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Giulio Cesare - Handel | DVD | (07/02/2005)
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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.
Rossini: Semiramide | DVD | (31/12/2007)
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Bel canto can be translated as "pretty singing", and that definition seems tailor-made for this production, which offers grace, charm, and a fine-tuned sense of style in abundance to compensate for its limited psychological and emotional impact. The four principal singers are all specialists in the bel canto style and this opera has played a key role in building their substantial reputations. For its sweeping musical imagination and technical wizardry, Rossini's epic about royal assassination and misdirected lust in the ancient Babylonian Empire deserves a place in any inclusive opera collection, and we are not likely to have a better video recording of Semiramide in the foreseeable future. June Anderson has an attractive appearance and sounds exactly right in the music's florid melodic lines. But she is not dramatically compelling as the wicked queen who had her husband killed and fell in love with a man who turned out to be her long-lost son, Arsace. Marilyn Horne rose to the highest levels of international fame in the role of that conflicted son, and her presence alone would be enough to give this video classic status. Her voice was a bit past its prime when this performance was recorded in 1991, but still there is no other voice quite like it, no other voice so suited to Rossini's heroic mezzo roles. Samuel Ramey is a close bass counterpart to Anderson: great tone, agile florid singing, and a rather wooden but visually appealing stage presence. Sanford Olsen has a small role and sings it near perfectly. James Conlon gets excellent musical results; John Copley's staging is massive and static. --Joe McLellan, Amazon.com
Tosca's Kiss | DVD | (06/09/2004)
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Daniel Schmid's film set in a home for retired opera singers in Casa Di Riposa in Milan. Characters are seen re-enacting their greatest moments in a film which centres on the aging process and inspirational music
Wagner-Der Ring Des Nibelunge | DVD | (02/07/2007)
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This legendary Bayreuth Festival production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen directed by Harry Kupfer with designs by Hans Schavernoch and conducted by Daniel Barenboim is considered perhaps the finest video recording of these four operas ever made. For their innovative modernist staging Kupfer and his team turned away from the work's time of origin and located The Ring at a road of history a meeting-place of past present and future which sets the scene for the story's struggles of power and love. Barenboim's authoritative yet highly responsive reading of the immense score and the extraordinary performances of the cast help to make this a truly memorable Ring.
Don Giovanni / Cosi Fan Tutte | DVD | (28/11/2005)
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Cosi Fan Tutte:Live from the Zurich Opera House 2000Don Giovanni:Live from the Zurich Opera House 2001
Possessed By the Night | DVD | (19/11/2007)
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Cecilia Bartoli - The DVD Collection | DVD | (08/03/2004)
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The DVD CollectionCecilia Bartoli: A PortraitThe original and unique portrait of the amazing Cecilia Bartoli filmed at the outset of her career and giving a fascinating insight into her background personality and approach to her art. Includes her Savoy Hotel recital.Cecilia Bartoli: Live in ItalyCecilia Bartoli's acclaimed 1998 recital in the Palladian splendour of Vicenza's Teatro Olimpico. Accompanied by French virtuoso Jean-Yves Thibaudet it ranges from v
Giuseppe Verdi - Aida | DVD | (01/02/2010)
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Concerts By Art Blakey/Dizzy Gillespie/Louis Armstrong Etc
Luciano Pavarotti - La Boheme/Aida/Die Fledermaus | DVD | (29/10/2007)
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Luciano Pavarotti: La Boheme / Aida / Die Fledermaus
Various Composers - Teatro La Fenice Opera Collection | DVD | (29/10/2007)
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Teatro La Fenice - Opera Collection:Includes:Daphne.Pia De' Tolomei.Maometto II.Les Pechurs De Perles.Le Roi De Lahore.Thais.
Jose Carreras Collection | DVD | (02/07/2007)
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Contains the performances:- The Vienna Comeback.- La Grande Notte a Verona.- Frankfurt Concert.- A Bolshoi Opera Night.- Montseratt Caballe and Jose Carreras.- Salzburg Recital.