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Roberto Alagna

Born in France to Sicilian parents in 1963, Roberto Alagna was largely self-taught, working as a pizza-chef and busker in his youth before winning the Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition in his mid-twenties. He made his opera debut shortly afterwards at Glyndebourne as Alfredo Germont, a role which he has sung over 150 times in the world’s major opera-houses. He has a particular affinity with the French Romantic repertoire, with signature roles Don José, Gounod’s Faust and Roméo and the title-role in Werther, and has recently achieved success in Verdi roles including Radames, Don Carlo and Manrico. In 1996 he married the Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu: the couple rapidly gained a high media profile, collaborating frequently on disc and in the theatre before their eventual separation in 2009. In addition to his wide opera discography, Alagna has also recorded successful compilations of Luis Mariano and Mario Lanza, both of whom he cites as formative influences.

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Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette


Roberto Alagna (Roméo), Angela Gheorghiu (Juliette). Mercutio played by Pavel Novák / sung by Vratislav Krˇíž, Capulet played by Jan Šváb / sung by Aleš Hendrych, Frère Laurent played by Daniel Lipnik / sung by František Zahradnícˇek & Paris played by Marcel Acquarone / sung by Zdeneˇk Harvánek

Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Chorus played by members of the Czech National Opera / sung by Kühn’s Mixed Choir, Prague, Anton Guadagno (conductor) & Barbara Willis Sweete (director)

Shakespeare’s lovers never looked and sounded as good as in this romantic film adaptation of Charles Gounod’s beloved opera Roméo et Juliette, starring one of classical music’s most popular and successful couples, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu. A spectacular medieval castle and its surrounding countryside provide the breathtaking setting for this timeless tale of warring families and star-crossed lovers.

Conductor Anton Guadagno leads the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra through the opera’s beautiful arias and duets in this fresh interpretation of Gounod’s masterwork.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES, JP, KOR

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Running Time: 73 mins

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FSK: 12

“Romeo was Roberto Alagna’s finest role in the first half of his career, and the audio-visual documentation of his interpretation makes it entirely clear why he succeeded in winning over both audiences and critics.” Opera, November 2016

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Gounod: Faust

Gounod: Faust

Live from the Royal Opera House


Angela Gheorghiu (Marguerite), Roberto Alagna (Faust), Bryn Terfel (Méphistophélès), Simon Keenlyside (Valentin) & Sophie Koch (Siébel)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & David McVicar (director)

David McVicar's spectacular 2004 production of Gounod’s Faust, featuring a divine cast of opera’s superstars: Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside and Sophie Koch.

McVicar is one of the most innovative and in-demand directors, and his lush, haunting realised vision of Faust received glorious praise. The production revels in a gothic, seamy Second French Empire setting, with the Act V ballet “haunting the imagination long after” (The Independent).

“This is opera at its grandest and best” The Wall Street Journal

“Alagna depicts Faust's transition from Gounod-like ancient to cartwheeling young boulevardier and drug-addled Baudelairean decadent with energy and elegant phrasing...[Terfel] suggests the constant predatory menace beneath the musketeer panache with a curious dignity...[Pappano's] theatrical vigour banishes any trace of Gallic langour, a thoroughly un-fustian Faust.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 *****

“surely one of the finest achievements of DVD so far...Alagna dominates vocally in the name-role with a powerful heady lyricism...Gheorghiu sings gloriously as a delightful Marguerite, but the action is underlined by the splendidly bold panache of Bryn Terfel's Mephistopheles” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice

Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice


Roberto Alagna (Orphée), Serena Gamberoni (Eurydice) & Marc Barrard (L'Amour)

Teatro Comunale di Bologna Orchestra, Giampaolo Bisanti

Libretto Pierre-Louis Moline

Theatrical and musical adaptation in one prologue and three acts by David Alagna

Filmed in High Definition at the Bologna Opera, January 2008

THE PERFORMANCE: Roberto Alagna as Orpheus in his brother David's new version of Gluck’s masterpiece. A major event recorded in Bologna.

Opting for the French-language version of Orpheus, David Alagna was faced with the task of achieving an appropriately subtle adaptation. In a plot transposed to the present day, Eurydice dies in a car accident on the day of her wedding and Orpheus's quest for his beloved is a dream beginning and ending at the cemetery. No happy ending in this interpretation, but a new approach to characterisation:Amore, sung by a baritone, becomes a funeral parlour employee and Orpheus' guide. Orpheus, of course, loses his loved one forever by turning to look back. World famous tenor Roberto Alagna throws himself body and soul into this production. His incredible vitality, flawless timbre and diction make him a great Orpheus. His partner, young Italian soprano Serena Gamberoni, is simply stunning as Eurydice, while French baritone Marc Barrard is suitably terrifying as the guide to the Underworld. The orchestra is conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti, who masterfully brings out all Gluck's poetry, romantic melancholy and depth.

Colour, 16/9, NTSC - PCM STEREO, DOLBY

DIGITAL 5.1, DTS 5.1

Opera 104 minutes, Bonus : Backstage & interviews

Subtitles : FR, ENG, DE, SP, IT

Illustrated booklet: FR, ENG, IT

“The first of several fade-cuts… takes us to the scene of a car crash, where paramedics pull Eurydice's body from the wreckage. Thence to the graveyard, whence all that follows is Orphée's dream. If you can swallow the concept, the acting is detailed and humane, the Underworld a powdery fantasy of suspended animation. ...Robert Alagna's verismo Orphée is a perceptive study of sudden bereavement. Giampaolo Bisanti's conducting is fleet and finely accented...” BBC Music Magazine, March 2010 ***

“The opening scene is set at Orpheus and Eurydice's wedding. The couple are involved in a car crash and soon the action changes to the cemetery as Eurydice's coffin is lowered into the grave. …as Orpheus descends into Hades, the set changes to a more abstract vision of a frozen Hell with bodies suspended in mid-air... The whole production veers between the sublime and the ridiculous in about equal quantities. Roberto Alagna as Orpheus gives a performance of great intensity...” Gramophone Magazine, March 2010

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Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette


Roberto Alagna (Roméo), Leontina Vaduva (Juliette), Sarah Walker (Gertrude), Robert Lloyd (Frère Laurence), Peter Sidhom (Capulet), Paul Charles Clarke (Tybalt), David Wilson-Johnson (Le Prince), Jeremy White (Gregorio), François Le Roux (Mercutio), Anne Maria Panzarella (Stéphano), Richard Halton (Pâris)

The Royal Opera Chorus & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Charles Mackerras (conductor) & Nicolas Joël (stage director)

Sir Charles Mackerras teases the romantic beauty from Gounod’s score, which has been much admired and performed since its first performance, at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, in 1867. In this 1994 recording, the youthful Roberto Alagna as Roméo, and Leontina Vaduva as the unattainable Juliette, lead an excellent cast in a touching portrayal of this story of impossible love, based on the play by William Shakespeare.

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 15th & 17th November 1994.

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 176 Mins
SOUND: 2.0 DOLBY DIGITAL
SUBTITLES: EN

“Leontina Vaduva is a touching Juliette… There's real passion in her Tomb aria… Roméo is the role that catapulted tenor Roberto Alagna into a celebrity. Best of all is Charles Mackerras conducting in the pit.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2008 ****

“They are a Romeo and Juliet who look as if they were born to play their roles” Financial Times

“Alagna is the fascinating, never failing, special, real tenor thing - the heir apparent to the two. He delivers the goods.” The Guardian

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem


Angela Gheorghiu (soprano), Daniela Barcellona (mezzo), Roberto Alagna (tenor), Julian Konstantinov (bass)

Swedish Radio Chorus, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

'The catastrophic storms of the Last Judgement that assault the listeners’ ears with massive weight and power in the Dies Irae sections are portrayed not just in a raw, bombastic way, but with shrewd phrasing by Claudio Abbado – ever attentive to the musical colours and preserving the tonal eloquence and the massive sounds’ Suddeutsche Zeitung

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Gala Performances Box Set

Gala Performances Box Set


Bizet:

Parle-moi de ma mère (from Carmen)

Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna

Curtis, E:

Tu ca nun chiagne

Roberto Alagna

Donizetti:

Quel guardo il cavaliere (from Don Pasquale)

Leontina Vaduva

Caro elisir, sei mio (from L'elisir d'amore)

Plácido Domingo, Leontina Vaduva

Gounod:

Faust - Prologue

Plácido Domingo, Robert Lloyd

Avant de quitter ces lieux (from Faust)

Dwayne Croft

Grigoriu:

Muzica (from Valurile Dunarii)

Angela Gheorghiu

Halévy:

Rachel, quand du Seigneur (from La Juive)

Roberto Alagna

Mascagni:

Suzel, buon di 'Cherry Duet' (from L'amico Fritz)

Plácido Domingo, Verónica Villarroel

Massenet:

Ah! Tout est bien fini... O souverain (from Le Cid)

Plácido Domingo

Mozart:

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Plácido Domingo, Susan Graham

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Kiri Te Kanawa

Stephen Barlow

Rimsky Korsakov:

A skaly groznyje - Song of the Varangian Merchant

Paata Burchuladze, Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Edward Downes

Strauss, R:

Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Susan Graham, Lillian Watson

Tchaikovsky:

The Snow Maiden, Op. 12: The Dance of the Clowns

Edward Downes

The Snow Maiden, Op. 12: Schneeflöckchen

Maria Deller-Takemura, Philip Mosley

Barry Wordsworth

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

Plácido Domingo

Edward Downes

Ya vas lyublyu 'Yeletsky’s aria' (from Pique Dame)

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Stephen Barlow

Pas de deux

Darcey Bussell, Zoltán Solymosi

Barry Wordsworth

Gospod' moy, yesti greshen ya from Iolanta

Paata Burchuladze

Edward Downes

Akh, istomilas' ya gorem from The Queen of Spades

Anna Tomowa-Sintow

Stephen Barlow

The Nutcracker: Grand pas de deux

Leanne Benjamin, Tetsuya Kumakawa

Barry Wordsworth

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Elizabeth McGorian, Adam Cooper, Iohna Loots

Pas de deux (Anastasia)

Viviana Durante, Bruce Sansom


Two spectacular gala concerts from the stage of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, are brought together here in their unforgettable glory. In the 1993 Winter Gala, world-leading singers (including Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Kiri Te Kanawa) and dancers (including Darcey Bussell, Lesley

Collier, and Irek Mukhamedov) celebrate the music of Tchaikovsky, in highlights from such opera and ballet favourites as The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. In the famously glittering 1996 gala concert, Domingo is joined by a cast of opera stars including Angela

Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna and Susan Graham. Asher Fisch conducts this programme of great opera arias by composers including Bizet, Massenet, Gounod, Mozart and Donizetti.

These classic recordings are preserved in their original Standard Definition and 4:3 picture format, capturing The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet at a memorable period in their long history.

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The Royal Opera: A Collection

The Royal Opera: A Collection


Gounod:

Roméo et Juliette

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 15th & 17th November 1994

Roberto Alagna (Roméo), Leontina Vaduva (Juliette), Sarah Walker (Gertrude), Robert Lloyd (Frère Laurence), Peter Sidhom (Capulet), Paul Charles Clarke (Tybalt), David Wilson-Johnson (Le Prince), Jeremy White (Gregorio), François Le Roux (Mercutio), Anne Maria Panzarella (Stéphano), Richard Halton (Pâris)

Charles Mackerras (conductor) & Nicolas Joël (director)

Mozart:

Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K87

Recorded in 1993

Bruce Ford (Mitridate), Jochen Kowalski (Farnace), Ann Murray (Sifare), Luba Orgonasova (Aspasia), Lillian Watson (Ismene)

Paul Daniel (conductor) & Graham Vick (director)

Strauss, R:

Salome

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 2nd June 1992

Maria Ewing (Salome), Michael Devlin (Jokanaan), Kenneth Riegel (Herod), Gillian Knight (Herodias), Robin Leggate (Narraboth)

Edward Downes (conductor) & Peter Hall (director)

Verdi:

Aida

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 27th June & 1st July 1994

Cheryl Studer (Aida), Dennis O’Neill (Radames), Luciana d’Intino (Amneris), Alexandru Agache (Amonasro), Robert Lloyd (Ramfis), Mark Beesley (King), Yvonne Barclay (High Priestess), John Marsden (Messager)

Edward Downes (conductor) & Elijah Moshinsky (stage director)

Otello

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 23rd & 27th October 1992

Plácido Domingo (Otello), Kiri Te Kanawa (Desdemona), Sergei Leiferkus (Iago), Robin Leggate (Cassio), Ramon Remedios (Rodrigo), Mark Beesley (Lodovico), Roderick Earle (Montano), Claire Powell (Emilia)

Sir Georg Solti (conductor) & Elijah Moshinsky (stage director)

Stiffelio

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 2nd & 6th February 1993

José Carreras (Stiffelio), Catherine Malfitano (Lina), Gwynne Howell & Gregory Yurisich (Stankar)

Edward Downes (conductor) & Elijah Moshinsky (stage director)


The Royal Opera Chorus & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Running Time: 876 minutes

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Gran Teatre del Liceu, 2011


STAGED BY: Calixto Bieito

In this prestigious production at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, world-famous and highly controversial stage director Calixto Bieito, admired for his raw and evocative stagings, sees in Carmen the embodiment of the mythical gypsy and touches upon sensitive issues such as racism, xenophobia and right-wing politics. Bieito conjures up a sensual and realistic atmosphere full of powerful symbolism.

An outstanding quartet of vocal stars, led by a “splendid and sensual” (El Periódico) Béatrice Uria-Monzon in the title role, delivers one of the most exciting Carmens in recent years: Roberto Alagna as Don José, Erwin Schrott as Escamillo and Marina Poplavskya as Micaëla.

SOUND FORMAT DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

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

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 155 mins

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Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca


Angela Gheorghiu (Tosca), Roberto Alagna (Cavaradossi), Ruggero Raimondi (Scarpia), Enrico Fissore (Sagristano), Maurizio Muraro (Angelotti), David Cangelosi (Spoletta), Sorin Colibran (Sciarrone), James Savage-Hanford (Un pastore), Gwynne Howell (Un carceriere)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano

Tosca: it is opera, it is Italy. It is desire, passion and murder….

Featuring opera superstars Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna and Ruggero Raimondi, with musical direction by the world-renowned Antonio Pappano.

Prestige of official selection at Venice Film Festival, a comprehensive and successful commercial run in cinemas and outstanding critical acclaim.

10th anniversary special edition, with exclusive DVD bonus features including a new 10th anniversary interview with soprano Angela Gheorghiu, a collector’s booklet and a “Costume Design” featurette plus original 2001 interviews with Angela Gheorghiu on her role as Tosca, director Benoît Jacquot on creating Tosca as film and Antonio Pappano on Puccini’s music for the opera.

“brings this opera vividly to life… this is a classic of the future” The Guardian

“gripping and very well sung” Opera Now

“superb” Gramophone Magazine

"Gheorghiu gives a performance that cuts to the core of Puccini's tragedy... Pappano's conducting; a rich reading that conjures the ideal mixture of syrup and bitterness" Independent on Sunday

Audio: Dolby Stereo & Optional 5.1

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Feature Running Time: 120 mins

Italian with optional English subtitles

Bonus Features Running Time: 41 mins

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Territory: Worldwide (excluding Japan, North America, France and Germany)

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Béatrice Uria-Monzon (Carmen), Roberto Alagna (Don José), Erwin Schrott (Escamillo), Marina Poplavskaya (Micaëla), Eliana Bayón (Frasquita), Itxaro Mentxaka (Mercédès), Marc Canturri (Le Dancaïre), Francisco Vas (Le Remendado), Àlex Sanmartí (Moralès), Josep Ribot (Zuniga)

Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu & Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu, Marc Piollet

Staged by Calixto Bieito.

Fantastic cast with Roberto Alagna, Erwin Schrott, Marina Poplavskaya, Béatrice Uria-Monzon.

This prestigious 2011 production from the Gran Teatre del Liceu was staged by the world famous and highly controversial stage director Calixto Bieito, admired for his raw and evocative stagings.

Running Time Total: 155 minutes

DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

“If a Barcelona Carmen suggests authentic atmosphere, forget it. It's staged by Calixto Bieito, notorious for shock-effect productions...On home ground, though, he's comparatively restrained, although he does update the opera to the 1970s...Beatrice Uria-Monzon's veteran Carmen is compelling. Roberto Alagna equals his Met video, fluently lyrical while indicating the hair-trigger violence beneath.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 **

“Updating rarely makes such a seamless case for itself as in this modern production of Carmen...Alagna has always had a certain Mad Max side to his temperament that, combined with his Italianate lyric tenor, has made him one of the best Don Joses in the business.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“Piollet launches the opera thrillingly; however exhilarating the energy, the playing remains disciplined, with mingled grace and fire. Conductor and orchestra sustain that level throughout, with well-judged rubato and frequently an unerring light touch.” International Record Review, December 2011

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