Giordano / Nello Santi: Andrea Chenier
01. Opening Credits
02. Quadro Primo - Act One
03. Quadro Secondo - Act Two
04. Quadro Terzo - Act Three
05. Quadro Quattro - Act Four ...
Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Boris Godunov is the quintessential Russian opera and brings to the stage one of the most curious episodes in the history of 16th-century Russia. After Mussorgsky's death in 1881, the work was revised by Rimsky-Korsakov whose version is sung in this...
Verdi: Il trovatore
Анна Нетребко(«Donizetti, Evelino Pido: Anna Bolena»), Гастон Риверо, Плачидо Доминго («Christmas in Vienna V») в драме Филиппа Штельцль «Il trovatore».
Filmed live in Berlin, Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo star in one of Verdi’s greatest operas, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Il Trovatore is without question one of Verdi’s most dramatic masterpieces – as well as one of his most melodic and including the irresistible ‘Anvil Chorus’ and the tenor showstopper ‘Di quella pira’.
Anna Netrebko makes her debut as Leonora, triumphing in a uniquely demanding role for a Verdi soprano and one she will sing again at the 2014 Salzburg Festival.
Adored for his legendary performances in the title role, Placido Domingo here sings the baritone role of the troubador’s arch-rival, the aristocratic Count di Luna. Celebrated film-maker Philipp Stolzl, well-known for his groundbreaking video collaborations with Rammstein and Madonna, directs his first Verdi opera, creating an extraordinarily powerful visual and visceral theatrical experience, unlike any other production of the opera.
The roles of the troubadour and the gypsy Azucena are taken by Uruguayan tenor Gaston Rivero and Russian mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya....
Massenet - Cendrillon (2 DVD)
Recent Grammy award-winner Joyce DiDonato stars as Cinderella in the debut Covent Garden production of Massenet's Centrillon. DiDonato captures all hearts- not just Prince Charming's- in this enchanting, sophisticated retelling of the classical fairy...
Mozart, John Eliot Gardiner: Le Nozze Di Figaro
Opera In Four Acts Il Conte di Almaviva - Rodney Gilfry La Contessa di Almaviva - Hillevi Martinpelto Susanna - Alison Hagley Figaro - Bryn Terfel Cherubino - Pamela Helen Stephen Marcellina - Susan McCulloch Bartolo - Carlos Feller Antinoi - Julian Clarkson...
Richard Strauss - Elektra (Karl Bohm) (2 DVD)
For this 1981 film of Richard Strauss's expressionist masterpiece, director G?tz Friedrich collaborated with the composer's disciple Karl B?hm, who recorded the soundtrack with the Vienna Philharmonic only month before his death - "music making of grandeur, ecstasy and precision" wrote the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In her performance of the punishing title role, Leonie Rysanek "surmounted the score's superhuman demands with an interpretive achievement that crowns her career" (Daily Telegraph). Astrid Varnay, once a great Electra herself, presents here a potent rendition of Clytemnestra. As The New York Times noted in describing this "powerful moving Elektra", Friedrich and set designer Josef Svoboda have conjured up "distinctive images as memorably vivid as they are harsh".
"Ob ich die Musik nicht hore? Sie kommt doch aus mir" - Documentary / Making of Elektra...
Mozart, Nikolaus Harnoncourt: Cosi Fan Tutte (2 DVD)
Opera In Two Acts Fiordiligi - Edita Gruberova Dorabella - Delores Ziegler Guglielmo - Ferruccio Furlanetto Ferrando - Luis Lima Despina - Teresa Stratas Don Alfonso - Paolo Montarsolo...
Donizetti - L'Elisir D'Amore
The newly-wed opera stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna were perfectly cast in Frank Dunlop's witty production, set in the 1920s, of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, a beguiling mixture of sharp comedy and heartfelt pathos.
Bonus Feature - "Love Potion"
Derek Bailey's film "Love Potion" presents a fascination "behind-the-scenes" look at the staging, rehearsal and recording of Frank Dunlop's celebrated production of L'elisir d'amore. Featuring interviews with Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna, as well as extensive rehearsal footage, it offers a unique insight into the world of opera recording. "Love Potion" is an English-language film....
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
This opulent production by Oscar-winning film director John Schlesinger, filmed in 1985, marked the 25th anniversary of Sir Georq Solti's spectacular debut at Covent Garden, conducting this very opera. "Rarely has this luscious, burnished score been realised with such emotional intensity or played with such glowing fervour"
It also features Kiri Te Kanawa as the Marschallin, a performance of which The Financial Times said, "This deserves to be ranked… among her finest achievements."
Anne Howells gives a sensitive performance as the "Knight of the Rose"; Aage Haugland is the roguish Baron Ochs, and the International Herald Tribune described American soprano Barbara Bonney as "...an enchantingly vulnerable Sophie, as lovely to hear... as she is to behold".
"With a superb cast of principals… the evening turned out a resounding success."
The Daily Telegraph...
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 ...