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Verdi: La Traviata

Verdi: La Traviata Lowest new price: $16.06
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Franco Zeffirelli directs Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA. Features Placido Domingo and Teresa Stratas.

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Massenet: Thais- The Metropolitan Opera

Massenet: Thais- The Metropolitan Opera Lowest new price: $17.35
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Soprano Renee Fleming and baritone Thomas Hampson lead the cast in this production of Massenet's opera, conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos, and performed by New York's Metropolitan Opera in March, 2009.

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Puccini - Madama Butterfly

Puccini - Madama Butterfly Lowest new price: $15.62
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Mirella Freni, Placido Domingo, Christa Ludwig, and Robert Kerns star in this Jean-Pierre Ponnelle-directed version of the Puccini opera, with Herbert Von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.

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  • KARAJAN HERBERT VON / WIENER P. O. PUCCINI: MADAMA BUTTERFLY (DVD)

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Bellini: Norma

Bellini: Norma Lowest new price: $29.67
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"If we weep from emotion on hearing it, it's nothing to be ashamed of" Richard Wagner on Bellini's most famous opera Norma, the most successful work by the last and greatest composer of bel canto. This new production of Norma, directed by Grammy Award-nominated opera, theatre and film director Kevin Newbury (winner of the Irish Times Theatre Award 2010) and starring Sondra Radvanovsky as a "powerful, elegant" Norma (New York Times) and Gregory Kunde as Pollione, is "something very special. The word 'historic' is used perhaps a little too often but tonight there really is no other adjective to describe the sensational performances offered to us by Sondra Radvanovsky and Gregory Kunde." (operatraveller.com)

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Gilbert & Sullivan - The Mikado / Donkin, Saks, Stratford Festival

Gilbert & Sullivan - The Mikado / Donkin, Saks, Stratford Festival Lowest new price: $56.00
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Lohengrin Wwv 75

Lohengrin Wwv 75 Lowest new price: $16.00
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Live From Red Square Moscow

Live From Red Square Moscow Lowest new price: $24.98
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The Russian operatic singers Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky captured live in performance at the historic Red Square in Moscow.

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Massenet: Cendrillon (2 DVD)

Massenet: Cendrillon (2 DVD) Lowest new price: $17.28
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Recent Grammy award-winner Joyce DiDonato stars as Cinderella in the debut Covent Garden production of Massenet's Centrillon. DiDonato captures all hearts- not just Prince Charming's- in this enchanting, sophisticated retelling of the classical fairy tale. The charming production is by the famed French opera director Laurent Pelly (who also directed the best-selling DVD of Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez).


The Cinderella fairy tale as seen through the eyes of the belle epoque, Massenet's Cendrillon was first performed at the Opera-Comique in Paris in 1899 and its gorgeous score embraces pathos, pastiche, broad humor, subtle eroticism and sheer magic. In Summer 2011, its debut at London's Royal Opera House was built around mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who first took on the title role at the Santa Fe festival in 2006.


The New York Times found Joyce DiDonato's performance "thoroughly enchanting. She won sympathy for the girl's plight at once, and her exquisite articulation of the repeated phrase "Vous etes mon Prince Charmant" in the first love duet- surely the opera's most ravishing moments- was flawless."


Supporting DiDonato are bass-baritone Jean-Philippe Lafont, who made his Covent Garden debut in this production, soprano Eglise Gutierrez, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, contralto Ewa Podles, and conductor Bertrand de Billy.

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Puccini: La Boheme: Live from the Met

Puccini: La Boheme: Live from the Met Lowest new price: $11.46
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The Metropolitan Opera's acclaimed Live in High-Definition series, which projects live performances into theaters across the globe, has met with unprecedented critical and commercial success and has made opera convenient and affordable to millions of viewers worldwide. Now, EMI Classics is proud to collaborate with The Met to release 6 new DVDs made from these broadcast performances.

Puccini's immortal classic of love and loss, with Franco Zeffirelli's sumptuous, iconic production and Nicola Luisotti's expressive conducting. Angela Gheorghiu, the leading Puccini soprano of our time, reprises the role of Mimì, while tenor Ramón Vargas gives a sensitive reading of Rodolfo. All these forces combine for a truly definitive performance of this beloved opera!

Franco Zeffirelli’s production of La Bohème is a perennial favorite at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and it retains its power in this 2008 performance. Its large-scale settings and especially an Act II set that looks as if half the 1890’s Paris Latin Quarter has been beamed direct to the MET. It’s been criticized as an over-the-top spectacle, but as well as bringing breath-taking realism to the stage, it’s bursting with energy and directorial flair. The individuals making up the large crowds milling in front of the Café Momus each have some little stage business to do, giving the audience the feeling of participating in the onstage street festival. Zeffirelli’s detailed directing even extends to the snow-filled Act III, where shadowy figures walk across the background hill in the distance while the principals are up front. While Zeffirelli’s conception tends to scant the opera’s intimate scenes in the theatre, on DVD those scenes make heightened impact. TV director Gary Halvorson’s establishing shots show a cutaway of the bohemians’ little garret precariously poised atop a sharply raked house, but he soon cuts to closeups of the playing space and the singers, creating a sense of warm interplay of personalities unavailable to the theatre audience.

The MET provides a luxurious cast to complement the sumptuous setting. Tenor Ramón Vargas is an excellent Rodolfo, singing with passion, imaginative phrasing, and coloring his beautiful lyric voice to fit the text. Mimi is Angela Gheorghiu, always a stellar singing actress. Here she sings with a sensitivity to match her Rodolfo, exquisitely coloring her voice, as in her Mi chiamano Mimi, where she thins her voice at the start and then opens it out to bloom when she sings of the approach of spring. As an actress, she’s best after the first Act, when she abandons the coy, girlish tics that seem out of place. In the last Act, she’s profoundly moving in the death scene, as is Vargas, who is touching in his portrayal of Rodolfo’s desperation and sense of loss. Baritone Ludovic Tézier’s Marcello is well sung, as is soprano Ainhoa Arteta’s Musetta, the latter delivering a sparkling Quando me’n vo’ in the Café Momus scene. Rodolfo’s pals, Oren Gradus as Colline and Quinn Kelsey as Schaunard, are excellent, and veteran bass Paul Plishka contributes some nice comic turns as Benoit and Alcindoro. --Dan Davis

La Bohème is an all-regions disc in 16:9 ratio. Sound options include PCM Stereo and DTS 5.1 Surround. Sung in Italian, subtitles include English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Extras include backstage interviews by Renée Fleming and a short tribute, "Zeffirelli at the Met."

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The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala

The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala Lowest new price: $17.70
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The gala celebration is a collection of opera's best-loved favorites and immediately catches the attention with spectacular performances by stars such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne, Birgit Nilsson, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Nicolai Gedda, Alfredo Kraus and many others. This product features an awesome roster of international star conductors: from James Levine, Leonard Bernstein and Thomas Fulton to Jeffrey Tate, Richard Bonynge.

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