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Image Twin Spirits
Twin Spirits is a unique and intimate, live theatrical performance by a chamber ensemble of actors, singers and musicians, portraying the deep and ultimately tragic love between the composer Robert Schumann and his pianist wife Clara Wieck. In this intensely moving performance of words, song and music, the Schumanns' long separation, so formative an influence on their lives, is reflected in the division of the ensemble into male and female groups. Robert's letters to Clara are read by Sting and his songs sung by Simon Keenlyside, with accompaniments and instrumental music played by Iain Burnside and Sergej Krylov. Clara's letters to Robert are read by Trudie Styler and her songs sung by Rebecca Evans, with accompaniments and instrumental music played by Natalie Clein and Natasha Paremski. The narrator, Derek Jacobi, links together the letters and lyrics to complete the essential outline of the story. Conceived and directed by John Caird, Twin Spirits was first performed in June 2005 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London and has since been experienced only at private performances for charity by small audiences of all ages and interests, leaving them deeply touched and inspired.

£19.99
Image Mompou: Songs
£13.99
Image Copland: The Shining River
Until her untimely death in 2003, Susan Chilcott was placed among the outstanding lyric sopranos of her generation, one whose captivating stage presence, dramatic vitality and vocal poetry created memorable portrayals of heroines in Verdi, Janácek and Britten, among others. Her last recording was of songs by Copland, acclaimed at the time of its first release for her 'commanding authority' and 'youthful vitality' (Gramophone). This recital is now complemented by a range of Shakespeare-inspired songs from Berlioz to Dominick Argento, never previously released.

£13.99
Image Michaels-Moore: Songs Of The Sea | Travel
Rosenblatt Recitals
ANTHONY MICHAELS-MOORE
SONGS OF THE SEA
SONGS OF TRAVEL


From 'one of the most gorgeous voices on the opera stage today' comes a marine song-recital by Stanford which celebrates a time when England ruled the waves. The cycles by Vaughan Williams look further, from the Dorset vales towards America and the far horizon that has always attracted poets and composers.

Presenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London's only world-class season of opera recitals.

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Image Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri
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Image Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen
£29.99
Image VERDI: Traviata
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Image VIVIER: Reves d'un Marco Polo
£29.99
Image VERDI: Due Foscari
£9.99
Image Twin Spirits
£24.99
Image Beethoven: Fidelio
Translucence, transparency - warmth' are the qualities identified by Bernard Haitink as necessary for an ideal sound performance of Beethoven's only opera, and all are present in this fantastic recording of Katharina Thalbach's new production for Opernhaus Zurich. Haitink conducts the Zurich Opera Orchestra in a magnificent performance in which Leonore Overture No. 3 provides an interlude between the two scenes of the second act, following a tradition started by Gustav Mahler. German soprano Melanie Diener, in the role of Leonore, leads a brilliant cast including Alfred Muff as Rocco, Roberto Sacca as Florestan, Sandra Trattnigg as Marzelline and Christoph Strehl as Jaquino. This High Definition recording with true surround sound marks the start of an exciting new collaboration between Opus Arte and Opernhaus Zurich. Recorded live at the Zurich Opera House, Germany, in Adverts in Gramophone, Classic FM and BBC Music

£24.99
Image HAYDN: String Quartets
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Image Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
Richard Strauss's most popular opera mixes comedy and philosophy with farce and romance. Exceptional singing from Anna Tomowa-Sintow (The Marschallin) is perfectly complemented by Kurt Moll's Baron Ochs, Ann Murray's Octavian and Barbara Bonney's Sophie, with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Andrew Davis.

"Andrew Davis has firm control of the score, its textures iridescent, the momentum sustained with a grace and urgency exactly suited to the psychological turmoil afflicting the protagonists. Don't miss the new cast at any cost."

£24.99
Image MOZART IN TURKEY FEATURING DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM
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Image MOZART: Symphony No. 39 / SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 2
The conductor Sergiu Celibidache was a legend in his own lifetime, mesmerising orchestras with his intensity and brilliance, both in rehearsals and in performances - which were always conducted from memory. These recordings pair the first of Mozart's last three symphonies, which Misha Donat puts \among musical history's most miraculous feats of concentrated inspiration" with Schubert's second Symphony, an extraordinary work from a 17-year-old. The Celibidache Symphonic Series celebrates the historic release on DVD of rare footage of the few performances ever recorded for television."

£19.99
Image TAVENER: Choral Ikons
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Image Tavener: Choral Ikons
John Tavener describes his music as resembling 'ikons in sound' - a window on to the Divine world. The British conductor and composer James Whitbourn conducts the London-based ensemble The Choir in a programme of Tavener's hauntingly beautiful unaccompanied choral music in performances described as"impressive and spiritual".

'The power of the performances is overwhelming and the credit goes to James Whitbourn and his vocal ensemble The Choir' The Organ


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Image Lehar: The Merry Widow
Lotfi Mansouri's spectacular last production as General Director of San Francisco Opera with Yvonne Kenny making her debut in the title role, new dialogue specially commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Wendy Wasserstein, and an original ballet to set the scene 'Chez Maxim's', bringing fresh insight into Lehar's classic operetta.

"it's a wonderfully rich piece of musical theatre, of course gorgeous melodies but also the story touches on some real basic truths about human relationships" Director, Lofti Mansouri

'...this is about as lavish a production of Franz Lehar's adorable operetta as you are ever likely to see...soprano Yvonne Kenny is perfectly cast in the title role.' Classic FM Magazine

£29.99
Image Stiffelio
£14.99
Image ADAMS: DOCTOR ATOMIC
£29.99
Image LANG/ LOCK: AMELIA
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Image Ashton Celebration

ASHTON CELEBRATION: THE ROYAL
BALLET DANCES FREDERICK ASHTON

Royal Opera House

'MEDITATION' FROM THAÏS - Mara Galeazzi, Rupert Pennefather
VOICES OF SPRING - Emma Maguire, Valentino Zucchetti
MONOTONES I AND II - Emma Maguire, Akane Takada, Dawid Trzensimiech, Marianela Nuñez, Federico Bonelli, Edward Watson
MARGUERITE AND ARMAND - Tamara Rojo, Christopher Saunders, Sergei Polunin, Gary Avis

Artists of The Royal Ballet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor: Emmanuel Plasson

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2013

Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, was one of the 20th century's most influential choreographers, whose musical, subtle and graceful style and extraordinary gift for storytelling had a profound impact on the development of British ballet. This special programme, performed at the Royal Opera House to mark the 25th anniversary of Ashton's death, presents five works that showcase his astonishing versatility, from compelling abstract ballets - such as the exuberant Voices of Spring and the radically modernist Monotones - to the tragic love story Marguerite and Armand, brought to life with 'performances of heart-wrenching intensity' (The Observer) by Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin.

Running time: 97 minutes
Subtitles: EN
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image Beethoven: Fidelio
Translucence, transparency - warmth' are the qualities identified by Bernard Haitink as necessary for an ideal sound performance of Beethoven's only opera, and all are present in this fantastic recording of Katharina Thalbach's new production for Opernhaus Zurich. Haitink conducts the Zurich Opera Orchestra in a magnificent performance in which Leonore Overture No. 3 provides an interlude between the two scenes of the second act, following a tradition started by Gustav Mahler. German soprano Melanie Diener, in the role of Leonore, leads a brilliant cast including Alfred Muff as Rocco, Roberto Sacca as Florestan, Sandra Trattnigg as Marzelline and Christoph Strehl as Jaquino. This High Definition recording with true surround sound marks the start of an exciting new collaboration between Opus Arte and Opernhaus Zurich.

£29.99
Image Bellini: I Puritani

''It is rare indeed to find a performance of a Bellini opera these days, and with its vertiginous lead roles Puritani is rarer than most. But it is such a treat!''

Seen and Heard International

''Scott Hendricks' baritone is honeyed and mellifluous. His aria and cabaletta in the opening scene are really beautiful, and he rises to the challenge of his duet with Arturo with thrilling skill.''

Seen and Heard International

In Vincenzo Bellini's last opera, Elvira's love for Arturo overcomes the power-games in Puritan England, staged with darkly dramatic flair by Francisco Negrin as a world of blind dogma. Mariola Cantarero is compelling as the heroine on the verge of insanity in one of the greatest mad scenes in the history of opera. One of the leading lyric tenors today, John Osborn sings Arturo with fearless commitment and some spectacular top notes. In the pit is the bel canto specialist Giuliano Carella.

£29.99
Image Birtwistle: The Minotaur
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Image Britten: Gloriana
Britten
GLORIANA
Royal Opera House


Queen Elizabeth I Susan Bullock
Earl of Essex Toby Spence
Countess of Essex Patricia Bardon
Lord Mountjoy Mark Stone
Lady Rich Kate Royal
Sir Robert Cecil Jeremy Carpenter
Sir Walter Raleigh Clive Bayley
Ballad Singer Brindley Sherratt

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor Paul Daniel
Director Richard Jones

Central to the Royal Opera's centenary celebrations marking the birth of Benjamin Britten was Richard Jones's witty and insightful new production of the royal operatic pageant that Britten wrote to honour the Coronation, exploring the late life, love and death of Queen Elizabeth I. With powerfully characterised performances by Susan Bullock as Queen Elizabeth and Toby Spence as the dashing and treacherous Earl of Essex, Gloriana,/i> is revealed as at once a celebration and a tragedy.

Running time: 180 minutes
Subtitles EN/FR/DE/JP/KO (ES AND IT TBC)
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image DOVE: ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
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Image Dukas: Ariane Et Barbe-Bleue | Liceu
Barbe-Bleue | José van Dam
Ariane | Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet
Nurse | Patricia Bardon
Sélysette | Gemma Coma-Alabert
Ygraine | Beatriz Jiménez
Mélisande | Elena Copons
Bellangère | Salomé Haller
Alladine | Alba Valldaura
Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor: Stéphane Denève
Director: Claus Guth
Recorded live at Gran Teatre del Liceu, June & July 2011

Dukas's opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue, based on Maeterlinck's symbolist version of the classic tale, sees free spirit Ariane become the sixth wife of the infamous Barbe-bleue, who gives his new bride seven keys to seven doors, but prohibits the use of the last. Ariane discovers an array of glittering jewels behind the first six doors, but a terrifying reality awaits her as she unlocks the seventh. José van Dam is cast as the villainous Barbe-bleue, while taking on the immensely demanding role of Ariane - who does not leave the stage throughout the entire opera - is American soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet.

1 x DVD
Catalogue number: OA 1098 D
Running time: 120 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/CA/JP
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image Glass: The Perfect American

Glass
THE PERFECT AMERICAN
Teatro Real



Walt Disney Christopher Purves
Roy David Pittsinger
Dantine Donald Kaasch
Hazel George Janis Kelly
Lillian Disney Marie McLaughlin
Sharon Sarah Tynan
Diane Nazan Fikret
Lucy / Josh Rosie Lomas
The Improbable Skills Ensemble
Orchestra and chorus of the Teatro Real
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies
Director: Phelim McDermott

Recorded live at the Teatro Real, February 2013

The last days of the American icon Walt Disney form a powerful and poignant subject for Philip Glass's latest opera, which was filmed at its first performances in Madrid in January 2013. Phelim McDermott's spectacular production is worthy of Disney's own visual imagination and its definitive influence on American culture, while in the pit is the conductor Dennis Russell Davies, an experienced and authoritative champion of the composer's hypnotically beautiful music, which gives wings to Rudy Wurlitzer's operatic transformation of Peter Stephan Jungk's novel, using both fact and fiction to peer into Disney's troubled psyche as illness forces him to confront his mortality.

Running time: 120 minutes
Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/JP/KR
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image Ondine: Royal Ballet 2009
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Image Janacek: Jenufa
The vulnerable young woman at the heart of Janacek's breakthrough opera is a signature role for the English soprano Amanda Roocroft. Here, in Stephane Braunschweig's clear but deeply affecting production, she is partnered by the Slovak tenor Miroslav Dvorsky, as the man through whom she finds redemption, love and hope. The complex figure of the Kostelnicka becomes both tormentor and tormented in this fearless interpretation by the great dramatic soprano Deborah Polaski.

\Not only did he [Ivor Bolton] conduct the score superbly, with extraordinary tension and sensitivity throughout, but drew some truly wonderful playing from his orchestra, significantly better than anything I have heard from them under other batons."Seen and Heard International
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£29.99
Image Balanchine: Jewels
£29.99
Image MASCAGNI: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
£29.99
Image MONTEVERDI:POPPEA
£29.99
Image Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
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.

£29.99
Image The Metamorphosis

Pita after Kafka
THE METAMOSPHOSIS

Royal Opera House

Gregor Samsa Edward Watson
Grete Samsa Laura Day
Mrs Samsa Nina Goldman
Mr Samsa Neil Reynolds
Maid/Coffee Lady Bettina Carpi
Dream Figure/Bearded Man/ Clerk/Dream Figure/Bearded Man Greig Cooke
Train Conductor/Dream Figure/ Bearded Man Amir Giles
Choreography/Director Arthur Pita
Music Frank Moon
Designs Simon Daw
Recorded live at The Royal Opera House, March 2013

'It's unique and absurd ... timeless and universal.' So choreographer and director Arthur Pita describes Kafka's powerful novella The Metamorphosis, which has inspired this award-winning production for The Royal Ballet. Principal dancer Edward Watson won critical acclaim for his 'repellently brilliant' (The Independent) portrayal of Gregor Samsa's transformation into an insect, while the supporting cast vividly convey the conflicting reactions of Gregor's family. Frank Moon's dramatic score - performed live by the composer himself - and Simon Daw's austere designs complement this disturbing and compelling reinterpretation of Kafka's masterpiece.

Running time: 90 minutes
Subtitles N/A
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image MOZART: ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SER
£29.99
Image Mozart: Don Giovanni
£29.99
Image PERGOLESI:ADRIANO SIRIA
£29.99
Image Puccini: Gianni Schicci
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Image Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West: Nederlandse Opera
Nikolaus Lehnhoff's Hollywood-style production updates this Wild West story to the capitalist culture of Wall Street, perfectly reflecting Puccini's innovatory spirit. In a new angle on the age-old love triangle theme, corrupt Sheriff Jack Rance (Lucio Gallo) and charismatic criminal Dick Johnson (Zoran Todorovich) vie for the love of glamorous blonde and devout Christian Minnie (Eva-Maria Westbroek), finding herway in a man's world. Carlo Rizzi's idiomatic conducting draws excellent singing from the large cast and fine playing from The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

£29.99
Image Rossini: La Gazzetta
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Image Rossini: Mose In Egitto

"Vocally and physically, Dmitry Korchak is almost perfect as Osiride. His outstanding technique is forever at the service of an even more remarkable musicianship."

Seen and Heard International

"ROF had found another outstanding singer in Alex Esposito as Pharaoh. His first act aria - Cade dal ciglio il velo - brought a thunderous, prolonged and deserved ovation. Rossini expression at its best."

The Guardian

Faraone Alex Esposito
Amaltea Olga Senderskaya
Osiride Dmitry Korchak
Elcia Sonia Ganassi
Mambre Enea Scala
Moses Riccardo Zanellato
Aronne Yijie Shi
Amenofi Chiara Amarù

Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Conductor Roberto Abbado
Director Graham Vick

Recorded live at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, August 2011

This thought-provoking, modern-day interpretation of Rossini's Mosè in Egitto sets the scene for superior music-making at the prestigious Rossini Festival in Pesaro. For conductor Roberto Abbado, the transposition of the action to the present day releases the energy of Rossini's music. At his disposal is a cast of top-quality vocalists such as the "refined bel canto artist" (Bresciaoggi) Sonia Ganassi as Elcia, and the "outstanding"Dmitry Korchak as the Pharaoh's son, two lovers fatefully drawn into the political turmoil and catastrophes of their time. Also among the protagonists are the "thoroughly brilliant" (Deutschland Radio Kultur) baritone Alex Esposito as Faraone and, in his Rossini Festival debut, young, full-bodied bass Riccardo Zanellato as Moses. Conductor Roberto Abbado "inspired his musicians to deliver a spectacular performance" (Salzburger Nachrichten).

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Image Strauss: Elektra
Conducted by Christian Thielemann, this performance was the sensation of the 2010 Baden-Baden Festival. A one-act masterpiece inspired by Greek mythology, it is a dense, jagged cry for justice and vengeance. With its powerfully expressive chords, spooky waltz rhythms and mad dance of triumph, it shakes the audience to the core. Herbert Wernicke's legendary production for the Bayerische Staatsoper stands out for its clear lines, classical structural elements and striking colour contrasts. Linda Watson, one of the great Wagnerian sopranos of today, superbly masters her role debut as Elektra, one of opera's most demanding roles.

'This final performance was one that those in the hall will remember and talk about for years to come.' Playbill Arts

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Image Stravinsky: Rake's Progress
£29.99
Image Tan Dun: Marco Polo
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Image Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki
Based on Gogol's fantastical and comic story of the Devil's antics on Christmas Eve, this magical blend of opera and ballet is brought to vivid life in Francesca Zambello's colourful production. Magnificent set designs (Mikhail Mokrov) and costumes (Tatiana Noginova), and an excellent, largely Russian cast provide authenticity. Splendid dancing by The Royal Ballet and Cossack dancers completes the spectacle. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

£29.99
Image Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky
EUGENE ONEGIN
Royal Opera House



Tatyana Krassimira Stoyanova
Eugene Onegin Simon Keenlyside
Olga Elena Maximova
Lensky Pavol Breslik
Prince Gremin Peter Rose
Madame Larina Diana Montague

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor Robin Ticciati
Director Kasper Holten

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2013

Kasper Holten's inaugural production as Director of Opera for The Royal Opera returns to Pushkin's verse novella to reveal the shadows of memory which haunt Tchaikovsky's lyric tragedy. Using doubles to suggest the paths taken, or not taken, by its two impulsive protagonists, Holten gives eloquent voice to the loss and regret that lies at the heart of Eugene Onegin. Simon Keenlyside and Krassimira Stoyanova bring both experience and dynamic energy to the pair of protagonists, while the youthful, 'heartrending' tenor of Pavol Breslik and the idiomatic sweep of Robin Ticciati's 'inspired' conducting (The Independent) were enthusiastically received at the premiere of this visually opulent staging.

Running time: 154 minutes
Subtitles EN/FR/DE/IT/JP/KR
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image Tchaikovsky: LAC | After Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky
LAC After SWAN LAKE
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo


Le Cynge Blanc Anja Behrend
Le Cynge Noir April Ball
Le Prince Stephan Bourgond
The King Alvaro Prieto
The Queen Mimoza Koike
Le Confident du Prince Jeroen Verbruggen
Sa Majesté la Nuit Bernice Coppieters
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Choreography Jean Christophe Maillot
Conductor Leonard Slatkin
Recorded live at Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, 2013


Jean-Christophe Maillot has re-worked Swan Lake with the writer Jean Rouaud (1990 Prix Goncourt winner) to bring a new drama to this pillar of the classic repertoire. This new adaptation, filmed in a special studio-setting at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, brings a modern-day relevance to the timeless story of Siegfried and Odette. Designed by leading visual artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest, with costumes by Philippe Guillotel, and performed to a specially conceived and mastered soundtrack of Tchaikovsky's score performed by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, directed by Leonard Slatkin, the production has been hailed as 'outstanding' (Le Figaro), while the Jerusalem Post asserted 'Swan Lake will never be the same after the tempestous Lac'. This film of Lac won the top award at the 2103 Golden Prague, as 'Best Performing Arts Program', where it was described as 'A ravishing stage production offering the spectator a thrilling interpretation of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece through contemporary dance'. 

Running time: 94 minutes
Subtitles: N/A
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image Mcgregor: Triple Bill
The diversity of Wayne McGregor's astonishing talent is demonstrated through Chroma, Infra and Limen, each created for The Royal Ballet, for whom he is resident choreographer. Intimate yet universal, light yet dark, frenetic yet lyrical, McGregor pursues his passion for exploring the inner workings of the human body and mind, his many-layered and beautiful dances providing visual, sensual and kinaesthetic stimulus for the viewer. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.


'...Wayne McGregor's Infra: sumptuous beauty and shimmering possibility' The Telegraph




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Image TORROBA: LUISA FERNANDA
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Image Turnage: Anna Nicole
Flamboyant and foul-mouthed, Anna Nicole makes a provocative addition to opera's chronicles of bad, sad girls. Anna Nicole Smith, the Playboy model who married an octogenarian billionaire, became a grotesque star of reality TV before dying, destitute and drug-riddled, at the age of just 39. After the work's 2011 premiere at the Royal Opera House, the New York Times hailed"an engrossing, outrageous, entertaining and, ultimately deeply moving opera ... an improbable triumph for Covent Garden".

\...It's a tremendous show...shocking it isn't; stunning it is!"The Independent
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Image Verdi: Les Vepres Siciliennes
Les vepres siciliennes, like the similarly epic Don Carlos, was conceived as a grand opera for Paris and is driven by the tensions between private passions and public politics. Originally set during Sicily's 13th-century uprising against French rule, in Christof Loy's staging for the Netherlands Opera the action is transposed to a 1940s world of sudden violence and shadowy double-dealing. Imaginatively cast and idiomatically conducted, the performance presents this magnificent score in its entirety, including the allegorical ballet The Four Seasons.

£29.99
Image Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera
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Image Wagner: Rienzi

Wagner
RIENZI
Theatre du Capitole, Toulouse



Rienzi Torsten Kerl
Irene Marika Schönberg
Adriano Daniela Sindram
Colonna Richard Wiegold
Orsini Stefan Heidemann
Cardinal Orvieto Robert Bork
Baroncelli Marc Heller
Cecco del Vecchio Leonardo Neiva
Peace Messenger Jennifer O'Loughlin

Orchestre national du Capitole
Choeur du Capitole
Choeur de l'Accademia
Teatro alla Scala de Milan
Conductor Pinchas Steinberg
Director Jorge Lavelli

Recorded live at Theâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, October 2012

Championing love and personal heroism in the face of ecclesiastical oppression and political chicanery, Wagner's third opera explores characteristic themes with terrific energy which culminates in the eponymous Roman tribune's famous prayer to the gods of his fatherland, followed by a riot which prefigures the young composer's own abortive career as a firebrand and revolutionary. Within the timeless and elegant minimalism of Jorge Lavelli's production, Torsten Kerl brings ringing authority to the title role, supported by the experienced Wagnerian Pinchas Steinberg.

Running time: 231 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KR
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image BELLINI: Norma
£29.99
Image DOVE: ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
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Image Maw: Sophie's Choice
in 2002, Nicholas Maw's opera Sophie's Choice, based on the novel by William Styron, was given its premiere at the Royal Opera House. The subject had struck Maw when he had first watched the film several years previously, and he immediately felt it would be 'the most extraordinary basis for an opera'. Commissioned by the Royal Opera House and BBC Radio 3, Maw embarked on an adaptation of Styron's book, which took six years to complete.

"...the central performances of Angelika Kirschlager and Rodney Gilfry as doomed lovers Sophie and Nathan were deemed to be among the most committed and convincing ever seen at the Royal Opera House." The independent

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Image L'incoronazione Di Poppea - Pal
£29.99
Image MOZART: Don Giovanni
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Image MOZART: Clemenza di Tito
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Image MUSSORGSKY: Khovanshchina
Mussorgsky's loveless and brutal drama of the transformation of Russian society, which led to the rule of Peter the Great within the epic history of Russia, is powerfully modernized through Stein Winge's dramatic and uncompromising production. Performing the version completed by Shostakovich, the outstanding Russian-dominated cast and the orchestra and chorus of the Liceu are led by Michael Boder. Recorded using High Definition cameras and in true surround sound.

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Image STRAVINSKY: Rake's Progress
Stravinsky's masterwork 'The Rake's Progress', created for La Fenice in Venice in 1951, is based on a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, inspired by a series of 18th century prints by William Hogarth. This amazing production from La Monnaie-De Munt 'jazzifies' the setting by replacing Hogarth's sin city, London, with 1950s Las Vegas, turning it into a glittering, cinematic gallery of 'tableaux vivants' inspired by the early days of television. Staged by one of the most visionary theatre directors of our age, the Qu?®b?®cois Robert Lepage, the neo-classical morality tale truly becomes a 'grand spectacle'. Lepage's visual imagination works its magic superbly, while Kazushi Ono's energetic musical direction drives the sparkling ensemble to exhilarating heights. Recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

£29.99
Image VERDI: Aida
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Image Verdi: Les Vepres Siciliennes
Les vepres siciliennes, like the similarly epic Don Carlos, was conceived as a grand opera for Paris and is driven by the tensions between private passions and public politics. Originally set during Sicily's 13th-century uprising against French rule, in Christof Loy's staging for the Netherlands Opera the action is transposed to a 1940s world of sudden violence and shadowy double-dealing. Imaginatively cast and idiomatically conducted, the performance presents this magnificent score in its entirety, including the allegorical ballet The Four Seasons.

£29.99
Image VERDI: Macbeth
£29.99
Image Cavalli: Ercole Amante
£34.99
Image Chopin: La Dame Aux Camelias
£35.99
Image WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
£35.99
Image Glorious Glyndebourne

GLORIOUS GLYNDEBOURNE

Includes excerpts from
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Janácek: The Cunning Little Vixen
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Britten: Billy Budd
Verdi: Falstaff
Bizet: Carmen
Handel: Giulio Cesare
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
Rossini: La Cenerentola
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

An exuberant brainchild of John Christie, Glyndebourne Festival Opera launched in 1934 with a production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Since then, Glyndebourne has become a byword for excellence, bringing together the finest operatic musicians of the day for extended rehearsals in an idyllic setting with uncompromised technical and theatrical standards. This celebration includes 12 productions from the last 13 years ranging across 'signature' works such as The Marriage of Figaro, classic productions such as The Rake's Progress with designs by David Hockney, and new adventures in Baroque opera and Wagner.

Running time: 146 minutes
Subtitles EN/DE/FR
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£24.99
Image Bellini: I Puritani
In Vincenzo Bellini's last opera, Elvira's love for Arturo overcomes the power-games in Puritan England, staged with darkly dramatic flair by Francisco Negrin as a world of blind dogma. Mariola Cantarero is compelling as the heroine on the verge of insanity in one of the greatest mad scenes in the history of opera. One of the leading lyric tenors today, John Osborn sings Arturo with fearless commitment and some spectacular top notes. In the pit is the bel canto specialist Giuliano Carella.

£24.99
Image Britten: Peter Grimes
Britten
PETER GRIMES

Teatro alla Scala


Peter Grimes John Graham-Hall
Boy Francesco Malvuccio
Ellen Orford Susan Gritton
Captain Balstrode Christopher Purves
Auntie Felicity Palmer
First Niece Ida Falk Winland
Second Niece Simona Mihai
Bob Boles Peter Hoare
Swallow Daniel Okulitch
Mrs. Sedley Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Rev. Horace Adams Christopher Gillett
Ned Keene George Von Bergen

Chorus & Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala
Conductor Robin Ticciati
Director Richard Jones

Recorded live at the Teatro all Scala, June 2012

The Italian and international press were unanimous in their praise for Peter Grimes at La Scala, which revived the tradition of Britten's operas on the lyric stages of Italy. A strong British cast was marshalled by the baton of Robin Ticciati, who has already won golden opinions for his opera conducting. Richard Jones's production focuses on the fisherman as the outsider in a brutal society, cut off by mutual suspicion and misunderstanding: an unforgettable production of an opera that never loses its power.

Running time: 168 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KR
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£24.99
Image Dukas: Ariane Et Barbe-Bleue | Liceu
Barbe-Bleue | José van Dam
Ariane | Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet
Nurse | Patricia Bardon
Sélysette | Gemma Coma-Alabert
Ygraine | Beatriz Jiménez
Mélisande | Elena Copons
Bellangère | Salomé Haller
Alladine | Alba Valldaura
Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor: Stéphane Denève
Director: Claus Guth
Recorded live at Gran Teatre del Liceu, June & July 2011

Dukas's opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue, based on Maeterlinck's symbolist version of the classic tale, sees free spirit Ariane become the sixth wife of the infamous Barbe-bleue, who gives his new bride seven keys to seven doors, but prohibits the use of the last. Ariane discovers an array of glittering jewels behind the first six doors, but a terrifying reality awaits her as she unlocks the seventh. José van Dam is cast as the villainous Barbe-bleue, while taking on the immensely demanding role of Ariane - who does not leave the stage throughout the entire opera - is American soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet.

1 x DVD
Catalogue number: OA 1098 D
Running time: 120 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/CA/JP
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£24.99
Image Janacek: Jenufa
The vulnerable young woman at the heart of Janacek's breakthrough opera is a signature role for the English soprano Amanda Roocroft. Here, in Stephane Braunschweig's clear but deeply affecting production, she is partnered by the Slovak tenor Miroslav Dvorsky, as the man through whom she finds redemption, love and hope. The complex figure of the Kostelnicka becomes both tormentor and tormented in this fearless interpretation by the great dramatic soprano Deborah Polaski.

\Not only did he [Ivor Bolton] conduct the score superbly, with extraordinary tension and sensitivity throughout, but drew some truly wonderful playing from his orchestra, significantly better than anything I have heard from them under other batons."Seen and Heard International
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£24.99
Image LOVE PASSION AND DECEIT
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Image Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
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.

£24.99
Image Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West: Nederlandse Opera
Nikolaus Lehnhoff's Hollywood-style production updates this Wild West story to the capitalist culture of Wall Street, perfectly reflecting Puccini's innovatory spirit. In a new angle on the age-old love triangle theme, corrupt Sheriff Jack Rance (Lucio Gallo) and charismatic criminal Dick Johnson (Zoran Todorovich) vie for the love of glamorous blonde and devout Christian Minnie (Eva-Maria Westbroek), finding herway in a man's world. Carlo Rizzi's idiomatic conducting draws excellent singing from the large cast and fine playing from The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

£24.99
Image Tchaikovsky: LAC | After Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky
LAC After SWAN LAKE
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo


Le Cynge Blanc Anja Behrend
Le Cynge Noir April Ball
Le Prince Stephan Bourgond
The King Alvaro Prieto
The Queen Mimoza Koike
Le Confident du Prince Jeroen Verbruggen
Sa Majesté la Nuit Bernice Coppieters
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Choreography Jean Christophe Maillot
Conductor Leonard Slatkin
Recorded live at Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, 2013


Jean-Christophe Maillot has re-worked Swan Lake with the writer Jean Rouaud (1990 Prix Goncourt winner) to bring a new drama to this pillar of the classic repertoire. This new adaptation, filmed in a special studio-setting at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, brings a modern-day relevance to the timeless story of Siegfried and Odette. Designed by leading visual artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest, with costumes by Philippe Guillotel, and performed to a specially conceived and mastered soundtrack of Tchaikovsky's score performed by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, directed by Leonard Slatkin, the production has been hailed as 'outstanding' (Le Figaro), while the Jerusalem Post asserted 'Swan Lake will never be the same after the tempestous Lac'. This film of Lac won the top award at the 2103 Golden Prague, as 'Best Performing Arts Program', where it was described as 'A ravishing stage production offering the spectator a thrilling interpretation of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece through contemporary dance'. 

Running time: 94 minutes
Subtitles: N/A
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£24.99
Image The Australian Ballet perform Adam: Giselle
£14.99
Image Bizet: Carmen
£14.99
Image Britten: Turn Of The Screw
£14.99
Image CIMAROSA: Matrimonio segreto
Partly based on the 1766 English comedy 'The Clandestine Marriage' by David Garrick and George Colman, Domenico Cimarosa's 'Il matrimonio segreto' was a widely popular example of 'opera buffa' in its day. This sparkling comedy tells the story of Geronimo, a wealthy citizen of Bologna, who is trying to arrange aristocratic marriages for his two daughters, Carolina and Elisetta. However his plans seem destined to fail as his daughter Carolina is already secretly married to Paolino, his young secretary. Through a series of humorous situations the young couple confess their marriage and all ends well.

£14.99
Image Favourite Opera Choruses
£14.99
Image Orphee Et Eurydice
£14.99
Image Herold: La Fille Mal Gardee
£14.99
Image KALMAN: THE GYPSY PRINCESS
£14.99
Image Massenet: Manon
£14.99
Image Mozart - Mitridate, Re Di Ponto
£14.99
Image Opera Favourites
£14.99
Image KIRI TE KANAWA - OP IN OUTBACK
£14.99
Image Puccini: Turandot
£14.99
Image ROSSINI: Scala di Seta
The third of the one-act farces Rossini composed for the Teatro S. Mois?¿, La scala di seta \The Silken Ladder" is probably the best- known, at least by name, because its overture has become one of the most popular of all Rossini's contributions to that genre, a lively 'perpetuo moto' that anticipates the energy of the comedy to follow. The secret marriage of Giulia and Dorvil goes much against the wishes of Giulia's tutor, Dormont. Each night Dorvil visits his wife by climbing up a silken ladder she lowers from her balcony. The disguises, romantic confusions and door slammings that occur in only 90 minutes are breathtaking. In the end Giulia and Dorvil reveal their secret marriage to Dormont's reluctant acceptance."

£14.99
Image STRAVINSKY: Segreto di Pulcinella
At the end of the 18th century, the Venetian painter Giandomenico Tiepolo created an album of 101 drawings. The scenes were set in a world completely populated by Punchinellos and were suggested by the chronicle of the painter's time, folk theatre themes, and mythological and historical parodies. Tiepolo may have inspired Stravinsky and Picasso's celebrated collaboration for their creation of Pulcinella for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes in 1920. Specifically created for television in a 'blue studio', and combining sets with computer animation using a technique reflecting traditional painting methods, this highly original and suggestive version of the ballet draws on that same idea, while putting a twist on themes and styles from classical painting and artistic avant-guards.

£14.99
Image The Best Of Joan Sutherland
£14.99
Image Verdi: Nabucco
£14.99
Image Ailish Tynan Recital
Ailish Tynan has made a speciality of French song. The mélodies of Gabriel Fauré lie at the heart of his romantic but elusive style, and this selection ranges from the composer's youthful embrace of Italian style to late and quietly innovative settings of Verlaine in which simplicity and profundity of expression go hand in hand.

Presenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London's only world-class season of opera recitals. This new partnership with Opus Arte will see 5-6 CDs released per year, based predominantly on studio recordings with occasional bonus live tracks.

£13.99
Image Poeme D'Un Jour | Hahn: A Chloris
A delightful programme of French and Spanish song explores the theme of love found, enjoyed and lost, from the dropped hints of Fauré to the fiery folk passion of Turina, Obradors and de Falla. The gentle charm of Reynaldo Hahn and impassioned fervour of Massenet's Manon are equally captured by American soprano Ailyn Pérez, who has bewitched audiences on both sides of the Atlantic in opera and song.

Presenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London's only world-class season of opera recitals.

£13.99
Image Johnson: I Heard You Singing
£13.99
Image Echoes From An Empire
Praised for the 'self-effacing intensity and intelligence' of his playing, young Jordanian-born pianist Karim Said - hailed by International Piano magazine as 'one to watch' - here presents a compelling programme of early twentieth-century music selected to mark the First World War centenary and which reveals his captivating style. Six unique personal languages are explored in this debut album, as Said recounts a period of dramatic social and artistic change that gave rise to an early modernist style imbued with fragments of the Romantic past.

£13.99
Image Francesco Meli Recital
Francesco Meli is acclaimed for his mellifluous tenor in the French and Italian bel canto repertoire celebrated on this recital disc with songs and arias from Rossini to Massenet. Complementing these are song cycles by Liszt and Britten setting poems by two great figures of the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo and Petrarch. Presenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London's only world-class season of opera recitals. This new partnership with Opus Arte will see 5-6 CDs released per year, based predominantly on studio recordings with occasional bonus live tracks.

£13.99
Image Pratt: Serenade
£13.99
Image Angel Blue: Joy Alone
A protégé of Plácido Domingo, Angel Blue has enjoyed recent opera house triumphs in Valencia and at English National Opera. Following her acclaimed Wigmore Hall recital last year, this new Rosenblatt Recital studio recording features songs by Strauss, Rachmaninov, a selection of zarzuelas, and Gershwin's classic Summertime. She is accompanied by the noted pianist Iain Burnside.

Presenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London's only world-class season of opera recitals. This new partnership with Opus Arte will see 5-6 CDs released per year, based predominantly on studio recordings with occasional bonus live tracks.

£13.99
Image Heart That Flutters | Duparc: Chanson Triste
With a negro spiritual, spectacular bel canto, romantic song and comic opera, Lawrence Brownlee unveils the breadth of his repertoire and the lyric tenor voice that has won acclaim at the New York's Metropolitan Opera (for his 'agility, elegance and Rossinian style) and farther afield.

Presenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London's only world-class season of opera recitals.

£13.99
Image ANTHEMS FROM KING'S
£19.99
Image BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique
The conductor Sergiu Celibidache was a legend in his own lifetime, mesmerizing orchestras with his intensity and brilliance, both in rehearsals and in performances - which were always conducted from memory. In this recording, he takes on Berlioz's passionate autobiographical monument to obsessive and unrequited love. The Celibidache Symphonic Series celebrates the historic release on DVD of rare footage of the few performances ever recorded for television.

£19.99
Image Haydn: Cecilia Bartoli Sings
£19.99
Image Mozart: Mozart in Turkey
£19.99
Image POULENC: Stabat Mater
£19.99
Image PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5 / STRAUSS, R.: Death and
The conductor Sergiu Celibidache was a legend in his own lifetime, mesmerising orchestras with his intensity and brilliance, both in rehearsals and in performances - which were always conducted from memory. Prokofiev's most important wartime composition, conceived as a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit, is paired with Strauss's poetic depiction of death and transfiguration. The Celibidache Symphonic Series celebrates the historic release on DVD of rare footage of the few performances ever recorded for television.

£19.99
Image RACHMANINOV: The Miserly Knight
£19.99
Image SHAKESPEARE:HENRY VIII
£19.99
Image RAMEAU: In Convertendo Dominus
Jean-Philippe Rameau was still a young musician when he moved to Lyon, where he probably composed his few surviving motets, including the Grand Motet 'In Convertendo', here performed by Les Arts Florissants under William Christie, which anticipates Rameau's orchestration in his later operatic works. The wonderful fugue on Psalm 126 (verse 6) 'Euntes ibant et flebant' (They went forth and wept) bears comparison with similar works by his contemporary, J. S. Bach.

In addition to a full performance of 'In Convertendo', this DVD presents some of Rameau's key chamber music pieces and an insightful music documentary, 'The Real Rameau', which sheds light on the life of a composer who thought only of music, dreaming of a universal harmony and regarding music as an example to all the arts and, indeed, to all the sciences as well. Pictured by his contemporaries as a gaunt and taciturn man, ill-suited to courtly surroundings, his work was described by Berlioz as 'one of the most sublime conceptions of dramatic music'.

£14.99
Image Various: Comedy/ Tragedy
Richard Strauss is best known for his large-scale orchestral music, and for operatic and vocal works, but he wrote a large amount of chamber music including works for wind-instrument ensemble. This outstanding collection of Richard Strauss' works for wind instruments spans the whole of his creative career. The Serenade in E flat and Suite in B flat, both for thirteen wind instruments, were written in his late teens, and are full of the joy and vigour of youth. The Serenade is Mozartian in derivation, yet hints at the romantic melodies and the lush Straussian textures to come. The more ambitious Suite is heavily influenced by Brahms, with a tender Romanze, and a finale which ends in a full-bodied fugue. His three major works for wind instruments were composed after a gap of sixty years. The Sonatina No.1 in F and the Symphony for Wind Instruments in E flat (also called Sonatina No.2) are rich in invention, featuring the melody and texture of his maturity, yet somehow retaining the freshness of his early writing. The delightful Oboe Concerto has a lovely, warm lyrical theme, and a spirited finale. The classic performances of these works featured here were recorded in the early seventies, and most are given by the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, conducted by the distinguished Dutch conductor Edo de Waart. The Oboe Concerto is performed by the celebrated Swiss oboist Heinz Holliger, with the New Philharmonia Orchestra, also under Edo de Waart.


'Edo de Waart and this team of youthful Netherlanders manage to secure the utmost clarity and delicacy in performance. Tonal nuance, phrasing, ensemble and balance alike are excellent, and the recording engineers have achieved forwardness and richness of tone without excessive weight...the performance is superlative: altogether, this is an outstanding issue.' Gramophone


£39.99
Image Shakespeare:Titus Andronicus
£19.99
Image Wagner: Der Ring/ Great Scenes
'This set is essential' concluded Gramophone of the Ring cycle from the home of Wagner performance, the Bayreuth Festival, when this 2008 production was issued complete. Among the most distinguished Wagner conductors of our age, Christian Thielemann leads a performance of masterful pacing and burning conviction that features richly detailed interpretations from many of today's most experienced interpreters of their complex and glorious roles. Now distilled on to two discs, here is The Ring in a nutshell.

Das Rheingold
Albert Dohmen, Ralf Lukas, Clemens Bieber, Arnold Bezuyen, Kwangchul Youn, Gerhard Siegel

Die Walküre
Endrik Wottrich, Kwangchul Youn, Albert Dohmen, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Linda Watson, Michelle Breedt

Siegfried
Stephen Gould, Gerhard Siegel, Albert Dohmen, Andrew Shore, Linda Watson, Hans-Peter Kõnig

Götterdämmerung
Stephen Gould, Ralf Lukas, Hans-Peter König, Andrew Shore, Linda Watson

Bayreuth Festival Chorus / Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Conductor: Christian Thielemann / Director: Tankred Dorst

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, in 2008.

£14.99
Image Bizet: Carmen
Bizet: Carmen (Glyndebourne)
Anne Sofie von Otter / Marcus Haddock / Laurent Naouri / Lisa Milne
Glyndebourne Chorus / London Philharmonic Orchestra / Conductor: Philippe Jordan / Director: David McVicar
Catalogue number: OA MO6011 D / Barcode: 809478060116/ Running time: 230 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES

"Under the shrewd direction of McVicar, Anne Sofie von Otter gave us a gypsy of mercurial temperament..." The Daily Telegraph


£17.99
Image CHOPIN: Piano Music
£14.99
Image Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
£14.99
Image CILEA: Adriana Lecouvreur
£9.99
Image Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia
£14.99
Image Royal Opera House; Gounod: Romeo Et Juliette
£14.99
Image Great Opera Arias
£14.99
Image KHACHATURIAN: SPARTACUS
£14.99
Image LESLEY GARRETT LIVE AT CHRISTMAS
£14.99
Image Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (DNO)
John Mark Ainsley / Brigitte Balleys / Michael Chance / David Cordier, Mario Luperi / Russell Smythe
Tragicomedia and Concerto Palatino / Conductor: Stephen Stubbs / Director Pierre Audi
Running time: 140 minutes / Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

"Simply the most compelling account of L'Orfeo yet produced...John Mark Ainsley is simply superb as Orfeo..." BBC Music Magazine


£17.99
Image Opera Ballet Favourites
£14.99
Image PERGOLESI: Frate 'nnamorato
£9.99
Image Verdi: Aida
Verdi: Aida (Liceu)
Stefano Palatchi / Elisabetta Fiorillo / Daniela Dessì / Fabio Armiliato / Roberto Scandiuzzi
Orchestra & Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu / Conductor: Miguel Ángel / Director: Gómez Martínez
Running time: 186 minutes / Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/CA

"José Antonio Gutiérrez's production... looks beautiful thanks to Cabanes's feeling for colour ochres and blues dominate and perspective." BBC Music Magazine


£17.99
Image Aida
£14.99
Image Verdi: Il Travatore
Verdi: Il Trovatore (ROH)
Jose Cura / Dmitri Hvorostovsky / Yvonne Naef / Veronica Villarroel
The Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House / Conductor: CarloRizzi / Director: Elijah Moshinsky
Running time: 155 minutes / Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

"Elijah Moshinsky's production is surely as lively and moving as Verdi's intricate masterpiece deserves. Jose Cura sizzles.'' San Francisco Chronicle


£17.99
Image Wagner: Die Walkure
Wagner: Die Walküre (DNO)
John Keyes / Nadine Secunde / John Bröcheler / Jeannine Altmeyer / Kurt Rydl / Reinhild Runkel
De Nederlandse Opera / Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Director: Hartmut Haenchen / Director Pierre Audi
Running time: 260 minutes / Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL/JP

"Het Muziektheater had a premiere without any equal..." Het Financieële Dagblad


£17.99
Image Rameau: Zoroastre
£29.99
Image Il Ritorno D'ulisse In Patria
£29.99
Image MOZART: ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SER
Johan Simons' feisty production of 'Die Entf??hrung aus dem Serail' is an intelligently innovative account of Mozart's 1782 comic tale of abduction, love, loyalty and forgiveness. Kurt Rydl's Osmin is hilarious, with just the right edge of latent thuggery; Mojca Erdmann's smart and cheeky Blonde sports a red riding coat, high latex boots and a belt that she is not afraid to use on the men! Laura Aikin's Konstanze, torn between true love and obligation, reveals a vast range of human emotions and Edgaras Montvidas' Belmonte portrays his coming-of-age with clarity and genuine charisma. The performance is whipped up to a feverish pitch in the pit by Constantinos Carydis, the orchestra and chorus responding with fleet virtuosity. This ground-breaking performance delivers everything one could wish for from a Mozart opera, combining thrilling energy with a profound sense of lyrical beauty and truth.

£29.99
Image ROSSINI: Pietra del paragone
The renowned Rossini expert Alberto Zedda, inspired by the creative brilliance of Pier Luigi Pizzi's production, leads a fizzing account of Rossini's 1812 comic opera - the composer's first La Scala commission. Filmed in 2007 with High Definition cameras and recorded in true surround sound.

£29.99
Image Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky
EUGENE ONEGIN
Royal Opera House



Tatyana Krassimira Stoyanova
Eugene Onegin Simon Keenlyside
Olga Elena Maximova
Lensky Pavol Breslik
Prince Gremin Peter Rose
Madame Larina Diana Montague

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor Robin Ticciati
Director Kasper Holten

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2013

Kasper Holten's inaugural production as Director of Opera for The Royal Opera returns to Pushkin's verse novella to reveal the shadows of memory which haunt Tchaikovsky's lyric tragedy. Using doubles to suggest the paths taken, or not taken, by its two impulsive protagonists, Holten gives eloquent voice to the loss and regret that lies at the heart of Eugene Onegin. Simon Keenlyside and Krassimira Stoyanova bring both experience and dynamic energy to the pair of protagonists, while the youthful, 'heartrending' tenor of Pavol Breslik and the idiomatic sweep of Robin Ticciati's 'inspired' conducting (The Independent) were enthusiastically received at the premiere of this visually opulent staging.

Running time: 154 minutes
Subtitles EN/FR/DE/IT/JP/KR
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£24.99
Image The Essential Shakespeare - Live
A selection of over 40 scenes and speeches performed in live Royal Shakespeare Company productions from 1959 to the present day, chosen by Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC.

With actors including Francesca Annis · Peggy Ashcroft · Simon Russell Beale · Brian Cox  · Sinead Cusack · Judi Dench · Ray Fearon · Ciarán Hinds · Ian Holm · Alan Howard · Derek Jacobi · Emrys James Ben Kingsley · Jane Lapotaire · Anton Lesser · Ian McKellen · Laurence Olivier · David Oyelowo · Richard Pasco · Michael Pennington · Jonathan Pryce  · Roger Rees · Ian Richardson · Alan Rickman · Paul Robeson · Mark Rylance · Paul Scofield  · Antony Sher · Donald Sinden · Robert Stephens · Juliet Stevenson · Patrick Stewart  · David Suchet · Janet Suzman · David Tennant · Harriet Walter · David Warner · Michael Williams

In the plays All's Well that Ends Well · Antony and Cleopatra · As You Like It  · The Comedy of Errors · Coriolanus · Cymbeline · Hamlet · Henry IV Part 1 · Henry V · Henry VI Part 3 · Henry VIII · Julius Caesar · King John · King Lear · Love's Labour's Lost · Macbeth · The Merchant of Venice · The Merry Wives of Windsor · A Midsummer Night's Dream  ·  Much Ado about Nothing · Othello · Pericles · Richard II · Richard III · Romeo and Juliet  · The Taming of the Shrew · The Tempest · Timon of Athens · Titus Andronicus  · Troilus and Cressida · Twelfth Night · The Two Gentlemen of Verona · The Winter's Tale

4CD box

Press Reviews

"It's fascinating to listen to. You can hear the changes, across the decades, in how actors read their lines (more freely these days), and in how the audience reacts (more vocal now). You also get a sense of the glorious plasticity of Shakespeare's material, how much it can change in different hands...  it's a great way into the magical world of the Sound Archive, in many ways the British Library's embassy to the world.

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(The Guardian)

"What a treasure trove these discs prove for lovers of Shakespare and great acting. In the new volume you can hear Paul Robeson''s magically voiced Othello, still sounding wonderfully fresh and sonorous 50 years on, and time travel through the decades right up to David Tennant''s Hamlet last year, with its magical mixture of sharp intelligence, humour, and depth of feeling. . . I cannot recommend them too highly to anyone who loves Shakespeare.

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(The Daily Telegraph)


Catalogue Number: OACD9042BD
Running Time: 283 minutes
Sound: 16 bit 44.1khz / 24 bit 96khz
Label: Opus Arte

£19.99
Image BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9
The conductor Sergiu Celibidache was a legend in his own lifetime, mesmerizing orchestras with his intensity and brilliance, both in rehearsals and in performances - which were always conducted from memory. His own connection with Bruckner's last great symphony is powerfully evident in this performance. The Celibidache Symphonic Series celebrates the historic release onto DVD of rare footage of the few performances ever recorded for television.

£19.99
Image Glorious Glyndebourne

GLORIOUS GLYNDEBOURNE

Includes excerpts from
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Janácek: The Cunning Little Vixen
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Britten: Billy Budd
Verdi: Falstaff
Bizet: Carmen
Handel: Giulio Cesare
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
Rossini: La Cenerentola
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

An exuberant brainchild of John Christie, Glyndebourne Festival Opera launched in 1934 with a production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Since then, Glyndebourne has become a byword for excellence, bringing together the finest operatic musicians of the day for extended rehearsals in an idyllic setting with uncompromised technical and theatrical standards. This celebration includes 12 productions from the last 13 years ranging across 'signature' works such as The Marriage of Figaro, classic productions such as The Rake's Progress with designs by David Hockney, and new adventures in Baroque opera and Wagner.

Running time: 146 minutes
Subtitles EN/DE/FR
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£19.99
Image JANACEK: The Cunning Little Vixen
£19.99
Image Shakespeare: Henry IV Part 1

''Henry IV is the Shakespeare play that's perfectly suited to the Globe. In Dominic Dromgoole's intelligent, faithful and entertaining new production, Sir John Falstaff, that "sweet creature of bombast", might have stopped for a pint of sack in Southwark en route for a rendezvous with Doll Tearsheet at the Boar's Head.'' Guardian

''It is the first time these wonderful plays have been staged at the reconstructed globe and it may be one of this theatre's finest achievements.'' The Telegraph



The first instalment of what is widely acknowledged to be Shakespeare's greatest historical saga, Henry IV Part 1 is an epic tale of power, treachery and war, exploring the complexity of father-son relationships. Featuring an Olivier award winning performance from Roger Allam as Falstaff, the comical mentor to Jamie Parker's Prince Hal, this is a celebrated presentation of the English classic, expertly directed by Dominic Dromgoole.

£19.99
Image SHAKESPEARE:MUCH ADO ABOUT
£19.99
Image Tavener: Choral Ikons
£19.99
Image Prokofiev: Peter And Wolf
Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev's musical fairy tale, has been delighting children since 1936. Nearly 60 years later, in 1995, the young choreographer Matthew Hart created a witty choreographed version for the Royal Ballet School with designs by Ian Spurling. Described as 'an utterly delightful ballet and a perfect showcase for the younger students,' by the Royal Ballet's Director, Monica Mason, it was staged again - and recorded for this DVD - in 2010.

\...Matthew Hart's Peter and the Wolf is one of the most beguiling children's ballets around."The Telegraph
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£14.99
Image ALBENIZ: Merlin
£29.99
Image CHARLES DICKENS
£29.99
Image Bizet: Carmen
Passion, jealousy and betrayal take center stage at London's Royal Opera House in a spectacular production of the world's most popular opera. Bizet's Carmen is packed with some of the best-loved and memorable music in all of opera.

In this characteristically vivid and vibrant stage production by Francesca Zambello, Seville is brought to life with ranks of soldiers, crowds of peasants, gypsies and bullfighters - as well as a magnificent horse, a donkey and even some chickens! This spectacular RealD and Royal Opera House production features a supremely talented cast, gripping drama and Bizet's energetic and passionate score. It is truly a musical event to remember!

Press Reviews

"This staging lends itself specially well to film in many ways. It's as colourful as the music...Rice's dark good looks make her a good choice for the part. Her singing is precise and attractive...Argiris's Escamillo is much deeper than the usual flashy image...Kovalevska's Micaëla on the other hand was superb from beginning to end." (Opera Today)

"Looking radiant and singing superbly, [Kovalevska] brought great depth and passion to the role with a faultless performance." (The Daily Express)

"... an earthily alluring Carmen from Christine Rice." (The Guardian)

Cast
Christine Rice  (Carmen)
Bryan Hymel  (Don José)
Aris Argiris  (Escamillo)
Maija Kovalevska  (Micaëla)

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Constantinos Carydis

Stage Director: Francesca Zambello

Catalogue Number: OA1197D
Date of Performance: 2011
Running Time: 155 minutes
Sound: Dolby Stereo / Dolby Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE,JP, KO
Label: Opus Arte

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Image Bournonville:Napoli
One of the cornerstones of the Royal Danish Ballet, Napoli - created in 1842 by the Company's most celebrated choreographer and ballet master, August Bournonville - is a timeless tale of love set in the beautiful, rustic surroundings of Naples and which centres on young fisherman Gennaro's quest to rescue his beloved Teresina, supposedly drowned at sea. For their latest production of this seminal Danish work, the Company chose to propel the action forward to the 1950s, taking inspiration from the early films of Federico Fellini in their masterly portrayal of raw, urban life. Elaborate sets and costumes by Maja Ravn and an entirely new musical score for Act II assist in the updating, while Nikolaj Hübbe and Sorella Englund's striking new choreography melds with Bournonville's classic routines, inviting 'superb' character dancing (New York Times) and providing a showcase for the Company's young dancers in virtuosic solo roles - the sensational Alban Lendorf among them.

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Image DAVIS, Carl: A Simple Man
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Image Mozart: Cecilia Bartoli Sings
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Image Shakespeare: Henry IV Part 2

''Henry IV is the Shakespeare play that's perfectly suited to the Globe. In Dominic Dromgoole's intelligent, faithful and entertaining new production, Sir John Falstaff, that "sweet creature of bombast", might have stopped for a pint of sack in Southwark en route for a rendezvous with Doll Tearsheet at the Boar's Head.'' Guardian

''It is the first time these wonderful plays have been staged at the reconstructed globe and it may be one of this theatre's finest achievements.'' The Telegraph



Dominic Dromgoole's acclaimed Olivier award-winning production is brought to its conclusion in Part 2 of Shakespeare's historical masterpiece, Henry IV - a thrilling tale of family, treachery and war that surveys the entire panorama of English life. Staged with 'terrific aplomb' (Daily Telegraph) and featuring a stellar line-up, this magnificent Globe Theatre performance showcases some of the Bard's deftest dramatic skill, and confirms why Henry IV is regarded as one of Shakespeare's finest works.

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Image Wagner: Gotterdammerung
Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival in 2008, this production is the fourth part of Wagner's epic Ring Cycle. Christian Thielemann, one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, takes the baton with the Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra.

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Image Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro
Countess Almaviva Sally Matthews
Figaro Vito Priante
Count Almaviva Audun Iversen
Susanna Lydia Teuscher
Cherubino Isabel Leonard
Bartolo Andrew Shore
Marcellina Ann Murray
Don Basilio Alan Oke
Antonio Nicholas Folwell
Don Curzio Colin Judson
Barbarina Sarah Shafer
First Bridesmaid Ellie LaugharneSecond Bridesmaid Katie Bray

The Glyndebourne Chorus
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Conductor Robin Ticciati
Director Michael Grandage

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Festival, June 2012

Perhaps no opera is closely and affectionately associated with a single house as Le nozze di Figaro is with Glyndebourne. Effortlessly witty yet shot through with pain and sadness, this deeply ambivalent life in the day of masters and servants as they scheme and outwit one another was Glyndebourne's opening production in 1934. Michael?Grandage's staging is the seventh, set in a louche Sixties ambience. Marshalled by the 'ideal pacing' of Robin Ticciati, a youthful cast of principals has 'no weak link' and 'looks gorgeous' (The Sunday Times) in a production that continues Glyndebourne's rewarding history of engagement with Mozart's and da Ponte's 'day of madness'.

Running time: 180 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KR
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen
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Image PRELJOCAJ, Angelin: Songe de Medee / MC 14/22
This double bill from one of the world's leading choreographers offers two of his major works, danced by the Ballet de l'op?®ra de Paris. The dreamlike 'Songe de M?®d?®e', with music by Mauro Lanza and freely based on the Greek myth of Medea, explores a woman's soul, portraying her, paradoxically, as a tender loving mother and a tormented victim who sacrifices everything, including her children, for love. 'MC14/22 (Ceci est mon corps)' is a meeting of the spiritual and the carnal, drawing on St Mark's version of The Last Supper in the Bible: 'Take, eat: this is my body'. Created for twelve male dancers, Preljocaj's 'Apostles of Movement', and with soundscapes by Tedd Zahmal, this powerfully sensual and passionate work is a hymn to the male body, stripped down to its deepest reality, juxtaposing the glorification of strength and the condemnation of force.

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Image Bournonville:Napoli
One of the cornerstones of the Royal Danish Ballet, Napoli - created in 1842 by the Company's most celebrated choreographer and ballet master, August Bournonville - is a timeless tale of love set in the beautiful, rustic surroundings of Naples and which centres on young fisherman Gennaro's quest to rescue his beloved Teresina, supposedly drowned at sea. For their latest production of this seminal Danish work, the Company chose to propel the action forward to the 1950s, taking inspiration from the early films of Federico Fellini in their masterly portrayal of raw, urban life. Elaborate sets and costumes by Maja Ravn and an entirely new musical score for Act II assist in the updating, while Nikolaj Hübbe and Sorella Englund's striking new choreography melds with Bournonville's classic routines, inviting 'superb' character dancing (New York Times) and providing a showcase for the Company's young dancers in virtuosic solo roles - the sensational Alban Lendorf among them.

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Image Puccini: Turandot
Turandot Lise Lindstrom
Calaf Marco Berti
Liù Eri Nakamura
Ping Dionysios Sourbis
Pong Douglas Jones
Pang David Butt Philip
Altoum Alasdair Elliott
Timur Raymond Aceto

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor Henrik Nánási
Director Andrei Serban
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, September 2014

Andrei Serban's spectacular and thrilling 1984 production of Puccini's final and grandest opera has long been a classic at the Royal Opera House. First filmed for BBC TV in the 80s, this new recording - of its fifteenth revival - is in stunning HD and makes this famous production available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray. The release will rightfully take its place alongside the outstanding Royal Opera Puccini DVDs of La Bohème, Tosca (on EMI) and Il Trittico. American Lise Lindstrom is one of the very few contemporary Turandots who can genuinely sing this 'killer' role, and is supported by a touching Liù from Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura and an unashamedly Italianite Calaf from Marco Berti. The young Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási directs the large orchestra and all-important chorus.

Running time: 125 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image STRAVINSKY: The Firebird / Les Noces
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Image TORROBA: Luisa Fernanda
Pl?ícido Domingo heads an internationally renowned cast in Emilio Sagi's stylish new production for Madrid's Teatro Real of Moreno Torroba's enduring Zarzuela, whose story itself is set in the Spanish capital. Filmed using High Definition cameras and recorded in true surround sound. Jesus Lopez Cobos conducts the Chorus & Orchestra of the Teatro Real.

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Image Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte
Mozart specialist Colin Davis directs an exceptional recording of this witty, sophisticated, compact, comic opera. The superlative cast, including a stellar Kiri Te Kanawa, and the excellent orchestra respond to Davis's finely polished account of the score, deftly balancing the humanity, irony, pain and humour of Da Ponte's complex battle of the sexes.

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Image Wagner: Siegfried: Bayreuth Festival 2008
Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival in 2008, this production is the third part of Wagner's epic Ring Cycle. Christian Thielemann, one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, takes the baton with the Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra.

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Image Britten: Death In Venice


Britten
DEATH IN VENICE
English National Opera

Gustav von Aschenbach John Graham-Hall
Traveller/Elderly Fop/ Andrew Shore
Gondolier/Barber/ Hotel Manager
Player/Dionysus
Apollo Tim Mead
Tadzio Sam Zaldivar
The Polish Mother Laura Caldow
Her Two Daughters Mia Angelina Mather/ Xhuliana Shehu
The Governess Joyce Henderson
Jaschiu, Tadzio's friend Marcio Teixeira

Orchestra and Chorus of the English National Opera
Director: Deborah Warner
Conductor: Edward Gardner

Recorded live at The London Coliseum, June 2013

Deborah Warner's beautiful and evocative production of Britten's final operatic masterpiece has been acclaimed as an 'exquisitely achieved marriage of music, drama and design' (The Independent). In Britten's luminous and compelling interpretation of Thomas Mann's classic novella, the ageing writer Gustav von Aschenbach's infatuation with the Polish boy Tadzio and his subsequent decline are portrayed in a 'remarkable and harrowingly believable' performance (The Guardian) by John Graham-Hall, who had already won golden opinions for singing the role of Aschenbach at La Scala. The superb ENO chorus and orchestra are conducted by Edward Gardner, a long-standing champion of Britten's music.

Running time: 153 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image Handel: Deidamia

"With this production, the Netherlands Opera once again meets with distinction its obligation to perform Baroque works."

New York Times

"For me, Andrew Foster-Williams as Phoenix was a bit of an unsung hero (if that's not a contradiction in terms) in this production, contributing more to the performance than was reflected in the warmth of the applause at the close."

www.opera-britannia.com

Deidamia Sally Matthews
Nerea Veronica Cangemi
Achille Olga Pasichnyk
Ulisse Silvia Tro Santafé
Fenice Andrew Foster-Williams
Licomede Umberto Chiummo
Nestore Jan-Willem Schaafsma
Concerto Köln
Conductor Ivor Bolton
Director David Alden
Recorded live at the De Nederlandse Opera, March & April 2012

DNO presents a new production of Händel's last Italian opera, Deidamia, staged by the American David Alden. No known literary source has been linked directly to this opera, which is set at the time of the Trojan War. After an oracle has predicted the death of Achilles at Troy, Achilles disguises himself as a woman and takes refuge at the court of Lycomedes, whose daughter Deidamia falls in love with the young Greek. Amorous developments and tricks of disguise expose the truth and Achilles is forced to take his place at the side of his countrymen in the battle against the Trojans. Comedy and tragedy are bedfellows in this opera, and the title role in particular covers the entire expressive spectrum, from flirtatious love song to heartfelt lament.

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Image Wagner: Die Fliegender Hollander
Austrian director Martin Kusej's pioneering vision brings a challenging and provoking insight to Wagner's opera of love and redemption, with his singular ability to connect characters and their actions to the score. Martin Zehetsgruber's spacious, multi-layered sets define the settings through which Dalland (Robert Lloyd), Senta (Catherine Naglestad), The Dutchman (Juha Uusitalo) and the chorus move to great effect fulfilling the fine conducting of Hartmut Haenchen, who elicits from the orchestra an unmatchable performance of detail and clarity.

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Image Prokofiev: Peter And Wolf
Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev's musical fairy tale, has been delighting children since 1936. Nearly 60 years later, in 1995, the young choreographer Matthew Hart created a witty choreographed version for the Royal Ballet School with designs by Ian Spurling. Described as 'an utterly delightful ballet and a perfect showcase for the younger students,' by the Royal Ballet's Director, Monica Mason, it was staged again - and recorded for this DVD - in 2010.

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Image ASTOR PIAZZOLLA IN PORTRAIT
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Image PUCCINI: Gianni Schicchi
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Image D'RIVERA, Paquito / DOMINGUEZ, Chano: Quartier Lat
With the magnificent sets of the Quartier Latin in Giancarlo del Monaco's 'La Boh?¿me' as a backdrop, the Teatro Real presents an invigorating Latin jazz cross-pollination, featuring some of the world's greatest jazz fusionists: the veteran Cuban saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera and the creator of the 'New Flamenco Sound', Spanish pianist Chano Dom?¡nguez. This vibrant 't?¬te ?á t?¬te' of two of Latin jazz's most talented musicians offers some of the best Latin jazz of our times. Recorded live in High Definition video and true surround sound, this concert fires up the screen with virtuosic and electrifying performances of some truly multi-dimensional jazz, coloured with salsa, flamenco, tango, bolero, African and other Latin music elements.

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Image Shakespeare: All's Well That Ends Well

"With so much to praise, it is hard to prioritise, but here goes." The Independent

"This is a good, clear, well-spoken production by John Dove of one of Shakespeare's most beguiling but least-loved plays."

Guardian

Michael Bertenshaw, Sam Cox, Sam Crane, Naomi Cranston, John Cummins, Janie Dee, Ben Deery, Mary Doherty, Sophie Duval, Will Featherstone, James Garnon, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Colin Hurley, Ellie Piercy, Laura Darrell, Nicholas Delvalle, Luke McConnellDirector: John Dove
Music: William Lyons
Recorded live at Shakespeare's Globe, August 2011
Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well centres on the tale of Helena's quest to marry the man she loves, the rather unimpressed Bertram, who initially refuses her due to her lack of social standing. Aided by fellow conspirator Diana, Helena devises a fail-safe scheme to ensnare her man. The production, directed by John Dove, stars Sam Crane and Ellie Piercey as Bertram and Helena, and includes performances by James Garnon as troublemaker Parolles and Janie Dee as Bertram's interfering mother, the Countess of Roussillon. With lavish staging and costume, the production is a triumph that, according to The Independent, 'leaves the audience reeling with happiness by the end.'

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Image Shakespeare:Henry IV Part 1
With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware how tenuous his position is, and the price to be paid if he falters.

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Image Shakespeare:Henry IV Part 2
King Henry's health is failing as a second rebellion against his reign threatens to surface. Intent on securing his legacy, he is uncertain that his son Hal is a worthy heir, believing him more concerned with earthly pleasures than the responsibility of rule. Sir John Falstaff is sent to the country side to recruit fresh troops. Amongst the unwitting locals opportunities for embezzlement and profiteering prove impossible to resist - as the king's health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty, and loyalty to an old friend.

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Image Shakespeare: Henry V
Shakespeare
HENRY V


Recorded live at Shakespeare's Globe, June 2012

Jamie Parker, Brendan O'hea, Paul Rider, Brid Brennan
Sam Cox, David Hargreaves, Chris Starkie, Olivia Ross
Nigel Cooke, Kurt Egyiawan, Roger Watkins, Giles Cooper
Lisa Stevenson, Matthew Flynn, James Lailey, Beruce Khan

Director: Dominic Dromgoole

Music: Claire Van Kampen

Capped by one of the most famous speeches ever written, King Henry V recalls the momentous English victory at Agincourt. With comic sub-plots to be found among Henry's soldiers, the production boasts some terrific performances - including Sam Cox as the 'splendidly unhinged' Pistol (Telegraph). In the title role is Jamie Parker, who 'casts such a rapt spell that you feel the entire audience would rise up to march behind him.' (Independent)

Running time: 164 minutes
Subtitles: EN/DE
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost
When the King of Navarre and his three courtiers forswear all pleasure - particularly of the female variety - in favour of a life of study, the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies plays havoc with their intentions. Using every kind of verbal gymnastics to poke fun, Shakespeare's most intellectual comedy is brought to hilarious life in Dominic Dromgoole's highly entertaining production, rich in visual humour and sexual innuendo. Jonathan Fensom's knot garden and original music by Claire van Kampen create the framework for an engaging performance by an excellent cast. Filmed live in High Definition and true surround sound.

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Image Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

"Eve Best and Charles Edwards are gorgeously well-matched and sublimely ridiculous."

Time Out

"Shakespeare's Globe has got in with the first of two Much Ado productions and raises the bar high with an exuberant production."

The Telegraph

Eve Best, Joe Caffrey, Philip Cumbus, Charles Edwards, Paul Ginika Etuka, Marcus Griffiths, Adrian Hood, Paul Hunter, Joseph Marcell, Lisa McGrillis, David Nellist, Greg Page, Matthew Pidgeon, John Stahl, Ewan Stewart, Ony Uhiara, Helen Weir
Director: Jeremy Herrin
Music: Stephen Warbeck
Recorded live at Shakespeare's Globe, August 2011

One of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, Much Ado About Nothing contrasts the happiness of lovers Claudio and Hero, and the cynicism of sparring partners Beatrice and Benedick, who are united in their scorn for love. Trickery plays a large part in the story, as Beatrice and Benedick are duped into declaring their love for one another, and the dastardly Don John deceives Claudio into believing that Hero has been unfaithful. Marking the debut of director Jeremy Herrin at the Globe Theatre, this production features Eve Best as the feisty and high-spirited Beatrice and Charles Edwards as her cynical counterpart, Benedick.

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Image Shakespeare:Richard II
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Image Shakespeare: The Taming Of The Shrew

Shakespeare
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Shakespeare's Globe



Samantha Spiro, Simon Paisley Day, Michael Bertenshaw, Pearce Quigley, Joseph Timms Helen Weir, Tom Anderson, Jamie Beamish, David Beames, Pip Donaghy, Patrick Driver Tom Godwin, Chris Keegan, Sarah MacRae, Rick Warden

Director: Toby Frow
Music: Richard Hammarton
Recorded live at Shakespeare's Globe, June 2012

The Taming of the Shrew tells the tale of the sharp-tongued Kate, who must marry before her younger sister, Bianca, is allowed to find a suitor. Undaunted by her waspish reputation, Petruccio attempts to woo the not-so-fair maiden, but is faced with a tirade of poisonous insults. Samantha Spiro stars as cantankerous Kate, capable of knocking a grown man down with her fist. With a stellar supporting cast, the production is a triumph, thanks to its 'riotous mixture of verbal dexterity and slapstick' (The Daily Telegraph).

Running time: 167 minutes
Subtitles: EN/DE
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image SHAKESPEARE:WIVES OF WINDSOR
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Image Aida 3D

Verdi
AIDA 3D


Arena di Verona

Aida Hui He
Radames Marco Berti
Amneris Andrea Ulbrich
Amonasro Ambrogio Maestri
The King Roberto Tagliavini
High Priestess Antonella Trevisan
A messenger Antonello Ceron

Orchestra, Chorus and Corps de Ballet of the Arena di Verona
Conductor: Daniel Oren
Director: Gianfranco De Bosio
Recorded live at Arena di Verona, June 2012

The grand scale and magnificent acoustics of the Roman arena in Verona are ideally suited to the pageantry of Verdi's Egyptian opera, presented here in a staging that is true to the original 1913 production, framed by obelisks and sphinxes and filled with chorus and dancers. Chinese soprano Hui He has won international acclaim for her portrayal of the eponymous slave girl whose forbidden love for the war hero Radamés (Marco Berti, the experienced Verdi tenor) brings death to them both.

Running time: 150 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image Purcell: Dido Aeneas
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Image Shakespeare: As You Like It
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Image SHAKESPEARE:LOVES LABOURS
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Image SHAKESPEARE:MUCH ADO ABOUT
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Image Shakespeare:Merchant Venice
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Image Britten: Death In Venice


Britten
DEATH IN VENICE
English National Opera

Gustav von Aschenbach John Graham-Hall
Traveller/Elderly Fop/ Andrew Shore
Gondolier/Barber/ Hotel Manager
Player/Dionysus
Apollo Tim Mead
Tadzio Sam Zaldivar
The Polish Mother Laura Caldow
Her Two Daughters Mia Angelina Mather/ Xhuliana Shehu
The Governess Joyce Henderson
Jaschiu, Tadzio's friend Marcio Teixeira

Orchestra and Chorus of the English National Opera
Director: Deborah Warner
Conductor: Edward Gardner

Recorded live at The London Coliseum, June 2013

Deborah Warner's beautiful and evocative production of Britten's final operatic masterpiece has been acclaimed as an 'exquisitely achieved marriage of music, drama and design' (The Independent). In Britten's luminous and compelling interpretation of Thomas Mann's classic novella, the ageing writer Gustav von Aschenbach's infatuation with the Polish boy Tadzio and his subsequent decline are portrayed in a 'remarkable and harrowingly believable' performance (The Guardian) by John Graham-Hall, who had already won golden opinions for singing the role of Aschenbach at La Scala. The superb ENO chorus and orchestra are conducted by Edward Gardner, a long-standing champion of Britten's music.

Running time: 153 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£24.99
Image Petit: Notre Dame De Paris
Natalia Osipova (Esmeralda), Roberto Bolle (Quasimodo), Eris Nezha (Phoebus), Mick Zeni (Frollo)

Ballet Company & Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Paul Connelly

With Roland Petit's cool, cabaret-style choreography and chic costumes by Yves Saint Laurent, Notre Dame de Paris has been a modern ballet hit ever since its 1965 premiere.

Petit's deft condensation of Victor Hugo's epic and tragic novel is now renewed by two stars of our time, Roberto Bolle and Natalia Osipova: a stunning tribute to Petit's genius after his death in 2011.

'Petit's Esmeralda is a cousin of his landmark Carmen, and there is no better enfant terrible to play her today than Natalia Osipova'. Financial Times

Bolle 'manages to instill Quasimodo with a tragic air that is both fierce and tender' (Herald Tribune).

Running time: 95 minutes
Subtitles: EN (extra features only)
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image MONTEVERDI:POPPEA
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Image Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Boris Godunov is the story not only of a troubled leader but of an entire nation, and its history is as eventful as that of Mother Russia herself. In this new production, the legendary director Andrei Konchalovsky presents a personal vision of the opera that takes Mussorgsky's bare and monumental first version as its basis, while adding the final scene from the composer's revision, in which not only the Tsar but the people themselves reveal their fatal flaws. Orlin Anastassov stars in the title role, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.


'Orchestrally and vocally outstanding''The Opera Critic


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Image RAVI SHANKAR IN PORTRAIT
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Image Strauss: Elektra
Conducted by Christian Thielemann, this performance was the sensation of the 2010 Baden-Baden Festival. A one-act masterpiece inspired by Greek mythology, it is a dense, jagged cry for justice and vengeance. With its powerfully expressive chords, spooky waltz rhythms and mad dance of triumph, it shakes the audience to the core. Herbert Wernicke's legendary production for the Bayerische Staatsoper stands out for its clear lines, classical structural elements and striking colour contrasts. Linda Watson, one of the great Wagnerian sopranos of today, superbly masters her role debut as Elektra, one of opera's most demanding roles.

'This final performance was one that those in the hall will remember and talk about for years to come.' Playbill Arts

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Image Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Described by Tchaikovsky as 'lyric scenes', Eugene Onegin receives a spectacular reinterpretation from the Norwegian director Stefan Herheim. His productions create controversy and excitement around Europe, and here he takes Pushkin's story of illusion, disaffection and frustrated love, and places the protagonists - world-weary Onegin and naive, passionate Tatyana - in a triple temporal perspective, referencing the theatrical present, the period of the work's composition, and the pageant of Russia's history. Mariss Jansons, renowned for his mastery of Tchaikovsky's symphonies, conducts this performance from Amsterdam's Muziektheater.

'Put too much steam into Tchaikovsky's score and it wilts. Be too shy and retiring, on the other hand, and the tragic momentum evaporates. Jansons sets us on a simmer and gradually turns the heat to boiling. It is magisterially paced, stunningly played and, seemingly effortlessly, Jansons captures every aching nuance. [...] Herheim's innovations are often throbbingly acute (and sometimes wickedly funny).' The Times
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Image LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS 2000
This unique British musical event was watched and listened to by millions of people. It is a celebration of British tradition that also includes leading international artists that features traditional favorites alongside new works. The traditional last works of the evening include rousing renditions of: Rule, Britannia, Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and Sir Henry Wood's Fantasia on British Sea Songs.

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Image Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
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Image Korsakov: Legend Of The Invisible City

Rimsky-Korsakov
THE LEGEND OF THE INVISIBLE CITY OF KITEZH
DNO

Fevroniya Svetlana Ignatovich
Grishka Kuterma John Daszak
Prince Yuriy Vsevolodovich Vladimir Vaneev
Prince Vsevolod Yuryevich Maxim Aksenov
Bedyay Ante Jerkunica
Burunday Vladimir Ognovenko
Fyodor Poyarok Alexey Markov
Page Mayram Sokolova

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus of Netherlands Opera

Director Dmitri Tcherniakov
Conductor Marc Albrecht

Recorded live at the De Nederlandse Opera, February 2012

Rimsky-Korsakov's opera is a fanciful fairytale, yet at the same time a parable on repression and political conceit. The peasant girl Fevroniya's prayer that the city of Kitezh becomes invisible, thus protecting it from Tatar attack, is magically heeded. The girl herself, however, is captured by the invaders. The leitmotifs and highly expressive musical tone-painting tell the story, based on a pantheist world view, almost on their own. Grand crowd scenes contrast with a internal treatment similar to the music dramas of Richard Wagner. Marc Albrecht conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the dramatic staging comes from the renowned Russian director, Dmitri Tcherniakov.

Running time: 187 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/DU/JA/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image ROSSINI:LA SCALA DI SETA
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Image Petit: Notre Dame De Paris
Natalia Osipova (Esmeralda), Roberto Bolle (Quasimodo), Eris Nezha (Phoebus), Mick Zeni (Frollo)

Ballet Company & Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Paul Connelly

With Roland Petit's cool, cabaret-style choreography and chic costumes by Yves Saint Laurent, Notre Dame de Paris has been a modern ballet hit ever since its 1965 premiere.

Petit's deft condensation of Victor Hugo's epic and tragic novel is now renewed by two stars of our time, Roberto Bolle and Natalia Osipova: a stunning tribute to Petit's genius after his death in 2011.

'Petit's Esmeralda is a cousin of his landmark Carmen, and there is no better enfant terrible to play her today than Natalia Osipova'. Financial Times

Bolle 'manages to instill Quasimodo with a tragic air that is both fierce and tender' (Herald Tribune).

Running time: 95 minutes
Subtitles: EN (extra features only)
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image Verdi: Operas Box Set
This inimitable collection unites three masterworks by the Italian operatic giant Giuseppe Verdi in a five-DVD set that is essential viewing for enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Internationally acclaimed stars perform the title roles, with a combination of lavish costume design and magical staging characterising these celebrated productions from three of the world's greatest opera houses. Extra features include the BBC documentary Verdi through the Looking Glass. NB individual titles will remain available at full-price.

AIDA (1994)
Radamès Fabio Armiliato
Amneris Elisabetta Fiorillo
Aida Daniela Dessì
Orchestra & Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor Miguel Ángel, Gómez Martínez
Stage Director José Antonio Gutiérrez

LA TRAVIATA (2006)
Violetta Valéry Norah Amsellem
Alfredo Germont José Bros
Giorgio Germont Renato Bruson
Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
Conductor Jesús López Cobos
Director Pier Luigi Pizzi

RIGOLETTO (2000)
Duke of Mantua Marcelo Alvarez
Rigoletto Paolo Gavanelli
Gilda Christine Schäfer
The Royal Opera Chorus
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor Sir Edward Downes
Director David McVicar

Running time: 9 hours 23 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/CA (Aida); EN/FR/DE/ES/IT (La Traviata); EN (Rigoletto)
 Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde
Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival in July & August 2009, this production marks the beginning of an exciting new long-term partnership between the Bayreuth Festival and Opus Arte. The prestigious music festival takes place each year in northern Germany in a theatre that Wagner himself personally supervised the design and construction of. The festival has become a pilgrimage destination for Wagner enthusiasts, who often have to wait up to ten years to obtain a ticket!

Katharina Wagner, the great-grand daughter of Richard Wagner, is currently codirector of the festival together with her sister Eva Wagner-Pasquier. Tristan und Isolde was first performed in 1865 and provided inspiration to many composers including Mahler, Strauss, Szymanowski and Berg. It is widely acknowledged as one of the peaks of the operatic repertoire, and has been performed regularly since its premiere. This production, by renowned director Christoph Marthaler, stars leading Wagner exponents Robert Dean Smith and Irene Theorin in the title roles, supported by the Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Peter Schneider.

'Peter Schneider conducted with real feeling for the score and the prelude to the first act stole upon the ear with the magic of Bayreuth's amazing acoustics. Robert Dean Smith is now a fine Tristan with a really beautiful voice. ...Robert Holl made a moving King Marke, his magnificent bass nobly used. Some of the most beautiful singing came from Clemens Bieber's Young Seaman at the beginning.' The Stage

'In Tristan the standard of conducting and singing is high. Peter Schneider draws seamless playing from the orchestra, contouring Wagner's long arcs of sound as only someone of his experience can do. Irene Theorin and Robert Dean Smith make a well-balanced couple - she all temperament and sound, he emotionally neutral but vocally flawless.' The Financial Times

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Image Shakespeare:Henry IV Part 2
King Henry's health is failing as a second rebellion against his reign threatens to surface. Intent on securing his legacy, he is uncertain that his son Hal is a worthy heir, believing him more concerned with earthly pleasures than the responsibility of rule. Sir John Falstaff is sent to the country side to recruit fresh troops. Amongst the unwitting locals opportunities for embezzlement and profiteering prove impossible to resist - as the king's health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty, and loyalty to an old friend.

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Image Shakespeare: Loves Labours Lost
When the King of Navarre and his three courtiers forswear all pleasure - particularly of the female variety - in favour of a life of study, the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies plays havoc with their intentions. Using every kind of verbal gymnastics to poke fun, Shakespeare's most intellectual comedy is brought to hilarious life in Dominic Dromgoole's highly entertaining production, rich in visual humour and sexual innuendo. Jonathan Fensom's knot garden and original music by Claire van Kampen create the framework for an engaging performance by an excellent cast. Filmed live in High Definition and true surround sound.

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Image Shakespeare:Gentlemen Verona
Valentine and Proteus are best friends until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke's daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart Julia at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals' affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation.

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Image Various: Dances of Ecstasy
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Image Handel: Deidamia

"With this production, the Netherlands Opera once again meets with distinction its obligation to perform Baroque works."

New York Times

"For me, Andrew Foster-Williams as Phoenix was a bit of an unsung hero (if that's not a contradiction in terms) in this production, contributing more to the performance than was reflected in the warmth of the applause at the close."

www.opera-britannia.com

Deidamia Sally Matthews
Nerea Veronica Cangemi
Achille Olga Pasichnyk
Ulisse Silvia Tro Santafé
Fenice Andrew Foster-Williams
Licomede Umberto Chiummo
Nestore Jan-Willem Schaafsma
Concerto Köln
Conductor Ivor Bolton
Director David Alden
Recorded live at the De Nederlandse Opera, March & April 2012

DNO presents a new production of Händel's last Italian opera, Deidamia, staged by the American David Alden. No known literary source has been linked directly to this opera, which is set at the time of the Trojan War. After an oracle has predicted the death of Achilles at Troy, Achilles disguises himself as a woman and takes refuge at the court of Lycomedes, whose daughter Deidamia falls in love with the young Greek. Amorous developments and tricks of disguise expose the truth and Achilles is forced to take his place at the side of his countrymen in the battle against the Trojans. Comedy and tragedy are bedfellows in this opera, and the title role in particular covers the entire expressive spectrum, from flirtatious love song to heartfelt lament.

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Image Tan Dun: Marco Polo
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Image Turnage: Anna Nicole
In a tragic-comic take on the extremes of celebrity culture, composer Mark Anthony Turnage, librettist Richard Thomas and director Richard Jones add Anna Nicole Smith to opera's gallery of bad, sad girls. A pneumatic Playboy model who married an octogenarian billionaire, she achieved grotesque fame before her destitute, drugriddled death. With its jazz-coloured score and Eva-Maria Westbroek's starry performance, this is, as the New York Times said:"an engrossing outrageous, entertaining and, ultimately deeply moving opera".

\...It's a tremendous show...shocking it isn't; stunning it is!"The Independent
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Image HANDEL: Water Music - Recreating a Royal Spectacul
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Image Gluck: Iphigenie En Aulide/ Tauride

Aulide


Iphigénie: Véronique Gens
Diane: Salomé Haller
Agamemnon: Nicolas Testé
Clytemnestre: Anne Sofie von Otter

Tauride


Iphigénie: Mireille Delunsch
Thoas: Laurent Alvaro
Oreste: Jean-François Lapointe
Pylade: Yann Beuron
Diane: Salomé Haller

Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble
Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera
Conductor: Marc Minkowski
Director: Pierre Audi
Recorded live at De Nederlandse Opera, September 2011

1 x Blu-ray
Running time: 267 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/DU/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Two late and baleful tragedies by Euripides focus on the ill-starred daughter of the Greek King, Agamemnon. Will he sacrifice Iphigenia in order to secure fair winds for his voyage to Troy? In Aulis, the drama rages until she is spared. Having escaped to Tauris, Iphigenia finds herself compelled to kill her own brother before, once more, the fickle gods intervene. Gluck's operatic settings are very rarely staged together, but Pierre Audi's production makes a darkly compelling case for their dramatic unity. All the lead performers here are experienced exponents of Gluck, and together they present a powerfully idiomatic experience.

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Image Handel: Rinaldo

''A splendid cast and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted with a firm hand by Ottavio Dantone, kept one's spirits up. Sonia Prina's mezzo-soprano excelled.'' The Telegraph

''Great music, great orchestral playing, magnificent singing.'' Daily Express



Skin-tight rubber and lacrosse sticks bring contemporary chic to this timeless fantasy of warriors and witches in Robert Carsen's fun-filled transformation of Handel's first London triumph. Conducting from the keyboard just as Handel himself did, Ottavio Dantone leads a youthful cast of today's luminaries in the dramatic art of Baroque opera, the 'affecting' Sonia Prina, the 'unadorned intensity' of Anett Fritsch and 'fire-breathing flair' (The Observer) of Brenda Rae.

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Image Mozart: Die Zauberflote
From the Queen of the Night's vocal pyrotechnics to Papageno's chirpy birdsongs, The Magic Flute is one of Mozart's most charming and engaging operas. However, its fairytale surface conceals the mysteries of an initiation ritual and a multi-layered plot, packed with allegories to fire up the imagination. This celebrated production by artist William Kentridge joyfully bursts onto the stage of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, featuring the dazzling Russian coloratura Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen of the Night, and Italian bass Alex Esposito as Papageno, one of the most sought after artists of his generation.

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Image Mozart: Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni Mariusz Kwiecien
Leporello Alex Esposito
Commendatore Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Donna Elvira Véronique Gens
Don Ottavio Antonio Poli
Donna Anna Malin Byström
Zerlina Elizabeth Watts
Masetto Dawid Kimberg
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Director Kasper Holten
Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2014


Mozart's sublime tragic comedy offers boundless scope for directors, and Kasper Holten has chosen it to follow his directorial debut of Eugene Onegin. He wanted to shift the emphasis from Don Giovanni's sex life into a darker place, showing Giovanni's womanizing as an attempt to stave off his own mortality. Each woman he seduces represents a life he could have had. Though it is a dark piece, Holten handles it with a light touch and works with a superb cast - Mariusz Kwiecien, one of the world's leading Don Giovannis, Alex Esposito, a fresh, vigorous Leporello and acclaimed French soprano Véronique Gens.

Set designs including innovative use of projections are by Es Devlin (most recently at the Royal Opera House with Les Troyens), Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Running time: 187 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image Puccini: Turandot
Turandot Lise Lindstrom
Calaf Marco Berti
Liù Eri Nakamura
Ping Dionysios Sourbis
Pong Douglas Jones
Pang David Butt Philip
Altoum Alasdair Elliott
Timur Raymond Aceto

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor Henrik Nánási
Director Andrei Serban
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, September 2014

Andrei Serban's spectacular and thrilling 1984 production of Puccini's final and grandest opera has long been a classic at the Royal Opera House. First filmed for BBC TV in the 80s, this new recording - of its fifteenth revival - is in stunning HD and makes this famous production available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray. The release will rightfully take its place alongside the outstanding Royal Opera Puccini DVDs of La Bohème, Tosca (on EMI) and Il Trittico. American Lise Lindstrom is one of the very few contemporary Turandots who can genuinely sing this 'killer' role, and is supported by a touching Liù from Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura and an unashamedly Italianite Calaf from Marco Berti. The young Hungarian conductor Henrik Nánási directs the large orchestra and all-important chorus.

Running time: 125 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image STRAVINSKY:RAKES PROGRESS
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Image Purcell: The Fairy Queen
Requiring 38 soloists, chorus and large orchestra, \Palestrina", Pfitzner's "most important" work (Suddeutsche Zeitung), is a challenging opera to stage. Christian Stuckl's lively and colorful interpretation at the Bavarian State Opera is wonderfully served by conductor Simone Young, who cultivates a silky, organic orchestral texture.

Heading the many outstanding soloists are the imposing Christopher Ventris as Palestrina, the mighty Bayreuth regular Falk Struckmann, the velvety-smooth baritone Michael Volle and the most promising young singer of 2009 (survey held by Opernwelt) Christiane Karg.

Christian Stuckl is well versed with the ecclesiastical subject because of his productions of the Passion Play in Oberammergau. His worldwide reputation is based on his annual restaging of the Jedermann in Salzburg since 2003. Together with Andre Heller, Stuckl was responsible for the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in Germany in 2006.

"The music flows blissfully hour after hour..." Suddeutsche Zeitung
"The vocal-quality was on a very high level!" Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 2009
"The Bavarian State Orchestra presents itself very well in connection with Simone Young" Neue Zuricher Zeitung, 2009"

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Image Shakespeare:Great Comedies
This limited edition box-set brings together three of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, from the hilarious tale of misdirection and deception that is Twelfth Night to the slapstick humour of The Taming of Shrew and the magic and mischief that jointly characterise A Midsummer Night's Dream. Brimming with first-class British acting - including stand-out performances from such lauded individuals as Michelle Terry, Samantha Spiro, Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry - this trio of award-winning Globe Theatre productions brilliantly underscores the humour that is inherent in each of the three Elizabethan dramas, with inventive staging, outstanding costumes and original music performed on period style instruments providing the finishing touches to a must-have collection.

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Image Shakespeare: Hamlet
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Image Shakespeare:Henry IV Part 1
With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware how tenuous his position is, and the price to be paid if he falters.

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Image Shakespeare:Othello
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Image Aida 3D

Verdi
AIDA 3D


Arena di Verona

Aida Hui He
Radames Marco Berti
Amneris Andrea Ulbrich
Amonasro Ambrogio Maestri
The King Roberto Tagliavini
High Priestess Antonella Trevisan
A messenger Antonello Ceron

Orchestra, Chorus and Corps de Ballet of the Arena di Verona
Conductor: Daniel Oren
Director: Gianfranco De Bosio
Recorded live at Arena di Verona, June 2012

The grand scale and magnificent acoustics of the Roman arena in Verona are ideally suited to the pageantry of Verdi's Egyptian opera, presented here in a staging that is true to the original 1913 production, framed by obelisks and sphinxes and filled with chorus and dancers. Chinese soprano Hui He has won international acclaim for her portrayal of the eponymous slave girl whose forbidden love for the war hero Radamés (Marco Berti, the experienced Verdi tenor) brings death to them both.

Running time: 150 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image Britten: Gloriana
Britten
GLORIANA
Royal Opera House


Queen Elizabeth I Susan Bullock
Earl of Essex Toby Spence
Countess of Essex Patricia Bardon
Lord Mountjoy Mark Stone
Lady Rich Kate Royal
Sir Robert Cecil Jeremy Carpenter
Sir Walter Raleigh Clive Bayley
Ballad Singer Brindley Sherratt

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor Paul Daniel
Director Richard Jones

Central to the Royal Opera's centenary celebrations marking the birth of Benjamin Britten was Richard Jones's witty and insightful new production of the royal operatic pageant that Britten wrote to honour the Coronation, exploring the late life, love and death of Queen Elizabeth I. With powerfully characterised performances by Susan Bullock as Queen Elizabeth and Toby Spence as the dashing and treacherous Earl of Essex, Gloriana,/i> is revealed as at once a celebration and a tragedy.

Running time: 180 minutes
Subtitles EN/FR/DE/JP/KO (ES AND IT TBC)
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image DANCES OF ECSTASY - GABRIELLE ROTH
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Image Donizetti:La Favorite
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Image Wagner: Die Fliegender Hollander
Austrian director Martin Kusej's pioneering vision brings a challenging and provoking insight to Wagner's opera of love and redemption, with his singular ability to connect characters and their actions to the score. Martin Zehetsgruber's spacious, multi-layered sets define the settings through which Dalland (Robert Lloyd), Senta (Catherine Naglestad), The Dutchman (Juha Uusitalo) and the chorus move to great effect fulfilling the fine conducting of Hartmut Haenchen, who elicits from the orchestra an unmatchable performance of detail and clarity.

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Image Benjamin: Written On Skin

BENJAMIN: WRITTEN ON SKIN

Royal Opera House

Protector Christopher Purves
Agnès Barbara Hannigan
First Angel/Boy Bejun Mehta
Second Angel/Marie Victoria Simmonds
Third Angel/John Allan Clayton
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Text Martin Crimp
Conductor George Benjamin
Director Katie Mitchell

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, March 2013


When Written on Skin had its premiere at the 2012 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, conducted by George Benjamin himself, it received a standing ovation. The opera's arrival at Covent Garden in 2013 was eagerly anticipated, and provided audiences with the opportunity to experience the work of two of Britain's greatest living artists. Benjamin previously collaborated with playwright Martin Crimp on Into the Little Hill, a magical retelling of the Pied Piper fairytale, and for this new work they joined forces with acclaimed stage director Katie Mitchell. For all three, the production marked their main-stage debut at the Royal Opera House. The tale, inspired by a medieval legend, tells of an ill-fated troubadour, drawn into a liaison with an innocent maiden. But they are observed by the jealous eye of her protector, who wreaks a shocking revenge on the young couple.

Running time: 89 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JA
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image Bizet: Carmen
Passion, jealousy and betrayal take center stage at London's Royal Opera House in a spectacular production of the world's most popular opera. Bizet's Carmen is packed with some of the best-loved and memorable music in all of opera.

In this characteristically vivid and vibrant stage production by Francesca Zambello, Seville is brought to life with ranks of soldiers, crowds of peasants, gypsies and bullfighters - as well as a magnificent horse, a donkey and even some chickens! This spectacular RealD and Royal Opera House production features a supremely talented cast, gripping drama and Bizet's energetic and passionate score. It is truly a musical event to remember!

Press Reviews

"This staging lends itself specially well to film in many ways. It's as colourful as the music...Rice's dark good looks make her a good choice for the part. Her singing is precise and attractive...Argiris's Escamillo is much deeper than the usual flashy image...Kovalevska's Micaëla on the other hand was superb from beginning to end." (Opera Today)

"Looking radiant and singing superbly, [Kovalevska] brought great depth and passion to the role with a faultless performance." (The Daily Express)

"... an earthily alluring Carmen from Christine Rice." (The Guardian)

Cast
Christine Rice  (Carmen)
Bryan Hymel  (Don José)
Aris Argiris  (Escamillo)
Maija Kovalevska  (Micaëla)

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Constantinos Carydis

Stage Director: Francesca Zambello

Catalogue Number: OABD7188D
Date of Performance: 2011
Running Time: 155 minutes
Sound: Dolby Stereo / Dolby Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE,JP, KO
Label: Opus Arte

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Image Cavalli: La Didone

''William Christie... a distribution of rare perfection to the Theatre Caen.'' www.lexpress.fr

''Les Arts Florissants are on great form and sound glorious.'' Opera Magazine



One of the first operas deserving of the name, Didone is our first surviving musical version of the famous episode in Virgil's Aeneid where the Trojan hero loves and then cruelly leaves the noble Dido. Cavalli learnt at the feet of Monteverdi, and his dramatic transformation of the story is all the more expressive for its intimacy, worthy of the examples set by his master. At the centre of this bold and simple staging - the first opera production by comic actor Clement Hervieu-Leger - is the Queen of Carthage herself, sung with uncompromising intensity by Anna Bonitatibus. William Christie and his singers and players show themselves entirely attuned to the world of Cavalli, where meaning and music fuse.

~ Following on from the Handel, Montverdi and Rameau revivals, comes the re-discovery of this great Venetian composer Cavalli.

~ With Anna Bonitatibus and Kresimir Spicer, early music specialist William Christie has brought together an impressive cast accompanied by Les Arts Florissant.

~ Cavalli's librettists Gian Francesco Busenello was also the librettist of Monteverdi's last surviving opera L'Incoronazione di Poppea.

~ Cavalli was part of the next generation after Monteverdi, a leading figure in musical life of Venice and considered to be the greatest living opera composer of his time. Indeed his solos and ensembles breathe a new spirit, his choruses are powerful, his recitatives come across as expressive, natural and touching and his talent for comic scenes clearly lives up to the commedia dell'Arte tradition.

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Image Handel: Acis Galatea
Christopher Hogwood conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a distinguished cast including Danielle de Niese and Charles Workman in Wayne McGregor's new production of Handel's opera in which The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet appear in a rare and beautifully crafted collaboration. Filmed with High Definition cameras and recorded in true surround sound.

"Charles Workman and Danielle de Niese had bags of vocal and personal charm in the title roles, with strong contributions from Matthew Rose as Polyphemus and Paul Agnew and Ji-Min Park as attendant shepherds; among the dancers, special praise to Lauren Cuthbertson as Galatea's frolicking nymph. ...An evening of exquisite sensual pleasure." The Telegraph

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Image Mozart: Die Zauberflote
Since its premiere in a tiny suburban theatre in Vienna, Die Zauberfl?te has delighted audiences for over 200 years. Fusing music, technology and stage craft, Simon McBurney's new production gives the opera a refreshing new treatment that is both thrilling and simple.

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Image Puccini - La Boheme
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Image Rossini: Ciro In Babilonia
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Image Rossini:Il Signor Bruschino
Welcome to 'Rossiniland': where the 1800s meet the 2000s, and tourists are free to wander and gawp at the scintillating spectacle taking place around them. Innovative theatre company Teatro Sotterraneo has transferred Rossini's light-hearted one-act operatic farce to a modern-day theme park, complete with popcorn stand and balloons. Mistaken identities and general confusion abound, all exaggerated to a delightful degree by Rossini's forward-thinking comedic effects. Helped by outlandish costumes and off-the-wall stage design - created by the Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino - a polished cast serves to bring Rossini's engaging drama to life, making this 'clever production' (New York Times) one not to be missed.

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Image Verdi:Don Carlo
Teatro Regio's 2013 revival of their highly successful 2006 production of Verdi's Don Carlo celebrates the 40th anniversary of the theatre's reopening in 1973. With traditional staging and lavish costume design, the production garnered high acclaim in the national and international press, with GB Opera commending the 'sumptuous' setting and French online music magazine ResMusica praising director Hugo de Ana's decision to revive the show 'in all its splendour'. Shown here in the four-act version, Don Carlo is the fascinating tale of father-son power struggles, adultery and love that borders on incest. The cast - under the powerful baton of Gianandrea Noseda - is headed by renowned Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas, and also features Ludovic Tézier, who has been hailed as 'one of the best Verdian singers of our time' (ResMusica).

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Image Verdi: Falstaff
The inspirational Vladimir Jurowski conducts Verdi's last opera, his only true comic opera. An international cast is led by Christopher Purves in the larger-than-life role of the corpulent Falstaff, whose profligacy both outrages and inspires the citizens of Windsor. Richard Jones's production brings out the humour, bitterness and anger - mixed with tenderness and wisdom - embodied in the Shakespeare plays on which the libretto is based. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

'in the pit, Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic hone their reflexes so that the instrumental guffaw, exclamation, explosive flourish leaps out at you. it's exciting and detailed and rhythmically so alive.' The independent

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Image Viscera/Carmen
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Image Steffani:Niobe Regina
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Image Britten: Billy Budd
Glyndebourne has a proud association with the operas of Benjamin Britten, however until 2010 had never staged Billy Budd. The all-male opera with a libretto co-written by EM Forster, is based on the battle between pure good and blind evil, and is set on a British man-'o-war ship. Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, chose this work to make his long-awaited operatic debut. Sir Mark Elder returned to conduct, marking the 100th opera production in his illustrious career.

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Image Cavalli: Ercole Amante
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Image Rameau: Castor Et Pollux
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Image ROSSINI: Cenerentola
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Image Verdi:Operas Box
Works
Verdi: Il trovatore (2002) from OA0849D/OABD7006D José Cura (Manrico); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Count di Luna); Yvonne Naef (Azucena); Verónica Vilarroel (Leonora); The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Carlo Rizzi

Verdi: La traviata (2009) from OA1040D/OABD7076D Renée Fleming (Violetta); Joseph Calleja (Alfredo); Thomas Hampson (Germont); The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Antonio Pappano

Verdi: Macbeth (2011) from OA1063D/OABD7095D Simon Keenlyside (Macbeth); Liudmyla Monastyrska (Lady Macbeth); Raymond Aceto (Banquo); The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Antonio Pappano

Press Reviews
"...an impressive company showcase, full of moments when chorus and orchestra are at full throttle. Whipped up by Antonio Pappano's baton, they sound truly thrilling. " (The Guardian - Macbeth)

"Simon Keenlyside and Liudmyla Monastyrska give one of the finest portrayals of the couple that I have come across. In both cases what lifts them into the category of the very special is the way they manage to chart the character's development. Macbeth is a role that Keenlyside has grown into. He has the depth, the charisma and the energy that make the role complex and interesting; more than a great soldier laid low. His baritone is rounded and complex, just right to capture the many facets of the character's journey." (Musicweb International - Macbeth)

"the beautiful sounds she [Renée Fleming] makes, especially in the Act One finale and the Act Two party, are well worth hearing, and the high-quality film-work puts us right at the heart of the action." (Financial Times - La Traviata ★★★★)

"Antonio Pappano takes charge of this revival, searching out the meaning of Verdi's score in a supple, sentient reading that sweeps you along." (The Guardian - La Traviata)

"Elijah Moshinsky's production is surely as lively and moving as Verdi's intricate masterpiece deserves. Jose Cura sizzles. Dimitri Hvorostovsky is everything one could want to see and hear in a Verdi baritone. This new Trovatore DVD is a reminder that not every golden age happened long ago." (San Francisco Chronicle - Il Trovatore)

"All four are in excellent voice. Cura...supports Naef with beautiful quiet singing...Hvorostovsky is formidable...There are two other filmed Trovatore's available at present, for a combination of musical excellence and intelligent production neither comes close to this one." (International Record Review - Il Trovatore)

Cast
Renée Fleming (Violetta Valery)
Simon Keenlyside (Macbeth)
Liudmyla Monastyrska (Lady Macbeth)
Joseph Calleja (Alfredo Germont)
José Cura (Manrico)
Yvonne Naef (Azucnea)
Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House

Production
Company: The Royal Opera

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OA1190BD
Running Time: 519 minutes
Sound: LPCM & DTS 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: Il Trovatore: English; La Traviata: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian; Macbeth: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese.
Label: Opus Arte

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Image WAGNER: Rheingold
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Image Wagner: Die Walkure
Christian Thielemann,"by common consent the leading Wagner conductor of our time" (Die Presse), returns to Bayreuth for this radiant account of Die Walkure filmed at the 2010 Festival. Appearing on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, it provides the only audio-visual document of Tankred Dorst's Ring production, and follows the hugely successful release of the whole cycle on CD. Two new singers join the cast: Johan Botha as Siegmund, who was showered with praise by the press ("ideal vocal casting" in the words of the critic on the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and Edith Haller, with her"beautiful, strong soprano voice" (Suddeutsche Zeitung) as his sister and lover Sieglinde.

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Image Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2
This recording commemorates the 50th anniversary of Joaquin Achucarro's debut with the London Symphony Orchestra after winning the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic international Competition in 1959. Recorded at Jerwood Hall, St Luke's, London, with Britain's eminent conductor Colin Davis at the helm, Achucarro delivers a consummate performance that brilliantly expresses his delicate and passionate style. Extra features include a substantial documentary about Achucarro's career and performances of solo piano pieces by Brahms, Chopin, Scriabin and Albeniz filmed in the beautiful setting of the Prado museum.

"Achucarro's approach is unorthodox in today's stick-to-theletter- of-the-score, mechanically perfect musical world. His rubati seem excessive to some; to others, like a throwback to a Golden Age. For all of his reverence for the great composers whose music he plays, he maintains a healthy sense of their humanity as well."Our duty is first of all to understand what composer does and wants, and then to try to deliver it the best we can, but also to serve the music," he says."And maybe sometimes the composer is wrong." He adds,"People say you must follow the text. But if you follow the text, perhaps the music is not totally served." ... And he views what he does as a performer as an act of creation in its own right." The Washington Post

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Image Shakespeare: Richard II

"David Tennant gives a bravado performance of a multi-layered, complex and intelligent medieval king in Shakespeare's masterful history play."

The Daily Express


Richard II is King. A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic and bloody civil war.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant in the title role. David is joined in the Company by Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York, Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt and Nigel Lindsay as Bolingbroke.

Richard II was broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 13 November 2013 from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 6 May 2014.

The Blu-Ray disc also includes a commentary by Director Gregory Doran and Live from Stratford-upon-Avon Producer John Wyver, an interview with David Tennant in which he discusses his thoughts on the play and the character of Richard, and a film exploring behind the scenes of the production, giving an insight into the process of putting the play onto the stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the logistics of filming the production for live broadcast.
  • First release in a new partnership with the RSC.
  • Starring distinguished TV, Film and Theatre actor David Tennant whose credits range from Doctor Who to Hamlet at the RSC.
  • Production directed by Gregory Doran "one of the great Shakespearians of his generation" The Sunday Times
  • Extra features: David Tennant interview, Director's commentary and a cast gallery.
Running time: 162 minutes
Subtitles: EN / FR / DE
Region: 0

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Image ALFRED BRENDEL: IN PORTRAIT
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Image BEETHOVEN: Eroica
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Image BERG: Wozzeck
Calixto Bieito's controversial but visually stunning production of 'Wozzeck' is set in a grisly, chaotic, post-industrial maze, giving a contemporary edge to the disturbing intensity of Alban Berg's expressionistic masterpiece. The all too human drama is emphasised, with terrifying beauty, by the stupendous cast of singing actors with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, producing a strong, relentless musical experience under the inspired baton of maestro Sebastian Weigle.

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Image BRITTEN: The Turn of the Screw
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Image CLOUDGATE DANCE THEATRE - CURSIVE II
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Image Delibes: Coppelia
Premiered by the Opera De Paris in 1870, and inspired by the fantastical writings of E.T.A. Hoffmann, Coppelia tells the story of a young man who becomes besotted with an exquisite automaton and is finally brought to his senses by his fiancee. In their production from the magnificent Palais Garnier, choreographer Patrice Bart in his final production and designer Ezio Toffolutti explore the story's darker side while doing full justice to the exuberance and elegance of Delibes' glorious score.

''The Paris Opera orchestra played sensuously for the conductor, Koen Kessels...costumes were extremely attractive, set theatrically striking. The dancers were models of self-presentation''New York Times


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Image Yates: Elizabeth
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Image MEYER/STRAV:LES PATINEURS
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Image Handel: Acis Galatea
Christopher Hogwood conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a distinguished cast including Danielle de Niese and Charles Workman in Wayne McGregor's new production of Handel's opera in which The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet appear in a rare and beautifully crafted collaboration. Filmed with High Definition cameras and recorded in true surround sound.

"Charles Workman and Danielle de Niese had bags of vocal and personal charm in the title roles, with strong contributions from Matthew Rose as Polyphemus and Paul Agnew and Ji-Min Park as attendant shepherds; among the dancers, special praise to Lauren Cuthbertson as Galatea's frolicking nymph. ...An evening of exquisite sensual pleasure." The Telegraph

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Image Handel: Rinaldo

''A splendid cast and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted with a firm hand by Ottavio Dantone, kept one's spirits up. Sonia Prina's mezzo-soprano excelled.'' The Telegraph

''Great music, great orchestral playing, magnificent singing.'' Daily Express



Skin-tight rubber and lacrosse sticks bring contemporary chic to this timeless fantasy of warriors and witches in Robert Carsen's fun-filled transformation of Handel's first London triumph. Conducting from the keyboard just as Handel himself did, Ottavio Dantone leads a youthful cast of today's luminaries in the dramatic art of Baroque opera, the 'affecting' Sonia Prina, the 'unadorned intensity' of Anett Fritsch and 'fire-breathing flair' (The Observer) of Brenda Rae.

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Image Henze: Ondine
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Image HILDEGARD VON BINGEN IN PORTRAIT
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Image Mascagni:Cavalleria Rustcana
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Image A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
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Image Mozart: Die Zauberflote
From the Queen of the Night's vocal pyrotechnics to Papageno's chirpy birdsongs, The Magic Flute is one of Mozart's most charming and engaging operas. However, its fairytale surface conceals the mysteries of an initiation ritual and a multi-layered plot, packed with allegories to fire up the imagination. This celebrated production by artist William Kentridge joyfully bursts onto the stage of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, featuring the dazzling Russian coloratura Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen of the Night, and Italian bass Alex Esposito as Papageno, one of the most sought after artists of his generation.

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Image Mozart: Die Zauberflote
Since its premiere in a tiny suburban theatre in Vienna, Die Zauberfl?te has delighted audiences for over 200 years. Fusing music, technology and stage craft, Simon McBurney's new production gives the opera a refreshing new treatment that is both thrilling and simple.

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Image PUCCINI:IL TRITTICO
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Image Puccini: La Boheme
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.

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Image Rameau: Hippolyte Et Aricie
Hippolytus Ed Lyon
Aricia Christiane Karg
Phaedre Sarah Connolly
Theseus Stéphane Degout

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Conductor William Christie
Director Jonathan Kent

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes, June 2013


In Glyndebourne's first-ever staging of a opera by Rameau, director Jonathan Kent presents a production which, in his own words, 'strives to appeal to every sense and show audiences how engrossing and musically ravishing French Baroque opera can be'. Rameau's inventive take on Racine's great tragedy Phèdre is brought to life by Paul Brown's colourful and elegant designs and Ashley Page's playful choreography. Ed Lyon and Christiane Karg give captivating performances as the titular young lovers, while Sarah Connolly, making a welcome return to Glyndebourne, 'invests Phaedra with both grandeur and a desperately human vulnerability' (The Independent). Leading exponent of early music William Christie 'sets an exhilarating pace, galvanising the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to playing of tremendous panache' (The DailyTelegraph).

Running time: 187 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image Rossini: L'Italiana In Algeri
Isabella Anna Goryachova
Mustafà Alex Esposito
Lindoro Yijie Shi
Taddeo Mario Cassi
Orchestra & Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor José Ramón Encinar
Director Davide Livermore
Recorded live at the Pesaro Festival, August 2013


Pesaro's new offering in 2013 was an off-the-wall production of Rossini's popular comedy, 'The Italian Girl in Algiers', presented as a Swinging Sixties, James Bond adventure, set in the desert oil fields of the North African coast. Davide Livermore's gag-a-minute, helter-skelter romp followed an alarmingly life-like air-crash, which delivered the 'Italian girl' from Rome into the clutches of the local oil baron, Mustafa. All three lead singers (Alex Esposito as Mustafa, the high tenor Yijie Shi as the young lover Lindoro, and Anna Goryachova as the agile-voiced mezzo-soprano of the title role) thoroughly distinguished themselves - and the audience roared its approval of the evening's entertainment.

Running time: 153 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki
Based on Gogol's fantastical and comic story of the Devil's antics on Christmas Eve, this magical blend of opera and ballet is brought to vivid life in Francesca Zambello's colourful production. Magnificent set designs (Mikhail Mokrov) and costumes (Tatiana Noginova), and an excellent, largely Russian cast provide authenticity. Splendid dancing by The Royal Ballet and Cossack dancers completes the spectacle. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

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Image TCHAIKOVSKY: NUTCRACKER
This visually stunning, all-new production of 'Nutcracker', choreographed by Helgi Tomasson (artistic director of the San Francisco Ballet) is a graceful and timeless adventure on a grand scale. The scenic design by Michael Yeargan, setting the tale at the time of the 1915 San Francisco World Fair, is sensational. From the lovely 'Waltz of the Flowers' to the crystalline beauty of the stunning 'Snowflake Waltz', each scene is more breathtaking than the last, bringing to life all the well-known and beloved characters with fresh sparkle and compelling originality. Recorded in High Definition video and true surround sound, this age-transcending production offers a dazzling magical journey which is garnering critical acclaim throughout the world.

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Image Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
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Image TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker
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Image Verdi:Don Carlo
Teatro Regio's 2013 revival of their highly successful 2006 production of Verdi's Don Carlo celebrates the 40th anniversary of the theatre's reopening in 1973. With traditional staging and lavish costume design, the production garnered high acclaim in the national and international press, with GB Opera commending the 'sumptuous' setting and French online music magazine ResMusica praising director Hugo de Ana's decision to revive the show 'in all its splendour'. Shown here in the four-act version, Don Carlo is the fascinating tale of father-son power struggles, adultery and love that borders on incest. The cast - under the powerful baton of Gianandrea Noseda - is headed by renowned Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas, and also features Ludovic Tézier, who has been hailed as 'one of the best Verdian singers of our time' (ResMusica).

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Image Verdi: Macbeth
Black, red, cream and gold are the colours that define Phyllida Lloyd's Royal Opera House staging of Verdi's robust, yet penetrating setting of Shakespeare's Scottish play. Manipulated by a whole coven of cunning, scarlet-turbanned witches, the characters often evoke figures in a splendid Gothic fresco. With Simon Keenlyside making his British debut, as an athletic, brooding Macbeth and Liudmyla Monastyrska as his Lady, both imperious and subtle, this performance, masterfully conducted by Antonio Pappano, goes far beyond mere sound and fury. This production went out LIVE to cinema screens around the world.

'...an impressive company showcase, full of moments when chorus and orchestra are at full throttle. Whipped up by Antonio Pappano's baton, they sound truly thrilling.' The Guardian
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Image Viscera/Carmen
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Image Wagner: Rienzi

Wagner
RIENZI
Theatre du Capitole, Toulouse



Rienzi Torsten Kerl
Irene Marika Schönberg
Adriano Daniela Sindram
Colonna Richard Wiegold
Orsini Stefan Heidemann
Cardinal Orvieto Robert Bork
Baroncelli Marc Heller
Cecco del Vecchio Leonardo Neiva
Peace Messenger Jennifer O'Loughlin

Orchestre national du Capitole
Choeur du Capitole
Choeur de l'Accademia
Teatro alla Scala de Milan
Conductor Pinchas Steinberg
Director Jorge Lavelli

Recorded live at Theâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, October 2012

Championing love and personal heroism in the face of ecclesiastical oppression and political chicanery, Wagner's third opera explores characteristic themes with terrific energy which culminates in the eponymous Roman tribune's famous prayer to the gods of his fatherland, followed by a riot which prefigures the young composer's own abortive career as a firebrand and revolutionary. Within the timeless and elegant minimalism of Jorge Lavelli's production, Torsten Kerl brings ringing authority to the title role, supported by the experienced Wagnerian Pinchas Steinberg.

Running time: 231 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KR
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde
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Image Bizet: Carmen
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Image WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde
Glyndebourne's celebrated production of Nikolaus Lehnhoff's 'Tristan und Isolde' is a supremely intelligent achievement; gravely beautiful, haunting and meditative, it is deeply reflective rather than visceral, fortified by Roland Aeschlimann's stunningly effective set, a womb-like space through which the protagonists move like gods. Conductor Ji?©?¡ B?¼lohl?ívek mirrors Lehnhoff's approach in his sophisticated plumbing of the score's depths, with every shift in texture carefully laid bare by an inspired London Philharmonic Orchestra. Nina Stemme's 'Isolde' and Robert Gambill's 'Tristan', both gloriously lyrical, are matched by superb performances from Ren?® Pape as the betrayed and vulnerable 'King Marke' and Bo Skovhus as 'Kurwenal', deeply touching in his helpless devotion to Tristan. This High Definition recording of a production of uncommon intimacy reveals the opera's music and drama in a new light.

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Image MENDELSSOHN: Midsummer Night's Dream
Choreographed by an artistic genius, George Balanchine, Shakespeare's comedy of magic and love's delusions set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn is a guaranteed audience pleaser. The Pacific Northwest Ballet displays all the vitality, brilliance and versatility of its wonderful dancers in this award-winning production of Balanchine's first original full-length ballet.

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Image RAMEAU: Zoroastre
Making full use of Drottningholm Theatre's unique 17th century Baroque theatre machinery, as well as his deep creative understanding of the profound drama of the work, stage director Pierre Audi creates a production of 'Zoroastre' that completely accords with the spirit of Rameau. True to the form of the 'trag?®die lyrique', choreographer Amir Hosseinpour's dances perfectly match the weight and meaning of both plot and music. The ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques reinforced with musicians from the Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and Chorus, is expertly and passionately led into the musical stratosphere by musical director Christopher Rousset. This intensely dramatic production is captured live in vibrant High Definition video and true surround sound.

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Image Rameau: Hippolyte Et Aricie
Hippolytus Ed Lyon
Aricia Christiane Karg
Phaedre Sarah Connolly
Theseus Stéphane Degout

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Conductor William Christie
Director Jonathan Kent

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes, June 2013


In Glyndebourne's first-ever staging of a opera by Rameau, director Jonathan Kent presents a production which, in his own words, 'strives to appeal to every sense and show audiences how engrossing and musically ravishing French Baroque opera can be'. Rameau's inventive take on Racine's great tragedy Phèdre is brought to life by Paul Brown's colourful and elegant designs and Ashley Page's playful choreography. Ed Lyon and Christiane Karg give captivating performances as the titular young lovers, while Sarah Connolly, making a welcome return to Glyndebourne, 'invests Phaedra with both grandeur and a desperately human vulnerability' (The Independent). Leading exponent of early music William Christie 'sets an exhilarating pace, galvanising the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to playing of tremendous panache' (The DailyTelegraph).

Running time: 187 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image STRAUSS:FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN
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Image Shakespeare:Henry IV 1 2
Containing Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, this double set features the outstanding Royal Shakespeare Company production.

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Image Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth
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Image Verdi:Operas Box
Works
Verdi: Il trovatore (2002) from OA0849D/OABD7006D José Cura (Manrico); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Count di Luna); Yvonne Naef (Azucena); Verónica Vilarroel (Leonora); The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Carlo Rizzi

Verdi: La traviata (2009) from OA1040D/OABD7076D Renée Fleming (Violetta); Joseph Calleja (Alfredo); Thomas Hampson (Germont); The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Antonio Pappano

Verdi: Macbeth (2011) from OA1063D/OABD7095D Simon Keenlyside (Macbeth); Liudmyla Monastyrska (Lady Macbeth); Raymond Aceto (Banquo); The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Antonio Pappano

Press Reviews
"...an impressive company showcase, full of moments when chorus and orchestra are at full throttle. Whipped up by Antonio Pappano's baton, they sound truly thrilling. " (The Guardian - Macbeth)

"Simon Keenlyside and Liudmyla Monastyrska give one of the finest portrayals of the couple that I have come across. In both cases what lifts them into the category of the very special is the way they manage to chart the character's development. Macbeth is a role that Keenlyside has grown into. He has the depth, the charisma and the energy that make the role complex and interesting; more than a great soldier laid low. His baritone is rounded and complex, just right to capture the many facets of the character's journey." (Musicweb International - Macbeth)

"the beautiful sounds she [Renée Fleming] makes, especially in the Act One finale and the Act Two party, are well worth hearing, and the high-quality film-work puts us right at the heart of the action." (Financial Times - La Traviata ★★★★)

"Antonio Pappano takes charge of this revival, searching out the meaning of Verdi's score in a supple, sentient reading that sweeps you along." (The Guardian - La Traviata)

"Elijah Moshinsky's production is surely as lively and moving as Verdi's intricate masterpiece deserves. Jose Cura sizzles. Dimitri Hvorostovsky is everything one could want to see and hear in a Verdi baritone. This new Trovatore DVD is a reminder that not every golden age happened long ago." (San Francisco Chronicle - Il Trovatore)

"All four are in excellent voice. Cura...supports Naef with beautiful quiet singing...Hvorostovsky is formidable...There are two other filmed Trovatore's available at present, for a combination of musical excellence and intelligent production neither comes close to this one." (International Record Review - Il Trovatore)

Cast
Renée Fleming (Violetta Valery)
Simon Keenlyside (Macbeth)
Liudmyla Monastyrska (Lady Macbeth)
Joseph Calleja (Alfredo Germont)
José Cura (Manrico)
Yvonne Naef (Azucnea)
Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House

Production
Company: The Royal Opera

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OABD7208BD
Sound: LPCM & DTS Master Audio 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Subtitles: Il Trovatore: English; La Traviata: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian; Macbeth: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese.
Label: Opus Arte

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Image Kings And Rogues Box Set
"Henry IV is the Shakespeare play that's perfectly suited to the Globe. In Dominic Dromgoole's intelligent, faithful and entertaining new production, Sir John Falstaff, that "sweet creature of bombast", might have stopped for a pint of sack in Southwark en route for a rendezvous with Doll Tearsheet at the Boar's Head." Guardian (Henry IV)

"Audiences tend to adore this play, in which Shakespeare genially celebrates his own middle-class English provincial background and seeks to do nothing more than entertain - which he does, splendidly. The Merry Wives, with its ridiculous foreigners, jealous husbands and scenes of low farce, keeps you chuckling almost throughout." The Telegraph (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

HENRY IV (PARTS I & II)


Roger Allam, Jamie Parker
Director: Dominic Dromgoole

HENRY VIII


Miranda Raison, Dominic Rowan, Anthony Howell
Director: Mark Rosenblatt

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR


Christopher Benjamin, Serena Evans, Sarah Woodward
Director: Christopher Luscombe

Rebellion and maturity run through Shakespeare's histories like a single twisted thread, exemplified by the tearawayturned hero Hal and his forever adolescent associate Falstaff, who deserves and gets a comedy to himself in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Lives real and imagined, nobles and beggars, Tudor history and culture all spring to vivid life on the stage of the Globe Theatre in award-winning productions featuring many fine British actors and original music played by an 'authentic' Shakespearean pit band.

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Image Adam: Giselle
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Image Adam: Giselle
Giselle Natalia Osipova
Albrecht Carlos Acosta
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Choreography Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Conductor Boris Gruzin
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, January 2014


Giselle remains one of the most popular Romantic ballets of all time. The story brings together an engaging mix of human passions, supernatural forces, and the transcendent power of self-sacrificing love. The production by Sir Peter Wright catches the atmosphere of this great Romantic ballet, especially in the perfection of its White Act, with ghostly maidens drifting through the forest in spectacular patterns - one of the most famous of any scenes for the corps de ballet. Giselle dances with lightness and fragility, giving the impression of floating through the mist.

This is one of The Royal Ballet's most loved and admired productions, faithful to the spirit of the 1841 original yet always fresh at each revival. This performance features former Bolshoi star and now Royal Ballet principal Natalia Osipova in a breath-taking interpretation of the title role.

Running time: 113 minutes
Subtitles: N/A
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Image Britten: Billy Budd
Glyndebourne has a proud association with the operas of Benjamin Britten, however until 2010 had never staged Billy Budd. The all-male opera with a libretto co-written by EM Forster, is based on the battle between pure good and blind evil, and is set on a British man-'o-war ship. Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, chose this work to make his long-awaited operatic debut. Sir Mark Elder returned to conduct the production, marking the 100th opera production in his illustrious career.

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Image Britten:The Rape Of Lucretia
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Image Delibes: Sylvia
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Image HEROLD: LA FILLE MAL GARDEE
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Image Ashton:La Fille Mal Gardee
A classic of The Royal Ballet, La Fille mal gardée was an immediate hit with the British public. Choreographed by Frederick Ashton in 1960, it is a highly lyrical and technically demanding take on the simple tale of 'love revailing' which underpins this charming story. It was created by French ballet master Jean Dauberval and was first danced in 1789. This 2015 revival is a 'company triumph' (Independent), with principals Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae creating terrific onstage chemistry and delivering outstanding solo performances - Osipova as a 'perky and gamine Lise' with 'pin-drop precise' phrasing (Guardian), and McRae an instantly likeable, playful Colas whose physical articulation is 'particularly Ashtonian' in quality (Daily Telegraph). They are joined by Philip Mosley as Widow Simone, who brings 'music-hall gusto' (Independent) to the famous clog dance of Act I.

£29.90
Image ASHTON:TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER
£29.99
Image Mascagni:Cavalleria Rustcana
£29.99
Image Meyerbeer: Robert Le Diable
Robert Bryan Hymel
Isabelle Patrizia Ciofi
Bertram John Relyea
Alice Marina Poplavskaya
Alberti Nicolas Courjal
Master of Ceremonies David Butt Philip
Second Chevalier/Herald Pablo Bemsch
Prince of Granada Ashley Riches
Fourth chevalier/Priest Jihoon Kim
Raimbaut Jean-Francois Borras
Lady-in-waiting to Isabelle Dušica Bijelic

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor Daniel Oren
Director Laurent Pelly

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, December 2012

A grand opera that dominated the stages of Europe for most of the 19th century, Robert le diable is a masterpiece. Director Laurent Pelly breathes new life into Giacomo Meyerbeer's great spectacle and audaciously entertaining moral fable, in this colourful new staging for The Royal Opera. The wonderful score includes brilliant arias, dramatic ensembles, rousing choruses and a ballet of ghostly nuns, and with the wavering hero of the title sung by Bryan Hymel, acclaimed for his role as Énée in Les Troyens for The Royal Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, this is an unmissable experience.

Running time: 122 minutes
Subtitles EN/FR/DE/JP/KR
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image Mozart: La Clemenza Di Tito
Commissioned for the coronation of Leopold II in Prague, Mozart's last opera is a deep, humane reflection on relationships, power and forgiveness. With the composition of some of the most beautiful passages in his oeuvre, Mozart has succeeded in giving this opera seria both a noble sobriety and transparent instrumentation, to which this commanding production by the Herrmann partnership does full justice on all levels. Susan Graham's most extraordinary Sesto and Christoph Pregardien's superb Tito set the standard for this riveting Opera national de Paris performance, conducted by the outstanding Sylvain Cambreling.

£29.99
Image PROKOFIEV: LOVE FOR 3 ORANGES
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Image Puccini: La Boheme
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.

£29.99
Image Purcell: The Fairy Queen
Jonathan Kent's spectacular production of Purcell's huge semi-opera is joyous, imaginative and witty. Glyndebourne, with its intimate auditorium, provides the perfect setting for a drama which is partly spoken and partly sung. Based on an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the story is lavished with a brilliance that justifies this production's acclaim. Paul Brown's inventive designs, Kim Brandstrup's exquisite choreography, an excellent cast of actors and singers and outstanding playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie combine to make a seamless theatrical experience, here recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

"There are too many highlights to mention in this varied and infinitely delightful entertainment. Glyndebourne has a triumph on its hands." The Stage

£29.99
Image Gioachino Rossini - La Cenerentola
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Image Tablot: The Winters Tale
Following his highly popular Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, created for the Royal Ballet back in 2011. Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon draws on the same music and design team to create 'a triumph' and 'something entirely new' (Daily Telegraph) in this evocative reimagining of The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare's enduring story of jealousy, compassion, and forgiveness. Wheeldon's staging is 'eye-delighting' (Financial Times). Effortlessly capturing the work's profound emotional trajectory, with powerful designs by Bob Crowley, Joby Talbot's 'skilful' score (Guardian) and constantly inventive choreography. Strong company performances - among them Edward Watson's 'masterly' portrayal of Leontes (Financial Times). Zenaida Yanowsky's 'commanding' Paulina and Sarah Lamb as a 'serene' Perdita (Independent) - put the finishing touches to a gleaming production, one that will be treasured for years to come.

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Image Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker
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Image Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame
Obsessive in gambling and in love, the soldier Hermann is the protagonist of Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame, based on a story by Pushkin. He is smitten with the aristocratic Lisa and fixated on learning the winning secret of 'the three cards' from her grandmother, the Countess, played by iconic contralto Ewa Podles. This opulent production from Barcelona's Liceu captures St Petersburg in the era of Catherine the Great, while the house's Music Director Michael Border conducts a large and impressive cast.

£29.99
Image Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
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Image Tchaikovsky:Swan Lake
This magnificent Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake is an unforgettable experience. Anthony Dowell's interpretation of Petipa and Ivanov's 1895 St Petersburg version set a standard and style that made it a 'yardstick for others' (New York Times). Wonderful choreography for the entire company includes the coveted double role of the gentle and vulnerable swan queen Odette and her predatory alter-ego, the black swan Odile. It is a challenge relished by principal ballerinas, and is danced here in a spell-binding performance by Natalia Osipova, partnered by Matthew Golding as a powerful and empathetic Prince Siegfried. Tchaikovsky's glorious score shines, given the full force of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Boris Gruzin, and Yolanda Sonnabend's detailed, Fabergé-inspired designs evoke the atmosphere of Imperial Russia in the era of the ballet's creation.

£29.99
Image Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander
Der Holländer Samuel Youn
Daland Franz-Josef Selig
Senta Ricarda Merbeth
Erik Tomislav Mužek
Mary Christa Mayer
Der Steuerman Benjamin Bruns

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Director Jan Philipp Gloger
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival Theatre, July 2013

Last year's revival of Jan Philipp Gloger's controversial 2012 production was greeted (as so often in Bayreuth) with huge acclaim. He translates the tale of the Dutchman, whose travails can only be redeemed through the unconditional love of a woman (Senta), to a future time, where part-human/part-cyborgs grind out an existence in a world completely subservient to business and commerce. In the modern fan-making factory, which replaces the world of Senta and her fellow seamstresses, we see a final tableau in which the Dutchman's and Senta's heavenly union is 'commemorated' by the factory workers now producing souvenir statuettes of the couple. The production stars Samuel Youn, Ricarda Merbeth, and Franz-Josef Selig, and is conducted by Christian Thielemann, arguably the greatest Wagnerian conductor of today.

Running time: 140 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO
Sound format: : 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image Adams - Doctor Atomic
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Image Ballet Spectacular
This special DVD collection presents The Royal Ballet in three of the world's most popular ballets, as featured in the best-selling book Ballet Spectacular.

£29.99
Image Contemporary American Operas
This special set brings together three of America's most lauded contemporary operas: John Adams's Dr Atomic, a riveting morality drama centring on J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists at the test site of the world's first atomic bomb explosion in New Mexico; The Perfect American, Philip Glass's striking portrayal of the 'real' Walt Disney, based on a series of reflections and memories which take place during the icon's final cancer-ridden months; and the 2001 cinematic film version of Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein's one-act satire on American suburban married life, its jazz- and musical comedy-inspired score then a path-breaking fusion of lyric art with popular entertainment. Consummate direction (with librettist Peter Sellars at the helm for Dr Atomic), compelling designs, brilliant casting and stand-out performances - among them Gerald Finley's Oppenheimer and Christopher Purves's Walt Disney - unite these three very different works which collectively reflect the astonishing variety of style and form that characterises 20th-century opera.

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Image Gluck: Iphigenie En Aulide/ Tauride

Aulide


Iphigénie: Véronique Gens
Diane: Salomé Haller
Agamemnon: Nicolas Testé
Clytemnestre: Anne Sofie von Otter

Tauride


Iphigénie: Mireille Delunsch
Thoas: Laurent Alvaro
Oreste: Jean-François Lapointe
Pylade: Yann Beuron
Diane: Salomé Haller

Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble
Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera
Conductor: Marc Minkowski
Director: Pierre Audi
Recorded live at De Nederlandse Opera, September 2011

2 x DVD
Running time: 267 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/DU/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Two late and baleful tragedies by Euripides focus on the ill-starred daughter of the Greek King, Agamemnon. Will he sacrifice Iphigenia in order to secure fair winds for his voyage to Troy? In Aulis, the drama rages until she is spared. Having escaped to Tauris, Iphigenia finds herself compelled to kill her own brother before, once more, the fickle gods intervene. Gluck's operatic settings are very rarely staged together, but Pierre Audi's production makes a darkly compelling case for their dramatic unity. All the lead performers here are experienced exponents of Gluck, and together they present a powerfully idiomatic experience.

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Image Humperdinck: Hansel And Gretel
Diana Damrau and Angelika Kirchschlager star in the acclaimed 2008 production of Humperdinck's famous fairytale opera, in the company of two of Britain's most revered musical figures: Thomas Allen, playing the role of the Father, and the legendary conductor Colin Davis. Directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser combine their characteristic wit and a dash of deliciously dark comedy with the opera's fairytale charm. Humperdinck's music mixes catchy folk-like songs with sumptuous instrumental colour, making the result as tunefully approachable, musically memorable and visually delightful as opera gets. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in full Surround Sound.

'Angelika Kirchschlager's tousled, boyish H

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Image MOZART: Cosi fan tutte
Mozart's genius in setting to music Da Ponte's comic play of love, infidelity and forgiveness marks 'Cos?¼ fan tutte' as one of the great works of art from the Age of Enlightenment. Nicholas Hytner's beautiful new production, with its sure touch and theatrical know-how, lives up to its promise to be 'shockingly traditional', while Iv?ín Fischer teases artful performances from an outstanding international cast of convincing young lovers. Recorded using High Definition cameras and with true surround sound.

£29.99
Image Prokofiev: Cinderella
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Image Puccini:Box Set
Three magnificent Royal Opera productions of three of Puccini's greatest operas. John Copley's iconic La bohème brings the Paris of the 1830s to life in vivid detail; Jonathan Kent's atmospheric and naturalistic Tosca evokes the turbulence of Rome in 1800; and Andrei Serban's visually stunning Turandot is a glorious tribute to Puccini's last and grandest creation. Featuring a host of international opera stars, this collection is brimming with the drama and sumptuous music that have made Puccini one of the world's most popular opera composers.

£29.99
Image RAMEAU: Les Boreades
£29.99
Image Strauss; Salome
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Image Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame
Obsessive in gambling and in love, the soldier Hermann is the protagonist of Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame, based on a story by Pushkin. He is smitten with the aristocratic Lisa and fixated on learning the winning secret of 'the three cards' from her grandmother, the Countess, played by iconic contralto Ewa Podles. This opulent production from Barcelona's Liceu captures St Petersburg in the era of Catherine the Great, while the house's Music Director Michael Border conducts a large and impressive cast.

£29.99
Image The Beauty Of Ballet Box Set
Bringing together five classic productions from The Australian Ballet, this special collection explores the beauty of ballet by uniting spectacular choreography, stunning set design, premier dancers and sumptuous musical scores. Five very different worlds are assembled, all of which are guaranteed to enthral viewers for their visual charm and powerful narrative. As well as the classics Giselle, Coppélia and La Fille mal gardée, the collection also includes Sir Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed take on the tragic love story Manon as well as László Seregi's epic account of the Roman soldier Spartacus.

Delibes: Coppélia
Choreography Arthur Saint-Léon

Adam: Giselle
Choreography Marius Petipa

Massenet: Manon
Choreography Sir Kenneth MacMillan

Hérold: La Fille mal Gardée
Choreography Frederick Ashton

Khachaturián: Spartacus
Choreography László Seregi

£29.99
Image WAGNER:LOHENGRIN
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Image Wagner: Parsifal
Parsifal Simon O'Neill
Kundry / Voice from Above Angela Denoke
Gurnemanz René Pape
Amfortas Gerald Finley
Klingsor Willard W. White
Titurel Robert Lloyd

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Director Stephen Langridge
Conductor Antonio Pappano

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2014

Wagner's last opera Parsifal is a work of intense humanity. It narrates the story of a troubled community ultimately healed through one man's realization of the power of compassion. Created in honour of the bicentenary of Wagner's birth, Stephen Langridge's new production, with designs by Alison Chitty, distils with 'intellectual fibre and visual eloquence' (Financial Times) the timeless and universal nature of the Parsifal story. The cast includes great Wagnerian tenor Simon O'Neill in the title role. René Pape as Gurnemanz is 'immaculate' (Guardian), Gerald Finley as Amfortas is 'compelling' (Telegraph) and Angela Denoke as Kundry is 'dramatically electrifying' (Telegraph). The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano give a ravishing rendition of Wagner's sublime score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound. 

Running time: 281 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image Wagner:Tannhauser
£29.99
Image Comedy Romance Tragedy
Shakespeare's Globe productions of As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost and Romeo & Juliet are offered in this exclusive limited edition Blu-ray box set.

£34.99
Image Wagner:Tannhauser
£34.99
Image Shakespeare: Comedy/ Romance/ Tragedy
Shakespeare's Globe productions of As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost and Romeo & Juliet are offered in this exclusive limited edition box set. Thea Sharrock's irresistible new production of Shakespeare's popular romantic comedy As You Like It stirs wit, sentiment, intrigue and love into a charming confection which challenges the traditional rules of romance. Using every kind of verbal gymnastics to poke fun, Shakespeare's most intellectual comedy Love's Labour's Lost is brought to hilarious life in Dominic Dromgoole's highly entertaining production, rich in visual humour and sexual innuendo. Dominic Dromgoole's production of Romeo & Juliet brings refreshing clarity to one of Shakespeare's most famous and best-loved tragedies. Ellie Kendrick, a truly youthful Juliet, and Adetomiwa Edun, a boyish Romeo, head an excellent cast whose period costumes point to the timelessness of parental disapproval, adolescent temperament, rivalry and violence.

£49.99
Image WAGNER: Lohengrin
With powerful conviction, Nikolaus Lehnhoff interprets Wagner's 'Lohengrin' as the dramatic struggle of masculine and feminine, revenge and compassion. Powerfully acted, almost like a Strindberg play, and musically of the highest order, this 'Lohengrin' from the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden will be a benchmark production for decades.

With his extraordinarily transparent interpretation of the title role, Klaus Florian Vogt leads an inspired cast to visionary realms that are rarely touched, let alone captured on High Definition film and in pure surround sound. The monumental sets by Stephan Braunfels and Kent Nagano's sublimely well balanced musical interpretation complete a deeply moving total-theatre experience.

£35.99
Image MOZART, W.A.: Zauberflote
The internationally renowned Mozart interpreter Sir Colin Davis conducts the chorus and orchestra of the Royal Opera House and a glittering cast in David McVicar's 2003 production of Mozart's last opera recorded, in sumptuous surround sound, live at Covent Garden.

£29.99
Image Verdi - Il Trovatore
£29.99
Image Mozart: Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni' is one of the timeless classics of all opera. Mozart's music, and the words of his great collaborator Da Ponte, are brought to life in Francesca Zambello's engrossing production from 2002 with its rich and colourful designs by Maria Bjornson. The music is memorable, dramatic and enjoyable: from the seductive solo voices of the famous 'La ci darem la mano' to the fabulous ensemble as 'Don Giovanni's''infatuated conquests, vengeful victims and their outraged relatives join forces for justice. And retribution does finally come to Don Giovanni, a serial womanizer and a murderer, with the searing flames of Hell ready to engulf him. Simon Keenlyside heads the outstanding cast, conducted by renowned Mozart expert Charles Mackerras.

£29.99
Image Les Troyens

Berlioz
LES TROYENS


Royal Opera House

Cassandre Anna Caterina Antonacci
Enée Bryan Hymel
Didon Eva-Maria Westbroek
Chorèbe Fabio Capitanucci
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor Antonio Pappano
Director David McVicar
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, June 2012

Les Troyens is a tour de force that ranges from fiery military marches to intense choruses, passionate soliloquies and the lyrical love duets of Dido and Aeneas. For Hector Berlioz, librettist and composer, the opera became the work of decades and the passion of a lifetime, the culmination of his literary love affair with Virgil's Aeneid and with two tragic heroines, Cassandra and Dido. David McVicar's staging is on an enormous scale, assembling one of the largest casts ever seen at Covent Garden. The sweeping theme of the rise and fall of empires runs throughout Les Troyens, along with moving meditations on love and honour.

Running time: 275 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/JP/KR
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£34.99
Image The Carlos Acosta Collection
So memorably described as 'a dancer who slashes across space faster than anyone else, who lacerates the air with shapes so clear and sharp they seem to throw off sparks' (Independent), Carlos Acosta has been at the forefront of contemporary ballet since his arrival at the Royal Ballet in 1998. Here he sparkles in three of his most celebrated roles: the young lover Colas in the joyfully bucolic La Fille mal gardée, which received five stars from the Guardian, Times and Mail on Sunday; the innocent but doomed Romeo in Prokofiev's sumptuously-scored adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play; and, acting as producer and choreographer for the first time, as Basilio in Don Quixote, a production that wowed audiences thanks to its 'intelligent' choreography and Acosta's 'titanic determination, bullet-proof charisma [and] delectably trusting and playful rapport' with co- star Marianela Núñez (Daily Telegraph). These three compelling ballets showcase Carlos Acosta's worldclass reputation as a dancer and choreographer, bolstered by outstanding co-stars and artists of the Royal Ballet.

£34.99
Image HANDEL: GIULIO CESARE
£35.99
Image Mozart: Operas Box Set
Containing three of Mozart's best-known and loved operas, this 5-disc box set features outstanding Royal Opera House productions and a raft of world-class artists.

DON GIOVANNI (2008)
Don Giovanni Simon Keenlyside
Leporello Kyle Ketelsen
Commendatore Eric Halfvarson
Donna Anna Marina Poplavskaya
Donna Elvira Joyce Di Donato
Don Ottavio Ramón Vargas
The Royal Opera Chorus
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor Charles Mackerras
Director Francesca Zambello

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (2003)

Papageno Simon Keenlyside
Pamina Dorothea Röschmann
Tamino Will Hartmann
Queen of the Night Diana Damrau
Sarasto Franz-Josef Selig
The Royal Opera Chorus
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor Colin Davis
Director David McVicar

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (2006)

Figaro Erwin Schrott
Susanna Miah Persson
Count Almaviva Gerald Finley
Countess Almaviva Dorothea Röschmann
Cherubino Rinat Shaham
The Royal Opera Chorus
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor Antonio Pappano
Director David McVicar

Running time: 9 hours 49 minutes
Subtitles: EN/ES/FR (Die Zauberflöte); EN/ FR/DE/ES/IT (Don Giovanni); EN/FR/ DE/ES/IT (Le Nozze di Figaro)
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£34.99
Image Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro
£35.99
Image Tchaikovsky: Classic Ballets

Tchaikovsky
THE CLASSIC BALLETS BOX SET
Royal Opera House



Swan Lake
Marianela Núñez, Thiago Soares, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Valeriy Ovsyanikov

The Nutcracker
Miyako Yoshida, Steven McRae, Gary Avis, Iohna Loots, Ricardo Cervera, Artists of the Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Koen Kessels

The Sleeping Beauty
Alina Cojocaru, Marianela Núñez, Elizabeth McGorian, Federico Bonelli, Christopher Saunders, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Valeriy Ovsyanikov

This special collection brings together three acclaimed Royal Ballet performances of Tchaikovsky's celebrated masterpieces. The tragic and gloriously romantic Swan Lake features compelling dancing from Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares, while an enchanting and visually striking The Sleeping Beauty, based on the classic 1946 production, showcases The Royal Ballet's inimitable style and virtuosity. Finally, the enduring Christmas favourite The Nutcracker is at its most captivating in Peter Wright's timeless production.

Running time: 7 hours 37 minutes approx
Subtitles: Bonus features only: Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty: FR/DE/ES/IT
The Nutcracker: FR/DE/ES
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£29.99
Image Wagner: Parsifal
£35.99
Image Wagner: Parsifal
Parsifal Simon O'Neill
Kundry / Voice from Above Angela Denoke
Gurnemanz René Pape
Amfortas Gerald Finley
Klingsor Willard W. White
Titurel Robert Lloyd

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Director Stephen Langridge
Conductor Antonio Pappano

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2014

Wagner's last opera Parsifal is a work of intense humanity. It narrates the story of a troubled community ultimately healed through one man's realization of the power of compassion. Created in honour of the bicentenary of Wagner's birth, Stephen Langridge's new production, with designs by Alison Chitty, distils with 'intellectual fibre and visual eloquence' (Financial Times) the timeless and universal nature of the Parsifal story. The cast includes great Wagnerian tenor Simon O'Neill in the title role. René Pape as Gurnemanz is 'immaculate' (Guardian), Gerald Finley as Amfortas is 'compelling' (Telegraph) and Angela Denoke as Kundry is 'dramatically electrifying' (Telegraph). The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano give a ravishing rendition of Wagner's sublime score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound. 

Running time: 281 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

£34.99
Image Wagner: Tristan Isolde
£35.99
Image MESSIAEN: ST FRANCOIS D'ASISSE
£35.99
Image VERDI: Falstaff / Rigoletto / Il trovatore
Bringing together three of Verdi's most popular operas, this 3-DVD box set presents some of the world's leading artists in outstanding productions, all from the stage of the world famous Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. Bryn Terfel takes the title role in Graham Vick's riotous production of 'Falstaff' conducted by Bernard Haitink; David McVicar's hedonistic production of 'Rigoletto' stars Marcello Alvarez, Paolo Gavanello and Christine Sch?ñfer under the baton of Sir Edward Downes; Jos?® Cura & Dmitri Hvorostovsky lead the cast in Elijah Moshinsky's blazingly passionate 'Il Trovatore' conducted by Carlo Rizzi.

£49.99
Image Shakespeare:Love's Labour's Special Edition
£44.99
Image Rameau: Operas
This collection of five operas, and a rarely performed grand motet, offers a glimpse into the magnificent output of one of the leading French composers of the Baroque era. Jean-Philippe Rameau is renowned for his use of melody, particularly in the operatic field and this 11-DVD set brings together some of the most lavish and splendid productions of his work, with some of the leading exponents of early music performance.


'...Conductor William Christie responds to Rameau's varied and colourful score with elan, and edouard Lock's choreography - a version of classical ballet, deconstructed and then pumped with amphetamines - is breathtaking.'' Classic FM




£49.99
Image King And Country Box
Gregory Doran directs King and Country: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings - the complete cycle of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V.

David Tennant plays the title role in Richard II, with Antony Sher and Jasper Britton as Falstaff and Henry IV respectively in Henry IV Parts I & II. Alex Hassell follows his performance as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II as Henry V in the final play in the tetralogy.

Works: Richard II; Henry IV Parts I & II; Henry V

Press Reviews

"Shakespeare's two greatest plays have always been a defining experience for RSC directors. Gregory Doran now puts his decisive seal on the company by offering a production that, like last year's Richard II, combines richness of texture with psychological insight. It also contains a major performance from Antony Sher as Falstaff." (The Guardian - Henry IV Part II)

"Antony Sher is an insatiable and ebullient Falstaff. It's a performance that combines clarity and complexity - fruity, throaty, here and there a little overripe but always generous and detailed. He captures the warmth of Shakespeare's famously flawed knight - his delight in excess, blustering vitality and sparks of youthful exuberance. And even when he's at his most outrageous, Sher's Falstaff wears the expression of an affronted storyteller who can't quite believe that we don't find him winningly modest." (The Evening Standard - Henry IV Part I)

"... the Shakespearean event of the autumn... this is just what the nation ordered." (The Daily Telegraph - Henry V)

"David Tennant is mesmerising in the first show of Gregory Doran's six-year plan to present all of Shakespeare's works. A beautifully crafted, richly detailed production. " (The Guardian  - Richard II)

Cast
David Tennant  (Richard II - Richard II)
Michael Pennington  (John of Gaunt - Richard II)
Jane Lapotaire  (Duchess of Gloucester - Richard II; Queen Isobel - Henry V)
Jasper Britton  (Henry IV - Henry IV)
Antony Sher  (Falstaff - Henry IV)
Alex Hassell  (King Henry V - Henry V)


Catalogue Number: OA1208BD
Date of Performance: 2015
Running Time: 663 minutes
Sound: Dolby Digital and Dolby 5.1 (RII) - LPCM Stereo/DTS Surround (HIV) - LPCM & DTS 5.1 (HV) / LPCM & DTS Master Audio 5.1 (all of them)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN/FR/GE (except Henry V with EN only)
Label: Opus Arte

£49.99
Image TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake / The Nutcracker / The Slee
Bringing together all of Tchaikovsky's ballets in an attractive box set, this four DVD collection includes 'Swan Lake', 'The Nutcracker', and 'The Sleeping Beauty'. Here performed by the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm, 'Swan Lake' is one of the most popular ballets in the world. Choreographer Sir Peter Wright has set this production as a romantic Gothic tragedy, with sumptuous costumes and sets honouring the 1895 Petipa/Ivanov original. Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score for 'The Nutcracker' combines magical choreography with an atmosphere of fantasy and the supernatural. Hoffman's Christmas story unfolds with breathtaking splendour in this truly spectacular Royal Ballet production from London's Covent Garden. 'The Sleeping Beauty' is acknowledged as the most pure and demanding piece in the classic romantic repertoire. Here performed by The Dutch National Ballet, and choreographed by Sir Peter Wright, the Baroque sets and costumes add glamour and grandeur to the sparkling virtuosity of the work. The staging sensitively reflects the original work of Marius Petipa - regarded as the most influential choreographer ever.

£49.99
Image Ballet Opera National Paris
Bringing together four seminal works, this attractive collection offers a perfect introduction to the world's oldest national ballet company.

JEWELS
This alluring, abstract ballet, a triptych in which each piece sparkles with the brilliance of a precious stone, is a lyric tribute to women and to the cities of the great dance schools. Couturier, painter and craftsman Christian Lacroix created the glorious costumes and sets which, together with the outstanding performances of the dancers and the sensitive musical direction of Paul Connelly, result in a celebration of sumptuous splendour.

LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS
Based on the novel that also inspired the stories of Verdi's La Traviata and Hollywood's Moulin Rouge, Neumeier has created a riveting dance drama which unfolds ingeniously through love, passion and danger. Chopin's ravishing music combines with the lavish production, filmed live at the Palais Garnier.

CINDERELLA
Rudolf Nureyev's colourful, \movie-star" production retains the classic Perrault story but sets it in America during the difficult years of the Great Depression in the 1930s and 1940s. Agnes Letestu stars as Cinderella who, living with her alcoholic father, tyrannical stepmother and two spiteful stepsisters, dreams of escape and stardom in Hollywood.

SWAN LAKE
Agnes Letestu, a feminine and warm Odette, and Jose Martinez, a convincing, pale, vulnerable prince Siegfried, are the stars of this deeply passionate, 'dream' version of Swan Lake. Rudolf Nureyev's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's lyrical ballet, far from being a cliched stereotype of this celebrated masterpiece, is an expose of astonishingly powerful and recognisable human emotions."

£49.99
Image King And Country Box
Gregory Doran directs King and Country: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings - the complete cycle of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V.

David Tennant plays the title role in Richard II, with Antony Sher and Jasper Britton as Falstaff and Henry IV respectively in Henry IV Parts I & II. Alex Hassell follows his performance as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II as Henry V in the final play in the tetralogy.

Works: Richard II; Henry IV Parts I & II; Henry V

Press Reviews

"Shakespeare's two greatest plays have always been a defining experience for RSC directors. Gregory Doran now puts his decisive seal on the company by offering a production that, like last year's Richard II, combines richness of texture with psychological insight. It also contains a major performance from Antony Sher as Falstaff." (The Guardian - Henry IV Part II)

"Antony Sher is an insatiable and ebullient Falstaff. It's a performance that combines clarity and complexity - fruity, throaty, here and there a little overripe but always generous and detailed. He captures the warmth of Shakespeare's famously flawed knight - his delight in excess, blustering vitality and sparks of youthful exuberance. And even when he's at his most outrageous, Sher's Falstaff wears the expression of an affronted storyteller who can't quite believe that we don't find him winningly modest." (The Evening Standard - Henry IV Part I)

"... the Shakespearean event of the autumn... this is just what the nation ordered." (The Daily Telegraph - Henry V)

"David Tennant is mesmerising in the first show of Gregory Doran's six-year plan to present all of Shakespeare's works. A beautifully crafted, richly detailed production. " (The Guardian  - Richard II)

Cast
David Tennant  (Richard II - Richard II)
Michael Pennington  (John of Gaunt - Richard II)
Jane Lapotaire  (Duchess of Gloucester - Richard II; Queen Isobel - Henry V)
Jasper Britton  (Henry IV - Henry IV)
Antony Sher  (Falstaff - Henry IV)
Alex Hassell  (King Henry V - Henry V)


Catalogue Number: OABD7198BD
Date of Performance: 2015
Running Time: 663 minutes
Sound: Dolby Digital and Dolby 5.1 (RII) - LPCM Stereo/DTS Surround (HIV) - LPCM & DTS 5.1 (HV) / LPCM & DTS Master Audio 5.1 (all of them)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Subtitles: EN/FR/GE (except Henry V with EN only)
Label: Opus Arte

£59.99
Image Essential Opera Collection
£99.99
Image Great Performances Box Set
This budget-price box set brings together 12 classic live Royal Opera performances, spanning over forty years, from 1955 to 1997. It includes many of the world's greatest performers from this period, including Joan Sutherland, Janet Baker, Victoria de los Angeles, Robert Tear, Boris Christoff, Tito Gobbi, Geraint Evans, Amy Schuard, Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Allen, Anna Tomowa-Sintow and Jon Vickers.

£69.99
Image MONTEVERDI: Opera Box Set
Opus Arte is proud to present Pierre Audi's profound and refined productions of Monteverdi's opera masterpieces from the Amsterdam Muziektheater as a complete 9.5 hours box set, which explores the depths of human emotions in compelling music drama. The brilliant cast of the beautifully styled, evocative 'L'Orfeo', under the sophisticated musical direction of Stephen Stubbs, includes John Mark Ainsley, Michael Chance and David Cordier. 'Il ritorno d'Ulisse' in patria features Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Graciela Araya, both commanding and very moving under Glen Wilson's transparent and inspired musical direction. In 'L'incoronazione di Poppea' Christophe Rousset and the musicians of his Les Talens Lyriques lead an all-star cast, including Brigitte Balleys, Cynthia Haymon, Claron McFadden and Dominique Visse, together reaching great heights in a highly evocative production. As a bonus disc, this box set includes the previously unreleased 'Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda', starring Lorna Anderson and Maarten Koningberger, with the ASKO Ensemble led boldly by David Porcelijn.

£69.99
Image Verdi: 12 Great Operas
Celebrating the work of Italy's greatest musical dramatist, this set of 12 operas includes definitive performances from some of the finest Verdi singers of our age, in productions which reflect the contemporary richness of our perspective of the composer as both a man of his time, inspired to reflect the familial tensions and revolutionary fervour of his homeland, and also a man of theatrical genius as timeless as his adored Shakespeare, whose anti-heroes Macbeth and Falstaff stand as the poles of tragedy and comedy in this survey of modern stagings.

MACBETH (ROH) / RIGOLETTO (ROH) / IL TROVATORE (ROH) / LA TRAVIATA / (ROH) / LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES (DNO) / SIMON BOCCANEGRA (ROH) / UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (TEATRO REAL) / LA FORZA DEL DESTINO (MARIINSKY THEATRE) / DON CARLO (DNO) / AIDA (LICEU) / OTELLO (LICEU) / FASLTAFF (ROH)

Royal Opera House, De Nederlandse Opera, Teatro Real, Mariinsky Theatre, Gran Teatre del Liceu

Running time: 34 hours 10 minutes approx
Subtitles: RIGOLETTO / IL TROVATORE / FALSTAFF: EN

£99.99
Image The Wagner Edition
""Musically, it was judged faultlessly for the scale of the theatre by Vladimir Jurowski, who conjured playing of mercurial clarity --- not the first words one would normally choose for this gargantuan score --- from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, sustained with unfailing vigilance and concentration." The Guardian (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

"I don't think that I have ever witnessed a more perfect realisation of a Wagner opera than this superb Tristan und Isolde. ...[Jirí

£101.99
Image The Royal Ballet Collection

Works
The Sleeping Beauty (2006); Swan Lake (2009); The Nutcracker (2009); Giselle (2013); Romeo & Juliet (2012); La fille mal gardée (2015); Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2011); The Winter's Tale (2014); Don Quixote (2013); La bayadère (2009); Sylvia (2005); Mayerling (2009); Ashton Celebration; McGregor Triple

A special edition book contains new articles about The Royal Ballet, its repertory and its choreographers, as well as full synopses for all the narrative ballets, richly illustrated with striking photographs of the productions.



Press Reviews
"Anthony Dowell's production...offers the ultimate classical experience, with the sights and sounds of a proud 19th century tradition running at full throttle." (The Times - Swan Lake)

"[Darcey Bussell] dances with perfect precision in the pizzicato divertissement and is ravishingly radiant in the pas de deux powerfully partnered by Roberto Bolle who also displays some soaring elevation as the shepherd Aminta. It is gorgeous - do not miss it." (The Stage - Sylvia)

"In 2006, the company revived its classic Sleeping Beauty, featuring pretty Oliver Messel designs and a spruce choreography combining the romantic Petipa original with Ashton's hallmark narrative. Nuñez is charm personified as the Lilac Fairy, and has there ever been a more enchanting Aurora than Cojocaru?" (BBC Music Magazine - Sleeping Beauty ★★★★)

" while Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera nearly stole the show with her natural conviction, exuberance and authoritative technique, the evening belonged to Watson as Rudolf, one of the most challenging male roles ever created." (The Sunday Express - Mayerling)

"One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike, the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker is a handsome, magical, thoroughly traditional rendering of ETA Hoffmann's immortal if deeply strange story." (The Sunday Express - Nutcracker)

"Overall, this is one of the best productions of a classical ballet that the ROH has ever staged or filmed." (Musicweb International - Bayadère)

"What a treat this is - such an imaginative treatment of a favourite story. Christopher Wheeldon's choreography is very imaginative and fitting for every character." (Musicweb International - Alice)

"... a jovial and entertaining showcase for classical dancing at its most demanding and exuberant. One of the pleasures of this ballet is to be tickled by Minkus's infectiously melodious score... Marianela Nuñez and Acosta delivered sparky, engaging performances." (The Times - Don Quixote)

"Natalia Osipova's Giselle is the most radical I ve ever seen... she dances with pure line, superb technique and feeling for the ballet's style but because her dramatic intelligence brings it to such fresh, burning life. Acosta partners her with devoted care, and responds to her dazzling dancing with renewed sharpness and attack of his own." (The Independent - Giselle ★★★★★)

"The ensuing competition between their solo variations is thrilling, not simply because of McRae's soaringly athletic jump and Osipova's skimming footwork, but because they dance all the little steps with such fierce, articulated detail." (The Guardian - Rhapsody ★★★★)


Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Production
Company: The Royal Ballet

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OABD7210BD
Running Time: 2141 minutes
Sound: LPCM & DTS Master Audio 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Label: Opus Arte

£149.99
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Works
The Sleeping Beauty (2006); Swan Lake (2009); The Nutcracker (2009); Giselle (2013); Romeo & Juliet (2012); La fille mal gardée (2015); Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2011); The Winter's Tale (2014); Don Quixote (2013); La bayadère (2009); Sylvia (2005); Mayerling (2009); Ashton Celebration; McGregor Triple

A special edition book contains new articles about The Royal Ballet, its repertory and its choreographers, as well as full synopses for all the narrative ballets, richly illustrated with striking photographs of the productions.



Press Reviews
"Anthony Dowell's production...offers the ultimate classical experience, with the sights and sounds of a proud 19th century tradition running at full throttle." (The Times - Swan Lake)

"[Darcey Bussell] dances with perfect precision in the pizzicato divertissement and is ravishingly radiant in the pas de deux powerfully partnered by Roberto Bolle who also displays some soaring elevation as the shepherd Aminta. It is gorgeous - do not miss it." (The Stage - Sylvia)

"In 2006, the company revived its classic Sleeping Beauty, featuring pretty Oliver Messel designs and a spruce choreography combining the romantic Petipa original with Ashton's hallmark narrative. Nuñez is charm personified as the Lilac Fairy, and has there ever been a more enchanting Aurora than Cojocaru?" (BBC Music Magazine - Sleeping Beauty ★★★★)

" while Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera nearly stole the show with her natural conviction, exuberance and authoritative technique, the evening belonged to Watson as Rudolf, one of the most challenging male roles ever created." (The Sunday Express - Mayerling)

"One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike, the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker is a handsome, magical, thoroughly traditional rendering of ETA Hoffmann's immortal if deeply strange story." (The Sunday Express - Nutcracker)

"Overall, this is one of the best productions of a classical ballet that the ROH has ever staged or filmed." (Musicweb International - Bayadère)

"What a treat this is - such an imaginative treatment of a favourite story. Christopher Wheeldon's choreography is very imaginative and fitting for every character." (Musicweb International - Alice)

"... a jovial and entertaining showcase for classical dancing at its most demanding and exuberant. One of the pleasures of this ballet is to be tickled by Minkus's infectiously melodious score... Marianela Nuñez and Acosta delivered sparky, engaging performances." (The Times - Don Quixote)

"Natalia Osipova's Giselle is the most radical I ve ever seen... she dances with pure line, superb technique and feeling for the ballet's style but because her dramatic intelligence brings it to such fresh, burning life. Acosta partners her with devoted care, and responds to her dazzling dancing with renewed sharpness and attack of his own." (The Independent - Giselle ★★★★★)

"The ensuing competition between their solo variations is thrilling, not simply because of McRae's soaringly athletic jump and Osipova's skimming footwork, but because they dance all the little steps with such fierce, articulated detail." (The Guardian - Rhapsody ★★★★)


Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Production
Company: The Royal Ballet

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OA1222BD
Running Time: 2141 minutes
Sound: LPCM & DTS 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Label: Opus Arte

£149.99
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