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Torroba: Luisa Fernanda

Torroba: Luisa Fernanda

Recorded live at the Teatro Real, Madrid in July 2006


Plácido Domingo (Vidal Hernando), Nancy Herrera (Luisa Fernanda), José Bros (Javier Moreno), Mariola Cantarero (Duchess Carolina), Raquel Pierotti (Mariana)

Chorus & Orchestra of the Teatro Real (Madrid Symphony Orchestra & Chorus), Jesús López Cobos (conductor) & Emilio Sagi (stage director

‘The production at the Teatro Real in Madrid was a top-of the-range version… Vidal is a peach of a role for Domingo: his voice easily commands its baritone range and he dominates the action, convincingly heroic in voice and figure and still able to project a greying virility in the style of Sean Connery. Nancy Herrara as Luisa and Jose Bros as Javier gave fine support.’ The Independent

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 105 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“…Emilio Sagi's elegant, minimal and warm-hearted staging gives it a full-scale operatic stylishness that is captured vividly for disc… Torroba's score pours enticing melody over traditional dance rhythms… Under Jesús López Cobos it sparkles with woodwind and percussion colour. Nancy Herrera's eloquent mezzo shines in heartfelt duets with both José Bros - a fluent, suave tenor... and... Domingo, who typically paces himself to intensify along with the drama.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2007 ****

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Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto

Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto

Stage Director: Filippo Crivelli


Enrico Fissore, Valeria Baiano, Antonella Bandelli, Carmen Gonzalez, Roberto Coviello & Paolo Barbacini

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Francis Travis

‘The greatest compliment for this production, both musically and visually, is that three hours was too short…’ Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 164 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

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Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann


Aquiles Machado, Milagros Poblador, María Bayo, Valentina Kutzarova, Konstantin Gorny & Katharine Goeldner

Chorus of Ópera de Bilbao & Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Alain Guingal (conductor) & Giancarlo Del Monaco (director)

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 185 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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“The greatest success of the season… superb Aquiles Machado… Bravísima Milagros Poblador…” El Mundo

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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello

an opera in four acts

Stage Director: Willy Decker


José Cura (Otello), Krassimira Stoyanova (Desdemona), Lado Ataneli (Iago), Vittorio Grigolo (Cassio), Ketevan Kemoklidze (Emilia), Vicenç Esteve Madrid (Rodrigo), Giorgio Giuseppini (Lodovico), Francisco Santiago (Montano), Roberto Accurso (Un Araldo)

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Antoni Ros-Marbà

Recorded live at the Gran teatre del Liceu, Barcelona in February 2006.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 151 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/CA

“…José Cura… sings and acts here with an inwardness and intensity which make a profound impression. So does Krassimira Stoyanova as Desdemona, not in the first flush of youth, but heartfelt and direct; while Lado Ataneli's Jago is a brilliantly understated study in jovial malevolence. With strong conducting from Antoni Ros-Marbà, the whole cast collaborate to give us the truth of this desperately upsetting work, as no other DVD and few live performances I've seen of it ever have.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2007 ****

“Verdi’s wise, passionate score was served with precision, gusto and a keen ear for drama by maestro Antoni Ros-Marbà and the solid, malleable Liceu orchestra” Opera News

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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev


Agnès Letestu, José Martinez, Karl Paquette & Muriel Hallé

Paris Opera Ballet & Paris Opera Orchestra, Vello Pähn

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 146 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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“…Wolfgang, the Prince's tutor (danced by Karl Paquette)… a sinister manipulator who doubles as the evil sorcerer, von Rothbart, and finally carries off swan queen Odette in an unhappy end. So Paquette's evil genius regularly makes up a Pas de Trois with José Martinez's unhappy prince and Agnès Letesty - mesmerising as she eloquently mixes mime and dance on Odette's first appearance and, as black swan Odile, all brilliant mechanical smiles switched off when the prince isn't looking.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2007 *****

“‘…their [Agnès Letestu & José Martinez] dancing was sensational, and Letestu in particular was magnificent. She was soft, lyrical yet aristocratic as Odette, as befits her slender, long-limbed body and her mime scene was of intense beauty. … Letestu is outstanding as Odile, both in her technical prowess and artistic interpretation.’” Culturekiosque

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - April 2007

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Opus Arte - OA0966D

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Kalman: Die Csárdásfürstin

Kalman: Die Csárdásfürstin


Deborah Riedel, Anson Austin, Roger Lemke, Roxane Hislop, Graeme Ewer, Robert Gard & Heather Begg

The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 154 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

‘…a totally enjoyable mixture of nostalgia and exuberance… eye-catching sets and sumptuous costumes… a radiant show.’ The Sydney Morning Herald

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Opera Favourites

Opera Favourites

A selection of popular highlights from the world's best-loved operas, presented by Peter Ross.


Featuring Joan Sutherland, Eva Marton and the artists of Opera Australia, Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra

Opera Australia, Carlo Felice Cillario, Richard Bonynge, Alberto Erede & Jun’ichi Hirokami

These highlights showcase the prodigious talents of Opera Australia and its gifted artists including: Joan Sutherland (Lakmé & The Merry Widow), Neil Rosenshein (La bohème), Lauris Elms (Il trovatore) and Eva Marton (Tosca).

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 90 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

‘Dame Joan … is enchanting, utterly at ease with the part, wholly lovable and genuinely merry.’ The Sydney Morning Herald

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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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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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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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