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Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

English National Opera, 1995


Yvonne Kenny (Titania), Thomas Randle (Oberon), Simon Rice (Puck) & Richard Van Allan (King Theseus)

Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera, Nicholas Kok (conductor) & David Pountney (director)

Choreographed and Staged by Quinny Sacks

David Pountney’s enchanting and colourful production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen launched in 1995 by the English National Opera was received with great enthusiasm by both the public and musical press. Under the musical direction of Nicholas Kok, the English National Orchestra played a baroque music which was as crystal clear as it was expressively infectious. Next to outstanding performers of the dancing roles such as Puck (Simon Rice) and the Indian boy (Arthur Pita), an entire armada of excellent singers was summoned up such as one seldom experiences together on the baroque opera stage. These included Yvonne Kenny as Titania, Thomas Randle as Oberon and Richard Van Allan as King Theseus. Jonathan Best, with his comic portrayal of the drunken poet, was loved by the audience and praised highly by the press, while other singers like Michael Chance, Mary Hegarthy, Janis Kelly, Marc Le Brocq and Christopher Ross all contributed their talents to produce an unusual musical theatre experience, released on Blu-ray for the first time.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Original Language: GB

Subtitles: DE, FR, ES

FSK: 0

Running Time: 134 Min

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

“[David Pountney] captures the madness of the original [production of The Fairy Queen] with a bravura staging, performed with gusto by a large ensemble. The wit and inventiveness are astounding, plus it is laugh-out-loud funny – Jonathan Best’s Drunken Poet threatens to steal the show...Yvonne Kenny’s pearlescent soprano is caught at its peak as Titania, Tom Randle is a lithe Oberon and Nickolas Kok leads a springy performance from the pit.” Classical Music ****

“it makes for a highly entertaining show...Tom Randle and Yvonne Kenny are excellent as Oberon and Titania...The dancing is imaginative and amusing, and the ENO forces under Nichoals Kok could have been performing Purcell all their lives.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

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Arthaus Musik - 108128

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Britten: Death in Venice

Britten: Death in Venice

Recorded live at The London Coliseum, June 2013


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

Orchestra and Chorus of the English National Opera, Edward Gardner (conductor) & Deborah Warner (director)

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

“Deborah Warner directs this visually stunning but emotionally harrowing ENO production. John Graham-Hall is totally convincing as the ageing writer Aschenbach, struggling with his obsession with the young Tadzio, and Edward Gardner conducts a haunting rendition of the score” Maurice Millward, Presto Classical, March 2014

“Warner’s production is worthy of this magnificent work, and she has secured disciplined and stylish performances from her cast. Visually it is both stunning and haunting...So much depends on the role of Aschenbach, and here John Graham-Hall does a fine job...Andrew Shore is superb; he manages to give each one an individuality...So is this the best ‘Death in Venice’ on DVD? I suspect it is, for it is very fine.” MusicWeb International, 3rd June 2014

“It's not often one can say a production is improved by viewing on a small screen but, for me, this one was...Graham-Hall is a real stage-animal, convincing us utterly of his descent into obsession...Above all, every colour, timbre and texture of this richly imaginative score comes blazing through under Gardner's baton.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 ****

“Warner’s production for ENO manages to solve pretty much every problem she faces...the lighting by Jean Kalman is exquisite...[Graham-Hall's] singing is clear, his diction crisp and he outlines every nuance of the role – it’s a subtle tour de force...Gardner's conducting underpins everything with refinement.” Opera Now *****

Presto Discs of 2014

Finalist

GGramophone Awards 2015

Finalist - Opera

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Opus Arte - OABD7141D

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Britten: The Rape of Lucretia

Britten: The Rape of Lucretia


Sarah Connolly (Lucretia), Christopher Maltman (Tarquinius), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Bianca), Mary Nelson (Lucia), Leigh Melrose (Junius), Clive Bayley (Collatinus), Orla Boylan (Female Chorus) & John Mark Ainsley (Male Chorus)

English National Opera, Paul Daniel (conductor) & David McVicar (stage director)

Sarah Connolly's 'outstanding' (The Guardian) portrayal of the wronged Roman noblewoman, written originally for Kathleen Ferrier, lies at the heart of David McVicar's powerfully stark production for English National Opera as 'an everyday sort of woman who could be living at any time or place.' Her nemesis is the arrogant Tarquinius of Christopher Maltman, 'who made the air tingle with danger' (Financial Times). Filmed by the BBC at Snape Maltings during the production’s premiere run at the 2001 Aldeburgh Festival.

Hugely acclaimed Aldeburgh/ENO production from 2001.

Britten’s “chamber opera” was premiered at Glyndebourne in 1946, representing a stylistic departure from the grander Peter Grimes the previous year.

Based on the legend of Lucretia who is raped by the Roman tyrant Tarquinius but kills herself rather than live with the shame.

Contains scenes of a sexual nature.

Extra features: Cast gallery.

Running time: 120 minutes

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“The main cast delivers a superlative response from start to finish, headed by baritone Christopher Maltman's bull-like Tarquinius and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly's harrowingly intense Lucretia...Top-flight instrumental playing enhances an impressive release.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ****

“McVicar typically finds clarity and purpose amid the opera's convoluted story-telling...Connolly's performance sets a standard that's perhaps as important to The Rape of Lucretia as Jon Vickers was to Peter Grimes. Daniel makes every note count in this ultra-spare score.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

“Ainsley is superb...Melrose as Junius brilliantly brings out the weakness of character...Bayley's Collatinus is nobe of bearing and deeply touching both vocally and physically...Connolly is quite simply magnificent as Lucretia, taking the audience with her throughout...superbly well sung, played and acted.” International Record Review, February 2014

“[Maltman] gets right into the physicality of the role, projecting himself forward with all the character’s lascivious selfishness...Connolly makes a wonderful Lucretia, too. She is dignified and noble throughout...In many ways the greatest revelations come from the Male and Female chorus, both excellently sung. Add in the expert playing of the ENO chamber ensemble and Paul Daniel’s intelligent conducting, and you have a winner on your hands.” MusicWeb International, 12th March 2014

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Opus Arte - OABD7135D

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Britten: Gloriana

Britten: Gloriana

English National Opera, London Coliseum 1984


Sarah Walker (Elizabeth I), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Essex), Jean Rigby (Lady Essex), Richard van Allan (Raleigh), Elizabeth Vaughan (Lady Rich), Alan Opie (Cecil), Neil Howlett (Mountjoy), Malcolm Donnelly (Henry Cuffe)

English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Elder (conductor) & Colin Graham (director)

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 | Original Language: GB

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES | Running Time: 147 mins

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer) | FSK: 0

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Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109152

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Britten: Gloriana

Britten: Gloriana

English National Opera, London Coliseum 1984


Sarah Walker (Elizabeth I), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Essex), Jean Rigby (Lady Essex), Richard van Allan (Raleigh), Elizabeth Vaughan (Lady Rich), Alan Opie (Cecil), Neil Howlett (Mountjoy), Malcolm Donnelly (Henry Cuffe)

English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Mark Elder (conductor) & Colin Graham (director)

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 | Original Language: GB

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 147 mins

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

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Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109151

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

English National Opera 1986


Eilene Hannan (Rusalka), Ann Howard (Jezibaba), John Treleaven (Prinz), Phyllis Cannan (Foreign Princess), Rodney Macann (Water Goblin), Edward Byles (Gamekeeper), Fiona Kimm (Kitchen-Boy), Christopher Booth-Jones (Hunter)

English National Opera, Mark Elder

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 | Original Language: GB

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES, CZ | Running Time: 159 mins

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer) | FSK: 0

Blu-ray Disc

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Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109150

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

English National Opera 1986


Eilene Hannan (Rusalka), Ann Howard (Jezibaba), John Treleaven (Prinz), Phyllis Cannan (Foreign Princess), Rodney Macann (Water Goblin), Edward Byles (Gamekeeper), Fiona Kimm (Kitchen-Boy), Christopher Booth-Jones (Hunter)

English National Opera, Mark Elder (conductor) & David Pountney (director)

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 | Original Language: GB

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES, CZ

Running Time: 159 mins

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

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Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109149

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Handel: Ariodante

Handel: Ariodante


Ann Murray (Ariodante), Joan Rodgers (Ginevra), Lesley Garrett (Dalinda), Gwynne Howell (The King of Scotland), Christopher Robson (Polinesso), Paul Nilon (Lurcanio), Mark Le Brocq (Odoardo)

English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & David Alden (stage director)

Choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan

Design Ian MacNeil

Lighting Wolfgang Göbbel

When this production of Handel’s Ariodante – directed by David Alden and conducted by Ivor Bolton – had its premiere, it met with unanimous critical and popular acclaim. Alden, as a theatrical modernist, transformed the opera seria into an erotically charged nightmare of lust, betrayal and violated innocence. With a superlative cast including Ann Murray, Joan Rodgers and Gwynne Howell this rich and strange Ariodante is a surprisingly modern drama of psychological and physical cruelty.

Ariodante is Handel’s 1735 setting of an episode from Ariosto, in which the King of Scotland’s daughter is treacherously accused of infidelity to her promised husband. The central situation of sexual jealousy and mistaken identity is set amidst a web of intense family relationships. The range of feelings provoked as the characters develop is caught in music of quite extraordinary emotional power, even by Handel’s own exalted standards.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Language: GB

Subtitles: DE, FR, NL

Blu-ray Disc: 50 GB (Dual Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 178 mins

FSK: 0

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Early Music

Arthaus Musik - 108126

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Handel: Ariodante

Handel: Ariodante


Ann Murray (Ariodante), Joan Rodgers (Ginevra), Lesley Garrett (Dalinda), Gwynne Howell (The King of Scotland), Christopher Robson (Polinesso), Paul Nilon (Lurcanio), Mark Le Brocq (Odoardo)

English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & David Alden (stage director)

Choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan

Design Ian MacNeil

Lighting Wolfgang Göbbel

When this production of Handel’s Ariodante – directed by David Alden and conducted by Ivor Bolton – had its premiere, it met with unanimous critical and popular acclaim. Alden, as a theatrical modernist, transformed the opera seria into an erotically charged nightmare of lust, betrayal and violated innocence. With a superlative cast including Ann Murray, Joan Rodgers and Gwynne Howell this rich and strange Ariodante is a surprisingly modern drama of psychological and physical cruelty.

Ariodante is Handel’s 1735 setting of an episode from Ariosto, in which the King of Scotland’s daughter is treacherously accused of infidelity to her promised husband. The central situation of sexual jealousy and mistaken identity is set amidst a web of intense family relationships. The range of feelings provoked as the characters develop is caught in music of quite extraordinary emotional power, even by Handel’s own exalted standards.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Language: GB

Subtitles: DE, FR, NL

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 178 mins

FSK: 0

“a moving, visually striking show, musically impressive.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 ****

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Early Music

Arthaus Musik - 100065

(DVD Video)

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Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

English National Opera, 1995


Yvonne Kenny (Titania), Thomas Randle (Oberon), Simon Rice (Puck) & Richard Van Allan (King Theseus)

Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera, Nicholas Kok (conductor) & David Pountney (director)

Choreographed and Staged by Quinny Sacks

David Pountney’s enchanting and colourful production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen launched in 1995 by the English National Opera was received with great enthusiasm by both the public and musical press. Under the musical direction of Nicholas Kok, the English National Orchestra played a baroque music which was as crystal clear as it was expressively infectious. Next to outstanding performers of the dancing roles such as Puck (Simon Rice) and the Indian boy (Arthur Pita), an entire armada of excellent singers was summoned up such as one seldom experiences together on the baroque opera stage. These included Yvonne Kenny as Titania, Thomas Randle as Oberon and Richard Van Allan as King Theseus. Jonathan Best, with his comic portrayal of the drunken poet, was loved by the audience and praised highly by the press, while other singers like Michael Chance, Mary Hegarthy, Janis Kelly, Marc Le Brocq and Christopher Ross all contributed their talents to produce an unusual musical theatre experience.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 134 mins

Original Language: GB

Subtitles: DE, FR, ES

FSK: 0

“Pountney's 1995 ENO production cuts the spoken text of Purcell's semi-opera and plays the rest for laughs” BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 **

“[David Pountney] captures the madness of the original [production of The Fairy Queen] with a bravura staging, performed with gusto by a large ensemble. The wit and inventiveness are astounding, plus it is laugh-out-loud funny – Jonathan Best’s Drunken Poet threatens to steal the show...Yvonne Kenny’s pearlescent soprano is caught at its peak as Titania, Tom Randle is a lithe Oberon and Nickolas Kok leads a springy performance from the pit.” Classical Music ****

“it makes for a highly entertaining show...Tom Randle and Yvonne Kenny are excellent as Oberon and Titania...The dancing is imaginative and amusing, and the ENO forces under Nicholas Kok could have been performing Purcell all their lives.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Early Music

Arthaus Musik - 100201

(DVD Video)

Normally: $28.25

Special: $22.60

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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