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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Stage Director - Christoph Marthaler

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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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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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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
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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
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“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
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

“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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Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida

Stage director Robert Wilson

recorded live in October 2004, at the Royal Opera House La Monnaie/De Munt in Brussels


Norma Fantini (Aida), Marco Berti (Radamès), Ildiko Komlosi (Amneris), Mark Doss (Amonasro), Orlin Anastassov (Ramphis), Guido Jentjens (Il Re di Egitto), Michela Remor (Una Sacerdotessa), André Grégoire (Un Messaggero)

Symphony Orchestra and Choir of La Monnaie – De Munt, Kazushi Ono

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 159 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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“As ever with Wilson's work, we are in a world and style influenced by Noh theatre and silent films with a kind of distanced, glacial, intermittently effective lighting plot. The effect is hieratical in the extreme and initially has a strange fascination, its simplicity of setting and acting having for a while quite a hypnotic effect. But as the work progresses, one realises one is seeing Aida as some kind of staged oratorio, with the principals never touching, and emoting, if at all, only to themselves.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2006

“Monnaie orchestra was in tip-top rip-roaring form, brass firm focussed and cutting edge, woodwind, specially the flutes, longbreathed and luminous, strings reaching to top and bottom of their ranges with exemplary certainty and clarity.” Opera

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Sullivan, A: Patience

Sullivan, A: Patience


Christine Douglas, Heather Begg, Anthony Warlow & Dennis Olsen

Opera Australia & The Elizabethan Philharmonic Orchestra, David Stanhope

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 130 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
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‘…Warlow from the first moment of his appearance on stage radiates star quality.’ The Financial Review

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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle


Christine Walsh, Kelvin Coe, Elizabeth Toohey & David McAllister

The Australian Ballet & The Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra, Noel Smith

Recorded live at the Adelaide Festival Centre in South Australia

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 104 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
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“Phenomenal dramatic impact… no other staging in recent memory has built upon such detail with such dramatic coherence” New York Times

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