Verdi, James Levine: Don Carlo
Libretto / Livret: Joseph Mery & Camille Du Lode
Based On The Play By Friedrich Schiller
Versione Italiana: Achille De Lauzieres & Angelo Zanardini
Unabridged Version, Incl. Fontainebleau Act
- Filippo II, Re Di Spagna - Nicolai Ghiaurov
- Don Carlo, Infante Di Spagna - Placido Domingo
- Rodrigo, Marchese Di Posa - Louis Quilico
- II Grande Inguisitore - Ferruccio Furlanetto
- Un Frate - Julien Robbins
- Elisabetta Di Valois - Mirella Freni
- La Principessa Eboli - Grace Bumbry
- Tebaldo - Betsy Norden
- Una Voce Dal Cielo - Marvis Martin
- La Contessa d'Aremberq - Barbara Greene
- II Conte Di Lerma - John Gilmore
- Un Araldo Reale - Charles Anthony
- Un Boscaiolo - Peter Sliker...
The Metropolitan Opera Gala 1991 (2 DVD)
Experience "hours and hours of glorious opera ... A triumphant celebration of virtuosity" (Toronto Globe and Mail) as New York's legendary opera company celebrated its first quarter century at Lincoln Center in 1991 with "one of the most exquisitely refined and extravagant assemblages of vocal artistry the Met stage has yet hosted" (New York Times). "Not just another night at the opera" (Los Angeles Times), this extraordinary gala features complete acts from three favorite works, starring many of the world's greatest singers, all conducted by Met Music Director James Levine.
1. Rigoletto (Act III)
2. Otello (Act III)
1. Die Fledermaus (Act II)
2. Gala Sequenct...
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 impressionstic play of colour is heightened to become an overwhelming experience ... With Johanna Meier's unusually powerful Isolde and Rene Kollo's resplendent expressive Tristan, a better cast is hardly imaginable today"
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung...
Mozart, Nikolaus Harnoncourt: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail (2 DVD)
Critical acclaim for this superb co-production of Vienna's Staatsoper, the Wiener Fest-wochen and Brussels' Theatre de la Monnaie (Das Opernglas): "Directors Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann, working with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, demonstrate that the Entfuhrung is fully on the level of Mozart's Da Ponte operas and Zauberfldte. In the harmony of staging and music, this is one of the most impressive Mozart performances Vienna has offered in a long time... Breaking with tradition, it seeks to fulfil his intentions as closely as possible."
Opera In Three Acts
- Selim - Hilmar Thate
- Belmonte - Kurt Streit
- Konstanze - Aga Winska
- Blonde - Elzbieta Szmytka
- Pedrillo - Wileried Gahmlich
- Osmin - Artur Korn...
Verdi, Daniel Oren: Nabucco
Instantly famous for the best-loved chorus in all opera — the "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" (Va, pensiero), Nabuccoms Verdi's first operatic triumph. In this massive and spectacular new production from the vast Roman arena in Verona, the story of love, betrayal and the lust for power in ancient Babylon is brought to life by a supreme cast of Verdians led by the great baritone Leo Nucci.
Opera In Four Acts
- Nabucco - Leo Nucci
- Ismaele - Fabio Sartori
- Zaccaria - Carlo Colombara
- Abigaille - Maria Guleghina
- Fenena - Nino Surguladze
- High Priest Of Baal - Carlo Striuli
- Abdallo - Carlo Bosi
- Anna - Patrizia Cigna...
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. ...
Delius, Sir Charles Mackerras: A Village Romeo And Juliet
- Manz - Barry Mora Played By Leopold Hauerl
- Marti - Stafford Dean Played By Pavel Mikulik
- Vreli (Vrenchen) - Helen Field Played By Dana Moravkova
- Sali - Arthur Davies
- The Dark Fiddler - Thomas Hampson
- Vreli As A Child - Pamela Mildenhall Played By Katerina Svobodova...
Verdi, James Levine: Aida
Il Re Dell' Egitto - Dimitri Kavrakos Amneris - Dolora Zajick Aida - Aprile Millo Radames - Placido Domingo Ramfis - Paata Burchuladze Amonasro - Sherrill Milnes Un Messaggero - Mark W. Baker Sacerdotessa - Margaret Jane Wray
Conductor: James Levine
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: David Stivender
Metropolitan Opera Ballet
Choreographer: Rodney Griffin
A Metropolitan Opera Television Production
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...
Strauss, Christoph Von Dohnanyi: Salome
Libretto From Hedwig Lachmann's German Translation Of Oscar Wilde's Play By Arrangement With Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd. Production Originally Staged By The Salzburg Festival. Catherine Malfitano - Salome Bryn Terfel - Jokanaan Kenneth Riegel - Herod Anja Silja - Herodias Robert Gambill - Narraboth Peter Bonder - First Jew Graeme Broadbent - First soldier Michael Druiett - Second soldier Rupert Oliver Forbes - Fourth Jew Andrew Greenan - First Nazarene Andrea Hazell - A slave Gary Magee - Second Nazarene Alexander Oliver - Second Jew Ruby Philogene - Herodias's page Timothy Robinson - Third Jew Jeremy White - Fifth Jew Simon Wilding - A Cappadocean...