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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.

Artur Rother, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry - Beethovet: Fidelio (2012/1963)

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Artur Rother, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry - Beethovet: Fidelio (2012/1963)

Artur Rother, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry - Beethovet: Fidelio (2012/1963)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.87 Gb (DVD9) | 124 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese, Korean

The Deutsche Oper in Berlin had hardly opened on 24th September 1961 before it started preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary. How was that possible? Had it entered into some sort of time warp? That might indeed have been possible for a theatre that in the past had devoted itself to Richard Wagner’s works. But there was a simpler explanation: the Deutsche Oper Berlin had, in fact, originally opened on 7 November 1912 under the title of Deutsches Opernhaus.

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.

Ivan Fischer, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2009) [Blu-Ray]

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Ivan Fischer, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2009) [Blu-Ray]

Iván Fischer, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2009) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24128 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 181 min | 44,9 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / Dolby TrueHD Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: Dolby TrueHD Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3435 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Mozart's genius in setting to music Da Ponte's comic play of love, infidelity and forgiveness marks Così fan tutte as one of the great works of art from the Age of Enlightenment. Nicholas Hytner's beautiful production for the Glyndebourne Festival in 2006, with its sure touch and theatrical know-how, lives up to its promise to be 'shockingly traditional', while Iván Fischer teases artful performances from an outstanding international cast of convincing young lovers.

Michael Boder, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Michael Boder, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Michael Boder, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24993 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 174 min | 40,9 Gb
Audio1: Русский / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4115 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Catalan

Obsessive in gambling and in love, the soldier Hermann is the protagonist of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, based on a story by Pushkin. He is smitten with the aristocratic Lisa and fixated on learning the winning secret of ‘the three cards’ from her grandmother, the Countess, played by iconic contralto Ewa Podles. This opulent production from Barcelona’s Liceu captures St Petersburg in the era of Catherine the Great, while the house’s Music Director Michael Boden conducts a large and impressive cast.

Ivor Bolton, Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real - Janáček: Jenůfa (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Ivor Bolton, Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real - Janáček: Jenůfa (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Ivor Bolton, Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real - Janáček: Jenůfa (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 32940 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 136 min | 40,6 Gb
Audio1: Čeština / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4143 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish

The vulnerable young woman at the heart of Janacek's breakthrough opera is a signature role for the English soprano Amanda Roocroft. Here, in Stéphane Braunschweig's clear but deeply affecting production, she is partnered by the Slovak tenor Miroslav Dvorsky, as the man through whom she finds redemption, love and hope. The complex figure of the Kostelnicka becomes both tormentor and tormented in this fearless interpretation by the great dramatic soprano Deborah Polaski.

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Das Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Edita Gruberova, Kurt Moll - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005/1983)

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Wolfgang Sawallisch, Das Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Edita Gruberova, Kurt Moll - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005/1983)

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Das Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Edita Gruberova, Kurt Moll - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.89 Gb (DVD9) | 160 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Mozarts beliebte Oper "Die Zauberflöte" unter der Leitung von Wolfgang Sawallisch - jetzt erstmals auf DVD erhältlich! 1983 live aufgenommen, zeigt diese Produktion aus der Bayerischen Staatsoper eine der bekanntesten Opern überhaupt - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts "Die Zauberflöte" in der Inszenierung von August Everding. Edita Gruberova als begehrteste Königin der Nacht der Welt, Francisco Ariza als einer der berühmtesten Taminos unserer Zeit, machen neben anderen Weltstars der Oper (Kurt Moll, Lucia Popp, Wolfgang Brendel, u.a.) diese Produktion zu einem Fest für Augen und Ohren. Eingerahmt und kongenial geleitet wird dieses Ensemble von Wolfgang Sawallisch. "Zeigt das Ernsthafte - vergesst aber den Humor nicht" - mit dieser Einstellung beweist Everding in dieser einzigartigen Inszenierung sein Genie auf dem Gebiet der Opernregie. Diese Zauberflöte ist ein absolutes Muss für alle Opernfans.

Leonard Bernstein, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo - Beethoven: Fidelio [2006/1978]

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Leonard Bernstein, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo - Beethoven: Fidelio [2006/1978]

Leonard Bernstein, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Gundula Janowitz, René Kollo - Beethoven: Fidelio [2006/1978]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.57 Gb (DVD9) | 147 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“A performance simply crackling with excitement from the Wiener Staatsoper in 1978, conducted by Leonard Bernstein and featuring sublime performances from Gundula Janowitz as Leonore, René Kollo as Florestan, and Lucia Popp as Marzelline. The celebrated quartet, Mir ist so wunderbar, is nothing short of exquisite.” (James Longstaffe, Presto Classical)

Renato Palumbo, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia - Rossini: Bianca e Falliero (2006)

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Renato Palumbo, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia - Rossini: Bianca e Falliero (2006)

Renato Palumbo, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia - Rossini: Bianca e Falliero (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.20+5.28 Gb (2xDVD9) | 183 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

Composed for La Scala in Milan in 1819, Bianca e Falliero is an opera of extraordinary dramatic originality, rich in highly spectacular stage solutions, and a fundamental work for our understanding of the full significance of the authentic revolution that the composer from Pesaro brought about in opera; a revolution that was destined to have a decisive influence on the development of Italian opera in the nineteenth century. The singing cast features Maria Bayo, Daniela Barcellona, Francesco Meli and Carlo Lepore, conducted by Renato Palumbo and directed by Jean-Louis Martinoty.

Ivor Bolton, Concerto Köln - Francesco Cavalli: Ercole Amante (2010)

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Ivor Bolton, Concerto Köln - Francesco Cavalli: Ercole Amante (2010)

Ivor Bolton, Concerto Köln - Francesco Cavalli: Ercole Amante (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 6.38+7.77 Gb (2xDVD9) | 198 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano, Nederlands

This hilarious contemporary version of Francesco Cavalli's baroque opera Hercules in Love was commissioned on occasion of the marriage of Louis XIV, the Sun King, to Maria Theresa of Spain. The original production took two years to complete and was at the time the greatest show ever performed in Europe. Directed by David Alden, this surreal production is a triumph of commedia buffa resplendent with decorative and symbolic elements, and complemented by Constance Hoffman's exceptional costumes. Led by Ivor Bolton, a master of baroque music, the chorus of De Nederlandse Opera and Concerto Köln give a sublime performance. With Luca Pisaroni's (Ercole) singing being heroic and melodious in turn, and Veronica Cangemi as a splendid Iole, this is an outstanding production by the DNO.

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Orchestre de Paris - Richard Strauss: Elektra [Blu-Ray] (2014)

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Esa-Pekka Salonen, Orchestre de Paris - Richard Strauss: Elektra [Blu-Ray] (2014)

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Orchestre de Paris - Richard Strauss: Elektra [Blu-Ray] (2014)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 26928 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 110 min | 30,7 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4398 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | BelAir | Sub: German, French, English, Italian, Spanish

Last production staged by Patrice Chéreau, this Elektra will remain as the main and most striking lyrical event of these last years in Aix-en-Provence. This production is leaded by three amazing singers: the German soprano Evelyn Herlitzius gave a tremendous, never-to-be-forgotten account of the title role, Waltraud Meier portrays a human and chilling Clytemnestra and Adrianne Pieczonka is a fantastic Chrysothemis. Everyone's loneliness and intimate struggles are Patrice Chéreau's favorites theatrical themes. With Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Orchestre de Paris, this production of Elektra becomes an unforgettable experience.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2006/1988)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2006/1988)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2006/1988)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.11 Gb (DVD9) | 133 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Verdi can be a challenge both vocally and in terms of acting, but Pavarotti and Marton are sensational, and Milnes was still excellent although clearly near the end of his career. The lyric beauty is there side by side with the dramatic power. (Tony Adams)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.46 Gb (DVD9) | 126 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This time-honoured production of Verdi's final opera, one that has seen all the greatest Falstaffs of the last four decades hold court at its convincingly shabby Garter Inn and upset the decent folk of its lovingly recreated Tudor Windsor, marked the first appearance at the Met of producer and designer Franco Zeffirelli in March 1964. The Anglophile Zeffirelli had by then made his Shakespearean reputation with a revelatory Romeo and Juliet in London - his films of this play and of The Taming of the Shrew were shortly to follow - as well as with a similar production of Falstaff at Covent Garden, and the attention to visual and psychological detail displayed in his Met Falstaff won it high praise: “a milestone in the history of operatic production in this city" was the judgement of the New York Herald Tribune.

Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Arabella (2008/1977)

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Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Arabella (2008/1977)

Georg Solti, Wiener Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Arabella (2008/1977)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.86+3.11 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 189 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

Decca has released an elegant performance of Strauss's Arabella, Sir George Solti's second commercial recording of the work. The first is the 1957 version which is rightfully famous, with a cast headed by Lisa Della Cassa, Hilde Gueden and George London, with the Vienna Philharmonic. There also is a performance from the 1958 Salzburg Festival with Gueden and London, long discontinued. Now we have this magnificent 1977 Unitel film directed with the greatest sensitivity by Otto Schenk who always has the camera in the right place. The performance is superb in every way. Gundula Janowitz specialized in this role, and although she is a bit matronly, vocally she is unmatched.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (2006/1991)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (2006/1991)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (2006/1991)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.86 Gb (DVD9) | 137 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Verdi and his librettist had originally intended that The Masked Ball would be set in the late 18th Century setting of the court of Gustavus III of Sweden. However this was not acceptable to the censor and it was changed to an imagined colonial Boston. In this production the opera has been set in its intended Swedish setting and appropriate changes made to the text. The staging reflects the setting and the scenery has a deliberately heavy feel which accentuates the sombre atmosphere of the opera. Nonetheless, all sets and costumes are lavish – clearly the ‘Met’ does not penny pinch with its productions. In particular the final scene "A large and sumptuously decorated ballroom" accurately reflects the description and the fancy dress costumes are really splendid.