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Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi

Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi


Joyce DiDonato (Romeo), Olga Kulchynska (Giulietta), Benjamin Bernheim (Tebaldo), Roberto Lorenzi (Lorenzo), Alexei Botnarciuc (Capellio), Gieorgij Puchalski (The companion)

Philharmonia Zürich & Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich, Fabio Luisi (conductor) & Christof Loy (stage director)

The story of Romeo and Juliet, who pay for their passion with their lives, has been interpreted in the widest variety of literary and musical genres ever since the Renaissance. Vincenzo Bellini’s much too rarely staged Romeo and Juliet opera, I Capuleti e I Montecchi, is far removed from Shakespeare’s version: rather than telling the story of a tenderly burgeoning love, the piece is an account of the last 24 hours in the two young people’s lives. The underlying mood of the piece is thus one of melancholy – which then develops into a catastrophic maelstrom. The première of the thrilling Zurich production of this bel canto gem, directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Fabio Luisi, was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike. The two protagonists also met with acclaim: experience world star Joyce DiDonato in the trouser role of Romeo, with the young Ukrainian soprano Olga Kulchynska at her side as Giulietta.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

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Running Time: 139:02 min

Disc Format: DVD‐9

Subtitles: German (Original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

“In a central work of the bel canto canon, it is crucial that vocal values are scrupulously maintained – and here they certainly are, with an even and technically excellent cast, who understand the need for librettist Felice Romani’s text to be given its due as so expressively set by Bellini. Fabio Luisi’s conducting, too, is dynamic and dramatically conceived” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

“Zurich’s Opera’s cast and conductor jump on board with admirable commitment. Fabio Luisi boldly sculpts the cantabile phrases without getting bogged down, and the orchestral playing is evocative, with pungent contributions from the winds…Bernheim brings conflicted ardour to Tebaldo, and Lorenzi offers compassionate mercy as Lorenzo…yet Zurich really strikes gold with the triumphant pairing of Joyce DiDonato as Romeo and Olga Kulchynska as Giulietta…tremendously affecting” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“We don’t have a “pleasant surprise” award, but if we had I’d bestow it here.” MusicWeb International, 9th December 2016

“Joyce DiDonato is Romeo, better than in her previous assumption filmed in San Francisco in 2012” Opera Now, December 2016 ****

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Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi

Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi


Joyce DiDonato (Romeo), Olga Kulchynska (Giulietta), Benjamin Bernheim (Tebaldo), Roberto Lorenzi (Lorenzo), Alexei Botnarciuc (Capellio), Gieorgij Puchalski (The companion)

Philharmonia Zürich & Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich, Fabio Luisi (conductor) & Christof Loy (stage director)

The story of Romeo and Juliet, who pay for their passion with their lives, has been interpreted in the widest variety of literary and musical genres ever since the Renaissance. Vincenzo Bellini’s much too rarely staged Romeo and Juliet opera, I Capuleti e I Montecchi, is far removed from Shakespeare’s version: rather than telling the story of a tenderly burgeoning love, the piece is an account of the last 24 hours in the two young people’s lives. The underlying mood of the piece is thus one of melancholy – which then develops into a catastrophic maelstrom. The première of the thrilling Zurich production of this bel canto gem, directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Fabio Luisi, was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike. The two protagonists also met with acclaim: experience world star Joyce DiDonato in the trouser role of Romeo, with the young Ukrainian soprano Olga Kulchynska at her side as Giulietta.

Picture Format Blu‐Ray: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats Blu‐Ray: DTS HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 139:02 min

Disc Format: BD 25

Subtitles: German (Original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

“Zurich’s Opera’s cast and conductor jump on board with admirable commitment. Fabio Luisi boldly sculpts the cantabile phrases without getting bogged down, and the orchestral playing is evocative, with pungent contributions from the winds…Bernheim brings conflicted ardour to Tebaldo, and Lorenzi offers compassionate mercy as Lorenzo…yet Zurich really strikes gold with the triumphant pairing of Joyce DiDonato as Romeo and Olga Kulchynska as Giulietta…tremendously affecting” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

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Mayr: Medea in Corinto

Mayr: Medea in Corinto

July 2015, Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca, Italy


Roberto Lorenzi (Creonte), Mihaela Marcu (Creusa), Paolo Cauteruccio (Evandro), Michael Spyres (Giasone), Marco Stefani (Tideo), Davinia Rodriguez (Medea), Nozomi Kato (Ismene), Enea Scala (Egeo)

Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia & Corul Filarmonicii de Stat Transilvania, Fabio Luisi

Mayr had established himself as a highly successful composer by the beginning of the 19th century. Medea in Corinto is one of his best-known operas, based on a libretto by Felice Romani. For decades after its 1813 première at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, it provided one of the speciality roles for Isabella Colbran and Giuditta Pasta. In this recording, Italian conductor Fabio Luisi gives an intense reading of Mayr’s music and masterfully underlines its deep psychological dimensions, enhancing the drama that unfolds on stage. Luisi, a Grammy Award-winning artist, is also principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and general music director of the Zurich Opera. Two great tenors, Sets: Maria Paola Di Francesco

Costume designer: Tommaso Lagattolla

Lighting designer: Marco Giusti

Michael Spyres and Enea Scala, take the important roles of Jason and Aegeus. The role of Medea is entrusted to the Spanish soprano Davinia Rodriguez, who effortlessly delivers Act I’s demanding cavatina with obbligato violin, usually omitted in most productions.

Video Format/ Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9

Audio Format: PCM 2.0 – Dolby digital 5.1

Subtitles: Ita, Eng, Fre, Ger, Kor

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Recording date & place: July 2015, Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca, Italy

Duration: 167 min

Notes: Ita / Eng

“On this evidence the heterogeneously- assembled choral and orchestral forces were moulded into a responsive ensemble under Fabio Luisi’s expert baton.” Opera, November 2016

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Berg: Wozzeck

Berg: Wozzeck


Christian Gerhaher (Wozzeck), Brandon Jovanovich (Drum Major), Mauro Peter (Andres), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Captain), Lars Woldt (Doctor) & Gun-Brit Barkmin (Marie)

Chor der Oper Zurich & Philharmonia Zurich, Fabio Luisi (conductor) & Andreas Homoki (stage director)

The soldier Wozzeck flits through a world that he is unable to decipher. The Doctor torments him with absurd medical experiments; the Captain humiliates and ridicules him. And Wozzeck’s lover, Marie, with whom he has a child, cuckolds him with the Drum Major. Wozzeck becomes a murderer, stabbing Marie to death.

Georg Büchner’s drama fragment, on which Alban Berg based his first opera, is an unflinching case study of social injustice and human suffering. But it is also a grotesque piece that thrives on exaggeration – and in which only a fine line separates the unfathomable from the ridiculous. Accordingly, director Andreas Homoki forgoes all realism. His nightmarishly radical production is inspired by puppet theatre. Christian Gerhaher’s role début as Wozzeck can only be described as sensational: his capacity for vocal and dramatic subtlety is simply breath‐taking. At the rostrum of the Philharmonia Zurich, Fabio Luisi explores both the expressionistic and the more intimate aspects, reminiscent of chamber music, in Berg’s seminal score.

Picture Format: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

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Running Time: 100:58 min

Disc Format: DVD‐9

Subtitles: German (original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

“This is a triumph – gripping and moving. The performance of Christian Gerhaher is outstanding, but there is also much else to admire and recommend.” MusicWeb International, October 2016

“This is a finely honed production that follows its premise to an absurdist conclusion with slick theatricality and dispassionate zeal...All sentimentalism is banished here. So, largely, is the opera’s plea for justice and compassion. It is left to Christian Gerhaher’s Wozzeck to fight that battle, which he does with formidable diction and great lyrical beauty, offering, where he can, a still centre in the tumult.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“While the Lieder-like beauty of Gerhaher’s singing Is matchless – he can act too – this is no star vehicle. It is ensemble work of the highest order…the relationships are brilliantly drawn, and the murder of Marie is more shocking for its surrealism. The string and woodwind solos are incisive, and the blossoming of the orchestral interludes as directed by Luisi is almost indecently lovely” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 *****

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth


Željko Luèiæ (Macbeth), René Pape (Banquo), Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth), Claudia Waite (Lady-in-Waiting to Lady Macbeth), Christopher Job (A Servant of Macbeth), Raymond Renault (Duncan, King of Scotland), Noah Baetge (Malcolm, Duncan’s Son), Joseph Calleja (Macduff, Thane of Fife), Moritz Linn (Fleance, Banquo’s Son), Richard Bernstein (A Murderer), Seth Malkin (A Herald), James Courtney (A Doctor), David Crawford (A Warrior), Ashley Emerson (A Bloody Child), Jihee Kim (A Crowned Child)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Fabio Luisi, Adrian Noble (dir.)

An unforgettable performance of Anna Netrebko at the MET now on DVD/BR!

Outstanding press acclaim for her performance:

New York Observer stated: “.. a superstar cast ... the most potent: Anna Netrebko's ferociously exciting star turn as Lady Macbeth ... a "demented" performance, one so exciting it propels both artist and audience figuratively to the brink of madness.”

While the New York Times writes: “Lady Macbeth is causing a sensation at the Metropolitan Opera ... This was Ms. Netrebko's night”

This MET performance featured not only an astonishing Anna Netrebko, but also a superstar-cast with artists like Željko Luèiæ, René Pape, Joseph Calleja and a brilliantly performing MET Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Fabio Luisi.

“[Noble's] direction is frequently gripping, aided by two magnificent central performances. Anna Netrebko's darker soprano of recent years is not perfectly suited to Verdi's heavier roles...it was a performance matched by Željko Luèiæ's Macbeth. His velvety timbre and stylish phrasing mark him out as one of the few Verdi baritones today worthy of the description...Luisi revels inthe score's dark tinta.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth


Željko Luèiæ (Macbeth), René Pape (Banquo), Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth), Claudia Waite (Lady-in-Waiting to Lady Macbeth), Christopher Job (A Servant of Macbeth), Raymond Renault (Duncan, King of Scotland), Noah Baetge (Malcolm, Duncan’s Son), Joseph Calleja (Macduff, Thane of Fife), Moritz Linn (Fleance, Banquo’s Son), Richard Bernstein (A Murderer), Seth Malkin (A Herald), James Courtney (A Doctor), David Crawford (A Warrior), Ashley Emerson (A Bloody Child), Jihee Kim (A Crowned Child)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Fabio Luisi, Adrian Noble (dir.)

An unforgettable performance of Anna Netrebko at the MET now on DVD/BR!

Outstanding press acclaim for her performance:

New York Observer stated: “.. a superstar cast ... the most potent: Anna Netrebko's ferociously exciting star turn as Lady Macbeth ... a "demented" performance, one so exciting it propels both artist and audience figuratively to the brink of madness.”

While the New York Times writes: “Lady Macbeth is causing a sensation at the Metropolitan Opera ... This was Ms. Netrebko's night”

This MET performance featured not only an astonishing Anna Netrebko, but also a superstar-cast with artists like Željko Luèiæ, René Pape, Joseph Calleja and a brilliantly performing MET Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Fabio Luisi.

The DVD includes bonus material with artist interviews and backstage footage:

- 2 intros / Host: Anita Rachvelishvili

- Acts I and II (1’26)

- Act III and IV (0’15)

Backstage at the Met with host Anita Rachvelishvili (c. 15’)

- Interview: Anna Netrebko (2’19)

- "Gallery Met Shorts" (2'03)

- Interview: Željko Luèiæ (1’27)

- Interview: Joseph Calleja and René Pape (3’12)

- Interview: Donald Palumbo and David Frye (3’02)

- Interview: Fabio Luisi (2’28)

“[Noble's] direction is frequently gripping, aided by two magnificent central performances. Anna Netrebko's darker soprano of recent years is not perfectly suited to Verdi's heavier roles...it was a performance matched by Željko Luèiæ's Macbeth. His velvety timbre and stylish phrasing mark him out as one of the few Verdi baritones today worthy of the description...Luisi revels inthe score's dark tinta.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Richard Strauss: Works for Cello

Richard Strauss: Works for Cello


Strauss, R:

Romance for cello & orchestra in F major, AV 75

Louis Lortie (piano)

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Staatskapelle Dresden

Fabio Luisi

Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 6

Louis Lortie (piano)


Jan Vogler (cello)

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Verdi: Rigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto

Live from Dresden Opera


Željko Lučić (Rigoletto), Diana Damrau (Gilda), Juan Diego Florez (Il Duca di Mantova), Georg Zeppenfeld (Sparafucile), Christa Mayer (Maddalena), Angela Liebold (Giovanna), Markus Marquardt (Monterone), Matthias Henneberg (Marullo), Oliver Ringelhahn (Borsa), Markus Butter (Conte di Ceprano), Kyung-Hae Kang (Contessa di Ceprano)

Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Fabio Luisi

In June 2008, Giuseppe Verdi temporarily replaced Richard Strauss as the presiding genius at Dresden’s Semperoper as baritone Željko Lucic, soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Juan Diego Flórez came together for a new production of Rigoletto, directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff and conducted by Fabio Luisi, chief conductor of the Semperoper, Dresden, General Music Director-elect of the Zurich Opera, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera.

“The singers are a distinguished bunch, with Željko Lučić the most sympathetic and pathetic Rigoletto I have seen or heard...[Damrau] sings gorgeously, and her acting is first-rate. Juan Diego Flórez makes a convincing Duke...His narrow-bore voice turns out to be ideal for conveying the predatory hedonism of the character. In the Sparafucile of Georg Zeppenfeld we encounter a star in the making” BBC Music Magazine ***

“Flórez uses his lighter-than-usual tenor to sing the role with high-wattage brilliance...the outstanding vocal performance comes from Diana Damrau as Gilda. More than Flórez, she sounds fully inside the role, shaping "Caro nome" with a control of tone-colour and phrasing that makes entirely her own...Zeljka Lucic brings dignity to the role of Rigoletto with his warm expansive singing.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

“Musically, the show is spectacular...Juan Diego Flórez is wonderfully sure of himself in every way...[Damrau] is no soubrette; the voice has body and power, her breath control is superb, and there is never a worry about the proper landing of a high note...[Lucic is] a superb Verdi baritone...understanding the composer's long lines and dramatic instincts” International Record Review, December 2010

“Filmed live at the Dresden Opera in 2008, Nikolaus Lehnhoff's production updates the action to the 1970s; Diana Damrau (all seething hormones and naive sensuality) and Juan Diego Florez (smarmy but endearing) makes a light-voiced but compelling pair of lovers, whilst Serbian baritone Željko Lučić balances savagery and tenderness to perfection as the tormented jester” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical

“Lehnhoff's production of Rigoletto is a ferocious, if uneven affair, that awkwardly positions the opera between religious drama and psychopathology...vocally [Damrau and Lucic have] rarely been bettered, while Flórez, cast against his squeaky-clean image, is insidiously sensual as the Duke. There's powerhouse conducting from Fabio Luisi, too.” The Guardian, 9th December 2010 ****

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Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie & Four Last Songs

Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie & Four Last Songs


Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Vier letzte Lieder

Anja Harteros (soprano)


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Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi

Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi


Anna Netrebko (Giulietta), Elina Garanca (Romeo), Joseph Calleja (Tebaldo), Robert Gleadow (Lorenzo) & Tiziano Bracci (Capellio)

Wiener Singakademie & Wiener Symphoniker, Fabio Luisi

Bringing true youth to an archetypal tale of youthful passion, Anna Netrebko as Juliet and Elîna Garanca as Romeo blow the dust off Bellini’s bel canto classic.

Recorded under studio conditions in conjunction with concert performances at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Anna’s and Elîna’s voices match like pearls from one oyster.

Their duets from Lakmé and Norma electrified the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden during an unforgettable evening released by Deutsche Grammophon as Opera Gala. Further collaboration was – and is – clearly in the cards.

“Garanca is the best reason for cherishing this fine recording. There isn't a lyric mezzo-soprano who can currently hold a candle to the Latvian in this repertoire.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2009 ****

“The performance is dominated by Elina Garanca's Romeo; she easily suggests both the swaggering duellist and the lovelorn youth. There are times when her rich, velvety tones sound almost like a soprano, and in the duets with Anna Netrebko's Juliet, the two voices seem naturally to complement each other. The tenor who sings Tebaldo needs to be of equal strength to balance the drama, and Joseph Calleja rises to the challenge... The duet in Act 2, when Tebaldo and Romeo are about to fight but then learn of Juliet's death, find Garanca and Calleja striking sparks off each other; despite the beauty of the final tomb-scene duet, I found this confrontation the highlight of the proceedings.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2009

“Luisi's Capuleti boasts a charismatic pair of star-crossed lovers in Anna Netrebko's voluptuous Giulietta and Elina Garanca's assertive but lyrical Romeo, whilst Joseph Calleja's golden-voiced Tebaldo recalls the young Pavarotti.” Presto Classical, October 2014

“Giulietta suits Netrebko’s plangent manner and less than dazzling coloratura technique better than the more florid Bellini and Donizetti roles, and she is more feminine and touching than the icily brilliant Edita Gruberova or the brittle, virtuosic Beverly Sills. Garanca’s warm, lustrous mezzo makes her ideal casting for Romeo, and the same goes for the supporting roles...A big success.” Sunday Times, 1st March 2009 ****

GGramophone Awards 2009

Finalist - Opera

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