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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia


Danielle de Niese (Rosina), Alessandro Corbelli (Dr Bartolo), Björn Bürger (Figaro), Taylor Stayton (Count Almaviva), Christophoros Stamboglis (Basilio) & Janis Kelly (Berta)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Enrique Mazzola (conductor) & Annabel Arden (director)

The ‘sheer visual sophistication’ of Annabel Arden’s Barbiere serves ‘a triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius’, featuring de Niese’s ‘powerfully sung’ Rosina, Bürger’s ‘gale-force’ Figaro and Stayton’s ‘pure and mellifluous’ Almaviva – a leading trio ‘musically and dramatically beyond compare’ (The Independent ★★★★★). Contributing to the ‘ensemble precision’, the rest of the cast includes a ‘scene-stealing’ Berta in Kelly, a ‘suavely unctuous’ Basilio from Stamboglis and Corbelli’s Bartolo, ‘an object lesson in comic understatement’ (The Guardian). With Enrique Mazzola at the helm of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘the score bubbles along on a Puckish current of merry mischief’ (The Telegraph).

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Running time: 172 minutes

Sound format: Dolby Stereo, Dolby Surround (DVD)

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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia


Danielle de Niese (Rosina), Alessandro Corbelli (Dr Bartolo), Björn Bürger (Figaro), Taylor Stayton (Count Almaviva), Christophoros Stamboglis (Basilio) & Janis Kelly (Berta)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Enrique Mazzola (conductor) & Annabel Arden (director)

The ‘sheer visual sophistication’ of Annabel Arden’s Barbiere serves ‘a triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius’, featuring de Niese’s ‘powerfully sung’ Rosina, Bürger’s ‘gale-force’ Figaro and Stayton’s ‘pure and mellifluous’ Almaviva – a leading trio ‘musically and dramatically beyond compare’ (The Independent ★★★★★). Contributing to the ‘ensemble precision’, the rest of the cast includes a ‘scene-stealing’ Berta in Kelly, a ‘suavely unctuous’ Basilio from Stamboglis and Corbelli’s Bartolo, ‘an object lesson in comic understatement’ (The Guardian). With Enrique Mazzola at the helm of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘the score bubbles along on a Puckish current of merry mischief’ (The Telegraph).

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Running time: 172 minutes

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Donizetti: Poliuto

Donizetti: Poliuto


Michael Fabiano (Poliuto), Ana Maria Martinez (Paolina), Igor Golovatenko (Severo), Matthew Rose (Callistene), Timothy Robinson (Felice) & Emanuele D’Aguanno (Nearco)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Enrique Mazzola (conductor) & Mariame Clément (stage director)

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Glyndebourne has brought to light a long-overlooked winner in Donizetti’s Poliuto, delivering ‘a superb musical performance’ (The Telegraph) offering ‘lucent accounts of the principal roles and an incandescent London Philharmonic Orchestra, under Enrique Mazzola’ (New York Times). This first-ever professional UK staging of the story of third-century Armenian martyr St Polyeuctus features a ‘trio of world-class young singers’ with Beverly Sills and Richard Tucker-award-winning Fabiano displaying a ‘thrilling, vibrant tone’ in the title role, Martínez providing Paolina with ‘pinging coloratura’ and Golovatenko giving a ‘radiant-toned’ voice to Severo (The Guardian).

Extra Features:

Passion & Faith: Preparing for a UK premiere

Love & Oppression: An Interview with Mariame Clément

Cast Gallery

Running time: 117 minutes

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Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“Fabiano [is] febrile and fanatical as the eponymous Christian martyr...Clėment’s loosely twentieth-century setting has overtones of Mussolini’s Italy and 1990s Sarajevo (so don’t expect any lions when the Christian martyrs go to their death)...I found its starkness most effective on screen.” Presto Classical, 22nd July 2016

“[Fabiano] is an exciting talent…Martínez is a tortured Paolina, plumbing the emotional depths, and Matthew Rose is menacing as Callistene…the most notable performance comes from Igor Golovatenko as Severo, his bronzed baritone negotiating legato lines with bel canto ease…Mazzola does sterling work in the pit” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

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Handel: Saul

Handel: Saul

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, October 2015.


Christopher Purves (Saul), Iestyn Davies (David), Lucy Crowe (Merab), Sophie Bevan (Michal), Paul Appleby (Jonathan), Benjamin Hulett (High Priest) & John Graham-Hall (Witch of Endor)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & Barrie Kosky (director)

Read our exclusive interview with Christopher Purves here.

Glyndebourne’s Saul stole the summer and had critics raving. The Guardian (****) applauded ‘virtuoso stagecraft’ from director Barrie Kosky in his debut production there, calling the show ‘a theatrical and musical feast of energetic choruses, surreal choreography and gorgeous singing’. For The Independent, which ranked it amongst five top classical and opera performances of 2015, there was ‘no praise too high’ for the cast. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Ivor Bolton sparkles from the pit with period panache, and designer Katrin Lea Tag’s ‘exuberant costumes’ (The Times ****) set the Old Testament story in Handel’s time, with a witty twinge of the contemporary.

Running time: 185 minutes

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Extra Features: A Descent Into Madness and a Cast Gallery.

“Pivotal is Christopher Purves’s Saul – surely the father-in-law from hell should the Goliath-slaying David choose his daughter Michal (or son Jonathan – tenderly sung by Paul Appleby). Purves has always done rage and menace to the manner born, but his slide into ever-deepening madness is terrifying…his is a tour de force to rival the diametrically opposed inscrutable calm that is Iestyn Davies’s David…taut musical direction from Ivor Bolton consolidates a Glyndebourne bullseye” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 ****

“energetic, highly coloured entertainment” Financial Times, June 2016

“Christopher Purves is utterly consumed by his role as Saul...Iestyn Davies is vocally outstanding as David, with his customary melting melismas.” Opera, January 2017

“A recording that picks up just about as much glamour and nuance as is it is possible to convey using the comparatively limited focus of cameras.” MusicWeb International, 4th January 2017

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Handel: Saul

Handel: Saul

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, October 2015.


Christopher Purves (Saul), Iestyn Davies (David), Lucy Crowe (Merab), Sophie Bevan (Michal), Paul Appleby (Jonathan), Benjamin Hulett (High Priest) & John Graham-Hall (Witch of Endor)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & Barrie Kosky (director)

Read our exclusive interview with Christopher Purves here.

Glyndebourne’s Saul stole the summer and had critics raving. The Guardian (****) applauded ‘virtuoso stagecraft’ from director Barrie Kosky in his debut production there, calling the show ‘a theatrical and musical feast of energetic choruses, surreal choreography and gorgeous singing’. For The Independent, which ranked it amongst five top classical and opera performances of 2015, there was ‘no praise too high’ for the cast. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Ivor Bolton sparkles from the pit with period panache, and designer Katrin Lea Tag’s ‘exuberant costumes’ (The Times ****) set the Old Testament story in Handel’s time, with a witty twinge of the contemporary.

Running time: 185 minutes

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Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Extra Features: A Descent Into Madness, Colour and Texture - An Musical Insight and a Cast Gallery.

“Pivotal is Christopher Purves’s Saul – surely the father-in-law from hell should the Goliath-slaying David choose his daughter Michal (or son Jonathan – tenderly sung by Paul Appleby). Purves has always done rage and menace to the manner born, but his slide into ever-deepening madness is terrifying…his is a tour de force to rival the diametrically opposed inscrutable calm that is Iestyn Davies’s David…taut musical direction from Ivor Bolton consolidates a Glyndebourne bullseye” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 ****

“energetic, highly coloured entertainment” Financial Times, June 2016

“Christopher Purves is utterly consumed by his role as Saul...Iestyn Davies is vocally outstanding as David, with his customary melting melismas.” Opera, January 2017

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, October 2015.


Sally Matthews (Konstanze), Edgaras Montvidas (Belmonte), Tobias Kehrer (Osmin), Mari Eriksmoen (Blonde), Brenden Gunnell (Pedrillo) & Franck Saurel (Pasha Selim)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Robin Ticciati (conductor) & David McVicar (director)

Director David McVicar’s original-period vision for this Mozartian gem allows its genius to speak for itself, offering a ‘mesmerising, sensitive … outstanding’ portrayal of Enlightenment-era fascination with the East that is both ‘exquisitely acted and sung’, featuring a Konstanze and a Belmonte sung with ‘finesse and bravura’ and a ‘sensationally voiced’ Osmin (The Guardian *****). Comic relief in Glyndebourne’s ‘brilliant production’ is provided by ‘beautifully sung live-wire performances’ of Pedrillo and Blonde, and Robin Ticciati leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment through a restored, authentic rendition of the critical score with ‘lovely fizz’ and ‘poignant gravitas’ (The Independent). Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

Extra Features: Concept, Craft & Collaboration: The Visual Story and a cast gallery.

Running time: 168 minutes

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Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“This [is] the most convincing dramaturgical presentation of the opera in recent times…Kehrer is magnificent as Osmin, Gunnell is lyrical and alert as Pedrillo, and Eriksmoen steers a delicate path between the amusing and the musically ravishing…the real star is the conductor, Robin Ticciati, whose mercurial energy gives us the most exciting orchestral reading since Solti’s 1987 version” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 ****

“The visual aspect is gorgeous, Vicki Mortimer’s set, with its many scene changes, evoking a romantic view of the Orient…in the pit, Robin Ticciati conducts the heroes of the OAE in a fleet account of the score…[Montvidas’s] Belmonte is ardent, impatient and, at the end, utterly chastened…Sally Matthews sings superbly…the servant couple are very well characterised…[Tobias Kehrer] sings so wonderfully…a delight.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2016

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Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie

Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes, June 2013


Ed Lyon (Hippolytus), Christiane Karg (Aricia), Sarah Connolly (Phaedre) & Stéphane Degout (Theseus)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & The Glyndebourne Chorus, William Christie (conductor) & Jonathan Kent (director)

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).

Extra features: Hippolyte et Aricie - an opera to surprise and delight and a cast gallery.

Running time: 187 minutes

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Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“actually the fridge is an appropriate 21st-century metaphor for the frigidity of the goddess...one of the many good things about this production is the way Jonathan Kent and choreographer Ashley Page have integrated the dancing with the action...Degout is convincingly anguished as Theseus, and Sarah Connolly formidably regal as well as despairing.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014

“[Degout gives] an immensely impressive and focused performance...there is musical beguilement and exhilaration here, and the wonder of Rameau’s sound-world is beautifully realised, particularly in the dances. This would have made a wonderful CD without the visuals.” Opera Now ****

“if you don’t grin and giggle you should check your pulse...But the performers hold wonderfully steady. Sarah Connolly’s Phaedra throbs with the bottled desire and vulnerability expected of a queen in love with her stepson...Christie lavishes his love and skill on a score whose splendours keep on growing over the show’s three hours.” The Times, 11th July 2014 ****

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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492


Gerald Finley (Figaro), Alison Hagley (Susanna), Andreas Schmidt (Count Almaviva), Renée Fleming (Countess Almaviva), Marie-Ange Todorovitch (Cherubino), Manfred Röhrl (Bartolo), Wendy Hillhouse (Marcellina), Robert Tear (Don Basilio), Donald Adams (Antonio), John Graham-Hall (Don Curzio), Susan Gritton (Barbarina)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor) & Stephen Medcalf (director)

Stephen Metcalf’s production of The Marriage of Figaro opened the new Glyndebourne Theatre in 1994. It is a story of the young engaged couple Figaro and Susanna, and the comedy of romantic fiascos involving the Count and Countess Almaviva, Dr Bartolo and his housekeeper Marcellina, the page Cherubino, and the gardener’s daughter, Barbarina.

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189 MINS • ALL REGIONS • NTSC 4:3 • COLOUR • L-PCM STEREO

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Handel: Theodora, HWV 68

Handel: Theodora, HWV 68

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in June 1996


Frode Olsen (Valens), David Daniels (Didymus), Richard Croft (Septimius), Dawn Upshaw (Theodora), Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Irene), Michael Hart-Davis (Messenger)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & The Glyndebourne Chorus, William Christie (conductor) & Peter Sellars (director)

For his 1996 Glyndebourne staging, radical American director Peter Sellars takes George Frideric Handel’s penultimate English oratorio – a tale of self-sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman imperial bodyguard in fourth-century, enemy-occupied Antioch – and, by resetting it in modern-day America, transforms it into a timeless parable of spiritual resistance to tyranny and persecution.

SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN

207 MINS • ALL REGIONS • NTSC 4:3 • COLOUR • L-PCM STEREO

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