Wagner, James Levine: Siegfried (2 DVD)
Wotan, the chief of the gods, and Alberich, the lord of the Nibelungs, contended for dominion over the world. Wotan had the fortress Valhalla built for the gods' protection. The dwarf chose a different course, and acquired measureless might and wealth by a step the god would not have taken, for he gained the power to steal the gold guarded by the Rhine's daughters only by renouncing love. Now master of the "magic spell" inherent in the gold, he forged a "magic ring" for himself, while his brother Mime, the cunning smith, made him a cap of invisibility, the Tarnhelm. Having enslaved his fellow Nibelungs, he drove them to toil in the depths of the earth, mining its treasures which they piled up to enrich the lord of the underworld.
Siegfried - Siegfried Jerusalem
Mime - Heinz Zednik
Der Wanderer - James Morris
Alberich - Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Fafner - Matti Salminen
Erda - Birgitta Svenden
Brunnhilde - Hildegard Behrens
Stimme des Waldvogels - Dawn Upshaw
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Conductor: James Levine...
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...
Rossini - Le Comte Ory (2 DVD)
In spring 2011, the first-ever performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera of Rossini's Le Comte Ory brought standing ovations and critical-acclaim. The spectacular trio of Juan Diego Florez, Diana Damrau and Joyce DiDonato ignited vocal and theatrical fireworks.
Le Comte Ory tells the story of a libidinous and cunning nobleman who disguises himself first as a hermit and then as a nun ("Sister Colette in order to gain access to the virtuous Countess Adele, whose brother is away at the Crusades. The 2011 Met production was directed by the Tony Award-winning Broadway director Bartlett Sher, who in recent years has also staged Il barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffman for the Met. Sher presented the action as an opera within an opera, updated the action by a few centuries and giving the costume designer, Catherine Zuber, the opportunity to create some particularly extravagant headgear. Juan Diego Florez starred as the title role while Diana Damrau plays his love interest, Countess Adele, and Joyce DiDonato was in breeches as his pageboy Isolier. The trio had appeared in Sher's production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.
The New York Times praised "the terrific cast", citing Damrau's "lustrous, agile coloratura soprano voice, and charisma galore" and describing how DiDonato, "who sang with plush sound and impeccable passagework, sent top notes soaring and conveyed all the swagger of a smitten page."
The Financial Times named Florez, "a bel-canto paragon virtually without peer. He attacks and/or floats top tones with laughing ease, phrases with slender grace and exudes charm even when impersonating a singing nun". The Wall Street Journal said: "It was a treat to hear Mr. Florez navigate the vocal extremes of the role, popping out high C's while adopting a rascally but winning demeanor."
Conducted with verve and finesse by Rossini specialist Maurizio Benini, the production also features the stylish French baritone Stephane Degout as Ory's bibulous conspirator Raimbaud (quite a change from his previous Met role - Debussy's gentle Pelleas), charismatic Italian bass Michele Pertusi as the Count's long-suffering Tutor, and, formidable as Adele's housekeeper Ragonde, the Swedish dramatic mezzo Susanne Resmark. ...
Michele Mariotti, Bellini: I Puritani (2 DVD)
Star tenor Juan Diego Florez and exciting young discovery Nino Machaidze lead an outstanding cast in this new production of Bellini's final opera, filmed live at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. Set during the English Civil War between Puritans and Royalists, Bellini's glorious score (here in a new critical edition) is a ravishing combination of rousing ensembles and dazzling bel canto arias.
Act 3 Lord Arturo Talbo - Juan Diego Florez Elvira - Nino Machaidze Sir Giorgio Valton - Ildebrando D'arcangelo Lord Gualtiero Valton - Ugo Guagliardo Sir Riccardo Forth - Gabriele Viviani Sir Bruno Roberton - Gianluca Floris Enrichettta Di Francia - Nadia Pirazzini...
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...
Rossini: Armida (2 DVD)
Renee Fleming stars in the title role of this rarely heard diva showcase, in a production by Tony Award winne Mary Zimmerman. Rossini's opera, set in the time of the Crusades, tells the story of a vengeful sorceress who enthralls men in her island...
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,...
Puccini, Nicola Luisotti: La Fanciulla Del West (2 DVD)
"I cannot think of a soprano who can sing any better this demanding role. What wins you over is Voigt's deep feeling for the character. The role of Johnson gives Giordani ample opportunities to luxuriate in tenorial top notes and unleash impassioned phrases. Gallo is a coolly menacing Jack Ranee. Thanks in large part to the stylish, nuanced and sensitive conducting of Nicola Luisotti, the score emerged as arguably Puccini's most subtly written and boldly modern music".
New York Times
Opera In Three Acts Minnie - Deborah Voigt Jack Rance - Lucio Gallo Dick Johnson - Marcello Giordani Nick - Tony Stevenson Ashby - Keith Miller Sonora - Dwayne Croft...
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...
Donizetti, Juan Diego Florez, Patrizia Ciofi: La Fille Du Regiment (2 DVD)
Today's top bel canto tenor, Juan Diego Florez, and acclaimed Italian soprano Patrizia Ciofi lead о superb ensemble cast in Donizetti's sparkling opera-comique from the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa. This acclaimed production sets the action in the...