John Adams: The Death Of Klinghoffer
Opera In Two Acts Leon Klinghoffer - Christopher Maltman Captain - Kathleen Battle Marilyn Klinghoffer - Yvonne Howard Molqi - Tom Randle Mamoud - Kamel Boutros Rambo - Leigh Melrose...
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 opera-goers' dreams" — Financial Times) and the Goose-girl (Isabel Rey) fall desperately in love. However, the Goose-girl is unable to leave with the Konigskind, as she is trapped by a witch's spell. Eventually the lovers are reunited, but no sooner than they set eyes on each other, they are cast out by the townsfolk. The opera is brought to a heartbreaking close when hunger forces the starving couple to eat the witch's poisoned bread, which inevitably leads to their tragic demise. Konigssohn - Jonas Kaufmann Gansemagd - Isabel Rey Spielmann - Oliver Widmer Hexe - Liliana Nikiteanu Holzhacker - Reinhard Mayr Besenbinder - Bogustaw Bidzinski Sein Tochterchen - Marie-Therese Albert Ratsaltester - Kai Florian Bischoff Wirt - Tomasz Stawinski Wirtstochter - Anja Schlosser Schneider - Miroslav Christoff Stallmagd - Wiebke Lehmkuhl Torwachter - Pablo Ricardo Bemsch, George Humphreys Eine Frau - Susanne Grobholz...
Rossini - La Cenerentola / Campanella, Bartoli, Dara, Houston Grand Opera
Cecilia Bartoli both thrills the senses and touches the heart in Rossini's sparkling comedy, her feisty Cinderella combining rebelliousness with pathos, vocal beauty with stunning virtuosity. She and a star cast of Italian principals captivate the...
Massenet: Manon (2 DVD)
Scene 1 - The Courtyard of an Inn near Paris
03. Solo - Lescaut
04. Beggars' Dance
05. Pas de Sept
06. Arrival of the Coach - Entrance of Manon...
Wagner, Herbert von Karajan: Das Rheingold
This film is the one existing record of Karajan's Salzburg Ring on video. Made in 1978, with imaginative extra film sequences to complement the original stage production for the Easter Festival, it brings to life the epic grandeur ofKarajan's concept,...
Anna Netrebko - Bellini: I Puritani (2 DVD)
Anna Netrebko enchanted audiences and critic alike when she sang her first ever Elvira at the Met, and this DVD captures all the freshness and spontaneity of her acclaimed performance. "The prolonged ovation Netrebko received after the Act II...
Wagner, Michael Schonwandt: Siegfried (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 modern age and of the ideologies and conflicts that tore it apart. In the third part of Wagner's Ring cycle, the fearless hero Siegfried breaks free of the restrictions of his youth, and sets off in search of freedom, adventure and, ultimately, love.
Siegfried: Act 1-3
Siegfried - Stig Andersen
Mime - Bengl-Ola Morgny
Der Wanderer - James Johnson
Alberich - Sten Byriel
Fafner - Christian Christiansen
Erda - Susanne Resmark
Brunnhilde - Irene Theorin
Waldvogel - Gisela Stille
Royal Danish Orchestra
Conducted by Michael Schonwandt ...
The History Of The Eagles (2 DVD)
"Director Alison Ellwood, along with Producer (and Academy Award-winning documentarian), Alex Gibney, meticulously crafts an intimate patchwork of rare archival material, concert footage, and unseen home movies exploring the evolution and enduring popularity of one of America's truly definitive bands.
Inspired by the vibrant Los Angeles music scene, Glenn Frey and Don Henley left Linda Ronstadt's backup band in 1971 to team with Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner and form the Eagles. While personal stories from band members (later including Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit), managers, and music-industry luminaries frame the narrative, it's the unexpected moments- recording sessions, backstage interactions, and even a whimsical sequence from the Desperado cover shoot-that convey the extraordinary bond linking artists, music, and the times (an era when country-tinged rock and finely-honed harmonies spoke to a nation still reeling from unrest).
But the band was not impervious to its own unrest, and its conflicts prompted several departures and ultimately led to its demise (or long vacation). Part One follows the band from its formation in 1971 through its ascendancy in the 70's to the infamous unraveling in the fall of 1980. Part Two tracks the group from its reunion in 1994 through the triumphant Hell Freezes Over tour, the 1007 release of the album, Jhe Long Road Out of Eden (which sold over 5Vi million copies, worldwide, and garnered the band its 5th and 6th Grammy" Awards), and its ongoing success as an international touring act. This history of the Eagles skips neither a beat nor a hit song, and we're reminded why the band's greatest hits collection (Vol. I) remains the best-selling album of the 20th century."
John Nein, Sundance Institute...
Strauss, Sir Georg Solti: Die Frau Ohne Schatten (2 DVD)
Die Frau ohne Sdutttn, arguably Strauss's finest collaboration witli the great Austrian writer Hofmaiimthal, is their "Magic Flute", charting the spiritual joumey of two contrasting couples. It is at once a hymn to marriage and its fulfilment by children, and a search for humanity, understanding and love. Sir Georg Solti conducts Gotz Friedrich's memorable production with elemental passion, tempered by sensitivity to the magical character of the opera. Der Kaiser - Thomas Moser Die Kaiserin - Cheryl Studer Die Amme - Marjana Lipovsek Barak - Robert Hale Seine Frau - Eva Marton Der Geisterbote - Bryn Terfel
Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Salzburger Chorknaben und -madchen
Sir Georg Solti
Fabio Luisi, Verdi: Macbeth (Blu-ray)
«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)....