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Product no.: 074 1039

Gaetano Donizetti: L'Elisir d'amore + documentary "love potion", Directed by Brian Large (2002)

Choeur de l'Opera National de Lyon, Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon / Evelino Pidò

Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Roberto Scaltriti, Simone Alaimo, Elena Dan

RRP £15.95
£12.95 *
Product no.: BAC105

Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

Vasily Sobakin: Anatoli Kotscherga; Marfa: Olga Peretyatko; Grigory Gryaznoy: Johannes Martin Kränzle; Grigory Malyuta-Skuratov: Tobias Schabel; Ivan Lykov: Pavel Ernoch; Lyubasha: Anita Rachvelishvili; Bomeliu:s Stephan Rügamer; Domna Saburova: Anna Tomowa-Sintow; Dunyasha: Anna Lapkovskaya; Petrovna: Carola Höhn

Stage direction, Set design by Dmitri Tcherniakov

The argument is based on an historical case. In the suburbs of Moscow, reigned around 1571 Tsar Ivan IV, 'the Terrible'. Widowed, he is looking for a new wife for the third time. He chooses the young Marfa; she loves another man but bends to the will of the Tsar and renounces her love.

From this starting plot, the Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov retains only the frame. A live competition is organised for a virtual monarch like in a reality show called «Joe Millionaire » where competitors attempt to marry a rich man. Here, the characters become the various players of the audiovisual industry bringing an acerbic criticism of contemporary TV.

£24.95 *
Product no.: BAC124

Jacques Offenbach - Les Contes d'Hoffmann ~ Opera in 5 acts

Mise en Scène Gérard Mortier / Orchestra & Chorus of the Teatro Real de Madrid / Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling / Stage director: Christoph Marthaler HD recording: Teatro Real, Madrid - 05/2014

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Product no.: 2564 6166503
Orchestre et choeur de l’opera national de Paris conducted by Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Live at l’Opera National de Paris, 2014
 
Diana Damrau Violetta, Francesco Demuro Alfredo, Ludovic Tézier Germont
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Product no.: OA1161D
Mariusz Kwiecien King Roger II of Sicily, Georgia Jarman Roxana, Saimir Pirgu Shepherd, Kim Begley Edrisi, Alan Ewing Archbishop, Agnes Zwierko Deaconess
 
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Concert Master Peter Manning
Conductor Antonio Pappano, Director Kasper Holten

 

RRP £25.95
£22.75 *
Product no.: 888 751 93409
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Jonas Kaufmann, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Annalisa Stroppa, Ambrogio Maestri, Maria Agresta
 
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Christian Thielemann
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Product no.: 50999 519002 9 8

Natalie Dessay (Marie), Juan Diego Flórez (Tonio), Felicity Palmer (Marquise de Berkenfiled), Alessandro Corbelli (Sulpice)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden directed by Bruno Campanella
 
Mise-en-scène: Laurent Pe
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Product no.: AXM637

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca

10th anniversary special edition, with exclusive DVD bonus features including a new 10th anniversary interview with soprano Angela Gheorghiu, a collector's booklet and a"Costume Design" featurette plus original 2001 interviews with Angela Gheorghiu on her role as Tosca, director Benoit Jacquot on creating Tosca as film and Antonio Pappano on Puccini's music for the opera. Featuring opera superstars Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna and Ruggero Raimondi, with musical direction by the world-renowned Antonio Pappano.
 
"Gheorghiu gives a performance that cuts to the core of Puccini's tragedy... Pappano's conducting; a rich reading that conjures the ideal mixture of syrup and bitterness". Independent on Sunday
 
£25.95 *
Product no.: 0 825646 320356
Joyce DiDonato, Elza Van den Heever, Matthew Polenzani, Joshua Hopkins, Matthew Rose
 
Metropolitan Opera conductor Maurizio Benini director David McVicar
 
On New Year's Eve 2012 Joyce DiDonato became the first singer to take the title role in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda at New York's Metropolitan Opera. With her at its heart, the production became, in the words of Opera magazine, "a high point of the season and of the company's performance history of bel canto operas". Gramophone DVD of the Month, August 2014.
 
"DiDonato is an absolute knock-out...spellbinding through a perfect combination of singing and acting."
 
£14.95 *
Product no.: 5 099969 458194
Joyce DiDonato * Juan Diego Flórez * Pietro Spagnoli * Alessandro Corbelli * Ferruccio Furlanetto
 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden directed by Antonio Pappano
 
Stage direction by Patrice Caurier & Moshe Leiser
 
DVD + CD
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Product no.: ALPHA703

John Blow: Venus & Adonis - Les Musiciens du Paradis & La Maitrise De Caen

£25.95 *
Product no.: OA1215D
Konstanze: Sally Matthews; Belmonte: Edgaras Montvidas; Osmin: Tobias Kehrer; Blonde: Mari Eriksmoen; Pedrillo: Brenden Gunnell; Pasha Selim: Franck Saurel
 
The Glyndebourne Chorus and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Conductor Robin Ticciati
 
Director David McVicar’s original-period vision for this Mozartian gem allows its genius to speak for itself, offering a ‘mesmerising, sensitive … outstanding’ portrayal of Enlightenment-era fascination with the East that is both ‘exquisitely acted and sung’, featuring a Konstanze and a Belmonte sung with ‘finesse and bravura’ and a ‘sensationally voiced’ Osmin (The Guardian *****). Comic relief in Glyndebourne’s ‘brilliant production’ is provided by ‘beautifully sung live-wire performances’ of Pedrillo and Blonde, and Robin Ticciati leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment through a restored, authentic rendition of the critical score with ‘lovely fizz’ and ‘poignant gravitas’ (The Independent). Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

 

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Product no.: OA1216D
Saul: Christopher Purves; David: Iestyn Davies; Merab: Lucy Crowe; Michal: Sophie Bevan; Jonathan: Paul Appleby; High Priest: Benjamin Hulett; Witch of Endor: John Graham-Hall
 
The Glyndebourne Chorus and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Conductor Ivor Bolton, Director Barrie Kosky
 
Glyndebourne’s Saul stole the summer and had critics raving. The Guardian (****) applauded ‘virtuoso stagecraft’ from director Barrie Kosky in his debut production there, calling the show ‘a theatrical and musical feast of energetic choruses, surreal choreography and gorgeous singing’. For The Independent, which ranked it amongst five top classical and opera performances of 2015, there was ‘no praise too high’ for the cast. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Ivor Bolton sparkles from the pit with period panache, and designer Katrin Lea Tag’s ‘exuberant costumes’ (The Times ****set the Old Testament story in Handel’s time, with a witty twinge of the contemporary.
 
‘‘Musically this evening is well-nigh flawless.’’ (The Independent)
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Product no.: 889 853 15089
Placido Domingo, Arturo Chacon-Cruz, Andriana Chuchman with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra conducted by Grant Gershon.
 
• Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi is the only opera Woody Allen has ever staged. The 2015 version on this release is a revival of Woody Allen’s 2008 production for L.A. Opera, a hilarious parody of classical Italian cinema stereotypes. Features Plácido Domingo in the leading role as Gianni Schicchi

 

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Product no.: 073 4842

A Metropolitan Opera High-Definition Production by Robert LePage with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conductor Fabio Luisi, chorus director Donald Palumbo

Deborah Voigt · Jay Hunter Morris · Hans-Peter König · Waltraud Meier · Iain Paterson · Wenddy Bryn Harmer · Maria Radner · Elizabeth Bishop · Heidi Melton · Eric Owens · Erin Morley · Jennifer Johnson Cano · Tamara Mumford

 

£19.95 *
Product no.: 0630-19391-2

Kiri te Kanawa, Anne Howells, Aage Haugland, Barbara Bonney

Georg Solti conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera Covent Garden. Production directed by John Schlesinger

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Product no.: 50999 6025099 5

From the Royal Opera House, London, a co-production with Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Théâtre ROyal de la Monnaie, Brussels and Opéra de Lille. Production first performed at the Santa Fe Opera, 2006

Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon) * Alice Coote (Prince Charman) * Eglise Gutiérrez (Fee) * Ewa Podles (Mme de la Haltière) * Jean-Philippe Lafont (Pandolfe)

Royal Opera Chorus * Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Bertrand de Billy

Directed for the stage by Laurent Pelly

 

£17.95 *
Product no.: 5 099907 095191

2DVD + CD, From the Teatro Real, Madrid in a new staging in association with the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia by Pier Luigi Pizzi

Philippe Jaroussky * Danielle de Niese * Max Emanuel Cencic * Anna Bonitatibus

Les Arts Florissants directed by William Christie

 

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Product no.: 2564 622917

In this 2DVD set recorded live at the Paris Opera Palais Garnier, Haïm is joined by the orchestra of Le Concert d’Astrée, as well stellar cast including Sarah Connolly as Phèdre, Stéphane Degout  as Thésée, Anne-Catherine Gillet as Aricie and Topi Lehtipuu as Hippolyte in the acclaimed production from Ivan Alexandre.

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Product no.: 2061552

VINCENZO BELLINI I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Joyce DiDonato, Nicole Cabel, Saimir Pirgu, Eric Owens, Ao Li

GAETANO DONIZETTI Lucrezia Borgia with Renée Fleming, Michael Fabiano, Elisabeth DeShong, Vitalij Kowaljow;

This exclusive DVD box combines two of the most beloved Belcanto highlights: Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia and Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Lucrezia Borgia, the notorious femme fatale renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long lost son. The passion and pain of the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers – the heartbreaking story of Romeo and Juliet – is exquisitely told in I Capuleti e i Montecchi.

 

 

£23.50 *
Product no.: 88875064069_

Jonas Kaufmann (Dick Johnson), Nina Stemme (Minnie), Tomasz Konieczny (Jack Rance)

Orchester & Chor der Wiener Staatsoper, Franz Welser-Most

BBC Music Magazine - Opera Choice - March 2016

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Product no.: 073 5218

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala directed by Daniel Barenboim

Don Giovanni: Peter Mattei · Leporello: Bryn Terfel · Donna Anna: Anna Netrebko · Barbara Frittoli · Don Ottavio: Giuseppe Filianoti · Zerlina: Anna Prohaska

 

 

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Product no.: 5 05068 9

Natalie Dessay (Manon) * Rolando Villazón (Le Chevalier des Grieux) * Samuel Ramey (Le Comte des Grieux) * Manuel Lanza (Lescaut) * Chor & Orchestras des Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona * Victor Pablo Pérez Director

2007 Stage Direction by David McVicar

 

 

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Product no.: 2072972

Three outstanding modern operas on DVD from the Salzburg Festival

Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Die Soldaten

Franz Schreker: Die Gezeichneten

Alban Berg: Lulu

Alvis Hermanis, stage director & set designer; Nikolaus Lehnhoff, stage director; Vera Nemirova, stage director; Michael Volle, baritone; Matthias Klink, tenor; Tomasz Konieczny, bass-baritone; Patricia Petibon, soprano; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor , Vienna Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 
Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano, Marc Albrecht

This DVD Box contains three award-winning reference recordings of modern 20th century operas, recorded at the Salzburg Festival in 2005, 2010 and 2012. Featuring the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and stellar soloists such as Michael Volle, Matthias Klink, Tomasz Konieczny and Patricia Petibon.

BERND ALOIS ZIMMERMANN: DIE SOLDATEN Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s opera Die Soldaten (The Soldiers), was the “highlight of the festival season”, and “broke all records!” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Salzburg’s Felsenreitschule is the ideal performance venue for the mammoth production, the gigantic building essentially becoming a 40-metre-high stage. Featuring the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, and more than 170 musicians, including no fewer than 50 soloists. Winner of the DIAPASON D’OR, DIAMANT d’Opéra Magazine and the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros.

FRANZ SCHREKER: DIE GEZEICHNETEN Composed and first performed towards the end of the First World War, the demanding work with its huge orchestral and casting requirements enjoyed performances on many important stages. Forced into early retirement following the Nazis’ seizure of power, Schreker died prematurely and the work was forgotten. The impressive opera opened the 2005 Salzburg Festival and was deservedly hailed “rediscovery of the year” by the New York Times.

ALBAN BERG: LULU The rarely performed opera calls for a very large orchestra and an extended cast of singers. French star soprano Patricia Petibon embodies Lulu, the femme fatale who meets a tragic end. Conductor Marc Albrecht leads the Wiener Philharmoniker through the rich sonorities of Berg’s music, treating them as a natural extension of Wagner, Brahms and Strauss.

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Product no.: OA1219D

Lucretia: Christine Rice; Male Chorus: Allan Clayton; Female Chorus: Kate Royal; Tarquinius: Duncan Rock; Collatinus: Matthew Rose; Junius Michael: Sumuel; Bianca: Catherine Wyn-Rogers; Lucia: Louise Alder

London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leo Hussain, production directed by Fiona Shaw, Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, October 2015.

Seventy years after its Glyndebourne world premiere, Benjamin Britten’s first chamber opera is welcomed home with ‘a performance of enthralling emotional power and physical beauty’ gifted with ‘piercingly intelligent, immaculately realised staging and superb singing, acting and playing’ led by ‘Fiona Shaw’s supremely nuanced direction’ and underpinned by ‘febrile playing’ from members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (The Telegraph *****). The production eloquently and tastefully tackles the difficult subject, which is lent emotional weight by ‘Christine Rice’s grandly sung Lucretia, noble in tone yet tragically vulnerable’, along with baritone Duncan Rock’s ‘forthright’ Tarquinius and the ‘smooth bass’ of Matthew Rose as the caring Collatinus (The Guardian ****).

‘‘This new production…possibly the most truthful --- you’re likely to see in some time.’’ The Times
‘‘Piercingly intelligent, immaculately realised ... Here is music drama of the very highest power and quality.’’ The Daily Telegraph

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Product no.: MAR0592

Sergei Prokofiev: Semyon Kotko filmed at Mariinsky II, St Petersburg 2013

Viktor Lutsyuk: Semyon Kotko
Gennadi Bezzubenkov: Tkachenko
Tatiana Pavlovskaya: Sofya
Varvara Solovyova: Frosya
Evgeny Nikitin: Remenyuk
 
Stage directon: Yuri Alexandrov; Film direction: Anna Matison
Valery Gergiev directing the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus

"Valery Gergiev is a born Prokofiev interpreter" The Guardian

2016 marks the 125th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev’s birth and Valery Gergiev is widely regarded as one of the composer’s greatest interpreters. Joined by a fine cast of soloists, Gergiev and the Mariinsky celebrate the great Russian’s genius with a world-first DVD & Blu-ray release of his raw, thrilling and utterly engrossing opera, 'Semyon Kotko'.

Based on the novel 'I, Son of Working People' by Valentin Katayev, who also wrote the libretto with Prokofiev, the perceived propagandist nature of the story meant its inherent musical quality was initially overlooked. Though not by all, as celebrated pianist Sviatoslav Richter remarked: "The premiere of the opera was a momentous event in my life [...] That evening, when I first heard Semyon Kotko, I understood that Prokofiev was a great composer."

Directed by award-winnning stage director Yuri Alexandrov, and filmed by celebrated Mariinksy director Anna Matison, this staging of 'Semyon Kotko' originated in 1999 and has been awarded two key Russian prizes, both the Casta Diva and the Golden Mask awards. Semyon Kotko is now a key work performed regularly in Russia, as well as internationally, and is presented here as a stunning DVD & Blu-ray package, featuring HD audio (inc. surround sound) and with a wide range of subtitles including English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and the original Russian.

£28.95 *
Product no.: OA1210D

Recorded live at The Royal Opera House, October 2015

Director Damiano Michieletto, Conductor Antonio Pappano with the Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - Santuzza: Eva-Maria Westbroek; Turiddu: Aleksandrs Antonenko; Mamma Lucia: Elena Zilio; Alfio: Dimitri Platanias

Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci - Canio: Aleksandrs Antonenko; Tonio: Dimitri Platanias; Nedda: Carmen Giannattasio

These two short Italian operas are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where the Mafia has a hold. The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts a cast that includes charismatic Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, exciting Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio and the thrilling Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko.

£25.95 *
Product no.: MAR0588

Andrei Popov, Edward Tsanga, Vladimir Moroz, Kristina Alieva, Maria Maksakova, Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus directed by Valery Gergiev

Filmed At Mariinsky Ii, St Petersburg, July 2013, packages in dual Blu-Ray and DVD formats.

Specially composed for Valery Gergiev on the occasion of his 60th birthday and now available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, Rodion Shchedrin’s 'The Left-Hander' is a comedy of Russians and Englishmen, new technology, old traditions and strong drink. Premiered in July 2013 by the Mariinsky Opera in St Petersburg it received its Western European premiere in 2014 at the Barbican Hall, London. 'The Left-Hander' is a gloriously wry exploration of Russia’s relationship with the West in general and England in particular. Rodion Shchedrin is one of music’s greatest living humorists and his work is laced with pitchblack irony and deadpan wit. Based on Nikolai Leskov’s classical satirical novella of 1881, 'The Tale of Cross-Eyed Lefty From Tula and the Steel Flea', 'The Left-Hander' is a wickedly funny satire, following in the tradition of Gogol and Shostakovich.

"This recording is from the first staged performances at the Mariinsky in July 2013 and it fizzes with energy… I enjoyed this hugely." BBC Radio 3 CD Review DISC OF THE WEEK

"Shchedrin’s scoring is inventive and colourful… Leading the characteristically strong Mariinsky forces, Kristina Alieva entertains with her coloratura as the ornamental insect, and in the title role the lyric tenor Andrei Popov gives a touching performance of a character forced out of his comfort zone." BBC Music Magazine

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Product no.: OA1190BD

The Royal Opera producions:

Il Trovatore 2002 directed by Elijah Moshinsky and conducted by Carlos Rizzi

La Traviata 2009 directed by Richard Eyre and conducted by Antonio Pappano

Macbeth 2011 directed by Phillida Lloyd and also conducted by Antonio Pappano

£31.95 *
Product no.: 073 4934

Staatskapelle Berlin directed by Daniel Barenboim

Mojca Erdmann · Deborah Polaski · Michael Volle · Thomas Piffka · Stephan Rügamer

 

Staged by Andrea Breth

A production of UNITEL in cooperation with Staatsoper im Schillertheater and Classica

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