Few classically trained singers have had the continued crossover success that Placido Domingo enjoys. He's reached the top of the charts with both his solo selections and his immensely popular collaborations with Pavarotti and Carreras. His strength as a performer is the classic love scene, as audiences melt to hear his powerful versions of great themes by Verdi, Wagner, and others. Outside of Opera, Domingo has enjoyed success with traditional Spanish love songs, as well as with pop music ("Perhaps Love" with John Denver and "Till I Loved You" with Jennifer Rush were huge chart toppers). In regard to Christmas music, it's just another day, another dollar for Domingo: his nearly annual holiday releases satisfy discerning listeners who are tired of Manheim Steamroller, while filling his coffers all the more. But let's not knock his talent for making money. Domingo is a true talent -- perhaps one of the greatest of the modern age.
Placido Domingo Concert Films
LA Opera Orchestra - Il Postino 2009 part 2
Runtime: 52 minIl Postino is an opera in three acts by Daniel Catán with a Spanish libretto by the composer. Based on the novel Ardiente paciencia by Antonio Skármeta and the film Il Postino by Michael Radford, the work contains elements of drama and comedy, integrating themes of love and friendship along with political and spiritual conflict.The opera premiered at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion by Los Angeles Opera on 23 September 2010.
Set on a small Italian island, exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda receives so much fan mail that a personal postman, Mario Ruoppolo, is hired to deliver his letters. Mario, smitten by Beatrice Russo, turns to Pablo for help writing poetry that would help him win the heart of the woman he longs for. Soon after, Mario and the barmaid fall in love and wed. In the third act, influenced by Pablo's works, Mario begins writing political poems and while reciting at a communist demonstration, violence breaks out and he receives a gunshot wound, killing him.
Il Postino was commissioned by Los Angeles Opera who co-produced the premiere production with the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Daniel Catán wrote the role of Pablo Neruda for Plácido Domingo, who sang it at the Los Angeles premiere and in subsequent performances in Vienna and Paris.
Live at Loreley
Runtime: 45 minPlacido Domingo performing on the spectacular stage near the famous Loreley rock! He is joined by the two sopranos Angel Blue, who has been described by Placido as ‘the next Leontyne Price’, and Micaëla Oeste, who was a member of the ‘Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist’ program with Washington National Opera, where she triumphed after stepping in mid-performance as Ophelie in Hamlet.
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Live at Lincoln Center
Runtime: 55 minIn this Soundstage special event, Josh Groban performs favorites from his best-selling albums in an intimate theatre setting. Taped at Rose Hall at the "Jazz at Lincoln Center" in New York City, this stunning performance includes Alla Luce del Sole", "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)", and "February Song". Special guest appearances by acclaimed jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and trumpeter Chris Botti. An internationally renowned performer who has sold more than 23 million albums worldwide, Josh Groban has thrilled a legion of devoted fans with his flawless baritone and extraordinary stage presence.
Symphony in Vienna
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minKicking off that phenomenally successful year, in January 2008, Sarah Brightman recorded and filmed Symphony -- Live in Vienna within the mystical walls of Stephansdome Cathedral in the heart of where classical music evolved -- Vienna, Austria. Renowned for its awe-inspiring Gothic architecture, the cathedral was the perfect setting to enter the magical world of Symphony lead by the voice of the beautiful, gothic-angel. This concert, Sarah Brightman Live in Vienna, includes repertoire from her album Symphony and some of her most popular songs ("Phantom of the Opera," "Time to Say Goodbye").
La Traviata: Teatro Real Madrid Act I
Runtime: 1 hr 39 minLa Traviata stands or falls on its lead singers and in Norah Amsellem and Rolando Villazon this 2005 Salzburg Festival performance has a pair whose electric interactions and brilliant singing are irresistible. If Amsellem can't quite provide the vocal bloom of the great Violettas of the past, hers is a lovely voice used with intelligence and dramatic intensity and she has the coloratura chops to deliver her Act I showpieces with flair. Villazon's tenor has ping on top, terrific color, and an impressive range of rubato, dynamic shadings, and interesting phrasing that makes Alfredo's music sound newly minted. The Germont is Thomas Hampson, no Verdi baritone but an astute singer and actor. Chorus and smaller roles are fine, the orchestra first-rate. Carlo Rizzi has odd notions about the music (usually too fast, sometimes way too slow) but this Traviata triumphs despite his conducting.
Hearing the Silence
Runtime: 60 minAn original portrait sketched under the sign of the German poet Holderin - the actor Bruno Ganz recites on of his poems at the beginning of the film. Claudio Abbado is sparing in his words although he is generous in his emotions. That is what makes this documentary special: Abbado talks about his illness (he was operated on for cancer in 2001) and the revolution this illness caused in his life, he shares a little of his private life and talks about his work as a conductor.
We also see him at the age of 35, in 1965, in an interview he gave in Vienna just after directing the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Bruckner’s First Symphony. We also find out that he and his companion Zubin Meha sang in the choirs of Musikverein under the direction of Bruno Walter, Herbert von Karajan, Hermann Scherchen and Joseph Krips solely for the purpose of attending the rehearsals of these legendary conductors.
Many interviews of orchestra musicians, namely those from Berlin who talk about his departure in 2002, provide us with a clearer picture of his personality. As for the testimonial of is friend Bruno Ganz, it gives us a very personal insight into this exceptional being.
Sehnsucht - Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Runtime: 58 minBeethoven, Mozart, Weber and Wagner, performed by German tenor Jonas Kaufmann and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, under the direction of Michael Güttler.
This recital includes masterpieces such as Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön, from The Magic Flute by Mozart, In fernem Land, from Wagner's Lohengrin, the Valkyrie's Winterstürme, or excerpts from Weber's Freischütz.
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minThe legendary Luciano Pavarotti duets unforgettably with a host of the world’s greatest musical stars, including Elton John, Bono, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and many more, in a programme featuring such classics as Live Like Horses, Miss Sarajevo, The Magic Of Love, It’s A Man’s World and ’O sole mio.
Summer Night Concert 2015
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minThe Vienna Philharmonic performed its annual Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, an open-air concert with free admission, in the unique ambience of the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Zubin Mehta conducted the Summer Night Concert with Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist.
This year's concert, which also represented the opening concert of the Vienna Festival, was attended by 100,000 visitors.
With this open-air concert in Schönbrunn, the Vienna Philharmonic wishes to provide all Viennese, as well as visitors to the city, with a special musical experience in the impressive setting of Schönbrunn Palace and its beautiful baroque gardens, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Life and Art
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minMaria Callas died on 16th September 1977 at the age of 53. She had been, without doubt, the 20th century's greatest soprano, but was equally famous for events in her private life, her reclusive later years and for the silence she imposed on herself. As well as her stunning musical performances, her reputation depended on the drama she invested in her roles, revealing to the public the true nature of characters such as Tosca, Norma, Médée or Violetta in La traviata. This film reveals her character as well as celebrating her vocal art and her dramatic talents. It shows her as a woman and as a diva, constantly torn between her personal aspirations and her artistic ambitions.