Friday, July 13, 2012

New Operas on DVD

The Educational Resources Collection includes almost 200 operas on DVD, most with subtitles in English to help you follow the plot.  Among the recent editions are some of the latest interpretations by today's stars:

La Clemenza di Tito, one of Mozart's historical operas based on a text by Metastasio.  Starring Elena Garança and Barbara Bonney among others, it was filmed live at the Salzburg Festival in 2003.
DVD Video 10089

La Traviata, Puccini's famous tale of a ill-fated courtesan (a.k.a. prostitute) and the man who loves her.
DVD Video 10090

Elektra, the tragic opera by Richard Strauss, about a woman obsessed with the death of her father.  Recorded in Salzburg in 2010.

Tosca, Puccini's tragic tale of star-crossed lovers.  (Zurich, 2009) 
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Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), Mozart's masterpiece, featuring the famous "Queen of the Night" aria.  This production was filmed at the famous La Scala theatre.

Anna Nicole, an opera about a more recent tragic story, composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

The Rake's Progress.  This opera by Igor Stravinsky turns the genre on its head and features a man of ill-repute who meets a tragic end, rather than a woman.

American superstar Renee Fleming stars in Armida, set during the Crusades.  This production was broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera House to movie theatres around the country.

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