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Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2009) [Blu-Ray]

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Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2009) [Blu-Ray]

Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2009) [Blu-Ray]
2xBlu-Ray | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 32521 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 188 min | 34,2+27.0 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 5760 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

David McVicar’s spellbinding production of Le nozze di Figaro is set in 1830s post-revolution France, where the inexorable unravelling of an old order has produced acute feelings of loss. In the relationship between Finley’s suave, dashingly self-absorbed Count and Röschmann’s passionately dignified Countess, which lies at the tragic heart of the opera, the sexy ease between a feisty Figaro (Erwin Schrott) and a sassy Susanna (Miah Persson) is starkly absent, the tenacious spark between Marcellina (Graciela Araya) and Bartolo (Jonathan Veira) suggesting what might be rekindled.

Colin Davis, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2008/2003) [Blu-Ray]

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Colin Davis, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2008/2003) [Blu-Ray]

Colin Davis, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2008/2003) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 26194 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 162 min | 44,3 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 6912 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, French, Spanish

Covent Garden’s 2003 production of The Magic Flute , designed by John F. Macfarlane, directed by David McVicar, and conducted by Sir Colin Davis, is magnificent from a strictly musical standpoint. More than that, it’s vastly entertaining. The comedic elements of the story integrate far more comfortably than is often the case with Schikaneder’s high-minded (if vague) theme of a quest for enlightenment, particularly in the second act. Visually, the production is a feast, yet it doesn’t distract from the music.

Edward Downes, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Jose Carreras, Catherine Malfitano - Verdi: Stiffelio (2008/1993)

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Edward Downes, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Jose Carreras, Catherine Malfitano - Verdi: Stiffelio (2008/1993)

Edward Downes, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, José Carreras, Catherine Malfitano - Verdi: Stiffelio (2008/1993)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.46 Gb (DVD9) | 122 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English

Once regarded as Verdi's lost opera because of early censorship and controversy, Stiffelio has now established its rightful place in Verdi's canon. In this 1993 recording from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, José Carreras, as the Protestant minister whose faith is shattered when he discovers his wife's adulterous liaison with a family friend, leads a fine cast that includes Catherine Malfitano, Gregory Yurisich, Gwynne Howell and Robin Leggate under the baton of Edward Downes.

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Gounod: Roméo et Juliette (2008/1994)

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Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Gounod: Roméo et Juliette (2008/1994)

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Leontina Vaduva, Roberto Alagna - Gounod: Roméo et Juliette (2008/1994)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.06 Gb (DVD9) | 176 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English

Charles Mackerras teases the romantic beauty from Gounod's score, which has been widely admired since its first performance at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, in 1867. In this 1994 recording, the youthful Roberto Alagna as Roméo and Leontina Vaduva as the unattainable Juliette lead an excellent cast in this touching portrayal of impossible love, based on Shakespeare's play.

Bernard Haitink, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Don Carlo (2005/1985)

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Bernard Haitink, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Don Carlo (2005/1985)

Bernard Haitink, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Don Carlo (2005/1985)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.14 Gb (DVD9) | 204 min
Classical | NVC Arts | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues, Japanese

It’s a traditional production, in monumental sets. Haitink’s conducting is also on the monumental side, but it feels appropriate to the staging. It’s not insignificant that this production was last seen during Haitink’s farewell to the House in 2002. Luis Lima is a charming Carlos, a bit throaty, but there is an innocence about his acting that wins the audience over. Ileana Cotrubas’ Elisabetta is a wonderfully fragile one. Giorgio Zancanaro’s wonderfully aristocratic singing makes for an excellent Posa. Bruna Baglioni is a little matronly as Eboli, as are certain women in the chorus. Robert Lloyd is first and foremost a superlative actor. Philip’s response to Posa’s pleas are masterly, especially his eyes. (Mark Pullinger)

Nello Santi, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Puccini: La Fanciulla del West (2003/1982)

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Nello Santi, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Puccini: La Fanciulla del West (2003/1982)

Nello Santi, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Puccini: La Fanciulla del West (2003/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.35 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | NVS Arts | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol

Piero Faggioni’s highly acclaimed Royal Opera production of The Girl of the Golden West, filmed in 1983, stars the incomparable Placido Domingo and American soprano Carol Neblett. It is considered by many the definitive production of this work. Faggioni’s amazing production brings the opera vividly to life. The realistic timbered sets are by Oscar-winning designer Ken Adam, whose film work includes Dr Strangelove and a number of James Bond films. Domingo’s heroic portrayal of Don Johnson is one of his most popular and one of his favourite roles. The Bible-bashing, gun-toting Minnie is a very taxing role not tackled by many sopranos. Carol Neblett made it her own with her gloriously rich voice and brilliant performance.

Bertrand de Billy, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Joyce DiDonato - Massenet: Cendrillon (2012)

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Bertrand de Billy, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Joyce DiDonato - Massenet: Cendrillon (2012)

Bertrand de Billy, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Joyce DiDonato - Massenet: Cendrillon (2012)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 6.35 + 4.23 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 148 min
Classical | Virgin Classics | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol

With Joyce DiDonato as Cinderella capturing all hearts – not just Prince Charming’s – Massenet’s enchanting, sophisticated retelling of the classic fairytale makes its debut at Covent Garden in a charming and witty production by Laurent Pelly. The Cinderella story seen through the eyes of the belle époque, Massenet’s Cendrillon was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1899 and its gorgeous score embraces pathos, pastiche, broad humour, subtle eroticism and sheer magic.In Summer 2011, its debut at London's Royal Opera House was built around mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who first took on the title role at the Santa Fe festival in 2006.

Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2004/1985)

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Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2004/1985)

Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2004/1985)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 197 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Japanese

This Covent Garden performance has transferred to video and DVD remarkably successfully, partly because the singing and acting of the principals is so good, but chiefly because conductor Georg Solti finds an excellent balance between sharp characterisation and sumptuous romance; between wit and mischief on the one hand and profound feelings on the other. Though sensitive to its beauties, Solti keeps the music moving along, never becoming sloppy or over-indulgent.

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Don Carlo (2010)

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Antonio Pappano, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Don Carlo (2010)

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Don Carlo (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.41+5.18 Gb (2xDVD9) | 211 min
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner’s new staging of Verdi’s grandest – and arguably greatest – opera, Don Carlo, was the highlight of the 2007/2008 Royal Opera House season. This new production marked Rolando Villazón’s much anticipated, triumphant return to the house.

Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2018) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor  (2018) [Blu-Ray]

Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2018) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 28011 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 149 min | 40,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3802 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip1 | MKV 1920x1080 / 4475 kbps / 29,97 fps | 149 min | 8,68 Gb
BluRay-rip2 | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 149 min | 6,85 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Erato | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Diana Damrau’s reputation as the world’s leading coloratura soprano has been built on her extraordinary technical virtuosity, her sensitive musicianship and her acute psychological insight. In Katie Mitchell’s sometimes radical production of Lucia di Lammermoor from the Royal Opera House, she is, as the Financial Times wrote, 'brilliantly convincing'. Award winning director Katie Mitchell took a revisionist approach to the drama, updating the action to the mid-19th century and applying a feminist slant as she added new and unexpected elements. Mitchell also made extensive use of a ‘split screen’ effect on the stage, counterpointing two different pieces of action at key moments.

Andris Nelsons, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Puccini: La Bohème (2010) [Blu-ray]

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Andris Nelsons, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Puccini: La Bohème (2010) [Blu-ray]

Andris Nelsons, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Puccini: La Bohème (2010) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 33946 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 112 min | 36,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4331 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip1 | MKV 1920x1080 / 5000 kbps / 29,970 fps | 112 min | 6,95 Gb
BluRay-rip2 | MKV 1280x720 / 2210 kbps / 29,970 fps | 112 min | 4,75 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte| Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

John Copley’s enduring production of one of the most famously melodious and popular of all operas is a classic of the Royal Opera repertory. With historically accurate designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and an excellent cast headed by Hibla Gerzmava and Teodor Ilincai, this 2009 revival, in which conductor Andris Nelsons makes a distinguished Royal Opera House debut, does full justice to Puccini’s masterpiece. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

Placido Domingo, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey - Strauss: Die Fledermaus (2003/1984)

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Placido Domingo, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey - Strauss: Die Fledermaus (2003/1984)

Plácido Domingo, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey - Strauss: Die Fledermaus (2003/1984)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.60 Gb (DVD9) | 176 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Japanese

The operetta Die Fledermaus is Johann Strauss' most brilliant and best-known stage work. It's a glittering comedy packed with Viennese music that has become a firm favourite in opera houses all over the world. A top international cast really have a ball in this highly-acclaimed 1984 New Year's Eve performance from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in which Placido Domingo makes a very stylish British conducting debut. Kiri Te Kanawa stars with her celebrated performance as Rosalinde, and the charismatic Austrian baritone Hermann Prey is Eisenstein, one of his trademark roles. The cast also includes Benjamin Luxon as Dr Falke and Hildegarde Heichele as Adele.

Julia Jones, Royal Opera House Orchestra - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2021/2017) [BDRip]

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Julia Jones, Royal Opera House Orchestra - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2021/2017) [BDRip]

Julia Jones, Royal Opera House Orchestra - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2021/2017) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 152 min | 3.27 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 320 Kbps
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Karol Szymanowski: Krol Roger (2015) [Blu-ray]

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Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Karol Szymanowski: Krol Roger (2015) [Blu-ray]

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Karol Szymanowski: Król Roger (2015) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23003 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 87 min | 23,0 Gb
Audio1: Polski / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit / 4163 kbps
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 5469 kbps / 29,97 fps | 87 min | 5,64 Gb
Audio: Polski / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

Kasper Holten’s production (The Royal Opera’s first) of Król Roger (King Roger) brought the opera back to the London stage after an absence of almost 40 years. Karol Szymanowski’s masterpiece powerfully presents the dilemmas of culture versus nature and man versus beast, and movingly depicts King Roger’s inner struggles as he moves from an impossible life of repressed desires to the other extreme, giving in to his own demons. Meanwhile, Roger’s people, seduced by the promises of the mysterious Shepherd, are drawn towards totalitarianism and repression. Antonio Pappano conducts Szymanowksi’s opulent and beautiful score, with a cast including Mariusz Kwiecień as Roger (one of the greatest interpreters of the role today), Saimir Pirgu as the Shepherd, and Georgia Jarman in her Royal Opera debut as Roger’s loving queen Roxana.

George Benjamin, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - George Benjamin: Written on Skin (2013) [Blu-ray]

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George Benjamin, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - George Benjamin: Written on Skin (2013) [Blu-ray]

George Benjamin, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - George Benjamin: Written on Skin (2013) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25012 kbps / 1080i / 23.976 fps | 89 min | 22,0 Gb
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit / 3473 kbps
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 4 972 kbps / 23.976 fps | 89 min | 5,45 Gb
Audio: English / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Japanese

When Written on Skin had its premiere at the 2012 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, conducted by George Benjamin himself, it received a standing ovation. The opera's arrival at Covent Garden in 2013 was eagerly anticipated, and provided audiences with the opportunity to experience the work of two of Britain's greatest living artists. Benjamin previously collaborated with playwright Martin Crimp on Into the Little Hill, a magical retelling of the Pied Piper fairytale, and for this new work they joined forces with acclaimed stage director Katie Mitchell. For all three, the production marked their main-stage debut at the Royal Opera House. The tale, inspired by a medieval legend, tells of an ill-fated troubadour, drawn into a liaison with an innocent maiden. But they are observed by the jealous eye of her protector, who wreaks a shocking revenge on the young couple.