|Long Description||Don Carlo|
Don Carlo is one of the grandest of all grand operas, a tour-de-force that challenges the resources of even the greatest theaters. The Met has accepted and responded to these challenges in magnificent fashion. Don Carlo is a complex, multi-layered work. Private passions are played out against a backdrop of intense political strivings. Placido Domingo leads the extraordinary cast gathered for this performance.
Un ballo in maschera
Luciano Pavarotti in his first Met Ballo heads an illustrious cast in this revolutionary production of Verdi's opera. His portrayal of the ill-fated Riccardo is "peerless Pavarotti." Katia Ricciarelli ("a brilliant lyric spinto soprano... used to impressive effect" ) is heard in her first Amelia at the Metropolitan Opera. Louis Quilico ("his 'Eri tu?' was one of the real highlights of the evening"), Judith Blegen ("focal point of pure light'), and Bianca Berini ("sang with taste and authority") round out the cast.
No opera is more romantic than Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani. Three rivals risk everything for a hot-blooded woman, plotting abductions, hatching conspiracies, swearing fatal oaths. This 1983 Metropolitan Opera production brought together a superb cast of singers, well able to take on the challenge of Verdi's searing music. Stars: Luciano Pavarotti, Leona Mitchell, Sherrill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi. Chorus, Ballet and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera. Conductor: James Levine
"Sherrill Milnes gave a performance of deep feeling and ...grandeur" --The New Yorker. "The set, costumes and lighting are superb." --New York Times. Simon Boccanegra, Doge of Genoa, is one of Verdi's most profound characters, a complex man ruled by love of family and devotion to country. The compelling, richly colored music of Simon Boccanegra vividly embodies the tangled personal passions and political rivalries of Renaissance Italy. Conducter: James Levine. Soloists: Sherrill Milnes, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Vasile Moldoveanu, Paul Plishka. Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Production, Tito Capabianco. Includes optional English subtitles.
La Forza del Destino
La Forza del Destino is Verdi's panoramic tragedy of honor and vengeance in 18th-century Spain and Italy. Its characters, ranging from aristocrats to camp followers, from soldiers to monks, are all swept up in the irresistible power of destiny. Leontyne Price's memorable performance as Leonora "can still bring tears to the eyes." "James Levine's conducting is full of drive and fire," and "the grandeur of the magnificent score comes through." --New York Times
Giuseppe Verdi's Messa da Requiem is one of the grandest choral masterpieces of the Romantic Era. This production embodies Verdi's vision of a powerful and large-scale work and is presented with all of the intensity and dramatic passion that was conceived for the Requiem. Enoch zu Guttenberg conducted the European Symphony Orchestra with the Neubeuren Choral Society in this beautiful work. It was filmed at the famous Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany. Featured soloists are Pamela Coburn, soprano; Trudeliese Schmidt, mezzo-soprano; Vinson Cole, tenor; and Kurt Rydl, bass. This DVD also includes the option of viewing running commentaries on the pieces as they are performed as well as liner notes, a glossary of music terms, historical markers for the pieces, and performer profiles. Audio playback options are 5.1 dolby digital and non-compressed stereo.