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Zubin Mehta, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Georges Bizet: Carmen (2001)

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Zubin Mehta, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Georges Bizet: Carmen (2001)

Zubin Mehta, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Georges Bizet: Carmen (2001)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 164 min | 7,52 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch | Recorded: 1991

The libretto, by Henri Meilac and Ludovic Halévy, is based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée. The first performance of Carmen on 3 March 1875, produced such a hostile reaction that Bizet left Paris physically and psychologically ill, and died only three months later on 3 June 1875, following two serious heart attacks. The massive scandal of the premiere may have been partially the result of Bizet’s attempt to reform the Opéra Comique genre, yet it must still be said that Carmen is operatic history’s most famous example of a failure being corrected by the passage of time: Carmen is now one of the most frequently performed operas in the world.

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."

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich - Verdi: Macbeth (2011/2001)

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Franz Welser-Möst, Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich - Verdi: Macbeth (2011/2001)

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich - Verdi: Macbeth (2011/2001)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.38 Gb (DVD9) | 141 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

With this opera, Verdi composed a true music drama. For this great early opera, he demanded from his librettist Francesco Maria Piave a text that would have “extravagance, originality brevity and sublimity.” Thomas Hampson made a triumphant début in the title role of Verdi’s Macbeth in this Zurich Opera production, with Paoletta Marrocu as his beautiful, power-hungry wife. In David Pountney’s hard-edged, post-modern production duality of man and woman is constantly brought into question. His Macbeth is not just a story about the usurpation of a crown with supernatural intervention, it resonates with symbolic references to the battle of the sexes and throws into sharp relief the link between power and gender. A strong supporting cast draws a top quality performance from the Zurich Opera Orchestra.