Donizetti, Juan Diego Florez, Patrizia Ciofi: La Fille Du Regiment (2 DVD)
Today's top bel canto tenor, Juan Diego Florez, and acclaimed Italian soprano Patrizia Ciofi lead о superb ensemble cast in Donizetti's sparkling opera-comique from the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa. This acclaimed production sets the action in the...
Jonas Kaufmann. Gounod: Faust (Blu-ray)
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 York Daily News) and the "daring" Marina Poplavskaya (Financial Times) and supported with "buoyancy and French flair" by star conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin (Wall Street Journal), McAnuff's atomic-age vision of Gounod's melodrama entertains and compels.
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carre, based on Carre's play Faust et Marguerite and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play Faust, Part I. Faust - Jonas Kaufmann Mephistopheles - Rene Pape Wagner - Jonathan Beyer Valentin - Russell Braun Siebel - Michele Losier Marguerite - Marina Poplavskaya Marthe - Wendy White
Conductor - Yannick Nezet-Seguin
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Chorus Master - Donald Palumbo
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...
Richard Strauss - Elektra (Karl Bohm) (2 DVD)
For this 1981 film of Richard Strauss's expressionist masterpiece, director G?tz Friedrich collaborated with the composer's disciple Karl B?hm, who recorded the soundtrack with the Vienna Philharmonic only month before his death - "music making of grandeur, ecstasy and precision" wrote the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In her performance of the punishing title role, Leonie Rysanek "surmounted the score's superhuman demands with an interpretive achievement that crowns her career" (Daily Telegraph). Astrid Varnay, once a great Electra herself, presents here a potent rendition of Clytemnestra. As The New York Times noted in describing this "powerful moving Elektra", Friedrich and set designer Josef Svoboda have conjured up "distinctive images as memorably vivid as they are harsh".
"Ob ich die Musik nicht hore? Sie kommt doch aus mir" - Documentary / Making of Elektra...
Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani
Luciano Pavarotti - Ernani
Leona Mitchell - Donna Elvira
Ruggero Raimondi - Don Ruy Gomez de Silva
Sherrill Milnes - Don Carlos
Charles Anthony - Don Riccardo
Richard Vernon - Jago
Jean Craft - Giovanna...
Michele Mariotti, Bellini: I Puritani (Blu-ray)
Star tenor Juan Diego Florez and exciting young discovery Nino Machaidze lead an outstanding cast in this new production of Bellini's final opera, filmed live at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. Set during the English Civil War between Puritans and Royalists, Bellini's glorious score (here in a new critical edition) is a ravishing combination of rousing ensembles and dazzling bel canto arias.
Act 3 Lord Arturo Talbo - Juan Diego Florez Elvira - Nino Machaidze Sir Giorgio Valton - Ildebrando D'arcangelo Lord Gualtiero Valton - Ugo Guagliardo Sir Riccardo Forth - Gabriele Viviani Sir Bruno Roberton - Gianluca Floris Enrichettta Di Francia - Nadia Pirazzini...
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...
Monteverdi - L`inconorazione Di Poppea (2 DVD)
The culmination of a three-year Monteverdi project led by conductor William Christie and direct Pier Luigi Pizzi at Madrid's Teatro Real, L'incoronazione di Poppea brings a potent blend of sex and politics, high drama and comedy. Leading the cast are Danielle de Niese, Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic and Anna Bonitatibus.
William Christi, who most recently started 2012 at New York's Metropolitan Opera, conducting The Enchanted Island, is joined by the Les Arts Florissants as he evokes a veritable orgy of nuances, subtly creates atmosphere and shows a perfect sense for the accents of the piece. It took Christie and director Pier Luigi Pizzi three years to mount Monteverdi's three operas together. The result was a production full of elegance and beauty.
Performed in a new edition of the Venetian version of the opera by the musicologist Jonathan Cable, Poppea features a starry cast. Playing the upwardly mobile temptress of the opera's title is the glamorous American soprano Danielle de Niese, who, in the words of the New York Times, is "seductive enough to woo gods as well as mortals".
In an interpretation described as "overwhelming" by El Pais, the capricious Emperor Nero (Nerone) is embodied by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. The brilliant Croatian countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic plays Nerone's rival for Poppea's love, Ottone, while Nerone's discarded wife Ottavia, is sung by the Italian mezzo soprano Anna Bonitatibus, described by Forumopera as "an incandescent Ottavia who vouchsafed a superb example of singing and of theatre". ...
Tchaikovsky, Valery Gergiev: Mazeppa
Valery Gergiev directs the Kirov Opera and Ballet in this dramatic 1996 staging of Tchaikovsky's historical opera Mazeppa, based on Pushkin's verse tale of the legendary Cossack chieftain. Tchaikovsky's musical setting intertwines the political drama of Mazeppa's ill-fated betrayal of the Tsar with the personal tragedy of his love for Maria, the young daughter of his hapless opponent Kochubey. Three of Kirov's greatest stars, Nikolai Putilin, Sergei Aleksashkin and Larissa Diadkova lead the all-Russian cast.
Opera In Three Acts
- Mazeppa - Nikolai Putilin
- Kochubey - Sergei Aleksashkin
- Lyubov - Larissa Diadkova
- Maria - Irina Loskutova
- Andrey - Viktor Lutsiuk...
Glinka, Valery Gergiev: Ruslan And Lyudmila (2 DVD)
Lyudmila - Anna Netrebko
Ruslan - Vladimir Ognovenko
Ratmir - Larissa Diadkova
Farlaf - Gennady Bezzubenkov
Gorislava - Galina Gorchakova
Kirov Orchestra, Opera Chorus and Ballet, St Petersburg
In association with San Francisco Opera
Valery Gergiev directs the Kirov Opera in this spectacular 1995 production of Russia's first operatic masterpiece. Described by Tchaikovsky as "the Tsar of operas", Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila adapts Pushkin's comic epic drama, a magical mix of sorcery, knight errantry and romance.