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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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DVD Format: NTSC • Duration: 166 mins • Sound: 1 LPCM Stereo • 2 DTS Digital 5.1 Surround Subtitles: French (sung language), English, German

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Gardens and Parks of Europe

Gardens and Parks of Europe


Music by Chopin, Bizet, Brahms, Beethoven, Handel & Tchaikovsky


The Places

Gardens, formal and informal, French, Italian, German and English, are an important element of European culture.

The Music

The music chosen for this tour of European gardens and parks is matched carefully with the places chosen.

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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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An Evening With The Royal Opera

An Evening With The Royal Opera


Bizet:

La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Humperdinck:

Abendsegen 'Abends will ich schlafen gehn' (Hänsel und Gretel)

Diana Damrau (soprano), Angelika Kirschlager (mezzo)

Mozart:

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Miah Persson (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Non piu andrai, farfallone amoroso (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Erwin Schrott (bass-baritone)

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (from Die Zauberflöte)

Diana Damrau (soprano)

Pa-pa-pa-pa-Papagena (from Die Zauberflöte)

Ailish Tynan (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Puccini:

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Hibla Gerzmava (soprano), Teodor Illincai (Rodolfo)

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)

Inna Duka (soprano)

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Ekaterina Siurina (soprano)

Purcell:

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo)

Rossini:

Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture

Verdi:

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Renee Fleming (soprano), Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Di quella pira (from Il trovatore)

Jose Cura (tenor)

Patria oppressa (from Macbeth)

Chorus of the Royal Opera House

Parigi, o cara (from La Traviata)

Renee Fleming (soprano), Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Tutto nel mondo è burla (from Falstaff)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)


Bringing together a collection of arias and choruses from some of the world’s favourite operas, this disc showcases the outstanding artists and productions from the stage of the Royal Opera House.

The perfect gift for anyone who loves opera.

A unique collection from one of the world’s finest opera houses, showcasing the international opera stars and famous Royal Opera House productions.

The comprehensive packaging will include a synopsis of each opera, suggestions for further exploration of the catalogue and full subtitles.

International stars featured in the collection include: Jonas Kaufmann, Renee Fleming, Simon Keenlyside, Gerald Finley and Miah Persson.

Running time: 80 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/ES

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“all musically exceptional” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Live Recording from The Wiener Staatsoper, 1978


Elena Obraztsova (Carmen), Plácido Domingo (Don José), Yuri Mazurok (Escamillo), Isobel Buchanan (Micaëla), Cheryl Kanfoush (Frasquita), Axelle Gall (Mercedes), Paul Wolfrum (Le Dancaïre), Heinz Zednik (Le Remendado), Hans Helm (Moralès), Kurt Rydl (Zuniga)

Wiener Staatsoper, Carlos Kleiber (conductor) & Franco Zeffirelli (stage director)

Set Design by FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI

Arthaus presents a sensational filmed document from the musical legacy of Carlos Kleiber: The wonderful staging of Carmen by director Franco Zeffirelli in a live recording from the Vienna State Opera in 1978. 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 Zeffirelli staging is the only premiere that Kleiber ever conducted. In December 1978, the masterly Franco Zeffirelli created a colourful and atmospheric imagery while the musical genius of Kleiber drew from the music a rhythmic vitality and subtle passion that never lost its transparency and lightness.

Carlos Kleiber conducted an extraordinary cast. Plácido Domingo, still the young lyrical tenor, starred as Don Jose, 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. “The applause”, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, “threatened to last as long as a full-length opera”, and the legend of Carlos Kleiber’s Vienna Carmen was born.

Nearly 35 years has passed since then, and the Vienna State Opera has seen many a performance of the Zeffirelli production of Carmen, with singers who were certainly no less eminent than the first cast – but none of them have achieved the cult status the first night enjoys in the memories of opera- lovers. The reason for it surely lies in the conductor Carlos Kleiber, who directed that première and stamped it with his own personality.

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Subtitle Languages: FR (Original Version), GB, DE, ES, IT

Running Time: 154 mins

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“Star turns from Obraztsova's grand-scale gypsy, Domingo's corporal, Mazurok's bullfighter and Buchanan's fresh-faced village-girl. Kleiber's conducting is outstanding.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2012 ****

“Apart from its authentic Spanish settings and star performances this production owes much to the exacting standards set by Carlos Kleiber... Zeffirelli’s staging is complex and a joy to behold.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Recorded 2011 Teatro Real, Madrid

Flamenco version


Vanesa Vento (Carmen), Ángel Gil (Don José), Joaquín Mulero (Husband) & Jairo Rodríguez (Bullfighter)

Orchestra of the Teatro Real Madrid

Script, Choreography and Lighting Antonio Gades and Carlos Saura

Stage Setting Antonio Saura

Artistic Director Stella Arauzo

Created by Antonio Gades in collaboration with Carlos Saura, this matchless production shows how the explosive power and intensity of feeling in traditional Spanish flamenco can bring vividly to life the sultry passion, earthy emotion, love and rivalry that is Carmen.

Filmed in High Definition at the Teatro Real, Madrid for the 75th anniversary celebration of Gades’ birth, the ‘Compañía Antonio Gades’ performs Carmen to perfection.

Antonio Gades is one of the most influential figures in Spanish flamenco. He played a decisive role in getting the genre recognized by the contemporary art world. Gades started performing his choreography for Georges Bizet's Carmen in the 1960s, taking it all the way to the Teatro alla Scala, Milan. This was one of his most successful ballets. It was also brought to the big screen by Carlos Saura in 1983, a film that received an Oscar nomination and won the Jury's Award at the Cannes Festival.

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Carlo Colombara: The Art of the Bass

Carlo Colombara: The Art of the Bass


Bizet:

Votre toast je peux vous le rendre 'Toreador Song' (from Carmen)

Boito:

Ecco il mondo, vuoto e tondo (from Mefistofele)

Gounod:

Vous qui faîtes l'endormie (from Faust)

Mussorgsky:

Proshchay, moy syn (from Boris Godunov)

Rachmaninov:

Ves tabor spit (from Aleko)

Rossini:

La calunnia è un venticello (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Verdi:

Ella giammai m'amò (from Don Carlo)

A te l'estremo addio ... Il lacerato spirito (from Simon Boccanegra)

Vieni, o Levita! … Tu sul labbro dei veggenti (from Nabucco)

Mentre gonfiarsi l’anima parea (from Attila)


Carlo Colombara (bass)

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra & Prague Tchaikovsky Orchestra, György G. Ráth, Vladimir Ghiaurov & Fabrizio Milani

Described as “the great Verdian bass” (Le Figaro) and a “Mefistofele who stood out over all the others” (Der Neue Merker), Carlo Colombara brings some of the most famous bass rôles to life in this wide-ranging programme. Emotions range from the pride of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, through the terrors of Verdi’s Attila, to the tender recollections of Rachmaninov’s Aleko. Mephistopheles strides powerfully through both Gounod and Boito’s operas, and Rossini’s comic wit contrasts with the darkness of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.

In 1986 he won the prize for the best Italian singer in the G. B. Viotti Competition and the following year he won the As.Li.Co competition before making his début at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome in Ernani. His subsequent career has brought appearances in the most important theatres of the world, in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Vienna, Milan, New York, Zurich, Barcelona, where he now lives, Verona and elsewhere.

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