audio bonus. There are subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese, and a series of trailers for other Decca DVDs. --Warwick Thompson

  • Puccini: Manon Lescaut Puccini: Manon Lescaut | DVD | (24/08/2001) from £6.98  |  Saving you £18.01 (72.10%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The Flemish Opera Symphony Orchestra conducted by Silvio Varviso perform The Manon Lescaut opera in four acts.

  • Gioachino Rossini - La Cambiale Di Matrimonio [2006] Gioachino Rossini - La Cambiale Di Matrimonio | DVD | (28/01/2008) from £20.15  |  Saving you £4.84 (19.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    La cambiale di matrimonio was staged for the first time at the San Mos theatre in Venice on 3rd November 1810 to fill in a void left by another composer's desertion. The success of this opera earned the then eighteen-year-old Rossini the commission of an opera buffa for Bologna's Teatro del Corso. Created by Luigi Squarzina and revived by Giovanno Scandella with scenes and costumes by Giovanni Agostinacci this Pesaro production features two well-established singers Dsire Rancatore and Saimir Pirgu who are joined by three promising young singers whose voices have blossomed in Pesaro in recent years: Fabio Maria Capitanucci Enrico Maria Marabelli and Mira Gortsevskaya. Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli conducts the Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento.

  • Ivan The Terrible - Prokofiev Ivan The Terrible - Prokofiev | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £3.85  |  Saving you £11.14 (74.30%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Ballet in Two ActsIn 1942 Sergey Prokofiev was commissioned by Sergey Eisenstein to write music for his film Ivan the Terrible. The score caught the attention of highly acclaimed choreographer Yuri Grigorovich who set out to make the material and music into a self-contained ballet. But it took until the 1970s for the idea of this ambitious project to be put into action with the help of Mikhail I. Tchulaki director of the Bolshoi who composed a ballet score for the new production on the basis of Eisenstein's musical film material. The score of Ivan the Terrible is a collage of no less than 377 fragments of the original film score but also of other works by Prokofiev.

  • Verdi: Nabucco -- La Scala/Muti Verdi: Nabucco -- La Scala/Muti | DVD | (26/04/2004) from £11.16  |  Saving you £6.07 (33.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    This magnificent production of Verdi's biblical epic Nabucco marked the return of Riccardo Muti as Musical Director of La Scala Milan Italy's greatest opera house. Nabucco was Verdi's first real success. This vast opera has great scenes for the chorus most famously in 'Va pensiero' the hymn of longing sung by the Hebrew slaves on the banks of the Euphrates. This DVD is a marvellous opportunity to hear La Scala's famous Chrous on top form.

  • Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk - Shostakovich Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk - Shostakovich | DVD | (01/09/2004) from £4.45  |  Saving you £3.17 (19.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Filmed in Barcelona at the Gran Teatro Del Liceu this new production of the 'Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk' by composer Dimitry Shostakovitch features the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatro Del Liceu; conducted by Alexander Anissimov.

  • L'Elisir D'Amore - Donizetti L'Elisir D'Amore - Donizetti | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £14.88  |  Saving you £-0.89 (-6.40%)  |  RRP £13.99

    L'Elisir D'AmoreMelodramma In Two Acts.

  • Eugene Onegin - Glyndebourne Festival Opera Eugene Onegin - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (21/11/2005) from £19.06  |  Saving you £-1.07 (-5.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Graham Vick s acclaimed production of Eugene Onegin for Glyndebourne Festival Opera was premiered and recorded in the first season of Glyndebourne s new opera house in 1994. Pushkin s tale of doomed love tragedy and rejection is set against an acutely observed backdrop of Russian society with spectacular choruses and dances yet in a staging of breathtaking simplicity. The star of this production is undoubtedly Russian soprano Elena Prokina an enthralling singing actress whose shy

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