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Monteverdi's L'orfeo
BBC
Jordi Savall brings this production to life on the stage of Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. Monteverdi's favola in musica, based on a libretto by Alessandro Striggio, is considered to be the first opera in history. In this exceptional performance,…
Master Qi and the Monkey King 
This beautifully realized documentary chronicles the life and work of Qi Shu Fang, one of the preeminent masters of Chinese Opera living in the United States. It is a story of ambition, love, the creative impulse and the struggle to…
Cosi Fan Tutte
Aside from "Le nozze di Figaro" and "Don Giovanni", Lorezo Da Ponte also wrote the libretto for "Cosi fan tutte", after a likely inspiration from a contemporary Viennese anecdote and Kaiser Joseph II himself. "Cosi fan tutte" had its grand…
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Meredith Monk: Inner Voice
Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director, choreographer and creator of new opera, music theater, films and installations. She has been proclaimed as a 'magician of the voice' and 'one of America's coolest composers.' During a career that spans more…
La Bohème
Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni's incomparable partnership as Rodolfo and Mimi, the tragic lovers in Puccini's much-loved bittersweet opera, is captured for posterity in this live recording from the San Francisco opera. Francesca Zambello's production boasts a superlative cast with…
Tosca - A Tale of Love and Torture (Feature Version)
Mid-winter and money is tight at Opera Australia as rehearsals begin for Puccini's perennial favourite Tosca , a story of love, betrayal and murder set amid the political turmoil of 19th century Rome. Popular diva Joan Carden has played the…
La Stupenda
At the Sydney Opera House on 2nd October 1990 Dame Joan Sutherland bade farewell to opera in an emotional performance as Marguerite de Valois in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots. The occasion marked the close of a distinguished singing career spanning…
The Mikado
A year before the action of this opera begins, Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, fled his father's imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. Disguised as a traveling musician, he met and fell in love…
Aida
"An opera for Cairo!", Verdi is said to have exclaimed. He would certainly have been delighted with this magnificent production. It was a triumphant success when it opened at la Scala in December 1985 and Luciano Pavarotti's long-awaited performance as…
Fidelio
Beethoven's lone opera had a troubled gestation, as its no fewer than four overtures suggest. The finished product, while obviously a work of genius, exposes its patchwork qualities even in the best of productions. Luckily, the 1991 staging by the…
Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Baritone) & Sally-Anne Russell (Mezzo)
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
Teddy Tahu-Rhodes Teddy Tahu Rhodes, from New Zealand, has rapidly established a name as an important rising star of the operatic world, with appearances in San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Washington, Munich, Hamburg, the Chatelet, Paris, Welsh National Opera and Scottish…
Carmen
The libretto, by Henri Meilac and Ludovic Halevy, is based on a novella by Prosper Merimee. The first performance of Carmen on 3 March 1875, produced such a hostile reaction that Bizet left Paris physically and psychologically ill, and died…
Sacred Stage
Set against the backdrop of the magical White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Sacred Stage features the best in Russian symphonic music, ballet and opera at Russia's premier theater--the Mariinsky, also known as the Kirov. Sacred Stage explores what the…
Antoinette Halloran (Soprano) & John Pringle (Tenor)
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
Antoinette Halloran Antoinette Halloran is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and has an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Melbourne. Since graduating, Antoinette has appeared in many productions ranging from opera to musical theatre…
Satyagraha
The preocupation of the composer of "minimal music", Philip Glass, with Indian music and his interest in Gandhi began in 1966 during his first visit to India where he met Ravi Shankar. Since then, the rhythmic figures of Indian music…
Emma Matthews (Soprano) & Dennis O'Neill (Tenor)
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
Emma Matthews Remy Martin Opera Award, 1999. Green Room Awards 1999, 2000, 2001, Best Female Singer - Title Role, Lulu, 2003, Sofia: Il Signor Bruschino 2005. Mo Award and Helpmann Award: Lulu OA repertoire: title roles: Lakm?, Lulu, Pamina: The…
Guiseppe Verdi - Falstaff
There was a six-year pause after Otello before Verdi wrote his last opera Falstaff (1893), once more based on Shakespeare (from the c. 1600 comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor and his history King Henry IV). He again collaborated with…
Die Liebe Der Danae
Richard Strauss completed his second-to-last opera "Die Liebe der Danae" in 1940. Written under war clouds, the "merry mythology" based on an idea by Hugo von Hofmannsthal was given a provisional, by-invitation-only dress rehearsal premiere at the 1944 Salzburg Festival…
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Songs For Kate
Songs For Kate is a documentary following the writing and staging of a chamber opera about the short, tragic life of Kate, sister of bushranger Ned Kelly. Made by Bathurst filmmaker Tracy Sorensen, the documentary focuses on efforts by writer…
John Bolton-Wood (Baritone) & Sally Matthews
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
John Bolton-Wood Born, Australia. Music Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, London Opera Centre. Winner Green Room Awards, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Colonel Frank (Die Fledermaus), Major-General Stanley (Pirates of Penzance), Lord Mountararat (Iolanthe) OA repertoire: Alcindoro/Benoit (La boheme), Fra Melitone…