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Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

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Verdi/Puccini: 3 Live Operas

Verdi/Puccini: 3 Live Operas


Puccini:

Tosca

in Rome

Catherine Malfitano (Tosca), Plácido Domingo (Cavaradossi), Ruggero Raimondi (Baron Scarpia)

Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI

Verdi:

Rigoletto

in Mantua

Plácido Domingo (Rigoletto), Julia Novikova (Gilda), Vittorio Grigolo (Duca di Mantova), Ruggero Raimondi (Sparafucile), Nino Surguladze (Maddalena)

RAI National Symphony Orchestra

La Traviata

in Paris

Eteri Gvazava (Violetta Valéry), José Cura, (Alfredo Germont), Rolando Panerai (Giorgio Germont)

RAI National Symphony Orchestra


Three milestone, award-winning productions of audiovisual opera film.

Top cast, including Plácido Domingo, Julia Novikova, Vittorio Grigolo, Ruggero Raimondi, Catherine Malfitano, José Cura, and Eteri Gvazava.

Live broadcast in 148 countries.

Sumptuously presented in luxurious box, including 160-page hard cover book.

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Naxos - NBD0052-54

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Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert

Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert


Massenet:

Vision fugitive (from Hérodiade)

Ah! Tout est bien fini... O souverain (from Le Cid)

Ravel:

La Valse

Verdi:

I vespri siciliani Overture

Spuntato ecco il di d'esultanza (from Don Carlo)

Dio, che nell'alma infondere (from Don Carlo)

L'esule

arr. Berio

Anvil Chorus (from Il Trovatore)

Ciel, che feci! (from Oberto)

Cento leggiadre vergini (from Il corsaro)

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

Wagner:

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

Freudig begrussen wir 'Entrance of the Guests' (from Tannhauser)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


Roland Villazón (tenor), Thomas Hampson (baritone)

Symphonieorchester und Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

A special outdoor “event production” with star tenor Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson. Conducted by upcoming star conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The programme includes popular arias, mostly from Verdi and Wagner.

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C Major - 716804

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Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida

Teatro Regio di Parma, February 2012


Susanna Branchini (Aida), Mariana Pentcheva (Amneris), Walter Fraccaro (Radames), Alberto Gazale (Amonasro), Carlo Malinverno (Il Re di Egitto), George Andguladze (Ramfis), Cosimo Vassallo (Un messaggiero), Yu Guanqun (Una sacerdotessa)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, Antonino Fogliani

Staged by Joseph Franconi Lee

C Major approaches the end of their Tutto Verdi project with a prodution of Verdi’s epic Aïda.

The performance from Teatro Regio di Parma is conducted by Antonino Fogliani, who has performed at Teatro alla Scala, Sydney Opera House, Teatro La Fenice and others.

The cast is led by Mariana Pentcheva – a regular performer at Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Teatro Real in Madrid and Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona.

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

RUNNING TIME: TOTAL: 165 MINUTES (OPERA: 154 MINUTES, BONUS: 11 MINUTES)

SUBTITLES: ITALIAN (ORIGINAL LANGUAGE), ENGLISH, GERMAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, CHINESE, KOREAN, JAPANESE, BONUS: ENGLISH, ITALIAN

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“a musically strong and visually spectacular production...In a very traditional staging, Lee brings an enormous amount of visual detail to the opera...Aida and Amneris lead with superb performances, extracting every ounce of the psychological drama of the later acts...The orchestra, under Fogliani’s direction, play with a brilliant palette of colours.” MusicWeb International, 3rd October 2013

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C Major TUTTO VERDI - 724904

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Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida

Recorded live at Arena di Verona, June 2012


Hui He (Aida), Marco Berti (Radames), Andrea Ulbrich (Amneris), Ambrogio Maestri (Amonasro), Roberto Tagliavini (The King), Antonella Trevisan (High Priestess) & Antonello Ceron (A messenger)

Orchestra, Chorus and Corps de Ballet of the Arena di Verona, Daniel Oren (conductor) & Gianfranco De Bosio (director)

The grand scale and magnificent acoustics of the Roman arena in Verona are ideally suited to the pageantry of Verdi's Egyptian opera, presented here in a staging that is true to the original 1913 production, framed by obelisks and sphinxes and filled with chorus and dancers. Chinese soprano Hui He has won international acclaim for her portrayal of the eponymous slave girl whose forbidden love for the war hero Radamés (Marco Berti, the experienced Verdi tenor) brings death to them both.

Filmed in the 2000 year-old Roman amphitheatre at Verona with 20,000 seats – the ideal backdrop for this epic production.

Filmed in 3D & High Definition in 2012.

2D/3D Hybrid Blu-Ray that will play on any Blu-Ray player.

Gianfranco De Bosio has revived the original 1913 production.

Conducted by Daniel Oren, Maestro of the Arena for 30 years.

Extra features: Cast gallery.

Running time: 150 minutes

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/JP

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“[Hui He] is quite magnificent, her silvery-toned soprano soaring above the orchestra. Add her involved and expressive acting and excellent vocal characterisation to a smooth legato line and I was bowled over...[Ulbrich] has the vocal heft and bite to come over in the large Verona Arena whilst her committed acting was also welcome.” MusicWeb International, 13th November 2013

“Ulbrich is a fiery Amneris. But it's the Ethiopians who carry the day, with Maestri's thundering Amonasro and, above all, Chinese soprano Hui He's Aida, vocally strong and passionate...And at its best 3D really does enhance your sense of being there.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ***

“Hui He is one of the world's Aidas of choice, and there's no denying that she's got what it takes...Berti, similarly, has a true Verdi tenor as Radames...Ulbrich is an impressive Amneris without a well-placed top couple of notes...Maestri, who looks as if he could stomp the Egyptians to death if he wanted to, sings and acts a monumental Amonasro.” International Record Review, February 2014

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Opus Arte - OABD7122D

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Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida


Tatiana Serjan (Aida), Rubens Pelizzari (Radames), Iain Paterson (Amonasro), Iano Tamar (Amneris), Kevin Short (Re), Tigran Martirossian (Ramfis), Ronald Samm (Messaggero), Elisabetta Martorana (Sacerdotessa)

Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, The Katowice City Singers’ Ensemble– Camerata Silesia, Polish Radio Choir Krakow & Bregenz Festival Chorus, Carlo Rizzi (conductor) & Graham Vick (stage director)

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Lake Constance, every production at the Bregenz Festival faces strong natural competitors. But with this first-ever production of Verdi’s “Aida” (in an abridged version) on the lakeside stage, it is easy to overlook the beauty of the surrounding nature. Stage director Graham Vick and set designer Paul Brown conjure up an “open-air spectacle of superlatives” (Die Zeit) that throws a bridge between ancient Egypt and today’s U.S. The stage effects are stunning: ruins of the Statue of Liberty pieced together with the help of giant cranes, boats carrying priestesses and prisoners – parts of the opera even take place in the lake itself! And in the Grand March – one of the most famous marches in opera – a golden elephant comes sailing into view on a barge¿ Under Carlo Rizzi, the Wiener Symphoniker brilliantly support the chorus and soloists, among whom Iano Tamar (Amneris) and Tatiana Serjan (Aida) stand out. Drawing capacity crowds of over 200,000 spectators in just one season, “Aida” is the festival’s most successful opera to date, even more successful than the “Tosca” production, which has been immortalized in the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”.

In this production from 2009 stage director Graham Vick and set designer Paul Brown conjure up an “open-air spectacle of superlatives” (Die Zeit). Photos of the stage went to all over the world.

Bregenz festival´s lakeside stage is known from the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”

Aida is Bregenz festival´s most successful opera ever!

Running Time 135 minutes

Picture 16:9, colour

Sound PCM Stereo, dts 5.1

Subtitles Italian (original language), English, French, Spanish, German

Packaging Blu-ray box

Booklet English, German, French

“The culture clash of the two communities comes across in some vivid images...The final minutes of the opera, in which Aida and Radames are borne skywards in a flying chariot, are truly breathtaking...Rizzi keeps a tight grip on every rhythm and despatches the opera in double-quick time.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, October 2010

“[Serjan] offers a lightish but cleanly produced spinto that relishes high pianissimo phrases...[Her] confrontation with Iain Paterson's Amonasro is powerfully done...the excellent Scottish bass-baritone makes the most of his imposing stage-presence...The choruses from Silesia and Krakow contribute admirably” International Record Review, September 2010

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C Major - 702404

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Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida


Violeta Urmana (Aida), Johan Botha (Radames), Dolora Zajick (Amneris), Carlo Guelfi (Amonasro), Roberto Scandiuzzi (Ramfis)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Daniele Gatti

Verdi’s epic drama of ancient Egypt comes to life in the Met’s monumental production, captured here in a breathtaking Live in HD presentation. Violeta Urmana stars in the title role of the princess-turned-slave girl, opposite Johan Botha as her lover and Dolora Zajick as her jealous rival. Maestro Daniele Gatti conducts.

“We are in an ancient Egypt reimagined by Cecil B de Mille...So what's it all about? The thing that the Met does best, singing. Johan Botha is a stentorian Radames and in the later acts Zajick becomes a chilling Amneris. But it's Violeta Urmana's Aida who steals the show with melting pianissimos and thrilling top notes. Do they act? Of course not, they emote. Is there a single idea on stage. Don't be silly. Just lie back and wallow.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 ***

“How satisfying it is to have a production of Aida that looks like a production of Aida: no Nazi uniforms, machine guns or alien spacecraft...[Botha] is on form...his unclouded timbre having a sound middle and a ringing top, and his held notes on high certainly are steady...There are some roles in which Urmana takes something of a hell-for-leather approach, but her Aida has many subtle touches.” International Record Review, October 2011

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Decca - 0743429

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Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida

Live Recording from The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Firenze 2011


Hui He (Aida), Marco Berti (Radamès), Luciana D’Intino (Amneris), Ambrogio Maestri (Amonasro), Roberto Tagliavini (Il Re), Giacomo Prestia (Ramfis)

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta (conductor) & Ferzan Ozpetek (stage director)

Set Design by DANTE FERRETTI

Zubin Mehta conducts Aida, Verdi’s most spectacular and over-the-top opera, in a new production from the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Starring Marco Berti, Luciana D’Intino and Hui He. Verdi’s Aida is one of the most popular operas of all time. It premiered at the Cairo Opera House on Christmas Eve, 1871, and was an immediate commercial success. The plot of Aida is filled with political intrigue, love, betrayal, passion, and vengeance, and has captivated audiences for generations. What piqued general curiosity about this new production of Aida was undoubtedly the operatic debut of Ferzan Ozpetek, a Turkish auteur who, after settling in Italy as a student, has become one of the most prominent directors of Italian cinema in the last decade, directing acclaimed films as “La finestra di fronte” (Facing Windows) and “Mine Vaganti” (Loose Cannons).

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES, JP, Korean

Running Time: 151 mins

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

FSK: 0

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Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida


Hui He (Aida), Fabio Sartori (Radamès), Giovanna Casolla (Amneris), Ambrogio Maestri (Amonasro), Adrian Sampetrean (Ramfis), Roberto Tagliavini (The King)

Orchestra, chorus, ballet of the Verona Arena, Omer Meir Wellber

Since 1913 operatic performances have been given in the Arena of Verona in Summer, with more than 17,000 spectators enjoying the show every evening. 'Aida' is the most popular opera of Verona Festival, the only one performed every year. 'Aida', the masterpiece which gave life to the Opera Festival in the Arena 100 years ago, was presented in two different versions: a revival of the 1913, that was launched with Zenatello singing; and a new one from Catalan theatre group La Fura des Baus.

La Fura opened the Centenary Festival: this version of 'Aida' was completely wacky: fire, inflatable sculptures, an aluminium pyramid assembled by crane, acrobats, mechanical camels, men in orange boiler suits with scarab beetle heads riding bumper cars, flooding the stage to make a lake inhabited by dancers dressed as crocodiles, solar panels… Under the night sky, it was a visual feast. This 'Aida' with its spectacular scenic techniques and technology, was directed by Carlus Padrissa and Àlex Ollé; choreography by Valentina Carrasco; set design Roland Olbeter; costume designer, Chu Uroz. The lighting is the work of Arena veteran, Paolo Mazzon. For Maestro Omer Meir Wellber this was his first time on the podium of the amphitheatre.

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC404

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Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida

Recorded: Teatro alla Scala, 1986


Maria Chiara (Aida), Luciano Pavarotti (Radames), Ghena Dimitrova (Amneris), Leo Nucci (Amonasro), Paata Burchuladze (Ramfis), Luigi Roni (Il Re di Egitto ), Madelyn Renée (Una Sacerdotessa), Ernesto Gavazzi (Un Messaggero)

Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala, Lorin Maazel (conductor) & Luca Ronconi (director)

"An opera for Cairo!", Verdi is said to have exclaimed. He would certainly have been delighted with this magnificent production. It was a triumphant success when it opened at la Scala in December 1985 and Luciano Pavarotti's long-awaited performance as Radames - his first in Italy - was greeted with rapturous applause.

In this live recording of that production, Pavarotti heads an exceptional cast with Ghena Dimitrova, Maria Chiara and Juan Pons all in peak form.

Lorin Maazel's reading of the score shows a rare understanding of Verdi's music.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 | Original Language: IT

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES, NL | Running Time: 160 mins

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Region: worldwide

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Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109087

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Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida


Kristin Lewis (Aida), Fabio Sartori (Radames), Anita Rachvelishvili (Amneris), George Gagnidze (Amonasro), Matti Salminen (Ramfis), Carlo Colombara (Il Re), Azer Rza-Zada (Messagero), Chiara Isotton (La gran Sacerdotessa)

La Scala, Zubin Mehta

STAGED BY: Peter Stein

Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Aida at La Scala in Milan is an experience in itself. Consequently, this new production is an event barely to be surpassed, especially when played before La Scala’s notoriously critical audience. Legendary stage director Peter Stein succeeds in delivering a lucid production acclaimed in equal measure by the press and public.

Great cast: Zubin Zehta, Carlo Colombara, Anita Rachvelishvili, Kristin Lewis, Fabio Sartori, Matti Salminen, George Gagnidze, Chiara Isotton.

RECORDING DATE: La Scala, 2015

SOUND FORMAT Blu-ray: PCM 2.0, dts-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 151 MINS

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C Major - 732304

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