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...
Mozart, Nikolaus Harnoncourt: Mitridate, Re Di Ponto
Opera In Three Acts Mitridate - Gosta Winbergh Aspasia - Yvonne Kenny Sifare - Ann Murray Farnace - Anne Gjevang Ismene - Joan Rodgers Marzio - Peter Straka Arbate - Massimiliano Roncato...
Donizetti: Don Pasquale (Blu-ray)
Tenorr star Juan Diego Florez sings the role of the young lover Ernesto in Donizetti's sparkling operatic comedy. Filmed live at the Zurich Opera House, this witty and colourful production also stars the great bass-baritone Ruggero Raimondi in the title-role of the irascible Don. The story of young love triumphant inspired many of the composer's most infectiously toe-tapping ensembles and most tender arias, establishing Don Pasquale as one of Italian opera's most irresistible evenings.
Ruggero Raimondi - Don Pasquale
Juan Diego Florez - Ernesto
Isabel Rey - Norina
Oliver Widmer - Dottor Malatesta
Valeriy Murga - Un Notaro ...
Handel, Andreas Scholl, Inger Dam-Jensen: Partenope (Blu-ray)
Countertenor Star Andreas Scholl Leads An Outstanding Cast In Handel's Partenope, Presented In Francisco Negrin's Stylish, Modern-Dress Staging From The Royal Danish Opera. This Entertaining Classical Comedy Revolves Around The Many Suitors Of Queen Partenope, With An Ever-More Complex Web Of Relationships Descending Into Farce, Before A Dual Literally Reveals A Man To Be A Woman And All Discover Whom They Truly Love. Partenope - Inger Dam-Jensen Arsace - Andreas Scholl Amindo - Christophe Dumaux Rosmira - Tuva Semmingsen Emilio - Bo Kristian Jensen Ormonte - Palle Knudsen
Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Bartok, Sir Georg Solti: Bluebeard's Castle
The great Georg Solti conducts a spectacular studio production of this masterpiece of 20th-century opera. Two internationally celebrated Hungarian opera stars perform Bartok's darkly psychological parable with searing dramatic intensity. Bluebeard - Kolos Kovats Judith - Sylvia Sass...
Coldplay: New Dimensions (2 DVD)
Having emerged from humble beginnings to become one of the biggest bands in the world, with a level of acclaim presently only matched by the likes of U2 and Radiohead, Coldplay are nothing short of a phenomenon. Creating music intersected with moments of...
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,...
Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani
Luciano Pavarotti - Ernani
Leona Mitchell - Donna Elvira
Ruggero Raimondi - Don Ruy Gomez de Silva
Sherrill Milnes - Don Carlos
Charles Anthony - Don Riccardo
Richard Vernon - Jago
Jean Craft - Giovanna...
Verdi, Marco Armiliato: Il Trovatore
Libretto By Salvadore Cammarano
And Leone Emanuele Вardare
,Based On The Play El Trovator By Antonio Garcia Gutierrez.
Acclaim for this Trovatore: "Alvarez made a stalwart, passionate, masculine figure... Radvanovsky has all the technical devices necessary for Leonora, and she is, moreover, a passionate actress ... Hvorostovsky sang with superb, flawless line, total control and long, flowing, high notes... Zajick held down Azucena powerfully, lacking nothing obvious of the mad gypsy's force of character... The opera's end I have never seen stayed or acted more convincingly" (Opera Today).
Il Conte Dl Luna - Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Leonora - Sondra Radvanovsky
Azucena - Dolora Zajick
Manrico - Marcelo Alvarez
Ferrando - Stefan Kocan
Ines - Maria Zifchak
Ruiz - Eduardo Valdes
Un Vecchio Zingaro - Robert Maher
Un Messo - Raymond Aparentado
Conductor - Marco Armiliato ...
Working with Bernstein on this concert version of Candide, none of us imagined for a moment that this was going to be his last show: our only comfort now is that Lenny himself believed he had got it right at last.
As he explains in the course of the performance, Candide spanned 35 years of his life, beginning with Lillian Hellman's original libretto, directed for Broadway by Tyrone Guthrie in 1956, through Hal Prince's very successful production in 1973 with a new book by Hugh Wheeler, and the "opera house version" in 1982. Bernstein remained unsatisfied.
The present score is based on the Scottish Opera production, organized by John Mauceri, which I adapted and co-directed with Jonathan Miller in 1988. From our first discussions it became clear that what LB. wanted was more Voltaire. He wanted Candide to sing his lament over Cunegonde's body, finding her on the battlefield as he does in the original book. He wanted more of Voltaire's original text, and he wanted most of all to incorporate the Chorale, with its final restatement at the end of the evening of Voltaire's essential message....