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Aida
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directed by Elijah Moshinsky, 1946-; composed by Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901 (1871); conducted by Edward Downes; choreographed by Kate Flatt; designed by Michael Yeargan, 1946-, Michael Yeargan, 1946-, Howard Harrison; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Cheryl Studer, 1955-, Luciana d'Intino, Dennis O'Neill, 1948-, Alexandru Agache, Robert Lloyd, 1940-, Mark Beesley, John Marsden and Yvonne Barclay, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in Aida (Opus Arte, 2008), 2 hours 31 mins
Cheryl Studer, in the title role, leads an excellent cast in Elijah Moshinsky's 1994 production of Verdi's extravagant and magnificent Egyptian opera. Aida was acclaimed at its first performance in 1871 and has grown in stature ever since to become one of the best-loved and most-performed grand operas of all time.
directed by Elijah Moshinsky, 1946-; composed by Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901 (1871); conducted by Edward Downes; choreographed by Kate Flatt; designed by Michael Yeargan, 1946-, Michael Yeargan, 1946-, Howard Harrison; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Cheryl Studer, 1955-, Luciana d'Intino, Dennis O'Neill, 1948-, Alexandru Agache, Robert Lloyd, 1940-, Mark Beesley, John Marsden and Yvonne Barclay, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in Aida (Opus Arte, 2008), 2 hours 31 mins
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Die Walküre
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directed by Harry Kupfer, 1935-; composed by Richard Wagner, 1813-1883 (1856); conducted by Bertrand de Billy; designed by Hans Schavernoch, 1945-, Reinhard Heinrich, Manfred Voss; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Falk Struckmann, Richard Berkeley-Steele, Eric Halfvarson, Linda Watson, fl. 2012, Deborah Polaski, Lioba Braun, Sabine Brohm, Annegeer Stumphius, Marisa Altman-Althausen, Andrea Bönig, Heike Gierhardt, Mireia Pintó, Corinne Romijn and Francisca Beaumont, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Die Walküre (London, England: Opus Arte, 2005), 1 hour 6 mins
This is a performance of Wagner's Die Walkure, performed by Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and conducted by Bertrand De Billy.
directed by Harry Kupfer, 1935-; composed by Richard Wagner, 1813-1883 (1856); conducted by Bertrand de Billy; designed by Hans Schavernoch, 1945-, Reinhard Heinrich, Manfred Voss; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Falk Struckmann, Richard Berkeley-Steele, Eric Halfvarson, Linda Watson, fl. 2012, Deborah Polaski, Lioba Braun, Sabine Brohm, Annegeer Stumphius, Marisa Altman-Althausen, Andrea Bönig, Heike Gierhardt, Mireia Pintó, Corinne Romijn and Francisca Beaumont, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Die Walküre (London, England: Opus Arte, 2005), 1 hour 6 mins
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Hänsel und Gretel
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directed by Brooks Riley, fl. 2002; composed by Engelbert Humperdinck, 1854-1921 (1892); conducted by Markus L. Frank; designed by Stefan Rieckhoff, Stefan Rieckhoff, Holger Schulze; produced by Torsten Bönnhoff, fl. 2012, Erwin Sturzer, fl. 2003 and Rainer Mockert, fl. 1991; performed by Cornelia Marschall, fl. 2000, Sabine Noack, 1974-, Alexandra Petersamer, Ludmil Kuntschew, fl. 1995 and Viktorija Kaminskaite, fl. 2000, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau and Children's Chorus of the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, in Hänsel und Gretel (ArtHaus Musik, 2007), 1 hour 40 mins
Hänsel und Gretel is a fairy-tale opera (Märchenspiel) by Engelbert Humperdinck to a libretto by his sister Adelheid Wette. The idea for the opera was proposed to Humperdinck by his sister, who approached him about writing music for songs that she had written for her children for Christmas based on "Hänsel and...
directed by Brooks Riley, fl. 2002; composed by Engelbert Humperdinck, 1854-1921 (1892); conducted by Markus L. Frank; designed by Stefan Rieckhoff, Stefan Rieckhoff, Holger Schulze; produced by Torsten Bönnhoff, fl. 2012, Erwin Sturzer, fl. 2003 and Rainer Mockert, fl. 1991; performed by Cornelia Marschall, fl. 2000, Sabine Noack, 1974-, Alexandra Petersamer, Ludmil Kuntschew, fl. 1995 and Viktorija Kaminskaite, fl. 2000, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau and Children's Chorus of the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, in Hänsel und Gretel (ArtHaus Musik, 2007), 1 hour 40 mins
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L'Africaine
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directed by Lotfi Mansouri, 1929-2013; composed by Giacomo Meyerbeer, 1791-1864 (1850); conducted by Maurizio Arena; designed by Wolfram Skalicki, Amrei Skalicki, Thomas J. Munn; performed by Shirley Verrett, 1931-, Plácido Domingo, 1941-, Ruth Ann Swenson, 1959-, Justino Díaz, 1940-, Michael Devlin, 1942-, Philip Skinner, Joseph Rouleau, Kevin Anderson, 1960-, Mark Delavan and Patricia Spence, San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Chorus, in L'Africaine (ArtHaus Musik, 1988), 3 hours 10 mins
Plácido Domingo, as Vasco da Gama, and Shirley Verrett, as the African queen whom he has enslaved, star in Meyerbeer's spectacular grand opera, in a colorfully exotic production by Lotfi Mansouri, under the sensitive musical direction of Maurizio Arena. The visual splendor of Wolfram Skalicki's designs matches th...
directed by Lotfi Mansouri, 1929-2013; composed by Giacomo Meyerbeer, 1791-1864 (1850); conducted by Maurizio Arena; designed by Wolfram Skalicki, Amrei Skalicki, Thomas J. Munn; performed by Shirley Verrett, 1931-, Plácido Domingo, 1941-, Ruth Ann Swenson, 1959-, Justino Díaz, 1940-, Michael Devlin, 1942-, Philip Skinner, Joseph Rouleau, Kevin Anderson, 1960-, Mark Delavan and Patricia Spence, San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Chorus, in L'Africaine (ArtHaus Musik, 1988), 3 hours 10 mins
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L'Elisir d'Amore
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directed by Alessandro Brissoni, fl. 1954-1976; composed by Gaetano Donizetti, 1797-1848 (1832); conducted by Mario Rossi; designed by Gianni Villa, fl. 1955-1958 and Ludovico Muratori, fl. 1950-1970, Gianni Villa, fl. 1955-1958, David Altschuler, fl. 1952-1978; performed by Alda Noni, 1916-2011, Cesare Valletti, 1922-2000, Renato Capecchi, 1923-1998, Giuseppe Taddei, 1916-2010 and Raimonda Stamer, fl. 2004, Coro di Milano della RAI and Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI, in L'Elisir d'Amore (Bel Canto Society, 1954), 1 hour 53 mins
In this screen adaptation of Donizetti's comic opera, a flirtatious young girl loves teasing the boys. One young man is particularly enamored and goes to the local medicine man for a love potion. The strange brew works and romance ensues.
directed by Alessandro Brissoni, fl. 1954-1976; composed by Gaetano Donizetti, 1797-1848 (1832); conducted by Mario Rossi; designed by Gianni Villa, fl. 1955-1958 and Ludovico Muratori, fl. 1950-1970, Gianni Villa, fl. 1955-1958, David Altschuler, fl. 1952-1978; performed by Alda Noni, 1916-2011, Cesare Valletti, 1922-2000, Renato Capecchi, 1923-1998, Giuseppe Taddei, 1916-2010 and Raimonda Stamer, fl. 2004, Coro di Milano della RAI and Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI, in L'Elisir d'Amore (Bel Canto Society, 1954), 1 hour 53 mins
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Macbeth
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directed by Phyllida Lloyd; composed by Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901 (1847); conducted by Bruno Campanella; choreographed by Michael Keegan-Dolan, fl. 2002; designed by Anthony Ward, Anthony Ward, Paule Constable, fl. 2012; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Carlos Álvarez, 1966-, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Maria Guleghina, Begoña Alberdi, Marco Berti, Javier Palacios, Stefan Kocan, Josep Ferrer, Francisco Santiago, 1889-1947, Ivo Mischev and Ferran Ilari, Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Macbeth (Opus Arte, 2005), 2 hours 44 mins
This is a performance of Macbeth, performed by Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and conducted by Bruno Campanella.
directed by Phyllida Lloyd; composed by Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901 (1847); conducted by Bruno Campanella; choreographed by Michael Keegan-Dolan, fl. 2002; designed by Anthony Ward, Anthony Ward, Paule Constable, fl. 2012; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Carlos Álvarez, 1966-, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Maria Guleghina, Begoña Alberdi, Marco Berti, Javier Palacios, Stefan Kocan, Josep Ferrer, Francisco Santiago, 1889-1947, Ivo Mischev and Ferran Ilari, Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Macbeth (Opus Arte, 2005), 2 hours 44 mins
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Pagliacci
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directed by Giancarlo del Monaco; composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo, 1857-1919 and Pietro Mascagni, 1863-1945 (1892); conducted by Jesús López-Cobos, 1940-; designed by Johannes Leiacker, Birgit Wentsch, Wolfgang von Zoubek; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Vladimir Galouzine, María Bayo, Carlo Guelfi, Antonio Gandía and Ángel Ódena, fl. 2000, Madrid Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid) and Madrid Teatro Real Chorus, in Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci (Opus Arte, 2007), 3 hours 19 mins
Giancarlo del Monaco's acclaimed new production elegantly intertwines Mascagni's and Leoncavallo's well-loved operas, masterpieces which brought new levels of realism into opera through their so-called verismo style. Jesus Lopez Cobos directs a double cast of outstanding talent in a recording filmed with High Defi...
directed by Giancarlo del Monaco; composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo, 1857-1919 and Pietro Mascagni, 1863-1945 (1892); conducted by Jesús López-Cobos, 1940-; designed by Johannes Leiacker, Birgit Wentsch, Wolfgang von Zoubek; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Vladimir Galouzine, María Bayo, Carlo Guelfi, Antonio Gandía and Ángel Ódena, fl. 2000, Madrid Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid) and Madrid Teatro Real Chorus, in Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci (Opus Arte, 2007), 3 hours 19 mins
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La Traviata
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composed by Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901 (1853); conducted by Lorin Maazel, 1930-2014; choreographed by Micha van Hoecke; designed by Dante Ferretti, Gabriella Pescucci, 1941-; produced by Manuela Scifoni, fl. 2009 and Franco Consolani, fl. 2004; performed by Angela Gheorghiu, Ramón Vargas, 1960-, Roberto Frontali, 1958-, Natascha Petrinsky, Tiziana Tramonti, Enrico Cossutta, Alessandro Paliaga, Piero Terranova, Luigi Roni, Giuseppe Nicodemo, Ernesto Panariello and Nicola Pamio, Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala and Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala, in La Traviata (ArtHaus Musik, 2007), 2 hours 14 mins
Realistics Revelations of intimate Inner Psychology La Traviata represents a milestone in musical history, marking a move from Romantic opera towards a greater degree of realism. For the first time ever, contemporary material and figures had been chosen as the basis for an opera. A real prostitute, tuberculosis, a...
composed by Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901 (1853); conducted by Lorin Maazel, 1930-2014; choreographed by Micha van Hoecke; designed by Dante Ferretti, Gabriella Pescucci, 1941-; produced by Manuela Scifoni, fl. 2009 and Franco Consolani, fl. 2004; performed by Angela Gheorghiu, Ramón Vargas, 1960-, Roberto Frontali, 1958-, Natascha Petrinsky, Tiziana Tramonti, Enrico Cossutta, Alessandro Paliaga, Piero Terranova, Luigi Roni, Giuseppe Nicodemo, Ernesto Panariello and Nicola Pamio, Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala and Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala, in La Traviata (ArtHaus Musik, 2007), 2 hours 14 mins
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Tristan und Isolde
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directed by Alfred Kirchner; composed by Richard Wagner, 1813-1883 (1859); conducted by Bertrand de Billy; designed by Annette Murschetz, Ann Poppel, Jean Kalman, fl. 1979; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by John Treleaven, Deborah Polaski, Eric Halfvarson, Falk Struckmann, Lioba Braun, Wolfgang Rauch, Francísco Vas, fl. 1998 and Michael Vier, Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Tristan und Isolde (Opus Arte, 2005), 4 hours 18 mins
John Treleaven and Deborah Polaski lead an outstanding cast in Wagner's operatic tour de force based on the medieval voyager legend of Sir Tristan and Isolde, Princess of Ireland.
directed by Alfred Kirchner; composed by Richard Wagner, 1813-1883 (1859); conducted by Bertrand de Billy; designed by Annette Murschetz, Ann Poppel, Jean Kalman, fl. 1979; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by John Treleaven, Deborah Polaski, Eric Halfvarson, Falk Struckmann, Lioba Braun, Wolfgang Rauch, Francísco Vas, fl. 1998 and Michael Vier, Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Tristan und Isolde (Opus Arte, 2005), 4 hours 18 mins
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Il Trovatore
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directed by Robert Carsen, 1954-; composed by Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901 (1852); conducted by Thomas Rösner; choreographed by Philippe Giraudeau, 1955-; designed by Paul Steinberg, Miruna Boruzescu, Patrick Woodroffe; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Carl Tanner, Iano Tamar, Željko Lučić, Marianne Cornetti, Giovanni Battista Parodi, Deanne Meek and José Luis Ordonez, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Choir and Chorus of the Bregenz Festival, in Il Trovatore (Opus Arte, 2007), 2 hours 47 mins
A gigantic blood-red monster, made of steel and flames, floating on the still waters of Lake Constance -- this is Robert Carsen's unconventional vision of the setting of Verdi's masterpiece Il Trovatore for the 60th anniversary of the Bregenz Festival.
directed by Robert Carsen, 1954-; composed by Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901 (1852); conducted by Thomas Rösner; choreographed by Philippe Giraudeau, 1955-; designed by Paul Steinberg, Miruna Boruzescu, Patrick Woodroffe; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Carl Tanner, Iano Tamar, Željko Lučić, Marianne Cornetti, Giovanni Battista Parodi, Deanne Meek and José Luis Ordonez, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Choir and Chorus of the Bregenz Festival, in Il Trovatore (Opus Arte, 2007), 2 hours 47 mins