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Gounod: Faust Ballet Music; Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2; Delibes: Naila, Lakmé
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conducted by Jean-Claude Casadesus; performed by Orchestre National de Lille and Orchestre Symphonique de Radio-Télé-Luxembourg (Fioretti, 2009), 2 hours 36 mins
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Dido and Aeneas
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directed by Wayne McGregor, 1970-; composed by Henry Purcell, 1659-1695; conducted by Christopher Hogwood, 1941-2014; choreographed by Wayne McGregor, 1970-; designed by Hildegard Bechtler, 1951-, Fotini Dimou, Lucy Carter; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Sarah Connolly, 1963-, Lucas Meachem, Lucy Crowe, fl. 2002, Anita Watson, fl. 2005, Sara Fulgoni, fl. 1993, Eri Nakamura, fl. 2008, Pumeza Matshikiza, Iestyn Davies, 1979- and Ji-Min Park, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Royal Ballet, in Dido and Aeneas (Opus Arte, 2009), 1 hour
The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera join forces for Wayne McGregor's acclaimed fusion of music and movement, whose richly layered designs perfectly complement Purcell's telling of a classical tale of love thwarted by evil powers. With Sarah Connolly and Lucas Meachem in the title roles, Christopher Hogwood conduc...
directed by Wayne McGregor, 1970-; composed by Henry Purcell, 1659-1695; conducted by Christopher Hogwood, 1941-2014; choreographed by Wayne McGregor, 1970-; designed by Hildegard Bechtler, 1951-, Fotini Dimou, Lucy Carter; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Sarah Connolly, 1963-, Lucas Meachem, Lucy Crowe, fl. 2002, Anita Watson, fl. 2005, Sara Fulgoni, fl. 1993, Eri Nakamura, fl. 2008, Pumeza Matshikiza, Iestyn Davies, 1979- and Ji-Min Park, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Royal Ballet, in Dido and Aeneas (Opus Arte, 2009), 1 hour
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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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NBC Opera Theatre, Amahl and the Night Visitors
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conducted by Thomas Schippers, 1930-1977; choreographed by John Butler, 1918-1993; designed by Eugène Berman, 1899-1972, Eugène Berman, 1899-1972; produced by Samuel Chotzinoff, 1889-1964 and Allan Altman, 1961-; performed by Bill McIver, 1943-, Rosemary Kuhlmann, 1922-, Andrew McKinley, 1904-1996, David Aiken and Leon Lishner, 1913-1995, in NBC Opera Theatre, in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Showcase Productions, 2007), 46 mins
The yearly live telecasts of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors were a cherished Christmas tradition throughout the 1950s. In addition, since its premiere in 1951, Amahl has been performed regularly by community groups and small opera companies throughout the US, making it the single most popular...
conducted by Thomas Schippers, 1930-1977; choreographed by John Butler, 1918-1993; designed by Eugène Berman, 1899-1972, Eugène Berman, 1899-1972; produced by Samuel Chotzinoff, 1889-1964 and Allan Altman, 1961-; performed by Bill McIver, 1943-, Rosemary Kuhlmann, 1922-, Andrew McKinley, 1904-1996, David Aiken and Leon Lishner, 1913-1995, in NBC Opera Theatre, in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Showcase Productions, 2007), 46 mins
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Aida
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directed by Robert Wilson, 1941-; composed by Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901 (1871); conducted by Kazushi Ono; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Norma Fantini, Marco Berti, Ildikó Komlósi, 1959-, Mark Doss, Orlin Anastassov, Guido Jentjens, Michela Remor and André Grégoire, Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra, in Aida (Opus Arte, 2006), 2 hours 39 mins
Cult director Robert Wilson's highly stylised and intensely dramatic staging brings a Zen-like tranquillity to Verdi's great opera.
directed by Robert Wilson, 1941-; composed by Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901 (1871); conducted by Kazushi Ono; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Norma Fantini, Marco Berti, Ildikó Komlósi, 1959-, Mark Doss, Orlin Anastassov, Guido Jentjens, Michela Remor and André Grégoire, Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra, in Aida (Opus Arte, 2006), 2 hours 39 mins
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L'Orfeo
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directed by Pierre Audi; composed by Claudio Monteverdi, 1567-1643 (1606); conducted by Stephen Stubbs, 1951-; designed by Michael Simon, Jorge Jara, Jean Kalman, fl. 1979; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by John Mark Ainsley, 1963-, Juanita Lascarro, Brigitte Balleys, Russell Smythe, David Cordier, Michael Chance, 1955-, Mario Luperi, Bernarda Fink, Dean Robinson and Suzie LeBlanc, Tragicomedia and Concerto Palatino, in L'Orfeo (Opus Arte, 2006), 2 hours 20 mins
Intense and refined performances by an inspired cast, led by a profound and commanding John Mark Ainsley as the legendary tragic musician, are sustained with fluent ease and obvious affection by the ensemble under Stephen Stubbs.
directed by Pierre Audi; composed by Claudio Monteverdi, 1567-1643 (1606); conducted by Stephen Stubbs, 1951-; designed by Michael Simon, Jorge Jara, Jean Kalman, fl. 1979; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by John Mark Ainsley, 1963-, Juanita Lascarro, Brigitte Balleys, Russell Smythe, David Cordier, Michael Chance, 1955-, Mario Luperi, Bernarda Fink, Dean Robinson and Suzie LeBlanc, Tragicomedia and Concerto Palatino, in L'Orfeo (Opus Arte, 2006), 2 hours 20 mins
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Russian Nights
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conducted by Erich Kunzel, 1935-2009; performed by Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Telarc, 2006), 1 hour 6 mins
conducted by Erich Kunzel, 1935-2009; performed by Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (Telarc, 2006), 1 hour 6 mins
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Les Paladins
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directed by José Montalvo; composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau, 1683-1764 (1760); conducted by William Christie; choreographed by José Montalvo; designed by José Montalvo, Dominique Hervieu, Philippe Berthomé; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Topi Lehtipuu, Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Laurent Naouri, Sandrine Piau, René Schirrer, François Piolino and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Les Arts Florissants, in Les Paladins (Opus Arte, 2005), 2 hours 26 mins
Inspired by a fable by La Fontaine, Rameau produced perhaps his most brilliant music for his penultimate great work, blending reality and the surreal on several levels.
directed by José Montalvo; composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau, 1683-1764 (1760); conducted by William Christie; choreographed by José Montalvo; designed by José Montalvo, Dominique Hervieu, Philippe Berthomé; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Topi Lehtipuu, Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Laurent Naouri, Sandrine Piau, René Schirrer, François Piolino and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Les Arts Florissants, in Les Paladins (Opus Arte, 2005), 2 hours 26 mins
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Madama Butterfly
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directed by Robert Wilson, 1941-; composed by Giacomo Puccini, 1858-1924 (1903); conducted by Edo de Waart; designed by Frida Parmeggiani; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Cheryl Barker, Martin Thompson, Catherine Keen, Richard Stilwell, Anneleen Bijnen, Peter Blanchet, Roger Smeets, 1960-, Andrzej Saciuk, Harry Teeuwen, Bart Driessen, John van Halteren, Hiroko Mogaki, Janine Scheepers, Vesna Miletic and Marnix van der Moezel, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of the Netherlands Opera (DNO, De Nederlandse Opera, Dutch Opera), in Madama Butterfly (Opus Arte, 2005), 2 hours 49 mins
Robert Wilson's pure and highly stylised 2003 production enhances the timeless beauty of Puccini's moving Japanese tragedy.
directed by Robert Wilson, 1941-; composed by Giacomo Puccini, 1858-1924 (1903); conducted by Edo de Waart; designed by Frida Parmeggiani; produced by Hans Petri, fl. 1996-2017; performed by Cheryl Barker, Martin Thompson, Catherine Keen, Richard Stilwell, Anneleen Bijnen, Peter Blanchet, Roger Smeets, 1960-, Andrzej Saciuk, Harry Teeuwen, Bart Driessen, John van Halteren, Hiroko Mogaki, Janine Scheepers, Vesna Miletic and Marnix van der Moezel, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of the Netherlands Opera (DNO, De Nederlandse Opera, Dutch Opera), in Madama Butterfly (Opus Arte, 2005), 2 hours 49 mins
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performed by Nikolaus Lahusen (Celestial Harmonies, 2005), 59 mins
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