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Verdi: La Traviata

Verdi: La Traviata

Illustrated Synopsis & Cast Gallery

Stage Director - Pier Luigi Pizzi


Norah Amsellem, José Bros, Renato Bruson, Itxaro Mentxaka, Maria Espada, Emilio Sánchez, David Rubiera & Marco Moncloa

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid, Jesús López Cobos

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 175 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

‘Norah Amsellem’s Violetta flourishes - vocally and dramatically, nothing is a challenge to her… Thanks to Pizzi’s intelligence, every detail in the action works in this production… Jesus Lopez Cobos’ maturity is astonishing… his perfect conducting looks for emotion and finds it… This production is only waiting for a DVD to make history.’ Le Monde de la Musique

“Pier Luigi Pizzi's updating of Traviata to occupied Paris, first seen in 2003 in Madrid, might seem gratuitous, but because of his skill as designer and his experience directing singers, the new milieu hardly ever interferes, after the opening scene, with the central tragedy of Violetta's plight. That owes much to the freshness and immediacy of the portrayal by Norah Amsellem. From Violetta's first fevered entry to her agonising death she is totally absorbed in the role, acting and singing with the most eloquent feeling.
In the first scene we see her entering her soirée from her bedroom, the stage split in two – a slightly questionable idea – and she becomes infatuated with Alfredo in their Act 1 duet while on her lavish bed. It sounds gimmicky but as played by Amsellem and the sympathetic and stylishly sung Alfredo of José Bros it is totally convincing. The act ends with an all-consuming account of 'Ah! fors e lui', both verses, shaped in long lines and phrased with unerring conviction so that one forgives harshness when she presses on her higher notes.
Act 2 scene 1 is set in the drawing-room of a 1930s-style country villa. Here the central encounter of Violetta and Germont père is the emotional centre of the work, as it should be, with Amsellem and Renato Bruson acting and reacting to each other with rewarding rapport.
Bruson, at 69, sings with all the experience of his years and few signs of wear, and follows it with a masterly account of 'Di provenza'. In the second scene the whole company excels itself and the heroine is infinitely touching in 'Alfredo, Alfredo'.
In a stark, simple set for Act 3, this Violetta conveys her sorrow and terrified thoughts with inward passion. 'Addio del passato', again two verses, is notable for the length of line and exquisite phrasing Amsellem provides. She and Bros sing a near-ideal 'Parigi, o cara' before Violetta dies, a desperately tragic figure. Amsellem's slim figure and expressive face are notable assets in achieving her intelligent reading.
López-Cobos conducts an interpretation notable for yielding support of his singers combined with dramatic dash, and the Madrid orchestra play as though their lives depended on the results. No wonder this staging has received so much praise in Spain. Its preservation on DVD is welcome.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Pier Luigi Pizzi's updating of Traviata to occupied Paris… might seem gratuitous, but because of his skill as designer and his experience in directing singers, the new milieu hardly ever interferes… with the central tragedy of Violetta's plight. That owes much to the freshness and immediacy of Norah Amsellem. From Violetta's first fevered entry to her agonising death, she is totally absorbed, acting and singing with the most eloquent feeling. López-Cobos conducts an interpretation notable for yielding support of his singers combined with dramatic dash, and the Madrid orchestra play as though their lives depended on the results.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2006

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - September 2006

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Opus Arte - OA0934D

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Massenet: Manon

Massenet: Manon


Justine Summers & Steven Heathcote

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra & The Australian Ballet, Noel Smith, choreography by Kenneth MacMillan

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 110 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

‘A spectacular drama of lust, greed and death… raunchy in subject matter and robust in interpretation. It is also graceful, beautiful and moving, action-packed and highly entertaining.’ The Telegraph-Mirror

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Opus Arte Faveo - OAF4006D

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Cage: Cursive II

Cage: Cursive II

Choreography - Lin Hwai-min


Cloudgate Dance Theatre Of Taiwan

Cursive II is an exquisite meditation on the balancing of opposites, presented in an aura of mesmerising minimalism, allowing no distraction from the carefully filmed details of the dance.

Specials:

Dragon Flying and Phoenix Dancing - an introduction to Cursive II with Lin Hwai-min

Floating on the Ground - a documentary by Reiner E. Moritz, portraying Lin Hwai-min, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan and Cursive II in the context of the company’s history, including interviews with the choreographer, dancers and creative crew.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9

LENGTH: 147 Mins

SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO

SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT (Extra Features only)

‘Cursive II defines the beauty and poesy of dance… It is of a disturbingly, almost achingly painful beauty.’ Ballet International

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Opus Arte - OA0952D

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Sullivan, A: The Gondoliers

Sullivan, A: The Gondoliers


David Hobson, Roger Lemke, Suzanne Johnson, Christine Douglas, Robert Gard & Graeme Ewer

The Australian Opera Chorus & The Elizabethan Philharmonic Orchestra, Dobbs Franks

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 152 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

“costumes are dazzling; the choreography is exuberant; and every member of the cast gives the impression of enjoying their roles” Sydney Morning Herald

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Opus Arte Faveo - OAF4008D

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The Best of Joan Sutherland

The Best of Joan Sutherland

Featuring works by Donizetti, Cilea, Poulenc, Delibes & Lehár


Joan Sutherland

Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra & Elizabethan Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian Icon and declared National Treasure, has been described as the foremost soprano of our age and one of the greatest operatic artists of all time. This DVD contains highlights of her stage performances with Opera Australia, including many of her most internationally famous and highly acclaimed roles.

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 83 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

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Opus Arte Faveo - OAF4007D

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Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice

Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice


David Hobson, Amanda Thane & Miriam Gormley

The Australian Opera Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Marco Guidarini

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 108 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

‘This is a production of exceptional power and range.’ The Financial Review

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Opus Arte Faveo - OAF4005D

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Puccini: Turandot

Puccini: Turandot


Ealynn Voss, Amanda Thane, Kenneth Collins & Donald Shanks

The Australian Opera Chorus & State Orchestra of Victoria, Carlo Felice Cillario

Filmed at the Victoria Arts Centre Melbourne 1991

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 128 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

‘It was one of those meetings of great minds that you dream about, when the music and drama of the piece are reborn through the interpretative genius of an exceptional director.’ The Australian

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Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur


Joan Sutherland, Heather Begg, Anson Austin & John Shaw

The Australian Opera Chorus & The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Recorded Sydney Opera House 1984

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 140 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

“This is an excellently sung, played and staged production of this lovely, lyrical opera” Canberra Times

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Opus Arte Faveo - OAF4003D

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Benazir Hussain, Daryl Brandwood, Errol Pickford & Melissa Aurisch

West Australian Ballet & West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Nicolette Fraillon

Recorded at His Majesty's Theatre Perth 2002 in a Ted Brandsen production and Rodion Shchedrin's adaption.

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 55 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN (Introduction)

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Opus Arte Faveo - OAF4002D

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Sullivan, A: The Mikado

Sullivan, A: The Mikado


Anne-Maree Mcdonald, Graeme Ewer, Heather Begg, Peter Cousens & Gregory Yurisich

The Australian Opera Chorus & The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Andrew Greene

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 151 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

“Wit, ingenuity, and a veritable riot of colourful and restless spectacle continue to make The Australian Opera production of The Mikado an experience designed to seduce the eye, charm the ear, and tickle the rib.” Sydney Morning Herald

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