Ending Themes: On The Two Deaths Of Pain Of Salvation (Limited Edition) (2 DVD + 2 CD)
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. ...
Borodin, Valery Gergiev: Prince Igor (2 DVD)
Prince Igor - Nikolai Putilin
Yaroslavna - Calina Corchakova
Vladimir - Yevgeny Akimov
Galitsky - Sergei Aleksashkin
Konchak - Vladimir Vaneev
Konchakovna - Olga Borodina...
World Wonders 1
The World Wonders 1 DVD contains Twelve Animated Episodes Of The Cortuga Mystery. Three National Geographic Videos That Will Provide Students With Real-Life Knowledge Of The World Around Them.
Verdi: Il trovatore (Blu-ray)
Анна Нетребко(«Donizetti, Evelino Pido: Anna Bolena»), Гастон Риверо, Плачидо Доминго («Christmas in Vienna V») в драме Филиппа Штельцль «Il trovatore».
Filmed live in Berlin, Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo star in one of Verdi’s greatest...
Queen: Days Of Our Lives (Blu-ray)
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 John Deacon is stronger than ever 40 years on.
But it was no bed of roses. No pleasure cruise. Queen had their share of kicks in the face, but they came through and this is how they did it, set against the backdrop of brilliant music and stunning live performances from every corner of the globe.
In this film, for the first time, it is the band that tells their story. Featuring brand new interviews with the band and unseen archive footage (including their recently unearthed, first ever TV performance), it is a compelling story told with intelligence, wit, plenty of humor and painful honesty. ...
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...
Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore
Decca is proud to present Luciano Pavarotti in one of his most famous roles, a traditional MET production of Donizetti's much-loved comic classic, L'elisir d'amore. This stunning production is now available for the first time on DVD featuring Pavarotti at the peak of his prime joined by an all-star ensemble. Filmed in 1981 at The Metropolitan Opera, Luciano Pavarotti sings as Nemorino in Donizetti's comic opera. Conducted by Nicola Rescigno, Kirk Browning's production is beautiful and entertaining. Judith Blegen sings the role of Adina and the great comic baritone, Sesto Bruscantini, plays the wily Dr. Dulcamara. ...
Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde, Barenboim (2 DVD)
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's celebrated Bayreuth production filmed on the Festspielhaus stage with six cameras and in digital sound to recreate the unique intensity of a live performance in studio quality.
"On the small screen the almost impressionstic play of colour is heightened to become an overwhelming experience ... With Johanna Meier's unusually powerful Isolde and Rene Kollo's resplendent expressive Tristan, a better cast is hardly imaginable today"
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung...
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2 DVD)
Cilea's intoxicating opera is brought to new life on the Royal Opera House stage after a century's absence. Director David mcvicar's interpretation for The Royal Opera of this neglected masterpiece recreates the Comedie-Francaise in its heyday, the...