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  • Un Ballo in Maschera Act II

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Year: 1989

    Runtime: 1 hr 25 min

    The outstanding production of Verdi’s Masked Ball at the Salzburg Festivals 1989 and 1990 was Herbert von Karajan’s legacy to the Festival. Supported by a cast of superlative actor-singers in opulent scenery, Sir George Solti agreed to conduct the opera at short notice after Karajan’s unexpected death in 1989. The production had been expected to be a highlight in Karajan’s series of Verdi operas at Salzburg. Karajan’s celebrated ability to unite a cultivated sound with dramatic effects was known to create extraordinary and highly acclaimed opera events. For Un ballo in maschera Karajan planned something unusual: He would not set the opera in colonial Massachusetts, as the censors had forced Verdi to do when he was composing the work, but in Stockholm in the 1790s at the court of King Gustav III of Sweden, as Verdi had originally conceived his work. Together with the film director John Schlesinger and his stage team, Karajan developed a concept that promised theatrical splendour equal to the musical excellence that the conductor and the handpicked cast of singers would surely provide in collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. But this was not to be: stage rehearsals had already begun for the opening performance of the 1989 festival when Karajan died on 16 July. Therefore it was extraordinarily lucky that a conductor of Sir Georg Solti’s standing, was prepared to undertake the task just a week before the premiere, and with the whole world watching. He and the staging by Hollywood film director John Schlesinger was acclaimed by audience and press alike.

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  • Together For The Children Of Bosnia

    Luciano Pavarotti & Friends

    Year: 1996

    Runtime: 1 hr 31 min

    World-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti lends his beautifully powerful voice to a good cause, as he and some of his most talented friends get together in support of the displaced children of war torn Bosnia. With famous musicians like soft pop crooner Michael Bolton, Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon, Irish folk stars the Chieftains, and U2's Bono and The Edge at his side, Pavorotti gives heartfelt performances all the way through this 80 minute event. Much of the proceeds from this video's sale will be donated to War Child's Mostar Music Centre.

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  • Live at Carnegie Hall, NY

    The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 1 hr 16 min

    The magic of Mozart takes center stage as pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and soprano Dorothea Röschmann join Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra for an evening of Viennese favorites.
    The program includes Mozart's beloved “Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453”, performed by acclaimed pianist and Multi-Grammy Award winner Leif Ove Andsnes, who is rapidly becoming known for his Mozart interpretations, and selections from the composer's opera “Le Nozze di Figaro” with soprano Dorothea Röschmann; the “Light Cavalry Overture” by Franz von Suppé; and to cap off the evening, “Artist's Life,” “Annen-Polka”, and the Overture to “Die Fledermaus” by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss Jr.
    Long considered one of America’s great orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra stands today among the world’s most-revered symphonic ensembles.

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  • Un Ballo in Maschera Act I

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Year: 1989

    Runtime: 52 min

    The outstanding production of Verdi’s Masked Ball at the Salzburg Festivals 1989 and 1990 was Herbert von Karajan’s legacy to the Festival. Supported by a cast of superlative actor-singers in opulent scenery, Sir George Solti agreed to conduct the opera at short notice after Karajan’s unexpected death in 1989. The production had been expected to be a highlight in Karajan’s series of Verdi operas at Salzburg. Karajan’s celebrated ability to unite a cultivated sound with dramatic effects was known to create extraordinary and highly acclaimed opera events. For Un ballo in maschera Karajan planned something unusual: He would not set the opera in colonial Massachusetts, as the censors had forced Verdi to do when he was composing the work, but in Stockholm in the 1790s at the court of King Gustav III of Sweden, as Verdi had originally conceived his work. Together with the film director John Schlesinger and his stage team, Karajan developed a concept that promised theatrical splendour equal to the musical excellence that the conductor and the handpicked cast of singers would surely provide in collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. But this was not to be: stage rehearsals had already begun for the opening performance of the 1989 festival when Karajan died on 16 July. Therefore it was extraordinarily lucky that a conductor of Sir Georg Solti’s standing, was prepared to undertake the task just a week before the premiere, and with the whole world watching. He and the staging by Hollywood film director John Schlesinger was acclaimed by audience and press alike.

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  • Christmas at Notre Dame

    Luciano Pavarotti

    Year: 1978

    Runtime: 51 min

    Luciano Pavarotti at his best during the 1978 Christmas concert. The first video recording of this great singer in a magnificent performance of sacred music at the historic Montreal Notre-Dame basilica.

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  • The Club Album Concert

    Anne Sophie Mutter

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 9 min

    In May 2015 Anne-Sophie Mutter put her noble, impressively named “Lord Dunn-Raven” Stradivarius through more than ist usual paces. For a change, rather than standing on stage in one of the world’s renowned well-tempered grand concert halls, she spent two evenings playing in a tiny graffiti-scrawled nightclub in the Friedrichshain district of Berlin. The name of the club was Neue Heimat, or “new home”, and on two evenings in early summer it was jam-packed with hip young people.

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  • Live at Loreley

    Placido Domingo

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 45 min

    Placido 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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  • La Traviata: Teatro Real Madrid Act I

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 39 min

    La 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.

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  • Tristan and Isolde

    Wagner

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 4 hr 9 min

    Wagner's supporters say that he took music to new heights of expression here; his detractors say it's the death-knell for melody and structure. It's four hours of aching yearning that does not rest until the last few minutes of the opera.

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  • Keeping Score - Berlious Symphonie Fantastique

    Hector Berlioz

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 50 min

    In 1827, Berlioz saw Harriet Smithson for the first time, playing Ophelia in a production of Hamlet. Hopelessly smitten, he turned his entire life upside down to meet her. Frantic months turned into years when he suddenly heard rumors about Harriet and another man. Believing himself cured, he wrote a ‘fantastic’ symphony complete with a special theme, the idée fixe, to represent his former obsession.

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  • R. Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelung - Siegfried - Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 13 min

    To honor Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday, Latin America’s famous opera house in Buenos Aires hosts a one-of-a-kind project: Performing Wagner’s powerful music drama “The Ring of the Nibelung” on stage in a single day.
    Wagner wrote the libretto and music over the course of about twenty-six years, from 1848 to 1874. The four parts that constitute the Ring cycle are, in sequence: Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).
    Behind this exquisite live performance of “Siegfried” is the Teatro Colón Orchestra lead by conductor Roberto Paternostro. The musical adaptation by Cord Garben. Leonid Zakhozhaev sings for Siegfried and the part of Bruenhilde is sang by Linda Watson.
    Stage Director Valentina Carrasco, who has worked with the award-winning Catalonian theatre group “La Fura dels Baus” for the past ten years, transposes the “Colón Ring” into the 1970s – the period of Argentina’s military dictatorship. Symbols of that age are seen on the costumes, while the characters also make references to the period in their behavior and gestures.

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  • Ballet's Greatest Hits

    Various Artists

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 38 min

    Presented by Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), the world’s largest dance education initiative, and subject of the award-winning ballet documentary “First Position,” “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” presents a one-of-a-kind glimpse of ballet from today and yesterday. The film is hosted by “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe, and stars leading figures from the world of ballet. Dancers such as Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Skylar Brandt, Marcelo Gomes, Veronika Part and Hee Seo from American Ballet Theatre, Taras Domitro and Maria Kochetkova of San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet favorites Ashley Bouder and Daniel Ulbricht, Matthew Golding of Dutch National Ballet, Alejandro Virelles of Boston Ballet and Greta Hodgkinson of National Ballet of Canada perform iconic roles from the classical repertoire including Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle, Flames of Paris and Don Quixote. Audiences will gain special insight from backstage interviews with the performers and ballet luminaries such as Alexei Ratmansky, Angel Corella, Benjamin Millepied, Edward Villella, Jose Manuel Carreño, Mathieu and Denys Ganio, Matthew Bourne, Susan Jaffe and many others. See them dance, hear them talk and feel their passion in a unique dialogue between ballet’s history and its present.

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  • The Club Album Concert

    Anne Sophie Mutter

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 9 min

    In May 2015 Anne-Sophie Mutter put her noble, impressively named “Lord Dunn-Raven” Stradivarius through more than ist usual paces. For a change, rather than standing on stage in one of the world’s renowned well-tempered grand concert halls, she spent two evenings playing in a tiny graffiti-scrawled nightclub in the Friedrichshain district of Berlin. The name of the club was Neue Heimat, or “new home”, and on two evenings in early summer it was jam-packed with hip young people.

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  • Verdi: Don Carlo

    Antonio Pappano

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 3 hr 55 min

    Giuseppe Verdi's late opera Don Carlo delivers all the big topics while the ultra-simple décor in Peter Stein's production provides a spartan counterpoint to the dramatic action. With star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role.

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  • Cinderella: Paris Opera Ballet Act III

    Cinderella

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 43 min

    The premiere of Cinderella in 1948 was a major event. It was the first full-length ballet to come out of Britain and it was created for Sadler’s Wells Ballet (now The Royal Ballet), who had taken residence at the Royal Opera House just two years before. Cinderella displays some of the most dazzling choreography of Frederick Ashton’s career. It draws on the formal perfection of classical French and Russian ballet as well as popular English forms, from pantomime to music hall.

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  • Cosi Fan tutte at Glyndebourne Act I

    Cosi Fan Tutte

    Year: 2002

    Runtime: 1 hr 38 min

    Dramma Giocosa in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Once the Cinderella amongst Mozart’s mature operas – condemned as immoral by no less a figure than Beethoven and dismissed as misogynistic by some later commentators – Così Fan Tutte (whose title might be translated ‘Typical women!’) is now regarded by many connoisseurs as perhaps the composer’s finest opera: a wickedly seductive comedy of erotic manners and amorous deception (and self-deception) by both the sexes.

    Nicholas Hytner’s elegantly classical 2006 Festival production of Cosi Fan Tutte from Glyndebourne rejoices in all the subtle characterization and dramatic surefootedness that you’d expect from the Director of the National Theatre. Featuring a genuinely youthful cast of confused young lovers, Mozart’s opera is conducted by the young German Patrick Lange, a former assistant to Claudio Abbado and currently Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper in Berlin.

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  • Don Carlo: De Nederlandse Opera

    Don Carlos

    Year: 2003

    Runtime: 1 hr 18 min

    The drama of ideas by the German poet Friedrich Schiller was transformed by the composer Giuseppe Verdi into an opera combining monumental crowd scenes with sharply etched portraits of individual personages. Universal political themes are interwoven with the emotional conflicts of the main characters. The Spanish crown prince’s love for Elisabeth van Valois, unrequitable for dynastic reasons, is set against the backdrop of military confrontations between Spain and the Netherlands and the terror of the Inquisition. In this work we clearly see how Verdi develops in the direction of the through-composed drama, while the solo scenes and duets, such as those between the two friends Carlos and Posa, are highly charged with emotion.

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  • New Year's Concert 2013

    Franz Welser

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 2 hr 39 min

    Since 1939, The Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Concert has become a tradition and the world's most famous classical music event. For the second time in three years,celebrated conductor Franz Welser-Most returns to the podium for this extraordinary event. Welser-Most is the music director of The Cleveland Orchestra,General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.

    The Vienna New Year's Concert is unique and has often been imitated, but not equaled, with a live broadcast on television in over 70 countries around the world with over 40 million viewers

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  • Giselle: Royal Opera House 2006

    Giselle

    Year: 2005

    Runtime: 1 hr 50 min

    Perhaps the most celebrated ballet of the Romantic era, Adolphe Adam's intoxicating ballet Giselle is the dramatic story of a peasant girl whose betrayal by her aristocratic lover causes her to go mad before dying and returning as a ghost. Featuring the fabulous Alina Cojocaru in the title role and Johan Kobborg as a torn Count Albrecht, Peter Wright's sparkling production and John Macfarlane's pastoral designs create an opulent feast for the eyes, here captured in High Definition video and true surround sound

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  • La Traviata: Teatro Real Madrid Act I

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 39 min

    La 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.

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  • La Traviata: Teatro Real Madrid Act II

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 45 min

    La 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.

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  • Un Ballo in Maschera Act I

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Year: 1989

    Runtime: 52 min

    The outstanding production of Verdi’s Masked Ball at the Salzburg Festivals 1989 and 1990 was Herbert von Karajan’s legacy to the Festival. Supported by a cast of superlative actor-singers in opulent scenery, Sir George Solti agreed to conduct the opera at short notice after Karajan’s unexpected death in 1989. The production had been expected to be a highlight in Karajan’s series of Verdi operas at Salzburg. Karajan’s celebrated ability to unite a cultivated sound with dramatic effects was known to create extraordinary and highly acclaimed opera events. For Un ballo in maschera Karajan planned something unusual: He would not set the opera in colonial Massachusetts, as the censors had forced Verdi to do when he was composing the work, but in Stockholm in the 1790s at the court of King Gustav III of Sweden, as Verdi had originally conceived his work. Together with the film director John Schlesinger and his stage team, Karajan developed a concept that promised theatrical splendour equal to the musical excellence that the conductor and the handpicked cast of singers would surely provide in collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. But this was not to be: stage rehearsals had already begun for the opening performance of the 1989 festival when Karajan died on 16 July. Therefore it was extraordinarily lucky that a conductor of Sir Georg Solti’s standing, was prepared to undertake the task just a week before the premiere, and with the whole world watching. He and the staging by Hollywood film director John Schlesinger was acclaimed by audience and press alike.

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  • Un Ballo in Maschera Act II

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Year: 1989

    Runtime: 1 hr 25 min

    The outstanding production of Verdi’s Masked Ball at the Salzburg Festivals 1989 and 1990 was Herbert von Karajan’s legacy to the Festival. Supported by a cast of superlative actor-singers in opulent scenery, Sir George Solti agreed to conduct the opera at short notice after Karajan’s unexpected death in 1989. The production had been expected to be a highlight in Karajan’s series of Verdi operas at Salzburg. Karajan’s celebrated ability to unite a cultivated sound with dramatic effects was known to create extraordinary and highly acclaimed opera events. For Un ballo in maschera Karajan planned something unusual: He would not set the opera in colonial Massachusetts, as the censors had forced Verdi to do when he was composing the work, but in Stockholm in the 1790s at the court of King Gustav III of Sweden, as Verdi had originally conceived his work. Together with the film director John Schlesinger and his stage team, Karajan developed a concept that promised theatrical splendour equal to the musical excellence that the conductor and the handpicked cast of singers would surely provide in collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. But this was not to be: stage rehearsals had already begun for the opening performance of the 1989 festival when Karajan died on 16 July. Therefore it was extraordinarily lucky that a conductor of Sir Georg Solti’s standing, was prepared to undertake the task just a week before the premiere, and with the whole world watching. He and the staging by Hollywood film director John Schlesinger was acclaimed by audience and press alike.

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  • Mahler: Symphony No.8

    Gustavo Dudamel

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 1 hr 30 min

    Seen in hundreds of theatres across North and South America, this is the emotionally charged culmination of Gustavo Dudamel's 2012 Mahler cycles in Los Angeles and Caracas: Mahler's Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand" - 1400 American and Venezuelan performers assembled for a once-in-a-generation event and one of the most ambitious live recordings ever made. "This was not just a grand performance, it was a communal one. The chorus, which included 400 children who sang from memory, was simply indescribable as the many became one. The soloists also flourished in these remarkable surroundings" (Los Angeles Times).

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  • Keeping Score - Berlious Symphonie Fantastique

    Hector Berlioz

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 50 min

    In 1827, Berlioz saw Harriet Smithson for the first time, playing Ophelia in a production of Hamlet. Hopelessly smitten, he turned his entire life upside down to meet her. Frantic months turned into years when he suddenly heard rumors about Harriet and another man. Believing himself cured, he wrote a ‘fantastic’ symphony complete with a special theme, the idée fixe, to represent his former obsession.

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  • Sehnsucht - Münchner Rundfunkorchester

    Jonas Kaufmann

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 58 min

    Beethoven, 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.

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  • Teatro Real Madrid Act I

    La Boheme

    Year: 2005

    Runtime: 59 min

    Madrid's legendary Teatro Real staged this production of Giacomo Puccini's seminal opera La Bohème, starring Inva Mula, Aquiles Machado and Jesús López Cobos in the principal roles. Giancarlo del Monaco directed for the stage, Michael Scott designed the sets and costumes, and The Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real provide musical accompaniment.

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  • Teatro Real Madrid Act II

    La Boheme

    Year: 2005

    Runtime: 1 hr 5 min

    Madrid's legendary Teatro Real staged this production of Giacomo Puccini's seminal opera La Bohème, starring Inva Mula, Aquiles Machado and Jesús López Cobos in the principal roles. Giancarlo del Monaco directed for the stage, Michael Scott designed the sets and costumes, and The Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real provide musical accompaniment.

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  • Christmas at Notre Dame

    Luciano Pavarotti

    Year: 1978

    Runtime: 51 min

    Luciano Pavarotti at his best during the 1978 Christmas concert. The first video recording of this great singer in a magnificent performance of sacred music at the historic Montreal Notre-Dame basilica.

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  • Together For The Children Of Bosnia

    Luciano Pavarotti & Friends

    Year: 1996

    Runtime: 1 hr 31 min

    World-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti lends his beautifully powerful voice to a good cause, as he and some of his most talented friends get together in support of the displaced children of war torn Bosnia. With famous musicians like soft pop crooner Michael Bolton, Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon, Irish folk stars the Chieftains, and U2's Bono and The Edge at his side, Pavorotti gives heartfelt performances all the way through this 80 minute event. Much of the proceeds from this video's sale will be donated to War Child's Mostar Music Centre.

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  • Madame Butterfly: Teatro Real Madrid Acts I & II

    Madame Butterfly

    Year: 2002

    Runtime: 52 min

    Robert Wilson’s pure and highly stylised 2003 production enhances the timeless beauty of Puccini’s moving Japanese tragedy. Cheryl Barker and Martin Thompson lead an inspired cast in a highly charged recording from the Amsterdam Muziektheater with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by a masterful and passionate Edo de Waart.

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  • Madame Butterfly: Teatro Real Madrid Acts III & IV

    Madame Butterfly

    Year: 2002

    Runtime: 1 hr 30 min

    Robert Wilson’s pure and highly stylised 2003 production enhances the timeless beauty of Puccini’s moving Japanese tragedy. Cheryl Barker and Martin Thompson lead an inspired cast in a highly charged recording from the Amsterdam Muziektheater with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by a masterful and passionate Edo de Waart.

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  • Manon Royal Opera House

    Manon

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 42 min

    Kenneth MacMillan’s full-length ballets repay countless viewings: this was the 213th performance of his *Manon* at the Royal Opera House and even if one had seen them all, I expect there would still be something new to catch the eye. No-one does panoramic crowd scenes as he did; with so many little stories playing out behind the main narrative thread. It’s a formulaic approach: eight of the nine first scenes of each Act in MacMillan’s most frequently performed ballets (Manon, Mayerling and Romeo & Juliet) involve a crowded stage; only the lovers’ intimacy in the latter’s Act III opening bedroom scene breaks the mould.

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  • Maria Callas - Life And Art

    Maria Callas

    Year: 1998

    Runtime: 1 hr 15 min

    Maria Callas - Life And Art is a brilliant documentary of opera diva Maria Callas. The documentary ncludes extensive interviews with her friends and colleagues, as well as priceless performance footage.

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  • Diva Of Dance

    Maya Plisseskaya

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 51 min

    These filmed excerpts at the Bolshoi Theatre between 1945 and 1977 bear witness to the unique and eternal art of the prima ballerina assoluta Maya Plisetskaya: unique because of the height of her jumps, the incredible fluidity of her arms and the longevity of her career (she was born on 1925 and danced until she was seventy). Unique also because, like Maria Callas, another prima diva assoluta, she was able to reconcile the most amazing technique with the most dramatic expression; her dancing is intelligent.

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  • Acts 1 & 2

    Mayerling

    Year: 1993

    Runtime: 1 hr 33 min

    The Royal Ballet presents a stellar cast in Kenneth MacMillan's daring and powerful ballet, filmed in 1994, with John Lanchbery's sumptuous scoring of music by Franz Liszt. The dramatic soundscape is matched by MacMillan’s penetrating interpretation of the events surrounding the double suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary and his young mistress, Mary Vetsera, at Mayerling in January 1889.

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  • Acts 3 & 4

    Mayerling

    Year: 1993

    Runtime: 38 min

    The Royal Ballet presents a stellar cast in Kenneth MacMillan's daring and powerful ballet, filmed in 1994, with John Lanchbery's sumptuous scoring of music by Franz Liszt. The dramatic soundscape is matched by MacMillan’s penetrating interpretation of the events surrounding the double suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary and his young mistress, Mary Vetsera, at Mayerling in January 1889.

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  • Otello: Royal Opera House Pioneer Act I

    Otello

    Year: 1991

    Runtime: 1 hr 12 min

    In what many believe to be the finest production of Otello in modern times, Plácido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa lead a world-class cast under the exquisite musical direction of Sir Georg Solti. An outstanding performance of the first of Verdi's two late Shakespearian operas, universally regarded as sublime masterpieces of grand opera.

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  • Otello: Royal Opera House Pioneer Act II

    Otello

    Year: 2003

    Runtime: 1 hr 20 min

    In what many believe to be the finest production of Otello in modern times, Plácido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa lead a world-class cast under the exquisite musical direction of Sir Georg Solti. An outstanding performance of the first of Verdi's two late Shakespearian operas, universally regarded as sublime masterpieces of grand opera.

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  • Live at Loreley

    Placido Domingo

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 45 min

    Placido 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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  • The Ring of the Nibelung - Götterdämmerung - Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires

    Richard Wagner

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 23 min

    To honor Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday, Latin America’s famous opera house in Buenos Aires hosts a one-of-a-kind project: Performing Wagner’s powerful music drama “The Ring of the Nibelung” on stage in a single day. Stage Director Valentina Carrasco, who has worked with the award-winning Catalonian theatre group “La Fura dels Baus” for the past ten years, transposes the “Colón Ring” into the 1970s – the period of Argentina’s military dictatorship. Symbols of that age are seen on the costumes, while the characters also make references to the period in their behavior and gestures.

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  • A Mexican Dream

    Rolando Villazon

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 59 min

    The film opens with a ride across the Mexican metropolis, home to eighteen million, in one of the famous green Beetle taxis. This is where the tenor Rolando Villazón was born. With a gaze that is part Mr. Bean and part Latin lover, he has sung his way into the hearts of opera fans around the world. Before Villazón’s thoughts ever turned to the stage, he attended school like every other boy. Twenty years later, he is now returning to his alma mater, the German Alexander von Humboldt school in Mexico City. “Somehow it’s strange,” says Villazón, standing among the small boys in the school courtyard. “I was one of them, and now I realize that the child I was back then still exists today. And now I know that this child must always have been within me, because he is who I am now.”
    It is with a nearly childish delight that he cavorts about the stage today - for instance, in the legendary La Traviata production at the 2005 Salzburg Festival. He and Anna Netrebko rehearsed and played probably the most passionate and tragic couple in opera literature.
    The filmmakers Daniel Finkernagel and Alexander Lück accompanied the tenor for two years, making a documentary that does not follow a strict timeline, but moves between present and past when it suits the film’s thematic focus.
    The visit to Mexico arouses many memories, and Villazón talks about special moments in his past for the first time with the camera crew: his first dressing room, the small stage at the Theatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, where Rolando sang in his first competition, his first bout of nervousness, the seminary where Rolando worked as a history teacher for five years and even considered becoming a priest himself.
    In addition to revisiting the past, the film shows everyday moments in the life of a tenor who is in demand around the world: acclaimed performances at the Liceo Barcelona, intense rehearsals with Anna Netrebko for the Salzburg Traviata, and his breakthrough performance in 2005 as a marvelously suffering Don Jose at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.
    A Mexican Dream tells the story of Rolando Villazón’s life, from his early years to his great successes. It is less a chronological biography than an exploration of the thoughts and feelings of one of the great singers of our time.

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  • Romeo et Juliette: Royal Opera House Acts I & II

    Romeo Et Juliette

    Year: 1994

    Runtime: 1 hr 12 min

    Sir Charles Mackerras teases the romantic beauty from Gounod’s score, which has been much admired and performed since its first performance, at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, in 1867. In this 1994 recording, the youthful Roberto Alagna as Roméo, and Leontina Vaduva as the unattainable Juliette, lead an excellent cast in a touching portrayal of this story of impossible love, based on the play by William Shakespeare.

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  • Romeo et Juliette: Royal Opera House Acts III - V

    Romeo Et Juliette

    Year: 1994

    Runtime: 1 hr 47 min

    Sir Charles Mackerras teases the romantic beauty from Gounod’s score, which has been much admired and performed since its first performance, at the Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, in 1867. In this 1994 recording, the youthful Roberto Alagna as Roméo, and Leontina Vaduva as the unattainable Juliette, lead an excellent cast in a touching portrayal of this story of impossible love, based on the play by William Shakespeare.

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  • Sleeping Beauty Act I

    Sleeping Beauty

    Year: 2002

    Runtime: 1 hr 34 min

    Marius Petipa's demanding but enchanting choreography of Tchaikovsky's romantic fairytale The Sleeping Beauty is one of the best-loved of all classical ballets. This recording of Anthony Dowell's gloriously romantic 1994 production, with charming, dreamlike designs by Maria Bjørnson, features an all-star cast led by Viviana Durante as a charismatic Princess Aurora, Zoltán Solymosi as a delightful Prince Florimund and Anthony Dowell as a wonderfully dishevelled Carabosse. The Royal Ballet, in exceptionally fine form, is beautifully accompanied by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Barry Wordsworth.

    Princess Aurora: Viviana Durante
    Prince Florimund: Zoltán Solymosi
    Carabosse: Anthony Dowell
    Lilac Fairy: Benazir Hussein
    King Florestan: William Tuckett
    The Queen: Elizabeth McGorian

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  • Sleeping Beauty Act II

    Sleeping Beauty

    Year: 2002

    Runtime: 42 min

    Marius Petipa's demanding but enchanting choreography of Tchaikovsky's romantic fairytale The Sleeping Beauty is one of the best-loved of all classical ballets. This recording of Anthony Dowell's gloriously romantic 1994 production, with charming, dreamlike designs by Maria Bjørnson, features an all-star cast led by Viviana Durante as a charismatic Princess Aurora, Zoltán Solymosi as a delightful Prince Florimund and Anthony Dowell as a wonderfully dishevelled Carabosse. The Royal Ballet, in exceptionally fine form, is beautifully accompanied by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Barry Wordsworth.

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  • Swan Lake - Paris Opera Ballet Acts 3 & 4

    Tchaikovsky

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 6 min

    Choreographer Rudolf Nureyev offers an emotional and dreamlike interpretation of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, SWAN LAKE. Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake video It is performed with lyrical beauty by the Paris Opera Ballet's celebrated dancers. Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake film Agnes Letestu, Jose Martinez, and Karl Paquette are featured in this Paris Opera Ballet production of the Tchaikovsky ballet choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev and conducted by Vello Paehn.

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  • Swan Lake - Paris Opera Ballets Acts 1 & 2

    Tchaikovsky

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 16 min

    Choreographer Rudolf Nureyev offers an emotional and dreamlike interpretation of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, SWAN LAKE. Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake video It is performed with lyrical beauty by the Paris Opera Ballet's celebrated dancers. Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake film Agnes Letestu, Jose Martinez, and Karl Paquette are featured in this Paris Opera Ballet production of the Tchaikovsky ballet choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev and conducted by Vello Paehn.

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  • Swan Lake - Royal Ballet Acts 3 & 4

    Tchaikovsky

    Year: 2008

    Runtime: 59 min

    Yolanda Sonnabend's Fabergé-inspired designs evoke the world of Imperial Russia in Anthony Dowell's acclaimed production for The Royal Ballet of one of the world's best-loved ballets. Marianela Nuñez as Odette/Odile and Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried bring new vitality to a compelling story of tragic romance. The Russian conductor Valeriy Ovsyanikov directs the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Tchaikovsky's lush romantic score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

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  • Swan Lake -The Royal Ballet Acts 1 & 2

    Tchaikovsky

    Year: 2008

    Runtime: 1 hr 6 min

    Yolanda Sonnabend's Fabergé-inspired designs evoke the world of Imperial Russia in Anthony Dowell's acclaimed production for The Royal Ballet of one of the world's best-loved ballets. Marianela Nuñez as Odette/Odile and Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried bring new vitality to a compelling story of tragic romance. The Russian conductor Valeriy Ovsyanikov directs the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Tchaikovsky's lush romantic score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

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  • Live at Carnegie Hall, NY

    The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 1 hr 16 min

    The magic of Mozart takes center stage as pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and soprano Dorothea Röschmann join Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra for an evening of Viennese favorites.
    The program includes Mozart's beloved “Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453”, performed by acclaimed pianist and Multi-Grammy Award winner Leif Ove Andsnes, who is rapidly becoming known for his Mozart interpretations, and selections from the composer's opera “Le Nozze di Figaro” with soprano Dorothea Röschmann; the “Light Cavalry Overture” by Franz von Suppé; and to cap off the evening, “Artist's Life,” “Annen-Polka”, and the Overture to “Die Fledermaus” by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss Jr.
    Long considered one of America’s great orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra stands today among the world’s most-revered symphonic ensembles.

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  • The Tales of Beatrix Potter

    The Tales Of Beatrix Potter

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 1 hr 13 min

    Mounted at London's historic Royal Opera House, this production of Frederick Ashton's ballet Tales of Beatrix Potter that features retellings of many of the author's most popular children's stories. John Lanchbery composed the music, and Paul Murphy conducted the orchestra.

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  • Mozart Don Giovanni Feature

    Thomas Hengelbrock

    Year: 2015

    Runtime: 2 hr 55 min

    Philipp Himmelmann's staging of Don Giovanni boasts a star cast: Erwin Schrott performs in his signature role alongside Anna Netrebko.

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  • Teatro Real Madrid Act II

    Tosca

    Year: 2003

    Runtime: 45 min

    One of the late 19th and early 20th century composer Giacomo Puccini's operatic masterworks, Tosca receives a new interpretation in this stage production mounted by Nuria Espert and filmed at the Teatro Real in January 2004 on high-definition video. The now age-old story, by Victorien Sardu, unfolds around 1800 in Rome. The premise involves a series of political intrigues that spring up when Floria Tosca falls in love with Mario Cavaradossi, a painter who has illegally assisted her brother Cesare Angelotti in escaping from the malevolent police chief Scarpia. Hot on the trail of Angelotti,Scarpia arrests Cavaradossi and refuses to release him unless Tosca accedes to his amorous demands; a number of betrayals and homicides follow. In this production, acclaimed soprano Daniela Dessi interprets the role of Tosca, with Fabio Armiliato as Cavaradossi, Ruggero Raimondi as Scarpia, and Marco Spotti as Angelotti. The Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid provide musical accompaniment.

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  • Ballet's Greatest Hits

    Various Artists

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 38 min

    Presented by Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), the world’s largest dance education initiative, and subject of the award-winning ballet documentary “First Position,” “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” presents a one-of-a-kind glimpse of ballet from today and yesterday. The film is hosted by “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe, and stars leading figures from the world of ballet. Dancers such as Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Skylar Brandt, Marcelo Gomes, Veronika Part and Hee Seo from American Ballet Theatre, Taras Domitro and Maria Kochetkova of San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet favorites Ashley Bouder and Daniel Ulbricht, Matthew Golding of Dutch National Ballet, Alejandro Virelles of Boston Ballet and Greta Hodgkinson of National Ballet of Canada perform iconic roles from the classical repertoire including Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle, Flames of Paris and Don Quixote. Audiences will gain special insight from backstage interviews with the performers and ballet luminaries such as Alexei Ratmansky, Angel Corella, Benjamin Millepied, Edward Villella, Jose Manuel Carreño, Mathieu and Denys Ganio, Matthew Bourne, Susan Jaffe and many others. See them dance, hear them talk and feel their passion in a unique dialogue between ballet’s history and its present.

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  • Caballé - beyond the music

    Various Artists

    Year: 2002

    Runtime: 1 hr 39 min

    A documentary feature film about one of the most important voices in history. This film accompanies Montserrat Caballé on a trip through the most significant cities, historical performances and audio recordings of her life, including testimonies of those who, through a professional or personal relationship, can help us understanding Montserrat, the person and Caballé, the diva.
    This film is a complex and passionate portrait of a woman who can only be described as a myth. Yet our objective is to get the truth which lies beyond the myth of this extraordinary performer – her sensitivity and vitality underscore her uncontested place as one of the greatest communicators of the Twentieth Century. The film unveils the human side of her personality as well as pay homage to her stunnung career.
    Her ability to reach millions of devoted fans is not so much a result of her superb technical abilities and apparently limitless endurance, but mainly due to her ability to express her most sincere and deepest feelings.
    While a composer may have created a masterwork, it is up to the interpreter to communicate the composer’s emotions to the public, to share their fears and moments of joy together. It is only from a deep understanding of the human condition that one can move so many millions of people for as long as Montserrat Caballé has done.

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  • Europakonzert 2009

    Various Artists

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 1 hr 37 min

    This year’s Europa Konzert takes place in Naples, Riccardo Muti’s hometown. The charismatic conductor together with Violeta Urmana, one of the leading sopranos in the Italian dramatic genre, and the Berliner Philharmoniker present the overture of Verdi’s magnificent opera “La Forza del Destino” and “La canzone dei ricordi” by Giuseppe Martucci, who died in Naples. Schubert’s “Great Symphony” completes this fantastic concert at the formidable Teatro San Carlo.

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  • Gold and Silver Gala

    Various Artists

    Year: 1995

    Runtime: 1 hr 34 min

    Great Opera Arias: Concert With Domingo, Alagna, Gheorghiu movie was released Nov 18, 2008 by the Kultur Films Inc. studio. World-renowned tenor Plácido Domingo is joined by opera superstars Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna and a host of other international stars in this glittering and entertaining Gala Concert on the stage of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Great Opera Arias: Concert With Domingo, Alagna, Gheorghiu movie The program features selections from many favorite operas.

    A star-studded fete for the Royal Opera House on the occasion of its 50th anniversary Great Opera Arias: Concert With Domingo, Alagna, Gheorghiu video. Asher Finch directs the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, with Vasko Vassilev as concertmaster Great Opera Arias: Concert With Domingo, Alagna, Gheorghiu film.

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  • Jewels: Opera National de Paris

    Various Artists

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 35 min

    This alluring, abstract ballet, a triptych in which each piece sparkles with the brilliance of a precious stone, is a lyric tribute to women and to the capital cities of the great dance schools. Couturier, painter and craftsman Christian Lacroix created the glorious costumes and sets which, together with the outstanding performances of the dancers and the sensitive musical direction of Paul Connelly, results in a celebration of sumptuous splendour.

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  • Plácido Domingo: Il Postino

    Various Artists

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 2 hr 24 min

    This performance of the Daniel Catan opera Postino performed at the Los Angeles Opera House features vocalists such as Placido Domingo, Charles Castronovo, and Cristina Gallardo-Domas, in the leading roles.

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  • Puccini: La Bohème

    Various Artists

    Year: 2011

    Runtime: 1 hr 5 min

    It seems hard to believe that even during the last century Puccini was greatly underrated by many as a classical composer and indeed his music was considered to be far too melodic. Fortunately today, Puccini's operas have found their rightful place in the repertoires of all the leading Opera companies around the world.
    This production of La Bohème remains true to the period and the libretto of the original score. Inva Mula and Aquiles Machado give masterful performances as Mimi and Rodolfo, as do Laura Giordano, Fabio Maria Capitanucci and, indeed, the rest of the cast, bringing the characters to life and doing full justice to Puccini's magnificent score.

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  • R. Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelung - Siegfried - Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 13 min

    To honor Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday, Latin America’s famous opera house in Buenos Aires hosts a one-of-a-kind project: Performing Wagner’s powerful music drama “The Ring of the Nibelung” on stage in a single day.
    Wagner wrote the libretto and music over the course of about twenty-six years, from 1848 to 1874. The four parts that constitute the Ring cycle are, in sequence: Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).
    Behind this exquisite live performance of “Siegfried” is the Teatro Colón Orchestra lead by conductor Roberto Paternostro. The musical adaptation by Cord Garben. Leonid Zakhozhaev sings for Siegfried and the part of Bruenhilde is sang by Linda Watson.
    Stage Director Valentina Carrasco, who has worked with the award-winning Catalonian theatre group “La Fura dels Baus” for the past ten years, transposes the “Colón Ring” into the 1970s – the period of Argentina’s military dictatorship. Symbols of that age are seen on the costumes, while the characters also make references to the period in their behavior and gestures.

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  • Sensuality & Nationalism in Romantic Ballet

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 57 min

    Sensuality and Nationalism in Romantic Ballet shows facets of the 19th century Ballet that illustrate innovations beyond our common understanding of Ballet in this era. It offers a revolutionary focus highlighting the stories and characters of everyday people. This focus is inspired by a combination of dynamic influences from 'national dance'. The Ballet of this era transformed the aesthetics and technique of dance to become the vibrant link to the traditional dance form: classical ballet.

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  • Tristan and Isolde

    Wagner

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 4 hr 9 min

    Wagner's supporters say that he took music to new heights of expression here; his detractors say it's the death-knell for melody and structure. It's four hours of aching yearning that does not rest until the last few minutes of the opera.

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