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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Stage Director Lluis Pasqual


Carlos Álvarez, Alfred Reiter, María Bayo, José Bros, Sonia Ganassi, Lorenzo Regazzo, Antonio López & José Moreno

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real & Madrid Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Víctor Pablo Pérez

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 208 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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‘Beautiful and descriptive stage design by Ezio Frigerio … he has looked into every minimal detail… Bravissimo Carlos Alvarez, on top of his spectacular vocal power, full of harmonics, he creates a powerfully deep character, with textbook dramatic and stage determination… José Bros is a luminous vocalist, showing a confident and perfect line of singing.’ L’Opera

“Updating is more or less de rigueur in today's operatic circles and Madrid once again comes up with the goods in a wholly plausible re-siting of Giovanni to 1940s Spain. The transfer of the various scenes is by and large convincing and Lluis Pasquel's perceptive ideas about the characters illuminate afresh the familiar story, with the opera's saturnine side very much to the fore.
Carlos Álvarez, a Giovanni recalling in voice George London in the part, wholly dominates this opera with a nasty, driven reading of the lecher and bully. Like London, he sings with dark-hued intensity throughout. His must be the best Don about today. By his side is Lorenzo Regazzo as Leporello: he proves a wonderfully resourceful actor and singer, and a proper alter ego to his master. Their enactment of the cemetery scene is masterly in all respects.
José Bros is a concerned Ottavio, whose longbreathed 'Il mio tesoro' is a wonder. Much the most exciting of the female singers is Sonia Ganassi's deeply felt, urgently sung Elvira, her 'Mi tradì' a bravura performance. María Bayo seems over-parted and uninteresting as Anna, and the Zerlina is ordinary, as is her Masetto.
Underlining the whole venture is the keenly shaped, fast-moving musical direction of Victor Pablo Pérez, a conductor obviously worth watching. Speeds are on the fast side, welcome in this long work and well tailored to the cast.
The Madrid Symphony is its customary alert self. The same can be said for Robin Lough's video direction.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Bellini: Norma

Bellini: Norma

Stage Director Guy Joosten


Hasmik Papian, Hugh Smith, Irini Tsirakidis, Giorgio Giuseppini, Anna Steiger & Carlo Bosi

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra & Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Julian Reynolds

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 187 Mins
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‘Armenian soprano Hasmik Papian… portrays her Norma confidently, with lyrical and passionate passages, flexible and temperamental…’ NRC Handelsblad°

“Any production of Norma stands or falls on the performance of the title-role. In this attractive but ultimately bizarre and cold staging, Hasmik Papian proves herself equal to the part's demands. The action is played as if at a dress-rehearsal of the opera. The three principal singers are shown preparing backstage, unpacking their costumes, applying make-up, and it soon becomes clear that the plot of the opera is being reproduced in their own private lives: the prima donna has the mezzo-soprano as her real-life rival for the tenor's affection. Julian Reynolds conducts the Netherlands CO in a satisfyingly vigorous account of this notoriously difficult score.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2006

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Khachaturian: Spartacus

Khachaturian: Spartacus


Steven Heathcote, Lisa Pavane, Greg Horsman, Adam Marchant, Robert Marshall, Stephen Morgante, Ulrike Lytton & Fiona Tonkin

Australian Ballet & State Orchestra Victoria, Ormsby Wilkins

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 121 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
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‘The Australian Ballet production is a Roman epic with many spectacular elements.’ The Herald

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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Stage Director - Christoph Marthaler

Illustrated Synopsis & Cast Gallery


Lorenzo Regazzo (Figaro), Heidi Grant Murphy (Susanna), Peter Mattei (Count), Christiane Oelze (Countess), Christine Schäfer (Cherubino), Helene Schneiderman (Marcellina), Roland Bracht (Bartolo), Burkhard Ulrich (Basilio), Eberhard Francesco Lorenz (Curzio), Frédéric Caton (Antonio), Cassandre Berthon (Barbarina)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Opéra national de Paris, Sylvain Cambreling

Bonus Feature: A day of real madness – A documentary film by Reiner E. Moritz, including interviews with the cast and creative crew.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 261 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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“Update is the imperfect noun we use. Christoph Marthaler's production has transposed 18th-century upstairs-downstairs to bridal retail in 2001. We get Mozart's music and Da Ponte's words, subject to Mr. Marthaler's cheerful interventions and interpolations, but everyone onstage dresses like you and me. Christine Schäfer's Cherubino is the most successful transplant. With her T-shirt, hip-hop jeans, mop wig and chewing gum, Ms. Schäfer sings sweetly and argues well for the lovesick page as ghastly 21st-century teenager... Lorenzo Regazzo is a natural born Figaro” New York Times

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Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges

Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges

Stage Director - Laurent Pelly


Alain Vernhes, Martial Defontaine, François Le Roux, Serghei Khomov, Sandrine Piau, Anna Shafajinskaja & Sir Willard White

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir of De Nederlandse Opera, Stéphane Denève

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 145 Mins
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‘A wonderful spectacle… A masterful staging of Prokofiev’s Love for three oranges from DNO. … Seldom have we seen such a successful synthesis of music, image and wit on the operatic stage.’ Het Parool

“Director-designer Laurent Pelly's quirkily stylish costumes and Chantal Thomas's mobile giant playing-cards rule this lavish Amsterdam production of Prokofiev's fairy-tale satire. The spectacle of the first two princesses drooping on the point of death from their citric prisons is briefly horrifying; the love duet between the third, sung with affecting simplicity by Sandrine Piau, and her fast-maturing prince has a surprising truthfulness. A reliable ensemble of singers yields the palm, though, to the astonishingly full-blooded playing of the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Denève...” BBC Music Magazine, October 2006 ****

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - October 2006

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Hérold: La Fille mal gardée

Hérold: La Fille mal gardée


Fiona Tonkin, David McAllister, Ray Powell, Stephen Morgante, Roy Wilson, Mark Brinkley & Ricardo Ella

State Orchestra of Victoria & The Australian Ballet, Noel Smith

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 104 Mins
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Britten: Gloriana

Britten: Gloriana

Director: Phyllida Lloyd


Josephine Barstow (Elizabeth I), Tom Randle (Essex), Emer Mcgilloway (Lady Essex), David Ellis (Mountjoy), Susannah Glanville (Lady Penelope Rich), Eric Roberts (Cecil), Clive Bayley (Raleigh)

Chorus of Opera North & English Northern Philharmonia, Paul Daniel

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 140 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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“This is unquestionably among the finest opera films ever made. Phyllida Lloyd's Opera North staging vindicated this problematic piece, but the film she also directed… takes it to new heights of intensity. Lloyd's camera flows between stage and backstage... This is not gimmickry; it captures the rhythm of the action and the changing scenes with exciting immediacy one moment, deep intimacy the next, staring mirror-close into Barstow's deeply expressive features...The fine ensemble cast survives such potentially cruel exposure through sheer involvement...” BBC Music Magazine, September 2006 *****

“an unforgettable portrayal of Gloriana, imperious, fickle, dangerous, noble and in the great final scene when she reviews her life, devastatingly moving. This is a performance to class with Callas’s Tosca in its total believability.’” Sunday Telegraph

“Barstow's portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I could not be more magisterial and Tom Randle's Essex is hardly less convincing. A very strong cast with a strong sense of dramatic purpose and a first-class orchestral response under Paul Daniel.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - September 2006

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Rameau: In Convertendo, grand motet

Rameau: In Convertendo, grand motet


Nicolas Rivenq, Sophie Daneman, Jeffrey Thompson & Olga Pitarch

Orchestra and Chorus of Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 91 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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‘These motets contain gorgeous music: they are to some degree concert music as much as religious music, and indeed the version of In Convertendo that has survived is the revised one for the Concert Spirituel. Lengthy orchestral parts, ravishing solos accompanied by flutes, occasional interludes with oboes and bassoons, make a lot of the music lyrical, if not elegiac.’ www.medieval.org

“The tendency to divide top honours in the high Baroque between Bach and Handel seems most unfair when Rameau is on the menu. What an astonishing musical imagination! The performance of the early, breathtakingly inventive motet, In convertendo, is mostly excellent... The documentary on Rameau has much charm and offers some sound historical insights.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2006 ****

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Britten: The Turn of the Screw

Britten: The Turn of the Screw


Eilene Hannan (Governess), Anson Austin (Prologue/Quint), Margaret Haggart (Mrs Grose), Wendy Dixon (Miss Jessel), Patrick Littlemore (Miles), Lanette Jones (Flora)

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra & Opera Australia, David Stanhope

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 113 Mins
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“As the Governess, Eilene Hannan performed grippingly…The final scene, going from high drama to poignant grief, was arrestingly good” The Australian

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Rossini: La Gazzetta

Rossini: La Gazzetta

Recorded live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, on 1st and 3rd July 2005.


Cinzia Forte (Lisetta), Bruno Praticò (Don Pomponio Storione), Charles Workman (Alberto), Pietro Spagnoli (Filippo), Agata Bienkowska (Madama La Rose), Marisa Martins (Doralice), Simón Orfila (Monsù Traversen), Marc Canturri (Anselmo)

Orchestra Academy of the Gran Teatre del Liceu & Intermezzo Choir, Maurizio Barbacini (conductor) & Dario Fo (stage director)

World Premiere - this is the first ever recorded performance of Rossini’s La Gazzetta

The Nobel Prize-winning writer Dario Fo applies his inventive genius to Rossini's comic opera in its premiere DVD release. Recorded in 2005 under the musical direction of Maurizio Barbacini, Fo's production brings fresh vitality and colour to the story of Lisetta, and of her father's attempts to find a husband for her through an advertisement in the newspaper La Gazzetta.

‘…a tour de force of acrobatic silliness and barbed social satire. Of the cast, which included the inimitable Bruno Praticò and the lovely Cinzia Forte … it can only be said that it is difficult to imagine the piece sung or acted better.’The Financial Times

‘…ironic and sensual, friendly but with a light taste of satire, La Gazzetta by Rossini has been reborn in this production that has the distinctive stamp of Fo, who has been able to handle with strength the Rossinian chaos without neglecting - and here his major virtue - the music.’ El Periodico de Catalunya

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 163 Mins
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