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Verdi: Macbeth (The Royal Opera)

Verdi: Macbeth (The Royal Opera)

Simon Keenlyside (Macbeth); Liudmyla Monastyrska (Lady Macbeth); Raymond Aceto (Banquo);

"... an impressive company showcase, full of moments when chorus and orchestra are at full throttle. Whipped up by Antonio Pappano's baton, they sound truly thrilling." (The Guardian)

Verdi: Nabucco

Verdi: Nabucco

Jonathan Summers (Nabucco); Bruce Martin (Zaccaria); Rosemary Gunn (Fenena); Jeannie Kelso (Anna); Anson Austin (Ismaele); Elizabeth Connell (Abigaille);

"Jonathan Summers...was in wonderful voice and gave a performance of rich intensity and dramatic power...The Hebrews' choral lament, Va Pensiero, perhaps Verdi's most famous piece was given thrilling voice by The Australian Opera Chorus." (The Australian)

Verdi: Oberto (Ópera de Bilbao)

Verdi: Oberto (Ópera de Bilbao)

Ildar Abdrazakov (Oberto); Evelyn Herlitzius (Leonora); Carlo Ventre (Ricardo); Marianne Cornetti (Cuniza);

"Verdi'’s first opera launches the ambitious Tutto Verdi project in the capital of the Basque Country, Bilbao, supported by an international committee including Claudio Abbado, Carlo Bergonzi and Riccardo Chailly. Yves Abel achieves optimum directing, rhythmic sense and ideal control of dynamics without renouncing to the boldness of this already fascinating young Verdi. Ildar Abrazakov achieves a personal triumph...his fantastic tessitura, interpretation, vocalization, and his privileged timbre, make this young bass a precious element." (L'Opera)

Verdi: Operas Box Set (Liceu; Teatro Real; The Royal Opera)

Verdi: Operas Box Set (Liceu; Teatro Real; The Royal Opera)

Stefano Palatchi (Il Re (Aida)); Elisabetta Fiorillo (Amneris (Aida)); Daniela Dessì (Aida (Aida)); Norah Amsellem (Violetta Valéry (La traviata)); Itxaro Mentxaka (Flora Bervoix (La traviata)); María Espada (Annina (La traviata)); Marcelo Alvarez (Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto)); Paolo Gavanelli (Rigoletto (Rigoletto));

"With stunning costumes, excellent surround sound and a superb cast, this sumptuous production will please any opera fan." (www.new-classics.com - Aida)

Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello

Plácido Domingo (Otello); Kiri Te Kanawa (Desdemona); Sergei Leiferkus (Iago);

"Filmed in 1992, Moshinsky's traditional Covent Garden production with lavish costumes and sets makes an ideal DVD with an almost unmatchable cast of principals. Plácido Domingo was at his peak as Otello, powerful and heroic, while Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as Desdemona sings ravishingly, fining her tone down to a mere whisper at times. Sergei Leiferkus too was at his finest as Iago, and Sir Georg Solti conducts his Covent Garden forces with characteristic high drama. Well recorded, it is an outstanding DVD." (The Penguin Guide)

Verdi: Otello (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

Verdi: Otello (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

José Cura (Otello); Krassimira Stoyanova (Desdemona); Lado Ataneli (Jago); Vittorio Grigolo (Cassio); Ketevan Kemoklidze (Emilia);

"Verdi’s wise, passionate score was served with precision, gusto and a keen ear for drama by maestro Antoni Ros-Marbà and the solid, malleable Liceu orchestra." (Opera News)