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Verdi: Il Trovatore (The Royal Opera)

Verdi: Il Trovatore (The Royal Opera)

Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Ferrando); Lianna Haroutounian (Leonora); Francesca Chiejina (Ines); Gregory Kunde (Manrico); Vitaliy Bilyy (Count Di Luna); Anita Rachvelishvili (Azucena); Jonathan Fisher (Old Gypsy); Samuel Sakker (Ruiz); Andrew O’Connor (Messenger);

"Verdi's melodrama is given a grand start by Alexander Tsymbalyuk as Ferrando, majestic in his retelling of the opera's convoluted back story about burning the wrong baby. I could have listened to the Ukrainian bass all evening... An earlier Covent Garden discovery, Lianna Haroutounian, who deputised so brilliantly for Anja Harteros in Don Carlo a few years back, is a devastatingly powerful Leonora. On grand tragic form throughout, her substantial voice retained its radiance throughout and was still fresh enough for a knockout account of the heroine's final-act set piece, the spectacular "Tu vedrai che amore in terra", in which the security of her vocal command was a wonder... Conductor Richard Farnes drew some fabulous singing from the Royal Opera Chorus: the women in particular were a credit to their new director William Spaulding in the hushed luminosity of their offstage requiem in the final act. And the dynamic maestro energised the ROH Orchestra throughout the performance with a succession of interpretational subtleties whose inventiveness kept Verdi's old war horse on the gallop. It is well worth a listen" (WhatsOn Stage ★★★★)

Verdi: Il trovatore (The Royal Opera) (NTSC)

Verdi: Il trovatore (The Royal Opera) (NTSC)

José Cura (Manrico); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Luna); Yvonne Naef (Azucena); Verónica Vilarroel (Leonora);

"Elijah Moshinsky’'s production is surely as lively and moving as Verdi’s intricate masterpiece deserves. Jose Cura sizzles. Dimitri Hvorostovsky is everything one could want to see and hear in a Verdi baritone. This new “Trovatore” DVD is a reminder that not every golden age happened long ago." (San Francisco Chronicle)

Verdi: Il trovatore (The Royal Opera) (PAL)

Verdi: Il trovatore (The Royal Opera) (PAL)

José Cura (Manrico); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Luna); Yvonne Naef (Azucena); Verónica Vilarroel (Leonora);

"Elijah Moshinsky’'s production is surely as lively and moving as Verdi’s intricate masterpiece deserves. Jose Cura sizzles. Dimitri Hvorostovsky is everything one could want to see and hear in a Verdi baritone. This new “Trovatore” DVD is a reminder that not every golden age happened long ago." (San Francisco Chronicle)

Verdi: Il trovatore; Rigoletto; Falstaff (The Royal Opera)

Verdi: Il trovatore; Rigoletto; Falstaff (The Royal Opera)

José Cura (Manrico); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Count di Luna); Bryn Terfel (Falstaff); Roberto Frontali (Ford); Christine Schäfer (Gilda); Marcelo Alvarez (Il Duca);

"All four are in excellent voice. Cura...supports Naef with beautiful quiet singing...Hvorostovsky is formidable...There are two other filmed Trovatore’s available at present, for a combination of musical excellence and intelligent production neither comes close to this one." (International Record Review)

Verdi: La Traviata (Glyndebourne)

Verdi: La Traviata (Glyndebourne)

Venera Gimadieva (Violetta Valéry); Michael Fabiano (Alfredo Germont); Tassis Christoyannis (Giorgio Germont); Emanuele D’Aguanno (Gastone, Viscount de Letorières); Magdalena Molendowska (Annina); Hanna Hipp (Flora Bervoix); Eddie Wade (Baron Douphol); Oliver Dunn (Marchese D'Obigny); Graeme Broadbent (Doctor Grenvil);

" a Traviata that glances to the past while stepping resolutely into opera’s emotional and dramatic future." (The Independent ★★★★)

Verdi: La Traviata (Teatro Real)

Verdi: La Traviata (Teatro Real)

Norah Amsellem (Violetta); José Bros (Alfredo); Renato Bruson (Germont);

"Norah Amsellem’'s Violetta flourishes - vocally and dramatically, nothing is a challenge to her...Thanks to Pizzi’s intelligence, every detail in the action works in this production...Jesus Lopez Cobos’ maturity is astonishing...his perfect conducting looks for emotion and finds it...This production is only waiting for a DVD to make history." (Le Monde de la Musique)