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The Blu-ray Experience: Opera & Ballet Highlights [DVD] [2010]

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  • Format: Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Surround Sound, Widescreen, PAL
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HBX91S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,984 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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.
Works:
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

Press Reviews

"…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: OABD7000D
Running Time: 50 minutes
Sound: PCM Stereo ; PCM Surround ; DTS-HD Master ; Audio Surround ; Dolby TrueHD Surround
Aspect Ratio: 1080i High Definition / 16:9
Label: Opus Arte

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At least from a distance in an auditorium you don't get to experience the absolute exertion that the performance place upon the players. The detail is so good you can count the sweat beads dropping off some of the singers in this amazing Blue-Ray demonstration DVD. It's essentially a sampler but Sophie Von Otter's performance singing the Carmen theme is worth the price of the DVD alone. The Magic Flute would also be a favorite. Hard to fault the quality of this disc. Writing, almost like being there, is a cliche, but with a good audio set-up, it's damned close to the real thing. For the price, it's a no brainer, buy it, you might even find you have an interest in Opera that you never knew about by the time you finished with the disc.
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You can enjoy the most famous and beautiful opera and ballet performances in your home in perfect picture and clear sound. Magic Flute may be the best example for this. The detailed picture is amazing and the depth and clarity of the artist's voice is awe-inspiring. There is no debate in buying this blu-ray even though you are not that into opera or ballet.
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By S Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 April 2010
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This sampler disc has thirteen segments, each between three and four minutes long, from some of the world's most famous operas and from a couple of ballets. It is in parts the 'greatest hits' of opera, i.e. the bits that have been used in TV adverts.

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.
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Meant to be a showpiece of what is available on operatic and ballet Opus Arte BDs, I find this a mixed success and it did not entice me to buy the originals (although I have bought many, more inspite of, than because of, this disc).
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.
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No comment on the quality of the various recordings on this disc (they are indeed fine), but be aware that it is just a compilation of small extracts from various productions from "Opus Arte" and that NONE of the aries or songs are in full length - they just stop, once you have fallen into the music. This is the kind of product that you should expect to get for free as a promotional gift when buying an "Opus Arte" product, not something you should pay for!
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The tracks are excellent, but, in my opinion, many of them are a bad choice to demonstrate to the first time buyer (ME), the qualities of Blu-ray.
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.
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As many others I want to start a collection of Bluray-disks, so this was one of my choices.
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
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a very cheap priced DVD including only extracts from different DVD on sale for the amateurs of opera and ballets
a nice selection, a very good quality of sound and picture, this bluray is nice to watch...and listen to
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