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Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Orchestra of the Opera Nationale de Paris - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2004)

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Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Orchestra of the Opera Nationale de Paris - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2004)

Jesús López-Cobos, Orchestra of the Opéra Nationale de Paris - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2004)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Français | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 4.23 + 6.47 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 173 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Français

Seeking to exorcise the failure of his current love affair, the poet Hoffmann tells the tales of his three past loves - the doll-like Olympia, the high-class courtesan Giulietta, and the ambitious but delicate Antonia - and recalls how each was thwarted by the evil influence of his rival. Jacques Offenbach's opera is performed at the Paris National Opera, directed by Robert Carsen, and the cast includes Neil Shicoff (as Hoffmann) and Bryn Terfel.

Jesús López-Cobos, Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Rossini: Il Viaggio a Reims (2004)

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Jesús López-Cobos, Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Rossini: Il Viaggio a Reims (2004)

Jesús López-Cobos, Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Rossini: Il Viaggio a Reims (2004)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.48 Gb + 4.33 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 164 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Catalan, Italiano

Composed for the coronation of Charles X in Rheims Cathedral, this pièce de circonstance was to remain Rossini's last Italian opera. It contains some of the most inspired and brilliant vocal writing the composer ever produced. Most experts and analysts agree that this is an unconventinal opera, light and ironic, festive and exuberant, with a plot as simple as it is extrvagant, a work full of musical references which almost turn it, very subtly, into a "metaopera," or an "opera about opera."

Jesus Lopez-Cobos, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Thomas Hampson - Massenet: Thais (2010)

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Jesus Lopez-Cobos, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Thomas Hampson - Massenet: Thais (2010)

Jesús López-Cobos, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson - Massenet: Thaïs (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.78 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

Set in Egypt, Massenet's drama 'Thais' (1894) traces the ill-fated attempt of the monk, Athanaël, to rescue the soul of the celebrated Alexandrian courtesan, Thaïs. Though she is presently living with his wealthy friend Nicias, Athanaël persuades her to renounce her way of life and riches, but as she dies in the desert in a state of grace, he realises he has succumbed to her worldly charms and begs God for mercy. Renée Fleming triumphs as the glamorous courtesan Thaïs in Massenet’s romantic tragedy set in fourth century Alexandria and the Egyptian desert. The timeless struggle between earthly desire and spiritual redemption finally destroys the resolve of the monk Athanaël (Thomas Hampson), just as the newly penitent Thaïs ascends heavenward. Jesús López-Cobos gives a masterly performance of Massenet’s sensuous score, with concert master David Chan contributing a ravishing ‘Méditation’.

Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Munchener Opernorchester, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2014)

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Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Munchener Opernorchester, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2014)

Jesús López-Cobos, Münchener Opernorchester, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 633 Mb | Total time: 65:23+71:34 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0825646219018 | Recorded: 2013

Diana Damrau gave her first performance as Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera in October 2008, to much critical acclaim. This recording with the Munich Opera followed almost five years later, in July 2013, showing that she has staying power in the ultimate coloratura role. The Munich performance was conducted by Jesús López-Cobos, and Damrau was joined by an exceptional cast, which included Joseph Calleja as Edgardo, Ludovic Tézier as Enrico, and Nicolas Testé as Raimondo.

Jesus Lopez Cobos, Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real - Puccini: La Boheme (2008) [Blu-Ray]

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Jesus Lopez Cobos, Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real - Puccini: La Boheme (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Jesús López Cobos, Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real - Puccini: La Bohème (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29153 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 117 min | 39,0 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 117 min | 10,7 Gb
Audio: Italian / PCM / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

"This Bohème is a glorious vindication of traditional staging at its imaginative, re-creative best. Giancarlo Del Monaco here turns his attention to the much more popular work and comes up with a humdinger of a production, beautifully set by Michael Scott in period, fast-moving and full of pertinent detail." (Gramophone)

Jesus Lopez Cobos, Orchestra of the Teatro Real - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Jesus Lopez Cobos, Orchestra of the Teatro Real - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Jesús López Cobos, Orchestra of the Teatro Real - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 21962 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 192 min | 40,3 Gb
Audio1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4007 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 192 min | 10,4 Gb
Audio: Italian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Teatro Real | Sub: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian

From the opening notes of the overture to the final curtain, Emilio Sagi’s classic, triumphant production fully brings to life all the elegant wit and theatricality of Mozart’s comic masterpiece.
Leading baritone Ludovic Tézier shines as the lustful Count Almaviva who attempts to obtain the favours of Figaro’s bride-to-be, Susanna (Isabel Rey), while Luca Pisaroni gives a feisty performance as Figaro. Conductor Jesús López Cobos masterfully captures the enchanting score. A witty yet profound tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Pierre-Michel LeConte, Orchestre Lyrique et Choeur l’ORTF, Vasso Papantoniou, Jose Carreras - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2006)

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Pierre-Michel LeConte, Orchestre Lyrique et Choeur l’ORTF, Vasso Papantoniou, Jose Carreras - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2006)

Pierre-Michel LeConte, Orchestre Lyrique et Choeur l’ORTF, Vasso Papantoniou, José Carreras - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 717 Mb | Total time: 68:38+48:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gala | # GL 100.763 | Recorded: 1972

This live recording from Paris in 1972 has two main attraction: the chance to hear a very young - 25 years old, in fact - José Carreras at the outset of his career and, more importantly, I think, the opportunity to hear Vasso Papantoniou, an excellent soprano largely unknown outside her native Greece where she has made her career and who at times sounds uncannily like her compatriot, Maria Callas, especially in the middle of her voice and in her deployment of highly expressive downward portamenti. Her vibrato is faster and, like Callas, top notes can be shrill, be she is a complete artist who obviously impressed the Parisian audience. To hear her at her best either her opening or closing aria will do; listen to her from "M'odi, ah! mo'di" to the end of the opera, where she opts to use the virtuoso aria Donizetti wrote especially for diva Henriette Méric-Lelande and very good she is too.