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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 4.17+7.65 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 189 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Few productions in the Metropolitan Opera's repertory have been so unanimously admired as Richard Wagner's Tannhauser. The New York Times, reviewing the telecast performance of Tannhauser, observed:"One of the most gorgeous and gloriously romantic productions in the Met's repertory …the scenic designs are both breathtakingly grand and painstakingly subtle." The individual performers garnered praise from other critics: "you may just about explode with the musical excitement that conductor James Levine and his cast generate."

Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Arena di Verona - Puccini: Tosca (2005/1984)

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Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Arena di Verona - Puccini: Tosca (2005/1984)

Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Arena di Verona- Puccini: Tosca (2005/1984)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.10 Gb (DVD9) | 124 min
Classical | Kultur | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues, Japanese

Tosca is a story of lust and crime, originally written for Sarah Bernhardt by the French playwright, Victorien Sardou. Puccini’s genius lay in his remarkable ability to transform such a tale into an opera of the highest drama and passion. Tosca was central to Puccini’s career and revealed a new refinement and fluency in his work. Through Tosca, a drama of idealistic young love, Puccini was bidding farewell to young manhood, with melodic style and rousing passion.This production of one of Puccini’s best-loved works from the magnificent Roman amphitheatre in Verona features the outstanding performances of Eva Marton in the title role, with Ingvar Wixell as a superbly wicked Scarpia and Giacomo Aragall as the ill-fated Cavaradossi.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Turandot (2003/1988)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Turandot (2003/1988)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Turandot (2003/1988)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.75 Gb (DVD9) | 132 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The DVD version of Turandot is based on an outstanding MET production from 1988: “A straightforward, spectacular and star-cast staging by Franco Zeffirelli that comes over extremely well. At the heart of it is James Levine’s massive, stormy reading. The Met orchestra are in tremendous form; so is the chorus. Eva Marton sings with stinging power and passion; Plácido Domingo is a superb Calaf, Leona Mitchell is a silvery-voiced Liu. It is superbly directed and recorded…A clear first choice.” (The Classical Video Guide)

Claudio Abbado, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Brigitte Fassbaender - Richard Strauss: Elektra (2006/1989)

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Claudio Abbado, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Brigitte Fassbaender - Richard Strauss: Elektra (2006/1989)

Claudio Abbado, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Eva Marton, Brigitte Fassbaender - Richard Strauss: Elektra (2006/1989)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.14 Gb (DVD9) | 109 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

Recorded at the Vienna State Opera house in 1989, this staging of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Elektra is one of the glories of live opera on film, deserving of eternal availability. The DVD picture has great clarity, despite the darkness of Hans Schavernoch’s set design. Other than the cliché of a huge statue head, toppled on its side, the set manages to be suitably representative of a decaying palace as well as an imposing, theatrical space, dominated by the mammoth body of the statue from which the head apparently dropped, draped with the ropes that seem to have enabled the decapitation. Sooner or later most of the characters cling to and twist around those ropes, an apt stage metaphor for the remorseless repercussions from the murder of Agammenon by his unfaithful wife Klytämnestra and her paramour, Aegisthus. Reinhard Heinrich’s costumes capture a distant era while sustaining a creepily modern look — part Goth, part homeless, part Spa-wear.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Peter Hofmann, Eva Marton - Wagner: Lohengrin (2006/1986)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Peter Hofmann, Eva Marton - Wagner: Lohengrin (2006/1986)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Peter Hofmann, Eva Marton - Wagner: Lohengrin (2006/1986)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.70+4.11 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 223 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Wagner’s medieval romance of the Swan Knight comes to life in a lavish production by August Everding, filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in 1986. James Levine conducts a stellar cast led by Eva Marton, Leonie Rysanek and Peter Hofmann in the title role.