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Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Recorded live in Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam in June 2006

Stage Director - Martin Kušej


Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina Izmailova), Christopher Ventris (Sergey), Carole Wilson (Aksinya), Vladimir Vaneev (Boris), Lani Poulson (Sonyetka), Ludovít Ludha (Zinovi), Alexandre Kravets (Shabby Peasant)

Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

Bonus Feature: The Tragedy of Katerina Ismailova - A documentary film by Reiner E. Moritz, including interviews with Martin Kušej, Mariss Jansons and leading members of the cast.

WARNING: The strengths of this highly acclaimed production are largely due to its brutal and graphic portrayal of human emotions. Please be aware that the production contains stroboscopic light effects, nudity and scenes of a sexual and violent nature.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9

LENGTH: 236 Mins

SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO

SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

“a first-rate protagonist in Eva-Maria Westbroek, a Katerina of Jean Harlow-like allure, who had all the vocal power and stamina that the role demands” The Times

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Opus Arte - OA0965D

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Delibes: Coppelia

Delibes: Coppelia


Lisa Pavane, Greg Horsman & Colin Peasley

The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Noel Smith

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 106 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: N/A

“This Coppelia is a traditional ballet from start to finish and one that is timeless in the way of all the best-loved fairytales” Sunday Telegraph

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Opus Arte Faveo - OAF4019D

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Opera in the Outback

Opera in the Outback

Featuring a superb selection of songs from opera favourites such as Puccini’s Tosca and Madame Butterfly through to the popular classics of Richard Rodgers’ Carousel and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats.


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Adnyamathanha Women’s Choir & Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Robin Stapleton

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 85 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

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Opus Arte Faveo - OAF4016D

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Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

Stage Director - Giancarlo del Monaco


Inva Mula, Aquiles Machado, Laura Giordano, Fabio Maria, Capitanucci, David Menéndez, Felipe Bou, Gonzalo Fernández, De Terán, Juan Tomás Martínez & Alfredo Mariotti

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real (Madrid Symphony Orchestra and Chorus), Jesús Lopez Cobos

Recorded live at the Teatro Real, Madrid in March 2006.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 149 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

Enormous, captivating, awesome… a complete show…’ El Mundo

“This Bohème is a glorious vindication of traditional staging at its imaginative, re-creative best.
Giancarlo Del Monaco here turns his attention to the much more popular work and comes up with a humdinger of a production, beautifully set by Michael Scott in period, fast-moving and full of pertinent detail. The director has obviously had the support of his charges: seldom is a cast and chorus so responsive. In the pit López- Cobos's experienced hand is at all times in evidence, as he draws eloquent and lively playing from the Madrid Symphony, which doubles as the opera-house band.
Centre-stage is Inva Mula's appealing, vulnerable and intensely sung Mimì (justly given a tremendous ovation at the close). She sings with finely shaped and expressive phrasing, nowhere more so than in her Act 3 Farewell, and she is always believable as a consumptive. At first glance, Aquiles Machado hardly fits one's idea of a romantic poet but he lives Rodolfo with so much feeling and identification with the role that doubts are banished, and there is much sensitivity and passion in his singing.
A notable 'find' is the Marcello of Fabio Maria Capitanucci, a bold singer and natural actor.
The other Bohemians are youthfully engaging.
Laura Giordano is not quite at her best in Musetta's Waltz Song but elsewhere is very much inside her role: her exit on a bicycle in Act 3 is a nice touch. Robin Lough is the perceptive video director.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Building a Library

DVD Choice - June 2008

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Opus Arte - OA0961D

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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
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

‘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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Opus Arte - OA0958D

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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
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

‘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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Opus Arte - OA0959D

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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
SUBTITLES: N/A

‘The Australian Ballet production is a Roman epic with many spectacular elements.’ The Herald

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Opus Arte Faveo - OAF4017D

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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
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“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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Opus Arte - OA0960D

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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
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

‘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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Opus Arte - OA0957D

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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
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: N/A

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Opus Arte Faveo - OAF4015D

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