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Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti (born 12th October 1935, died 6th September 2007), an Italian tenor, was one of the greatest and most famous singers of his time, not only in the world of opera, but across all genres. He was born in Modena (Emilia-Romagna), in northern Italy.

Pavarotti enjoyed a fortuitous introduction to British audiences in 1963 when his idol Giuseppe Di Stefano fell ill, and Pavarotti replaced him at the London Palladium. The performance was broadcast to 15 million viewers and the young star was signed by Decca, heralding the start of a prodigious recording career.

His La Scala debut took place in 1965, the same year he went on tour with Australian soprano Joan Sutherland. Pavarotti remained forever grateful for what he learned from her about vocal technique and breathing. He made his debut at his beloved Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1968, and was an international superstar within five years.

At Covent Garden in 1966, playing Tonio in Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment, Pavarotti was tricked by his conductor and became the first tenor to hit all nine high C's of the first aria.

In 1990, with his fellow tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, Pavarotti took opera out of the concert hall and into the stadium when he performed at the World Cup closing ceremony in Rome. He also made Puccini's Nessun Dorma forever his own. Pavarotti joined Domingo and Carreras again under the Eiffel Tower as part of the 1998 World Cup celebrations. This concert was televised to an estimated two billion people, a world record.

For more than 40 years, Luciano Pavarotti cut a most distinctive figure in the operatic world. His vast physique enabled his perfect pitch to reach the back of the opera house, but he was also capable of light, delicate phrasing. His rare combination of power and quality marked him out from his peers.

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Verdi: Rigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto


Louis Quilico (Rigoletto), Christiane Eda-Pierre (Gilda), Luciano Pavarotti (Duke of Mantua), Isola Jones (Maddalena), Ara Berberian (Sparafucile), Richard J. Clark (Monterone), Charles Anthony (Borsa), John Darrenkamp (Marullo), Norman Andersson (Count Ceprano), Betsy Norden (Countess Ceprano), Batyah Godfrey Ben-David (Giovanna), Nadyne Brewer (Page) & Paul De Paola (Guard)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus & Ballet, James Levine

Decca is proud to present this unique recording of Rigoletto. The only Rigoletto stage production on film featuring Luciano Pavarotti, this performance of one of Verdi's best-loved operas was discovered in the Metropolitan Opera Archives and is available here for the first time. Recorded in 1981, it presents Pavarotti at the peak of his career, supported by an outstanding cast that includes Louis Quilico in the title role, Christine Eda-Pierre as Gilda, Ara Berberian as Sparafucile, and Isola Jones as Maddalena, with Met Music Director James Levine on the podium.

Production..............John Dexter

Stage Director..........David Sell

Designer................Tanya Moiseiwitsch

Lighting designer.......Gil Wechsler

Choreographer...........Norbert Vesak

TV Director.............Brian Large

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Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca


Luciano Pavarotti will always be associated with the role of the painter Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca. His interpretations of the arias 'Recondita armonia' and 'E lucevan le stelle' became two of his greatest hits, which he sang at all his stadium concerts

Specially restored and released for the first time on any format, this remarkable performance presents Luciano Pavarotti the opera star, at the very peak of his stage career.

Filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, on December 19th, 1978.

The production is by legendary baritone Tito Gobbi - best remembered as Scarpia opposite the Tosca of Maria Callas.

Pavarotti's co-stars are two internationally acclaimed American singers - soprano Shirley Verrett and baritone Cornell MacNeil.

Remarkable DVD bonus features - available for the first time

Unique footage of Luciano Pavarotti in a music rehearsal, with Shirley Verrett and Maestro James Conlon

A discussion between the greatest of all Baron Scarpias, Italian baritone Tito Gobbi, and the Scarpia of this production, baritone Cornell MacNeil

A discussion with conductor James Conlon and Metropolitan Opera Music Director, James Levine.

Released to mark the 75th anniversary of Luciano Pavarotti's birth on October 12th, 1935

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Classic, all-star performance of one of the great Verdi operas, featuring Pavarotti in one of his most celebrated roles. Available for the first time on DVD, the complete opera of the classic 1980 production by Elijah Moshinsky of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, filmed live from the Metropolitan Opera. This was an eye-catching and thought-provkoing production. Moshinsky staged the action in pre-revolutionary 1774 Boston.

“…a valuable record and a highly enjoyable one, in Elijah Moshinsky's clean-cut production… Pavarotti, in golden voice and intense presence, is well matched by Louis Quilico's rich-voiced, mordant Renato and Katia Ricciarelli's deeply felt if occasionally strained Amelia, not to mention Judith Blegen's sparkling Oscar.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2008 *****

“Pavarotti [is] at his very finest, both as singer and actor...Patane conducts throughout with flair and Brian Large's video direction could hardly be bettered.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ****

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Verdi: Ernani

Verdi: Ernani


Luciano Pavarotti (Ernani), Leona Mitchell (Elvira), Sherrill Milnes (Don Carlo) & Ruggero Raimondi (De Silva)

Chorus & Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, James Levine

“One of the Met's nights of stars, with a comparatively trim Pavarotti in great voice; only Leona Mitchell slightly below par. The sets and the playing are almost too sumptuous for this early raw work.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2008 ****

“A quartet of major voices was on hand to fill the leading roles... Naturally, they gave fans of sheer vocalism a great deal to cheer about during the evening... Mr. Pavarotti gave a splendid full-throated performance... He was also a sensitive partner in the many ensemble numbers... Miss Mitchell filled the house gloriously... Mr. Milnes was a dominating force... Mr. Raimondi gave his usual solid performance, musically and dramatically... James Levine's conducting had plenty of passion and momentum” New York Times

“While all four solo performances are superb, one has only to sample the finale to Act I to discover what an electrifying team they make...If Pavarotti dominates by the sheer ardour of his singing, overall this is a totally gripping performance, unlikely to be surpassed on DVD.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ****

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Verdi: Rigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto

Staged and Directed by: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle


Ingvar Wixell (Rigoletto/Monterone), Edita Gruberova (Gilda), Luciano Pavarotti (Il Duca), Victoria Vergara (Maddalena), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Sparafucile), Fedora Barbieri (Giovanna), Bernd Weikl (Marullo), Rémy Corazza (Borsa), Roland Bracht (Il Conte di Ceprano), Kathleen Kuhlmann (La Contessa di Ceprano)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Riccardo Chailly

Filmed in Mantua, Cremona, Sabionetta, Parma und Acquanegra in May 1982

“It is truly memorable, with Pavarotti a Bacchus-like figure in the orgy scene...He acts the part of the Count as believably as if the latter's philosophy was his very own, and he sings gloriously throughout. But Ingar Wixell's magnificently powerful Rigoletto still dominates the narrative...The production is traditional in the best sense; costumes are colourful, sets believable.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ****

“Not to be missed.” New York Times

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Verdi: Don Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo


Luciano Pavarotti (Don Carlo), Samuel Ramey (Filippo II), Paolo Coni (Rodrigo), Daniela Dessi (Elisabetta), Luciana D’intino (Eboli), Alexander Anisimov (Il Grande Inquisitore), Marilena Laurenza (Tebaldo), Nuccia Focile (Una voce dal cielo), Orfeo Zanetti (Il Conte di Lerma), Mario Bolognesi (Un Araldo Reale), Un Araldo Reale (Un Frate)

Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Riccardo Muti

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“If you want the edition of the work revised in Italian by Verdi, first performed in 1884, this is your only choice to date on DVD – and it proves, as it did on VHS, a satisfying experience.
The work in this form is tauter and more direct than the five-act French original caught on the DVD of the Chatêlet production conducted by Pappano. Those who know Zeffirelli's style won't be surprised by the conventionally lavish production, but it effectively evokes the atmosphere of religious oppression and personal antagonisms Verdi so unerringly depicts.
The dark-hued, threatening setting fits Muti's energetic, rhythmically vital conception. He quickens the emotions in a peculiarly Italianate way, and throughout evinces a feeling for the colouring of the score. His reading is in turn a good background for some thoughtful and idiomatic singing.
Pavarotti delivers Carlo's music in a typically fervent manner, words ideally placed on the voice and his tone consistently firm and pliable.
His girth makes him unconvincing as the small, lean, nervous Carlo of history, but his simple, sincere acting is its own advocate. Daniella Dessì looks the very image of the wronged, sympathetic Elisabetta and sings with feeling and good phrasing. Paolo Coni offers a concerned, upright Rodrigo, sung in warm tones though he sometimes loses focus under pressure.
Zeffirelli's video direction is well fashioned and the sound picture catches the aural ambience of La Scala. As a whole, this is a vivid experience.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


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Tutto Puccini

Tutto Puccini

The Complete Giacomo Puccini Opera Edition


Puccini:

Le Villi

Teatro Antico, Taormina, 2004. Bonus: PUCCINI (A Film by Tony Palmer)

Albert Montserrat, Halla Margret, Andrea Rola

Támas Pál / Enrico Castiglione

Edgar

Teatro Regio Torino, 2008

José Cura (Edgar), Amarilli Nizza (Fidelia), Julia Gertseva (Tigrana), Marco Vratogna (Frank), Carlo Cigni (Gualtiero)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Teatro Regio di Torino, Yoram David (conductor) & Lorenzo Mariani (stage director)

Manon Lescaut

Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1998

Jose Cura (Des Grieux), Maria Guleghina (Manon Lescaut), Lucio Gallo (Lescaut), Luigi Roni (Geronte), Marco Berti (Edmondo), Gloria Banditelli (Una voce sola)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti (conductor) & Liliana Cavani (stage director)

La Bohème

San Francisco Opera, 1988

Mirella Freni (Mimi), Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo), Gino Quilico (Marcello), Stephen Dickson (Schaunard), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Colline), Sandra Pacetti (Musetta), Italo Tajo (Benoit/Alcindoro)

San Francisco Opera House, Tiziano Severini (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

Tosca

Arena di Verona, 2006

Fiorenza Cedolins (Floria Tosca), Marcelo Alvarez (Mario Cavaradossi) & Ruggero Raimondi (Il Barone Scarpia), Fabio Previati (Sagristano), Marco Spotti (Angelotti), Enrico Facini (Spoletta), Giuliano Pelizon (Sciarrone), Ottavia Dorrucci (Un pastore), Angelo Nardinocchi (Un carceriere)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Arena di Verona, Daniel Oren (conductor) & Hugo De Ana (director)

Madama Butterfly

Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1986

Yasuko Hayashi, Hak-Nam Kim & Peter Dvrosky

Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Lorin Maazel

La fanciulla del West

Puccini Festival, Torre del Lago, 2005

Daniela Dessì (Minnie), Fabio Armiliato (Dick Johnson) & Lucio Gallo (Jack Rance)

Orchestra and Chorus Città Lirica, Alberto Veronesi (conductor) & Ivan Stefanutti (director)

La Rondine

Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, 2008

Fiorenza Cedolins (Magda), Fernando Portari (Ruggero), Sandra Pastrana (Lisette), Emanuele Giannino (Prunier), Stefano Antonucci (Ramblado)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Teatro La Fenice, Carlo Rizzi (conductor) & Graham Vick (director)

Il Trittico

Teatro Comunale di Modena, 2007

Amarilli Nizza, Alberto Mastromarino, Rubens Pelizzari

Julian Reynolds / Cristina Pezzoli

Turandot

Live from the Wiener Staatsoper, 1983

Eva Marton (La Principessa Turandot), José Carreras (Calaf), Katia Ricciarelli (Liù) & John-Paul Bogart (Timur)

Orchester Der Wiener Staatsoper, Chor Der Wiener Staatsoper & Wiener Sängerknaben, Lorin Maazel (conductor) & Harold Prince (director)

Gianni Schicchi

Bonus Performance: ORF Archive Recordings. Volksoper, Vienna, 1960, sung in German

Erich Kunz, Christiane Sorell, Dagmar Hermann

Argeo Quadri / Otto Fritz

Suor Angelica

Bonus Performance: ORF Archive Recordings. Studio Recording, 1959, sung in German

Sena Jurinac, Elisabeth Höngen, Dorothea Frass

Argeo Quadri / Hermann Lanske


Exclusive 11 DVD Box Set including all 12 Puccini operas plus previously unreleased bonus performances and a lavishly illustrated book with rare archive material.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo (Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Bonus) / PCM Stereo, DD 2.0 (La Bohème) / PCM Stereo, DD 5.1 (Edgar) / PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 (Manon Lescaut, Tosca, La faniciulla del West, La Rondine) / DD 2.0 (Le Villi) / DD 5.1 (Il Trittico)

Picture Format: 16:9 / 4:3 (La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, La faniciulla del West, Turandot)

DVD Format: 11 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitles: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES / GB (Le Villi)

Running Time: more than 1300 mins + more than 240 mins Bonus

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Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages

Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages


Created for America’s non-profit television broadcast network PBS in 2013, this brand-new documentary brings together interview and concert footage from the entirety of Pavarotti’s career.

The tenor’s playful public persona is enjoyably captured in rarely-seen clips from “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, while other segments reveal his unique insights into his art and heritage.

At the heart of the programme are full, unedited performances of a multitude of hits, including “Celeste Aida” from the Lincoln Centre with James Levine, the famous account of “Donna non vidi mai” dedicated in her presence to Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, in London’s Hyde Park, and “Panis Angelicus” with Sting.

The bonus feature is a complete recital from Barcelona’s Gran Teatre Del Liceu, recorded in 1989 but new to Decca. Accompanied at the piano by erstwhile collaborator Leone Magiera, Pavarotti delights an ecstatic audience with a generous programme of arias and popular songs.

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The Verdi Opera Selection Vol. 2

The Verdi Opera Selection Vol. 2

Aida, Nabucco & Simon Boccanegra


Verdi:

Aida

live from the Teatro alla Scala, Milan 1985

Luciano Pavarotti (Radamès), Maria Chiara (Aida), Ghena Dimitrova (Amneris), Juan Pons (Amonasro), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Ramfis), Paata Burchuladze (Il Re di Egitto)

Teatro alla Scala, Lorin Maazel

Nabucco

live from the Wiener Staatsoper, 2001

Leo Nucci (Nabucco), Maria Guleghina (Abigaille), Miroslav Dvorský (Ismaele), Giacomo Prestia (Zaccaria), Marina Domashenko (Fenena), Renate Pitscheider (Anna), Walter Pauritsch (Abdallo), Goran Simic (Gran Sacerdote)

Wiener Staatsoper, Fabio Luisi

Simon Boccanegra

live from the Teatro alla Scala, Milan 2010

Plácido Domingo (Simon Boccanegra), Anja Harteros (Amelia), Fabio Sartori (Gabriele Adorno), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Fiesco)

Teatro alla Scala, Daniel Barenboim


Giuseppe Verdi, especially known for his numerous opera compositions, is doubtless one of the most famous romantics, and his 200th birthday is currently celebrated around the world. Arthaus Musik wants to take this anniversary as an occasion to release the most brilliant Verdi-productions from the extensive catalogue in a series of opera box sets.

This second Verdi Opera Selection Box includes the unforgettable Aida from Milan starring Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Chiara as well as Nabucco with Leo Nucci and Simon Boccanegra with Plácido Domingo in the title role.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1 (Aida, Simon Boccanegra) + DTS 5.1 (Nabucco)

Picture Format: 16:9 (Nabucco, Simon Boccanegra) / 4:3 (Aida)

DVD Format: 3x DVD 9 & 1x DVD 5 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES (Nabucco) / + Korean (Simon Boccanegra) / DE, GB, FR, NL, ES (Aida)

Running Time: 435 mins + 78 mins (Bonus Aida)

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