Bizet, Yannick Nezet-Seguin: Carmen (2 DVD)
Acclaim for the Met's new Carmen: "The production provides an ideal context for Garanca's nuanced, sexy and cagey portrayal... an unerring feel for the nuance and subtext of a phrase, and alluring sensuality. Don Jose remains one of Alagna's strongest...
Tchaikovsky, Daniel Barenboim: Eugene Onegin (2 DVD)
Salzburg's new production of Tchaikovsky's romantic tragedy is "masterly down to the smallest detail" (Salzburger Nach-richten). "Three hours of passion, tenderness and yearning... Great voices combined with wonderful acting" (Associated Press)....
Cecilia Bartoli: Sacrificium
Olivier Simonnet's unique cinematographic: interpretation presents Cecilia Bartoli in virtuoso arias written for the castrato stars of the Neapolitan school, filmed on location at the magnificent Baroque Palace of Caserta in Southern Italy. Spectacular...
Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde, Barenboim (2 DVD)
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's celebrated Bayreuth production filmed on the Festspielhaus stage with six cameras and in digital sound to recreate the unique intensity of a live performance in studio quality.
"On the small screen the almost...
David Bowie, Iggy Pop & Lou Reed: The Sacred Triangle 1971 - 1973
By the second half of 1971 David Bowie was justifiably being branded a one-hit-wonder, Lou Reed was considered washed-up following a disastrous solo debut, and Iggy Pop was seen as merely a drug crazed ex-Stooge the band having split the year before for...
Tchaikovsky, Valery Gergiev: Eugene Onegin (2 DVD)
Acclaim for the Met's "handsome" (New Yorker) new production of Tchaikovsky's romantic masterpiece:
Anna Netrebko's Tatiana: "Limpid tone, expressive point, dynamic sensitivity" (Financial Times)
Mariusz Kwiecien's Onegin: "Volatile and...
Handel, Giovanni Antonini: Giulio Cesare (2 DVD)
Henry Purcell: Dido And Aeneas
Purcell's much-loved tragic opera is an intense tale of heroism, passion, betrayal and ultimate tragedy, played out against a backdrop of fiery rituals, evil spells and pageantry. It was filmed entirely on location at Hampton Court House, England, where...
Passion, Loyalty, Lust And Finally Tragedy Are Dramatically Highlighted In Robert Carsen's "Theatre-Within-Theatre" Staging Of Puccini's Great Opera. As The Beautiful Tosca, Emily Magee Plays Opposite The Charismatic Jonas Kaufmann (Cavaradossi) And...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote (Blu-ray)
Part of the epoch-making release of Mozart's complete operas on film, Pierre Audi's production of this blithe fable suggests an operatic Garden of den, enhanced by the primary-coloured, story-book designs of Karel Appel. The tale of two young men...