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His still flawless technique and dedication to the repertoire, which he has built up and preserved with determination, allow him to tackle demanding pieces with results to absolute excellence. Il Matrimonio segreto was first staged in Vienna on 7th February and was also one of the greatest successes in the history of the eighteenth-century opera.

It is universally recognized as Cimarosa's masterpiece and the only one of his operas to have survived in the regular repertoire to this day. Matrimonio segreto Il Schwetzingen Festival, Il matrimonio segreto is Cimarosa's most famous opera buffa and it is one of the few comic operas to have maintained its place in the repertoire until today.

At its first performance in , Austrian emperor Leopold II is reputed to have liked this masterpiece so much that he ordered the musicians to play it again from the beginning! Michael Hampe's elegant, colourful production had already won international acclaim when staged in Paris, Stockholm and London - where it won the Olivier Award for Best Opera Production.

His stage direction is sensitive to the music's flow and brings a welcome clarity to the many twists and deceptions in the plot. This recording comes live from the exquisite palace rococo theatre at the Schwetzingen Festival in The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra, an outstanding orchestra for early music, is specialized in music of the 17th and 18th century - their authentic interpretation sounds extremely fresh and colourful, and the playing is always full of energy and contrasts.

Adama Salzburg Festival, An abducted beauty in a harem, a noble rescuer from Europe, a merciless Muslim ruler - aren't these the ingredients for Mozart's Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail? Yes, but not only. They are also found in the fragment of a Turkish opera that Mozart wrote shortly before the Entfuhrung , a work that was later given the title Zaide.

The fragmentary nature and splendid music of Zaide have long stimulated enterprising artists to attempt completions or collages to make the work performable. For the Mozart 22 project, Salzburg Festival director Peter Ruzicka commissioned the Israeli composer Chaya Czernowin to produce a new work that stage director Claus Guth would then interweave with the Zaide fragment.

In Zaide we have two lovers, Zaide and Gomatz, held prisoner in a harem in an imaginary past, somewhere in the Middle East. In Adama we have two lovers, a Woman and a Man, caught in the irreconcilable religious and political conflicts of today's Middle East.

Mozart's themes are imprisonment, doomed love, culture clash and despotism; Czernowin's are the same, but transported into our time. She tells of the love between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, a partnership doomed to fail in a world torn by violence. Czernowin approached her task with great reverence for Jackie O Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Jackie O develops around the life of Jacqueline Kennedy; her image, following her husband's assassination, of "tragic princess", and the following events, which captured the attention of the world's media.

American composer Michael Daugherty has written a very modern work, in-between opera and jazz, inspired by American musical and the popular culture of the late s.

Jackie's arias Egyptian Time, Jackie"s Credo and All his bright light possess a lyrical, melancholic and exotic allure; the ones sung by Onassis - the conceited, coarse, self-made man - have, instead,echoes of Las Vegas: Maria Callas, who in the '60s was beginning to lose her voice, retraces her life with the songs Addio delPassato and Flame Duet.

Liz Taylor is engaged in a blues-like riff that recalls a Cat on the hot tin roof atmosphere; whereas Princess Grace Kelly trills in Doris Day fashion.

Andy Warhol's aria conforms to his art: In the finale dramatic climax, in Jackie's Song, Jackie duets with her dead husband's voice. Damiano Michieletto's perfect direction is lively and full of colours, and the resemblance of the singers to real characters is impressive.

A great tribute to the Pelleas et Melisande Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, Music of introverted tenderness and a libretto that hints at much and offers few answers - such is Pelleas et Melisande , Claude Debussy's only completed opera. Dubbed "Drama lyrique" by the composer himself, and written in at a time when the subconscious, the psyche, dreams and urges commanded the attention of science and art, this music searches the souls of its characters with its subtle nuances.

Pelleas and Golaud are half-brothers, each loving the girl-from-nowhere Melisande. The elder, dominant Golaud makes her his wife; the younger Pelleas is the soul-mate of the taciturn, strangely vulnerable Melisande and an equally mysterious bond of concealed love is formed between them.

The consummately precise staging by Nikolaus Lehnhoff has a cast to match these wondrous sounds. This exceptional production "achieves what actually can only be understood as magic. Pelleas et Melisande Opera Bastille Paris, Philippe Jordan gives a transparent reading of Debussy' haunting score.

Pelleas et Melisande [Opera] Malmo Opera, When Debussy completes the score, based on the eponymous symbolist play by Maurice Maeterlinck, of Pelleas et Melisande in , the world of opera still abides by Richard Wagner and the upheaval he caused with Tristan und Isolde.

But Debussy decides to stand on the exact opposite side, and uses his new opus to preach a new aesthetic creed. In depicting the forbidden love story between the timid Pelleas and the beautiful Melisande, kept apart by an unfortunate marriage, the French composer brings us back to the immortal legend of Tristan and Isolde, but this time showing the world that the future of music could very well lie far away from Wagner's overwhelming lyricism and outsized rhetoric. This new production, created by one of the rising stars of French stage direction Benjamin Lazar for the Malmo Opera headed by Ingmar Bergman from to , encapsulates all the different aspects of this mysterious work, from the oniric poetry invented by Maeterlinck and Debussy to the realism, poignant because openly simple and even mundane, of these profoundly human beings lost in a forest full of sound and symbols that will never let them escape.

During the s Vladimir Deshevov — was regarded as one of the most promising younger Soviet composers. Darius Milhaud, who made his acquaintance in during a visit to Leningrad, praised him in the French press as a "genius" and "extremely original". However, subsequent attempts to make his compositions better known abroad were unsuccessful.

In followed Dechevov's best-known composition: But such were the ideological tensions of this period that this avant-garde work soon disappeared from the public stage. Although Dechevov was one of the chief proponents of the left wing musical avant-garde in the s and explicitly came out in favour of critical appropriation of elements from Western modernism, he was not subjected to direct ideological attacks during the Stalinist era.

Neither, however, despite clearly moderating his compositional style, did he succeed in obtaining a prominent position in the conformist musical culture of socialist realism that held sway after It was only after the outbreak of the Second World War that he started once again to produce major works of his own: However, these did not prevent his name from increasingly being forgotten. Anna Bolena version Reate Festival, Anna Bolena Bergamo Musica Festival, Anna Bolena tells of a human drama of solitude and oppression; it is a work of psychological introspection centered, both from a dramaturgical and vocal point of view, around the protagonist, who soars to peaks of music splendour.

A far-reaching opera, in which events and the tension developments between characters are thoroughly investigated. It is a very significant work in the history, as well as in Donizetti's own personal history, even though nowadays - and rightly so - it is no longer regarded, as it once was, as a sort of impromptu miracle. Convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali Le La Scala, Don Gregorio Bergamo Musica Festival, Don Gregorio is the Neapolitan adaptation that Donizetti worked on his own L'ajo nell'imbarazzo , an opera first staged at the Teatro Valle in Rome on 4th February The subject was based on the play of the same name by Giovanni Giraud and the libretto of the original version was drawn up by Jacopo Ferretti, one of the Italy's leading librettists in the early nineteenth century.

When Donizetti set to work on his Neapolitan version two years later, he was assisted by Andrea Leone Tottola whom he already worked with some of his operas. Although some of the traditional passages were replaced by prose dialogue, a new numbers were added and others eliminated, Don Gregorio was still successful when it premiered on 11th June at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples. Don Pasquale Geneva Grand Theater, Don Pasquale Glyndebourne, One of the reasons why Donizetti's Don Pasquale is regarded as a cornerstone of the Italian comic opera tradition is because its characters are no mere commedia dell'arte stereotypes, but complex, vulnerable human beings.

This is brought to the fore in Mariame Clement's sensitive and perceptive production, which was hailed by the Financial Times as a Glyndebourne classic'. Acclaimed buffo baritone Alessandro Corbelli sings the title role 'with just the right degree of lugubriousness', while Danielle de Niese, one of today's most sought-after sopranos, is an 'engaging' and irresistible' Norina The Telegraph.

Bel canto specialist Enrique Mazzola conducts with flair and panache. Elisir d'amor L' Bergamo Musica Festival, Staged in Milan in , L'Elisir d'amore was written in a remarkably short time by librettist Felice Romani who based the text on a French libretto that Eugene Scribe had written for Daniel Auber and staged in Paris a year earlier. Romani's wife claimed that the whole work was written within a fortnight, an obvious exaggeration, since it seems that Donizetti had already completed much of the opera some three weeks before it was to be staged, not to open the season, but to be staged as a later part of it.

Who wouldn't want a love potion? Even today, quite a few people would readily trust Dulcamara and his promises of eternal happiness. The successful blend of comic and lyrical elements, of fun and feeling, are what make of L'Elisir d'amore such an enjoyable opera.

A sparkling Alex Esposito leads the rest of the cast in this entertaining production of one of Donizetti's most beloved operas. Elisir d'amore L' Glyndebourne, Acclaimed Italian conductor Maurizio Benini makes his Glyndebourne debut in Donizetti's intoxicating and deeply touching opera, whose fast-moving comic story unfolds the romantic rivalry between penniless farmhand and bumptious soldier, both vying for the love of Adina.

Will the bogus Dr. Dulcamara's potion, the elixir of love, help farmhand Nemorino win her heart? Elisir d'amore L' Paris National Opera, After an absence of almost twenty years L'elisir d'amore is back at the Paris Opera in a crazy version by Laurent Pelly. The plot is simple but effective: Add to this a sparkling musical language and marvellously inspired melodies - including the legendary "Una Furtiva Lagrima" - and you have the authentic masterpiece Donizetti turned out in just two weeks.

Transposing the plot to the Italy of the s, director Laurent Pelly offers us an absolute jewel, beautifully crafted and shot through with poetry. La fille du regiment Vienna State Opera, Gaetano Donizetti may have achieved immortality with his comic operas Don Pasquale and L'Elisir d'amore, and won a lasting place in the hearts of coloratura sopranos everywhere with Maria Stuarda and Lucia di Lammermoor, but for sheer entertainment, his La Fille du Régiment can't be beat.

The plot revolves around Marie, the "daughter of the regiment", who was found on the battlefield as a baby and raised by the soldiers as their daughter. She falls in love with the young Tyrolean Tonio, who joins the regiment in order to be near her. When the Marquise de Birkenfeld hears about Marie, she claims that she is her long-lost niece, whom she will turn into a lady Her plans backfire, of course, as Marie will never abandon her Tonio and most certainly never become a lady!

French soprano Natalie Dessay, not only a dazzling singer but also a gifted actress, effortlessly sweeps her castmates along in this turbulent buffo delight of an opera. Her partner is Juan Diego Florez, one of the leading young tenors of our time. Clad in lederhosen, he cheerfully seduces Marie — and the Lucia di Lammermoor Bergamo Musica Festival, Among all Donizetti's operas, Lucia di Lammermoor has always been the favourite for both audiences and singers: First staged on the evening of 26th September , the work was based on Sir Walter Scott's novel The Bride of Lammermoor which was published in June This novel received a mixed reception from the critics.

Blackwood's, a popular journal at the time, declared it to be 'a pure and magnificent tragic romance', whilst other magazines regarded it as far too gloomy. Based on real-life events of , this tale of love, feuds, deception and madness appealed very greatly to Scott's more general readership, as well as to some of the librettists and composers of his time; within fifteen years of the novel's publication at least five operas had been composed, based on the story of Lucia and her unhappy fate.

It is no surprise, then, that Salvadore Cammarano relished the prospect of writing the libretto for such an opera himself and that Donizetti took to the idea equally enthusiastically.

Lucrezia Borgia Bavarian State Opera, The phenomenal Edita Gruberova, the world's undisputed Queen of bel canto, proves once again why she deserves this title: Her performance, noted Opera Magazine, "vindicated the Munich audience's near-idolization of her". With Lucrezia Borgia, Gruberova follows up her recent triumphs in Roberto Devereux and Norma with another bel canto masterwork. Singing with "exquisite purity" Opera Magazine , the soprano also beguiles with her physical presence.

Stage director Christof Loy and two-time Emmy Award-winning video director Brian Large both focus on the plot's dramatic potential and Gruberova's talent for expressing it with every tone and gesture.

The singer is excellently paired with young tenor Pavol Breslik as her son Gennaro. Breslik, a native of Slovakia like Gruberova, gives such a radiant interpretation of the tormented youth that he is now being hailed as "the most promising new voice among lyrical tenors" Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Lucrezia Borgia Teatro Donizetti, Based on Victor Hugo's most sensational play, Lucrece Borgia, a scandalous tale of murder, torture, incest, homosexuality, drunkenness and orgies, Donizetti's opera is one of the great masterpieces of Italian bel canto repertoire.

While omitting some of its more excessive elements, the libretto by Felice Romani inspired Donizetti to compose superb arias, duets, ensembles and choruses, bringing each act to a stirring conclusion. Beautifully costumed and designed, brimming with high drama and pathos, this production stars in the infamous title role Greek diva Dimitra Theodossiou, praised for her stupendous acting and singing in Donizetti's Roberto Devereux. Maria Stuarda Sferisterio Opera Festival, In Donizetti's opera Maria Stuarda the roles of the doomed queen and her cousin, Elizabeth I, have been taken by some of the greatest divas, from Malibran to Gruberova and Tosi to Baltsa, each revelling in the high drama of their tragically linked fates.

Maria Stuarda Teatro Donizetti, With the release of this Maria Stuarda, recorded live in , Dynamic makes an historic move, becoming the first Italian label to produce a DVD opera. This very high quality production by Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo features, in the roles of the two queens, Carmela Remigio Maria Stuarda and Sonia Ganassi Elisabetta , two great artists here making a fine display of their excellent vocal and acting skills.

Francesco Esposito's direction and costumes and Italo Grassi's sets are very effective and superbly highlighted by the filming. What makes this release even more interesting is the use of a new critical edition made by the renowned Swedish musicologist Anders Wiklund for Casa Ricordi.

Marino Faliero edition Bergamo Musica Festival, Donizetti's fiftieth opera, Marino Faliero, was first performed in Paris on 12 March with a cast comprising four of the finest singers of the period before premiering in London a few weeks later. Although these premieres were both overshadowed by Bellini's I Puritani, Marino Faliero subsequently enjoyed a long and successful run on international performances throughout the 19th century before disappearing from the stage until its modern revival in Set in Venice in , it remains a major work of Italian Romanticism, sentimental, martial, full of conspiratorial adventure and culminating with the execution of the leading role.

Olivo e Pasquale [Opera] Fondazione Donizetti, This sparkling opera buffa is a premiere from the Donizetti Festival of Bergamo, with the part of Pasquale in Neapolitan dialect. It is the story of two rich merchant brothers from Lisbon, who are used to weighing everything against their bargaining power. Also the marriage of Pasquale's niece Isabella is a bargain to them: The gags among the various are hilarious - especially those between the two brothers, who have completely different characters - creating an almost surreal atmosphere.

The show is very colourful, thanks to the rich sets and costumes. Pia de' Tolomei La Fenice, 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 , 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. Rita, ou Le mari battu Opera Royal de Wallonie, The thorny subject of marital violence is set against a hilarious backdrop in this one-act farce where, contrary to what we are used to seeing in opera, tenor and baritone do their best to free themselves of the female protagonist, to whom both are married.

No doubt, Gaspar's aria on the joys of chastising one's wife in the way she deserves causes a few raised eyebrows nowadays, but the funny side is genuine and the music is brilliant, making of this forgotten little opera a true gem.

Roberto Devereux Bavarian State Opera, Friedrich Haider conducts the chorus and orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera, and the recording is directed by Emmy award winner Brian Large.

The furious coloraturas, the swelling tones, the outbursts, the nearly inaudible groans — everything fuses into an image of psychological desolation. Roberto Devereux Bergamo Musica Festival, One of Donizetti's most emotionally raw operas, Roberto Devereux ossia Il conte di Essex was also the third to be loosely based on episodes in the life of Queen Elizabeth I.

It deals with the love of Elizabeth and her favourite, the Earl of Essex, perhaps most tellingly expressed in the Act I duet, Nascondi, frena i palpiti, o misero mio core Hide, hold back your palpitation, oh my wretched heart!

Elizabeth's subsequent abdication is, however, a matter of dramatic licence, yet provides a memorable operatic conclusion to this tragedy of love and jealousy as she despairs at the death of her lover — Quel sangue versato al ciel s'innalza The blood that is spilt rises up to Heaven. Directed by Francesco Bellotto, this was the inaugural production of the Bergamo Music Festival , featuring the Greek soprano and leading Donizetti specialist, Dimitra Theodossiou, and the young American baritone Andrew Schroeder, both in superb voice.

Roberto Devereux Teatro Carlo Felice, Roberto Devereux composed on saw the light of day during a period of intense creativity for Gaetano Donizetti. After its premiere and up until , Devereux was performed almost uninterruptedly. In the years that followed it would also enjoy a successful international career, throughout Europe and in the Americas, with versions in French, German, Russian and Hungarian.

When Donizetti moved to Paris in , he enriched the opera with the overture that paraphrases the British anthem God Save the Queen. The Queen dominates from her very entrance, a true protagonist, here performed by the great Mariella Devia: Roberto Devereux Teatro Real, This statement encapsulates great operatic themes, and it is the culmination of an opera that reveals the passions of characters who live among palace intrigues.

Written in the mature period of the leader of Italian romanticism, the opera displays a great vocal virtuosity, and is an example of Donizetti prizing the voice above all in the genre. The staging, by South African director Alessandro Talevi, who has been very successful in great opera houses as well as with more experimental theatre, places the play in an undetermined period, focusing on the chiaroscuro.

Rosmonda d'Inghilterra [Opera] Fondazione Donizetti, Revived after years in oblivion, the stagin of Rosmonda d'inghilterra at Bergamo's Teatro Donizetti proved fascinating for the Italian public. From the excellent cast of singers, Jessica Pratt and Eva Mei gave stand-out performances.

The opera revolves around a tale of love and intrigue surrounding the main protagonists - the fampus Queen of Eleanor of Aquitaine, her husband Henry II of England, and the fair Rosamund de Clifford. Rosmonda is the quintessential innocent, unaware that the man she loves is the King of England and that she has unwittingly become a rival to the much-feared Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor, having already had her first marriage annulled for reasons of consanguinity, is unwilling to see her second marriage fail.

Only the faithful page Arturo, secretly in love with Rosmonda, knows that the Queen is aware of her husband's betrayal; but he too is embroiled in this game of deceit, hoping that he will end up winning the girl. The emotional and dramatic development is very effective.

There is not a page in this score without some example of brilliant writing, a captivating theme, a moving passage. It all goes to prove how deeply original Donizetti was, and how much there is still to be discovered about this under-appreciated composer. Laura Polverelli portrayed with elegance and pride the character of Elizabeth, her furies, doubts and jealousies; Maria Pia Piscitelli was a wonderful Maria Stuarda, passionate, sorrowful, proud, dignified when sentenced to death, recalling her past sins yet conscious of her innocence" MusicCultura.

Adventures of Pinocchio The Opera North, Opera North's enchanting staging of The Adventures of Pinocchio , Jonathan Dove's 21st opera, is a wittily inventive feast for the eyes and ears. A full-length, through-composed grand opera with 29 characters, a sizeable chorus and a profound symphonic score, it is overflowing with visual delights, and children will love it! A sublime achievement by Martin Duncan and team, this production shines a bright new light on Collodi's dream-like original story, full of charm, darkness and magic.

The superb ensemble stars Victoria Simmonds in the title role, and the orchestra and chorus respond splendidly under David Parry's vibrant baton. Rusalka Bavarian State Opera, Rusalka La Monnaie - De Munt, Antonin Dvorak's next to last opera draws its substance from the underwater wonderland of little mermaids, Undines and Melusines: Rusalka , a water nymph, wishes to become human in order to be loved by the young prince. Despite being warned against it, she asks the witch Jezibaba to help her.

In order for her wish to be fulfilled, Rusalka must give up her voice and face eternal damnation if her love fails. Jaroslav Kvapil's libretto inspired Dvorak to compose a masterpiece, a compelling opera full of poignant lyricism and dramatic twists. In this widely acclaimed interpretation, the fairytale elements assume frighteningly realistic dimensions making this enchanting production a psychoanalytical study of male fantasies and female archetypes.

Claude Lyon Opera, The synopsis of Claude is based on a true story. Robert Badinter has read again and again the original file from the judicial archives of Troyes. Claude is a silk worker from la Croix-Rousse. He tries to lives a happy life with his wife and daughter. For them and for him he refuses the misery imposed by their condition. When his boss lays off workers to replace them by new English machines. Claude grabs his rifle and run to the barricades. Claude is sentenced to 7 years of hard-Labor at Clairvaux's prison workshop.

His love for the quality of his work and his hate of injustice makes him a charismatic figure for the others prisoners. To weaken him, the prison warden separates Claude from his most precious friend, Albin. From this, follows a chain of injustice and violence in witch Claude finish to kill the director.

He will himself be "guillotined" decapitated. Claude is a plea against prison and for human dignity worn by magnificent performers: This thrilling opera is staged by Olivier Py. Manuel de Falla's short opera La vida breve is perhaps the greatest opera in the entire Spanish repertoire.

Premiered in , it is the tragic story of the poor gypsy Salud, whose lover Paco betrays her and plans to wed a wealthy young woman.

While not rejecting the folklore aspects of the original libretto, del Monaco creates a kind of psychological chamber drama in which the heroine Salud is on stage at all times, as if witnessing her own living nightmare of blood and shame. Carlisle Floyd is one of America's foremost composers. Though he has also written in other forms, he is renowned for his operas, for which he also writes the libretti.

The most famous and popular is his third opera, Susannah , premiered in and the second most performed of all American operas. Updated and set in Tennessee, it is loosely based on the Apocryphal tale of Susanna and the Elders. The work is rooted in vernacular folk melodies and hymns and contains soaring melodic beauty. Olimpiade L' La Fenice, Remembered as the leading exponent of Venetian comic opera if not its absolute creator, Baldassare Galuppi opened the Carnival season of Milan's Teatro Ducale with an opera seria which he dominated drama per musica.

L'Olimpiade is based on the Metastasio libretto which served perhaps more composers of the eighteenth century than any other. Although respecting the format tradition. Galuppi managed by adroit cuts and additions which naturally enraged Metastasio to product a seamless sequence of colorful arias and recitatives delineating by musical devices the characters and emotion of the seven protagonists. Andrea Chenier Bregenz Festival, With his spectacular production of Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chenier, director Keith Warner unites intellectual depth and exciting entertainment for the eyes and ears using every possible resource offered by Bregenz's floating stage.

The opera is both a moving love story and a historical thriller with a highly emotional score. Fedora [Opera] Teatro Carlo Felice, The soprano Daniela Dessi died suddenly on 20th August , aged She was hailed by critics and colleagues as one of the finest voices the world of opera has ever known.

Dynamic pays tribute to the great soprano with this recording, filmed just one year before her untimely death. Her performance of Giordano's Fedora was one of the pinnacles of her stunning artistic career. In the famous aria O grandi occhi lucenti from Act One, she delivers a technically perfect and emotionally passionate performance worthy of a great star.

The story takes place at the end of the 19th century, in St. It's an operatic crime story, a drama of passion, revenge and guilt that unravels against a historical backdrop of Czarist Russia's political and ideological conflicts in the late 19th century. Daniela Dessi is a complete prima donna of outstanding finesse, her rich voice both powerfully intense and deeply expressive.

Tenor Fabio Armiliato shines particularly in the famous aria Amor ti vieta from Act Two, with a commanding and highly expressive stage presence in support of a powerful and wonderfully nuanced voice. The finale of the opera is reserved for the two protagonists, companions both on stage and in life.

Marcella Festival della Valle d'Itria, This centenary performance of Umberto Giordano's Marcella was prepared from the composer's manuscript, the score and parts having been destroyed during World War II. Recalling Verdi's La Traviata and Puccini's La Rondine , as well as Giordano's own Andrea Chenier and Fedora , Marcella is the story of a poor girl and a painter whose idyllic affair is shattered when events reveal that her true love is actually a prince incognito.

Satyagraha Wurttemberg State Theatre, The preocupation of the composer of "minimal music", Philip Glass, with Indian music and his interest in Gandhi began in during his first visit to India where he met Ravi Shankar. Since then, the rhythmic figures of Indian music have exercised a significant influence on his music which has a strong meditative and almost hypnotic effect through the repetitive sequences of tones with minimal changes.

Glass's work needs time to unfold its hypnotic effect and fascination. With his second opera Glass didn't want to draw a historic portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. Instead he used the example of Gandhi's work during the last years between and in South Africa to draw an outline of the current worldwide political and religious problems.

In South Africa Gandhi formulated his theory of passive resistance and civil disobedience known as Satyagraha as a reaction to the government's discrimination against the Indian population evidenced by its denial of basic rights such as the right to vote. Ruslan and Lyudmila Bolshoi Opera, The reopening show of the historical stage of the Bolshoi Theatre by Jurowski and Tcherniakov.

Ruslan and Lyudmila , the fable of Mikhail Glinka from a poem of Pushkin , and symbolic Russian opera in itself, was an apposite choice to open the of the majestic Moscow opera, after its long renovation. Tcherniakov transposes Glinka's opera into the 21st century exposing the protagonists exposing the protagonists to contemporary forms of temptations: Iphigenie en Tauride [Opera] Opernhaus Zurich, Gluck's wonderful but neglected opera Iphigenie en Tauride , inspired by the Greek legend, is treated with forceful and convincing simplicity in Klaus Guth's revolutionary production stated the Zurich Opera House.

The psychological drama in a tense atmosphere of fears and traumas is underline by Guth's use of huge masks and enclosed space. Conductor William Christie and his typically transparent but never cold orchestral sound perfectly match the descriptive elements in Gluck's score, while the Armenian mezzo-soprano Juliette Galstain as a fabulously good Iphigenie, the leading American opera baritone Rodney Gilfry as Oreste and the deceased South African tenor Deon van der Walt as Pylade head a superb cast.

Orfeo ed Euridice Castell de Peralada Festival, To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ambitious "Festival Internacional de Musica Castell de Peralada", the Catalan theater collective La Fura dels Baus and its director Carlus Padrissa have staged Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice with three splendid soloists in a production that confirms the Fura's creativity.

The most striking aspect of the production is the participation of the orchestral ensemble in the action. Padrissa also makes abundant stage use of the chorus, who depict souls or demons. With its stunning effects, expert lighting and video projections, the production grabs the viewer from the very start. Orfeo ed Euridice Royal Opera House, According to legend, Orpheus' magical power as a musician enabled him to regain his wife from the dead on condition that he did not look at her on the journey back from Hades - a condition it proved impossible to fulfil.

In Harry Kupfer's updated version, Orfeo, in leather jacket, trainers and jeans, sees his Euridice die in a street accident. Succumbing to depression, he languishes in Hades - a psychiatric hospital - before taking his electric guitar to charm the beasts in an inner-city concrete jungle.

Hans Schavernoch has designed an ingenious set with projected imagery on revolving screens and mirrors. The German male alto, Jochen Kowalski, gives a virtuoso performance as the tormented Orfeo, with the young British soprano Gillian Webster as Euridice.

Orphee et Euridice Teatro Comunale di Bologna, A major event recorded in Bologna. Opting for the French-language version of Gluck's Orpheus , David Alagna was faced with the task of achieving an appropriately subtle adaptation. In a plot transposed to the present day, Eurydice dies in a car accident on the day of her wedding, and Orpheus's quest for his beloved is a dream beginning and ending at the cemetery.

No happy ending in this interpretation, but a new approach to characterisation: Amore, sung by a baritone, becomes a funeral parlour employee and Orpheus's guide. And Orpheus, of course, loses his loved one forever by turning to look back. The enormously talented Roberto Alagna throws himself body and soul into this production.

His incredible vitality and flawless timbre and diction make him a great Orpheus. His partner, young Italian soprano Serena Gamberoni, is simply stunning as Euridice, while French baritone Marc Barrard is suitably terrifying as the guide to the Underworld.

The orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna is conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti, who masterfully brings out all Gluck's poetry, romantic melancholy and depth.

Gluck's opera Orphee et Eurydice was groundbreaking in its day and, as this performance from the Theatre Musical de Paris shows, it still lends itself to radical treatment. The composer's rejection of traditional, flamboyant, operatic bells and whistles led to a fresh form in which the lyrics hold court. The music provides the setting and emotional color in a way that is almost physical in its intensity.

Gluck's readiness to incorporate the influences of other art forms - poetry, ballet, and drama - has always made this story of love rescued from the jaws of tragedy universally appealing. Romeo et Juliette Arena di Verona, Romeo et Juliette Royal Opera House, Sir Charles Mackerras teases the romantic beauty from Gounod's score, which has been much admired and performed since its debut, at the Theatre Lyrique, Paris, in In this recording, the youthful Roberto Alagna as Romeo 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.

Romeo et Juliette Salzburg Festival, Guillaume Tell L'Opera de Liege, Acis and Galatea Royal Opera House, Admeto Gottingen Handel Festival, When one of Germany's most famous filmmakers and stimulating operatic directors focuses her creativity on a rarely performed Handel opera, the result is a "mixture of dancers and singers, comedy and pathos" The Times.

Admeto , one of Handel's most popular operas in his lifetime, was premiered in London in January Doris Dörrie, whose Japan-inspired feature film "Cherry Blossoms - Hanami" was a major German box-office hit and won several international awards, returns to her beloved Japan in this production. For this production, a coproduction of the Internationale Händel-Festspiele in Göttingen and the Edinburgh International Festival on the occasion of the th anniversary of Handel's death, Doris Dörrie was awarded the Edinburgh Festival's prestigious Herald Angel Award.

Admeto Handel-Festival Halle, George Frideric Handel's Admeto is considered as one of the most successful operas produced in the first half of the 18th century. Along with Radamisto, Giulio Cesare, Tamerlano, Rodelinda and Alessandro , which were also written in this period, Admeto belongs to Handel's so-called "London operas" - works he composed for the Royal Academy of Music. Axel Kohler, the celebrated counter-tenor and well-known stage director, has brought Admeto into the modern era in timeless style by the skillful application of imaginative theatrical digressions.

Kohler's production at the Halle Opernhaus revisits a work that encompasses comedy, tragedy and almost absurd grotesqueness and gives it a convincing metaphor in the form of a modern hospital.

Agrippina Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing, Agrippina was staged for the first time in late December - or possibly at the beginning of - at Venice's Teatro San Grisostomo and met with enormous success, as testified by twenty-seven following performances, a record number even for 18th-century standards.

Agrippina 's triumph sanctioned Handel's definitive investiture as an operatic composer. After nearly years this opera appears as a masterpiece of 18th-century music and an innovative work, considering that when Handel composed it he was just twenty-four years old. The composer's melodic creativity and sense of theatre are quite remarkable. Agrippina Schwetzingen Festival, Composed when he was just twenty-four, Agrippina was Handel's first theatrical success and is a sparkling example of his early work.

It is full of his fresh, exuberantly inventive music and employs one of the finest librettos with which George Frederic Handel ever worked. The opera was composed and first performed in Venice in and, in a witty plot by an Italian cardinal, it tells the farcical story of the private lives of two ruthless figures in roman history, Nero and his mother Agrippina, and how they become entangled with the innocent Ottone and his lover Poppea.

Typically for a Handel opera, the work is centred on a series of towering arias designed to show off the virtuosity of the singers. This beautiful production by renowned opera director Michael Hampe was recorded at the exquisite 18th century palace theatre during the Schwetzingen Festival in It combines the atmosphere of a true Baroque opera with an elegant, colourful staging and brilliant musicianship.

The London Baroque Players, an outstanding orchestra for early music, which specializes in the music of the 17th and 18th century, joins an accomplished cast of singers, all baroque specialists. Alcina Vienna State Opera, Handel's operas are now so thoroughly a part of modern musical life that you might think every major opera house welcomes them.

But until November , when it introduced an absorbing new production of Alcina, the Vienna Staatsoper resisted them, not having done a Baroque opera since Monteverdi's Poppea in the s. Adrian Noble places his Alcina into a framework which begins in the magnificent ballroom of the Devonshire-House in London Picadilly. The legendary Georgina Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, stages a play in which she is acting together with her friends, a stage on a stage.

Alcina is a great musical experience geared to the Baroque curiosity. Mark Minkowski revives Handel's music in an outstanding way. Ariodante Spoleto Festival, Handel produced a refined musical setting of a somewhat audacious title which he treated in an equally unusual manner: But Duke Polinesso covets the throne.

An opera about truth and appearance, set by director John Pascoe in the 's, in the glamorous days of the British monarchy. Giulio Cesare Glyndebourne, David McVicar's production of Giulio Cesare manages to combine serious insight with entertainment, bringing Handel's masterpiece to life in a powerful, convincing and highly intelligent way. In every line of the complex narrative the subtle nuances are apparent, reflecting perfectly the transparent and exquisite nature of Handel's musical expression.

The outstanding singing of the all-star cast, led by a superb Sarah Connolly, and the vivid playing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the energising baton of William Christie reveal the colour and dramatic character of Handel's music in a most delightful manner.

As the first collaboration ever between conductor William Christie and director Luc Bondy, this production of Hercules was the major event of the opera season. Originally Created in Aix-en-Provence in July , the show then moved on to the Palais Garnier in Paris where it was recorded in December of the same year.

The Hercules received the student prize at the Golden Prague Julius Caesar ENO, Dame Janet Baker, in one of her greatest roles, leads a cast of some of Britain's finest interpreters of Baroque opera, and their performance under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras is one of the highest musical excellence. The opera was first performed in at the Haymarket Theatre in London using castrati singers in the heroes' roles.

This production follows modern practice in using women in these parts. Dame Janet's virtuoso role as Julius Caesar has been heralded as a masterful recreation of the music which Handel wrote for the finest singers of his time. Early music and an old craft - the charm of the stage and marionettes are unified in a spectacular performance of Handel's magic opera Rinaldo by the Lautten Compagney, conducted by baroque specialist Wolfgang Katschner, and the puppet theatre Carlo Colla e Figli.

Sung by a first-class cast, this beautiful production is an exciting and memorable experience for the audience. Serse Xerxes Semperoper Dresden, This beautiful production of Handel's Serse presents a tale of intrigue, deception and true love. Romilda, however, only has eyes for Arsamenes, as does her sister Atalanta. Add to the mix a spurned lover, a doting father and an idiotic servant the hilarious Matteo Peirone , and one is confronted with tragedy, comedy and romance in equal measures.

Superbly performed under the baton of Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, this is an elegant and charming production with an outstanding cast.

Tamerlano Teatro Real, Teatro Real's majestic production of Handel's vivid tragedy, Tamerlano , stars a Lear-like Placido Domingo as the Turkish Sultan Bajazet, caught between pride, love and loyalty. Displaying the uniquely heroic quality of his voice, Domingo heads a superb cast, including Sara Mingardo, Monica Bacelli and Ingela Bohlin, all magnificently responsive to Paul McCreesh's authentic and luminous interpretation of the score.

The stunning theatrical staging by Graham Vick provides a splendid setting for the characters and for designer Richard Hudson's extravagant Baroque-Islamic costumes, emphasising the brilliance of one of Handel's finest dramatic achievements.

Artaserse Festival della Valle d'Itria, A classic work of its genre and historical period, Artaserse was premiered in Venice in by the most famous singers of the day: It was a success for Hasse , who would, in and , re-propose the same work in two different versions. This video features one, in world premiere. The cast is extraordinary, with the countertenor Franco Fagioli giving a great performance of the role that was Farinelli's.

Fagioli easily goes up and down the extension of more that three octaves, maintaning a uniform timbre and remarkable power and resonance. Also stunning, is the aria Pallido sole sung by Sonia Prina. Mondo della Luna Il Theater an der Wien, Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt's special wish for the Haydn anniversary year and for his 80th birthday was a production of Joseph Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna of With this exuberant staging by Tobias Moretti from Vienna's Theater an der Wien, Harnoncourt's wish was spectacularly fulfilled.

Contributing to the success of the production are a fine cast of physically and vocally agile singers and the rousing orchestral accompaniment of Harnoncourt's own ensemble, the Concentus Musicus Wien. Orlando Paladino Staatsoper unter den Linden, In the Summer of , the British director Nigel Lowery and the Iranian choreographer Amir Hosseinpour brought to the stage of the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, with colour and full of humour, the fantastic and imaginative adventures of "Racing Roland".

On the occasion of the th anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn, the composer's most renowned opera during his lifetime, Orlando Paladino , was performed, a heroic-comical stage piece based on Ariost's famous Versepos. The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra completed this high-class production giving the music a beautiful sound and lively swing. Bo Holten's new opera The Visit of the Royal Physician was a great success with both audience and reviewers at the premiere in It is a tragic love story from one of the most dramatic periods in the history of Denmark, when new ideas almost overturned the social order.

It is the s, and the young, idealistic doctor Struensee dreams of creating a new and better world. He is given the chance to put his ideas into practice when, almost by coincidence, he becomes royal physician to the insane King Christian VII. Soon he is also the lover of the young Queen Caroline Mathilde. The result is a disaster for all those involved while the old order is allowed to endure. The performance was recorded at the Opera in Copenhagen and is conducted by the composer.

A stunning work in one Act, it is presented here in a concert performance recording with a short film by Sheryl Jenkins The Symptoms of his Madness were as Follows.

Hansel und Gretel Anhalt Theater, Hansel und Gretel is a fairy-tale opera Marchenspiel by Engelbert Humperdinck to a libretto by his sister Adelheid Wette. The idea for the opera was proposed to Humperdinck by his sister, who approached him about writing music for songs that she had written for her children for Christmas based on Hansel and Gretel.

After several revisions, the musical sketches and the songs were turned into a full-scale opera. Hansel und Gretel has been associated with Christmas since its earliest performances, and it is often performed at Christmas time. It is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the most famous being the prayer from act II. A family classic, it grew out of a set of incidental music and, written between and , it was first performed on 23 December under Richard Strauss in Weimar.

The form in which the story is used in the opera derives from the collection of Ludwig Bechstein. Gertrud, the desperate mother, sends her hungry children into the wood to pick strawberries, unaware of the danger to which she exposes them until Peter, the broombinder, returns and is shocked at what she has done; both anxious parents immediately set out to find them.

The thoroughly happy ending introduces another significant variation to the familiar version Hansel und Gretel Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau and Angelika Kirchschlager star in the acclaimed production of Humperdinck's famous fairytale opera, in the company of two of Britain's most revered musical figures: Thomas Allen, playing the role of the Father, and the legendary conductor Colin Davis.

Directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser combine their characteristic wit and a dash of deliciously dark comedy with the opera's fairytale charm.

Humperdinck's music mixes catchy folk-like songs with sumptuous instrumental colour, making the result as tunefully approachable, musically memorable and visually delightful as opera gets.

Hansel und Gretel Semperoper Dresden, First staged at the Weimar Court Theatre under the baton of Richard Strauss in , who hailed it as "a masterpiece of the highest quality", Humperdinck's debut opera Hänsel und Gretel has remained a solid favourite since its première.

Engelbert Humperdinck transformed Grimm's beloved fairy tale Hänsel und Gretel into opera entertainment for everyone from young children to the serious music lover; this is a tumultuous and joyful production for both children and adults.

Director Katharina Thalbach cheerfully evokes a magic world of woodland sprites and candy dreams and creates an enchanting fantasy world filled with high spirits, fairytale fantasy and genial comedy. Recorded live at the world-famous Dresden Semperoper in December , the production is also musically of the highest rank, with international soloists in the main roles, accompanied by the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden under Michael Hofstetter.

Cunning Little Vixen The Chatelet, His nine stage works in particular have carried his homeland's life and customs, and also folk melodies and musical language, out into the world. The first performance on 6 November at the Brno National Theatre was a great artistic success, and international acclaim followed with its legendary staging in , at the Comic Opera in Berlin.

Leos Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen was described by its composer as "a comic opera with a sad ending. Jenufa tells a heartbreaking story of rural life in the 19th century: This tragedy befalls the family of the old miller, the Grandmother Buryjovka, a respected figure in a small country village. The pressure of the extremely closed, morally repressive and hypocritical society leads the protagonists to inexorably holding to such traditional values as honour and respect, no matter what the costs.

The production, sung in the original Czech, was directed by French-Austrian opera director Olivier Tambosi. His version of the work was first produced at the Metropolitan Opera New York in to high acclaim and was revived there at the beginning of In it was staged in Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu — once again proving the opera house to be Spain's most successful and internationally renowned stage.

With the "breathtakingly grandiose" Salzburger Nachrichten Angela Denoke in the lead role, this emotionally powerful opera is given a superior treatment at the hands of the Wiener Philharmoniker under Esa-Pekka Salonen and in an ingenious staging by Christoph Marthaler.

Denoke gives a winning account of the sensual, tormented leading role. While Salonen lets the Wiener Philharmoniker alternate between powerful accents, filigree textures and mighty outbursts of raw emotion, Marthaler charms the viewer with his typical witty, naturalistic details.

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Parmesan, prosciutto ribbons, heirloom cherry tomatoes, creamy white balsamic vinaigrette. Includes NM popover with strawberry butter and petite NM house salad: Crab "fried rice", asparagus and snow pea saute, lemon ginger butter. Broccolini, baby carrots, wild mushrooms, baby twice baked potatoes, red wine demi-glace. Crispy Brussels sprouts, pancetta, fingerling rosemary potatoes, baby carrots, truffle mushroom demi-glace.

Fig balsamic glaze, orzo, fresh thyme, oyster mushrooms, grilled broccolini, parmesan zest. Goat cheese and roasted fingerling potato fondue, shaved Brussels sprouts, crispy shallots, lemon tarragon oil.

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The opera was composed and first performed in Venice in and, in a witty plot by an Italian cardinal, it tells the farcical story of the private lives of two ruthless figures in roman history, Seins de vieilles escort angouleme and his mother Agrippina, and how they become entangled with the innocent Ottone and his lover Poppea. Carmen Royal Opera House, Whites Wines by the Bottle. Baby spinach, granny smith apples, sun-dried fruits, spiced pecans, blue cheese, light balsamic vinaigrette. Michael Hampe's elegant, colourful production had already won international acclaim when staged in Paris, Stockholm and London - where it won the Olivier Award for Best Opera Production. Other than that, we had a lovely time!

Robert Badinter has read again and again the original file from the judicial archives of Troyes. Claude is a silk worker from la Croix-Rousse. He tries to lives a happy life with his wife and daughter. For them and for him he refuses the misery imposed by their condition.

When his boss lays off workers to replace them by new English machines. Claude grabs his rifle and run to the barricades. Claude is sentenced to 7 years of hard-Labor at Clairvaux's prison workshop. His love for the quality of his work and his hate of injustice makes him a charismatic figure for the others prisoners. To weaken him, the prison warden separates Claude from his most precious friend, Albin. From this, follows a chain of injustice and violence in witch Claude finish to kill the director.

He will himself be "guillotined" decapitated. Claude is a plea against prison and for human dignity worn by magnificent performers: This thrilling opera is staged by Olivier Py.

Manuel de Falla's short opera La vida breve is perhaps the greatest opera in the entire Spanish repertoire. Premiered in , it is the tragic story of the poor gypsy Salud, whose lover Paco betrays her and plans to wed a wealthy young woman. While not rejecting the folklore aspects of the original libretto, del Monaco creates a kind of psychological chamber drama in which the heroine Salud is on stage at all times, as if witnessing her own living nightmare of blood and shame.

Carlisle Floyd is one of America's foremost composers. Though he has also written in other forms, he is renowned for his operas, for which he also writes the libretti.

The most famous and popular is his third opera, Susannah , premiered in and the second most performed of all American operas. Updated and set in Tennessee, it is loosely based on the Apocryphal tale of Susanna and the Elders. The work is rooted in vernacular folk melodies and hymns and contains soaring melodic beauty. Olimpiade L' La Fenice, Remembered as the leading exponent of Venetian comic opera if not its absolute creator, Baldassare Galuppi opened the Carnival season of Milan's Teatro Ducale with an opera seria which he dominated drama per musica.

L'Olimpiade is based on the Metastasio libretto which served perhaps more composers of the eighteenth century than any other. Although respecting the format tradition. Galuppi managed by adroit cuts and additions which naturally enraged Metastasio to product a seamless sequence of colorful arias and recitatives delineating by musical devices the characters and emotion of the seven protagonists.

Andrea Chenier Bregenz Festival, With his spectacular production of Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chenier, director Keith Warner unites intellectual depth and exciting entertainment for the eyes and ears using every possible resource offered by Bregenz's floating stage. The opera is both a moving love story and a historical thriller with a highly emotional score. Fedora [Opera] Teatro Carlo Felice, The soprano Daniela Dessi died suddenly on 20th August , aged She was hailed by critics and colleagues as one of the finest voices the world of opera has ever known.

Dynamic pays tribute to the great soprano with this recording, filmed just one year before her untimely death. Her performance of Giordano's Fedora was one of the pinnacles of her stunning artistic career. In the famous aria O grandi occhi lucenti from Act One, she delivers a technically perfect and emotionally passionate performance worthy of a great star. The story takes place at the end of the 19th century, in St. It's an operatic crime story, a drama of passion, revenge and guilt that unravels against a historical backdrop of Czarist Russia's political and ideological conflicts in the late 19th century.

Daniela Dessi is a complete prima donna of outstanding finesse, her rich voice both powerfully intense and deeply expressive. Tenor Fabio Armiliato shines particularly in the famous aria Amor ti vieta from Act Two, with a commanding and highly expressive stage presence in support of a powerful and wonderfully nuanced voice. The finale of the opera is reserved for the two protagonists, companions both on stage and in life.

Marcella Festival della Valle d'Itria, This centenary performance of Umberto Giordano's Marcella was prepared from the composer's manuscript, the score and parts having been destroyed during World War II. Recalling Verdi's La Traviata and Puccini's La Rondine , as well as Giordano's own Andrea Chenier and Fedora , Marcella is the story of a poor girl and a painter whose idyllic affair is shattered when events reveal that her true love is actually a prince incognito.

Satyagraha Wurttemberg State Theatre, The preocupation of the composer of "minimal music", Philip Glass, with Indian music and his interest in Gandhi began in during his first visit to India where he met Ravi Shankar. Since then, the rhythmic figures of Indian music have exercised a significant influence on his music which has a strong meditative and almost hypnotic effect through the repetitive sequences of tones with minimal changes. Glass's work needs time to unfold its hypnotic effect and fascination.

With his second opera Glass didn't want to draw a historic portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. Instead he used the example of Gandhi's work during the last years between and in South Africa to draw an outline of the current worldwide political and religious problems. In South Africa Gandhi formulated his theory of passive resistance and civil disobedience known as Satyagraha as a reaction to the government's discrimination against the Indian population evidenced by its denial of basic rights such as the right to vote.

Ruslan and Lyudmila Bolshoi Opera, The reopening show of the historical stage of the Bolshoi Theatre by Jurowski and Tcherniakov. Ruslan and Lyudmila , the fable of Mikhail Glinka from a poem of Pushkin , and symbolic Russian opera in itself, was an apposite choice to open the of the majestic Moscow opera, after its long renovation.

Tcherniakov transposes Glinka's opera into the 21st century exposing the protagonists exposing the protagonists to contemporary forms of temptations: Iphigenie en Tauride [Opera] Opernhaus Zurich, Gluck's wonderful but neglected opera Iphigenie en Tauride , inspired by the Greek legend, is treated with forceful and convincing simplicity in Klaus Guth's revolutionary production stated the Zurich Opera House.

The psychological drama in a tense atmosphere of fears and traumas is underline by Guth's use of huge masks and enclosed space. Conductor William Christie and his typically transparent but never cold orchestral sound perfectly match the descriptive elements in Gluck's score, while the Armenian mezzo-soprano Juliette Galstain as a fabulously good Iphigenie, the leading American opera baritone Rodney Gilfry as Oreste and the deceased South African tenor Deon van der Walt as Pylade head a superb cast.

Orfeo ed Euridice Castell de Peralada Festival, To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ambitious "Festival Internacional de Musica Castell de Peralada", the Catalan theater collective La Fura dels Baus and its director Carlus Padrissa have staged Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice with three splendid soloists in a production that confirms the Fura's creativity.

The most striking aspect of the production is the participation of the orchestral ensemble in the action. Padrissa also makes abundant stage use of the chorus, who depict souls or demons. With its stunning effects, expert lighting and video projections, the production grabs the viewer from the very start.

Orfeo ed Euridice Royal Opera House, According to legend, Orpheus' magical power as a musician enabled him to regain his wife from the dead on condition that he did not look at her on the journey back from Hades - a condition it proved impossible to fulfil.

In Harry Kupfer's updated version, Orfeo, in leather jacket, trainers and jeans, sees his Euridice die in a street accident. Succumbing to depression, he languishes in Hades - a psychiatric hospital - before taking his electric guitar to charm the beasts in an inner-city concrete jungle.

Hans Schavernoch has designed an ingenious set with projected imagery on revolving screens and mirrors. The German male alto, Jochen Kowalski, gives a virtuoso performance as the tormented Orfeo, with the young British soprano Gillian Webster as Euridice. Orphee et Euridice Teatro Comunale di Bologna, A major event recorded in Bologna. Opting for the French-language version of Gluck's Orpheus , David Alagna was faced with the task of achieving an appropriately subtle adaptation.

In a plot transposed to the present day, Eurydice dies in a car accident on the day of her wedding, and Orpheus's quest for his beloved is a dream beginning and ending at the cemetery. No happy ending in this interpretation, but a new approach to characterisation: Amore, sung by a baritone, becomes a funeral parlour employee and Orpheus's guide.

And Orpheus, of course, loses his loved one forever by turning to look back. The enormously talented Roberto Alagna throws himself body and soul into this production. His incredible vitality and flawless timbre and diction make him a great Orpheus. His partner, young Italian soprano Serena Gamberoni, is simply stunning as Euridice, while French baritone Marc Barrard is suitably terrifying as the guide to the Underworld.

The orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna is conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti, who masterfully brings out all Gluck's poetry, romantic melancholy and depth. Gluck's opera Orphee et Eurydice was groundbreaking in its day and, as this performance from the Theatre Musical de Paris shows, it still lends itself to radical treatment. The composer's rejection of traditional, flamboyant, operatic bells and whistles led to a fresh form in which the lyrics hold court.

The music provides the setting and emotional color in a way that is almost physical in its intensity. Gluck's readiness to incorporate the influences of other art forms - poetry, ballet, and drama - has always made this story of love rescued from the jaws of tragedy universally appealing.

Romeo et Juliette Arena di Verona, Romeo et Juliette Royal Opera House, Sir Charles Mackerras teases the romantic beauty from Gounod's score, which has been much admired and performed since its debut, at the Theatre Lyrique, Paris, in In this recording, the youthful Roberto Alagna as Romeo 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.

Romeo et Juliette Salzburg Festival, Guillaume Tell L'Opera de Liege, Acis and Galatea Royal Opera House, Admeto Gottingen Handel Festival, When one of Germany's most famous filmmakers and stimulating operatic directors focuses her creativity on a rarely performed Handel opera, the result is a "mixture of dancers and singers, comedy and pathos" The Times.

Admeto , one of Handel's most popular operas in his lifetime, was premiered in London in January Doris Dörrie, whose Japan-inspired feature film "Cherry Blossoms - Hanami" was a major German box-office hit and won several international awards, returns to her beloved Japan in this production. For this production, a coproduction of the Internationale Händel-Festspiele in Göttingen and the Edinburgh International Festival on the occasion of the th anniversary of Handel's death, Doris Dörrie was awarded the Edinburgh Festival's prestigious Herald Angel Award.

Admeto Handel-Festival Halle, George Frideric Handel's Admeto is considered as one of the most successful operas produced in the first half of the 18th century. Along with Radamisto, Giulio Cesare, Tamerlano, Rodelinda and Alessandro , which were also written in this period, Admeto belongs to Handel's so-called "London operas" - works he composed for the Royal Academy of Music. Axel Kohler, the celebrated counter-tenor and well-known stage director, has brought Admeto into the modern era in timeless style by the skillful application of imaginative theatrical digressions.

Kohler's production at the Halle Opernhaus revisits a work that encompasses comedy, tragedy and almost absurd grotesqueness and gives it a convincing metaphor in the form of a modern hospital. Agrippina Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing, Agrippina was staged for the first time in late December - or possibly at the beginning of - at Venice's Teatro San Grisostomo and met with enormous success, as testified by twenty-seven following performances, a record number even for 18th-century standards.

Agrippina 's triumph sanctioned Handel's definitive investiture as an operatic composer. After nearly years this opera appears as a masterpiece of 18th-century music and an innovative work, considering that when Handel composed it he was just twenty-four years old.

The composer's melodic creativity and sense of theatre are quite remarkable. Agrippina Schwetzingen Festival, Composed when he was just twenty-four, Agrippina was Handel's first theatrical success and is a sparkling example of his early work. It is full of his fresh, exuberantly inventive music and employs one of the finest librettos with which George Frederic Handel ever worked. The opera was composed and first performed in Venice in and, in a witty plot by an Italian cardinal, it tells the farcical story of the private lives of two ruthless figures in roman history, Nero and his mother Agrippina, and how they become entangled with the innocent Ottone and his lover Poppea.

Typically for a Handel opera, the work is centred on a series of towering arias designed to show off the virtuosity of the singers. This beautiful production by renowned opera director Michael Hampe was recorded at the exquisite 18th century palace theatre during the Schwetzingen Festival in It combines the atmosphere of a true Baroque opera with an elegant, colourful staging and brilliant musicianship.

The London Baroque Players, an outstanding orchestra for early music, which specializes in the music of the 17th and 18th century, joins an accomplished cast of singers, all baroque specialists. Alcina Vienna State Opera, Handel's operas are now so thoroughly a part of modern musical life that you might think every major opera house welcomes them. But until November , when it introduced an absorbing new production of Alcina, the Vienna Staatsoper resisted them, not having done a Baroque opera since Monteverdi's Poppea in the s.

Adrian Noble places his Alcina into a framework which begins in the magnificent ballroom of the Devonshire-House in London Picadilly. The legendary Georgina Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, stages a play in which she is acting together with her friends, a stage on a stage. Alcina is a great musical experience geared to the Baroque curiosity. Mark Minkowski revives Handel's music in an outstanding way. Ariodante Spoleto Festival, Handel produced a refined musical setting of a somewhat audacious title which he treated in an equally unusual manner: But Duke Polinesso covets the throne.

An opera about truth and appearance, set by director John Pascoe in the 's, in the glamorous days of the British monarchy. Giulio Cesare Glyndebourne, David McVicar's production of Giulio Cesare manages to combine serious insight with entertainment, bringing Handel's masterpiece to life in a powerful, convincing and highly intelligent way. In every line of the complex narrative the subtle nuances are apparent, reflecting perfectly the transparent and exquisite nature of Handel's musical expression.

The outstanding singing of the all-star cast, led by a superb Sarah Connolly, and the vivid playing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the energising baton of William Christie reveal the colour and dramatic character of Handel's music in a most delightful manner.

As the first collaboration ever between conductor William Christie and director Luc Bondy, this production of Hercules was the major event of the opera season. Originally Created in Aix-en-Provence in July , the show then moved on to the Palais Garnier in Paris where it was recorded in December of the same year.

The Hercules received the student prize at the Golden Prague Julius Caesar ENO, Dame Janet Baker, in one of her greatest roles, leads a cast of some of Britain's finest interpreters of Baroque opera, and their performance under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras is one of the highest musical excellence.

The opera was first performed in at the Haymarket Theatre in London using castrati singers in the heroes' roles. This production follows modern practice in using women in these parts. Dame Janet's virtuoso role as Julius Caesar has been heralded as a masterful recreation of the music which Handel wrote for the finest singers of his time.

Early music and an old craft - the charm of the stage and marionettes are unified in a spectacular performance of Handel's magic opera Rinaldo by the Lautten Compagney, conducted by baroque specialist Wolfgang Katschner, and the puppet theatre Carlo Colla e Figli.

Sung by a first-class cast, this beautiful production is an exciting and memorable experience for the audience. Serse Xerxes Semperoper Dresden, This beautiful production of Handel's Serse presents a tale of intrigue, deception and true love. Romilda, however, only has eyes for Arsamenes, as does her sister Atalanta. Add to the mix a spurned lover, a doting father and an idiotic servant the hilarious Matteo Peirone , and one is confronted with tragedy, comedy and romance in equal measures.

Superbly performed under the baton of Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, this is an elegant and charming production with an outstanding cast. Tamerlano Teatro Real, Teatro Real's majestic production of Handel's vivid tragedy, Tamerlano , stars a Lear-like Placido Domingo as the Turkish Sultan Bajazet, caught between pride, love and loyalty. Displaying the uniquely heroic quality of his voice, Domingo heads a superb cast, including Sara Mingardo, Monica Bacelli and Ingela Bohlin, all magnificently responsive to Paul McCreesh's authentic and luminous interpretation of the score.

The stunning theatrical staging by Graham Vick provides a splendid setting for the characters and for designer Richard Hudson's extravagant Baroque-Islamic costumes, emphasising the brilliance of one of Handel's finest dramatic achievements. Artaserse Festival della Valle d'Itria, A classic work of its genre and historical period, Artaserse was premiered in Venice in by the most famous singers of the day: It was a success for Hasse , who would, in and , re-propose the same work in two different versions.

This video features one, in world premiere. The cast is extraordinary, with the countertenor Franco Fagioli giving a great performance of the role that was Farinelli's. Fagioli easily goes up and down the extension of more that three octaves, maintaning a uniform timbre and remarkable power and resonance. Also stunning, is the aria Pallido sole sung by Sonia Prina. Mondo della Luna Il Theater an der Wien, Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt's special wish for the Haydn anniversary year and for his 80th birthday was a production of Joseph Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna of With this exuberant staging by Tobias Moretti from Vienna's Theater an der Wien, Harnoncourt's wish was spectacularly fulfilled.

Contributing to the success of the production are a fine cast of physically and vocally agile singers and the rousing orchestral accompaniment of Harnoncourt's own ensemble, the Concentus Musicus Wien. Orlando Paladino Staatsoper unter den Linden, In the Summer of , the British director Nigel Lowery and the Iranian choreographer Amir Hosseinpour brought to the stage of the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, with colour and full of humour, the fantastic and imaginative adventures of "Racing Roland".

On the occasion of the th anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn, the composer's most renowned opera during his lifetime, Orlando Paladino , was performed, a heroic-comical stage piece based on Ariost's famous Versepos. The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra completed this high-class production giving the music a beautiful sound and lively swing.

Bo Holten's new opera The Visit of the Royal Physician was a great success with both audience and reviewers at the premiere in It is a tragic love story from one of the most dramatic periods in the history of Denmark, when new ideas almost overturned the social order.

It is the s, and the young, idealistic doctor Struensee dreams of creating a new and better world. He is given the chance to put his ideas into practice when, almost by coincidence, he becomes royal physician to the insane King Christian VII. Soon he is also the lover of the young Queen Caroline Mathilde. The result is a disaster for all those involved while the old order is allowed to endure. The performance was recorded at the Opera in Copenhagen and is conducted by the composer.

A stunning work in one Act, it is presented here in a concert performance recording with a short film by Sheryl Jenkins The Symptoms of his Madness were as Follows. Hansel und Gretel Anhalt Theater, Hansel und Gretel is a fairy-tale opera Marchenspiel by Engelbert Humperdinck to a libretto by his sister Adelheid Wette.

The idea for the opera was proposed to Humperdinck by his sister, who approached him about writing music for songs that she had written for her children for Christmas based on Hansel and Gretel.

After several revisions, the musical sketches and the songs were turned into a full-scale opera. Hansel und Gretel has been associated with Christmas since its earliest performances, and it is often performed at Christmas time. It is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the most famous being the prayer from act II.

A family classic, it grew out of a set of incidental music and, written between and , it was first performed on 23 December under Richard Strauss in Weimar. The form in which the story is used in the opera derives from the collection of Ludwig Bechstein. Gertrud, the desperate mother, sends her hungry children into the wood to pick strawberries, unaware of the danger to which she exposes them until Peter, the broombinder, returns and is shocked at what she has done; both anxious parents immediately set out to find them.

The thoroughly happy ending introduces another significant variation to the familiar version Hansel und Gretel Royal Opera House, Diana Damrau and Angelika Kirchschlager star in the acclaimed production of Humperdinck's famous fairytale opera, in the company of two of Britain's most revered musical figures: Thomas Allen, playing the role of the Father, and the legendary conductor Colin Davis. Directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser combine their characteristic wit and a dash of deliciously dark comedy with the opera's fairytale charm.

Humperdinck's music mixes catchy folk-like songs with sumptuous instrumental colour, making the result as tunefully approachable, musically memorable and visually delightful as opera gets. Hansel und Gretel Semperoper Dresden, First staged at the Weimar Court Theatre under the baton of Richard Strauss in , who hailed it as "a masterpiece of the highest quality", Humperdinck's debut opera Hänsel und Gretel has remained a solid favourite since its première. Engelbert Humperdinck transformed Grimm's beloved fairy tale Hänsel und Gretel into opera entertainment for everyone from young children to the serious music lover; this is a tumultuous and joyful production for both children and adults.

Director Katharina Thalbach cheerfully evokes a magic world of woodland sprites and candy dreams and creates an enchanting fantasy world filled with high spirits, fairytale fantasy and genial comedy. Recorded live at the world-famous Dresden Semperoper in December , the production is also musically of the highest rank, with international soloists in the main roles, accompanied by the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden under Michael Hofstetter. Cunning Little Vixen The Chatelet, His nine stage works in particular have carried his homeland's life and customs, and also folk melodies and musical language, out into the world.

The first performance on 6 November at the Brno National Theatre was a great artistic success, and international acclaim followed with its legendary staging in , at the Comic Opera in Berlin.

Leos Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen was described by its composer as "a comic opera with a sad ending. Jenufa tells a heartbreaking story of rural life in the 19th century: This tragedy befalls the family of the old miller, the Grandmother Buryjovka, a respected figure in a small country village.

The pressure of the extremely closed, morally repressive and hypocritical society leads the protagonists to inexorably holding to such traditional values as honour and respect, no matter what the costs.

The production, sung in the original Czech, was directed by French-Austrian opera director Olivier Tambosi. His version of the work was first produced at the Metropolitan Opera New York in to high acclaim and was revived there at the beginning of In it was staged in Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu — once again proving the opera house to be Spain's most successful and internationally renowned stage.

With the "breathtakingly grandiose" Salzburger Nachrichten Angela Denoke in the lead role, this emotionally powerful opera is given a superior treatment at the hands of the Wiener Philharmoniker under Esa-Pekka Salonen and in an ingenious staging by Christoph Marthaler.

Denoke gives a winning account of the sensual, tormented leading role. While Salonen lets the Wiener Philharmoniker alternate between powerful accents, filigree textures and mighty outbursts of raw emotion, Marthaler charms the viewer with his typical witty, naturalistic details.

Csardasfurstin Die Seefestspiele Morbisch, Grafin Mariza Seefestspiele Morbisch, Tote Stadt Die La Fenice, First performed in , Die tote Stadt is unanimously considered Erich Wolfgang Korngold's operatic masterpiece. When he wrote it, the composer was only twenty-three years old but had already achieved full artistic maturity. Korngold would never be able to repeat the success obtained with introspective and poignant opera about the passion and love, which put his name in the limelight on an international scale.

Edouard Lalo's Le Roi d'Ys is based on an ancient Breton legend; even the choice of a subject based on legend - and a Breton one at that - illustrates the ideological link between Lalo's opera and the Wagnerianism so prevalent throughout Europe at the time. Lalo furthermore made use of various elements of popular music inspired by Breton folklore that give the entire score a special character and flavour.

Le Roi d'Ys contains all the ingredients of a fine romantic tale: The story is well supported that is effective, full of colour and contrasts, with wonderful arias and duets, and a splendid overture. Patrick David conducts; Jean-Louis Pichon's creative staging includes special effects worthy of the seventh art.

Antikrist Royal Danish Opera, A religious mystery opera. A magnificent doomsday vision. A full length nightmare. No punches are pulled as the composer's breathtaking revelation unfolds with its intriguing allegorical characters and its powerful statement about the moral decay of modern society. Graf von Luxemburg Der Seefestspiele Morbisch, Land des Lachelns Das Seefestspiele Morbisch, Lustige Witwe Die Seefestspiele Morbisch, To save the billions belonging to the young and attractive widow Hanna Glawari for his country Pontevedro, Baron Zeta commands the charming womanizer Count Danilo Danilowitsch to carry out his patriotic duty in marrying the widow.

What the baron cannot have known is that Danilo and Hanna already had a relationship in the past. This captivating production glides along with a twinkle in its eye, brought to life by director Helmut Lohner. The opulent set mainly designed in red and gold provides the setting for elegant costumes, mixing traditional costumes and Parisian evening attire, while the handsome pairing of Dagmar Schellenberger and Rodney Gilfry provides a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the widow and her suitor.

Franz Welser-Most is at the helm, guiding us through Lehar's music. Zarewitsch Der Seefestspiele Morbisch, Alidoro L' Teatro Municipale, The opera was destined to reap success all over Europe with its Neapolitan music comedy theme.

Frederico drafted a comedy in which the characters speak different languages Neapolitan or Tuscan according to their social status and work on different levels: L'Alidoro Golden Wings is a lost-and-found story that fathoms the themes of love and jealousy from different perspectives - those of age and social status in the forefront - interweaving comedy with more serious reflections.

Recently rediscovered in the Abbey of Montecassino along with three other Leonardo Leo operas, Alidoro was chosen by Antonio Florio for his Pieta de' Turchini, one of the best Italian Baroque orchestras of the last twenty years. Pagliacci La Scala, Pagliacci is often celebrated as one of the finest examples of verismo, or realist opera. It is even based on a true story: Leoncavallo's father, a judge, once presided over the trial of an actor who, in a fit of jealousy, murdered his wife immediately following a performance.

Pagliacci is frequently performed along with Mascagni's one-acter Cavalleria Rusticana. Both works are strongly linked with the name of Franco Zeffirelli, the great stage and film director who has been infusing the operatic repertoire with grace, elegance and poignancy.

Both his Emmy Award-winning production of Pagliacci and his Cavalleria feature international star tenor Placido Domingo. Pagliacci Teatro Real, Giancarlo del Monaco's acclaimed new production elegantly intertwines Mascagni's and Leoncavallo's well-loved operas, masterpieces which brought new levels of realism into opera through their so-called verismo style. Jesus Lopez Cobos directs a double cast of outstanding talent in this recording.

Grand Macabre Le Liceu, Persee Opera Atelier, The opera was considered the crowning achievement of 17th century French music theatre and was widely recognized as Lully's greatest work.

Filled with dancing, fight scenes, monsters and special effects, this truly spectacular music drama recounts the thrilling story of Perseus, son of Zeus and heroic vanquisher of the snake-haired Gorgon Medusa.

Recorded live at the Elgin Theatre, Toronto in April , this staging is a dazzling spectacle of gods and goddesses, dancing scenes, flying machines and monsters with fight scenes and special effects inspired by designs from the original 17th century performance. The excellent singer-actors and the "Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir" are leading specialists in early music. Hans Heiling Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, An opera with a rich vein of musical ideas, sumptuous and original sets, a little-known German Romantic composer, high-level interpreters among them Anna Caterina Antonacci: There is no doubt that this timeless story of gnomes and spirits, love and suffering, supernatural powers and mortal beauty will captivate many opera lovers.

Martin y Soler, Vicente. Burbero di buon cuore Il Teatro Real, The gruff Ferramondo must deal with a nephew who has been ruined by his spendthrifft wife, and who would like to have his sister sent to a convent so that he can get his hands on her dowry.

The girl, of course, has other plans. A brilliant libretto, music that can be both graceful and captivating, and a first rate cast make of this opera, based on one of Carlo Goldoni's most amusing comedies, Le bourru bienfaisant , a welcome rediscovery. L'arbore di Diana Liceu, Diana, the goddess of chastity, has a tree in her garden that bears large apples.

When one of her nymphs as sinned against chastity, the apples turn black and punish her. Eros finds this rule intolerable, and ultimately succeeds in turning her garden into a palace of love.

A feast for the ears and for the eyes is what Martin i Solar and Da Ponte conceived for years ago with this playful opera; no less is this staging by director Francisco Negri, fully absorbed in the sophisticated games of a work created only to give pleasure - Juan Carlos Olivares. Amica Festival della Valle d'Itria, Pietro Mascagni explored many different musical styles, from the verismo of his ever-popular Cavalleria rusticana to the sentimental lyricism of Lodoletta.

Amica was composed at breakneck speed, reaching completion only a month before its Monte Carlo première in conducted by the composer, and combined a return to 'realism' with a more sophisticated style of writing. Its extravagant scenic and vocal demands contributed to the opera's neglect until recent times. Set in the Savoy mountains around , Amica is a 'dramatic poem in two acts' involving two brothers, Giorgio and Rinaldo, whose love for the same woman, Amica, culminates in tragedy.

While today numbering among his least performed works, Amica was initially a triumph, praised for its 'passionate accent' and 'impulsive sincerity' by a contemporary critic, and deemed 'most worthy of re-evaluation' according to the composer's biographer Roger Flury. Cavalleria Rusticana Studio Production, Cavalleria Rusticana was filmed on location in Sicily, which adds immeasurably to the power and atmosphere of this timeless story of love, honour, justice, and violence.

Cherubin Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Inspired by Francis de Croisset three-act comedy with the same title, Jules Massenet's Cherubin was completed in The stimuli that led Massenet to write an opera of eighteenth-century reminiscences may have been many and gave gone beyond the immediate enthusiasm he felt for Croisset's play.

We might consider, for example, the fact that in the thirty year period between the s and the first world war, Mozart was very fashionable in France. The old Mozartian Cherubino of Le nozze di Figaro is no longer the young lad in his first naive contacts with women: Massenet brings these aspects out well as he characterises Cherubin with vocal scoring that favours ample, intensely cantabile phrases, with leaps towards the acute register that give full vent to the lyrical soprano voice, with moments of sudden emphasis and equally rapid disappointments - a real tempest of hormones, light years away from the Voi che sapete of Mozart's page boy.

Finished in , Don Quichotte was a success when it premiered at the Opera Theatre in Monte Carlo, where sixty-seven year old Massenet had gone to seek relief from the rheumatism he suffered from. The subject from Cervantes's masterpiece, had been versified by the young and extravagant writer Jacques Le Lorrain.

The story is quite different from that of Miguel de Cervantes's hero, appearing, rather, as a self-portrait of the poet himself: His text was reworked by the librettist Henri Cain and submitted to Massenet, who, despite the difficult period he was going through, conceived a rich score, full of verve and maturity.

Manon Opera Royal de Wallonie, Manon is Jules Massenet's most popular and enduring opera which, having "quickly conquered the world's stages", has maintained an important place in the repertory since its creation. It is the quintessential example of the charm and vitality of the music and culture of the Parisian Belle Epoque. Casted as Manon, Annick Massis together with Alessandro Liberatore on his debut as De Grieux, the opera was a mainstay of the Opera-Comique in Paris, reaching its 1,th performance there in Manon Staatsoper unter den Linden, From "dream team" of the opera stage to "dream team" of classic and pop - Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón have long since conquered the entire world of music.

Yet while their CD Duets ranked third on the pop charts, the opera stage remains their preferred venue. And in Jules Massenet's Manon, they have found a drama worthy of their combined talents. Manon, the tragic heroine of Massenet's work, is torn between flirtatiousness and profound love, between frivolity and deep commitment. Netrebko seems predestined for this role, with her body language alternating between girlish, introspective and carefree, and her voice radiating brilliance, warmth, mystery and longing.

As the impoverished young nobleman Des Grieux, Rolando Villazón compellingly depicts the burning passion of an ultimately doomed lover with his glowing, supple, slender tenor voice. The glittering production's distinctly Hollywood touch is due to director Vincent Paterson, who makes his operatic debut with Manon.

Paterson knows what stars want: He also worked on films such as Dancer in the Dark, Manon Vienna State Opera, Roi de Lahore Le La Fenice, Every operatic composer has a title that marks a turning point, one that raises him from being almost unknown to sudden fame. For Massenet this opera was Le Roi de Lahore. Performed for the first time in at the Palais Garnier to a resounding success - the opera ran to no fewer than 57 performances in the great Paris opera house within two years - this work contains all the characteristic elements of grand-opéra: The present Venetian production features a high quality cast and documents the last performance of the late conductor Marcello Viotti, who had made the critical edition of the score.

Thais La Fenice, Werther Badisches Staatstheater, Jules Massenet's opera Werther belongs to the most favourite works of French repertoire. It is in the first wave of German Romantic literature that Massenet found the source for his doubtless most powerful work — and certainly his most popular! Might the French musician have detected in his own life the inspiration for these pages about the tormented fate of Werther and Charlotte, of their impossible love, their sighs, their unhappiness?

Rarely has the author of Manon found a more poignant or fitting touch, leading the listener right inside the tempestuous soul of his characters. It was first performed in in Vienna, and based on a famous novel by J. Goethe The Sorrows of Young Werther. The story of the main character Werther takes place around in Wetzlar near Frankfurt, and unveils a touching drama of two young hearts who were not allowed to find happiness, because of the conventions of the period and family conditions.

When Werther meets Charlotte, he falls in love with her at first sight but is desolated after finding out she is about to marry someone else. Charlotte's jolly and optimistic sister Sophie hides her feelings she secretly cherishes towards Werther who is hopelessly infatuated with Charlotte and has numerous times, to no avail, attempted to Medea in Corinto Bavarian State Opera, Mayr, born in Germany in , became one of the most important composers of Italian opera between Mozart and Rossini.

He also taught many reputable composers, such as Donizetti. Written at the dawn of romanticism and the bel canto era, his main works unite stylistic characteristics of Viennese classicism with Italian melodic exuberance.

Medea in Corinto was premiered in Naples in At the Bavarian State Opera, director Hans Neuenfels stages this tragedy of betrayed love, lust for power and murderous hatred as a fascinating political thriller.

Providing a vigorous orchestral support for soprano Nadja Michael as Medea and Ramon Vargas as her ex-husband Giasone, conductor Ivor Bolton plumbs the depths of Mayr's rich score. Medea in Corinto Festival della Valle d'Itria, Giovanni Simone Mayr was a musician of great success at the beginning of the 19th century. Medea in Corinto is one of his best operas. It was premiered at the San Carlo theatre in Naples in , on a libretto by Felice Romani, and for decades it was one of the fortes of Isabella Colbran and Giuditta Pasta.

Benedetto Sicca's direction has a great emotional impact, as have the distinctive and practiced performances of all the artists involved. Fabio Luisi gives an intense reading of Mayr's music and masterfully underlines its deep psychological implications, while at the same time keeping in constant contact with the stage in a dramatic and enthusing crescendo. Two great tenors are in the important roles of Jason and Aegeus: Michael Spyres and Enea Scala.

Medea is entrusted to the Spaniard Davinia Rodriguez, who easily tackles even the difficult cavatina with obbligato violin of Act I, traditionally almost always omitted. Konsul Der Studio Production, Gian Carlo Menotti was one of the most important 20th-century composers of opera working in the United States. Written almost two centuries ago by Saverio Mercadante , coveted by many theatres of the day, Francesca da Rimini was, in fact, never staged. Every time it was scheduled for performance, something happened and it got canceled.

A long series of incidents prevented it from reaching the stage for as any years. Its forgotten manuscript, which was only known for its ill-starred fate, suddenly re-emerged five years ago in Madrid, the city where it was to have been premiered in The soprano Leonor Bonilla Francesca is quite impressive in the part of the protagonist: Aya Wakizono is an admirable Paolo: No less demanding is the part of the tenor Lanciotto, with its fearful leaps and ornamentation worthy of the Neapolitan Rossini: Mert Sungu might in time get rid of a touch Messiaen's breathtakingly intense opera on the life of St.

Francis of Assisi stars Rod Gilfry as the charismatic visionary, beguiled by the glory of creation, yet fearful of both its imperfections and its transience.

Pierre Audi's thoroughly engaging production for The Netherlands Opera brings out the naive imagery, the grandeur, and above all the vast tenderness of the resplendent score, revealed as a grandiose ritual with the meaning and purpose of life as its central theme.

But the real drama of the work takes place in the orchestra. Elevated to stupendous heights by the sublimely inspired Ingo Metzmacher, The Hague Philharmonic and the Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera combine forces with a brilliant cast to produce the finest possible musical pilgrimage. The Children - Interviews: The Message - Interviews: Africaine L' San Francisco Opera, Eugene Scribe had presented the composer with the drama L'Africaine together with a libretto for Le Prophete as early as The world premier on 28 April was one of the outstanding social events of the Second Empire.

The current performance, in the original French version, is a revival of the new production of the grande opera created by the opera house for its programme in September Bettelstudent Der Seefestspiele Morbisch, Monteverdi's operatic scene for three voices Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda , with a libretto drawns from Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata , is a vivid romance set against the backdrop of the First Crusade, in which the noble knight Tancredi fights a duel with a supposed Saracen warrior only to discover, too late, that the vanquished opponent dying in his arms is non other than his beloved Clorinda in disguise.

In this dramatic and intimate performance, staged with precision by Pierre Audi, musical director David Porcelijn gives great attention to the phrasing and dynamic demands of the score, leading the ASKO Ensemble and the singers to transparent brilliance. Almost four decades before creating his Poppea , Monteverdi wrote in the preface to his fifth book of madrigals, "The modern composer must create his works solely on the basis of the truth" — a credo to which the music of his final opera is utterly faithful.

Poppea is a potent work from opera's first true creator and pioneering genius. The fact that, at the close of this highly charged dramma in musica , he allows evil to triumph over good albeit temporarily , has frequently led to his being decried as amoral.

Monteverdi's timeless masterpiece, which creates a modern, deep involvement in performers and audiences alike, is brilliantly captured in this live recording of Pierre Audi's moving and beautifully styled production from Het Muziektheater Amsterdam.

This stunning new production of Monteverdi's The Coronoation of Poppea clothes the characters in modern dress and emphasizes the moral ambiguity of the original text. Challenging the usual operatic conventions, the controversial stage director Ole Anders Tandberg, a leading light of contemporary Scandinavian theatre, emphasises the immediacy of the lurid, dramatic plot.

This radical approach, combined with the emotional impact of Monteverdi's music, enables this seventeenth century masterpiece to make a direct appeal to contemporary audiences. Orfeo L' Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing, In some respects, Monteverdi's Orfeo is to the history of Italian opera what Dante's Divine Comedy is to the history of Italian literature: With Orfeo and the operas that followed it, Monteverdi had the substantial merit of immediately demonstrating the infinite possibilities of this new genre, which would leave an imprint on three centuries of European culture.

In the present edition the French conductor Jean-Claude Malgoire is at the head of a cast of Baroque opera specialists. Orfeo L' DNO, Intense and refined performances by an inspired cast, led by a profound and commanding John Mark Ainsley as the legendary tragic musician, are sustained with fluent ease and obvious affection by the ensemble under Stephen Stubbs. The beautifully styled, evocative stage production, rich with Pierre Audi's trademark symbolism, accentuates the solemn serenity of Monteverdi's most famous work to create a moving and timeless experience.

Orfeo L' La Scala, Monteverdi's seminal first opera tells the dramatic story from Ovid's Metamorphoses of the descent of Orfeo Georg Nigl into the underworld to recover his beloved wife Euridice Roberta Invernizzi , who has died from a snake bite. In a new production for La Scala, based on a painting by Titian and directed by Robert Wilson, the opera receives a powerful and inspiring performance from a fine cast, the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala and Concerto Italiano under the much-admired Italian early music specialist, Rinaldo Alessandrini.

Orfeo L' Liceu, Gilbert Deflo's stage direction reflects the sublime art and imagery found in Mantua's Palazzo Ducale, with its famous Hall of Mirrors, where the opera was first performed in Orfeo L' Teatro Real, Known as the earliest surviving opera that is still performed today, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo was written in for a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua. Dramatic power and lively orchestration mark L'Orfeo , one of the earliest works recognized as an opera based on the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus who attempts to rescue his dead lover Eurydice from Hades, the underworld.

With this opera Monteverdi created an entirely new style of music, the dramma per musica, or musical drama. Orfeo L' Zurich Opera, In his penultimate opera, based on text adapted from Homer's Odyssey , Monteverdi ventures further than ever before into the depths of human emotion.

In this dramma in musica human frailty falls victim to time, fortune and love. Gods and humans, comic and intensely serious characters plus spectacular scenic effects are brought together in a wonderfully rich and effective texture. Pierre Audi's highly stylised and timeless production is captured here in a live recording from Het Muziektheater Amsterdam. Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria Il Studio Production, In a rare display of unanimous praise, international music critics rated this cycle one of the greatest operatic events of its time.

Although Monteverdi played a truly important role in the development of opera, only few major opera houses have ventured to present these three Baroque masterpieces. Years of intensive study by conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, not only of the transmitted scores but also of the instruments used in Monteverdi's time, were necessary to provide a basis for the exceptionally high standard of the Zurich productions.

Just how meticulously Harnoncourt and the celebrated stage director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle prepared themselves is made partly clear by the fact that the orchestra exclusively played original 17th-century instruments and specially-made copies for these productions.

This in turn meant that each of the 39 members of the -awaited expansion of the standard opera repertoire had successfully been realized. What makes the Monteverdi cycle a unique project is the certainty that it can never again be repeated with quite the same quality and feeling. There is no question that they are two prestigious figures in their respective fields and, particularly, great specialists in baroque opera, in which they have been working together for the last 25 years.

Luisa Fernanda Teatro Real, Placido Domingo heads an internationally renowned cast in Emilio Sagi's stylish new production for Madrid's Teatro Real of Moreno Torroba's enduring Zarzuela, whose story itself is set in the Spanish capital.

Signor Goldoni La Fenice, Always a great spot while shopping at Merrick Park. Amazing place to eat for healthy food. You will definitely enjoy your time there! Favorite spot for lunch! Unfortunately several people in our group ordered the Asian Chicken Salad.

They remarked that it was without much taste and flavor and it's lack luster color and presentation wasn't very appealing. Took a friend here for lunch for her birthday. The food was awesome and the service was excellent. The patio is nice, but the food was nothing to write home about.

The wine was expensive and so was the food for the quality. There is a full bar and wine menu as well. A sense of quiet. The waiter spilled a glass of water onto my dress. Really no harm done. I moved quickly but the went out of their way to make amends. Really all were gracious. This is a quite little restaurant with great salads, GR options, and decadent desserts. Perfect for Brunch with Family or Lunch with girlfriends. Much more than a ladies lunch spot - menu to please all serious foodies!

The ambiance and service and food and variety is consistently excellent. All dishes are good. It can be an expensive lunch but its a some place special lunch location. I have come as a party of 2, 4, 5, and 6 and everyone enjoys this restaurant. One of the finer restaurants for lunch in town. Five of us went for dinner on Friday evening, May The food was just fine -- but a little pricey for the kind of restaurant it was. The restaurant was very slow especially for a Friday , so the experience was good, not rushed.

Perhaps if they offered more light fare, for less money, they would be busier but we enjoyed it. I did mention when making the reservation that we had three birthdays to celebrate but no one made mention of it.

Always reliable and delicious!! Great service, beautiful restaurant, with wonderful attention to detail. This restaurant is wonderful! They get all the details perfect! My mom and i had the most wonderful mothers day lunch!

Cant wait to go back again! This is a consistently excellent lunch place. The food and service are always excellence. The ambiance is just perfect for a special lunch that you might want on any given day.

I know its open for dinner just don't think of it because its my favorite lunch spot. The food is creatively put together and yet its not foofy food. Some dishes are dinner prices but it might be dinner type food and is outstanding. Sandwiches, salads, steak, many things to choose from and great gluten free items as well. Great food, great service. Special Thank you to Manager Michaell Hyatt.

Dependable, good service, great quality, food is always good. Always serve you a delicious consommé and popover. The food is very well prepared and beautifully plated. Love going for lunch when I am in the area. Lovely place to grab a bite to eat, have a cocktail, and on Friday, live music. I had a reservation for lunch, when I show up with my girl friend , they write my name and said that we a next , just to wait few minutes.

When Host comes out girl point to me and my friend , he just ignored her and called party which came after us obviously he knew them. Than he come back again and called another party.

When I pointed out that we have reservation and been waiting to be sited he understand that he made a mistake but didn't admit it and just a show us to next available table, and left without apology. I am feel very disappointed to start my lunch with bad feeling. Food was great, waiter fast and friendly. They have a delicious cake which can be ordered in advance.

There are several round tables which work well with a group of Mariposa is always good even if some of the menu staples can be haphazardly prepared. It's as if the better chef is off that day. But on the whole it's good. Can't beat the pop-overs, good wine list and the scene. It's my go to lunch spot. They are wonderful if you host a luncheon as well. I have entertained 25 there and they were fabulous. The staff is professional and good. We always go to Mariposa to celebrate birthdays.

The service, food and atmosphere is always wonderful. It is a pleasure to find a restaurant that is always good. Our neighbors and we enjoy Mariposa for a fun place to lunch after church!

Delicious martinis, such as "rudolph" at Christmastime. The food is always fresh and good. Not just a cafe to grab a bite while shopping, this is a destination restaurant.

Atmosphere is lovely but some tables too close for privacy. Diverse menu, good food. Impeccable service, somewhat over-priced. Love the broth and popovers! Would be perfect except for noise level.

After 2 recent lunches, one was too noisy and the other was more manageable. On a nice day, outdoor seating les noisy. Although starting lunch with a hot popover and strawberry butter is a hard act to follow, the selection of entrée salads and sandwiches never misses.

Definitely the best spot to meet a friend for lunch at Merrick Park, the entrees should bring you back for dinner too. The outdoor dining is nice during the winter, but the servers are always pleasant and attentive and the food is consistently good.

I took a dear friend to Mariposa for lunch for her birthday. The service was excellent, food superb and they even arranged the dessert with a birthday candle for my friend. I eat here frequently and the staff and kitchen never fails to deliver a good experience. Mariposa Spanish for "butterfly" is within Neiman Marcus but there is no sense of a "store restaurant"; its seclusion from the shop floor is complete. The excellence of the food makes Mariposa one of the best restaurants in metropolitan Miami.

The menu has something for everyone. Mariposa is not just for "ladies who lunch": The food is well priced and the quality of the ingredients and freshness of the produce cannot be faulted. I am a frequent visitor to Miami - my wife and I live in Europe - and we never give Mariposa a miss. The staff is friendly without the usual trite rote banter. Our lunches at Mariposa on Sunday we just OK.. Everything looked a little tired. The lettuce was not as mentioned in the menu and the chicken looked like it was cooked the day before.

The server was very nice and efficient. Very nice place good atmosphere, service was very good and food exceptional. We had a ladies brunch at Mariposa, celebrating my Mom's birthday.

It was a lovely restaurant and the food was very good. I was able to make a reservation for lunch, which was nice for a department store restaurant. My only complaint would be that we asked for a booth and the waiter told us that it was reserved. We were the only people in the restaurant, there were several booths available and no one ever came to sit in any of the booths while we were there.

Other than that, we had a lovely time! It was a disappointing visit. I have been having lunch here from the day Mariposa opened, and at Neiman Marcus's other restaurants for years. I have noticed that the quality of the food seems to have become lack luster and yet the prices are getting much higher. The number of food choices have decreased, leaving behind a mediocre selection. Even their daily lunches specials seem bland.

In a city like Miami, where there is an abundance of restaurants to choose from, your menu can be limited but the food has to be outstanding. In my last couple of visits to Mariposa, I have not found this to be the case.

It will be a long time before I try it again. Lauderdale - Contea di Broward Panoramica Foto Menu Recensioni.

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