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...
Britten: Composer / Conductor / Pianist (7 DVD)
Donizetti, Evelino Pido: Anna Bolena (2 DVD)
Opera In Two Acts Enrico VIII - Ildebrando D'arcangelo Anno Bolenci - Anna Netrebko Giovanna Seymour - Elina Garanca Lord Rochefort - Dan Paul Dumitrescu Lord Riccardo Percy - Francesco Meli Smeton - Elisabeth Kulman Sirhervey - Peter Jelosits...
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...
Gounod, Erich Binder: Faust (2 DVD)
Opera In Three Acts / Libretto / Livret: Jules Barbier, Michel Carre
From The Vienna State Opera, With A Superb Cast Revelling In Gounod's Beloved Melodies, Here Is The Provocative, Visually Sumptuous 1985 Production By Famed Film-Director Ken Russell, Also Renowned For His Flamboyant Biopics Of Liszt, Mahler, And Tchaikovsky.
Le Docteur Faust - Francisco Araiza
Mephistopheles - Ruggero Raimondi
Marguerite - Gabriela Benackova
Valentin - Walton Gronroos
Wagner - Alfred Sramek
Siebel - Gabriele Sima
Marthe - Gertrude Jahn
Orchester Der Wiener Staatsoper
Chor Der Wiener Staatsoper
Chorus Master: Walter Hagen-Groll
Buhnenorchester Der Wiener Staatsoper Ballett Der Wiener Staatsoper
Elevinnen Und Eleven Der Ballettschule Der Wiener Staatsoper
Conductor: Erich Binder
Video Direction: Ken Russell
Set And Costume Design: Carl Toms
Lighting Design: Robert Bryan
Choreography: Alphonse Poulin ...
Mark Albrecht: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote (Blu-ray)
Since its premiere in a tiny suburban theatre in Vienna, "Die Zauberflote" has delighted audiences young and old for over 200 years. Mozart's Singspiel seamlessly alternates seriousness and jollity, and combines philosophical ideas with a fairytale world of wondrous animals and magical musical instruments. Emanuel Schikaneder's original production was theatrically inventive, and this new interpretation from director Simon McBurney emulates that in fresh and current terms. Fusing music, technology and stagecraft, this exciting production gives Die Zauberflote a refreshing new treatment that is both thrilling and simple in its approach. Following an overwhelming success on stage. McBurney's unique production received five-star reviews in the Dutch press: "a feast for the eyes and the ears" (Het Parool) and "Delicious!" (Trouw). Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound....
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...
Fabio Luisi, Verdi: Macbeth (2 DVD)
«One of the greatest triumphs in recent Met history» (Wall Street Journal), Anna netrebko's Lady Macbeth «is causing a sensation» (New York Times), a performance «so exciting it propels both artist and audience figuratively to the brink of madness» (New York Observer). With Zeljko Lucic's «highly charged» Macbeth, Rene Pape's «gravely dignified» Banquo, Jo9seph Calleja's «ardent» Macduff and conductor Fabio Luisi «leading a distinguished and authoritative performance» of former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Adrian Noble's grimly powerful production» (New York Times)....
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...
Tony Palmer: All You Need Is Love: Songs Of War And Protest - Go Down, Moses! (2 DVD)
"A mighty achievement. Thank you."
After Nashville had raped American country music, it might seem that the folk traditions this music embodied had been lost. Not so, because these traditions had a purpose...