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Francesco Cilea (1866-1950)

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Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur

Live Recording from The Teatro Regio Di Torino, 2009


Micaela Carosi (Adriana), Marcelo Álvarez (Maurizio), Marianne Cornetti (Principessa de Bouillon), Alfonso Antoniozzi (Michonnet)

Teatro Regio Torino, Renato Palumbo (conductor) & Lorenzo Mariani (director)

Set Design by Nicola Rubertelli

It is said even Giuseppe Verdi briefly gave consideration to writing an opera based on this whodunit, when Cilea decided to set the material to music in 1899. The opera’s world premiere in Milan in 1902 was a triumph, due in no small measure to a stellar cast of singers that included Enrico Caruso as Maurizio. For a decade the work was performed regularly throughout Europe and America; thereafter it increasingly disappeared from the repertoire. After revisions to the score and plot and the introduction of significant cuts, Adriana Lecouvreur made a successful comeback and established a presence once again on the international stage. The premiere of the defi nitive version took place in Naples in 1930. Since this time the three main roles of Arturo Colautti’s libretto have regularly been filmed by great artists.

In the present stylised production by Lorenzo Mariani, which features reduced décor but magnifi cent rococo costumes, the “violet-perfumed murderess” is taken by mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti, one of the most in-demand representatives of her vocal category. Opposite her, in the role of Adriana, is a soprano who as a Verdi and verismo specialist also appears regularly at all the major international opera houses, Micaela Carosi. The “cock-of-the-walk” role is sung by the world-class tenor Marcelo Álvarez. His timbre, velvety smooth yet robustly virile, is ideally suited to a vocal characterisation of the idolised Maurizio. Conductor Renato Palumbo is very much at home with Cilea’s operatic masterpiece, since the Italian Romantic and verismo periods are at the core of his extensive repertoire.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 7.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Subtitle Languages: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES, JP

Running Time: 151 mins

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

FSK: 0

“Carosi may lack some smoothness of line in her arias but she delivers them with fervour and strong tone and does not hold back in the Phaedra monologue, so the character which she projects is well drawn...Marianne Cornetti blazes forth in an unbridled release of big, powerful vocalism” International Record Review, September 2010

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Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur


Angela Gheorghiu (Adriana), Jonas Kaufmann (Maurizio), Olga Borodina (La principessa di Bouillon), Alessandro Corbelli (Michonnet), David Soar (Quinault), Iain Paton (Poisson), Janis Kelly (Mademoiselle Jouvenot), Sarah Castle (Mademoiselle Dangeville), Maurizio Muraro (Principe di Bouillon), Bonaventura Bottone (Abbé de Chazeuil)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Mark Elder (conductor) & David McVicar (stage director)

Starring Angela Gheorghiu as the celebrated French actress Adriana Lecouvreur and Jonas Kaufmann as her lover Maurizio, Count of Saxony, Cilea’s verismo drama explores celebrity, romance, jealousy, and death.

The trio of sublime voices is completed by Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina as Adriana’s jealous rival, the Princess de Bouillon.

David McVicar’s hit production – the first performance of the opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for more than a century – presents the life of the French actress as a blurring of the distinction between fantasy and reality.

The action revolves around a life-size Baroque Theatre, taking us from the bustle and colour of the first act backstage at the playhouse, to the bare final scenes as the drama reaches its fatal climax.

The DVD & Blu-ray contain bonus footage featuring interviews with the principal artists, Director, Set Designer and Conductor.

“Kaufmann and Gheorghiu radiate sexiness" (Financial Times)

“Gheorghiu is a dream" (The Independent)

“Gheorghiu is an inspired piece of casting for the heroine...There is an excitement about [Kaufmann's] voice and stage presence that is infectious, ...Borodina chews up the scenery, singing with a voice so commanding that it takes you aback...McVicar’s production is another treat, this time for the eyes...All told, then, this set is an absolute winner. It even supersedes Levine’s Sony CDs as an overall first choice for this opera in any format.” MusicWeb International, June 2012

“McVicar’s beautiful new production makes the strongest case possible for the work: you can almost smell the grease-paint in the theatre scenes, and the high-Classical splendour of sets and costumes is breathtaking. Gheorghiu gives one of the performances of her career...[Kaufmann's] nuanced, ever-responsive acting fares beautifully under the close scrutiny of the camera.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 9th April 2012

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Cilea: L’Arlesiana

Cilea: L’Arlesiana

sung in Italian


Stefano Antonucci (Baldassarre), Riccardo Angelo Strano (L’Innocente), Annunziata Vestri (Rosa Mamai), Mariangela Sicilia (Vivetta), Dmitry Golovnin (Federico), Christian Saitta (Marco), Valeriu Caradja (Metifio)

Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Coro Lirico Marchigiano V. Bellini, Francesco Cilluffo (conductor) & Rosetta Cucchi (director)

World Première

Set: Sarah Bacon

Costume designer: Claudia Pernigotti

An insane passion for a mysterious woman who, in the opera, is never shown. Federico wants her desperately, dreams of her, suffers for her, and step by step his mind begins to waver. The people around him try in vain to prevent this love from becoming a damning obsession.

This is a rare opera by the great Italian composer Francesco Cilea. Its famous aria 'Il lamento di Federico' has always been a favourite with tenors of all times. This recording also features the aria for tenor, 'Una mattina', written by Cilea for the opera’s first version and then lost, here in world première recording.

Directed by Rosetta Cucchi, a coproduction Teatro Pergolesi and Wexford Festival Opera.

Video Format/ Aspect ratio: 1 BD 25 1080 60i - 16:9

Audio Format: PCM 2.0 - DTS HD master 5.1

Subtitles: Fre, Eng, Ger, Ita, Jap, Kor

Region code: 0 – All regions

Recording date: September 2013

Duration: 106 min

Notes: English, Italian

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Dame Joan Sutherland’s Farewell Gala

Dame Joan Sutherland’s Farewell Gala

Recorded at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, December 31, 1990


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Bishop, H R:

Home, Sweet Home

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Cilea:

È la solita storia 'Lamento di Federico' (from L'Arlesiana)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Donizetti:

Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce! … Spargi d'amaro pianto (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Rossini:

Serbami ognor (from Semiramide)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano), Marilyn Horne (soprano)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Marilyn Horne (soprano)

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano), Judith Howarth (Adele), Nancy Gustafson (Rosalinde), Jochen Kowalski (Prince Orlofsky), Bonaventura Bottone (Alfredo), Louis Oley (Gabriel von Eisenstein), John Dobson (Dr Blind), Anthony Michaels-More (Dr Falke), Eric Garrett (Colonel Frank)

Verdi:

Parigi, o cara (from La Traviata)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

D'amor sull'ali rosee (from Il Trovatore)

Dame Joan Sutherland (soprano)


This special performance of Die Fledermaus was Dame Joan Sutherland’s farewell gala from the Royal Opera House after singing on the London stage for almost 40 years. In this gala, she sings in Act II with her two special colleagues and friends Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne. The celebrated dramatic soprano Joan Sutherland was born and grew up in Australia. She joined the Covent Garden Company in 1952 singing the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberfl öte. Amongst her numerous honours she was named Dame of the British Empire in 1979 and joined the Order of Merit in 1991. Even after her retirement from the opera stage she was frequently seen at major vocal competitions as adjudicator along with her colleague and friend Marilyn Horne. She died in 2010 in Switzerland, aged 83.

Special Feature:

Dame Joan Sutherland singing at the Australian Opera under the direction of her

husband Richard Bonynge: “D’amor sull’ali rosee“ from Verdi’s Il trovatore“

The Mad Scene” from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor| “ Casta Diva“ from Bellini’s Norma

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Audio Language: GB

Picture Format: 4:3

Subtitles: FR, DE, JP

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1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 223 mins

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Arthaus Musik - 109162

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Dinara Alieva in Moscow

Dinara Alieva in Moscow


 

Potpourri of Russian Songs - Homage to Deanna Durbin from the film His Butler's Sister

Arlen:

Over the Rainbow

Bernstein:

West Side Story: Mambo

Charpentier, G:

Depuis le jour (from Louise)

Cilea:

Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Falla:

Danse Espagnole No. 1 (from La Vida Breve)

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Giordano, U:

Fedora: Intermezzo, Act 2

Kalman:

Tanzen Möcht' ich (from Die Csárdásfürstin)

Lehár:

Meine Lippen sie Kussen so heiss (from Giuditta)

Loewe, F:

I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady)

Luna, P:

El niño judio: Zarzuela

El Niño Judío: De España vengo

Massenet:

Obéissons quand leur voix appelle (from Manon)

Adieu, notre petite table (from Manon)

Offenbach:

Orphée aux Enfers Overture

Puccini:

Manon Lescaut - Intermezzo

Strauss, J, II:

Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

Torroba:

La Marchenera: La Petenera


Dinara Alieva (soprano)

Masters of Choral Singing & Russian National Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian

Rising superstar soprano Dinara Alieva – a mainstay at the Bolshoi Opera since 2010 – has been entrancing opera and concert audiences throughout Europe and elsewhere ever since, appearing to consistent acclaim in major roles at many of the world’s top houses.

This exciting and consistently delightful live concert video – following her highly successful prior CD release on Delos, 'Pace mio Dio' (DE3462) – showcases not only her voluptuous voice, interpretive power and stylistic versatility, but also (thanks to the visual element) her stunning glamour and charismatic stage presence.

The varied and highly appealing program encompasses operatic favourites from such composers as Charpentier, Massenet and Cilea – as well as lighter fare from the Spanish Zarzuela and the Viennese operetta traditions, plus several beloved popular standards.

Woven through the vocal program is a series of scintillating orchestral bonbons courtesy of conductor Constantine Orbelian (per Opera News, “…the singer’s dream collaborator) leading the superb Russian National Orchestra and the vaunted Grand Choir, Masters of Choral Singing.

Also includes a Potpourri of Russian songs: 'Homage to Deanna Durbin', from the film 'The Butler’s Sister'.

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Gala Concert: 300 Years of St. Petersburg

Gala Concert: 300 Years of St. Petersburg


Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Cilea:

Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Leoncavallo:

Nedda! Silvio! A quest'ora che imprudenza (from I Pagliacci)

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Respighi:

Adagio con variazioni for cello and orchestra

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Tchaikovsky:

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Méditation in D minor

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)

Ya vas lyublyu 'Yeletsky’s aria' (from Pique Dame)

Verdi:

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)


Anna Netrebko (soprano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), Mischa Maisky (cello), Eliso Virsaladze (piano) & Viktor Tretjakov (violin)

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov & Nikolai Alekseev

This festive gala concert was held to mark the city's 300th anniversary, bringing together some of the greatest Russian artists: young soprano Anna Netrebko, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, such great instrumentalists as cellist Mischa Maisky and violinist Viktor Tretyakov.

World-famous St Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov in repertoire of fascinating variety.

Available for the first time on Blu-ray Disc.

NTSC · 16:9, PCM 2.0 · PCM 5.1

Region Code:All

Booklet Notes: English, German, French

Languages: Spanish, Italian, Russian

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Running Time: 112 mins

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Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden

Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden


Bizet:

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Bock, J:

If I were a rich man (from Fiddler on the Roof)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Boito:

Son lo Spirito che nega (from Mefistofele)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Cilea:

Acerba volutta (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

L'anima ho stanca (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Gounod:

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Lehár:

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Mascagni:

Son pochi fiori (from L'Amico Fritz)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Tu qui, Santuzza? (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Voi lo sapete o mamma (from Cavalleria rusticana)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Rota, N:

The Godfather theme

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Verdi:

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Anja Harteros (soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Ella giammai m'amò (from Don Carlo)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

O don fatale (from Don Carlo)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Morrò, ma prima in grazia (from Un Ballo in Maschera)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Wagner:

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Anja Harteros (soprano)


Badische Staatskapelle, Marco Armiliato

The Festspiel-Saison at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden culminated with Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Anja Harteros and Ekaterina Gubanova all on stage in this magnificent Opera Gala. The gala presented a diverse range of solo-arias and duets. Among the highlights, included works from Puccini’s ‘Tosca’, Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria rusticana’. Sony Classical are pleased to see this final concert from the Opera Gala come to life on this DVD and Blu-ray release, a must-have for any opera fanatic.

“The playing of the Badische Staatskapelle is decent – with excellent contributions from a busy principal cellist – and Marco Armiliato keeps everything ticking along well…there’s enough quality here to make this well worth seeking out” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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The Berlin Concert

The Berlin Concert


Bernstein:

Tonight (from West Side Story)

Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón

Bizet:

Au fond du temple saint (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Plácido Domingo & Rolando Villazón

Cilea:

È la solita storia 'Lamento di Federico' (from L'Arlesiana)

Plácido Domingo

Curtis, E:

Non ti scordar di me

Plácido Domingo & Rolando Villazón

Grever:

Júrame

Rolando Villazón

Lehár:

Meine Lippen sie Kussen so heiss (from Giuditta)

Anna Netrebko

Mascagni:

Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo

Massenet:

Le Mage - Ah! Parais!

Rolando Villazón

Puccini:

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Anna Netrebko

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)

Anna Netrebko

Rendine:

Vurria

Plácido Domingo

Rossini:

Semiramide Overture

Soirées musicales: La Danza

Rolando Villazón

Sorozábal:

La Taberna del Puerto – ‘No puede ser’

Plácido Domingo

Verdi:

Nabucco Overture

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Anna Netrebko & Plácido Domingo

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo & Rolando Villazón


Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazón

Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Marco Armiliato

“For all the reek of marketing hype, there's a real sense of occasion, our greatest living tenor benignly crowning superstar successors who promise comparable art and intelligence.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2007 *****

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