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Quote from: mc ukrneal on June 13, 2013, 12:42:56 AMBut suggesting DVDs is a difficult thing when there is no focus - does language matter? Any preference or style you prefer? Are you looking for something that is just a good opera or something with bells and whistles? How important is the quality of the picture? Are you familiar at all with opera (or are you just starting out)?
Quote from: huntsman on June 13, 2013, 02:36:10 AMHeh heh!Hi mc ukrneal - Yes, opera is sadly under-supported in the music realm, but thank you for your suggestions.I'm totally open in my search, but really wanted to pin people down to their best 'three' just for interest and also to help me in my search.We sadly have exactly zero operas annually in my city, and unless I learn more via the 'net, I'm stymied...Someone suggested torrents and YouTube as a source, but I want to start with some really good productions....the three you mention sound great!
Quote from: Wendell_E on June 13, 2013, 03:26:25 AMVerdi: Otello. Zeffirelli's Metropolitan Opera production, conducted by James Levine, with Vickers, Scotto, and MacNeil.Janáček: From the House of the Dead. Patrice Chéreau's Aix Festival production, conducted by Boulez.
Quote from: Brewski on June 13, 2013, 08:05:37 AMBut this one, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, might be my single best recommendation. The director captured all the principals in outstanding form, and Robert Carsen's minimal production is gorgeous, done mostly with light. Valery Gergiev and the Met Orchestra are superb.
Quote from: Jeffrey Smith on June 13, 2013, 06:48:34 PM--the Zeffirelli/Metropolitan Opera production of Turandot featuring Domingo (there's a second, much newer DVD of the same production featuring different singers, so don't be too confused)--another Metropolitan Opera DVD of their current production of Hansel and Gretel. which is intelligently and moderately staged with updated scenery and costumes, and some bows to Regietheater, but those bows are done intelligently and in some cases beautifully (the angels guarding the children as they sleep in the forest become a dream banquet of Sendak like chefs and animal headed waiters, for instance). Don't have it as a DVD but saw it on American TV.
Quote from: knight66 on June 17, 2013, 09:34:23 PMI agree with Bruce on Onegin and that it is possibly the best DVD I have. Here is my review of it. I am sure you will enjoy the disc.http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,116.msg399452/topicseen.html#msg399452Mike
Quote from: Brewski on June 19, 2013, 11:05:04 AMIMHO the DVD format (and LaserDisc, but that format never became widely popular) has been a great boon to opera; if you can't experience one live, this is the next best thing. Another fave: this production of Peter Grimes. The flat, monochromatic set (which I loved) didn't win universal accolades, but there is no doubt that the singing - particularly of Anthony Dean Griffey in the title role, and the spectacular Met Chorus - is worth it.[asin]B001DHE9K6[/asin]--Bruce
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