James Morris

Bass-baritone

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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello


Jon Vickers (Otello), Cornell MacNeil (Iago), Renata Scotto (Desdemona), Raymond Gibbs (Cassio), Andrea Velis (Rodrigo), James Morris (Lodovico), Robert Goodloe (Montano), Jean Kraft (Emilia), Arthur Thompson (Un Araldo)

The Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, James Levine

Recorded live on 25th September 1978

“Call it old-fashioned, but there’s a size and style about this 1978 Met performance of Verdi’s opera that you don’t get today. Otello was one of Vickers’s signature roles, and he is partnered by the hugely watchable Renata Scotto and the big-boned Iago of Cornell MacNeil.” Financial Times, 27th August 2011 ***

“Vickers appears as if he's ripping his own heart out. His wounds are so deep that one is tempted to avert one's eyes...Yet 90 per cent of the time he is on top of his vocal game: the sheer heft of his voice...is terrifying...Scotto interprets Desdemona as no other singer...here Desdemona is a woman of strength who can't win...this may be the only Otello video you'll ever need: it's the one that captures the pity and sadness best” International Record Review, January 2012

DVD Video

Region: 0

Sony Met Matinées - 88697910129

(DVD Video)

$15.75

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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra


Plácido Domingo (Simon Boccanegra), Adrianne Pieczonka (Amelia), Marcello Giordani (Gabriele Adorno), James Morris (Fiesco), Stephen Gaertner (Paolo), Richard Bernstein (Pietro)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine

The Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody and Emmy Award®-winning series The Met: Live in HD has excited audiences around the globe. Four highly-requested productions from the past two years are now available on DVD for the first time. These four stunning releases contain recordings of recent acclaimed Metropolitan Opera productions, taken from state-of-the-art, high-definition transmissions broadcast live from the stage of the Met, and include backstage interviews with the cast and production crew.

TECHNICAL INFO:

Sound: PCM Stereo/ DTS Sound

Screen Format: 16:9

Region Code: 0 (All regions)

Subtitles: French, German, Spanish and English

Recording Date: February 6, 2010

Approximate Running Time: 2 Hrs 29 Min

“[Domingo] explores the role emotionally in some depth, and can supply all the notes, regularly sounding like a baritone...Adrianne Pieczonka brings strength and lyricism to an Amelia more purposively acted than usual...Levine upholds the highest Verdian standards in the pit, producing playing of immense refinement and detail imbued with the complex spirit of the score...Almost cinematically realistic, its grand sets are in their way magnificent” BBC Music Magazine, May 2011 ***

“it is handsomely executed and beautifully filmed. It takes an artist of rare stature to measure up against a staging as big as this. Happily, Domingo is just that. He brings gravitas to the heart-rending recognition scene with his daughter and bestrides the Council Chamber with conviction.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2011

“[Domingo's] portrayal is touching and sounds beautiful, particularly in the last act...[Morris] has the majesty and emotion for the part. The reconciliation duet for the two men in the last act is as emotionally moving as one would want...Levine obviously loves this score and he builds the opera to its tragic climax, with the orchestra and chorus playing and singing gloriously.” International Record Review, March 2011

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Sony - 88697806649

(DVD Video - 2 discs)

$18.25

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Gay: The Beggar's Opera

Gay: The Beggar's Opera

Performing version by Richard Bonynge and Douglas Gamley. Orchestrated by Douglas Gamley.


Graham Clark (Matt), Stafford Dean (Lockit), John Gibbs (Jemmy Twitcher), Michael Hordern (The Player), Kiri Te Kanawa (Polly Peachum), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Peachum), Alfred Marks (The Jailer & Mr. Peachum), Warren Mitchell (The Beggar & The Drawer), James Morris (Macheath), Ann Murray (Jenny Diver), Regina Resnik (Mrs. Trapes), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Filch), Joan Sutherland (Lucy Lockit) & Ann Wilkens (Dolly Trull)

National Philharmonic Orchestra & London Opera Chorus, Richard Bonynge

Recording Location: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, March 1981

In 1981 Richard Bonynge, together with an illustrious cast of singers (Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, et. al.) and actors (Angela Lansbury, Warren Mitchell, Michael Hordern, et. al.) went into Kingsway Hall for a recording of a new edition (by Richard Bonynge and Douglas Gamley) of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. Written in 1728, it is a ballad opera in three acts (Ballad operas were satiric musical plays that used some of the conventions of opera, but without recitative. The lyrics of the airs in the piece are set to popular broadsheet ballads, opera arias, church hymns and folk tunes of the time.) Running for 62 consecutive performances, the piece notched up a record the longest run in theatre history up to that time. Unlike other existing recordings of The Beggar’s Opera, this new performing edition features opera stars alongside great actors as well as a full-size (double woodwind) orchestra. One of the most sought after of Sutherland/Bonynge collaborations, the original CD has long been out of print and here reappears with the original liner notes as well as the full libretto.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4428629

(CD - 2 discs)

$11.75

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Thomas, E: Desire Under the Elms

Thomas, E: Desire Under the Elms

An American Folk Opera in Three Acts


Jerry Hadley, James Morris, Victoria Livengood, Mel Ulrich, Jeffrey Lentz, Darth Meadows

London Symphony Orchestra, George Manahan

Naxos Clearance - up to 70% off

Naxos American Classics Opera Classics - 8669001-02

(CD - 2 discs)

Normally: $12.50

Special: $3.75

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Strauss, R: Salome

Strauss, R: Salome


Jessye Norman (Salome), James Morris (Jochanaan), Walter Raffeiner (Herodes), Kerstin Witt (Herodias), Richard Leech (Narraboth), Annette Markert (Ein Page), Frank Schiller (Erster Nazarener), Harrie Peeters (Zweiter Nazarener), Jürgen Commichau (Erster Soldat), Rolf Tomaszewski (Zweiter Soldat), Matthias Henneberg (Ein Cappadocier), Andreas Schmidt (Ein Sklave), Andreas Conrad (Erster Jude), Karl-Friedrich Hölzke (Zweiter Jude), Peter Küechler (Dritter Jude), Andreas Schmidt (Vierter Jude), Günter Dreßler (Fünfter Jude)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Seiji Ozawa

Philips - 4321532

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Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Recorded: Salzburger Festspiele, 1983


Margaret Marshall (Fiordiligi), Ann Murray (Dorabella), Francisco Araiza (Ferrando), James Morris (Guglielmo), Sesto Bruscantini (Don Alfonso) & Kathleen Battle (Despina)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti (conductor) & Michael Hampe (director)

Riccardo Muti had made a sensational Salzburg debut in 1971, and this Cosi fan tutte was his first Mozart opera at the festival. It was acclaimed by both the general public and international critics, who were virtually unanimous in their praise of the aesthetic quality of the production.

Muti was praised for his authoritative approach to Mozart's music, while the remarkably homogeneous team of international soloists was equally applauded. The singers form an admirably cohesive ensemble and all of them are outstanding Mozart singers.

The production became a staple at the Salzburg Festival and hugely popular with audiences. Muti gives both the musicians and the audience time to appreciate Mozart's music in all its beauty, formal mastery and, above all, in the endless variety of its depiction of human foibles.

The Vienna Philharmonic's playing is well sprung and relaxed, but always imbued with great intensity.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: IT

Subtitles: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 188 mins

2 x DVD 9 / NTSC

FSK: 0

Region Code: 0

Worldwide available excl. Japan

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109100

(DVD Video - 2 discs)

$16.50

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Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Recorded: Salzburger Festspiele, 1983


Margaret Marshall (Fiordiligi), Ann Murray (Dorabella), Francisco Araiza (Ferrando), James Morris (Guglielmo), Sesto Bruscantini (Don Alfonso) & Kathleen Battle (Despina)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti (conductor) & Michael Hampe (director)

Riccardo Muti had made a sensational Salzburg debut in 1971, and this Cosi fan tutte was his first Mozart opera at the festival. It was acclaimed by both the general public and international critics, who were virtually unanimous in their praise of the aesthetic quality of the production.

Muti was praised for his authoritative approach to Mozart's music, while the remarkably homogeneous team of international soloists was equally applauded. The singers form an admirably cohesive ensemble and all of them are outstanding Mozart singers.

The production became a staple at the Salzburg Festival and hugely popular with audiences. Muti gives both the musicians and the audience time to appreciate Mozart's music in all its beauty, formal mastery and, above all, in the endless variety of its depiction of human foibles.

The Vienna Philharmonic's playing is well sprung and relaxed, but always imbued with great intensity.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: IT

Subtitles: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 188 mins

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

FSK: 0

Region: worldwide

Worldwide available excl. Japan

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109101

(Blu-ray)

$16.50

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth

Recorded: Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1987


Renato Bruson (Macbeth), Mara Zampieri (Lady Macbeth), James Morris (Banco), Dennis O’Neill (Macduff), David Griffith (Malcolm), Sharon Sweet (Dama), Josef Becker (Medico)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor) & Luca Ronconi (director)

Macbeth signifies the beginning of Verdi's life-long preoccupation with William Shakespeare. Aware of the great musical, as well as literary challenge, Verdi wrote the scenario himself and essentially concentrated the piece on three main protagonists: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the prophecy of the witches.

During the first performance on 14 March 1847 in Florence the audience reacted with great displeasure. The piece only gradually established itself in the world of opera.

Luca Ronconi's new production of Verdi's early masterpiece, which was first performed in June 1987 at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, was received in Germany and around the world with great praise.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: IT

Subtitles: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 150 mins

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

FSK: 0

Region: worldwide

Worldwide available excl. USA

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109091

(Blu-ray)

$16.50

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth

Recorded: Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1987


Renato Bruson (Macbeth), Mara Zampieri (Lady Macbeth), James Morris (Banco), Dennis O’Neill (Macduff), David Griffith (Malcolm), Sharon Sweet (Dama), Josef Becker (Medico)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor) & Luca Ronconi (director)

Macbeth signifies the beginning of Verdi's life-long preoccupation with William Shakespeare. Aware of the great musical, as well as literary challenge, Verdi wrote the scenario himself and essentially concentrated the piece on three main protagonists: Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the prophecy of the witches.

During the first performance on 14 March 1847 in Florence the audience reacted with great displeasure. The piece only gradually established itself in the world of opera.

Luca Ronconi's new production of Verdi's early masterpiece, which was first performed in June 1987 at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, was received in Germany and around the world with great praise.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: IT

Subtitles: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 150 mins

DVD 9 / NTSC

FSK: 0

Region Code: 0

Worldwide available excl. USA

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109090

(DVD Video)

$16.50

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello


Johan Botha (Otello), Renée Fleming (Desdemona), Falk Struckmann (Iago) & Michael Fabiano (Cassio), Renée Tatum (Emilia), James Morris (Lodovico), Eduardo Valdes (Roderigo)

The Metropolitan Opera, Chorus & Ballet, Semyon Bychkov

Renée Fleming’s Desdemona enshrines one of her signature roles in a definitive performance: “she knows exactly how to spin the gentle lines of the ‘Willow Song’ and ‘Ave Maria’ so that they softly fill the hall” (New York Times). This 2012 performance was most likely her last on stage, making it a document of historic importance. As the New York Times wrote: “The role was one of her earliest successes with the company, as well as the vehicle for her first Met opening night 17 years ago, and it remains a lovely fit”

Verdi’s late masterpiece is presented in Elijah Moshinsky’s classic MET production with sumptuous sets and period costumes; one of the longest-running opera productions in MET history.

Semyon Bychkov conducts an all-star cast led by South African Heldentenor Johan Botha in the title role with a voice of “impressive size and bronze color” (New York Times) and a strong supporting cast includes the superb Falk Struckmann as Iago and star tenor Michael Fabiano as Cassio.

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Decca - 0743892

(Blu-ray)

$21.50

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