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Jiri Kout, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (2013/1993) [Blu-Ray]

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Jiri Kout, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (2013/1993) [Blu-Ray]

Jiří Kout, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (2013/1993) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 20478 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 233 min | 43,1 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2161 kbps / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 233 min | 10,6 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16-bit
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean

This production of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” was recorded during the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s great tour to Japan in 1993. Directed by Götz Friedrich and conducted by Jiří Kout, this interpretation of the adulterous love between the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess Isolde was a great success. Wagner’s composition of “Tristan und Isolde” was inspired by his love affair with Mathilde Wesendonck and the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer.

Antonio Pappano, Wiener Philharmoniker, Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann - Verdi: Don Carlo (2014) [Blu-Ray]

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Antonio Pappano, Wiener Philharmoniker, Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann - Verdi: Don Carlo (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Antonio Pappano, Wiener Philharmoniker, Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann - Verdi: Don Carlo (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 19000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 235 min | 44,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3805 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,970 fps | 235 min | 10,7 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | SONY | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano, Korean, Chinese

The highlight of the 2013 Salzburg Festival in Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentennial year, Don Carlo is conducted by Antonio Pappano and stars Jonas Kaufmann in the title role. “With Antonio Pappano in the pit, Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros brought to their interpretations of the leading role rapturous arcs of phrasing and tone that we have not heard for a generation. Verdi's music can weather mediocrity and still provide audiences with enjoyment … but here he was truly honoured as he would have wished.” (The Telegraph)

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (2002/1990)

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (2002/1990)

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (2002/1990)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Русский (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.22 Gb+6.67 Gb (2xDVD9) | 210 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

Modest Mussorgsky's opera in prologue and four acts is performed by the Kirov Opera with performances from Olga Borodina, Alexei Steblianko and Sergei Leiferkust. Boris Godunov has obtained the throne of Russia by murdering the rightful heir Dmitry. An old monk, Pimen, witnessed this, and convinces his apprentice Grigory to avenge Dmitry's death. In the following years Grigory poses as Dmitry, raising an army against Boris, who is now convinced that he is being punished for the murder.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Karita Mattila, Ben Heppner - Beethoven: Fidelio (2003)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Karita Mattila, Ben Heppner - Beethoven: Fidelio (2003)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Karita Mattila, Ben Heppner - Beethoven: Fidelio (2003)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.60 Gb (DVD9) | 123 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The German stage director Jürgen Flimm – and his design team of Robert Israel and Florence von Gerkan – have set the opera in the second half of the 20th century and have costumed the action decidedly on the American side of the Atlantic Ocean. Such an approach follows the line of Flimm’s other contemporary opera successes – for example his current Bayreuth Ring (premiered in 2000) or his 2001 Otello at the Berlin Staatsoper. Modernising the period does not become updating for its own sake. Rather, the actions and behaviour of the characters cunningly align contemporary manners with the existing prescriptions of a “period” libretto.

Peter Schreier, ORF Chor und Symphonieorchester - Handel • Mozart: Acis und Galatea (1987)

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Peter Schreier, ORF Chor und Symphonieorchester - Handel • Mozart: Acis und Galatea (1987)

Peter Schreier, ORF Chor und Symphonieorchester - Handel • Mozart: Acis und Galatea (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 444 Mb | Total time: 40:52+58:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Orfeo ‎| C133852H | Recorded: 1983

This recording of Handel's Acis and Galatea (or Acis und Galatea) features the German translation and arrangement completed by Mozart in Vienna circa 1788, per the instructions of the Baron Gottfried von Swieten to "modernize" Handel's pieces - including Alexander's Feast, Messiah, Ode for St. Cecilia's Day, and Acis and Galatea. Mozart kept much of Handel's original string arrangements, but proceeded to layer harmonies with a degree of sophistication that Handel could only have dreamed of.

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.

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.

Julius Rudel, London Symphny Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)

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Julius Rudel, London Symphny Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)

Julius Rudel, London Symphny Orchestra, Beverly Sills - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 931 Mb | Total time: 64:51+58:11+71:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Westminster | # 471 217-2 | Recorded: 1972

Anna Bolena premiered in 1830 and was Donizetti’s first great success–and it remains one of his finest works. Aside from his usual endless fount of melodies, we find through-composed scenes wherein recitative seamlessly melds into arioso and into aria or ensemble. Anna manages to come across as a real character, as does the unfortunate Jane Seymour, who has the (bad) luck to be Henry VIII’s new love; and Henry’s music, too, is composed effectively for this royal villain. Less successfully portrayed but still with a couple of fine arias and some stunning ensemble music is Anna’s brother Percy. He’s an earthbound character but his music is wonderful and difficult (it was composed for the legendary Rubini).

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2013) [Blu-Ray]

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Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2013) [Blu-Ray]

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2013) [Blu-Ray]
2xBluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 254 min | 33,0 Gb+31,1 Gb
Audio1: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 207 min | 11,2 Gb
Audio: Français / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

Les Troyens is a tour de force that ranges from fiery military marches to intense choruses, passionate soliloquies and the lyrical love duets of Dido and Aeneas. For Hector Berlioz, librettist and composer, the opera became the work of decades and the passion of a lifetime, the culmination of his literary love affair with Virgil's Aeneid and with two tragic heroines, Cassandra and Dido. David McVicar's staging is on an enormous scale, assembling one of the largest casts ever seen at Covent Garden. The sweeping theme of the rise and fall of empires runs throughout Les Troyens, along with moving meditations on love and honour.

Donald Runnicles, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Larmore, Hei-Kyung Hong - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2000)

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Donald Runnicles, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Larmore, Hei-Kyung Hong - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2000)

Donald Runnicles, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jennifer Larmore, Hei-Kyung Hong - Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 576 Mb | Total time: 75:50+50:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # 421472 | Recorded: 1998

For one of Bellini's less popular works, I Capuleti has seen a remarkable number of recordings, with some of the starriest stars in the operatic firmament taking part. A self-recommending and self-damning bastardized version from the 1960s in which the role of Romeo was transposed from mezzo to tenor (by Claudio Abbado) can still be found with Giacomo Aragall as Romeo, Renata Scotto (or Margarita Rinaldi, in another pirate) as Giulietta, and Luciano Pavarotti as Tebaldo. Muti's set with Gruberova and Baltsa manages to be both exciting and sterile at the same time, a couple of other entries have come and gone (where is the Sills?), and the only competition for this current release is RCA's with the marvelous, expressive Vesalina Kasarova as Romeo and the pretty, fragile Giulietta of Eva Mei. But for my ears, this one, handsomely led by Donald Runnicles, takes the lead.

Gabriele Ferro, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2016/1988) [BDRip]

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Gabriele Ferro, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2016/1988) [BDRip]

Gabriele Ferro, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2016/1988) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 157 min | 8,58 Gb
Audio: Italian / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

Rossini was 24 years old when in 1816 he wrote his seventeenth and most famous opera The Barber of Seville in an astonishing three weeks. Michael Hampe’s humorous direction of his 1988 live performance at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival stands out with its fast tempo that makes for a highly exuberant production. Ezio Firgerio’s appealing stage and Mauro Pagano’s colourful costumes heighten the comic effect. The musical direction of conductor Gabriele Ferro strikes a beautiful balance between a vibrant orchestral performance and a superb ensemble of singers. The irresistible Cecilia Bartoli as Rosina leads a cast that also includes David Kuebler, Gino Quilico and Carlos Feller.