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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Teresa Stratas, Jose Carreras - Puccini: La Boheme (2009/1982)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Teresa Stratas, Jose Carreras - Puccini: La Boheme (2009/1982)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Teresa Stratas, José Carreras - Puccini: La Bohème (2009/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7,64 Gb (DVD9) | 125 min
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Deutsche Grammophon is proud to present Franco Zeffirelli's iconic staging of La Bohème as recorded liveat the Metropolitan Opera on January 16, 1982, available once again on DVD. This timeless production continues to thrill audiences almost every season since it was first introduced in 1981, and this performance captures the production at the very beginning with the original cast. Teresa Stratas, renowned for her acting abilities, captures the essence of Mimì–her fragility, her resolve, her passion. Stratas is partnered by José Carreras as Rodolfo, the poet and love of her dreams. The cast is rounded out with a lively Renata Scotto (who was filmed as Mimì in an earlier MET production, also available on DVD from Deutsche Grammophon) and sonorous Richard Stilwell.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo - Verdi: Luisa Miller (2006/1979)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo - Verdi: Luisa Miller (2006/1979)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo - Verdi: Luisa Miller (2006/1979)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 5 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.64 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“Levine's version of Luisa Miller consistently demonstrates his Verdian mastery, and not just in the best-known masterpieces…Not only in Levine's conducting but also in the sets and costumes of Nathanial Merrill's production the attractive rustic element of the piece is effectively brought out.” (Penguin Guide)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jon Vickers, Renata Scotto - Verdi: Otello (2009/1978)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jon Vickers, Renata Scotto - Verdi: Otello (2009/1978)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jon Vickers, Renata Scotto - Verdi: Otello (2009/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.80 Gb (DVD9) | 144 min
Classical | Sony Classical | Sub.: English

Jon Vickers one of the great Othellos of the 20th century brings his remarkable vocal power and dramatic intensity to the role, with Renata Scotto as Desdemona at the height of her powers and Cornell MacNeil's manacing Iago in one of the baritone's greatest roles. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in one of the most thrilling performances of the decade.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2004/2001)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2004/2001)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2004/2001)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 5 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.81 + 7.26 Gb (2xDVD9) | 292 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Wagner’s enchanting Nürnberg has perhaps never looked as marvelous as in this production by Otto Schenk, with sets designed by Günther Schneider-Siemssen. James Levine’s conducting is as authoritative as it is affectionate, and the orchestra, the chorus, and the all-star cast which could not be equaled anywhere else in the world—respond with a riveting performance. James Morris is a wise, avuncular Hans Sachs; Ben Heppner’s beautifully sung Walther is a perfect match for Karita Mattila’s radiant Eva; and René Pape and Thomas Allen turn in stellar performances.

Semyon Bychkov, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Johan Botha, Renee Fleming - Verdi: Otello (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Semyon Bychkov, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Johan Botha, Renee Fleming - Verdi: Otello (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Semyon Bychkov, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Johan Botha, Renée Fleming - Verdi: Otello (2015) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 28929 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 153 min | 40,2 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3351 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 153 min | 10,7 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Korean, Chinese

Verdi's late masterpiece is presented in Elijah Mashinsky's Met production with sumptuous sets and period costumes. Semyon Bychkov conducts an all-star cast led by South African Heldentenor Johan Botha in the title role with a voice of "impressive size and bronze color" (New York Times). Renee Fleming's Desdemona enshrines one of her signature roles in a definitive performance "she knows exactly how to spin the gentle lines of the "Willow Song" and "Ave Maria" so that they softly fill the hall" (New York Times). A strong supporting cast includes the superb Falk Struckmann as Iago and star tenor Michael Fabiano as Cassio.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2011)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2011)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2011)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 5.48 Gb + 3.87 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 149 min
Classical | Sony | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

When this sumptuous production by Giancarlo del Monaco opened in 1995, legendary tenor Plácido Domingo gave a riveting performance as the fiery revolutionary Gabriele Adorno, a tenor part. In the 2010 revival, he made history by taking on the baritone title role, one of Verdi’s most fascinating characters, and thrilling audiences with his multifaceted and gripping portrayal. Boccanegra is beset on all sides, juggling political adversaries bent on murder with his love for his long-lost daughter Amelia (Adrianne Pieczonka). James Levine’s conducting brings out all the color and surging emotion of Verdi’s magnificent score.

Giuseppe Sinopoli, Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin - Verdi: Macbeth (2015/1987) [BDRip]

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Giuseppe Sinopoli, Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin - Verdi: Macbeth (2015/1987) [BDRip]

Giuseppe Sinopoli, Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin - Verdi: Macbeth (2015/1987) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 149 min | 8,09 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Macbeth signifies the beginning of Verdi"s life-long preoccupation with William Shakespeare where he came close to emulating the master with his congenial composition of Othello and whom he even surpassed with Falstaff. Aware of the great musical as well as literary challenge, Verdi wrote the scenario himself and essentially concentrated the piece on three main protagonists: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the prophecy of the witches . . . During the first performance on 14 March 1847 in Florence the audience reacted with great displeasure. The piece only gradually established itself in the world of opera. Luca Ronconi’s new production of Verdi’s early masterpiece which was first performed in June 1987 at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin was received in Germany and around the world with great praise.

Eve Queler, Opera Orchestra of New York, Shirley Verrett, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: La Favorita (2001)

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Eve Queler, Opera Orchestra of New York, Shirley Verrett, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: La Favorita (2001)

Eve Queler, Opera Orchestra of New York, Shirley Verrett, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: La Favorita (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 635 Mb | Total time: 72:40+68:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gala | # GL 100.588 | Recorded: 1975

Eve Queler has her shortcomings as a conductor. But a conductor's main task is to make a performance happen, to bring all the elements together, and Ms. Queler has been doing this with scrappy determination for 30 years in her role as music director of the Opera Orchestra of New York. Her invaluable mission has been to present concert performances of little-known or problematic operas with the best casts available.

John Pritchard, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kostas Paskalis, Josephine Barstow - Verdi: Macbeth (2005/1972)

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John Pritchard, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kostas Paskalis, Josephine Barstow - Verdi: Macbeth (2005/1972)

John Pritchard, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kostas Paskalis, Josephine Barstow - Verdi: Macbeth (2005/1972)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.88 Gb (DVD9) | 146 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais

This epic opera inspired by Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece was written in 1847, but did not receive its British premiere until 1938 when it was presented for the first time at Glyndebourne. The tragedy is a penetrating, concentrated, and harrowing study of the ambition of Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. In the end both seem to verge on hallucination and madness as they recoil from the mayhem they have created around them. The production features an outstanding international cast, with the Greek baritone Kostas Paskalis in the title role and British star Josephine Barstow making an exciting debut as Lady Macbeth. Proceedings are conducted by the sympathetic baton of John Prithard.

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: Maria Stuarda [1990/1976]

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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: Maria Stuarda [1990/1976]

Donizetti - Maria Stuarda (Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti) [1990/1976]
Classical | DECCA 425 410-2 | TT: 122.50 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 508 Mb

This opera becomes a battle of the divas in its great second act, with Sutherland, as Mary Stuart, pitted against the jealous, paranoid, and vengeful Elizabeth I (Tourangeau). There is an intensely dramatic confrontation in which insults are violently exchanged between the powerful monarch and her imprisoned but still regal rival to the throne. Mary wins the battle of insults, but this is a dangerous victory over one who has the power of life and death. Elizabeth orders Mary's execution and Act III becomes a spectacle of pathos and horror. Sutherland's usual style is more attuned to pathos than to the swapping of insults, but she rises splendidly to the challenges of Act II and she has a splendid supporting cast. (Joe McLellan)