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Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Richard Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten (2011/1992)

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Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Richard Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten (2011/1992)

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Richard Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten (2011/1992)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 4.03 Gb+7.44 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 183 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

Arthaus presents a rare document of an early nineties operatic highlight: the Japanese premiere of Wolfgang Sawallisch’s last production at the Bavarian State Opera. The Company’s tour of Nagoya and Tokyo in autumn 1992 under director and principal conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch was a particularly important event. Sawallisch was celebrating both the twenty-fifth anniversary of his first appearance as visiting guest conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and his departure, after twenty-one years, from his two principal posts with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Sawallisch - an acclaimed interpreter of the music of Richard Strauss - chose Die Frau ohne Schatten to commemorate these anniversaries.

Adam Fischer, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Smetana: Die verkaufte braut [Prodana nevesta] (2007/1982)

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Adam Fischer, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Smetana: Die verkaufte braut [Prodana nevesta] (2007/1982)

Adam Fischer, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Lucia Popp, Siegfried Jerusalem - Smetana: Die verkaufte braut [Prodaná nevěsta] (2007/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.55 Gb (DVD9) | 155 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This Bartered Bride ’s acting and singing is generally of a high level. Lucia Popp was caught at a perfect time for this role. She’d gradually been developing her voice into a larger, more dramatic instrument, and here displays a lyric’s warmth with the power of a spinto. She clearly enjoys the challenge of the only serious aria in the entire work (in act III; performed in German as “Wie fremd und tot”), providing many fine interpretative points and a great deal of tonal variety. The audience goes wild, as well they might.

Nello Santi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Giordano: Andrea Chenier [2005/1981]

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Nello Santi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Giordano: Andrea Chenier [2005/1981]

Nello Santi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Giordano: Andrea Chénier [2005/1981]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.64 Gb (DVD9) | 139 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Out of all Italian verismo operas, Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier is one of the few of lasting popularity that is still performed regularly on major opera stages worldwide. This 1981 production features a stellar Plácido Domingo in the title role and a classic staging by Otto Schenk, making for one of the finest readings of the opera. Andrea Chénier was an overwhelming success when premiered at La Scala in 1896 and first performed in Vienna in 1926, returning to the stage whenever a truly great tenor was available to tackle the demanding title role. Gabriela Benacková and Piero Cappuccilli lead a strong supporting cast in this tragic love story set during the times of French Revolution.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Tannhäuser (2006/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 4.17+7.65 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 189 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Few productions in the Metropolitan Opera's repertory have been so unanimously admired as Richard Wagner's Tannhauser. The New York Times, reviewing the telecast performance of Tannhauser, observed:"One of the most gorgeous and gloriously romantic productions in the Met's repertory …the scenic designs are both breathtakingly grand and painstakingly subtle." The individual performers garnered praise from other critics: "you may just about explode with the musical excitement that conductor James Levine and his cast generate."

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Peter Hofmann, Eva Marton - Wagner: Lohengrin (2006/1986)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Peter Hofmann, Eva Marton - Wagner: Lohengrin (2006/1986)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Peter Hofmann, Eva Marton - Wagner: Lohengrin (2006/1986)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.70+4.11 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 223 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Wagner’s medieval romance of the Swan Knight comes to life in a lavish production by August Everding, filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in 1986. James Levine conducts a stellar cast led by Eva Marton, Leonie Rysanek and Peter Hofmann in the title role.

Franco Capuana, Orchestra e Coro dell' Arena di Verona - Verdi: Aida (2005/1966)

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Franco Capuana, Orchestra e Coro dell' Arena di Verona - Verdi: Aida (2005/1966)

Franco Capuana, Orchestra e Coro dell' Arena di Verona - Verdi: Aida (2005/1966)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | Dolby AC3, 1 ch | 6.60 Gb (DVD9) | 160 min
Classical | Hardy Classic | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais

The tradition of presenting operas in the Arena of Verona was inaugurated by Aida when it was performed there in 1913. The wide-open spaces of this opera-the blue skies and fragrant forests of Ethiopia, the starry nights on the Nile-and its picture of Egypt's ancient civilisation found their ideal setting in the grandeur of this centuries-old Roman amphitheatre and in the open air of Verona's summer nights.

Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (2004/1967)

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Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (2004/1967)

Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (2004/1967)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | Dolby AC3, 2 ch | DTS, 5 ch | 6.96 Gb (DVD9) | 130 min
Classical | Hardy Classic | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Espanol

A dream cast for a wonderful opera. Renata Scotto and Carlo Bergonzi, whose partnership in the EMI recording of Madama Butterfly made it the version of choice, can be seen as well as heard in Donizetti's delicious opera buffa. The cast is filled out with superb singing actors, including Carlo Cava, Giuseppe Taddei and others. A major discovery and a feast for opera fans.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Tamerlano (2015) [BDRip]

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Tamerlano (2015) [BDRip]

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Tamerlano (2015) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 190 min | 4,06 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 320 Kbps
Classical | Alpha | Sub.: French, English, German, Dutch

This Handelian diptych, the brainchild of the director Pierre Audi, was conceived in a style of great purity, right down to the costumes, the decors and the sumptuous chiaroscuro lighting. In order to replicate this aesthetic, reminiscent of Renaissance paintings, with the greatest possible fidelity, the performances, filmed in high resolution, are being released on BLU RAY only. Christophe Rousset and his orchestra convey exceptional fervor in this music, here served by the finest Handelian voices imaginable, foremost among them Sandrine Piau, who enjoyed a genuine triumph in the stage production. Nor can one forget the dramatic performance of Jeremy Ovenden in Tamerlano, or the beauty of the voices of Ann Hallenberg, Sophie Karthauser, Delphine Galou and the countertenor Christophe Dumaux.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Alcina (2015) [BDRip]

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Alcina (2015) [BDRip]

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Alcina (2015) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 188 min | 4,03 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 320 Kbps
Classical | Alpha | Sub.: French, English, German, Dutch

This Handelian diptych, the brainchild of the director Pierre Audi, was conceived in a style of great purity, right down to the costumes, the decors and the sumptuous chiaroscuro lighting. In order to replicate this aesthetic, reminiscent of Renaissance paintings, with the greatest possible fidelity, the performances, filmed in high resolution, are being released on BLU RAY only. Christophe Rousset and his orchestra convey exceptional fervor in this music, here served by the finest Handelian voices imaginable, foremost among them Sandrine Piau, who enjoyed a genuine triumph in the stage production. Nor can one forget the dramatic performance of Jeremy Ovenden in Tamerlano, or the beauty of the voices of Ann Hallenberg, Sophie Karthauser, Delphine Galou and the countertenor Christophe Dumaux. Christophe Rousset writes of this production: “…In Alcina, Handel gives us one of his most dramatically accomplished scores, in which each character follows a wholly individual trajectory, and the different “stages” of love are delicately handled.”

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.

Bruno Campanella, Orchestre et Choers de l'Opéra National de Paris - Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri (2007/1998)

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Bruno Campanella, Orchestre et Choers de l'Opéra National de Paris - Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri (2007/1998)

Bruno Campanella, Orchestre et Choers de l'Opéra National de Paris - Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri (2007/1998)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.83 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese

TDK presents a production of Rossinis LItaliana in Algeri by renowned opera stage director Andrei Serban and conducted by Bruno Campanella from the prestigious Opéra National de Paris. The excellent cast of singer-actors was led by international mezzo- star Jennifer Larmore who, with her unaffected contact with the audience, beautiful voice and excellent acting, is central to this staging. The American singer has acquired a reputation as a Rossini specialist, and is no stranger to inventive stagings of the composers comedies. However, the work may be named after the Italian girl, but her adversary Mustafà is just as dominant, and this production has one of the leading exponents of this gleeful role, the buffo bass Simone Alaimo.

Maurizio Benini, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2010) [Blu-Ray]

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Maurizio Benini, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2010) [Blu-Ray]

Maurizio Benini, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2010) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 33896 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 121 min | 36,3 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3093 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip1 | MKV 1920x1080 / 5000 kbps / 29,970 fps | 121 min | 7,49 Gb
BluRay-rip2 | MKV 1280x720 / 2210 kbps / 29,970 fps | 121 min | 5,12 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

Acclaimed Italian conductor Maurizio Benini makes his Glyndebourne debut in Donizetti’s intoxicating and deeply touching opera, whose fast-moving comic story unfolds the romantic rivalry between penniless farmhand and bumptious soldier, both vying for the love of Adina. Will the bogus Dr Dulcamara’s potion – the elixir of love – help farmhand Nemorino win her heart? Peter Auty takes the role of Nemorino with Ekaterina Siurina as Adina. Recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

Giuseppe Sinopoli, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Hildegard Behrens, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Tosca (2006/1985)

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Giuseppe Sinopoli, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Hildegard Behrens, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Tosca (2006/1985)

Puccini - Tosca (Giuseppe Sinopoli, Hildegard Behrens, Plácido Domingo) (2006/1985)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.57 Gb (DVD9) | 123 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

"This is certainly one of the most stunning productions in a house famous for stunning productions." (Newark Star-Ledger) "Behrens sang admirably in her own exciting style, with the bright tone and house-filling penetration that we have come to expect of this artist". (The New York Times) " Domingo's Cavaradossi is a gorgeous piece of singing". (New York magazine)

Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2018) [Blu-Ray]

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Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor  (2018) [Blu-Ray]

Daniel Oren, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2018) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 28011 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 149 min | 40,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3802 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip1 | MKV 1920x1080 / 4475 kbps / 29,97 fps | 149 min | 8,68 Gb
BluRay-rip2 | MKV 1280x720 / 2735 kbps / 29,97 fps | 149 min | 6,85 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Erato | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Diana Damrau’s reputation as the world’s leading coloratura soprano has been built on her extraordinary technical virtuosity, her sensitive musicianship and her acute psychological insight. In Katie Mitchell’s sometimes radical production of Lucia di Lammermoor from the Royal Opera House, she is, as the Financial Times wrote, 'brilliantly convincing'. Award winning director Katie Mitchell took a revisionist approach to the drama, updating the action to the mid-19th century and applying a feminist slant as she added new and unexpected elements. Mitchell also made extensive use of a ‘split screen’ effect on the stage, counterpointing two different pieces of action at key moments.

Andris Nelsons, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Puccini: La Bohème (2010) [Blu-ray]

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Andris Nelsons, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Puccini: La Bohème (2010) [Blu-ray]

Andris Nelsons, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Puccini: La Bohème (2010) [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 33946 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 112 min | 36,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4331 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip1 | MKV 1920x1080 / 5000 kbps / 29,970 fps | 112 min | 6,95 Gb
BluRay-rip2 | MKV 1280x720 / 2210 kbps / 29,970 fps | 112 min | 4,75 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Opus Arte| Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

John Copley’s enduring production of one of the most famously melodious and popular of all operas is a classic of the Royal Opera repertory. With historically accurate designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and an excellent cast headed by Hibla Gerzmava and Teodor Ilincai, this 2009 revival, in which conductor Andris Nelsons makes a distinguished Royal Opera House debut, does full justice to Puccini’s masterpiece. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.