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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Don Carlo (2005/1983)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Don Carlo (2005/1983)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Grace Bumbry, Nicolai Ghiaurov - Verdi: Don Carlo (2005/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 5,34+6,71 Gb (2xDVD9) | 213 min
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Filmed in 1983, this DVD captures the Metropolitan Opera’s sweeping sets, its army of authentically costumed singers, and a cast of glowing soloists led by Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Grace Bumbry and Nicolai Ghiaurov.
Verdi’s drama of private passions played out against a backdrop of intense political battles becomes extra vivid in this immense staging. This Met version, sung in Italian, includes the oft-omitted Fontainebleau scene, as well as the Prelude and Introduction.

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2010) [Blu-Ray]

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Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2010) [Blu-Ray]

Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Antonio Pappano, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez) (2010) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 177 min | 45,5 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 177 min | 8,13 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | Erato | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

Captured live at London’s Royal Opera House, this Barbiere, with its unbeatable cast and the directors’ characteristic wit and intelligence, offers a unique dramatic twist: Joyce DiDonato, who had broken her leg on the opening night, went on with the show. As she said: “Being trapped in the wheelchair was a quite literal way of demonstrating Rosina's huge desire to break free.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2007/1994)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2007/1994)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2007/1994)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.83 Gb (DVD9) | 130 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

As a more consistently light-hearted version, with delightful La Scala sets and colourful costumes, the 1994 TDK Don Pasquale will also be hard to beat. Visually it is a joy, and with three outstanding principals the performance sparkles from start to finish. By not seeming too old, Ferruccio Furlanetto’s portrayal of Don Pasquale is the more convincing, but he has no chance against Nuccia Focille’s minx of a Norina and one certainly feels sorry for him at his discomfiture. Gregory Kunde is an appropriately ardent Ernesto; his voice isn’t creamy but the sings passionately and has good comic timing, and Lucio Gallo enters into the spirit of the story as a wily Dottore Malatesta.

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Don Giovanni (1992)

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Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Don Giovanni (1992)

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Don Giovanni (1992)
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 2h 54 | Covers | 695 Mb
Classical | Erato | # 2292-45588-2 | Rec: 1991

For some reason, Daniel Barenboim's recordings of the Mozart-Da Ponte masterpieces have been overlooked. All three have splendid casts - and among them, this may be the least spectacular, but it is nonetheless a wonderful performance. Joan Rodgers has a gorgeous voice, and sings Zerlina with radiant and womanly warmth - no voce infantile here, thank the gods. It's a pity she hasn't recorded more. She is, fortunately, in Barenboim's two other Mozart-Da Ponte operas, singing her heart out as Susanna and Despina. Furlanetto has an interesting take on the role of the Don. He usually sings Leprello, but here he sings the part of Don Giovanni with a rather unique interpretation.

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1990)

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Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1990)

Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (1990)
EAC (flac, image, cue, log) | TT: 2h 57 | Covers | 670 Mb
Classical | Erato | # 2292-45475-2 | Rec: 1989

In the early 1990s Daniel Barenboim recorded the three Da Ponte operas with the Berlin Philharmonic. The BPO had played "Figaro" and "Don Giovanni" many times, but this was the first time that the group had ever tackled "Cosi fan tutte." Perhaps that is why they sound so fresh and energized under the thoughtful baton of Barenboim. Mozart's operas are usually performed with a small chamber or opera house orchestra, but this time the score of "Cosi" (which has so many beautiful, subtle touches, and is almost a celebration of beauty itself) is given the full treatment of perhaps the greatest orchestra in the world. While the resulting sound is somewhat "bigger" and more "lush" than is usual, Barenboim does manage to keep things appropriately light and "classical," just as he has so successfully done in the piano concertos which he is recording with the BPO.

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006/1988)

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Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006/1988)

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2006/1988)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 6.96 Gb+7.31 Gb (2xDVD9) | 209 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (1932-1988) was one of the most eminent opera directors of the second half of the 20th century. His productions not only graced the repertoires of opera houses in Salzburg, Milan and New York, but also enhanced television programming with original, classical opera films produced exclusively by Unitel. Ponnelle always bestowed particular love and care on Mozart's operas, whether popular works such as "Die Zauberflöte" and "Figaro," or less known works such as "La clemenza di Tito," "Idomeneo" and "Mitridate."

Daniel Barenboim, Wiener Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2008)

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Daniel Barenboim, Wiener Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2008)

Daniel Barenboim, Wiener Philharmoniker - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Русский (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.81 + 3.40 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 157 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Recorded at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, this production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin features an excellent, young cast and the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by maestro Daniel Barenboim. Director Andrea Breth has created an intimate production that mines the depths of expression and charisma of her singer-actors and integrates silent secondary episodes and miniature dramas to heighten the intensity of the story. The title role–a tour de force for any baritone–is taken by Peter Mattei, who starred as Figaro in the Metropolitan Opera's HD Live Broadcast of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He is joined by dazzling young Russian soprano Anna Samuil, a protégée of Daniel Barenboim who has been acclaimed as a vibrant new presence on the opera stage. The opera includes a wonderful performance from the young tenor, Joseph Kaiser, recently acclaimed for perfomances at The Met opposite Anna Netrebko in Roméo et Juliette, as well as a solid contribution from bass Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Semyon Bychkov, Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Rossini: Stabat Mater (1990)

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Semyon Bychkov, Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Rossini: Stabat Mater (1990)

Semyon Bychkov, Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Rossini: Stabat Mater (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 240 Mb | Total time: 65:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | 426 312-2 | Recorded: 1989

Rossini's Stabat Mater was performed publicly in its final form in Paris on January 7, 1842. The first six sections of this ten-movement work had been composed earlier, on commission from Don Francesco de Varela, for an 1833 Good Friday performance in Madrid (with the last four movements written by Giuseppe Tadolini). The work was received enthusiastically in both of its incarnations and has remained a core piece of the choral repertory ever since.

Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Verdi: Don Carlo (2008/1986)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Verdi: Don Carlo (2008/1986)

Herbert Von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker - Verdi: Don Carlo (2008/1986)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.44 Gb (DVD9) | 178 min
Classical | Sony Music | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais

Herbert von Karajan was head of the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1956 until his death in 1989. In addition to countless orchestral recordings, he created some immortal opera recordings: '' Don Carlos '' is one of these opera recordings that have since become historically significant: In 1986, the Salzburg Easter Festival was staged by an internationally top-class soloist duo (José Carreras, Agnes Baltsa, Ferrucio Furlanetto and Piero Cappuccilli ) on legend Karajan with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Salzburg Concert Choir.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2005/2000)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2005/2000)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2005/2000)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.90 Gb + 5.31 Gb (2xDVD9) | 180 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Mozart’s darkest operatic masterpiece with a superb cast featuring Renée Fleming and Bryn Terfel, masterfully conducted by James Levine with Franco Zeffirelli’s beautiful staging.
Bryn Terfel, giving his first Don Giovanni at the MET, received rave reviews for both his singing and his dramatic performance – as the Los Angeles Times puts it: “Terfel is exquisite as the Don, raping and pillaging his way through Europe: His voice, diction and acting are perhaps the best in the role since Cesare Siepi.”

Daniel Barenboim, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Placido Domingo - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniel Barenboim, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Placido Domingo - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Daniel Barenboim, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Plácido Domingo - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 11976 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 149 min | 20,5 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3930 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 149 min | 8,08 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

Plácido Domingo‘s triumphant “return” to his baritone roots (his first debut with the Mexican National Opera, in 1959, was as a baritone), is captured in this stunning DVD of the Teatro alla Scala’s 2010 production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. Domingo is joined by Anja Harteros, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Fabio Sartori in this Daniel Barenboim conducted performance, directed by Federico Tiezzi.

Ralf Weikert, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia [2010/1989]

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Ralf Weikert, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia [2010/1989]

Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia (Ralf Weikert, Kathleen Battle, Rockwell Blake, Leo Nucci) [2010/1989]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.19 Gb+3.92 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 160 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The stellar cast of this popular opera includes superb singers as well as excellent actors like Kathleen Battle, Leo Nucci, Rockwell Blake, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Enza Dara
Critical praise for this production: “One of [the Met’s] most ingenious stagings in recent years…made to order for a great Rossini ensemble” (New York Times ) – and for this ensemble: “Battle’s coloratura flowed with astonishing ease and grace, beautifully varied in color” (New York Times). “Alongside Battle’s stunning Rosina, the cast is close to ideal…Blake’s Almaviva is extraordinary…Nucci is a remarkable Figaro…Furlanetto makes a formidable Basilio, Dara an irresistible Bartolo” (Répertoire)

Teodor Currentzis, Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opera national de Paris - Verdi: Macbeth (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Teodor Currentzis, Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opera national de Paris - Verdi: Macbeth (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Teodor Currentzis, Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris - Verdi: Macbeth (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23992 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 161 min | 41,2 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2422 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 161 min | 8,72 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | BelAir | Sub: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian

Coproduced with Siberia's Novosibirsk Opera, this new Macbeth uses cutting-edge multimedia technology to give the viewer a fresh perspective on the work. Google Earth satellite images plunge us into the heart of the action: a gloomy square surrounded by soulless buildings, and the interior of an aristocratic residence. Witches are no more a part of Tcherniakov's Macbeth that the duel was of Onegin, but once again the atmosphere is one of brooding claustrophobia. Tcherniakov has chosen a great cast, beginning with the marvellous Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana as Lady Macbeth. Greek baritone Dimitris Tiliakos is a powerful presence as Macbeth, while the Italians Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass) and Stefano Secco (tenor) are sumptuous as, respectively, Banquo and Macduff. In this, his second production at the Paris Opera, Teodor Currentzis, music director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre conducts with verve and a splendid theatrical sense.

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt - Rossini: Armida [2012/1991]

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Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti, Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt - Rossini: Armida [2012/1991]

Rossini - Armida (Claudio Scimone, Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt) [2012/1991]
Classical | Brilliant Classics 94222 | TT: 76.10+76.45 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 625 Mb

After its successful premiere, Rossini’s opera “Armida” was quickly forgotten, only to be triumphantly revived by Maria Callas in 1952, and ever since it is considered a masterpiece. This performance with primarily Italian forces, has all the wit, charm, beauty and sparkle that any Rossini opera can wish for. Some big names here: Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt,William Matteuzzi and Ferruccio Furlanetto. Great addition to the Brilliant Classics Opera Collection. Armida is today considered one of Rossini’s greatest operas, but following its premier in Naples in 1817 it quickly faded from the standard operatic repertoire. Its plot of knightly duties, love and supernatural worlds (foreshadowing Weber in places) inspired the composer to write some of his most original and inimitable music, with unusual combinations of instruments and some beautiful extended solos for cello and violin.The love music is undeniably heartfelt and sincere; Rossini’s inspiration may have been assisted by his romantic involvement with the soprano Isabella Colbran, a major star of the time and the first to perform the title role.