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...
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...
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 ...
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...
Wagner: The Copenhagen Ring (7 DVD)
Wagner, James Levine: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (7 DVD)
Strauss, Andrew Davis: Capriccio (2 DVD)
Renee Fleming - Countess Sarah Connolly - Clairon Joseph Kaiser - Flamand Bernard Fitch - Monsieur Taupe Morten Frank Larsen - The Count Russell Braun - Olivier Peter Rose - La Roche Michael Devlin - The Major-Domo Olga Makarina - Italian Soprano Barry Banks - Italian Tenor Roland Naldi - Servants Paul Corona - Servants Steven Goldstein - Servants Christopher Schaldenbrand - Servants Grant Youngblood - Servants Scott Scully - Servants Brian Frutiger - Servants Kyle Pfortmiller - Servants David Chan - Musicians Rafael Figueroa - Musicians Dennis Giauque - Musicians Laura Feig - Dancers Eric Otto - Dancers Andrew Davis - Himself - Conductor...
Wagner, James Levine: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (8 DVD)
Kenny Rogers: Going Home
Alter more than 40 years of perpetual success this DVD provides an insight into a unique performer. Kenny Rogers - Going Home is an essential DVD for all fans. Featuring some of the superstar's most memorable performances and songs, it also reveals an insight into his life, family, music and achievements. It features Kenny performing in concert at the tamed House of Blues in Los Angeles before a celebrity packed audience and includes the memorable duet with Dolly Parton singing Islands in the Stream. Under the skilled baton of David foster and his Orchestra, Kenny performs a selection of everyone's favourite songs, interspersed with candid fascinating comments and memories from the superstar himself.
The performances and song will thrill you. An American icon, there are few artists of Kenny' stature. His phenomenal success as a global entertainer is unique and his live concerts have always been a mainstay of his outstanding popularity.
01. Twenty Years Ago
02. Youth Only Happens To You One Time 03. Walking My Baby Back Home
04. It's A Good Day 05. When I Fall In Love
06. In The Mood
07. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
08. Ruby (Don't Take Your Love To Town)
09. The Gambler
10. Islands In The Stream
11. Love The World Away
13. I Get Along Without You Very Well
14. Love Is Just Around The Corner
15. Sweet Music Man
16. I Remember You
17. You Are So Beautiful
18. Sweet Home, Chicago
19. Twenty Years Ago ...
Smokie: Gold. 1975-2015. 40th Anniversary Edition (3 DVD)