Rossini, Maurizio Benini: La Cenerentola (2 DVD)
When the opera begins, the impoverished Don Magnifico, Baron of Mountflagon, is on the verge of social and financial ruin. The only solution is for his daughters to find rich husbands. Years ago, when he still had some money, he married a widow who already had a little girl: Angelina. The baroness bore her new husband two more daughters, Clorinda and Tisbe. Since their mother's death the kindhearted Angelina has had a hard time at the hands of her vain and haughty half-sisters and her stepfather, who joins his own daughters in all the petty humiliations they deal out to Angelina. Nicknamed Cenerentola (Cinderella), and forced to do the most menial housework, Angelina bears it all with patience.
Not far from Don Magnifico's house is the castle of the young and wealthy prince Ramirо. The prince wants a bride, and has chosen an odd way to find one, sending out his tutor, the philosopher Alidoro, all over his domains to look for a suitable girl. He and his valet Dandini follow up Alidoro's leads but, in order to test the qualities of the bridal candidates more conclusively, they pretend that the prince is the servant and the servant the prince.
Libretto By Jacopo Ferretti, After Charles Perrault's Cendrillon / And Librettos By Charles Guillaume Etienne And Francesco Fiorini
Don Ramiro - Lawrence Brownlee
Dandini - Simone Alberghini
Don Magnifico - Alessandro Corbelli
Clorinda - Rachelle Durkin
Tube - Patricia Risley
Angelina, Known As Cenerentola - Elina Garanca
Alidoro - John Relyea
Conductor - Maurizio Benini
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra And Chorus...
Tchaikovsky, Valery Gergiev: Eugene Onegin (2 DVD)
Renee Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky triumph in Tchaikovsky's operatic masterpiece, filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Robert Carsen's beautifully evocative staging highlights the personal drama at the heart of Pushkin's tragedy of unrequited love, and Valery Gergiev conducts a thrilling account of Tchaikovsky's most intensely passionate score.
Tatiana - Renee Fleming
Olga - Elena Zaremba
Madame Larina - Svetlana Volkova
Filippyevna - Larisa Shevchenko
Lenski - Ramon Vargas
Eugene Onegin - Dmitri Hvorostovsky
A Captain - Keith Miller
Triquet - Jean-Paul Fouchecourt
Zaretski - Richard Bernstein
Prince Gremin - Sergei Aleksashkin ...
Glinka, Valery Gergiev: Ruslan And Lyudmila (2 DVD)
Lyudmila - Anna Netrebko
Ruslan - Vladimir Ognovenko
Ratmir - Larissa Diadkova
Farlaf - Gennady Bezzubenkov
Gorislava - Galina Gorchakova
Kirov Orchestra, Opera Chorus and Ballet, St Petersburg
In association with San Francisco Opera
Valery Gergiev directs the Kirov Opera in this spectacular 1995 production of Russia's first operatic masterpiece. Described by Tchaikovsky as "the Tsar of operas", Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila adapts Pushkin's comic epic drama, a magical mix of sorcery, knight errantry and romance.
Cecilia Bartoli, Javier Camarena. Rossini: Le Comte Ory (Blu-ray)
Fred Astaire: Second Chorus And Royal Wedding
"Second Chorus", the 1941 Hollywood musical comedy film starring Astaire, Burgess Meredith, Paulette Goddard, Artie Shaw and Charles Butterworth, with music by Artie Shaw, Bernie Hanighen, Hal Borne and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, sees Danny O'Neill (Astaire) and Hank Taylor (Meredith) as rival trumpeters with college band the Perennials. Both men find themselves competing for the affections of Ellen Miller (Paulette Goddard) while trying to get the other one fired.
The 1951 Hollywood musical comedy film "Royal Wedding" was set in London in 1947 at the time of the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. Fred Astaire and Jane Powell play a brother and sister song and dance duo, echoing the real-life theatrical relationship of Fred and Adele Astaire. Powell falls for Lawford, who plays an English aristocrat - mirroring Adele Astaire's romance and eventual marriage to Lord Charles Cavendish, son of the Duke of Devonshire. Also starring Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill and Keenan Wynn, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner....
Семинар "Домашняя магия" (2 DVD)
Дом всегда был для человека священным пространством, но в последнее время многие забыли об этом. А ведь дома мы делаем две самые важные веши — отдыхаем и спим, и от качества этих занятий зависит качество всей нашей жизни. Правильно выстроенное жилое...
Mozart. La Finta Giardiniera. Bolton (2 DVD)
Part of on epoch-making release of Mozart's complete operas on DVD, here is the 18-year-old composer's first mature opera buffo. Hilarity mingles with passionate emotions when Belfiore believes he has killed his lover in a fit of jealousy but then encounters her disguised as gardener Sandrina. Famed filmmakers Doris Dorrie directs a superb young cast in this tale of love, hate and intrigue across class harriers, all vividly depicted by Mozart's astonishingly rich and varied music.
DVD 1. La Finta Giardiniera: Act 1
DVD 2. La Finta Giardiniera: Act 2 & 3 ...
Mussorgsky, Valery Gergiev: Boris Godunov (2 DVD)
The complete 1872 version, filmed at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1990.
This is masterly on almost ever count musical and visual, and would now be the outright choice for this work in all the media... Front stage, as it were, are some of the best of the current generation Of Russian singers, not a dud among them... Gergiev is another of the recording's heroes. Seldom, if ever... has the score sounded so hauntingly beautiful and apt for this huge panorama of seventeenth-century Russia... Don't miss this riveting experience.
Opera In Four Acts
- Boris Godunov - Robert Lloyd
- Feodor - Larissa Dyatkova
- Grigory Otrepiev - Alexei Steblianko
- Marina Mnishek - Olga Borodina
- Xenia - Olga Kondina
- Nurse - Yevgenia Perlassova
- Rangoni - Sergei Leiferkus
- Hostess - Ludmila Filatova...
Strauss, Andrew Davis: Capriccio (2 DVD)
Renee Fleming - Countess Sarah Connolly - Clairon Joseph Kaiser - Flamand Bernard Fitch - Monsieur Taupe Morten Frank Larsen - The Count Russell Braun - Olivier Peter Rose - La Roche Michael Devlin - The Major-Domo Olga Makarina - Italian Soprano Barry Banks - Italian Tenor Roland Naldi - Servants Paul Corona - Servants Steven Goldstein - Servants Christopher Schaldenbrand - Servants Grant Youngblood - Servants Scott Scully - Servants Brian Frutiger - Servants Kyle Pfortmiller - Servants David Chan - Musicians Rafael Figueroa - Musicians Dennis Giauque - Musicians Laura Feig - Dancers Eric Otto - Dancers Andrew Davis - Himself - Conductor...
Wagner, James Levine: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (8 DVD)