Rossini - Le Comte Ory (2 DVD)
In spring 2011, the first-ever performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera of Rossini's Le Comte Ory brought standing ovations and critical-acclaim. The spectacular trio of Juan Diego Florez, Diana Damrau and Joyce DiDonato ignited vocal and theatrical fireworks.
Le Comte Ory tells the story of a libidinous and cunning nobleman who disguises himself first as a hermit and then as a nun ("Sister Colette in order to gain access to the virtuous Countess Adele, whose brother is away at the Crusades. The 2011 Met production was directed by the Tony Award-winning Broadway director Bartlett Sher, who in recent years has also staged Il barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d'Hoffman for the Met. Sher presented the action as an opera within an opera, updated the action by a few centuries and giving the costume designer, Catherine Zuber, the opportunity to create some particularly extravagant headgear. Juan Diego Florez starred as the title role while Diana Damrau plays his love interest, Countess Adele, and Joyce DiDonato was in breeches as his pageboy Isolier. The trio had appeared in Sher's production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.
The New York Times praised "the terrific cast", citing Damrau's "lustrous, agile coloratura soprano voice, and charisma galore" and describing how DiDonato, "who sang with plush sound and impeccable passagework, sent top notes soaring and conveyed all the swagger of a smitten page."
The Financial Times named Florez, "a bel-canto paragon virtually without peer. He attacks and/or floats top tones with laughing ease, phrases with slender grace and exudes charm even when impersonating a singing nun". The Wall Street Journal said: "It was a treat to hear Mr. Florez navigate the vocal extremes of the role, popping out high C's while adopting a rascally but winning demeanor."
Conducted with verve and finesse by Rossini specialist Maurizio Benini, the production also features the stylish French baritone Stephane Degout as Ory's bibulous conspirator Raimbaud (quite a change from his previous Met role - Debussy's gentle Pelleas), charismatic Italian bass Michele Pertusi as the Count's long-suffering Tutor, and, formidable as Adele's housekeeper Ragonde, the Swedish dramatic mezzo Susanne Resmark. ...
Wagner, James Levine: Siegfried (2 DVD)
Wotan, the chief of the gods, and Alberich, the lord of the Nibelungs, contended for dominion over the world. Wotan had the fortress Valhalla built for the gods' protection. The dwarf chose a different course, and acquired measureless might and wealth by a step the god would not have taken, for he gained the power to steal the gold guarded by the Rhine's daughters only by renouncing love. Now master of the "magic spell" inherent in the gold, he forged a "magic ring" for himself, while his brother Mime, the cunning smith, made him a cap of invisibility, the Tarnhelm. Having enslaved his fellow Nibelungs, he drove them to toil in the depths of the earth, mining its treasures which they piled up to enrich the lord of the underworld.
Siegfried - Siegfried Jerusalem
Mime - Heinz Zednik
Der Wanderer - James Morris
Alberich - Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Fafner - Matti Salminen
Erda - Birgitta Svenden
Brunnhilde - Hildegard Behrens
Stimme des Waldvogels - Dawn Upshaw
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Conductor: James Levine...
The Doors: From The Outside
This brand new documentary film tells the story of The Doors, not from the perspective of the surviving members - as has been told so many time before - but from the recollections, memories, stories and anecdotes of those who knew the group and its members best.
Our panel is headed by a woman who was as close to Jim Morrison as anyone ever was; his widow Patricia Kennealy-Morrison. Patricia has rarely spoken on film about her relationship with Jim, or about her own memories of The Doors. This is a once in a lifetime contribution from someone who knew just about everything that went on.
Next up is Billy James, the man who "discovered" Jim Morrison and an early incarnation of The Doors. Billy signed them to their first deal with Columbia Records, and gained the trust and respect of the entire group. Here he tells all about those very early days when The Doors were known only to a select few.
Richard Goldstein – ex-editor of Village Voice and close friend of the band is on hand too with his anecdote-heavy version of events, as is Mark Benno, the legendary blues musician whose searing guitar graced the L.A. Woman album.
The very finest Rock journalists and writers, and those who lived through and were affected by The Doors' music as it was being released also contribute to this most original documentary film. In this regard, we are joined by Robert Christgau, Johnny Rogan, Dave DiMartino, Ritchie Unterberger, Doug Sundling, and Jim Morrison’s biographer James Riordan.
The programme is further enhanced by the rarest footage of the band in existence, classic live and studio musical performances, seldom seen photographs, news clips, location shots and much more....
Светлана Лунькина, Дмитрий Гуданов, Биктимиров Виталий в постановке Винсента Батайона «Жизель»
02. Выход Альберта
03. Выход Жизели
04. Возвращение виноградарей - Вальс
06. Сцена Ганса - Марш виноградарей
07. Сольный танец
08. Крестьянское па-де-де
10. Финал - Сцена безумия
11. Интродукция и сцена
12. Появление и танец Мирты
13. Выход и танец виллис
14. Появление и танец Жизели
15. Выход Альберта
16. Выход и смерть Ганса
17. Сцена виллис
18. - Большое адажио
19. - Вариация Жизели
20. - Вариация Альберта
22. - Кода
23. Финальная сцена - Рассвет...
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 undergoing a rite of passage to win heir perfect spouse inspired Mozart's most tuneful yet sublime core - superbly brought to life by Riccardo Muti and a distinguished cost of international soloists. ...
Cecilia Bartoli, Javier Camarena. Rossini: Le Comte Ory (Blu-ray)
Семинар "Ведьмина лестница"
"Ведьмина лестница" - это материализованное заклинание, цель которого — там, где вы ее наметите сами. С точки зрения материального мира — шнур или связанные шнуры с узелками или вплетенными предметами. Правильно сделанная "Ведьмина лестница" будет работать даже у новичка. На семинаре создание "Ведьминой лестницы" рассматривается поэтапно — с описанием всех тонкостей и нюансов, пропущенных в популярной литературе....
KISS: Meet The Press
The art of giving an interview has never eluded the band KISS! Founding members Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons know how to work the media as well as the thousands of fans that show up for their stage show spectacles! KISS has had many lineup changes over the years that included Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Mark St. John, Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer.
In 1996 KISS reunited the original four members that brought KISS to the forefront of rock and roll in the 1970s. KISS remains to this day one of the most marketed and exposed bands in the music and entertainment industry.
This video magazine contains press conference footage and raw footage of KISS being honored by the entertainment industry as well as rare and exclusive interviews!...
Tchaikovsky, Daniel Barenboim: Eugene Onegin (2 DVD)
Salzburg's new production of Tchaikovsky's romantic tragedy is "masterly down to the smallest detail" (Salzburger Nach-richten). "Three hours of passion, tenderness and yearning... Great voices combined with wonderful acting" (Associated Press). Supported by the "romantic sweep" (Opera) of Daniel Barenboim's conducting, "dazzling Russian soprano Anna Samuil's Tatyana is ready to start a revolution" (Frankfurter All-gemeine Zeitung) while Peter Mattei "takes your'breath away... (with his) gorgeously sung Onegin" (Opera).
Opera In Three Acts
- Larina - Renee Morloc
- Tatyana - Anna Samuil
- Olga - Ekaterina Gubanova
- Filipyevna - Emma Sarkissian
- Eugene Onegin - Peter Mattei
- Lensky - Gerhard Frickhoffer
- Prince Gremin - Ferruccio Furlanetto
- A Captain - Sergej Kownir...
Verdi, Daniel Oren: Nabucco
Instantly famous for the best-loved chorus in all opera — the "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" (Va, pensiero), Nabuccoms Verdi's first operatic triumph. In this massive and spectacular new production from the vast Roman arena in Verona, the story of love, betrayal and the lust for power in ancient Babylon is brought to life by a supreme cast of Verdians led by the great baritone Leo Nucci.
Opera In Four Acts
- Nabucco - Leo Nucci
- Ismaele - Fabio Sartori
- Zaccaria - Carlo Colombara
- Abigaille - Maria Guleghina
- Fenena - Nino Surguladze
- High Priest Of Baal - Carlo Striuli
- Abdallo - Carlo Bosi
- Anna - Patrizia Cigna...