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DVDs Are A Great Way To Experience Opera

 If  you're new to opera, or would like to get to know this fascinating and infinitely varied art form, DVDs are just the thing for you, and there's a very wide variety of operas easily available to you .  With a few exceptions, they come with subtitles in English and other languages which you can access through the DVD menu .

 Most are from live performances in operas houses all over Europe ,America and elsewhere, even Australia, but a number are films made by famous directors such as Franco Zeffirelli with the singers lip-synching the acting and the sound tracks recorded by them and the orchestra and conductor in a studio.

  Tickets at opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera ,The Royal Opera in London and elsewhere can be very expensive, but a DVD allows you to see performances from opera houses everywhere for  about a tenth of the cost of ticket .  You can experience 400 years of operatic repertoire in the comfort of your own home . Operas by such 18th century composers as Handel, Gluck , Rameau, and Mozart all the way to recent ones by contemporary composers such as John Adams, Thomas Ades, Hans Werner Henze and others.

  You can see and hear such great opera singers as Luciano Pavarotti,Renee Fleming, Karita Mattila, Placido Domingo,Bryn Terfel, Benjamin Heppner, Angela Gheorghiu, Natalie Dessay, Thomas Hampson, and many others , and there are even older performances preserved on DVD by famous singers who are either no longer living or retired, such as Renata Tebaldi, Maria Callas, Franco Corelli, Sherrill Milnes, Leontyne Price, Birgit Nilsson, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Renata Scotto, and many others.

  Here are some suggestions for operatic newbies, covering only some of the most famous operas ,which are perfect ones to start with:

 Giuseppe Verdi: Aida : Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Grammophon DVD. James Levine conducting.

 Georges Bizet : Carmen: Grace Bumbry,Jon Vickers, Deutsche Grammophon,Herbert von Karajan,conductor.

Verdi: La Traviata: Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, Deutsche Grammophon.

Gioacchino Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia(The Barber Of Seville) Kathleen Battle,Leo Nucci, Deutsche Grammophon,Metropolitan Opera.

Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme. Teresa Stratas,Jose Carerras, Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Grammophon.

Verdi: Il Trovatore: Luciano Pavarotti, Eva Marton,Metropolitan Opera,Deutsche Grammophon.

Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro. Bryn Terfel, Deutsche Grammophon.

Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor.  Joan Sutherland,Alfredo Kraus, Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Grammophon.

Verdi: Rigoletto. James Levine,conductor,Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Grammophon.

All of these are easily available from and other websites, but arkiv has the best selection by far.   Opera is a magical art form !



Posted: Jul 07 2010, 06:23 PM by the horn | with no comments
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