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Fabio Luisi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: Nabucco (2009/2001)

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Fabio Luisi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: Nabucco (2009/2001)

Fabio Luisi, Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: Nabucco (2009/2001)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.73 Gb (DVD9) | 126 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

After personal tragedies and the fiasco of his last opera Un giorno di regno, Verdi wanted to give up composing for ever. Fortunately he made a further attempt: Nabucco. His first real success, the first genuine “Verdi opera”, was born. Nabucco – the complex story of Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon, who proclaims himself God and is hereon affl icted with madness – remains a success with audiences. The renowned director Günter Krämer paid particular attention to the interpersonal component of the opera accentuating the conflict-ridden king’s loss of power as the core.

Paolo Arrivabeni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei (2005)

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Paolo Arrivabeni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei (2005)

Paolo Arrivabeni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 4.05 + 4.13 Gb (2xDVD5) | 137 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese, Japanese

In recent years not only music festivals but also important opera theatres have turned their attention towards the neglected masterpieces of the lyrical repertoire. Thus also Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, in a commendable effort, staged this Pia de’ Tolomei by Donizetti, with some of the best singers available today for this type of repertoire. Initial response to this opera, which was performed for the first time in 1837, was ambiguous, so much so that Donizetti re-worked it as many as three times. The version here recorded is that of the critical edition recently published by Ricordi, with the tragic finale originally conceived by the composer. The listener will undoubtedly wonder, once more, at Donizetti’s wealth of melodic inspiration, especially when it comes to the character of Pia, wonderfully interpreted, here, by Patrizia Ciofi.

Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Piotr Beczala, Anna Netrebko - Wagner: Lohengrin (2017) [UHD Blu-ray]

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Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Piotr Beczala, Anna Netrebko -  Wagner: Lohengrin (2017) [UHD Blu-ray]

Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden, Piotr Beczała, Anna Netrebko - Wagner: Lohengrin (2017) [UHD Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 42986 kbps / 2160p / 59.940 fps | 215 min | 86,5 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96 kHz / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 96 kHz / 6074 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese

DG presents the 2016 live recording of Lohengrin at the Dresden State Opera, conducted by Christian Thielemann and starring Piotr Beczala in the title role and Anna Netrebko as Elsa. Beczala’s Lohengrin was deemed “nothing short of spine tingling” by Opera News and ON hailed Netrebko’s performance in her first Wagnerian role as “utterly at home in Wagner’s Romantic universe.”

Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Due Foscari (2019) [UHD Blu-Ray]

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Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Due Foscari (2019) [UHD Blu-Ray]

Michele Mariotti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Verdi: I Due Foscari (2019) [UHD Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27106 kbps / 2160p / 50 fps | 122 min | 30,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3712 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

In his ‘new life’ as a baritone Plácido Domingo has triumphed in the role of Francesco Foscari in Los Angeles, London and Vienna. Now he takes to the role in La Scala, Milan, the theatre that is the symbol of Italian opera. I due Foscari, premiered in 1844, famously one of Verdi’s darkest operas, is staged by Alvis Hermanis, who made such an impact at the Salzburg Festival with Die Soldaten and Il trovatore. Domingo is joined by two of Italy’s most exciting singers, the soprano Anna Pirozzi and the tenor Francesco Meli, and the acclaimed Italian conductor Michele Mariotti. The Financial Times was deeply moved by Domingo’s performance, calling his interpretation of the role ‘sublime’.

Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)

Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.39 Gb (DVD9) | 109 min
Classical | Decca | Sub: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

This performance of Strauss' opera Salome, recorded in London, but based on an earlier performance at the Salzburg Festival, could be the perfect Salome on DVD for several years to come. In the first place the casting is superb. Malfitano and Terfel as Salome and Jokanaan are not to be surpassed in the next years. Malfitano does the Dance of the Seven Veils herself, which gives the performance an extra thrill. Herod is good too and as a bonus we see Anja Silja as Herodias, a well-known Salome herself in her younger days.

Zubin Mehta, Bavarian State Orchestra - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2017) [UHD Blu-Ray]

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Zubin Mehta, Bavarian State Orchestra - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2017) [UHD Blu-Ray]

Zubin Mehta, Bavarian State Orchestra - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2017) [UHD Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27245 kbps / 2160p / 50 fps | 149 min | 36,8 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3589 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 149 min | 10,4 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese

Munich’s new Ballo in maschera has received much critical acclaim: ‘This production shows what a utopia opera can be’ (Abendzeitung). Ten years after stepping down as music director of the Bavarian State Opera, Zubin Mehta returned to Munich in March 2016 to celebrate his 80th birthday conducting Verdi’s masterpiece for the first time in a staged production. His cast features some of today’s finest Verdi singers: soprano Anja Harteros, singing Amelia for the first time and ‘filling every note with Verdian intensity’, tenor Piotr Beczala as a ‘visually and vocally dashing Riccardo’ and George Petean as an ‘exemplary’ Renato (Neue Musikzeitung).

Daniel Oren, Orchestra e Coro dell' Arena di Verona - Verdi: Nabucco (2008)

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Daniel Oren, Orchestra e Coro dell' Arena di Verona - Verdi: Nabucco (2008)

Daniel Oren, Orchestra e Coro dell' Arena di Verona - Verdi: Nabucco (2008)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.47 Gb (DVD9) | 141 min
Classical | Decca | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

There is a good sense here of the fitness of things, and of their grandeur too. Guleghina is the Abigaille of out time: powerful, intense, wide of range, agile in passagework, and when need arises capable of softness. As Nabucco, the veteran Nucci comes through with impressive authority and stamina… Chorus and orchestra do the arena and its 2007 season credit. (Gramophone Classical Music Guide)

Ivan Fischer, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Choir - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (2013)

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Ivan Fischer, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Choir - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (2013)

Iván Fischer, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Choir - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2013)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23967 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 172 min | 36,5 GB
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 2044 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 172 min | 11,1 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Japanese

This 2012 recording of the most influential and wide spread oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach features the Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer, a visionary in his field, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. The double choir is the essential musical aspect on which Iván Fischer’s interpretation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is based. Only by consistently seizing on that duality will all the complementary layers stand out as they should. He describes this essential fundamental aspect as follows: “You can’t do the St. Matthew in an unreligious way. The only approach is from a deep, universally religious feeling.

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017) [BDRip]

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017) [BDRip]

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 4972 kbps / 23.976 fps | 104 min | 4,11 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 640 Kbps
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | Sub: Italian, French, English, German

Following on logically from his complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals, Paul Agnew – here both conductor and stage director – presents his intimate and ‘sacred’ version of the composer’s first opera (and the first great opera in musical history). In a fine collective spirit, the singers and instrumentalists of Les Arts Florissants participate in the drama on equal terms, mingling in a single set that gives increased prominence to the (masterly) lighting and to the protagonists (overwhelmingly moving in their restrained movements and expressions): we are transported to the very heart of Monteverdi’s masterpiece, as if we had fallen into a painting by Nicolas Poussin, caught up in the mystical adventure of two lovers more mythical than ever.

Evelino Pido, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Evelino Pido, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Evelino Pido, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca - Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 193 min | 41.6 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 16-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 193 min | 13,6 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish

With her sensational role debut at the Vienna State Opera, superstar diva Anna Netrebko displays a performance of rare vocal and dramatic power. The Russian soprano sings the role of the unjustly accused second wife of British King Henry VIII, ‘veering between indignant fury and tender righteousness’ and demonstrating a new level of confidence in her technique with excellent ‘passagework, particularly in trills, and seamless runs even to the lowest notes’ (Opera News).

Harry Bicket, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Andreas Scholl - Handel: Rodelinda (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Harry Bicket, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Andreas Scholl - Handel: Rodelinda (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Harry Bicket, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Renée Fleming, Andreas Scholl - Handel: Rodelinda (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 197 min | 41,1 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 197 min | 14,2 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Renée Fleming and Andreas Scholl lead a superb cast in Stephen Wadsworth’s celebrated production of Handel’s Rodelinda from the Metropolitan Opera – based on the "Live in HD" transmission to cinemas worldwide. The title role is unique in featuring no less than eight magnificent arias. Renée Fleming’s triumph in the first run of the production was hailed by The New York Times, "Ms Fleming draws on every resource of her artistry in this portrayal: luminous sound, exquisite ornamentation, floating high notes, emotional volatility."

Maurizio Benini, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Elina Garanca, Lawrence Brownlee - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2013) [Blu-Ray]

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Maurizio Benini, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Elina Garanca, Lawrence Brownlee - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2013) [Blu-Ray]

Maurizio Benini, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Elīna Garanča, Lawrence Brownlee - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2013) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 21996 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 163 min | 35,7 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: Italian / DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4122 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 163 min | 11,5 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24-bit
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese, Korean

Rossini’s classic take on the “Cinderella” story is a comic opera full of thrilling arias, beautiful melodies and lots of laughs. The Metropolitan’s charming production was revived in 2009 for star mezzo, Elīna Garanča. The mezzo triumphs in the role and dispatches vocal fireworks throughout. She is joined by American tenor Lawrence Brownlee and a cast of bel canto singers.

Gianandrea Noseda, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Bizet: Les Pecheurs de Perles (2017) [Blu-Ray]

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Gianandrea Noseda, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Bizet: Les Pecheurs de Perles (2017) [Blu-Ray]

Gianandrea Noseda, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (2017) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 120 min | 34,9 Gb
Audio1: Français / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 120 min | 8,48 Gb
Audio: Français / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Erato | Sub: French, English, German, Spanish

Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, set in Sri Lanka, is known above all for its unforgettable duet for tenor and baritone, but it its score is full of delightful and dramatic music. When recently staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York it proved a major success, both for the production by Penny Woolcock and the musical performance, conducted by Paolo Noseda, with (once again) Diana Damrau as the priestess Leïla and, as the two men competing for love, the tenor Matthew Polenzani (Nadir) and the baritone Mariusz Kwiecien (Zurga). Woolcock’s concept brought the production up to date, with photographic and video references to the 2004 tsunami, and offered a superb ‘aquatic’ spectacle during the overture: the whole stage appeared to be beneath the Indian Ocean and acrobatic divers ‘swam’ down from the surface (located in the flies of the theatre).

Vaclav Kaslik, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Wagner: Der fliegende Hollander (2008/1975)

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Vaclav Kaslik, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Wagner: Der fliegende Hollander (2008/1975)

Václav Kašlík, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bayerisches Staatsorchester - Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (2008/1975)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.31 Gb (DVD9) | 117 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This vivid film of Wagner's romantic opera succeeds in conveying what famously been called "the wind that blows out at you whenever you open the score", including Daland's boat anchoring against the Sandwike cliffs, the red-sailed phantom ship, and the ghost crew rising from the dead. "Scenes that recall classic horror films… Brilliantly successful" (Nürnberger Nachrichten). "Captures the work's essence" (Süddeutsche Zeitung). With a superb cast; conducted by Wagner authority Wolfgang Sawallisch.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2011)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2011)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus - Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2011)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 5.48 Gb + 3.87 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 149 min
Classical | Sony | Sub.: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

When this sumptuous production by Giancarlo del Monaco opened in 1995, legendary tenor Plácido Domingo gave a riveting performance as the fiery revolutionary Gabriele Adorno, a tenor part. In the 2010 revival, he made history by taking on the baritone title role, one of Verdi’s most fascinating characters, and thrilling audiences with his multifaceted and gripping portrayal. Boccanegra is beset on all sides, juggling political adversaries bent on murder with his love for his long-lost daughter Amelia (Adrianne Pieczonka). James Levine’s conducting brings out all the color and surging emotion of Verdi’s magnificent score.