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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)

Verdi: Rigoletto (The Royal Opera)

Verdi: Rigoletto (The Royal Opera)

Paolo Gavanelli (Rigoletto); Marcelo Alvarez (Il Duca); Christine Schäfer (Gilda);

"Bold and sensational..." (Gramophone)

Verdi: Rigoletto (The Royal Opera)

Verdi: Rigoletto (The Royal Opera)

Paolo Gavanelli (Rigoletto); Marcelo Alvarez (Il Duca); Christine Schäfer (Gilda);

"Bold and sensational..." (Gramophone)

Verdi: Stiffelio

Verdi: Stiffelio

José Carreras (Stiffelio); Catherine Malfitano (Lina); Gregory Yurisch (Stankar);

"Monday's performance was beyond any but nit-picking criticism. Downes's conducting confirmed him as one of the (if not the) world's leading Verdians - grandeur sweep, energy, allied to extraordinary delicacy. Elijah Moshinsky's production spared us nothing in rawness and immediacy, and indeed, dramatic truth...This Stiffelio is a great event: move mountains to see it." (The Times)