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Midsummer Night’s Gala 2015

Midsummer Night’s Gala 2015


Bizet:

Carmen: Prelude to Act I

Falla:

Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo)

Kalman:

Tanzen Möcht' ich (from Die Csárdásfürstin)

Grüß mir mein Wien (from Gräfin Mariza)

Lehár:

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

Massenet:

Pourquoi me reveiller (from Werther)

Porter, C:

Kiss Me Kate Overture

I hate men

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Sarasate:

Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25

Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43

Verdi:

Stride la vampa (from Il Trovatore)


Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo), Piotr Beczala (tenor) & Julia Fischer (violin)

Tonkünstler Orchester, Yutaka Sado

Grafenegg, home to the world’s best orchestras, singers and musicians, is set in the gorgeous wine-country landscape of Lower Austria - the historic castle and its beautiful gardens invite the audience to a spectacle of classical music inspired by nature.

The Midsummer Nigh’s Gala takes a musical stroll through the romantic landscape of Wachau, while lending the German top soprano Elisabeth Kulman, the tenor Piotr Beczala and renowned violinist Julia Fischer your ear.

The Tonkünstler Orchester is conducted by Yutaka Sado, one of Japan’s most distinguished conductors.

Enjoy a musical world tour with popular classics from Opera, Musical, Operetta and Film Music. For the finale be prepared for a wonderful surprise!

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

High Definition recording June 2014, Verona Arena


Ekaterina Semenchuk (Carmen), Irina Lungu (Micaëla), Carlo Ventre (Don José), Carlos Álvarez (Escamillo), Francesca Micarelli (Frasquita), Cristina Melis (Mercédès), Federico Longhi (Le Dancaïre), Paolo Antognetti (Le Remendado), Seung Pil Choi (Zuniga) & Francesco Verna (Moralès)

Chorus and Orchestra of Verona Arena, Henrik Nánási

Stage direction & set design: Franco Zeffirelli

Bizet’s 'Carmen' - one of the most beloved operas – staged at the world-famous Arena di Verona. This opulent production was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and sung by an international cast of excellent singers: Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, soprano Irina Lungu, tenor Carlo Ventre and Carlos Alvarez. The famous opera is staged as a colourful feast for the eyes, true to its source and convincingly acted by soloists, chorus and ballet alike. Conducted by Henrik Nánási it is a gloriously sung musical experience.

159 mins, subtitles in Italian, English, French German

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Recorded: Wiener Staatsoper, 1978


Elena Obraztsova (Carmen), Isobel Buchanan (Micaëla), Yuri Mazurok (Escamillo), Isobel Buchanan (Micaëla), Cheryl Kanfoush (Frasquita), Axelle Gall (Mercédès), Kurt Rydl (Zuniga), Hans Helm (Moralès), Heinz Zednik (Remendado) & Paul Wolfrum (Dancaïre)

Stage Orchestra, Orchestra and Chorus of the Wiener Staatsoper, The Vienna Boys’ Choir and Ballet of the Wiener Staatsoper, Carlos Kleiber (conuctor) & Franco Zeffirelli (director)

The Vienna Carmen from 1978 is a sensational filmed document from the musical legacy of Carlos Kleiber: the meticulous conductor only ever conducted a highly selected repertoire, and among his very few audio and video recordings are only seven complete operas.

The staging by Franco Zeffirelli is the only premiere that Kleiber ever conducted. The maestro conducted an extraordinary cast. Placido Domingo, still the young lyrical tenor, starred as Don José, and Elena Obraztsova gave a wonderful natural Carmen, a far cry from the usual she-devil erotic cliché.

The cast was completed by the young Isobel Buchanan, who stood in at this production at short notice, and included Yuri Mazurok who was later to become a high ranking Verdi baritone.

The Viennese audience in the opera house hailed the performance as a triumph.

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Running Time: 154 mins

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Gala Mariinsky II

Gala Mariinsky II

Live recording from Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg, May 2, 2013


includes

Bizet:

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Gounod:

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Mozart:

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Prokofiev:

Montagues And Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Verdi:

Nel dì della vittoria … Ambizioso spirto … Vieni t'affretta! … Or tutti sorgete (from Macbeth)

Wagner:

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)


With Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Plácido Domingo, Alexei Markov, Anna Netrebko, Yevgeny Nikitin, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Sergei Semishkur (Opera), Olga Esina, Kim Kimin, Anastasia Kolegova, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alexander Sergeyev, Vladimir Shklyarov, Oxana Skorik, Diana Vishneva (Principal Dancers and Soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet), Yuri Bashmet (viola), Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Denis Matsuev (piano)

Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is one of the most prestigious opera and ballet venues in the world. Built in 1860 and named in honour of Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Czar Alexander II, it is home to the famous Mariinsky Ballet as well as numerous international stars and ensembles. After the turn of the millennium it was painstakingly restored; and since 2013, St. Petersburg’s Theatre Square has been crowned with the “Mariinsky II” an imposing new arts and performance venue. At its inauguration on May 2, 2013, the highly gifted conductor Valery Gergiev led a veritable who’s who of the classical music world. Featuring gems from opera, orchestral music and ballet, and with modern dance interludes, the programme encompassed the history of the legendary venue from its beginnings to the present day. This broad historical span was symbolically represented by a bridge connecting the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky II. Arthaus Musik is now offering you a unique opportunity to own an enduring reminder of this unique performance, in which stars including Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Olga Borodina, Vladimir Shklyarov and René Pape supported by the Mariinsky Theatre chorus, orchestra and ballet celebrate the spirit of this illustrious establishment.

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Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Napoli 2014


Patrizia Ciofi (Leila), Dmitry Korchak (Nadir), Dario Solari (Zurga), Roberto Tagliavini (Nourabad)

Orchestra, Coro e Corpo di Ballo del Teatro di San Carlo, Gabriele Ferro

Staged by: Fabio Sparvoli

Bizet is more than Carmen. In his opera Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) you find melodies to die for and not only the vocal music is beautiful, but also the orchestral and ballet pieces too. The opera includes “Warhorse” romance in every tenor’s repertoire: “Je crois entendre encore”, the tenor-baritone duet “Au fond du temple saint”. The tenor “has the most beautiful romances, some of which are nothing less than exceptional, and able to ensure Bizet’s eternal fame.” (Corriere della sera)

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SUBTITLES: French (original language), English, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 118 MINS

“[Ciofi's] clear, incisive soprano catches Bizet's floating line and liquid coloratura with fluent ease, and she seems a touch mature only in close-up - alongside the youthful Dmitry Korchak, a fine lyric tenor needing only a little more power...Chorus and orchestra are well handled by Gabriele Ferro, and the recording is excellent.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 ****

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Vesselina Kasarova (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don José), Isabel Rey (Micaela), Michele Pertusi (Escamillo)

Chor der Oper Zürich & Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

In 2008 the Opernhaus Zurich staged this magnificent production starring virtuoso tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Don José and the Bulgarian Vesselina Kasarova as the flirtatious prima-donna of the title role. Mezzo-soprano Kasarova is dazzling as the tough-as-nails, beautifully unsentimental heroine – think classic Sophia Loren meets West Side Story.

Kaufmann, in the guise of a Spanish police officer, brilliantly portrays the blustering but naive Don José as a modern contrast of hard-edged machismo and out-of-his-depths vulnerability.

Director Matthias Hartmann refreshed one of the greatest and most popular operas of all time with touches of a contemporary setting and costume designs that emphasize the timeless archetypes of the characters. This production of Carmen enthralled audiences with the visceral physical quality of the performances, enhanced by a single panoramic set for all four acts that is stripped of the traditional Spanish styling.

Kaufmann superbly presents Don José as awkward, socially inept and doomed for disillusionment. Kasarova’s Carmen commands attention with a soft and sensual exterior that hides her ruthless and sinister heart in plain view.

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“Kaufmann is an immaculate Don José, living each turn of the drama vocally...However, it's [Kasarova's] Carmen who makes this production unforgettable. Not just her smoky mezzo dipping down into the chest register in the Habanera, but her gifts are an actress...All praise, too, for conductor Franz Welser-Möst and the Zurich Opera House Orchestra.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

“The work is performed with the Guiraud recitative but several of Hartmann's touches seems to want to emphasise its opera comique heritage...[Kaufmann] sings magnificently...despite some moments of self-indulgence...Pertusi's Escamillo is physically imposing but the voice lacks swagger.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“[Kaufmann] is his usual magnificent self. He looks great and the voice is on superb form, able to spin out long, legato lines softly and to release cascades of power when needed...Pertusi's Escamillo is bull-headed, but hs sings the role handsomely...Isabel Rey's Micaela is stereotypical but well sung.” International Record Review, December 2014

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Recorded 2 & 4 April 2013, Sydney Harbour

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour


Rinat Shaham (Carmen), Dmytro Popov (Don Jose), Andrew Jones (Escamillo), Nicole Car (Micaela), Ariya Sawadivong (Frasquita), Tania Ferris (Mercedes), Sam Roberts-Smith (Remendado), Luke Gabeddy (Dancairo), Adrian Tamburini (Zuniga)

Opera Australia, Brian Castles-Onion (conductor) & Gale Edwards (director)

“Nothing short of a visual spectacle, Gale Edwards' endeavour incorporates dance into almost every moment of the opera - a natural complement to Bizet's score that never has a dull note until the curtains close.” ABC Classic FM – review by Rohan Houghton

Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Korean

16:9 with 2.0 Lpcm & 5.1 dts digital surround

Extra features: cast gallery

Duration: 141 mins

“Shaham is a most voluptuous Carmen, raunchy and smoky-voiced...Andrew Jones’ Escamillo struts proudly and with self-assurance. It’s not surprising that this Carmen falls heavily for his manliness” MusicWeb International, 9th January 2014

“Castles-Onion is creditably together with his performers, literally and atmospherically...Shaham and Car are both strong vocally...The Sydney Carmen was clearly a tightly run ship, quite a triumph in the physical circumstances. So this performance is essentially sui generis” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“[Shaham and Popov] are convincing in all that they do, vocally and histrionically. Popov has a powerful sound, but there is more to his singing than sheer volume...[Shaham] produces a rich, lush sound with a baritonal base which involves no forcing.” International Record Review, March 2014

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Opera House, Sussex, on 17th August 2002


Anne Sofie von Otter (Carmen), Marcus Haddock (Don José), Laurent Naouri (Escamillo), Lisa Milne (Micaëla), Mary Hegarty (Frasquita), Christine Rice (Mercédès), Colin Judson (Remendado), Quentin Hayes (Dancaïre), Hans Voschezang (Moralès), Jonathan Best (Zuniga)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippe Jordan (conductor) & David McVicar (stage director)

Running time: 230 minutes / Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES

“Under the shrewd direction of McVicar, Anne Sofie von Otter gave us a gypsy of mercurial temperament…” Daily Telegraph

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A Musical Journey: France

A Musical Journey: France

A Musical Visit to Provence and a Carnival of Animals


Music by Bizet and Saint-Saëns


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A Musical Journey: Night Music Vol. 2

A Musical Journey: Night Music Vol. 2

Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic & Switzerland


The Places

The scenes shown all breathe an air of peace and tranquillity. Starting with an evening landscape in Bohemia, we move to a lake in the Tyrol, to the Museo Vela, with its gesso figures, Bavarian craftsmen fashioning glass and the Corniche near Cannes, in the South of France. Other scenes include the ancient Chapel of St Sixtus at Eygalières, the Church of St Jakob at Tramin, night in Madrid, and a nocturnal view of Seville, the whole culminating in the great Basilica of St Mark in Venice.

The Music

The music chosen, like the scenes it accompanies, suggest the calm of night. There are movements from Handel and Telemann, from concertos by Mozart for horn and for flute, and a Chopin Prelude. There is a Spanish element in the music of two French composers, Bizet and Massenet, and an air of nostalgia evoked in Fauré’s Pavane.

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