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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Recorded live at Bayreuth Festspiele 2008


Franz Hawlata (Hans Sachs), Michael Volle (Sixtus Beckmesser), Michaela Kaune (Eva), Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther Von Stolzing), Norbert Ernst (David), Carola Guber (Magdalene), Artur Korn (Veit Pogner), Markus Eiche (Fritz Kothner), Friedemann Röhlig (Ein Nachtwächter), Charles Reid (Kunz Vogelgesang), Rainer Zaun (Konrad Nachtigall), Edward Randall (Balthasar Zorn), Hans-Jürgen Lazar (Ulrich Eisslinger), Stefan Heibach (Augustin Moser), Martin Snell (Hermann Ortel), Andreas Macco (Hans Schwarz), Iógenes Randes (Hans Foltzd)

Bayreuther Festspiele Chorus & Bayreuther Festspiele Orchestra, Sebastian Weigle (conductor) & Katharina Wagner (stage director)

Ostensibly Richard Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg tells a humorous tale about artistically inclined craftsmen. Goldsmith Veit Pogner promises his daughter Eva's hand in marriage to the winner of a song contest, to which three men are potentially eligible. But upon closer inspection, what is at first glance a harmless farce in a middle-class setting emerges as a profound social analysis. Wagner uses his protagonists to show how a community deals with tradition and those who break with it and just how much innovation and deviation from the norm it can tolerate – as well as to examine what value society places, and should place, on art.

Extra features:

Cast Gallery

The Making of ‘‘Die Meistersinger’’

‘A 'Meistersinger' that's on an entirely new Wagnerian scale... It is full of smart ideas and moments of effective theater. ‘ The Washington Post

Running time 4 hours 45 mins Region code All regions

Video codec AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital surround

Menu language EN

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES

“Katharina Wagner at first presents Walther von Stolzing as a paint-spraying performance artist and Beckmesser as a retentive, Reclam-photocopying pedant...This nicely observed updating would be enough to sustain some productions for a whole evening. But, for Katharina Wagner, this is just the tip of the iceberg...as all stage productions should be, this is 200 per cent a Meistersinger to see.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“[Volle's Beckmesser] is so consistently alert, so wary of traditional caricature, so mellifluous in sound, and so well acted that it is, in fact, almost plausible to see him as the opera's hero...Franz Hawlata is a refreshingly youthful Sachs (which makes the Sachs-Eva-Walther triangle more affecting)” International Record Review, March 2011

“this production revolves around Beckmesser, and Michael Volle puts in an exceptional performance...I would urge even the sceptics to take this production seriously...A complex and troubling but also consummate and satisfying experience: even on DVD it leaves a lasting impression.” Classical Review, 9th November 2010

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Opus Arte Bayreuther Festspiele - OABD7078D

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Strauss, R: Elektra

Strauss, R: Elektra

Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden 29 Jan, 1 & 4 Feb 2010


Linda Watson (Elektra), Jane Henschel (Klytämnestra), Manuela Uhl (Chrysothemis), René Kollo (Aegisth), Albert Dohmen (Orest), Andreas Hörl (Orest’s tutor), Jörg Schneider (A young servant), Carsten Sabrowski (An old servant) & Irmgard Vilsmaier (An overseer)

Vienna Philharmonic Choir & Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Herbert Wernicke (stage director)

Conducted by Christian Thielemann, this performance was the sensation of the 2010 Baden-Baden Festival. A one-act masterpiece inspired by Greek mythology, it is a dense, jagged cry for justice and vengeance. With its powerfully expressive chords, spooky waltz rhythms and mad dance of triumph, it shakes the audience to the core. Herbert Wernicke’s legendary production for the Bayerische Staatsoper stands out for its clear lines, classical structural elements and striking colour contrasts. Linda Watson, one of the great Wagnerian sopranos of today, superbly masters her role debut as Elektra, one of opera’s most demanding roles.

Extra features: Cast gallery

Running time 1 hour 40 mins Region code All regions

Video codec AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital surround

Menu language EN

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES

“Watson has physical stature, an expressive face...the necessary intelligence and a suitable instrument, which is saying a great deal in this most formidable of roles...[Henschel] makes a capital Klytämnestra, lavishing lovelier tone on the role than it usually receives...Never do Christian Thielemann and the Munich Philharmonic overwhelm the singers: they make chamber music, in effect, with no bombast whatever” International Record Review, March 2011

“Perhaps taking its cue from Electra's repeated cry of 'Allein!' ('Alone!') the production presents all its characters as both alone and alienated from one another...Possibly in reaction to the statuesque starkness of the staging, Thielemann seems to want to tone down the score's mythic violence and tease out its moments of human (essentially womanly) warmth.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ***

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Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Slippers)

Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Slippers)

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Nov 2009


Larissa Diadkova (Solokha), Maxim Mikhailov (The Devil), Vladimir Matorin (Chub), John Upperton (Panas), Olga Guryakova (Oxana), Vsevolod Grivnov (Vakula), Alexander Vassiliev (Pan Golova),Viacheslav Voynarovskiy (The Schoolmaster), Olga Sabadoch (Odark), Changhan Lim (Wood Goblin), Andrew Macnair (Echo), Sergei Leiferkus (His Highness), Jeremy White (Master of Ceremonies) & Mara Galeazzi & Gary Avis (Principal Dancers)

Dancers of The Royal Ballet & Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Alexander Polianichko (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

Choreography: Alastair Marriott.

Based on Gogol’s fantastical and comic story of the Devil’s antics on Christmas Eve, this magical blend of opera and ballet is brought to vivid life in Francesca Zambello’s colourful production. Magnificent set designs (Mikhail Mokrov) and costumes (Tatiana Noginova), and an excellent, largely Russian cast provide authenticity. Splendid dancing by The Royal Ballet and Cossack dancers completes the spectacle. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

“It’s pretty as a picture, no question – an animated pop-up book of naïve and colourful charm.” Independent

“…this expensive-looking production that combines the forces of the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet…” The Guardian

Extra features:

Introducing Cherevichki by Francesca Zambello

Cast & Characters

Staging Gogol's world

Running time 154 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS - MA

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

“[Mokrov's designs] positively glow with snowy Russian colour and charm, especially on Blu-ray...Polianichko makes an affectionate case for the score” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 ****

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7073D

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Kenneth Macmillan Three Ballets

Kenneth Macmillan Three Ballets

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, March 2010


 

Concerto

Music: Dmitry Shostakovic

Marianela Nuñez, Yuhui Choe & Steven McRae

Dominic Grier

Elite Syncopations

Music: Scott Joplin & other Ragtime composers

Sarah Lamb, Valeri Hristov & Steven McRae

Robert Clark

The Judas Tree

Music: Brian Elias

Carlos Acosta, Leanne Benjamin & Edward Watson

Barry Wordsworth


MacMillan’s vision has been vital in shaping The Royal Ballet’s style and repertory, and what better way to appreciate his art than with this rare chance to experience three contrasting works in a single performance. Abstract, dramatic, humorous – this programme gives a wonderfully varied introduction not just to MacMillan’s work but to the beauty and dramatic power of ballet itself. Concerto, to Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto, contrasts moments of exuberance and elegiac reflection. The Judas Tree places a single woman among 13 men to enact a harrowing event that is recognizably contemporary but with biblical overtones. Elite Syncopations completes the programme with a sparkling evocation of a dance hall that brings ragtime rhythms to the dance, and a ragtime band to the stage.

Extra features:

Introductions to each ballet piece by Deborah MacMillan

“There has never been a choreographer that I can think of who could produce three such contrasting works, and you sit watching in wonderment at the fertile imaginings of his mind. " Telegraph

"It's grisly, and yet horribly exciting in its momentum, as the men show off to each other like skateboarders, flinging themselves into barrel turns while knotting and unknotting their legs." The Independent

Running time 104 mins

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Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: 2xBD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS - MA

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Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7074D

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Puccini: La fanciulla del West

Puccini: La fanciulla del West

Recorded live at The Amsterdam Music Theatre, Nov & Dec 2009


Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie), Lucio Gallo (Jack Rance), Zoran Todorovich (Dick Johnson), Roman Sadnik (Nick), Diogenes Randes (Ashby), Stephen Gadd (Sonora), Tijl Faveyts (Billy Jackrabbit), Ellen Rabiner (Wowkle), André Morsch (Jake Wallace) & Roger Smeets (José Castro)

Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera & Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,, Carlo Rizzi (conductor) & Nikolaus Lehnhoff (director)

Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s Hollywood-style production updates this Wild West story to the capitalist culture of Wall Street, perfectly reflecting Puccini’s innovatory spirit. In a new angle on the age-old love triangle theme, corrupt Sheriff Jack Rance (Lucio Gallo) and charismatic criminal Dick Johnson (Zoran Todorovich) vie for the love of glamorous blonde and devout Christian Minnie (Eva-Maria Westbroek), finding her way in a man’s world. Carlo Rizzi’s idiomatic conducting draws excellent singing from the large cast and fine playing from The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Documentary on Eva-Maria Westbroek

"...a high-powered show throughout..." The Financial Times

"...The Netherlands Opera’s spirited and inventive new production..." New York Times

Running time 160 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size BD50

Picture format 1080i

Sound format 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital surround

Menu language EN

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

“From her first entrance...Westbroek is captivating. She boasts the wonderfully meaty instrument required for Minnie (especially in the all-important middle voice), plus the right wholesome, strawberry-blonde appearance...This endearing portrayal will surely take its place in the great line of sopranos who have excelled as Minnie...Carlo Rizzi leads a highly passionate reading” International Record Review, December 2010

“What we see is an updated parable of the American dream...in the final scene [Minnie] appears, like Jean Harlow, at the top of a glittering staircase to be carried off to a Hollywood happy ending...Does it all make sense? Not really; but the characters are vividly portrayed and the settings look spectacular.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“A Hollywood-style updating in Nikolaus Lehnhoff's production from the Netherlands Opera, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Traditionalists may not necessarily appreciate Minnie's somewhat garish, bright-pink bedroom, but Eva-Maria Westbroek is fantastic in the role, and Zoran Todorovich's Dick Johnson is full of charm.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, July 2014

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Opera, Ballet & Theatre The Blu-ray Experience II

Opera, Ballet & Theatre The Blu-ray Experience II


Handel Giulio Cesare (Glyndebourne)

Coro: Viva, via il nostro Alcide!

Aria Presti omai l’Egizia terra

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Delibes Sylvia (Royal Opera House)

Pizzicati

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Mozart Così fan tutte (Glyndebourne)

No 9 Di scrivermi

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Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe)

‘If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine’

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Purcell Dido and Aeneas (Royal Opera House)

To the Hills and the vales

The Triumphing Dance

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Mozart Le nozze di Figaro (Royal Opera House)

Signore! Cos’è quel stupore?

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Herold La fille mal gardée (Royal Opera House)

Fanny Elssler pas de deux

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Puccini La Bohème (Royal Opera House)

Questa è Mimì

Ch’io beva del tossico!

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Cavalli Ercole Amante (De Nederlandse Opera)

Fifth entrance: Concert of guitars

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Purcell The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne)

Night: See, even Night herself is here

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Mozart Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House)

No 17 Aria Metà di voi qua vadano

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Henze Ondine (Royal Opera House)

Rocking Dance

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Note: This Blu-ray Disc (BD) is not compatible with standard DVD players

The Blu-ray Experience II: Opera, Ballet & Theatre includes opera, ballet and theatre highlights from the Opus Arte catalogue, and gives everyone the opportunity to experience the stunning quality of High Definition picture and sound, at an extremely competitive price.

Including world-class artists such Carlos Acosta, Darcy Bussell, Sarah Connolly, Miyako Yoshida, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Adetomiwa Edun, Gerald Finley, this is a must-have purchase this autumn.

Blu-ray offers an outstanding audio and visual experience, with up to six times the resolution of standard definition DVD, and up to 5.1 channels of High Definition surround sound.

Picture: 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound: Stereo: LPCM / 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Disc size: BD25

Menu language: EN

Region code: All regions

Running time: 54 mins approx

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Opus Arte - OABD7077D

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Nov & Dec, 2009


Miyako Yoshida (The Sugar Plum Fairy), Ricardo Cervera/Steven McRae (Nephew/Nutcracker), Steven McRae (The Prince), Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) & Iohna Loots (Clara)

The Royal Ballet & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Koen Kessels (conductor) & Peter Wright (director)

Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov

This all-time ballet favourite, in which young Clara is swept into a fantasy adventure when one of her Christmas presents comes to life, is at its most enchanting in Peter Wright’s glorious production – as fresh as ever in its 25th year. Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score, period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman (including an ingenious magical Christmas tree), an exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy (Miyako Yoshida) and chivalrous Prince (Steven McRae), the mysterious Drosselmeyer (Gary Avis) and vibrant dancing by The Royal Ballet make for a captivating performance. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

‘One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike, the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker is a handsome, magical, thoroughly traditional rendering of ETA Hoffmann’s immortal if deeply strange story.’ Sunday Express

Extra Features

Cast gallery

Rehearsing at White Lodge

Peter Wright tells the story of The Nutcracker

Running time TBC 127 mins

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Disc size BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital surround

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7072D

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Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K621

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K621

Recorded live at the Palais Garnier, Paris in May & June 2005


Susan Graham (Sesto), Hannah Esther Minutillo (Annio), Catherine Naglestad (Vitellia), Ekaterina Siurina (Servilia), Roland Bracht (Publio) & Christoph Prégardien (Tito)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Opéra national de Paris, Sylvain Cambreling (musical director) & Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann (stage directors)

Commissioned for the coronation of Leopold II in Prague, Mozart’s last opera is a deep, humane reflection on relationships, power and forgiveness. With the composition of some of the most beautiful passages in his oeuvre, Mozart has succeeded in giving this opera seria both a noble sobriety and transparent instrumentation, to which this commanding production by the Herrmann partnership does full justice on all levels. Susan Graham’s most extraordinary Sesto and Christoph Prégardien’s superb Tito set the standard for this riveting Opéra national de Paris performance, conducted by the outstanding Sylvain Cambreling.

“An evening of overwhelming beauty.” Le Monde

“Everybody was taken by the warmth and the emotion in Susan Graham’s voice as well as her breathtaking acting.” Le Figaro

Running time 212 mins

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Disc size: BD50

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“Everybody was taken by the warmth and the emotion in Susan Graham’s voice as well as her breathtaking acting” Le Figaro

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William Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost

William Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost

Recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, in October 2009.


including:

Kampen:

Love's Labour's Lost, incidental music


Philip Cumbus (King of Navarre), Trystan Gravelle (Berowne), William Mannering (Longaville), Jack Farthing (Dumaine), Michelle Terry (Princess of France), Thomasin Rand (Rosaline), Jade Anouka (Maria), Siân Robins-Grace (Katharine), Tom Stuart (Boyet), Paul Ready (Don Armado), Seroca Davis (Moth), Christopher Godwin (Holofernes), Patrick Godfrey (Sir Nathanial), Andrew Vincent (Dull), Fergal McElherron (Costard), Rhiannon Oliver (Jaquenetta) & James Lailey (Mercadé)

Dominic Dromgoole (director)

Designed by Jonathan Fensom

When the King of Navarre and his three courtiers forswear all pleasure – particularly of the female variety – in favour of a life of study, the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies plays havoc with their intentions. Using every kind of verbal gymnastics to poke fun, Shakespeare’s most intellectual comedy is brought to hilarious life in Dominic Dromgoole’s highly entertaining production, rich in visual humour and sexual innuendo. Jonathan Fensom’s knot garden and original music by Claire van Kampen create the framework for an engaging performance by an excellent cast. Filmed live in High Definition and true surround sound.

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Famous Speeches

“Dominic Dromgoole’s zestful production succeeds in captivating the audience to a degree that I would not have thought possible… It’s a treat” The Independent

“With a delightful design and jaunty music it has abundant charm… Entirely enchanting” The Times

Running time 167 mins

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Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 LPCM & 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN (in Shakespearean English)

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Opus Arte - Shakespeare's Globe - OABD7071D

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Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, in December 2009


Teodor Ilincai (Rodolfo), Hibla Gerzmava (Mimì), Gabriele Viviani (Marcello), Inna Dukach (Musetta), Kostas Smoriginas (Colline), Jacques Imbrailo (Schaunard), Jeremy White (Benoit), Donald Maxwell (Alcindoro)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Andris Nelsons (conductor) & John Copley (director)

John Copley’s enduring production of one of the most famously melodious and popular of all operas is a classic of the Royal Opera repertory. With historically accurate designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and an excellent cast headed by Hibla Gerzmava and Teodor Ilincai, this 2009 revival, in which conductor Andris Nelsons makes a distinguished Royal Opera House debut, does full justice to Puccini’s masterpiece. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

"[Ilincai] gave a thoroughly assured and engaging performance. ... Sumptuously sung, Gerzmava’s portrayal was sensitive and well-rounded – timid yet warm and attractive in her first scene with Rodolfo, intimate rather than melodramatic in her final death-bed moments." Classical Source

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Interview with Jonathan Copley

Interview with Andris Nelsons

Running time 121 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 LPCM & 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“In every sense this Boheme glows...Teodor Ilincai is a splendid Rodolfo...radiating Italian lyricism and boyish good nature. Hibla Gerzmava is a gorgeous Mimi...Inna Dukach is a splendid Musetta...On DVD it looks and sounds wonderful - but on Blu-Ray it's breathtaking.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 *****

“Gerzmava is clear in tone and clean in style, the Rodolfo (Teodor Ilincai) light and unforced but wanting richness. All act naturally and well, Jacques Imbrailo (the Schaunard) with panache.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“I adore John Copley's classic production of this opera, which has now been in the repertory at Covent Garden for forty years. This version comes from 2009, and features Teodor Ilincai and Hibla Gerzmava as a sensitive pair of lovers. In the pit, Andris Nelsons draws sumptuous, refined playing from the orchestra.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, July 2014

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - September 2010

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7060D

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