Mozart. Die Zauberflote. Muti (2 DVD)
Part of the epoch-making release of Mozart's complete operas on film, Pierre Audi's production of this blithe fable suggests an operatic Garden of den, enhanced by the primary-coloured, story-book designs of Karel Appel. The tale of two young men...
Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani
Ernani, Verdi's fifth opera (1844) is melodic from beginning to end. Based on Victor Hugo's play, whose tumultuous reception in 1830 marked a decisive turning point in the development of romantic drama, this violent and sombre story of frustrated...
Tony Palmer's Film About Callas
Franco Zeffirelli, Giovanni Вattisта Meneghini, Aristotle Onassis, Graziella Sciutti, Luchino Visconti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Tito Gobbi, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Aroa Mandikian, Nicola Rescigno, Nadia Stancioff, Nicola Rossi Lemeni, Lord...
W. A. Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Le nozze di Figaro / Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Stephen Medealf's superb production of The Marriage of Figaro opened on the 60th anniversary of the first performance at Glyndebourne, inaugurating the new opera house. Mozart's comedy presents a scenario where society overcomes its differences - social,...
Tchaikovsky, Valery Gergiev: The Nutcracker
A dazzling new version of a much-loved classic performed by the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet. Acclaimed Russian artist Mihail Chemiakin returned to the original story by E.T. A. Hoffmann to create a darkly magical childhood world of dancing snowflakes,...
Verdi, Sir Georg Solti: Falstaff
Gotz Friedrich's Charming, Bawdy 1979 Studio Film Of Verdi's Comic Masterpiece Was Acclaimed By Critics For Its Shakespearean Vitality. The New York Daily News Declared That It "Marks That Rare Occasion When A Filmed Opera Actually Transcends The Stage...
Queen: Days Of Our Lives
In 1971, four college students got together to form a rock band.
Since then, that certain band called Queen have released 26 albums and sold over 300 million records worldwide. The popularity of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and...
Jonas Kaufmann. Gounod: Faust (2 DVD)
Jonas Kallmann's "tender lyricism" and "fearless high notes" created a "vocally splendid Faust" in Tony Award winner Des McAnuff's "theatrically daring" 2011 production for the Met (The New York Times). Also including the "outstanding" Rene Pape (New...
Borodin: Prince Igor. Noseda
Ильдар Абдразаков («Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor - Armiliato»), Михаил Петренко («Gounod, Yannick Nezet-Seguin: Romeo Et Juliette Romeo Et Juliette»), Владимир Огновенко («Mussorgsky, Valery Gergiev: Boris Godunov») в опере Гэри Хэлворсона...
Dvorak's enchanting fairy tale of the water nymph Rusalka has been a signature role for Renee Fleming for the past 25 years. The Gramophone Classical Music Guide writes: "Renee Fleming's tender and heartwarming account of Rusalka's Song to the Moon reflects the fact that the role of the lovelorn water nymph, taken by her in a highly successful production at the MET in New York, has become one of her favourites". Here at last - in sumptuous HD - is that MET production by the late Gunther Schneider-Siemssen and directed by Otto Schenk. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts with "sensitivity and urgency" (.Financial Times) and the strong supporting cast includes Piotr Beczala "wonderful as the Prince, his tenor elegant and impassioned" [New York Times)....