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Great Opera Arias [DVD]  [NTSC]
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World-renowned tenor Plácido Domingo is joined by Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna and a host of other international stars including Susan Graham, in the famously glittering 1996 Gala Concert on the stage of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Asher Fisch conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in a programme of many of the world's best-loved operatic arias with music by composers including Bizet, Massenet, Gounod, Mozart and Donizetti. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 12th December 1996.
Gounod: Faust - Prologue; Avant de quitter ces lieux
Massenet: Le Cid - O souverain
Bizet: Carmen - Parle-moi de ma mère
Mozart: Don Giovanni - Là ci darem
Donizetti: Don Pasquale - Quel guardo
L'elisir d'amore - Caro elisir, sei mio
Halévy: La Juive - Rachel, quand du Seigneur
Grigoriu: Valurile Dunarii - Muzica
De Curtis: Tu ca nun chiagne
R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - The Presentation of the Rose
Mascagni: L'amico Fritz - Cherry Duet
Lehár: Gold und Silber
"The central figure of this gala is clearly Domingo. He sings most often and he even takes over as conductor during the Lehár waltz. Furthermore, while he conducts we are treated to a screen montage of some of his great Covent Garden roles. He is a worthy central figure, however, and this disc merely confirms that 1996 still saw him in his very long prime. He throws himself into roles as diverse as Faust, Le Cid and Nemorino with equal ease and convinces as all of them: his voice still has the burnished ring at the top...Everyone on stage is clearly having great fun, and the chances are that you will too.
" (Musicweb International)
CastPlácido Domingo (Tenor)Roberto Alagna (Tenor)Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Asher FischStage Director: David Edwards
Catalogue Number: OAR3109DDate of Performance: 1996Running Time: 88 minutesSound: LPCM 2.0Aspect Ratio: 4:3Subtitles: ENLabel: Opus Arte
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positively delighted with the artistes and the program selected. The clarity of
the actual DVD also impressed them. They have given me this feedback and
the 5 star rating. "A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining item!
The gala was given in England a little over a decade ago. Placido
Domingo was at his very best, and so were all the performers.
I especially enjoyed his duet with the gorgeous Romanian singer Leontina
Vaduva, from "L'Elisir d'Amore". Vaduva also performs a song from
Donizetti's "Don Pasquale". She has a gorgeous voice and so much charm.
Other highlights for me were the Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna duet
from "Carmen", and Angela's solo song "Muzika".
This is a perfect concert! Highly recommended!