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Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864)

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Meyerbeer: L'Africaine

Meyerbeer: L'Africaine

Live from the San Francisco Opera House, 1988


Shirley Verrett (Selika), Plácido Domingo (Vasco da Gama), Ruth Ann Swenson (Ines), Justino Díaz (Nelusko), Michael Devlin (Don Pedro), Philip Skinner (Don Diego), Joseph Rouleau (Grand Inquisitor), Kevin Anderson (Alvar), Patricia Spence (Anna), Mark Delavan (High Priest of Brahma), S. Seigel (Priest)

Chorus, Orchestra and Ballet of the San Francisco Opera, Maurizio Arena

Stage direction by Lotfi Mansouri

Directed for television and video by Brian Large

Plácido Domingo as Vasco da Gama and Shirley Verrett as the African queen, whom he has enslaved, star in Giacomo Meyerbeer‘s spectacular grand opera L’Africaine, in a colourfully exotic production by Lotfi Mansouri, under the sensitive musical direction of Maurizio Arena. The visual splendour of Wolfram Skalicki’s designs matches the vocal distinction of the cast in this seldom performed masterpiece. Director Brian Large captured this magical performance from the San Francisco Opera House for video in 1988.

Blu-ray Disc with High Resolution Audio in 192 kHz

This series of Hi-Res Audio releases features the pure sound experience of studio master tapes, available digitally for the first time in their uncompressed form. The 24 Bit resolution with 192 kHz sampling rate enable a whole new way to listen to the original.

Sound Formats: PCM 192 kHz / 48 kHz

Picture Format: 4:3

Languages/Subtitles: FR (Original Language), GB, DE, ES, IT

Blu-ray Disc 50 GB (Dual Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 194 mins

FSK: 0

Region: worldwide

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Arthaus Musik Hi-Res Audio - 109181

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Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots

Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots

Live recording from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1991

sung in German as 'Die Hugenotten'


Angela Denning (Marguerite de Valois), Lucy Peacock (Valentine de Saint-Bris), Richard Leech (Raoul de Nangis), Hartmut Welker (Comte de Saint-Bris) & Martin Blasius (Marcel)

Deutsche Oper Berlin, Stefan Soltesz (conductor) & John Dew (stage director)

The grand opera Die Hugenotten was one of the greatest operatic successes of the 19th century, and its creator was hailed as the foremost composer of his time. Yet today, he is largely forgotten by the opera-going public and his works lie gathering dust in opera house repertories around the world.

Die Hugenotten was performed at the opening of the new Covent Garden Opera in London in 1858. However, it was a performance at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1890 which went into the history books. In the German translations by Ignatz Franz Castelli (1837 Vienna) and Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer (1838 Munich), the conflict between Catholics and Protestants was heavily disguised; a new version was created by Gustaf Gründgens and Julius Kapp in Berlin in 1932.

John Dew’s modern production, conducted by Stefan Soltesz, caused somewhat of a sensation when it was first performed in 1987 at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin. Giving the period and content of the work new reference points, his staging becomes almost oppressively contemporary: he sets the opera in divided Berlin, where the wall is a symbol of the separation of the two German states. Angela Denning, Lucy Peacock, Richard Leech and Martin Blasius fascinate with their wonderful voices and impressive acting.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Subtitle Languages: GB, FR, ES

Running Time: 156 mins

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

FSK: 0

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Meyerbeer: Robert Le Diable

Meyerbeer: Robert Le Diable

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, December 2012


Bryan Hymel (Robert), Patrizia Ciofi (Isabelle), John Relyea (Bertram), Marina Poplavskaya (Alice), Nicolas Courjal (Alberti), David Butt Philip (Master of Ceremonies), Pablo Bemsch (Second Chevalier/Herald), Ashley Riches (Prince of Granada), Jihoon Kim (Fourth Chevalier/Priest), Jean-Francois Borras (Raimbaut) & Dušica Bijelic (Lady-in-waiting to Isabelle)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Daniel Oren (conductor) & Laurent Pelly (director)

A grand opera that dominated the stages of Europe for most of the 19th century, Robert le diable is a masterpiece.

Director Laurent Pelly breathes new life into Giacomo Meyerbeer’s great spectacle and audaciously entertaining moral fable, in this colourful new staging for The Royal Opera. The wonderful score includes brilliant arias, dramatic ensembles, rousing choruses and a ballet of ghostly nuns, and with the wavering hero of the title sung by Bryan Hymel, acclaimed for his role as Énée in Les Troyens for The Royal Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, this is an unmissable experience.

Premiered in 1831, it was one of the first grand operas staged at the Paris Opéra.

Meyerbeer’s European fame was initiated with “Robert” – performed 470 times in Paris alone by the time of the composer’s death in 1864.

“It is a masterpiece...Meyerbeer has made himself immortal” (Frédéric Chopin)

Extra features: ‘The legacy of Robert le diable, and a cast gallery.

Running time: 122 minutes

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/JP/KR

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“Meyerbeer's vocal writing demands virtuoso singing, and receives that here. Bryan Hymel hurls himself unstintingly at the title role, impossible high notes and all. Marina Poplavskaya suggests the spiritual inspiration of Alice, while Patrizia Ciofi is a worthwhile if mature Isabelle.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ***

“Hymel deals skilfully with the title-role, reaching up to the high Cs, even at one point a D, with impressive ease. His nemesis, the devilish Bertram, is firmly sung by bass John Relyea...Ciofi rises to some heartfelt singing in Isabelle's big solo...Oren gets excellent contributions from the orchestra and chorus” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

“[Ciofi] makes a vital impression with her fluent coloratura, gentle cantilena, good legato, intelligent phrasing and pleasing tone. With her timbre contrasting with Poplavskaya's fuller sound, Ciofi is a huge plus mark...[Hymel] makes a pretty impressive job as he takes everything in his vocal stride.” International Record Review, September 2013

“[Hymel's] voice has a burnished, heroic quality above the stave that sounds very good...Ciofi does a brilliant job as Isabelle...but the chief hero is John Relyea’s Bertram...The cavernous depths of his voice sound bottomless...If you want Robert le Diable then this is the version to get”” MusicWeb International, 8th October 2013

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7121D

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