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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2014/2001) [BDRip]

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2014/2001) [BDRip]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2014/2001) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 187 min | 10,1 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, French, Japanese

The overwhelming success of the Prague performance of Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) in December 1786, led to the commissioning of a new opera. Mozart and his librettist Lorenzo da Ponte turned to the Don Juan theme, making this promising material the basis for their new opera. In the spring of 1787 Mozart began to compose it in Vienna, and was able to complete it in Prague by the autumn of the same year. Don Giovanni received its first performance, under the composer’s personal direction, on 20 October 1787 at Prague’s Count Nostitz National Theatre.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (2014/2000) [BDRip]

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (2014/2000) [BDRip]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2014/2000) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 192 min | 10,4 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, French, Japanese

Mozart's third and final opera with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, the hugely ambitious dramatic comedy Così fan Tutte (roughly translated as "They're All Like That"), is brought passionately to life in a first-class production conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and featuring one of the great starring roles for Cecilia Bartoli. Filmed live at the Zurich Opera House in February 2000 on a set that visualizes the subtitle "The School for Lovers," the plot revolves around two army officers arguing about the fidelity of their brides, then setting out to test their chastity.

Muhai Tang, Orchestra La Scintilla of the Zurich Opera, Cecilia Bartoli, John Osborn - Rossini: Otello (2014) [Blu-Ray]

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Muhai Tang, Orchestra La Scintilla of the Zurich Opera, Cecilia Bartoli, John Osborn - Rossini: Otello (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Muhai Tang, Orchestra La Scintilla of the Zurich Opera, Cecilia Bartoli, John Osborn - Rossini: Otello (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 22987 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 156 min | 34,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3866 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,970 fps | 156 min | 7,17 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese, Korean

Rossini’s unusual scoring of the drama calls for three tenor supporting roles – here sung to universal acclaim by long-standing Bartoli collaborators John Osborn and Javier Camarena and newcomer Edgardo Rocha. Bartoli’s dramatic command and vocal presence dominate the stage and reveal her artistry to be entering a rich new stage of development.

Adam Fischer, Orchester der Oper Zurich, Nina Stemme, Luciana D'Intino, Salvatore Licitra - Verdi: Aida (2007)

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Adam Fischer, Orchester der Oper Zurich, Nina Stemme, Luciana D'Intino, Salvatore Licitra - Verdi: Aida (2007)

Adam Fischer, Orchester der Oper Zürich, Nina Stemme, Luciana D'Intino, Salvatore Licitra - Verdi: Aida (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 5.83 Gb+6.75 Gb (2xDVD9) | 217 min
Classical | BelAir | Sub: Italiano, Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol

This 2006 production from the Zurich Opera is a traditional one by Nicolas Joël in veteran Ezio Frigerio's wonderfully evocative, highly coloured sets. Then Adám Fischer in the pit leads a remarkably strong yet subtle account of the score, which – when played and sung like this – is once more revealed as one of Verdi's greatest masterpieces. Four of the principals easily surpass their DVD rivals. Stemme offers a deeply considered, expressive and superbly sung Aida, one for whom the work's vocal perils do not seem to exist. Add to that acting that goes to the heart of the matter, and one is left breathless in admiration after so many sopranos not truly fitted to the part. Licitra has done nothing better than his Radames here. At last fulfilling his potential, he sings the role with an open-hearted sincerity and a heroic voice up to the part's exigent demands.

Adam Fischer, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix (2012/1996)

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Adam Fischer, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix (2012/1996)

Adam Fischer, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zürich - Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix (2012/1996)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 3.88 + 6.24 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 162 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: English, Français, Español, Italiano, Deutsch

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) wrote his first opera at the early age of 21, which over the next 25 years was to be followed by another seventy. From 1830 onwards his operas caught the attention of the public and remained on the programmes, which was unusual at that time. When in 1841 the sought-after opera composer was on yet another of his tours, he was approached by the manager of the Vienna Kärntnertortheater, Bartolomeo Morelli, who requested him to set Linda di Chamonix to music after a libretto by Gaetano Rossi. Donizetti, who was keen to establish himself in Vienna, having already done so in Paris and Milan, accepted the commission.

Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2009)

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Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2009)

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 192 min | 5,80+6,39 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2007

This production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro caused a sensation when it first came out, stunning critics and audiences alike with its perfect balance of joyous humor, improvisatory brilliance, and always subtle music-making.

William Christie, Orchestra La Scintilla, Cecilia Bartoli - Handel: Semele (2009) [Blu-Ray]

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William Christie, Orchestra La Scintilla, Cecilia Bartoli - Handel: Semele (2009) [Blu-Ray]

William Christie, Orchestra La Scintilla, Cecilia Bartoli - Handel: Semele (2009) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24988 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 154 min | 36,3 Gb
Audio 1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio 2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3979 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 154 min | 8,32 Gb
Audio: English / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese

‘Semele’ is presented in Robert Carsen’s stylish modern dress production, originally seen in London, and most recently staged at the Zurich Opera in 2007. The drama tells of the ambition of the beautiful mortal, Semele, who, not satisfied with being Jupiter’s mistress, strives with fatal results to supplant Jupiter’s wife, Juno. Conceived as an oratorio but nowadays presented as a stage drama, it is a superb vehicle for all the principals, not least the substantial title role, which includes such popular arias as ‘Endless pleasure’ and ‘Myself I shall adore’.

Muhai Tang, Orchestra La Scintilla of the Zurich Opera, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2014) [BDRip]

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Muhai Tang, Orchestra La Scintilla of the Zurich Opera, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2014) [BDRip]

Muhai Tang, Orchestra La Scintilla of the Zürich Opera, Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2014) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 141 min | 9,97 Gb
Audio: Français / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: French, English, German, Korean

Cecilia Bartoli stars in this ebullient Zurich Opera House production of Rossini’s first French-language comedy opera described by the international press as “pure, unadulterated fun”. A BD from Zurich of the acclaimed production by masters of bel canto comedy, Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier. Bartoli reminds us of her comic gifts and her naturalness as a stage actor — as well as her total sympathy with the music of Rossini. Muhai Tang conducts the historical performance ensemble La Scintilla, and the cast includes the acclaimed young Mexican tenor Javier Camarena in the title role.

Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2007)

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Franz Welser-Most, Orchester der Oper Zurich - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2007)

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchester der Oper Zürich - Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito (2007)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 124 min | 7,19 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: EMI | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2005

It was hard to muster much enthusiasm for Welser-Möst’s soft-grained, untheatrical approach to Mozart’s score and his careful avoidance of appoggiaturas, though it has to be admitted that the clarinet and basset-horn obbligatos — their players not credited in the program — sounded ravishing. Welser-Möst’s beat could certainly have been fueled by some extra zest, his syncopations by stronger incisiveness. Little was made of the explosive clashes of contrasting keys, Welser-Möst’s opera gentile dallyings replacing Mozart’s needed opera seria gravitas.

Philippe Jordan, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Busoni: Doktor Faust (2009) [Blu-Ray]

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Philippe Jordan, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zurich - Busoni: Doktor Faust (2009) [Blu-Ray]

Philippe Jordan, Chor und Orchester der Oper Zürich - Busoni: Doktor Faust (2009) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24959 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 170 min | 40,6 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2458 kbps / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 170 min | 9,21 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16-bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian

Doktor Faust remained a fragment at the time of the composer's death. Busoni died in 1924, unable to complete what he himself described as his ''state masterpiece'' - an opera to which he had a deep personal attachment. The missing scenes from the score - the appearance of Helen and Faust's closing monologue - were completed by his pupil, Philipp Jarnach, whom Busoni had become acquainted with during his period in exile in Zürich. In this form the opera was given its first performance in Dresden in 1925. Then in the 1980s the conductor Anthony Beaumont came across previously undiscovered sketches by Busoni and produced a new version of Doktor Faust, which was premiered in Bologna in 1985. The current recording uses the Jarnach score.