"L'œuvre de Frédéric Dard (1921-2000), traduite en 35 langues, compte près de 290 romans, psychologiques et policiers, des centaines de nouvelles et une soixantaine d'adaptations théâtrales et cinématographiques. On estime à 250 millions le nombre de livres vendus sur une période couvrant un peu plus de la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle.
Angela Gheorghiu stars as Marguerite alongside a divine cast of operatic superstars, including Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside and Sophie Koch, in David McVicar's spectacular 2004 production of Gounod's best known opera, Faust, for the Royal Opera House in London. This production was the Royal Opera Company's first performance of Gounod's Faust in 18 years. Gounod's Faust is the story of a scholar who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for unlimited knowledge and worldly indulgences. McVicar's innovative production sets this story around the time of the Franco-Prussian War (1870) in the gothic, seamy underbelly of Paris. He characterizes Faust, performed by Roberto Alagna, as a man both torn between the theater and religion, and grappling with his own sexuality.
Tears of Lisbon reveals the soul of Portugal in a program featuring music of the Renaissance placed side by side with today's popular fado. In this highly unusual recording, Paul Van Nevel and the Huelgas Ensemble come together with contemporary fadistas to explore the heartfelt melancholy pervading Portuguese music, from ancient times to the present.