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Edward Downes, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Jose Carreras, Catherine Malfitano - Verdi: Stiffelio (2008/1993)

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Edward Downes, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Jose Carreras, Catherine Malfitano - Verdi: Stiffelio (2008/1993)

Edward Downes, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, José Carreras, Catherine Malfitano - Verdi: Stiffelio (2008/1993)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.46 Gb (DVD9) | 122 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English

Once regarded as Verdi's lost opera because of early censorship and controversy, Stiffelio has now established its rightful place in Verdi's canon. In this 1993 recording from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, José Carreras, as the Protestant minister whose faith is shattered when he discovers his wife's adulterous liaison with a family friend, leads a fine cast that includes Catherine Malfitano, Gregory Yurisich, Gwynne Howell and Robin Leggate under the baton of Edward Downes.

Bruno Bartoletti, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2007/1967)

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Bruno Bartoletti, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2007/1967)

Bruno Bartoletti, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2007/1967)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 130 min | 4,34 Gb (DVD5)
Classical | VAI | Sub: Italiano, Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais

Italian opera in Japan got started in the mid-1950s. The series title was Lirica Italiana, and back in the early days the international stars who appeared would have had to make at least six stops when flying out from Europe. Despite this exhausting journey the productions, mounted with the help of Japanese orchestras and choruses, were often legendary, and they are now being issued on DVD by the admirable American company Video Artists International.

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro Teatro alla Scala - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007/1987)

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Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro Teatro alla Scala - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007/1987)

Riccardo Muti, Orchestra e Coro Teatro alla Scala - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2007/1987)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 179 min | 7,41 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English

This acclaimed La Scala performance of "Don Giovanni" instantly took its place among the most important Mozart productions. Thomas Allen, hailed as one of the best British baritones ever, gives an engaging and seductive performance as the famous lover. Under the baton of Riccardo Muti, this La Scala production highlights all of the tragic grandeur of this masterpiece without sacrificing its lighthearted moments. Director Giorgio Strehler's staging has been lauded for its subtle psychological treatment of the characters.

Daniele Gatti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Don Carlo (2009)

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Daniele Gatti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Don Carlo (2009)

Daniele Gatti, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: Don Carlo (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 5 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.27+6.28 Gb (2xDVD9) | 200 min
Classical | Label: Hardy | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano

Don Carlos is a five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi to a French-language libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle, based on the dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien by Friedrich Schiller. This new production at the Teatro alla Scala was recorded live on opening night, December 7, 2008. The cast is lead by Ferruccio Furlanetto, Stuart Neill, Dalibor Jenis and Dolora Zajick. Danielle Gatti conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala. The opera is presented in a four-act Italian-language version that Verdi prepared for the 1884 La Scala premiere. Includes 'behind the scenes' bonus material.

Alessandro De Marchi, Orchestra of the Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2008)

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Alessandro De Marchi, Orchestra of the Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2008)

Alessandro De Marchi, Orchestra of the Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti - Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 4.89+4.47 Gb (2xDVD9) | 132 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

This new Dynamic opera, Elisir d’amore was performed in Donizetti’s native city of Bergamo, during the most important world festival dedicated to the Italian composer. The opera is set in a rural environment and the action takes place in a country farm. It is a brilliant comedy with many points of contact with semi-serious operas. The choice of this subject must have been strongly influenced by the successes of Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula.

Stephane Denève, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2014)

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Stephane Denève, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2014)

Stephane Denève, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2014)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 5.29 Gb+7.01 Gb (2xDVD9) | 183 min
Classical | Erato | Sub: Francais, English, Italiano, Deutsch, Espanol, Catalan

Warner Classics & Erato DVD catalogue already contains several characteristically stylish and imaginative productions by the French opera director Laurent Pelly: Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, Massenet’s Cendrillon, Donizetti’s La Fille du régiment, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Handel’s Giulio Cesare. The last three all star Natalie Dessay, and now she and Pelly are reunited once again, this time for Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, staged at Barcelona’s Liceu opera house in early 2013.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2009)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2009)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2011)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.57 Gb (DVD9) | 116 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano

Monteverdi's seminal first opera tells the dramatic story from Ovid's Metamorphoses of the descent of Orfeo (Georg Nigl) into the underworld to recover his beloved wife Euridice (Roberta Invernizzi), who has died from a snake bite. In a new production for La Scala, based on a painting by Titian and directed by Robert Wilson, the opera receives a powerful and inspiring performance from a fine cast, the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala and Concerto Italiano under the much-admired Italian early music specialist, Rinaldo Alessandrini. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Puccini: La Boheme (2005/1977)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Puccini: La Boheme (2005/1977)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti - Puccini: La Bohème (2005/1977)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.71 Gb (DVD9) | 123 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This was the very first “Live from the Met” telecast, and its availability on DVD will no doubt give rise to intense nostalgia, as it did for me. (How young everyone looked!) There’s an authentic sense of occasion to this performance. It’s one thing to play to a packed house, another to play to a nationwide television audience, and with so many eyes upon them, everyone involved in this Bohème rose to the occasion. It’s by no means a perfect evening—what performance ever is?—but it’s a treasurable one for anyone who cares about this opera, the Met, or the principal singers.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2006/1980)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2006/1980)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2006/1980)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.39 Gb (DVD9) | 132 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

All the throbbing eroticism—and ultimate heartbreak—of Puccini’s youthful score is unleashed by James Levine and his top-flight cast. Plácido Domingo is Des Grieux, the handsome, headstrong young aristocrat who falls head over heels for the enticing, impetuous Manon Lescaut (Renata Scotto). Manon returns his love, but her obsession with luxury ruins them both. Gian Carlo Menotti’s opulent production, with sets and costumes by Desmond Heeley, superbly captures the colorful world of 18th century France.

Ivor Bolton, Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Real Madrid - Britten: Billy Budd (2018) [Blu-Ray]

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Ivor Bolton, Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Real Madrid - Britten: Billy Budd (2018) [Blu-Ray]

Ivor Bolton, Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Real Madrid - Britten: Billy Budd (2018) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27990 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 175 min | 41,9 Gb
Audio1: English / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2314 kbps / 16-bit
Classical | Bel Air Classiques | Sub.: English, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Japanese, French

800 litres of water, two sails, thirty pulleys, sixty hammocks: for the Bicentenary of the Teatro Real of Madrid, Deborah Warner coined a colossal production of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd. A critically-acclaimed performance, praised for its depth and intelligence. Baritone Jacques Imbrailo delivers a stunning rendition of the young sailor's part, while British singers Toby Spence and Brindley Sherratt provide solid interpretations of Captain 'Starry' Vere and of John Claggart. In the pit, Ivor Bolton masterfully deploys, along with the Orchestra of the Teatro Real, all the energy and power of Britten's fifth opera. A now iconic production, co-produced by the Opera of Rome and the Royal Opera House.

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Gounod: Roméo et Juliette (2008/1994)

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Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Gounod: Roméo et Juliette (2008/1994)

Charles Mackerras, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Leontina Vaduva, Roberto Alagna - Gounod: Roméo et Juliette (2008/1994)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.06 Gb (DVD9) | 176 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English

Charles Mackerras teases the romantic beauty from Gounod's score, which has been widely admired since its first performance at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, in 1867. In this 1994 recording, the youthful Roberto Alagna as Roméo and Leontina Vaduva as the unattainable Juliette lead an excellent cast in this touching portrayal of impossible love, based on Shakespeare's play.

Evelino Pido, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Simone Alaimo, Patrizia Ciofi - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2008)

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Evelino Pido, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Simone Alaimo, Patrizia Ciofi - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2008)

Evelino Pidò, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Simone Alaimo, Patrizia Ciofi - Donizetti: Don Pasquale (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.52 Gb (DVD9) | 120 min
Classical | Bel Air | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol

Bel Air present Don Pasquale, a true masterpiece from Donizetti. It's one of the funniest operas ever composed, but it also shines with Donizetti's trademark touch of gentle pathos and some of his finest music. The production is from the Grand Theatre of Geneva, with soprano Patrizia Ciofi as Norina and baritone Simone Alaimo in the title role.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2003/1988)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2003/1988)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2003/1988)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.77 Gb (DVD9) | 154 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

An enthralling production from the Metropolitan Opera under James Levine, with an unbeatable performance from Jessye Norman as Ariadne, and spotless coloratura from Kathleen Battle as Zerbinetta. James King offers sterling support in the taxing role of Bacchus. (James Longstaffe)

Arnold Östman, London Baroque Players - Handel: Agrippina (2006/1985)

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Arnold Östman, London Baroque Players - Handel: Agrippina (2006/1985)

Arnold Östman, London Baroque Players, Barbara Daniels, David Kuebler - Handel: Agrippina (2006/1985)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.63 Gb (DVD9) | 154 min
Classical | EuroArts | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Chinese

Agrippina is brilliant, early Handel. Composed when he was just twenty-four, it was his first big hit in the theatre. It’s full of his fresh, exuberantly inventive music and sets one of the finest librettos Handel worked with. This beautiful production, with an elegant and colorful staging, was recorded at the exquisite Rococo palace theatre in Schwetzingen, built in 1752.

Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)

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Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)

Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, René Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.02 Gb (DVD9) | 127 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This DVD of Ariadne is a 1978 film based on Filippo Sanjust’s Vienna State Opera production. The bustling Prologue is set in the backstage area of the mogul’s palace and the 18th century costumes fit neatly. In the opera proper, the stage is transformed into a very stagey desert island with an improbable set of stairs leading to the heroine’s cave, the action spilling over into the theatre’s side boxes at times. While there’s nothing particularly imaginative about the production, it never distracts from the main event–the music. Strauss was profligate in his melodic gifts, his ability to make a reduced orchestra sound big, and his wonderful obsession with the female voice, which yields many glorious moments in the opera. Lavish casting helps.