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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.

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008)

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Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008)

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 135 min | 7,59 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais | Recorded: 1982

The renowned orchestra conductor Herbert von Karajan, who headed up the world famous Berlin Philharmonic between 1956 and 1989, is filmed conducting a 1982 performance of Verdi's wonderful FALSTAFF. Filmed at Salzburg's Salzburger Osterfestspiele, the performance features strong performances from stars Giuseppe Taddei, Janet Perry, and Christa Ludwig.

Herbert von Karajan, Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2010)

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Herbert von Karajan, Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera - Verdi: Il Trovatore  (2010)

Herbert von Karajan, Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2010)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 151 min | 7,53 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Chinese | Recorded: 1978

Il Trovatore was always one of Herbert von Karajan‘s favourite operas. He conducted it at the very beginning of his career and his first studio recording in 1956 was made in Milan with Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano, but „his“ Trovatore really made its mark in the legendary performances given at the Salzburg Festival in 1962, which formed the basis for this successful revival in Vienna. He once declared in an interview that what he loved about this opera was its archetypal human passions, its compression of highly dramatic situations into the smallest conceivable space and Verdi‘s genius for translating such situations into music. This 1978 performance is steeped in scandal. Franco Bonisolli was originally cast in the lead role but abandoned the cast during a rehearsal where the public had been admitted entry, and, after throwing his sword at the conductor, left the stage in fury, to be later replaced by Plácido Domingo. What this performance makes so special: Karajan not only conducted the opera, but he was also responsible for the stage direction.