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Shakespeare: The Tempest

Shakespeare: The Tempest


Simon Russell Beale (Prospero), Joe Dixon (Caliban), Mark Quartley (Ariel), Jenny Rainsford (Miranda), Simon Trinder (Trinculo), Tony Jayawardena (Stephano) & Oscar Pearce (Antonio)

Gregory Doran (director)

In a unique partnership with Intel, the Royal Shakespeare Company's production uses today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience. Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in a production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

On a distant island a man waits.

Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him.

Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.

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Opus Arte Royal Shakespeare Company - OA1249D

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Scheduled for release on 28 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Rossini: Guillaume Tell

Rossini: Guillaume Tell


Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell), Malin Byström (Mathilde), John Osborn (Arnold Melchtal), Sofia Fomina (Jemmy), Nicolas Courjal (Gesler), Alexander Vinogradov (Walter Furst), Enkelejda Shkosa (Hedwige), Eric Halfvarson (Melcthal), Michael Colvin (Rodolphe), Samuel Dale Johnson (Leuthold), Enea Scala (Ruodi)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Damiano Michieletto (director)

Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt.

Rossini’s score, here performed in its original French, is one of his most outstanding and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OA1205D

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Scheduled for release on 28 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Strauss, R: Die Liebe der Danae, Op. 83

Strauss, R: Die Liebe der Danae, Op. 83

Salzburger Festspiele 2016


Krassimira Stoyanova (Danae), Tomasz Konieczny (Jupiter), Norbert Ernst (Merkur), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Pollux), Regine Hangler (Xanthe), Gerhard Siegel (Midas), Mária Celeng (Semele), Olga Bezsmertna (Europa), Michaela Selinger (Alkmene), Jennifer Johnston (Leda)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Franz Welser-Möst (conductor) & Alvis Hermanis (stage director)

Richard Strauss’ penultimate, satirically mythological opera Die Liebe der Danae (The Love of Danae, after a draft by Hugo von Hoffmansthal.

The Wiener Philharmoniker play under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst, under whom they “conveyed the glittering colors and lyrical intricacies of Strauss’s late score” (NY Times).

Krassimira Stoyanova, who is a regular fixture at the Salzburg Festival, is heading a truly supreme cast and emerges as the “one in a thousand, the true Strauss lyric-dramatic soprano who can soar and swoop, working miracles on phrases that never stop coming” (The Artsdesk).

Bass-Baritone Tomasz Konieczny, “sings this Jupiter almost unsurpassably” (FAZ), he “is so vocally majestic that Danae’s choice of Midas seems implausible” (Financial Times).

Alvis Hermanis’ colourful production brings oriental flair to the Salzach, his “staging was spectacular above all else” (Opera Today).

“Die Liebe der Danae” is narrowly linked to the Festival’s rich history. Due to conditions during World War II, the Salzburg Festival, which had commissioned the opera for summer 1944, couldn’t give the public premiere. Instead only a single dress rehearsal, attended by Strauss himself, was performed for an invited audience. Thereafter, the opera was staged in Salzburg only twice and very seldom anywhere else in the world.

“Once more, this very rarely presented opera returned successfully on stage, leaving the audience with unforgettable impressive images embedded in soft romantic sound.“ (Opera Online)

Picture: 16:9 -NTSC

Sound: PCM Stereo

Language: N/A

subtitles: N/A

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 126 mins

Production year: 2016

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EuroArts - 8024297028

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Scheduled for release on 21 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Klaus Florian Vogt (Parsifal), Elena Pankratova (Kundry), Ryan McKinny (Amfortas), Georg Zeppenfeld (Gurnemanz), Karl-Heinz Lehner (Titurel), Gerd Grochowski (Klingsor)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Hartmut Haenchen, Uwe Eric Laufenberg (dir.)

Last year’s “Tristan Und Isolde” was the successful first installment of an exclusive, multiyear partnership between Deutsche Grammophon and the Bayreuth Festival, in which the Yellow Label became the exclusive audiovisual partner of the mythical Wagner festival, releasing each edition's new production on DVD/Blu-ray (see press release attached)

This year, we are proud to release on DVD/Blu-ray the celebrated production of “Parsifal” which was premiered on 25 July 2016, directed by Uwe Eric Laufenberg and conducted by Hartmut Haenchen

Hartmut Haenchen in his belated Bayreuth debut conducts from his own edition of the score

With Klaus Florian Vogt “as a powerfully heroic Parsifal (…), the beautiful gold, silver piercing iron of Elena Pankratova’s voice as Kundry” (…), Georg Zeppenfeld as a slim Gurnemanz providing unparalleled vocal command (...) and Ryan McKinny as a noble and agonised Amfortas.” (Telegraph)

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DG - 0735350

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Scheduled for release on 21 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Molière

Molière

A film by Ariane Mnouchkine


With 120 actors, 600 participants, 1300 costumes, 220 sets, and after two years of work, this film tells the fascinating story of Molière over four hours, and explores the century that he lived in. How did this young boy, born in 1622 to an upholsterer and a loving mother that he was to loose too soon, become the prodigious actor, and universally acclaimed author that was so well-known, and yet so little was known about him? From his childhood to his death, we follow Molière and his travelling companions, in their joy, misery and glory throughout a savage yet refined XVIIth century France, sharing their first theatrical adventures, their successes and failures, their valiant struggles and moments of cowardice. This familiar and spectacular saga where the devout clash with the libertine, and famished peasants with wigged courtesans, is about the life of an honest man who exhausts himself in an unceasing struggle to practice his art in a century filled with repression and violent hypocrisy.

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC503

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$23.25

Scheduled for release on 14 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Le Dernier Caravanserail (Odyssées)

Le Dernier Caravanserail (Odyssées)


A film by the Théâtre du Soleil

Directed by Ariane Mnouchkine

Le Dernier Caravanserail (Odyssées) is a series of stories, scraps of destinies, bits of the lives of men and women – of those 'refugees', 'illegals' and 'migrants' who term themselves, with greater dignity, 'travellers'. This is a veritable ocean of time-battered odysseys, sometimes heroic, sometimes commonplace, and always dramatic.

Initially a work for the theatre, first performed by the Théâtre du Soleil in 2003, Le Dernier Caravanserail (Odyssées) is now a film. A whole new artistic adventure using the cinema to bring even greater depth to the virtually inexhaustible original material, and intended above all to keep the promise made to those whose stories are being told: to give them a hearing.

Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER

Booklet : FR | 36 pages

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC319

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$29.00

Scheduled for release on 14 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Mikael Karlsson & Alexander Ekman: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mikael Karlsson & Alexander Ekman: Midsummer Night’s Dream


Dragos Mihalcea (The Dreamer), Jenny Nilsson (Hostess), Sarah-Jane Brodbeck (Mistress), Lea Ved, Ross Martinson, Amanda Åkesson, Devon Carbone (Love Couples), Daria Ivanova, Desislava Stoeva (The Dreamwomen), Johnny Mcmillan (Mr Canon), Ross Martinson (A Bubbler) & Daniel Norgren-Jensen (A Chef On Pointe)

Royal Swedish Ballet

A piece by Alexander Ekman

Music Mikael Karlsson

Vocals Anna Von Hausswolff

Lyrics Mikael Karlsson, Anna Von Hausswolff

Set Design Alexander Ekman

Sound Design Mikael Karlsson, Alexander Ekman

Chorographical prodigy Alexander Ekman created his Midsummer Night’s Dream in April 2015 for the Royal Swedish Ballet at the Stockholm Opera. It is a powerful, contemporary piece that explores the energy and the mysteries conjured up by the summer solstice in the Scandinavian tradition. A vast and ambitious project, Midsummer Night’s Dream is danced by the Royal Swedish Ballet and set to a music by Mikael Karlsson. Swedish star pop singer Anna von Hausswolff sings throughout this one-of-a-kind production.

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC141

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$23.25

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem

Live at the Hollywood Bowl, LA, 2013


When the revered writer Alessandro Manzoni died in 1873, Verdi was unable to bring himself to attend the funeral. Instead he composed his monumental Messa da Requiem in Manzoni’s memory and conducted its first performance on the first anniversary of the writer’s death. In addition to its profound spirituality, the work also brings together all the finest qualities familiar from Verdi’s operas, qualities that include endless melodic lines and powerful musico-dramatic effects. The present performance was recorded in Los Angeles’s legendary Hollywood Bowl in August 2013 and brought together three superstars from the world of music: the conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the tenor Vittorio Grigolo and the bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, all of them at the top of their form. 'It was an important and exceptional evening … That experience involved a radical and wondrous rethinking of the Requiem on Dudamel‘s part' (Los Angeles Times).

Bonus - Behind the scenes + Interviews and rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel

Running Time - Total: 116 mins Concert: 98 mins / Bonus: 18 mins

Picture- 16:9, HD

Sound - DVD: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1

NTSC: DVD

Booklet - English, German, French

Subtitles - Latin (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BONUS: English, German

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C Major - 741208

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Verdi: Don Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo


Michele Pertusi (Philip II, the King of Spain), José Bros (Don Carlo, Infante of Spain), Vladimir Stoyanov (Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa), Ievgen Orlov (The Great Inquisitor), Simon Lim (A monk), Serena Farnocchia (Elisabeth de Valois), Marianne Cornetti (Princess Eboli), Lavinia Bini (Tebaldo, page to Elisabeth), Gregory Bonfatti (The Count of Lerma/ Royal herald) & Marina Bucciarelli (A voice from Heaven)

Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini & Chorus of the Teatro Regio di Parma, Daniel Oren

First performed in French at the Paris Opera in 1867, Don Carlo is in many ways an amazingly innovative work. The opera seems to underline Verdi's shift from the Manichean division between good and evil, which had been a clear, structural element of his dramaturgy up to that point in his career. In this opera, Verdi assembles all his mainstay music theatre themes: power, with its honors and burdens; the contrasts of impossible love; the conflict between father and son; and an oppressed people demanding freedom. Verdi radically revised the score in 1883, using an Italian libretto and reducing the opera from five acts to four. The popularity of Don Carlo has grown unremittingly ever since, with today's critics almost unanimously recognizing it as one of Verdi's greatest masterpieces, an opera that continues to reveal new gems. Daniel Oren is fully in control on the podium, ensuring unanimity between orchestra and singers. The Maestro softens teh dark tones of the score, which are well reflected in the visuals, choosing instead to emphasize the various changes of mood.

First performed in French at the Paris Opera in 1867, Don Carlo is in many ways an amazingly innovative work. The opera seems to underline Verdi’s shift from the Manichean division between good and evil, which had been a clear, structural element of his dramaturgy up to that point in his career. In this opera, Verdi assembles all his mainstay music theatre themes: power, with its honours and burdens; the contrasts of impossible love; the conflict between father and son; and an oppressed people demanding freedom. Verdi radically revised the score in 1883, using an Italian libretto and reducing the opera from five acts to four. The popularity of Don Carlo has grown unremittingly ever since, with today's critics almost unanimously recognising it as one of Verdi’s greatest masterpieces, an opera that continues to reveal new gems. Daniel Oren is fully in control on the podium, ensuring unanimity between orchestra and singers. The Maestro softens the dark tones of the score, which are well reflected in the visuals, choosing instead to emphasise the various changes of mood.

Sung in: Italian

Video Format/ Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9 Audio

Format: PCM 2.0 - Dolby digital 5.1

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

Region code: 0 – All regions

Recording date & place: October 2016 – Teatro Regio di Parma, Italy

Duration: 182 min.

Notes: Italian / English

Packaging: AMARAY BOX

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Dynamic - 37776

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Scheduled for release on 14 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Amar: Pixel

Amar: Pixel

A choreography by Mourad Merzouki


Adrien M & Claire B Company & Compagnie Kafig

Pixel is a stunning contemporary dance performance for 11 dancers in a virtual and living visual environment. A work on illusion combining energy and poetry, fiction and technical achievement, minimal music and hip-hop. It opens a dialogue between the synthetic world of digital projection and the real bodies of dancers.

Mourad Merzouki, together with his Compagnie Käfig, has elevated hip-hop to the world stage. In doing so he has created a multicultural contemporary dance form which takes equal place with modern dance and other idioms of the genre. He has incorporated circus elements, martial arts, contemporary dance and puppetry, and brought in performers from Algeria, Brazil and Taiwan in order to develop his ideas. In the lead up to a recent UK tour the Financial Times called him ‘the ambassador of French hip-hop’ – a title which he truly merits.

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo

Language (Making of): French

Subtitles (Making of): English, Japanese

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

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Naxos - 2110386

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