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Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera House - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (2003/1989)

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Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera House - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (2003/1989)

Maurizio Arena, Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera House - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (2003/1989)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | 7.37 Gb (DVD9) | 160 min
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, Français, English, Deutsch, Español

Arrigo Boito's treatment of the Faust legend is imaginative yet also faithful to Goethe's original conception, and the score is memorable for its rich orchestral sounds, beautifully punctuated with lyrical passages and choral interludes. Robert Carsen's sumptuous, post-modern production of Mefistofele is a gloriously decadent and theatrically stunning realisation, and the San Francisco Opera's performance has been unanimously acclaimed in both Paris and San Francisco. Samuel Ramey, in the title role, has won both critical and overwhelming popular approval.

Andre Previn, San Francisco Opera Orchestra - Previn: A Streetcar named Desire (1998)

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Andre Previn, San Francisco Opera Orchestra - Previn: A Streetcar named Desire (1998)

André Previn, San Francisco Opera Orchestra - Previn: A Streetcar named Desire (1998)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.41 Gb (DVD9) | 167 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: Deutsch, Francais

André Previn turned seventy in 1999. From Berlin refugee to multi-Oscar-winning film score composer, from great jazz pianist to chief conductor of both the London Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, through four marriages including Mia Farrow and present wife Heather, with an honorary knighthood for his services to British music, his story is extraordinary. Previn's remarkable career reached a climax in September 1998 with the premier of his first opera, A Streetcar Named Desire. He also conducted the production at the San Francisco Opera, with Renée Fleming as Blanche.

Marco Guidarini, Orchestre National de Montpellier - Alfano: Cyrano de Bergerac (2005/2003)

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Marco Guidarini, Orchestre National de Montpellier - Alfano: Cyrano de Bergerac (2005/2003)

Marco Guidarini, Orchestre National de Montpellier - Alfano: Cyrano de Bergerac (2005/2003)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.06 Gb (DVD9) | 133 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Français, English, Deutsch, Italiano, Español

This is, by operatic standards of fidelity, a very faithful musical treatment of Edmond Rostand's classic drama about the swashbuckling poet and swordsman with the big nose. The music is competent but not spectacular; that quality is found in the libretto. The title role is expertly filled by Roberto Alagna, who not only has the best tenor voice in France but also turns out to be an accomplished actor in a demanding role. He is well-supported by a cast that clearly loves the story, its various characters and its often brilliant dialogue.

Stefano Montanari, Orchestra of the Bergamo Musica Festival - Donizetti: Don Gregorio (2008)

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Stefano Montanari, Orchestra of the Bergamo Musica Festival - Donizetti: Don Gregorio (2008)

Stefano Montanari, Orchestra of the Bergamo Musica Festival - Donizetti: Don Gregorio (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 6,14+3,07 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 135 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

Staged for the first time at Teatro Nuovo in Naples in 1826, Don Gregorio is the Neapolitan version of one of Donizetti’s earliest masterpieces, L’ajo nell’imbarazzo (1824). This is the first representation in Italy in modern times, and a world premiere recording. Director Roberto Recchia sets the performance in the 1920s, at a time when restrictions and false morality were strongly linked with Italian political and social situation. In its new adaptation, the work differs from the original version in several aspects, the most important being the insertion of spoken dialogues in Neapolitan dialect in place of the recitatives. But Donizetti’s musical verve remains unchanged as he underlines the very enjoyable farcical situations of this comic work. The characters are inspired by Italian Commedia dell’Arte, but possess at the same time a deeper psychological and human dimension.

Riccardo Frizza, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renée Fleming - Rossini: Armida (2011)

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Riccardo Frizza, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renée Fleming - Rossini: Armida (2011)

Riccardo Frizza, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renée Fleming - Rossini: Armida (2011)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 4.19+5.85 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 171 min
Classical | Label: DECCA | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

Renée Fleming stars in the title role of this rarely heard diva showcase, in a production by Tony Award® winner Mary Zimmerman. Rossini's opera, set in the time of the Crusades, tells the story of a vengeful sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison. This DVD captures the production's Live in HD presentation, as seen in cinemas around the world.

Claudio Scimone, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia - Rossini: Maometto Secondo (2005)

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Claudio Scimone, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia - Rossini: Maometto Secondo (2005)

Claudio Scimone, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia - Rossini: Maometto Secondo (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 6.61+4.75 Gb (2xDVD9) | 174 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese, Japanese

It was customary for Rossini to modify his scores and develop second and third versions for theatres that wanted to stage his operas. The Maometto II here recorded corresponds only in part to the original score (Naples, 1820), which is the version generally performed nowadays; it is, instead, the revision made for Venice’s Teatro La Fenice staged on 26th December 1822 as opening title of the 1823 Carnival season, the same season which, on February 3rd, would also see the debut of Semiramide. For Venice Rossini tried to soften the monolithic character of his Neapolitan score, introducing an opening symphony, making changes - some of them quite substantial - to the score and, especially, giving the plot a happy ending. The title role is sung by the young Italian bass Lorenzo Regazzo, internationally renowned; Claudio Scimone, on the podium, is responsible for the revision of the score.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniela Dessi - Verdi: Don Carlo (2004/1992)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniela Dessi - Verdi: Don Carlo (2004/1992)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniela Dessi - Verdi: Don Carlo (2004/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 5 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.02 Gb+5.46 Gb (2xDVD9) | 182 min
Classical | EMI Classics | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

Those who know Zeffirelli's style won't be surprised by the conventionally lavish production, but it effectively evokes the atmosphere of religious oppression and personal antagonisms Verdi so unerringly depicts. The dark-hued, threatening setting fits Muti's energetic, rhythmically vital conception. He quickens the emotions in a peculiarly Italianate way, and throughout evinces a feeling for the colouring of the score. His reading is in turn a good background for some thoughtful and idiomatic singing.

Alberto Erede, Orchestra e Coro della RAI - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2005/1955)

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Alberto Erede, Orchestra e Coro della RAI - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2005/1955)

Alberto Erede, Orchestra e Coro della RAI - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2005/1955)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | (Dolby AC3, 1 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 105 min
Classical | Hardy | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Espanol, Japanese

The RAI Pasquale of 1955 is almost as good as the two Verdis [#4 Otello and #551 Traviata], marred only by Italo Tajo's overdone mugging in the title-part. Alda Noni, remembered affectionately by older opera-goers in the same part at London's Cambridge Theatre in the late 1940s, remains a charming, minxish though now more buxom Norina. Sesto Bruscantini is a model of a Malatesta, Cesare Valletti even better as an Ernesto in the class of his teacher, Tito Schipa. Erede's seasoned conducting and a resourceful staging makes this a delightful experience.

Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: L'Equivoco Stravagante (2009)

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Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: L'Equivoco Stravagante (2009)

Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: L'Equivoco Stravagante (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7,64 Gb (DVD9) | 142 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

L’Equivoco stravagante (the curious misunderstanding) was Rossini’s first attempt at writing a two act opera. The plot is based around three characters; Ermanno, Ernestina and Buralicchio. Ermanno, who’s young and poor, loves Ernestina the daughter of Gamberotto, a wealthy farmer. However, Ernestina and her father have their eyes on Buralicchio, a young upstart who has more money than sense. To get his competition out of the way, Ermanno and a few servants hatch a plot to convince Buralicchio that Ernestina is actually a castrato, and worse, an army deserter. Ernestina is arrested, but eventually freed by Ermanno whom she then marries.

Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: La Cambiale di matrimonio (2008)

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Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: La Cambiale di matrimonio (2008)

Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: La Cambiale di matrimonio (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | Dolby AC3, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 5.17 Gb (DVD9) | 83 min
Classical | Naxos | Sub.: English, Italiano

The plot of La cambiale di matrimonie, which Rossini composed when he was just eighteen years old, revolves around the farcical attempts of Tobia Mill, a rich English merchant, to combine business with pleasure by forcing this daughter, the lovely Fanny (“the merchandise”) to marry Slook, his rich colonial correspondent from America, by means of a bill of exchange. Eventually, it is the gallant Slook himself who persuades Mill to allow Fanny to marry her true love, Edoardo Milfort. This Rossini Opera Festival—Pesaro production features two well-established singers, Désirée Rancatore and Saimir Pirgu, who are joined by three promising young singers: Fabio Maria Capitanucci, Enrico Maria Marabellie and Maria Gortsevskaya.

Antonello Allemandi, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia (2009)

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Antonello Allemandi, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia (2009)

Antonello Allemandi, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | Dolby AC3, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.84 Gb (DVD9) | 165 min
Classical | Naxos | Sub.: English, Italiano

Filmed live in 2007 at the prestigious Rossini Opera Festival in the composer’s birthplace, Pesaro, Il Turco in Italia is a madcap ensemble opera with an inspired score that boasts music of both comic genius and extraordinary beauty. Set in Naples, it spins a crazy tale around a poet who uses the romantic entanglements of the inhabitants with a Turkish prince as inspiration for the plot of his next play. Ultimately, life imitates art as all ends happily, but not before a planned abduction leads to a chaotic situation of mistaken identity.

Asher Fisch, Bayerischer Staatsorchester, Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2015) [BDRip]

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Asher Fisch, Bayerischer Staatsorchester,  Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2015) [BDRip]

Asher Fisch, Bayerischer Staatsorchester, Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann - Verdi: La Forza del Destino (2015) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip1 | MKV 1920x1080 / 4972 kbps / 29,97 fps | 178 min | 11,0 Gb
BluRay-rip2 | MKV 1280x720 / 2000 kbps / 29,97 fps | 178 min | 7,28 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Sony | Sub: Italian, English, French, German

Martin Kušej’s thrilling contemporary interpretation of Verdi’s late period opera proved the perfect vehicle for the Bavarian State Opera’s dream team of Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros. The imposing sets’ references to terrorism and the implosion of modern civilization bring the opera’s inherent drama to a breathtaking pinnacle. Specialist promo & marketing activity.

Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2004/1985)

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Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2004/1985)

Georg Solti, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2004/1985)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 197 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Japanese

This Covent Garden performance has transferred to video and DVD remarkably successfully, partly because the singing and acting of the principals is so good, but chiefly because conductor Georg Solti finds an excellent balance between sharp characterisation and sumptuous romance; between wit and mischief on the one hand and profound feelings on the other. Though sensitive to its beauties, Solti keeps the music moving along, never becoming sloppy or over-indulgent.

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2005/1986)

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Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2005/1986)

Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (2005/1986)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.08 Gb (DVD9) | 171 min
Classical | NVC ARTS | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Portugues

Complete with the obligatory ballet demanded by the French grand style this opera now invariably known under its Italian title of I Vespri Sililiana was specially commissioned for the Great Exhibition of Paris of 1855. It is now the common practice to adhere to the Italian libretto and to dispense with the lengthy ballet sequence of Act III. Such is the case with this 1986 production from Bologna under the baton of Riccardo Chailly. The performance is notable for the fine singing of both the chorus and the four leads.

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Don Carlo (2010)

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Antonio Pappano, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Don Carlo (2010)

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House - Verdi: Don Carlo (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.41+5.18 Gb (2xDVD9) | 211 min
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner’s new staging of Verdi’s grandest – and arguably greatest – opera, Don Carlo, was the highlight of the 2007/2008 Royal Opera House season. This new production marked Rolando Villazón’s much anticipated, triumphant return to the house.