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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

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Summer Opera Sale

Arthaus Musik - 108128

(Blu-ray)

Normally: $33.75

Special: $27.00

In stock - usually despatched within 1 working day.

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

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Summer Opera Sale

Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109152

(Blu-ray)

Normally: $17.00

Special: $13.60

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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

Summer Opera Sale

Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109151

(DVD Video)

Normally: $17.00

Special: $13.60

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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

Region: all

Summer Opera Sale

Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109150

(Blu-ray)

Normally: $17.00

Special: $13.60

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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

Summer Opera Sale

Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109149

(DVD Video)

Normally: $17.00

Special: $13.60

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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

Summer Opera Sale

Arthaus Musik - 108126

(Blu-ray)

Normally: $33.75

Special: $27.00

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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

Summer Opera Sale

Arthaus Musik - 100065

(DVD Video)

Normally: $28.25

Special: $22.60

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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

Summer Opera Sale

Arthaus Musik - 100201

(DVD Video)

Normally: $28.25

Special: $22.60

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Wiener Staatsoper, April 2014


Olga Esina, Vladimir Shishov, Eno Peci, Dagmar Kronberger

Wiener Staatsballett & Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Alexander Ingram

Choreography by Rudolf Nureyev.

Rudolf Nureyev created his now classic version in 1964; to mark the 50th anniversary of this early masterpiece by a ballet genius, the Vienna State Opera has revived his production for 2014 with new sets and costumes.

SOUND FORMAT DVD: PCM Stereo, dts 5.1

PICTURE 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 132 MINS

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

C Major - 717608

(DVD Video)

$26.00

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Wiener Staatsoper, April 2014


Olga Esina, Vladimir Shishov, Eno Peci, Dagmar Kronberger

Wiener Staatsballett & Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Alexander Ingram

Choreography by Rudolf Nureyev.

Rudolf Nureyev created his now classic version in 1964; to mark the 50th anniversary of this early masterpiece by a ballet genius, the Vienna State Opera has revived his production for 2014 with new sets and costumes.

SOUND FORMAT Blu-ray: PCM Stereo. dts-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 132 MINS

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

C Major - 717704

(Blu-ray)

$33.75

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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