“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)
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.
TDK presents Rossini’s popular comic opera, La Cenerentola, in a staging from the opera house in Naples. The operatic re-telling of this much loved fairy-tale centres on Cinderella’s honesty and integrity, and on her willingness to forgive others, and to encourage those around her to be equally tolerant.
Instead of the working of magic and fairy godmothers, the opera offers a moral message, encapsulated in its subtitle: ‘goodness triumphant’. Angelina (the Cinderella or Cenerentola) has a stepfather (Don Magnifico), and the traditional Fairy Godmother is replaced by Alidoro, who is a Philosopher and former Tutor to the Prince…
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
Il Corsaro is still one of Verdi’s less known and performed operas. Chronologically speaking, it belongs to the famous ”years in the galley”, even though it dates from a period (the autumn of 1848) when the composer’s name, in Italy, could already be considered established. Although this is considered one of Verdi’s minor works, there are many exciting and poignant passages in it, and the tight dramatic action makes for music that has a pressing and incisive rhythm. The renowned baritone Renato Bruson and conductor Renato Palumbo stand out in the cast. The video recording makes the most of Lamberto Puggelli’s beautiful sets.
…Heinrich Marschner's operatic oeuvre presents us with a constant reminder of the great German operatic tradition that preceded him and the glorious one that followed him. It is commonplace to regard Marschner (1795-1861) as the most important composer of German romantic opera between Weber and Wagner–a not-so-enviable position, especially considering the debates on romantic opera that flared up in the nineteenth century. E. T. A. Hoffmann regarded romantic opera as the "only true one, for only in the realm of romanticism is music at home." Hoffmann's aesthetics of opera were allegorically presented in his 1813 essay Der Dichter und der Komponist ("The Poet and the Composer"), later included in his Serapionsbruder…
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