Verdi, James Levine: La Traviata
"Stratas not only sings magnificently but also looks the role... She is a screen presence as riveting to watch as to listen to... Having cast the film very close to perfection, Zeffirelli has staged it in a way that serves both the film and the grandeur...
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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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 ...
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...
Tchaikovsky, Valery Gergiev: Eugene Onegin (Blu-ray)
Renee Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky triumph in Tchaikovsky's operatic masterpiece, filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Robert Carsen's beautifully evocative staging highlights the personal drama at the heart of Pushkin's tragedy of...
Pietro Mascagni / Ruggero Leoncavallo / Georges Pretre: Cavalleria Rusticana
The great Italian stage and screen director Franco Zeffirelli made these widely acclaimed films, both starring Placido Domingo, with Georges Pretre conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala. Pagliacci, which co-stars the great singing actress...
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...
Bob Dylan: Rolling Thunder and The Gospel Years
Bob Dylan's creative genius reached a I crescendo as he hit the road with a ragtag band of folk troubadours in the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue. Appearing unannounced in small venues, the Revue culminated in "The Night of the Hurricane" benefit at Madison...
Bon Jovi: In The Third Millennium, The Billion Dollar Quartet
It's hard to believe, but Bon Jovi sprang into existence more than a quarter century ago, and over a quite extraordinary career have maintained a sound and style that owes little to the music fads and fashions that have come and gone during the same...
Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster (2 DVD)
Recently named one of the ten best music documentaries of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, Metallica: Some Kind olMonster is the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed 2004 documentary film that follows the band through three of the most turbulent...