Ildebrando D'Arcangelo

Bass-Baritone

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Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore


Miah Persson (Adina), Rolando Villazón (Nemorino), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Dulcamara), Roman Trekel (Belcore), Regula Mühlemann (Giannetta)

Balthasar-Neumann-Choir and Ensemble, Pablo Heras-Casado

Stage Director: Rolando Villazón

This marks Rolando Villazón’s directorial debut in a dual-role: stage director and star singer (main role Nemorino) at the same time, and it is a clear WINNER

Inspired by the cartoon character Lucky Luke and the Spaghetti Western-tradition, the tenor’s staging for the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus is not only a film studio in the thirties but also a Western at the same time.

Lead by the dynamic young conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, who “…conducts very singer friendly” (Online Musik Magazine)

Extraordinary visual production, and one of the most memorable European operatic events of 2012.

Picture format: 1080i / 60i / 16:9 / colour

Audio Format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

Region Code: All regions ("0")

Disc: 1 BD-50

Menu Language: English

Subtitles: Opera: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

Documentary: German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean / with Voice-Over in English

Total time: c. 165' (Opera: c. 136 ' + Documentary/Behind the Scenes: '29')

Classification/"FSK": from 0 Years

Authoring Studio: platin media productions / Sarstedt

“Villazon turns in an action-packed, razzle-dazzle production. The opera is set in a film studio during the silent movie era, where the cast is filming a Western...Villazon's Nemorino...comes across as individual, hyperactive, zany, but also a bit petulant and unlovable...Persson exudes easy-going charm...[d'Arcangelo] sings with fine, Italianate comic energy.” Classical Music ****

“Villazon turns in an action-packed, razzle-dazzle production. The opera is set in a film studio during the silent movie era, where the cast is filming a Western...Villazon's Nemorino...comes across as individual, hyperactive, zany, but also a bit petulant and unlovable...Persson exudes easy-going charm...[d'Arcangelo] sings with fine, Italianate comic energy.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014

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DG - 0734991

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Mozart: Concert Arias

Mozart: Concert Arias

and excerpts from Così fan tutte & Don Giovanni


Mozart:

Si mostra la sorte, K209

London Symphony Orchestra

Lo sposo deluso, K430

London Symphony Orchestra

Per pieta, non ricercate KV 420

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano

Va, dal furor portata, K21

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano

Misero! O sogno…Aura che intorno spiri, K431

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano

Con ossequio, con rispetto, KV 210

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano

Recitative & Aria ‘Or che il dover - Tali e cotanti sono’ KV 36

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano

Clarice cara, K256

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano

Se al labbro mio non credi, K295

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano

Müsst ich auch durch tausend Drachen, K435

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano

Così fan tutte, K588: Overture

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

La mia Dorabella capace non e' (from Così fan tutte)

Adam Plachetka (Guglielmo), Alessandro Corbelli (Don Alfonso)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

È la fede delle femmine (from Così fan tutte)

Adam Plachetka (Guglielmo), Alessandro Corbelli (Don Alfonso)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Una bella serenata (from Così fan tutte)

Adam Plachetka (Guglielmo), Alessandro Corbelli (Don Alfonso)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Sento, o Dio (from Cosi fan tutte)

Miah Persson (Fiordiligi), Angela Brower (Dorabella), Adam Plachetka (Guglielmo), Alessandro Corbelli (Don Alfonso)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

In qual fiero contrasto … Tradito, schernito (from Così fan tutte)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Fra gli amplessi (from Così fan tutte)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Fuggi, crudele, fuggi! (from Don Giovanni)

Diana Damrau (Donna Anna)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Non ti fidar, o misera! (from Don Giovanni)

Diana Damrau (Donna Anna), Joyce DiDonato (Donna Elvira), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Don Giovanni)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Dalla sua pace (from Don Giovanni)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin


One of the finest and most charismatic tenors on the international classical music scene, Rolando Villazon’s many best-selling recordings have covered an extraordinary range of musical styles from his great opera roles to the Baroque, Mexican favourites and popular song. For his new solo album, Rolando brings his lustrous Latin timbre to the concert arias of Mozart. This limited special edition is a brilliant new addition to the collection from the winner of the Zarzuela prize and second prize winner of the Placido Domingo Operalia competition (1999).

“It’s a fascinating collection, with some striking unearthings...the range of Villazón’s technique is demonstrated by his rapid-fire syllable-shower of “Clarice cara mia sposa” .” The Independent, 18th January 2014 ****

“the Mexican tenor is temperamentally incapable of being bland or emotionally disengaged...Stylistic reservations centre above all on Villazon's intermittent scoops and slides...[his] ardour and dramatic energy ensure that enjoyment usually outweighs frustration...Pappano gets vital, elegant playing from the LSO, who fully match Villazon's fire in the faster numbers.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

“The repertoire ranges from a grovelling tribute to Archbishop Schrattenbach by the 10-year-old prodigy to an outstanding substitute solo in a Hasse opera for his first Idomeneo, Anton Raaff. Villazon is at his best in the comic numbers.” Sunday Times, 2nd February 2014

“Villazón addresses the stylistic challenges with all his characteristic commitment, but there are moments when one wishes he would cool it a bit...The LSO and Antonio Pappano (who also sings bass briefly in a patter duet) provide elegant accompaniment” The Telegraph, 6th March 2014 ***

“All are entertaining fare, punched out with passion and personality by a singer clearly enjoying himself and flying free. Antonio Pappano is also grinning as he conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, hurtling along in music intoxicated with its own invention. I wore my own grin right from the opening track” The Times, 6th March 2014 *****

“Although he sounds in healthier voice than he has for some years now, his timbre and vocal mannerisms - portamento, a penchant for glottal sobs when the emotional temperature rises - remain that of a Latin Romantic tenor....Pappano and the LSO provide Villazon with sympathetic accompaniments.” International Record Review, March 2014

“In range and vocal size Villazón is better suited to Mozart than some of the Romantic scores he has previously sung, even if the very top and bottom of his tenor are less refulgent than his middle register. But he brings enthusiasm and character to everything he sings.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 ****

DG - 4792463

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem

Recording Date: Hollywood Bowl, USA, 2013


Julianna Di Giacomo (soprano), Michelle DeYoung (mezzo), Vittorio Grigolo (tenor), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (bass)

LA Philharmonic & LA Master Chorale, Gustavo Dudamel

Great cast with Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Ildebrando D´Arcangelo (Covent Garden, LA Opera, Salzburg Festival), Vittorio Grigolo (Covent Garden, Scala, MET), Michelle DeYoung (MET, Bayreuth, Scala), Julianna Di Giacomo (MET (LA Opera).

Bonus: Great bonus incl. interview with Gustavo Dudamel on the Messa da Requiem and Hollywood Bowl.

Subtitles: Lat, E, G, F, Sp, Chin, Kor, Jap.

Bonus: English (Original Language)

Sound Format DVD:PCM 2.0. dts 5.1

Picture DVD: 16:9, HD

“[D’Arcangelo] is an imposing vocal presence...He gives us some excellent Verdi singing, founded on rock-solid technique, and I warmed very much to his performance...[Di Giacomo] impressed me a lot...chorally and orchestrally this is a good Verdi Requiem. The solo team offers a mixed experience and the conducting has fire and flair.” MusicWeb International, 13th January 2014

“Dudamel favours broad tempi, an approach reinforced by his baton-less direction...he draws beautifully nuanced playing from his highly responsive orchestra and offstage trumpeters...The diction of the well-drilled Los Angeles Master Chorale is exemplary, with crisp enunciation, perfect tuning and unanimity of attack.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“The performance is at its best in the contributions of the four soloists. US soprano Julianna Di Giacomo brings vibrant tone and plenty of personal commitment to the top line...DeYoung supplies consistently grand and consistently Italianate vocalism...Best of all is Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, whose firmness and authority make him a formidable exponent of the bass part.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 ***

“Dudamel conducting at the Hollywood Bowl might not sound the path to gravity that this work demands, but in fact that’s just what this performance delivers. Dudamel’s Los Angeles forces are superbly drilled...The four soloists are well-matched...Best of all is Juliana DiGiacomo, , whose soprano has the soaring line to dominate proceedings.” Opera Now ****

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C Major - 714708

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Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème


Roberto Alagna (Rodolfo), Angela Gheorghiu (Mimi), Elisabetta Scano (Musetta), Simon Keenlyside (Marcello), Ildebrando d' Arcangelo (Colline), Roberto de Candia (Schaunard), Alfredo Mariotti (Benoit/Alcindoro), Alberto Ragona (Parpginol), Gianfranco Valentini (Sergente dei doganieri), Franco Podda (Un doganiere)

Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Chailly

Studio recording, 1992

“The husband-and-wife partnership of Gheorghiu and Alagna is formidably demonstrated in Decca's more recent recording...Gheorghiu's glorious singing is powerfully matched by the heroic tones of Alagna, culminating in a deeply moving death-scene.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

“Puccini's romance shines brightly, with plenty of detail and lively conducting from Riccardo Chailly, Gheorghiu, Alagna, Keenlyside and D'Arcangelo provide highlights.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 *****

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Donizetti: Anna Bolena

Donizetti: Anna Bolena


Anna Netrebko (Anna Bolena), Elina Garanca (Giovanna Seymour), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Enrico), Francesco Meli (Percy), Dan Paul Dumitrescu (Lord Rochefort), Elisabeth Kulman (Smeton), Peter Jelosits (Hervey)

Chor der Wiener Staatsoper & Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Evelino Pidò

With her sensational role debut at the Vienna State Opera, superstar diva Anna Netrebko displays a performance of rare vocal and dramatic power. The Russian soprano sings the role of the unjustly accused second wife of British King Henry VIII, ‘veering between indignant fury and tender righteousness’ and demonstrating a new level of confidence in her technique with excellent ‘passagework, particularly in trills, and seamless runs even to the lowest notes’ (Opera News).

The performance also stars DG mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, in ‘a fantastic display of bel canto’ (Opera News) as Anna's rival Giovanna Seymour. Ildebrando D’Arcangelo brings his beautifully dark tone to the role of Enrico and young Italian tenor Francesco Meli sings the demanding role of Lord Percy with a ‘youthful virility’ (Agence France Press), promising great things for the future. On the podium Evelino Pidò 'drew playing of unusual precision and refinement...making every note matter' (Financial Times).

“It's no accident that Netrebko's better forays into bel canto have come with Garanca by her side, inspiring her to some lovely singing. Their voices blend beautifully...I find her a welcome counterpoint to Netrebko's passionate queen...Netrebko emerges from the challenge triumphantly. The sincerity in her performance is admirable, while the darker vocal qualities she possesses suit the character well.” International Record Review, May 2012

“[Netrebko] gives a demonstration of characterisation and bel canto vocal virtuosity that is second to none, Callas included...Garanca’s is a consummate interpretation by an artist at the top of her game...D'Arcangelo is a tall, handsome and seductive Enrico whose smooth singing only lacks a little lower extension... Pidò adds to his reputation in this music with a well-paced and phrased interpretation.” MusicWeb International, May 2012

“Shades of The Tudors in this great-looking Vienna State Opera production from 2011, with Ildebrando d'Arcangelo's glamorous Henry VIII exuding authority if not historical accuracy (Henry would have cut a far less seductive figure by the time of the events depicted in the opera!). Anna Netrebko gives one of her finest performances to date as a fiery but guilt-ridden Anne Boleyn, and her scenes with Elina Garanca's cool, superbly sung Jane Seymour are utterly enthralling.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, June 2014

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DG - 0734725

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Donizetti: Anna Bolena

Donizetti: Anna Bolena


Anna Netrebko (Anna Bolena), Elina Garanca (Giovanna Seymour), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Enrico), Francesco Meli (Percy), Dan Paul Dumitrescu (Lord Rochefort), Elisabeth Kulman (Smeton), Peter Jelosits (Hervey)

Chor der Wiener Staatsoper & Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Evelino Pidò

With her sensational role debut at the Vienna State Opera, superstar diva Anna Netrebko displays a performance of rare vocal and dramatic power. The Russian soprano sings the role of the unjustly accused second wife of British King Henry VIII, ‘veering between indignant fury and tender righteousness’ and demonstrating a new level of confidence in her technique with excellent ‘passagework, particularly in trills, and seamless runs even to the lowest notes’ (Opera News).

The performance also stars DG mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, in ‘a fantastic display of bel canto’ (Opera News) as Anna's rival Giovanna Seymour. Ildebrando D’Arcangelo brings his beautifully dark tone to the role of Enrico and young Italian tenor Francesco Meli sings the demanding role of Lord Percy with a ‘youthful virility’ (Agence France Press), promising great things for the future. On the podium Evelino Pidò 'drew playing of unusual precision and refinement...making every note matter' (Financial Times)

Subtitles: Italian (Orig. language), English, German, French, Spanish

“It's no accident that Netrebko's better forays into bel canto have come with Garanca by her side, inspiring her to some lovely singing. Their voices blend beautifully...I find her a welcome counterpoint to Netrebko's passionate queen...Netrebko emerges from the challenge triumphantly. The sincerity in her performance is admirable, while the darker vocal qualities she possesses suit the character well.” International Record Review, May 2012

“[Netrebko] gives a demonstration of characterisation and bel canto vocal virtuosity that is second to none, Callas included...Garanca’s is a consummate interpretation by an artist at the top of her game...D'Arcangelo is a tall, handsome and seductive Enrico whose smooth singing only lacks a little lower extension... Pidò adds to his reputation in this music with a well-paced and phrased interpretation” MusicWeb International, May 2012

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DG - 0734728

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Vivaldi: Bajazet

Vivaldi: Bajazet


The mid-price collection presents some of the most important and admired recordings of the EMI Classics and Virgin Classics catalogue which make EMI 'The Home of Opera'. This performance of Bajazet was recorded in 2004 at the Musica Numeris, Brussels.

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem


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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Anna Caterina Antonacci (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don Jose), Norah Amsellem (Micaela), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Escamillo), Jacques Imbrailo (Morales), Matthew Rose (Zuniga), Elena Xanthoudakis (Frasquita), Viktoria Vizin (Mercedes), Caroline Lena Olsson (Lillas Pastia), Jean Sebastien Bou (Le Dancaire), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Le Remendado)

Royal Opera House Chorus & Orchestra, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

The New Production from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden filmed in high definition.

‘Two dazzling stars’ The Telegraph

‘Physical and sexy’ London Evening Standard

‘Kaufmann and Antonacci are that rare breed: superb singers who can also act with subtlety and passion’ The Guardian

With Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann bringing rare erotic intensity to the drama of Carmen and Don Jose, this new Royal Opera production is a darkly passionate reading of one of the world's favourite operas.

Under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano, Bizet's irresistible score drives the tragedy forward - powering a landmark staging of a musical masterpiece.

Menus: English . Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese.

Booklet notes in English, French, German

“traditionalists can relax with the Royal Opera's Raymond Gubbay-style, grand-opera Carmen. Antonio Pappano…steers the music with panachet… The production has a star in Jonas Kaufmann's José, a dangerous, lived-in interpretation of the part, sung and acted with a rare ability... Antonacci's Carmen works hard - she's stylish and genuinely sexy... Norah Amsellem's Micaëla is well vocalised and presented but never quite breaks through into a complete character.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2008

“Pappano in the pit takes the whole thing at a tremendous lick while coaxing some lovely playing from the Royal Opera House Orchestra. For all that, this is opera as spectacle with good tunes attached.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2008 ***

Building a Library

DVD/Blu-ray Choice - March 2015

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Bellini: La Sonnambula

Bellini: La Sonnambula

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Cecilia Bartoli (Amina), Juan Diego Flórez (Elvino), Ildebrando d' Arcangelo (Il Conte Rodolfo), Liliana Nikiteanu (Teresa), Gemma Bertagnolli (Lisa), Peter Kalman (Alessio) & Javier Camarena (Un Notaro)

Orchestra La Scintilla, Alessandro De Marchi

The two leading bel canto super stars of today, Cecilia Bartoli and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for the first time in the most complete and authentic recording of Bellini's La sonnambula - an eagerly awaited moment in the operatic world and a must have item for all Fans of Bartoli and Florez.

This brand new studio recording is the perfect package for Christmas 2008, and is Decca's core classical top priority for the autumn.

Supported by a continued global tour covering Europe, Japan and America, this release finishes off the festival of celebrations for the bicentenary year of Maria Malibran (1808-1836).

It is the first ever recording with a 'mezzo-soprano' in the lead role, and the first ever recording with a period instrument orchestra.

Many of the cadenzas sung by Cecilia Bartoli are those used by the great 19th Century interpreter of the role, Maria Malibran.

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2009

Decca - 4781087

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