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Abduction From The Seraglio
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's masterpiece, performed by The Dresden State Opera and conducted by Harry Jupfer. This merry song-play illustrates how profound human ideas, love and faith can overcome power and egotism.
All the Great Operas in Ten Minutes
Serves up the stripped-down essence of the most famous operas in a quick and hilarious manner...revealing that beyond all the musical pomp and pageantry lies a wealth of soap-opera drama and pulp-fiction excitement! Featuring La Traviata, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Aida, Tosca, Tristan and Isolde, Madame Butterfly, and The Ring of the Nibelung.
Amahl and the Night Visitors
This production stars Metropolitan Opera diva Teresa Stratas, who has appeared in the hit Broadway show "Rags," as well as Giorgio Tozzi, Wilard White and Nico Castel.
Soloists: Ashley Putman, Glanna Rolandi, Regina Sarfaty. This opera, with its romantic Viennese plot and its lush waltz-time melodies, was often labelled a second "Rosenkavalier." This amorous comedy about the complications surrounding the heroine's betrothal to a rich landowner benefits from careful staging, scrupulous preparation and intimacy.
Arturo Toscanini Conducts the Music of Giuseppe Verdi
Toscanini's exceptional performance of Verdi's Hymn of Nations.
Universally acknowledged as the greatest of all Russian operas, this dazzling Bolshoi production was taped in 1978. The program is in Russian and distinctively subtitled in English. This rare performance of "Boris Godunov" is the finest full-length version on videocassette.
An operathon celebrating the Met's 100th year. One hundred singers! Seven conductors! Two cassettes.
Christmas With Flicka
Opera star Frederica Von Stade celebrates the holiday season with the music of Christmas in a picture-postcard Alpine village, with friends Melba Moore, Rex Smith and Julius Rudel.
Christmas with Luciano Pavarotti
Composer's Notes: Philip Glass and the Making of Akhnaten
Directed by Michael Blackwood, narrated by Philip Glass. A documentary about how avant-grade composer Glass created his third opera, Akhnaten, which premiered in 1985 simultaneously in Stuttgart and Houston.
Cosi Fan Tutte
Once again, John Pritchard is on the podium for a sparkling performance of Mozart's delightful farce on romantic foibles. Thomas Allen, Franz Petrie and Helena Dose head the cast.
COSMETIC GELCOAT & FIBERGLASS REPAIR
One of Verdi's labyrinths of sex and violence with Placido Domingo in the title role. Two cassettes.
Mozart's most famous opera stage work features Benjamin Luxon as the Don in Peter Hall's vibrantly dramatic production.
In the tittle role, Pavarotti's voice rings out like a clarion trumpet. As Elvira, Michell's singing is glorious, while Milnes spins out Don Carlo's music with tonal beauty and suave refinement. Ruggero Raimondi also gives a solid performance, musically and dramatically.
An operatic production in three acts of the Kirov Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theatre. Music by Tchaikovsky, an adaptation of the novel by Alexander Pushkin. Stars Evguenia Gorokhovskaya, Tatiana Novikova and Larissa Dyadkova. Russian language, subtitled in English. Two cassettes.
The late Donald Gramm stars as the Fat Knight in this glistening performance conducted by John Pritchard. Well acted, charming and moving.
International star Elisabeth Soderstrom is the courageous Leonore in Beethoven's only opera. Bernard Haitink conducts the Peter Hall Production. A compelling documentary.
Francesca Da Rimini: Riccardo Zandonai
This Metropolitan Opera production may be one of the most beautiful in the company's recent history. Subtitled in English, recorded in 1984.
Great Arias: With Placido Domingo and Friends
Placido Domingo is joined by Shirley Verrett, Simon Estes, Barbara Hendricks, Wang Yan Yan and the National Orchestra of France under the direction of Lorin Maazel, to perform the most memorable of Puccini and Verdi. Persented by the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, this 1989 Classic Aid II gala concert, live from UNESCO in Paris, was filmed with 8 cameras and digital Hi-Fi Stereo sound.
I Live for Art
Fifteen opera divas gather to discuss their "Tosca" roles, and are featured in live performances. Includes Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Kiri Te Kanawa, Montserrat Caballe, Birgit Nillson and Eva Turner, among others.
Mozart's dramatic opera series stars Richard Lewis as Idomeneo with Josephine Barstow as Electra and Leo Goeke as Idomeneo's son Idamante. John Pritchard conducts.
The Berlin State Opera. A superior performance by the great Theo Adam is the highlight of this production of the story of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy, King of Egypt. Conducted by Hans Krenitz.
Khovanshchina - Bolshoi Opera
Mussorgsky's "Khovanshchina" is one of Russian opera's masterpieces. It's a sprawling tale of the struggle for power in Russia at the beginning of the reign of Peter the Great. Stars Yevgeni Nesterenko as Dosifei. "Khovanshchina" is a riveting operatic experience, here vividly brought to life. Two cassettes.
A stunning production of this Puccini crowd-pleaser with Teresa Stratas as Mimi, Jose Carreras as Rodolfo, and Renata Scotto as Musetta followed by an interview with director Franco Zeffirelli.
Soloists: Kathleen Kuhlmann, Marta Taddel, Laura Zannini. This opera is Gioachino Rossini's version of the story of Cinderella - a sparkling favorite in his repertoire. This new Glyndelbourne production captures perfectly the fairy tale spirit of the piece. Directed by John Cox.
La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
By Gioacchino Rossini. A classic for all time, starring Fedora Barbieri.
La Fille Mal Gardee
One of the great masterpieces of the Royal Ballet's repertory, Frederick Ashton's lyrical comedy, "La Fille Mal Gardee" tells the story of Lisa and how she manages to win the hand of the man she loves, the young farmer, Colas, despite her mother's determination to marry her off to the dim-witted son of a wealthy vineyard owner. Danced by world famous prima ballerina, Lesley Collier, and performed at Covent Garden in London.
La Scala: Documentary of Performances
Over three centuries of opera are chronicled in this history of the world's greatest opera house. Del Monaco, Gobbi, Schipa, Tagliavini, Toscanini and other opera greats are captured in original performances culled from Bizet, Rossini, Puccini and Bellini's greatest masterpieces. Color and B/W
Legend of the Tsar Saltan
By Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov with the Dresden State Opera. A highly imaginative and innovative production, with special effects animation offers an original and entertaining spectacle, including such well-known works as "Flight of the Bumblebee."
This was the first uncut performance of Berlioz's masterpiece at the Met. These sold-out performances revealed the magic of Les Troyens to audiences and critics alike - work of outstanding artistry, one of the monuments of the operatic repertoire.
Live From the Met Highlights
Lucia Di Lammermoor
It was as the frail Lucia that Met Opera star Anna Moffo achieved many of her early triumphs. In this version, the beautiful Miss Moffo is seen amidst the real highland castles in which the story is set.
Verdi's setting of Shakespeare's dark tragedy stars Kostas Paskalis and Josephine Barstow as the scheming Macbeth with Met star James Morris as Banquo. John Pritchard conducts a performance that bristles with excitement.
The stunning David Hockney production conducted by Bernard Haitink and featuring Benjamin Luxon and Felicity Lott. A quality production of musical honesty, careful preparation, attractive sets and world-class singing.
Making Opera: Creation of Verdi's "La Forza del Destino"
Witness two stories: the making of an opera and the opera itself. A revealing look into the world of opera, this film follows the day-to-day creative process of staging a grand opera. Rehearsals, set design, costume fitting and more culminate in the final spectacular production. Directed by: Anthony Azzopardi, Conducted by: Maurizio Arena, Performed by: Stefka Evstatieva, Allan Monk, Judith Forst and Ernest Veronelli with the Canadian Opera Company.
Manon Lescaut: Giacomo Puccini
This opera is Puccini's ultimate story of youth and love. Director Gian Carlo Menotti gave us fluid movement, eye-catching invention, sex appeal, and above all, a sense of humor. This presentation, subtitled in English, was taped at the March 29, 1980 performance at the Metropolitan Opera.
Maria Callas: Life and Art
Celebrates her singing and dramatic skills, and explores the woman behind the public person. Features extracts from Tosca, La Traviata, and Norma.
Marriage of Figaro
Kiri te Kanawa, Lleana Cotrubas and Frederica von Stade highlight this performance of Mozart's comic masterpiece in the Peter Hall Production. (Two Cassettes.)
In this performance from the English National Opera is London, Dame Janet Baker portrays Mary Stuart as she experiences a memorable range of human emotions in the scenes leading to her execution in the climactic scene of the fictitious encounter with her persecutor. Elizabeth I.
Nicolai Ghiaurov is considered by most opera professionals to be the world's greatest basso profundo. He has been called upon to perform with virtually all of opera's superstars. This program highlights some of his greatest roles.
Enjoy an animated opera of the imagination. See the passions, emotions and drama of twelve popular arias come to life through European computer and cell animations. Includes excerpts from: Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, Madame Butterfly, Tosca and more.
A gala of stars never seen in North America. Enjoy Mirella Freni, Jose Carreras, Lucia Popp, Gwyneth Jones, Alfredo Kraus, Nicolai Ghiaurov and many others in arias, duets and ensembles.
Phillip Glass and the Making of Akhnaten
Part of Phillip Glass' popularity derives from the hugh success of his trilogy of operas, the third of which is Akhnaten. Award winning director Michael Blackwood worked with Glass as he prepared for two simultaneous premieres in Stuttgart and Houston to create this cinema verite portrait of an artist at work.
Placido Domingo: His 25th Anniversary Concert at the Roman Amphitheater of Verona
Twenty-five years ago, Placido Domingo made his first appearance on the stage of the Roman Amphitheater of Verona, an architectural jewel nestled in this city of "Romeo and Juliet". Although his fame has spread internationally, and he has reached the height of stardom, Domingo returns to Verona to mark the occasion. Joined by international opera luminaries including Cecilia Gasdia, Placido performs his personal favorites from Verdi and Puccini. It is a tour de force performance that confirms his place as one of the greatest tenors of all time.
Placido: A Year in the Life of Placido Domingo
Domingo covers a lot of ground during the year of filming, singing at opera houses in Barcelona, Milan, Madrid, Paris, London and Mexico City. Included are briliant excerpts from Puccini's "Tosca," "Menon Lescaut," "La Fanciulla del West," Verdi's "Othello," "Ernani," "La Traviata" and many more.
Stravinsky's sardonically witty opera stars Leo Goeke as Tom Rakewell and bass star Samuel Ramey as Nick Shadow. Felicity Lott and Rosalind Elias co-star in the David Hockney Production conducted by Bernard Haitink.
Renata Scotto: Prima Donna in Recital
Metropolitan Opera star Renata Scotto is seen in one of the frequent recitals, this one taped in Tokyo in 1984. Miss Scotto sings music of Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Liszt, Scarlatti, Mascagni, Handel and Respighi. The Washington Post describes her as "the greatest singing actress in the world."
Return of Ulysses to His Homeland
Dame Janet Baker and Benjamin Luxon join to bring Monteverdi's music drama to vivid life. Early music expert Raymond Leppard conducts one of the best opera productions one is ever likely to see.
By Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Carmine Galone. The Unforgettable Gobbi in a film from 1946.
Sherrill Milnes: An All Star Gala
Baritone Sherrill Milnes has invited some of his friends and colleagues to join him: tenor Placido Domingo, sopranos Julia Migenes-Johnson and Mirella Freni, tenor Peter Schreier and host Burt Lancaster. Together, they perform works by Verdi, Mozart, Leoncavallo, Romberg and Brahms.
Few productions in the Metropolitan Opera's repertory have been so unanimously admired as Richard Wagner's "Tannhauser." Richard Cassily gives a masterful performance in the title role. A splendid viewing as well as listing experience.
Critics showered praise on this production, describing Behrens in the title role as "regal and proud, and one responded strongly to her power of conception and intelligent realization of her difficult role".
Un Ballo in Maschera
In this Verdi opera, a governor of colonial Boston is fatally stabbed. But before he dies, he sings one final aria in which he pardons his assassins and promotes his secretary.
This contemporary opera centers around the Prince of Darkness, who is dug up accidentally on the British waterfront and who then terrorizes London. Lyrics by Charles (Phantom of the Opera) Hart.
The Berlin "Komischen Opera" conducted by Kurt Mesur. The legendary story of Otello the Moor, Desdemona and the jealous lago. A spectacular performance with a cast of hundreds in a one-of-a- kind production.
Verdi's Rigoletto At Verona
The grand opera of grand master Giusseppi Verdi performed at the ancient Roman ampitheatre at Verona, Italy. Acoustic sound in a dramatic setting, staged regally for the tragic tale of Rigoletto, court jester and his daughter, Gilda. The performance digitally mastered for the discriminating opera-loving audience.
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