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Riccardo Muti, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Ernani (2004/1982)

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Riccardo Muti, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Ernani (2004/1982)

Riccardo Muti, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Ernani (2004/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.82 Gb (DVD9) | 137 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Japanese

Unlike Verdi's earlier successes, Nabucco and I Lombardi, both of which had been composed for the large stage at La Scala, Milan, Ernani was written for the smaller stage and more intimate atmosphere of Teatro La Fenice, Venice and he was in his thirty third year when it was composed. This recording is superb in every way. The singers, led by Placido Domingo as Ernani and Mirella Freni as Donna Elvira, entertain us with bravura performances and it's a joy to listen to and watch from beginning to end.

Nello Santi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Giordano: Andrea Chenier [2005/1981]

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Nello Santi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Giordano: Andrea Chenier [2005/1981]

Nello Santi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Giordano: Andrea Chénier [2005/1981]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.64 Gb (DVD9) | 139 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Out of all Italian verismo operas, Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier is one of the few of lasting popularity that is still performed regularly on major opera stages worldwide. This 1981 production features a stellar Plácido Domingo in the title role and a classic staging by Otto Schenk, making for one of the finest readings of the opera. Andrea Chénier was an overwhelming success when premiered at La Scala in 1896 and first performed in Vienna in 1926, returning to the stage whenever a truly great tenor was available to tackle the demanding title role. Gabriela Benacková and Piero Cappuccilli lead a strong supporting cast in this tragic love story set during the times of French Revolution.

James Conlon, The LA Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Macbeth (2017) [BDRip]

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James Conlon, The LA Opera Orchestra -  Verdi: Macbeth (2017) [BDRip]

James Conlon, The LA Opera Orchestra - Verdi: Macbeth (2017) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 149 min | 4,44 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Sony Classical | Sub: Italian, English, German, French

LA Opera's latest production of Verdi s Macbeth (2016) features Plácido Domingo in the title role and Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth. The opera is staged by Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for his direction of the Broadway musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder.

Bruno Bartoletti, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raina Kabaivanska, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Tosca (2007/1976)

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Bruno Bartoletti, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raina Kabaivanska, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Tosca (2007/1976)

Puccini - Tosca (Bruno Bartoletti, Raina Kabaivanska, Plácido Domingo) (2007/1976)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.54 Gb (DVD9) | 115 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This gripping and visually stunning film has been universally hailed as one of the most satisfying of all versions of opera on celluloid. Director Gianfranco de Bosio has given an extraordinary dimension of realism to this story of love, deception and murder by shooting it all in the original Roman location. Using diverse cinematic tricks and imaginative camerawork, this opera film is much more a visual interpretation of Puccini’s music than a theatre piece filmed in original settings.

Georges Pretre, The Orcestra of the Royal Opera House - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2003/1980)

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Georges Pretre, The Orcestra of the Royal Opera House - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2003/1980)

Georges Prêtre, The Orcestra of the Royal Opera House, Plácido Domingo, Luciana Serra, Agnes Baltsa, Ileana Cotrubas - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2003/1980)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Français (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.52 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Japanese

By Jacques Offenbach. Seeking to exorcise the failure of his current love affair, the poet Hoffmann tells the story 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. In this production by the distinguished film director, John Schlesinger, with spectacular designs by Maria Björnson and William Dudley, Offenbach's nightmare world is brought to life. The all-star cast is headed by Placido Domingo as Hoffmann: his three loves are Ileana Cotrubas, Agnes Baltsa and Luciana Serra and the manifestations of his rival are sung by Geraint Evans, Robert Lloyd, Siegmund Nimsgern and Nicola Ghiuselev. The score, which includes such favorites as the "Barcarolle" and the "Doll's Song", is conducted by Georges Prêtre.

Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo - Wagner: Lohengrin (1987)

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Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo - Wagner: Lohengrin (1987)

Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo - Wagner: Lohengrin (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 983 Mb | Total time: 63:49+41:30+46:06+71:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 421 053-2 | Recorded: 1985, 1986

Sir George Solti's renditions of Wagner's operas often defined the standard interpretation practice in the post-World War II musical world, and he is at his best in this late 1980s digitally mastered recording partnered with his long-time collaborators, the Vienna Philharmonic–perhaps the most emotionally satisfying orchestra in the world for these challenging scores. Domingo, in the title role, shows himself as a true Heldentenor (i.e. a baritone with high notes), and his earlier weakness in German diction is not apparent. Norman's Elsa is musically perfect though at times a bit chilly and distant. The mature compassion of the role of Henry the Fowler is admirably captured by Sotin.

Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Due Foscari (2019) [UHD Blu-Ray]

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Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Due Foscari (2019) [UHD Blu-Ray]

Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Due Foscari (2019) [UHD Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-H HEVC Video / 27106 kbps / 2160p / 50 fps | 122 min | 30,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3712 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

In his ‘new life’ as a baritone Plácido Domingo has triumphed in the role of Francesco Foscari in Los Angeles, London and Vienna. Now he takes to the role in La Scala, Milan, the theatre that is the symbol of Italian opera. I due Foscari, premiered in 1844, famously one of Verdi’s darkest operas, is staged by Alvis Hermanis, who made such an impact at the Salzburg Festival with Die Soldaten and Il trovatore. Domingo is joined by two of Italy’s most exciting singers, the soprano Anna Pirozzi and the tenor Francesco Meli, and the acclaimed Italian conductor Michele Mariotti. The Financial Times was deeply moved by Domingo’s performance, calling his interpretation of the role ‘sublime’.

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.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Stiffelio (2007/1993)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Stiffelio (2007/1993)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Stiffelio (2007/1993)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.67 Gb (DVD9) | 116 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon| Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Mortally wounded by the censors, Verdi's 1850 opera disappeared for more than a century. This Met staging is impressively sung, especially by Domingo in the title role. (BBC Music Magazine)
…the production… was mounted specifically for Domingo who enjoyed in it one of the most impressive triumphs of his career, happily preserved now in sight as well as sound. (Gramophone)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2002/1995)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2002/1995)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2002/1995)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.83 Gb (DVD9) | 141 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This evocative production by Giancarlo Del Monaco sumptuously captures the look and feel of 14th century Genoa and is a perfect compliment to Verdi’s setting of this story of searing conflict between public duty and private grief. Plácido Domingo is Gabriele Adorno, sworn enemy of the doge of Genoa, Simon Boccanegra (Vladimir Chernov). Gabriele is in love with the beautiful Amelia (Kiri Te Kanawa at her most affecting) who turns out to be none other than the long-lost daughter the doge. James Levine’s authoritative conducting of the Met orchestra and chorus reveals the dark power of Verdi’s score.

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)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.43 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

Olga Borodina sings the role of Dalila here too; her tone in the famous aria Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix is quite ravishing, and she is matched by an heroic performance from Plácido Domingo as Samson. James Levine has an expert grasp of the drama in this 1998 Elijah Moshinsky production from the Metropolitan Opera. There's also some luxury casting in the form of Sergei Leiferkus as Le Grand Prêtre de Dagon and René Pape as Le Vieillard Hébreu. (James Longstaffe)

James Levine, Teresa Stratas, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Il Tabarro; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci [2005/1994]

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James Levine, Teresa Stratas, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Il Tabarro; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci [2005/1994]

James Levine, Teresa Stratas, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Il Tabarro; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci [2005/1994]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.42 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

In 1994, the same Metropolitan Opera put two contrasting pieces of the verismo puzzle side by side—the belated verismo of Puccini’s Il Tabarro and the classic verismo of Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, which had reached the stage some twenty-six years earlier.

Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Anna Netrebko, Placido Domingo - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2014) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Anna Netrebko, Placido Domingo - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 30000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 145 min | 39,2 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3849 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 145 min | 10,2 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese, Korean

Lovers of Il trovatore a work famous for its perennially popular cavatinas and cabalettas rightly expect the singers to be at the very top of their vocal game and particularly look forward to the top C at the end of Manrico s stretta, a true do di petto produced not from the head but from the chest. Yet the production of the work that was staged at the end of 2013 by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin jointly run by Daniel Barenboim and Jürgen Flimm deliberately flouted these expectations and traded familiarity for astonishment. Such a reaction was due not only to the two most famous singers of our age, both of whom were appearing onstage for the first time in their respective roles, but also to the company s music director, who made it abundantly clear that he was concerned with more than just a feast for the ears and rousing rum-ti-tum rhythms.

Valery Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre - The Mariinsky II Opening Gala 2013 [Blu-ray]

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Valery Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre -  The Mariinsky II Opening Gala 2013 [Blu-ray]

Valery Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre - The Mariinsky II Opening Gala 2013 [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 18066 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 121 min | 19,2 Gb
Audio: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 121 min | 7,22 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is one of the most prestigious opera and ballet venues in the world. Built in 1860 and named in honour of Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Czar Alexander II, it is home to the famous Mariinsky Ballet as well as numerous international stars and ensembles. After the turn of the millennium it was painstakingly restored; and since 2013, St. Petersburg's Theatre Square has been crowned with the "Mariinsky II" an imposing new arts and performance venue. At its inauguration on May 2, 2013, the highly gifted conductor Valery Gergiev led a veritable who's who of the classical music world.