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The Blu-ray Experience: Opera & Ballet Highlights [DVD] 
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Opera & Ballet: The Blu-ray Experience includes opera and ballet highlights from the Opus Arte catalogue, and gives everyone the opportunity to experience the stunning quality of High Definition picture and sound. Including world-class artists such as Bryn Terfel, Cecilia Bartoli, Anne Sofie von Otter, Jose Cura, Simon Keenlyside and Agnes Letestu, this 50-minute introduction to the world of Blu-ray is a must-have purchase for opera and ballet fans alike. Blu-ray offers an outstanding audio and visual experience, with up to six times the resolution of standard definition DVD, and up to 7.1 channels of High Definition surround sound.
Verdi: Il trovatore - Gypsy Chorus (Royal Opera House)
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake - Entrance of the Swans, Act 2 (Paris Opera Ballet)
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Aria, Queen of the Night, Act 2 (Royal Opera House)
Puccini: La bohème - Che gelida manina! (Teatro Real)
Gianni Schicchi - O mio babbino caro
Bizet: Carmen - Habanera (Glyndebourne)
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Divertissement, Act 2 (Pacific Northwest Ballet)
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus - Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka (Glyndebourne)
Rameau - Zoroastre - Entr'acte: Ouverture, À mes tristes regards (Act 2, Sc. 1) (Drottingholm Theatre)
Rossini: La cenerentola - Signora Altezza (Act I) (Glyndebourne)
Bellini: Norma - Casta Diva (De Nederlandse Opera)
Balanchine: Jewels - Emeralds-Final (Paris Opera Ballet)
Cecilia & Bryn at Glyndebourne - Die Zauberflöte - Pa-pa-pa-pa
"…a dazzling evening in the company of a galaxy of stars from The Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera…an unsurpassable celebration of opera and ballet." (The Daily Telegraph)
Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real
Catalogue Number: OABD7000DRunning Time: 50 minutesSound: PCM Stereo ; PCM Surround ; DTS-HD Master ; Audio Surround ; Dolby TrueHD SurroundAspect Ratio: 1080i High Definition / 16:9Label: Opus Arte
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Each of the excerpts is from a full-length Blu-Ray of that particular performance, and are essentially an advert for buying the full-length show. Most of the parts are complete songs or pieces, but a couple of them have rather abrupt edits in them which is a bit irritating.
It's also intended as a promotion for the HD Blu-ray format, and in parts it's visually stunning- especially in the ballets to see all the dancers in such clarity, but also in the operas where close-ups of the action make you feel like you're practically on-stage.
At less than 50 minutes of material (not 60 minutes as the description claims), it's not the most fulfilling of Blu-ray discs but it's a good starter. If (like me) you're only going to have one opera disc in your collection, it might as well be this one.
However it is inexpensive so is worth the few dollars asked but I doubt if it would persuade anyone who is not interested in the genre to suddenly collect opera and ballet BDs.
That said it does illustrate the effectiveness of BD for showing opera and ballet and does include the brilliant (both technically and artistically) "Queen of the Night" aria from Mozart's "magic Flute" so the disc is worth the cost for this item alone.
Many of the recordings take place in relative gloom, and I was expecting them to take place in bright, colourful settings. There would have been not a great difference if this had been an ordinary DVD. Thankfully, I ordered Tosca and Cinderella at the same time, and at last I was able to enjoy
a genuine Blu-ray experience. Could not fault the sound.
And it surprised me, because it was very, very interesting to learn about ballet and opera in England with singers, that I have never heard about before.
But they were really enjoyable, and I plan to order some of the works, that this disk is representing.
I would especially like to mention The Fledermaus, which is extremely funny - and I am impressed by the ballet performances.
Now the only question is, why in the world have I not heard about these artist before
a nice selection, a very good quality of sound and picture, this bluray is nice to watch...and listen to
Most Recent Customer Reviews
wonderful its a pity that the full DVD program's shown are all so expensive to purchase !Published 10 months ago by oceanmaster
I already have several of the Blue ray DVDs featured in this sampler and given the price considered it a bargain lollipop to help me select others for my growing collection. Read morePublished 17 months ago by GrahamH
Blueray DVD works as you would expect, excellent picture and sound quality, clips are quite short.Published 19 months ago by The engineer
First class DVD arrived promptly and in good condition. Picture quality and sound -excellent !Published 21 months ago by satisfied customer
This Is a demo of various Ballet and operas.... i got it to test my new 55" Samsung smart tv and Bose Cinema system.... the picture quality and sound was epic... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2014 by Daywalkerr