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Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies

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Set 10 years later, the Phantom has escaped from Paris to New York where he lives amongst the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. He has finally found a place for his music to soar, all that is missing is his love Christine Daaé. In a bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband Raoul, and their young son Gustave from Manhattan, to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island... they have no idea what lies in store for them... You truly haven’t experienced Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies until you see this spectacular new Australian production, filmed at Melbourne’s iconic Regent Theatre.

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IL Volo with Placido Domingo - Notte Magica: A Tribute to the Three Tenors

IL Volo with Placido Domingo - Notte Magica: A Tribute to the Three Tenors Lowest new price: $15.95
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Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors

Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors Lowest new price: $13.63
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Rosemary Kuhlmann and Bill McIver star in this Menotti opera conducted by Thomas Schippers, broadcast December 25, 2005.

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Mozart: The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera)

Mozart: The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera) Lowest new price: $13.88
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The inaugural broadcast of the Peabody and Emmy®-award winning series The Met Live in HD.

The Magic Flute has delighted audiences of all ages for centuries. Julie Taymor's dazzling English-language production brings one of Mozart s greatest works to life as never before.

James Levine leads a cast that includes Ying Huang as Pamina in her Met debut, Nathan Gunn, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklosa and Rene Papa.

Taken from the December 30, 2006 live performance.

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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2 DVDs)

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Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin / Fleming, Vargas, Hvorostovsky, Gergiev, Carsen [Metropolitan Opera 2007]

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin / Fleming, Vargas, Hvorostovsky, Gergiev, Carsen [Metropolitan Opera 2007] Lowest new price: $29.36
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This staging, by Robert Carsen, of Tchaikovsky's popular romantic opera was broadcast live to cinemas worldwide from the Metropolitan Opera to great critical acclaim in February 2007. Renee Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky star as the doomed lovers in Pushkin's tragic tale of unrequited love and their onstage chemistry made for some rave reviews. Valery Gergiev, widely considered to be Russia's greatest living conductor, leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

This set, filmed at the Metropolitan Opera's February 2007 performances of Tchaikovsky's most popular opera, has just about everything going for it: an all-star cast in peak form, a great orchestra led by today's leading Russian conductor, and a striking stage production whose minimalist, often stark, sets manage to superbly suit this most Romantic of operas.

Drawn from Pushkin's classic, the opera tightly focuses on the story of Tatiana, a naive young girl who declares her love for a dashing rake (Onegin) who rejects her overtures. His arrogance surfaces leads to flirting with his best friend's fiancée and then to killing him in a duel. Plagued by remorse, a superficially reformed but still impossibly self-centered Onegin meets Tatiana at a ball, but now the childish country bumpkin is the glamorous wife of a Prince. He declares his love but she rejects him and leaves him alone, a solitary, tragic figure.

Renée Fleming's Tatiana is a triumph, her gorgeous soprano voice, intense acting and precise characterization make the complex young woman come alive. Her "Letter Scene," in which the singer must reveal the innermost thoughts of a confused soul, is as good as it gets, as Fleming fully reveals the young woman's joyous hopes of requited love and also her fears of rejection. In the final act, she's still attracted to the dashing Onegin but resolved to preserve her marriage. In the title role, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her equal; his firm baritone fits the music like a velvet glove and his acting matches Fleming's in its intensity. He's especially fine in his last-act monologue, bursting with despair and passion. Tchaikovsky gave the work's most beautiful arias to Lenski, Onegin's friend. Ramon Vargas' mellifluous tenor is well-suited to the lyricism of Lenski's Act One love aria and to the poignant aria before his duel with Onegin. Lenski's anger at his friend in the ball scene is palpably menacing. As Olga, Tatiana's high-spirited sister and Lenski's fiancée, Elena Zaremba is fully up to the rest of the cast, her rich mezzo and pointed phrasing a strong point. Sergei Aleksaskin's Prince Gremin is a dignified presence, Larisa Schevchenko as Tatiana's old nurse is convincing, and the smaller roles are well sung and acted. Jean-Paul Fouchécourt is not only in excellent voice in the beautiful aria of Triquet, Tatiana's French tutor, but manages to invest his song with an apt touch of parody as well. Valery Gergiev's conducting is a major asset, and the MET Orchestra is in terrific form, with special kudos due to the soulful clarinet solos that are so important in the musical texture.

Producer Robert Carson imbues the work with Romantic glow and Michael Levine's spare sets are far more effective than one might think. The stage is strewn with leaves and framed by textured rods doing duty as birch trees in Act One; the ball scene similarly framed by a rectangle of chairs and side tables, both sets analogues for the character's imprisonment in their unbridled emotions. Video director Brian Large keeps his cameras well-focused on the action, to complete an Onegin that's the DVD version to get. --Dan Davis

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Puccini: Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera

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Eva Marton, Diana Mitchell, Placido Domingo, Paul Plishka are featured with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Ballet and Chorus in this interpretation of Puccini's late opera.

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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen [Blu-ray]

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The most famous, the most performed, the most thrilling, and the most recorded opera cycle in music history. A unique and exclusive package, on multi-Blu-Ray set, of the most successful Ring Cycle production of the 21th century. Filmed at the world-famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York, in high definition the award winning Robert Lepage production. Featuring Bryn Terfel as Wotan universally recognized as the finest Bass-Baritone and Wotan of his generation. Also starring Deborah Voigt as Brunnhilde, and Star Tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund. The ultimate product to launch Universal Classics significant and substantial celebration of the Wagner Anniversary Year (1813 to 2013). This award-winning and ground-breaking production has been seen by over 150,000 people at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and subsequently by a remarkable 800,000 people in cinemas and movie-theatres around the globe. Screenings have taken place in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, The UK and the US. Features some of the most remarkable and memorable music of all time including The Ride of the Valkyries and Siegfrieds Funeral March, as heard in countless Hollywood blockbusters and global TV commercials over the last forty years.

This is The Lord Of the Rings of the classical music world action-packed, a unique story steeped in mystery, intrigue, death, heart-break and heroism.

To coincide with this release, we are planning a 2 CD set and download Ring-Hits-package featuring of course the stars of this production: Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt and Jonas Kaufmann.

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Rigoletto

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The Original Three Tenors Concert

The Original Three Tenors Concert Lowest new price: $22.12
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THIS THIRD CONSECUTIVE WORLD CUP MUSICAL EVENT WILL INCLUDE NEW THREE TENORS' REPERTOIRE AND TAKE PLACE BEFORE UP TO A MILLION FANS ALONG THE HISTORIC CHAMPS-DE-MARS IN FRONT OF THE EIFFEL TOWER. THE CONCERT WILL BE CONDUCTED UNDER THE BATON OF THE ESTEEMED JAMES LEVINE.

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