“If we weep from emotion on hearing it, it’s nothing to be ashamed of” Richard Wagner on Bellini’s most famous opera Norma, the most successful work by the last and greatest composer of bel canto. This new production of Norma, directed by Grammy Award-nominated opera, theatre and film director Kevin Newbury and starring Sondra Radvanovsky as a “powerful, elegant” Norma (New York Times) and Gregory Kunde as Pollione, is “something very special. The word ‘historic’ is used perhaps a little too often but tonight there really is no other adjective to describe the sensational performances offered to us by Sondra Radvanovsky and Gregory unde.” (operatraveller.com)
There have never been better days for Rossini enthusiasts. Since my Rossini conspectus was published, in two parts, in November 2005, and a clutch of Rossini operas, not previously or easily available, have appeared on CD and DVD. These include DVDs of three of the early farse in productions by Michael Hempe, Maometto II from La Fenice, Moïse et Pharaon from Milan and La Gazzetta…– Robert J. Farr, MusicWeb International
See the creation of one of Palumbo’s “Postcard Nudes” from start to finish, complete with feature-length in-depth comentary from the artist and a picture-in-picture live view of his palette. Every step of the process is demonstrated and explained, from the initial drawing to photographing the finished artwork." Also includes bonus time-lapse process videos of Mary 15, Heather 5, Stephie 1, and Horrorshow
161 Min. plus bonus material
An operatic whodunit with gravitas: Francesco Cilea's 'Adriana Lecouvreur'. It is said even Giuseppe Verdi briefly gave consideration to writing an opera based on this whodunit, when Cilea decided to set the material to music in 1899. The opera's world premiere in Milan in 1902 was a triumph, due in no small measure to a stellar cast of singers that included Enrico Caruso as Maurizio.