Wagner, Michael Schonwandt: Gotterdammerung (2 DVD)
Kasper Bech Holten's spectacular Copenhagen production presents Wagner's epic Ring cycle as the drama of its heroine Brunnhilde. By setting each of the four operas in a pivotal decade of the twentieth century, her story becomes also a history of the...
Handel: Semele (2 DVD)
Live from the Zurich Opera House, Cecilia Bartoli stars in the virtuoso title role of Handel's drama of ambition, vanity and seduction. Now one of Handel's most popular operas, Semele contains some of his best vocal music, including "Where'er you walk"...
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...
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet
Today, when Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet h so popular in the theatre, it is curious to recall how comparatively little known were the ballet and its music in the 1950s. The first Russian staging was made by Leonid Lavrovsky at the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad, in 1940, five years after Prokofiev had completed the score. It was in 1956, when the Moscow Bolshoj Ballet arrived in London for Soviet ballet's ground-breaking first visit to the West that die emotional force of this production was seen, and profoundly affected our audiences. On 3 October in that year, the curtains of the Royal Opera House. Govern Garden, rose to reveal the motionless triptych of Romeo, Friar Laurence and Juliet (who was Galina Ulanova, Moscow's divinity). Even now, the sensation caused by that evening lingers on We were bowled over by the power of Muscovite dancing, by the radiance of Ulanova's presence, by the Torre of Prokofiev's score. Ironically, in the previous pear Frederick Ashton, The Royal Ballet's master choreographer, had staged his own response to this music in Copenhagen Tailored to die modest forces of the Royal Danish Bailer, this production had a clarity very different from the epic sweep of the Bolshoj version. Within two years of the Bolshoi's appearance, John Cranko, who had made his name as a young choreographer with The Royal Ballet mounted a version of Romeo for La Scala Milan, and this he revised and developed in 1962 when he became director of the Stuttgart Ballet.
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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier. Fleming / Koch / Dambau Thielemann ( 2 DVD )
Renee Fleming appears in one of her greatest roles, - the beautiful Marschallin of Strauss's bittersweet comedy of love, Der Rosenkavalier. Her peerless performance is supported by "a galactic cast" (Christian Thielemann), which includes Sophie Koch as...
Elvis: The Memphis Flash
The facts are familiar. Memphis, Tennessee, July 18th 1953. A 19 year old kid wanders into The Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Avenue. He wants to record a couple of recent hits as a present for his mother. Company secretary Marion Keisker - alone...
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...
Tchaikovsky, Valery Gergiev: Mazeppa
Valery Gergiev directs the Kirov Opera and Ballet in this dramatic 1996 staging of Tchaikovsky's historical opera Mazeppa, based on Pushkin's verse tale of the legendary Cossack chieftain. Tchaikovsky's musical setting intertwines the political drama of...
Engelbert Humperdinck, Kaufmann: Konigskinder
The first production of Konigskinder on film. Konigskinder follows the tumultuous story of the rugged King's Son, and the beautiful Goose-girl. After a chance meeting in the woods, the Konigskind (Jonas Kaufmann — "the fairy-tale prince of most...
The Official German Beer Guide
How do I brew my own beer? Do brewery horses really drink beer? Why is yeast always on top of a beer? Why has beer different colors?
Watch out for the first Official German Beer Guide!!! Here you get to know all the secrets...