Luciano Pavarotti: The Italian Opera Collection (3 DVD)
James Levine - Conductor
Luciano Pavarotti - Rodolfo
Paul Plishka - Colline
Renata Scotto - Mimi
Italo Tajo - Benoit
Ingvar Wixell - Marcello
; Michele - Juan Pons
Giorgetta - Teresa Stratas
Luigi - Plаcido Domingo
Il Tinca - Charles Anthony
Il Talpa - Federico Daviа
La Frugola - Florence Quivar
Un Venditore Di Canzonette - Philip Creech
Du Amanti - Yvonne Gonzales / Tony Stevenson
;Luciano Pavarotti - Nemorino
Enzo Dara - Dulcamara
Kathleen Battle - Adina
Juan Pons - Belcore
Korliss Uecker - Giannetta
Verdi, Marco Armiliato: Il Trovatore
Libretto By Salvadore Cammarano
And Leone Emanuele Вardare
,Based On The Play El Trovator By Antonio Garcia Gutierrez.
Acclaim for this Trovatore: "Alvarez made a stalwart, passionate, masculine figure... Radvanovsky has all the technical devices necessary for Leonora, and she is, moreover, a passionate actress ... Hvorostovsky sang with superb, flawless line, total control and long, flowing, high notes... Zajick held down Azucena powerfully, lacking nothing obvious of the mad gypsy's force of character... The opera's end I have never seen stayed or acted more convincingly" (Opera Today).
Il Conte Dl Luna - Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Leonora - Sondra Radvanovsky
Azucena - Dolora Zajick
Manrico - Marcelo Alvarez
Ferrando - Stefan Kocan
Ines - Maria Zifchak
Ruiz - Eduardo Valdes
Un Vecchio Zingaro - Robert Maher
Un Messo - Raymond Aparentado
Conductor - Marco Armiliato ...
Wagner, Michael Schonwandt: Siegfried (2 DVD)
Kasper Bech Holten's spectacular Copenhagen production presents Wagner's epic Ring cycle as the drama of its heroine Brunnhilde. By setting each of the four operas in a pivotal decade of the twentieth century, her story becomes also a history of the modern age and of the ideologies and conflicts that tore it apart. In the third part of Wagner's Ring cycle, the fearless hero Siegfried breaks free of the restrictions of his youth, and sets off in search of freedom, adventure and, ultimately, love.
Siegfried: Act 1-3
Siegfried - Stig Andersen
Mime - Bengl-Ola Morgny
Der Wanderer - James Johnson
Alberich - Sten Byriel
Fafner - Christian Christiansen
Erda - Susanne Resmark
Brunnhilde - Irene Theorin
Waldvogel - Gisela Stille
Royal Danish Orchestra
Conducted by Michael Schonwandt ...
Giacomo Puccini / Bruno Bartoletti: Tosca Tosca
This gripping and visually stunning film has been universally hailed as one of the most satisfying of all versions of opera on celluloid. Director Gianfranco de Bosio has given an extraordinary dimension of realism to this story of love, deception and murder by shooting it all on the original Roman locations. The three exceptional singer-actors who bring this classic tragedy vividly to life are the beautiful Bulgarian soprano Raina Kabaivanska as Puccini's passionate heroine, Placido Domingo as her doomed lover and Sherrill Milnes as their nemesis, the villainous Baron Scarpia. ...
Wagner, Peter Schneider: Lohengrin (2 DVD)
Edgar Allan Рое meets the Brothers Grimm in film-director Werner Herzog's probing vision of Wagner's romantic opera. Under the sensitive baton of Peter Schneider, Canadian tenor Paul Frey sings a lyrical Lohengrin, matched by Cheryl Studers luminous,...
Style Wars (2 DVD)
New York, 1982 - The Legend Continues
When director Tony Silver and partner-producer Henry Chalfant delivered the broadcast version of their prize-winning film to PBS in 1983, the world received its first full immersion in the phenomenon that had taken over New York City. The urban landscape was physically transformed by graffiti artists who invented a new visual language to express both their individuality, and the voice of their community. In Style Wars, New York's ramshackle subway system is their public playground, battleground, and spectacular artistic canvas Opposing them by every means possible are Mayor Ed Koch, the police, and the New York Transit Authorit Meanwhile, as MC's, DJ's and B-boys rock the city with new sounds and new moves, we see street corner breakdance battles turn into performance art.
Style Wars has become an emblem of the original, embracing spirit of hip hop as it exploded into the work from underground tunnels, uptown streets, clubs and playgrounds. New York's legendary kings of graffiti own a special place in the hip hop pantheon. This film is regarded by many as the definitive document of tr emerging hip hop culture, and the continuing struggle to keep its authentic spirit alive.
"If you want to know what hip hop is really all about, see a film called Style Wars." -
KRS-1 Style Wars 11983, 70 minutes, color/b&w, 16mm)
Over 23 minutes of original outtake footage Feature commentary by director-producer Tony Silver and producer Henry Chalfant Interview with Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant (2002) Interview with Style Wars editors Victor Kanefsky and Sam Pollard (2002) English subtitles for the hearing impaired Digitally remastered 5.1 Dolby soundtrack featuring classic tracks from Grandmaster Flash The Treacherous Three, Trouble Funk, The Fearless Four, Rammellzee vs. K-Rob and more...
Wagner, James Levine: Gotterdammerung (2 DVD)
Opera In Three Acts Siegfried - Siegfried Jerusalem Gunther - Anthony Raffell Hagen - Matti Salminen Alberich - Ekkehard Wlaschiha Erste Norn - Gweneth Bean Zweite Norn - Joyce Castle Dritte Norn - Andrea Gruber Brunnhilde - Hildegard Behrens...
Handel, Harry Bicket: Rodelinda (2 DVD)
Star soprano Renee Fleming and countertenor Andreas Schotl star in Stephen Wadsworth's production of this classical tale of a queen (Rodelinda) separated from, then finally reunited with, her adored husband (Bertarido).This acclaimed Metropolitan Opera production - updated to Handel's eighteenth-century Milan - has been brought back by popular demand once again for Ms. Fleming, who appears in the virtuoso title role - a part that features no fewer than eight solo arias.
"Ms. Fleming draws on every resource of her artistry in this portrayal: luminous sound, exquisite ornamentation, floating high notes,emotional volatility."
New York Times...
Tony Palmer: All You Need Is Love - Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! (2 DVD)
"A mighty achievement. Thank you."
"Revealing, provocative and controversial, the documentary was all those things and more and still has the power to enthral and entertain some 30 years later."
Daniel Barenboim: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (2 DVD)