Top Opera & Operetta movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Quartet on DVD Quartet
Synopsis
A trio of retired opera singers' annual celebration of Verdi's birthday sours when their estranged fourth member shows up but refuses to sing. Tensions rise and diva drama erupts -- will personal problems prevent the show from going on?
Cast
Cast
Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, Sheridan Smith, Andrew Sachs, Gwyneth Jones, Trevor Peacock
Director
Director
Dustin Hoffman
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Indie Comedies, Opera & Operetta, United Kingdom
Rent Les Miserables on DVD Les Miserables
Synopsis
An all-star cast celebrates the 25th anniversary performance of the legendary stage adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel of the French Revolution. Among those providing their voices to the opera are tenor Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Ramin Karimloo as Enjolras, and Matt Lucas as Monsieur Thénardier. In a bit of inspired casting, boy band sensation Nick Jonas appears as Marius. Direction is provided by Nick Morris.
Cast
Cast
Alfie Boe, Nick Jonas, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas, Lea Salonga, Jenny Galloway
Director
Director
Nick Morris
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Contemporary Stage Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Theatrical Performances, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Callas Forever on DVD Callas Forever
Synopsis
In this reimagining of the last days of opera diva Maria Callas, her ex-manager reenters her life and persuades the reclusive soprano to star in a movie version of "Carmen," in which she would lip-sync to her old recordings.
Cast
Cast
Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons, Joan Plowright, Jay Rodan, Gabriel Garko, Manuel de Blas, Justino Diaz, Jean Dalric, Stephen Billington, Anna Lelio, Alessandro Bertolucci, Olivier Galfione, Roberto Sanchez, Achille Brunini, Eugene Kohn
Director
Director
Franco Zeffirelli
Genres
Genres
Drama, Showbiz Dramas, Biographies, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music, Italy
Rent Andrew Lloyd Webber: Royal Albert Hall on DVD Andrew Lloyd Webber: Royal Albert Hall
Synopsis
The Royal Albert Hall comes alive with songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber's greatest productions, including "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "By Jeeves," "Evita," "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera." The star-studded event also features other great works from the iconic composer, such as music from "Song and Dance," "Starlight Express," "Requiem," "Aspects of Love," "Sunset Blvd." and "Whistle Down the Wind."
Cast
Cast
Sarah Brightman, Glenn Close, Donny Osmond, Antonio Banderas, Andrew Lloyd Webber
Director
Director
Steven Pimlott, David Mallet
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta, Contemporary Stage Musicals, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Candide on DVD Candide
Synopsis
Lonny Price directs Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth in Leonard Bernstein's stingingly funny operatic interpretation of the classic satire by Voltaire. Accompanied by the famous Westminster Symphonic Choir, the critically acclaimed performance was filmed live at Lincoln Center. The story's title character is a naive man who follows a stubbornly optimistic philosophy despite a life filled with devastating misfortune and traumatic adventure.
Cast
Cast
Patti LuPone, Leonard Bernstein, Kristin Chenoweth
Director
Director
Lonny Price
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Comedies, Contemporary Stage Musicals, Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Aria on DVD Aria
Synopsis
Ten groundbreaking directors were given a free hand in this omnibus film. Their only requirement: Each short film had to be based on an operatic aria. By turns dreamlike, funny, moving and erotic, the segments range wildly in tone, texture and setting. The directors include Robert Altman, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Russell and Charles Sturridge. The actors include Bridget Fonda in her film debut and Elizabeth Hurley.
Cast
Cast
Theresa Russell, Beverly D'Angelo, Bridget Fonda, Elizabeth Hurley, Tilda Swinton, Stephanie Lane, Roy Hyatt, Sevilla Delofski, Arthur Cox, Ruth Halliday, Dennis Holmes, Paul Brightwell, Frank Baker, John Hurt
Director
Director
Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford
Genres
Genres
Drama, Opera & Operetta, Indie Dramas, Indie Romance, Experimental, United Kingdom
Rent Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle on DVD Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle
Synopsis
This fascinating documentary captures Wagner's "Ring Cycle" from the union stagehands' point of view. These behind-the-scenes stars lead us through their own version of the spectacle, offering an insider's perspective on a strange and complex 19th-century operatic tradition. Follow the crew as they perform astonishing feats of stagecraft and trade offstage banter -- and then gather for a ritual poker game during their breaks.
Cast
Cast
Ken "Spike" Kirkland
Director
Director
Jon Else
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Bizet's Carmen on DVD Bizet's Carmen
Synopsis
In 19th-century Seville, tempestuous gypsy Carmen (Julia Migenes-Johnson) seduces army corporal Don José (Placido Domingo). The corporal forsakes his military career, his fiancée and even his ailing mother to win the beauty's heart -- but she shuns his advances in favor of a bullfighter (Ruggero Raimondi). Domingo is in fine form in this film version of the opera classic shot on location in Spain.
Cast
Cast
Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, Julia Migenes-Johnson, Francois Le Roux, Faith Esham, John-Paul Bogart
Director
Director
Nuria Espert
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, France, French Language, Classical Music, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Turandot Project on DVD The Turandot Project
Synopsis
This documentary from director Allan Miller takes you behind the scenes with conductor Zubin Mehta as he stages the Puccini opera "Turandot" in two decidedly different locations: Florence, Italy, and Beijing, China. The film focuses primarily on the unexpected areas of dramatic interest and conflict that opened up when the production, initially scheduled only for Florence, was given official permission to be remounted in Beijing.
Cast
Cast
Zubin Mehta, Yimou Zhang
Director
Director
Allan Miller
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Classical Music
Rent Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci on DVD Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci
Synopsis
Superb casts -- which include soprano Teresa Stratas and the incomparable Plácido Domingo at the peak of his vocal powers -- bring Pietro Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Ruggero Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci" compellingly to life. Performed by the La Scala Orchestra and La Scala Chorus under the baton of conductor Georges Prêtre, the ageless stories of love, nobility, violence and justice feature impeccable singing, acting and staging.
Cast
Cast
Plácido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Fedora Barbieri, Yelena Obraztsova, Teresa Stratas, La Scala Chorus, La Scala Orchestra, Georges Prêtre
Director
Director
Franco Zeffirelli
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Mozart: Don Giovanni (Metropolitan Opera) on DVD Mozart: Don Giovanni (Metropolitan Opera)
Synopsis
Opera greats Bryn Terfel and Renée Fleming star in Franco Zeffirelli's lavish production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," filmed at New York's Metropolitan Opera House in 2000. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Alongside Terfel's Don Giovanni and Fleming's Donna Anna, the stellar cast includes Paul Groves as Don Ottavio, Ferruccio Furlanetto as Leporello, and Solveig Kringelborn as Donna Elvira.
Cast
Cast
Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming , James Levine, Paul Groves, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Solveig Kringelborn
Director
Director
Franco Zeffirelli
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Gilbert and Sullivan: The Mikado on DVD Gilbert and Sullivan: The Mikado
Synopsis
Blending an international cast of Broadway singers, comedians and artists from D'Oyly Carte, this collection of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas is the most comprehensive ever put on video. In "The Mikado," which ranks as the most popular Gilbert & Sullivan show, Ko-Ko (a cheap tailor) becomes the Lord High Executioner, while Pooh-Bah is Lord High Everything Else.
Cast
Cast
Clive Revill, Anne Collins, Kate Flowers, John Stewart, Stafford Dean, William Conrad, Cynthia Buchan, Fiona Dobie, Gordon Sandison
Director
Director
Michael Geliot, Rodney Greenberg
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, British TV, Musicals, Classic Stage Musicals, Show Tunes, United Kingdom, Classical Music, BBC, Opera & Operetta, Foreign Regions
Rent Beethoven: Fidelio (Metropolitan Opera) on DVD Beethoven: Fidelio (Metropolitan Opera)
Synopsis
James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this 2000 presentation of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio" -- the same musical masterpiece immortalized in Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut. Karita Mattila (soprano) and Ben Heppner (tenor) perform the principal singing roles, with support from René Pape, Robert Lloyd, Jennifer Welch-Babidge, Matthew Polenzani and Falk Struckmann.
Cast
Cast
Ben Heppner, René Pape, Falk Struckmann, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent The 3 Tenors in Concert: 1998 on DVD The 3 Tenors in Concert: 1998
Synopsis
In this concert that was broadcast to an estimated 2 billion viewers worldwide, opera virtuosos Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti fill Paris's historic Champ de Mars with melodic masterpieces. Performing during the 1998 World Cup, the three masters captivate their audience with songs including "Caruso," "Lolita," "Maria, Marì," "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "'O Sole Mio," accompanied by the artful Orchestra de Paris.
Cast
Cast
José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, James Levine, Orchestre de Paris
Director
Director
Matthias Ledoux
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Gilbert & Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore on DVD Gilbert & Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore
Synopsis
Featuring accompaniment by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus, this filmed 1982 production of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic operetta stars Peter Marshall as Capt. Corcoran, the skipper of the <i>H.M.S. Pinafore</i>. When sailor Ralph Rackstraw (Michael Bulman) falls for Corcoran's daughter, Josephine (Meryl Drower), there are rough waters ahead for the young lovers. Alan Watt plays the dastardly Dick Deadeye.
Cast
Cast
Frankie Howerd, Peter Marshall, Della Jones, Meryl Drower, Michael Bulman, Alan Watt, Gordon Sandison, Anne Mason
Director
Director
Rodney Greenberg
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, British TV, BBC, Classic Stage Musicals, Show Tunes, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music, United Kingdom, Musicals, Foreign Regions
Rent Gilbert and Sullivan: Pirates of Penzance on DVD Gilbert and Sullivan: Pirates of Penzance
Synopsis
Blending an international cast of Broadway singers, comedians and artists from D'Oyly Carte, this collection of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas is the most comprehensive ever put on video. Singer-songwriter Peter Allen stars in "The Pirates of Penzance," the tale of a young pirate just out of his "indentures" and in love with Mabel, Major General Stanley's ward. To see more Gilbert & Sullivan works, please rent the other videos in the series.
Cast
Cast
Keith Michell, Alexander Oliver, Janis Kelly, Peter Allen, Gillian Knight, Paul Hudson, Kate Flowers, Jenny Wren, Brian Donlan
Director
Director
Michael Geliot, Rodney Greenberg
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, British TV, BBC, Classical Music, Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classic Stage Musicals, Show Tunes, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent La Bohème on DVD La Bohème
Synopsis
Renowned Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón and celebrated Russian soprano Anna Netrebko -- often hailed as opera's "golden couple" -- portray ill-fated lovers Rodolfo and Mimi in this feature film adaptation of Puccini's legendary opera. Academy Award nominee Robert Dornhelm directs the cinematically gorgeous production. Bonus features include captivating interviews with Dornhelm and all the major performers.
Cast
Cast
Rolando Villazón, Anna Netrebko, Nicole Cabell, Boaz Daniel, Stephane Degout, Ioan Holender
Director
Director
Robert Dornhelm
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Il Divo: Live at the Greek on DVD Il Divo: Live at the Greek
Synopsis
The hugely beloved "popera" quartet brings their cultured voices and international style to the stage in this concert performance featuring a passionate set of both old and new hits. Filmed in 2006 at Los Angeles's Greek Theatre, the sleek production spotlights the musical talent and sexy appeal of the four singers, who thrill fans with international ballads and recognizable classics such as "Je Crois en Toi" and "My Way."
Cast
Cast
Il Divo
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Vocal Pop
Rent Don Giovanni on DVD Don Giovanni
Synopsis
Young nobleman Don Giovanni (Ruggero Raimondi) is a well-known philanderer with a long list of amorous conquests. After he attempts to seduce the beautiful Donna Anna (Edda Moser), her father's battle to protect her ends in tragedy. Set in Seville, Spain, during the 1600s, director Joseph Losey's film version of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's greatest opera features music direction by Lorin Maazel.
Cast
Cast
Edda Moser, John Macurdy, José van Dam, Kenneth Riegel, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ruggero Raimondi
Director
Director
Joseph Losey
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Verdi: Rigoletto on DVD Verdi: Rigoletto
Synopsis
Filmed in 1981 at various authentic Italian Renaissance landmarks, this performance of Giuseppe Verdi's opera stars tenor Luciano Pavarotti as the Duke of Mantua and features Riccardo Chailly conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker. The production was shot on location in venues such as the Castello di San Giorgio in Mantua and showcases such internationally acclaimed artists as soprano Edita Gruberova and baritone Ingvar Wixell.
Cast
Cast
Luciano Pavarotti, Riccardo Chailly, Edita Gruberova, Ingvar Wixell
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta
Rent Opera Hits on DVD Opera Hits
Synopsis
Opera superstars perform memorable scenes in some of the world's finest opera houses in this compilation of opera classics. Exquisite venues including Milan's La Scala, Venice's La Fenice and London's Covent Garden set the stage for excerpts from "The Barber of Seville," "Carmen," "La Traviata," "Aida," "La Boheme," "Madama Butterfly" and many other operas. Singers include Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Jon Vickers, Janet Baker and Maria Ewing.
Cast
Cast
Plácido Domingo, Shirley Verrett, José Carreras, Jon Vickers, Edita Gruberova, Nicola Martinucci, John Rawnsley, Raina Kabaivanska, Neil Shicoff, Eva Marton
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Wagner: Das Rheingold (Pierre Boulez) on DVD Wagner: Das Rheingold (Pierre Boulez)
Synopsis
Conductor Pierre Boulez leads the Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele in this performance of Richard Wagner's opera "Das Rheingold" -- the first work in a series of four operas that comprise Wagner's epic "Der Ring Des Nibelungen." Directed by Patrice Chereau, with set design by Richard Peduzzi, the performance stars Donald McIntyre as Wotan, Martin Egel as Donner, Siegfried Jerusalem as Froh, and Heinz Zednik as Loge.
Cast
Cast
Pierre Boulez, Donald McIntyre, Martin Egel, Siegfried Jerusalem, Heinz Zednik, Fritz Hubner, Hermann Becht, Hanna Schwarz
Director
Director
Patrice Chéreau
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent In the Shadow of the Stars on DVD In the Shadow of the Stars
Synopsis
Winner of the 1991 Oscar for Best Documentary, this film from directors Allie Light and Irving Saraf offers a fascinating glimpse into the esoteric world of a professional opera company. In this revealing portrait of artists fiercely dedicated to their craft, passion, ego and ambition all come into play for the 11 members of the San Francisco Opera interviewed for the film. Performance footage rounds out this compelling look at showbiz life.
Cast
Cast
San Francisco Opera, Karl Saarni, Shelly Sietz, Ruth Ann Swenson, David Burnakus, Frederick Matthews, Christine Lundquist
Director
Director
Allie Light, Irving Saraf
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Opera & Operetta, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Classical Music
Rent Sarah Brightman: Diva: Video Collection on DVD Sarah Brightman: Diva: Video Collection
Synopsis
Since her starring role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," Sarah Brightman has become one of the world's most versatile recording artists. Showcasing her incredible range, this video collection includes songs from "Phantom" and others ranging from Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever" to "Ave Maria." Each video is accompanied by Brightman's personal insight into the making of the videos and the music behind them.
Cast
Cast
Sarah Brightman
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta, Show Tunes, Pop
Rent Georges Bizet's Carmen: Covent Garden on DVD Georges Bizet's Carmen: Covent Garden
Synopsis
Georges Bizet's Carmen celebrates its first new staging in nearly 20 years, directed by eminent Spanish actress/director Nuria Espert. Blazing with passion, lust and jealousy, this production features vibrant designs by Spain's most distinguished set designer, Gerardo Vera, and authentic flamenco choreography by Cristina Hoyos. Luis Lima sings the role of Dan Jose, and Maria Ewing portrays Carmen. Zubin Mehta conducts.
Cast
Cast
Zubin Mehta
Director
Director
Nuria Espert
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music, Made-for-TV Movies, Foreign Regions, United Kingdom, Foreign Languages, French Language
Rent Mario Lanza: The American Caruso on DVD Mario Lanza: The American Caruso
Synopsis
Pl&#225;cido Domingo hosts this tribute to American tenor Mario Lanza. Interviews, rare footage and vintage recordings chronicle Lanza's life from his Philadelphia childhood to his meteoric rise as an opera singer and film actor and his tragic death. Credited with bringing opera and classical music into the home of everyday Americans, Lanza starred in That Midnight Kiss and The Toast of New Orleans and portrayed Enrico Caruso in The Great Caruso.
Cast
Cast
Mario Lanza, Plácido Domingo
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Turandot: Forbidden City Beijing: Puccini on DVD Turandot: Forbidden City Beijing: Puccini
Synopsis
Renowned conductor Zubin Mehta leads Italy's Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a lavish performance of Giacomo Puccini's final opera, filmed on location in Beijing, where the story of the icy princess and her many suitors is set. Principals Giovanna Casolla, Barbara Frittoli and Sergej Larin shine against a spectacular backdrop of colorful banners, gleaming armor and fearsome mythological beasts, staged by award-winning director Yimou Zhang.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent The Mikado on DVD The Mikado
Synopsis
Monty Python's Eric Idle stars as tailor-turned-executioner Ko-Ko in Jonathan Miller's 1987 production of Gilbert and Sullivan's lively opera. Featuring the English National Opera, this hilarious staging replaces the original setting of ancient Japan with a 1930s British seaside resort. Idle's comic genius shines through as the dedicated decapitator Ko-Ko comes up with a scheme to meet his quota of beheadings and win the delectable Yum-Yum.
Cast
Cast
Eric Idle, Lesley Garrett, Bonaventura Bottone, Richard Van Allan, Felicity Palmer, Richard Angas, Susan Bullock, Ethna Robinson, Mark Richardson, Findlay Wilson
Director
Director
John Michael Phillips
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Best of British Humor, Contemporary Movie Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music, Made-for-TV Movies, United Kingdom, A&E, Foreign Regions
Rent Opera Australia: The Pirates of Penzance on DVD Opera Australia: The Pirates of Penzance
Synopsis
This production of "The Pirates of Penzance" boasts a stellar cast, including Anthony Warlow, David Hobson, Taryn Fiebig and Suzanne Johnston, and is helmed by renowned director and Savoy Theatre veteran Stuart Maunder. Opera Australia's version of the beloved Gilbert and Sullivan operetta about the adventures of a sheltered pirate was a runaway sensation Down Under, selling out every night and spawning a national tour.
Cast
Cast
Anthony Warlow, David Hobson, Stuart Maunder, John Bolton Wood, Suzanne Johnston, Taryn Fiebig, Richard Alexander, Andrew Brunsdon, The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Director
Director
Bruce Best
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex on DVD Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex
Synopsis
Visually gripping and filled with corruption, murder and heartbreak, this film rendition of Stravinsky's opera-oratorio stars English tenor Philip Langridge in the title role, with Jessye Norman as the commanding Jocasta and Bryn Terfel as Creon. Produced, directed and designed by Julie Taymor, the production also features accompaniment by the Saito Kinen Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Seiji Ozawa.
Cast
Cast
Jessye Norman, Bryn Terfel, Philip Langridge, Seiji Ozawa, Min Tanaka
Director
Director
Julie Taymor
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent The Barber of Seville on DVD The Barber of Seville
Synopsis
In one of Gioachino Rossini's most popular and enduring operas, Maria Ewing sings her heart out as the young woman pursued by her jealous guardian. Not to fear, all ends well when she ends up in the arms of a romantic aristocrat thanks to the help of a wily barber who dons some clever disguises. Performed in Italian at Glyndebourne Opera House in England, this entertaining production features the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Cast
Cast
Maria Ewing, John Rawnsley, Max Rene Cosotti, Robert Dean
Director
Director
John Cox
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent The Magic Flute on DVD The Magic Flute
Synopsis
Kenneth Branagh directs this film adaptation of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" that sets the action just before World War I, turning Tamino into a brave young soldier who must rescue the beautiful Pamina from her evil captor, Sarastro.
Cast
Cast
Joseph Kaiser, Amy Carson, René Pape, Lyubov Petrova, Benjamin Jay Davis, Silvia Moi, Tom Randle, Ben Uttley
Director
Director
Kenneth Branagh
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Contemporary Movie Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Musicals, United Kingdom
Rent Puccini: La Boheme (Tianquiao Theatre) on DVD Puccini: La Boheme (Tianquiao Theatre)
Synopsis
Giacomo Puccini's most beloved opera -- the inspiration for the modern Broadway hit "Rent" -- blossoms in a memorable production in Beijing's Tianquiao Theatre. This performance was filmed during the Genoa Opera Company's historic tour of the People's Republic of China in 1986. World-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings the role of the poet Rodolfo, with Fiamma Izzo D'Amico performing the part of his tragic love interest, Mimi.
Cast
Cast
Luciano Pavarotti, Fiamma Izzo D'Amico, Madelyn Renee, Roberto Servile, Jeffrey Mattsey, Fernando Pavarotti, Roberto Scaltritti, Guido Pasella
Director
Director
Giancarlo Menotti
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Caruso: A Documentary on DVD Caruso: A Documentary
Synopsis
This fascinating documentary examines the life and art of opera superstar Enrico Caruso, who rose from his humble Italian immigrant roots to become a world-renowned performer. Caruso's life was not nearly as perfect as his voice, with peccadilloes ranging from scorching romances with two sisters to an "improper conduct" arrest. Bonus 1918 silent film My Cousin includes an added soundtrack and features Caruso playing two cousins.
Cast
Cast
Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Enrico Caruso, Daniel J. Travanti
Director
Director
Peter Rosen
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Biographical Documentaries, Classical Music
Rent The Magic Flute on DVD The Magic Flute
Synopsis
Director Fran&#231;ois Roussillon brings Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's famous opera to life in this filmed performance by the world-renowned Zurich Opera. This production of "Die Zauberfl&#246;te" (aka "The Magic Flute") stars opera greats Matti Salminen, Piotr Beczala, Elena Mosuc and Julia Neumann in a tale of love and defiance set in 1791 against a chaotic backdrop bookended by the French Revolution and the original Bastille Day.
Cast
Cast
Matti Salminen, Elena Mosuc, Anton Scharinger, Julia Neumann
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Foreign Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music, Musicals
Rent Der Rosenkavalier on DVD Der Rosenkavalier
Synopsis
Sir Georg Solti conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus in this memorable performance of Richard Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier," a production helmed by Oscar-winning film director John Schlessinger. Legendary soprano Kiri Te Kanawa delivers a memorable turn as Princess Marie Therese von Werdenberg (aka the Marschallin), an aging beauty who has taken a much younger lover.
Cast
Cast
Aage Haugland
Director
Director
Brian Large
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Die Fledermaus (Royal Opera) on DVD Die Fledermaus (Royal Opera)
Synopsis
Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa and baritone Hermann Prey ring in 1984 with this New Year's presentation of Johann Strauss's lighthearted opera from London's Covent Garden. Te Kanawa is Rosalinde, wooed by an admirer as her husband, Gabriel von Eisenstein, is about to be imprisoned. But before he goes, a champagne-drenched ball and mistaken identity result in a comedy of errors. Charles Aznavour makes a cameo appearance and Pl&#225;cido Domingo directs.
Cast
Cast
Benjamin Luxon
Director
Director
Humphrey Burton
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Lucia Di Lammermoor: Australian Opera on DVD Lucia Di Lammermoor: Australian Opera
Synopsis
Joan Sutherland performs the title role that made her the toast of the 1959 opera world in this 1986 staging of the Donizetti classic at Sydney's famed opera house. Directed by John Copley and conducted by Richard Bonynge (Sutherland's husband), "Lucia Di Lammermoor" is based on Sir Walter Scott's tale of star-crossed lovers in the middle of a Scottish clan war. Supporting Ms. Sutherland are Richard Greager and Malcolm Donnelly.
Cast
Cast
Joan Sutherland, Richard Greager, Malcom Donnelly
Director
Director
John Copley
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Puccini: Madama Butterfly on DVD Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Synopsis
World-renowned conductor Herbert Von Karajan effortlessly guides the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra through a captivating and seamless production of Giacomo Puccini's heartbreaking love story. The stellar cast -- which includes Placido Domingo, Christa Ludwig and Mirella Freni -- brings this 1974 film to life, and this brilliant adaptation still stands as one of the most celebrated renderings of the oft-performed opera.
Cast
Cast
Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig
Director
Director
Herbert von Karajan
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: Met Opera on DVD Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: Met Opera
Synopsis
Renowned baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character in this critically acclaimed production of Tchaikovsky's renowned opera, filmed live in 2007 at the Metropolitan Opera in front of a sold-out crowd. Other cast members include Renee Fleming, Elena Zaremba, Ram&#243;n Vargas and Sergei Aleksashkin. Legendary Russian conductor Valery Gergiev leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
Cast
Cast
Renée Fleming , Elena Zaremba, Ramón Vargas, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sergei Aleksashkin, Valery Gergiev, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Il Divo: At the Coliseum on DVD Il Divo: At the Coliseum
Synopsis
Filmed live at a beautiful Roman coliseum on the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Pula, Croatia, international singing stars Il Divo perform five songs in this spectacular concert and then discuss their unusual musical journey in an exclusive interview. Originally created by Simon Cowell, the group consists of Spanish baritone Carlos Mar&#237;n, Swiss tenor Urs B&#252;hle, American tenor David Miller and French pop singer S&#233;bastien Izambard.
Cast
Cast
Il Divo, Sébastien Izambard, David Miller, Urs Bühle, Carlos Marín
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Gilbert and Sullivan: Iolanthe on DVD Gilbert and Sullivan: Iolanthe
Synopsis
Blending an international cast of Broadway singers, comedians and artists from D'Oyly Carte, this collection of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas is the most comprehensive ever put on video. "Iolanthe," a satiric concoction that mixes the British Parliament with an ethereal fantasy theme, tells the story of Iolanthe's life after she receives a pardon from the Fairy Queen. To see more Gilbert & Sullivan works, please rent the other videos in the series.
Cast
Cast
Derek Hammond-Stroud, Beverley Mills, Anne Collins, Alexander Oliver, Kate Flowers, Thomas Hemsley, David Hillman, Sandra Dugdale, Pamela Field, Richard Van Allan
Director
Director
Dave Heather, David Pountney
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, British TV, Theatrical Performances, Special Interest, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta, Classic Stage Musicals, Show Tunes, Theater Arts, BBC, Musicals, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Becoming Traviata on DVD Becoming Traviata
Synopsis
At once intimate and expansive, this documentary chronicles the staging of Verdi's "La Traviata" at France's Aix-en-Provence Festival. The film captures stage director Jean-Francois Sivadier as he works to bring a singular creative vision to life.
Cast
Cast
Natalie Dessay, Jean-Francois Sivadier, Louis Langree, Charles Castronovo, Adeline Scarabelli, Ludovic Tezier
Director
Director
Philippe Béziat
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Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Opera & Operetta, French Language, France
Rent Anna Netrebko: Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro on DVD Anna Netrebko: Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
Synopsis
When Count Almaviva (Bo Skovhus) makes a play for fetching chambermaid Susanna (portrayed by acclaimed Russian soprano Anna Netrebko), she teams with his wife (Dorothea R&#246;schmann) and unassuming valet Figaro (Ildebrando D'Arcangelo) to teach the nobleman a lesson. This superb Salzburg Festival production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's comic opera features maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Cast
Cast
Anna Netrebko, Bo Skovhus, Dorothea Röschmann, Christine Schäfer, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Director
Director
Brian Large
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Rossini: La Cenerentola on DVD Rossini: La Cenerentola
Synopsis
World-renowned conductor Bruno Campanella leads this 1995 production of the great Gioachino Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola," a powerhouse collaboration between the Houston Grand Opera Chorus and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. With a masterful eye, director Brian Large captures this spectacular performance featuring a cast of names such as Cecilia Bartoli, Ra&#250;l Gim&#233;nez, Enzo Dara and Alessandro Corbelli.
Cast
Cast
Cecilia Bartoli, Enzo Dara, Raúl Giménez, Alessandro Corbelli, Michele Pertusi, Laura Knoop, Jill Grove
Director
Director
Brian Large
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Caballe: Beyond Music on DVD Caballe: Beyond Music
Synopsis
Get to know Spanish soprano Montserrat Caball&#233; in this unique portrait that explores her life on and off the stage. The program includes performance clips ranging from 1965 to 2002, interviews with her contemporaries and candid home footage. Highlights include a duet from "Semiramide," reminiscences of her childhood, the insights of Pl&#225;cido Domingo and Jos&#233; Carreras and a glimpse at her unlikely partnership with Queen's Freddie Mercury.
Cast
Cast
Montserrat Caballe, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Zubin Mehta, Cheryl Studer, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Freddie Mercury, Claudio Abbado
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music, Music & Musicals
Rent Gilbert and Sullivan: The Gondoliers on DVD Gilbert and Sullivan: The Gondoliers
Synopsis
Blending an international cast of Broadway singers, comedians and artists from D'Oyly Carte, this collection of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas is the most comprehensive ever put on video. In "The Gondoliers," one of two just-married gondoliers is crowned the King of Barataria, but no one knows which is which -- so the two men travel there to reign jointly. To see more Gilbert & Sullivan works, please rent the other vidieos in the series.
Cast
Cast
Eric Shilling, Anne Collins, Francis Egerton, Tom McDonnell, Fiona Kimm, Nan Christie, Keith Michell, Sandra Dugdale, Christopher Booth-Jones
Director
Director
Dave Heather, Peter Wood
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, British TV, Musicals, Classic Stage Musicals, Show Tunes, United Kingdom, Classical Music, BBC, Opera & Operetta, Foreign Regions
Rent Nabucco on DVD Nabucco
Synopsis
One of Giuseppe Verdi's greatest operas, "Nabucco" addresses the timeless themes of struggle and romance in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire around 600 B.C. This production was recorded at Milan's Teatro alla Scala and features baritone Renato Bruson in the title role. Conductor Ricardo Muti leads an impressive cast that also includes Ghena Dimitrova, Bruno Beccaria and Paata Burchuladze.
Cast
Cast
Renato Bruson, Ghena Dimitrova, Dimiter Petkov, Paata Burchuladze, Bruno Beccaria
Director
Director
Maurizio Arena
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Andrea Bocelli: Credo: John Paul II on DVD Andrea Bocelli: Credo: John Paul II
Synopsis
In this commemorative film released to mark the first anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death, celebrated Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sings sacred arias in tribute to the Holy Father. Under maestro Myung-Whun Chung, Bocelli and the Orchestra and Choir of Santa Cecilia National Academy perform "Ave Maria," "Adeste Fideles" and many more. The film also features important images, footage and homilies from the pontiff's inspiring life.
Cast
Cast
Andrea Bocelli, Pope John Paul II, Myung-Whun Chung
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta, Inspirational Music, Sacred Classical Music, Faith & Spirituality
Rent Gilbert and Sullivan: Yeomen of the Guard on DVD Gilbert and Sullivan: Yeomen of the Guard
Synopsis
Blending an international cast of Broadway singers, comedians and artists from D'Oyly Carte, this collection of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas is the most comprehensive ever put on video. In "The Yeomen of the Guard" -- the nearest Gilbert & Sullivan came to grand opera -- Joel Grey stars as Colonel Fairfax, who's sentenced to die in an hour on a false charge of sorcery. To see more Gilbert & Sullivan works, please rent the other videos in the series.
Cast
Cast
Alfred Marks, Joel Grey, Elizabeth Gale, Claire Powell, David Hillman, Elizabeth Bainbridge, Geoffrey Chard
Director
Director
Anthony Besch, Dave Heather
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, British TV, Musicals, Classic Stage Musicals, Show Tunes, United Kingdom, Classical Music, BBC, Opera & Operetta, Foreign Regions
Rent Gilbert and Sullivan: Ruddigore on DVD Gilbert and Sullivan: Ruddigore
Synopsis
Blending an international cast of Broadway singers, comedians and artists from D'Oyly Carte, this collection of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas is the most comprehensive ever put on video. Vincent Price stars in "Ruddigore," the story of a lord who finds a simple yet ingenious solution to counteract a witch's curse that forces him to commit a crime each day. To see more Gilbert & Sullivan works, please rent the other videos in the series.
Cast
Cast
Keith Michell, John Trevelyan, Vincent Price, Paul Hudson, Donald Adams, Sandra Dugdale, Ann Howard, Johanna Peters
Director
Director
Barrie Gavin, Christopher Renshaw
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, British TV, Musicals, Classic Stage Musicals, Show Tunes, United Kingdom, Classical Music, BBC, Opera & Operetta, Foreign Regions
Rent Il Trovatore on DVD Il Trovatore
Synopsis
A tale of civil war and treachery, Giuseppe Verdi's powerful opera follows a nation and a family torn apart as two adversaries are driven to betrayal and murder by desire for the same woman. This Australian Opera recording features the brilliant Dame Joan Sutherland as Leonora, and the fabulous Kenneth Collins and Jonathan Summers as the two men in love with her. Richard Bonynge is at the helm of one of Verdi's most passionate masterpieces.
Cast
Cast
Joan Sutherland, Donald Shanks, Jonathan Summers, Kenneth Collins, Lauris Elms
Director
Director
Elijah Moshinsky
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Harlem Aria on DVD Harlem Aria
Synopsis
Harlem kid Anton (Gabriel Casseus) is young, black and gifted with a voice of operatic beauty. A mental disability can't hamper his plans for stardom, which combust when Anton hears pianist Matthew (Christian Camargo) playing Verdi in the park and breaks into song. While Matthew is cynical and Anton too trusting, silver-tongued street buddy Wes (Damon Wayans) has enough gumption to go around, and he's determined to land the duo in the limelight.
Cast
Cast
Damon Wayans, Gabriel Casseus, Christian Camargo, Malik Yoba, Paul Sorvino, Kristen Wilson, Eyde Byrde, Nicole Ari Parker, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Director
Director
William Jennings
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Opera & Operetta
Rent Defiant Requiem on DVD Defiant Requiem
Synopsis
This World War II documentary relates the inspiring and tragic story of Rafael Sch&#228;chter, a young conductor held in the Terezin concentration camp. In an act of artistic defiance, Sch&#228;chter taught a prison chorus to perform Verdi's "Requiem."
Cast
Cast
Bebe Neuwirth
Director
Director
Doug Shultz
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta
Rent Barenboim: Tristan und Isolde on DVD Barenboim: Tristan und Isolde
Synopsis
One of Wagner's most compelling operas receives lavish treatment under the direction of Daniel Barenboim in this acclaimed 1983 production performed at Germany's Bayreuth Festspielhaus, starring Ren&#233; Kollo and Johanna Meier in the title roles. With stage production by Jean-Pierre Ponelle and also featuring Matti Salminen, Hermann Becht and Hanna Schwartz, this performance is a must-see for opera enthusiasts.
Cast
Cast
René Kollo, Martin Egel, Matti Salminen, Robert Schunk, Johanna Meier, Hanna Schwarz, Hermann Becht, Helmut Pampuch, Daniel Barenboim
Director
Director
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Theatrical Performances
Rent Puccini: Manon Lescaut on DVD Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Synopsis
World-renowned tenor Pl&#225;cido Domingo puts his powerful instrument to use with his memorable portrayal of Renato de Grieux in this Royal Opera House production of Giacomo Puccini's masterpiece "Manon Lescaut." The great Kiri Te Kanawa joins Domingo in this performance as the title character, Manon, the impressionable girl who's driven into a world of sexual exploitation and hedonism at the hands of two self-centered suitors.
Cast
Cast
Plácido Domingo, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Anna Cooper, Thomas Allen, Forbes Robinson, George Macpherson, John Fryatt, Mark Curtis, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Kiri Te Kanawa
Director
Director
Humphrey Burton
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Netherlands Opera: Barber of Seville on DVD Netherlands Opera: Barber of Seville
Synopsis
For his first opera production, renowned theatre director Dario Fo chose to stage Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" for the Netherlands Opera in 1987. This 1992 revival recording -- in honor of the 200th anniversary of Rossini's birth -- showcases Jennifer Larmore as Rosina, Richard Croft as Count Almaviva and David Malis as Figaro. Alberto Zedda conducts this radically different and more elaborate treatment of the comic operatic masterpiece.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Dario Fo
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta, Made-for-TV Movies, Foreign Languages, Italian Language, Foreign Regions, Netherlands
Rent Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro on DVD Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro
Synopsis
Director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle uses creative camera angles to evocatively accentuate individual character traits in this classic tale of romance, deception and status set against the historical backdrop of ancient Europe. This interpretation of Mozart's celebrated opera features a winning cast, including Kiri Te Kanawa as Countess Almaviva, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as her playboy husband and Hermann Prey in the cunning title role.
Cast
Cast
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey
Director
Director
Jean Pierre Ponnelle
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Gilbert and Sullivan: Patience on DVD Gilbert and Sullivan: Patience
Synopsis
Blending an international cast of Broadway singers, comedians and artists from D'Oyly Carte, this collection of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas is the most comprehensive ever put on video. In "Patience," the county dames are in love with two poets, while the poets are both in love with Patience, the village milkmaid. To see more Gilbert & Sullivan works, please rent the other videos in the series.
Cast
Cast
Derek Hammond-Stroud, Sandra Dugdale, John Fryatt, Anne Collins, Donald Adams, Terry Jenkins, Roderick Kennedy, Shelagh Squires, Shirley Chapman, Patricia Hay
Director
Director
Dave Heather
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, British TV, Musicals, Classic Stage Musicals, Show Tunes, Classical Music, BBC, Opera & Operetta, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Richard Strauss: Salome on DVD Richard Strauss: Salome
Synopsis
Locked away in a prison, John the Baptist proclaims the coming of the Messiah. King Herod's stepdaughter, Salome, requests to see John, but he rejects her sexual advances towards him. Upset, Salome tries to win Herod's favor and exact revenge on John. In exchange for killing John, Salome agrees to dance for her stepfather. This live performance of Richard Strauss's emotionally challenging opera is full of passion.
Cast
Cast
Catherine Malfitano, Bryn Terfel, Kenneth Riegel, Anja Silja
Director
Director
Luc Bondy
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Gilbert and Sullivan: The Sorcerer on DVD Gilbert and Sullivan: The Sorcerer
Synopsis
Blending an international cast of Broadway singers, comedians and artists from D'Oyly Carte, this collection of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas is the most comprehensive ever put on video. "The Sorcerer" tells a buoyant tale about a magic potion that causes the denizens of an entire village to fall in love with the wrong people. To see more Gilbert & Sullivan works, please rent the other videos in the series.
Cast
Cast
Clive Revill, David Kernan, Donald Adams, Nuala Willis, Alexander Oliver, Nan Christie, Enid Hartle, Janis Kelly
Director
Director
Dave Heather, Steven Pimlott
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, British TV, Musicals, Classic Stage Musicals, Show Tunes, United Kingdom, Classical Music, BBC, Opera & Operetta, Foreign Regions
Rent The Beggar's Opera on DVD The Beggar's Opera
Synopsis
The Who's Roger Daltrey stars in this British television adaptation of John Gay's revolutionary, 18th century ballad opera. Lust, avarice and corruption abound as Peachum (Stratford Johns), the king of beggars, becomes angry when he learns his daughter has fallen in love with highwayman Macheath (Daltrey). Bob Hoskins plays a crooked constable in this stylish production featuring fast-paced scenes, sparkling dialogue and imaginative music.
Cast
Cast
Roger Daltrey, Bob Hoskins
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Wagner & Me on DVD Wagner & Me
Synopsis
Actor and writer Stephen Fry explores a personal paradox: he's Jewish, but adores the music of Richard Wagner, Hitler's favorite composer. Fry meets Wagner's descendants, plays his piano and visits key places in Wagner's life in a quest for answers.
Cast
Cast
Stephen Fry
Director
Director
Patrick McGrady
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta, United Kingdom
Rent Beethoven: Fidelio (Royal Opera House) on DVD Beethoven: Fidelio (Royal Opera House)
Synopsis
Ludwig van Beethoven's lone opera -- written during the Napoleonic era -- stands as a stirring tribute to humanity's unceasing pursuit of liberty and autonomy. Featuring a first-rate cast that includes Gabriela Benackov&#225;, Josef Protschka and Neill Archer, this critically acclaimed production moves at a brisk pace, led by maestro Christoph von Dohn&#225;nyi. Recorded in 1991 at Great Britain's Royal Opera House.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Fedora (Metropolitan Opera) on DVD Fedora (Metropolitan Opera)
Synopsis
This 1997 production of Giordano's "Fedora," conducted by Roberto Abbado, follows main character Fedora Romazov (Mirella Freni), an attractive Russian princess who grows ever more entrenched in a love affair with a debonair upper-class spy named Loris Ipanov (Placido Domingo). Also stars Ainhoa Arteta, Dwayne Croft, Stephen West and Vernon Hartman. The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus back up the soloists.
Cast
Cast
Mirella Freni, Plácido Domingo, Dwayne Croft, Stephen West, Vernon Hartman, Charles Anthony, James Courtney, Yanni Yannissis, Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Director
Director
Brian Large
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Turandot on DVD Turandot
Synopsis
Giacomo Puccini's final opera tells the story of Princess Turandot, whose father proclaims that any suitor for his daughter's hand must answer three riddles -- and the penalty for wrong answers will be death. Prince Calaf correctly answers all three riddles, but before be marries Turandot, he wants her to answer a riddle of his own. Performed by Opera Australia, this production stars Ealynn Voss, Amanda Thane, Kenneth Collins and Donald Shanks.
Cast
Cast
Giacomo Puccini, Donald Shanks, Graeme Ewer, Ealynn Voss, Amanda Thane, Kenneth Collins
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta
Rent Eugene Onegin (Kirov Opera) on DVD Eugene Onegin (Kirov Opera)
Synopsis
Sergei Leyferkus portrays the jaded title character in this three-act rendering of composer Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky's most lyrical operatic opus. Recorded at the legendary Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre, the production -- adapted from Aleksandr Pushkin's novel in verse -- conveys the unabridged splendor of Tchaikovsky's vision. The stellar cast includes Larissa Dyadkova, Yuri Marusin and Tatiana Novikova.
Cast
Cast
Evguenia Gorokhovskaya, Larissa Dyadkova, Tatiana Novikova, Yuri Marusin, Sergei Leyferkus
Director
Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Offenbach: Les Contes D'Hoffman on DVD Offenbach: Les Contes D'Hoffman
Synopsis
Oscar-wining director John Schlesinger orchestrated this filmed recording of composer Jacques Offenbach's final operetta as performed by the Royal Opera in 1981. World-renowned tenor Placido Domingo stars as Hoffmann, a love-struck poet whose foolish romantic pursuits become tragic folly when he falls in love with a singing robot (Luciana Serra), a woman who sings herself to death (Ileana Cotrubas) and others who are destined to deceive him.
Cast
Cast
Plácido Domingo, Luciana Serra, Agnes Baltsa, Ileana Cotrubas, Claire Powell, Robert Lloyd, Robert Tear, Geraint Evans
Director
Director
Brian Large
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Puccini: La Boheme (Teatro Alla Scalla) on DVD Puccini: La Boheme (Teatro Alla Scalla)
Synopsis
Filmed in Milan, Italy, at the famed Teatro alla Scala, this acclaimed 1965 production of Giacomo Puccini's beloved opera showcases the combined talents of director Franco Zeffirelli and conductor Herbert von Karajan. Gianni Raimondi sings the role of the poet Rodolfo, and Mirella Freni portrays his tragic love interest, Mimi, in a career-making performance. Rolando Panerai, Adriana Martino, Gianni Maffeo and Ivo Vinco co-star.
Cast
Cast
Ivo Vinco, Mirella Freni, Rolando Panerai, Gianni Raimondi, Adriana Martino, Gianni Maffeo
Director
Director
Franco Zeffirelli
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta
Rent Carnegie Hall on DVD Carnegie Hall
Synopsis
Blending classic live performance footage with a melodramatic narrative, director Edgar G. Ulmer helms this ode to the New York City landmark, centering on the relationships between an immigrant cleaning woman (Marsha Hunt) and a group of young artists. Among the performers appearing on stage are Bruno Walter, Lily Pons, Rise Stevens, Artur Rodzinski, Artur Rubinstein, Jan Peerce, Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Reiner, Leopold Stokowski and Harry James.
Cast
Cast
Leopold Stokowski, Frank McHugh, Arthur Rubinstein, Joseph Buloff, Ezio Pinza, Lily Pons, Martha O'Driscoll, William Prince, Marsha A. Hunt, Bruno Walter, Risë Stevens, Artur Rodzinski, Jascha Heifetz, Jan Peerce, Fritz Reiner, Harry James
Director
Director
Edgar G. Ulmer
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Instrumental Music, Classical Music
Rent Faust on DVD Faust
Synopsis
Mexican tenor Francisco Araiza stars as Faust, and Erich Binder conducts the Vienna State Opera and Chorus in this 1985 production of Charles Gounod's five-act opera based on Goethe's poem. In an epic tale of good versus evil, Faust sells his soul to the devil (played by Italian bass Ruggero Raimondi) and tries to save Marguerite (Slovakian soprano Gabriela Benackova) from an eternity in hell. Walton Gronroos and Alfred Sramek co-star.
Cast
Cast
Francisco Araiza, Ruggero Raimondi, Gabriela Benacková, Alfred Sramek, Walton Gronroos
Director
Director
Ken Russell
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta
Rent The Car Man on DVD The Car Man
Synopsis
Get ready for a weird new spin on a cherished old story -- and an operatic one, at that: Bizet's "Carmen." A stranger arrives in a small town and abruptly shatters the gentle dreams of the local townsfolk. The villagers are whipped into a roiling mass of greed, corruption and sexual desire &#8230; leading to a denouement that will take you completely by surprise!
Cast
Cast
Alan Vincent, Saranne Curtin, Will Kemp, Etta Murfitt, Scott Ambler, Vicky Evans, Arthur Pita, Valentina Formenti, Stephen Berkeley-White, Heather Habens, Rachel Lancaster
Director
Director
Matthew Bourne, Ross MacGibbon
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, United Kingdom, Opera & Operetta, Romantic Dramas, Classical Music, Foreign Regions
Rent Salome: Deutsche Opera, Berlin on DVD Salome: Deutsche Opera, Berlin
Synopsis
Soprano Catherine Malfitano delivers an appropriately graphic performance in the title role of composer Richard Strauss' passionate and powerful one-act opera, which gave rise to protests and was proscribed in numerous cities when it was originally staged in 1905. Joining the mesmerizing Malfitano in this 1990 production are Simon Estes as Jokannan and Leonie Rysanek as Salome's mother, Herodias. Giuseppe Sinopoli conducts the orchestra.
Cast
Cast
Catherine Malfitano, Simon Estes, Leonie Rysanek, Horst Hiestermann
Director
Director
Petr Weigl
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Opera Australia: The Mikado on DVD Opera Australia: The Mikado
Synopsis
Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 comic opera receives a magnificent production by the Australian Opera, with exquisite sets and costumes that uniquely blend the piece's Japanese setting with its decidedly London-based roots. Accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus, William Conrad gives a stellar performance in his starring role as the Mikado, alongside co-stars Anne Maree McDonald, Peter Cousens and Graeme Ewer.
Cast
Cast
Anne Maree McDonald, William Conrad, Peter Cousens, Heather Begg, Graeme Ewer, Gregory Yurisich, Robert Eddie, Jennifer Bermingham, The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, The Australian Opera Chorus
Director
Director
Christopher Renshaw
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Le Nozze Di Figaro on DVD Le Nozze Di Figaro
Synopsis
In this classic comic opera from Mozart, featuring the music of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, humble servant Figaro (Knut Skram) attempts to outwit his employer, Count Almaviva, and win the heart of the beautiful maid Susanna (Ileana Cotrubas). The Countess, played by superb soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, is disappointed by her husband's waning love and joins the plot to teach him a lesson he will not soon forget.
Cast
Cast
Frederica Von Stade, Benjamin Luxon, Ileana Cotrubas, Kiri Te Kanawa, Knut Skram, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Instrumental Music, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta
Rent Camille Saint Saens: Samson et Delila on DVD Camille Saint Saens: Samson et Delila
Synopsis
The MET welcomed renowned tenor Placido Domingo for this opening presentation from the opera house's 1998 season, which also highlighted Domingo's 30th anniversary onstage at the MET. In this moving performance, Samson (Domingo) struggles to deny his feelings for the determined Delilah (Olga Borodina). Rounding out the cast are Sergei Leiferkus, Richard Paul Fink, Rene Pape, Charles Anthony, Bernard Fitch and Alfred Walker.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta
Rent Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen on DVD Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen
Synopsis
This production of Leos Janacek's playful and observant opera about the life of a fox named Sharp-Ears receives the full treatment, with colorful costumes, bright sets and renowned Janacek authority Sir Charles Mackerras conducting. Eva Jenis, Hana Minutillo, Thomas Allen and Richard Novak are the principals, singing this tale based on a newspaper comic strip in the original Czech.
Cast
Cast
Thomas Allen, Sarah Connolly, Florence Bonnafous, Josef Hajna, Eva Jenis, Ivan Kusnjer, Jean-Phillippe Marliere, Libuse Marova, Francoise Martinaud, Hana Minutillo, Richard Novak, Charles Mackerras
Director
Director
Brian Large
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta
Rent Gilbert and Sullivan: Princess Ida on DVD Gilbert and Sullivan: Princess Ida
Synopsis
Blending an international cast of Broadway singers, comedians and artists from D'Oyly Carte, this collection of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas is the most comprehensive ever put on video. "Princess Ida" is a satire of higher education for women set in an Arthurian kingdom. Instead of marrying her intended, Ida renounces men and sets up an all-female university. To see more Gilbert & Sullivan works, please rent the other videos in the series.
Cast
Cast
Nan Christie, Laurence Dale, Frank Gorshin, Neil Howlett, Bernard Dickerson, Richard Jackson, Anne Collins
Director
Director
Dave Heather
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, British TV, Classic Stage Musicals, Show Tunes, BBC, Musicals, United Kingdom, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music, Foreign Regions
Rent Wagner: Lohengrin: Staged by Werner Herzog on DVD Wagner: Lohengrin: Staged by Werner Herzog
Synopsis
Tenor Paul Frey stars as the Swan Knight Lohengrin, with soprano Cheryl Studer as Elsa von Brabant, in this production of Richard Wagner's "Lohengrin," staged by acclaimed film director Werner Herzog. Recorded live at Germany's Bayreuth Opera House, the opera also features Gabriele Schnaut as Ortrud, Ekkehard Wlaschiha as Friedrich von Telramund and Manfred Schenk as Konig Heinrich. Peter Schneider conducts.
Cast
Cast
Manfred Schenk, Werner Herzog, Paul Frey, Cheryl Studer, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Gabrielle Schnaut, Eike Wilm Schulte, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Peter Schneider
Director
Director
Brian Large
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes on DVD Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes
Synopsis
The Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden is the setting for Elijah Moshinsky's skillful staging of Benjamin Britten's renowned opera "Peter Grimes," starring tenor Jon Vickers as the lonely fisherman who longs for human connection. The production also features soprano Heather Harper as schoolmistress Ellen Orford and bass-baritone Norman Bailey as Capt. Balstrode. Sir Colin Davis conducts.
Cast
Cast
Peter Grimes, Jon Vickers, Norman Bailey, Heather Harper, Sir Colin Davis
Director
Director
John Vernon
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Andrea Chenier on DVD Andrea Chenier
Synopsis
Julius Rudel conducts the Royal Opera House at London's Covent Garden in this celebrated 1985 production of Umberto Giordano's beloved opera, "Andrea Ch&#233;nier," which stars Placido Domingo, Anna Tomowa-Sintow and Giorgio Zancanaro. Michael Hampe directs this fierce tale about an idealistic poet -- known as a popular hero among the mobs of Paris -- who gets swept up in the fervor, chaos and bloodshed of the French Revolution.
Cast
Cast
Plácido Domingo, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Giorgio Zancanaro, Julius Rudel
Director
Director
Michael Hampe
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta
Rent Lulu on DVD Lulu
Synopsis
Viennese composer Alban Berg's tragic opera comes to life in this lavish 1997 production that uses a reflective music structure to chart the protagonist's rise and fall. Based on a pair of dramatic works once banned as obscene, the story follows a beautiful but heartless socialite (Christine Schafer) forced into prostitution and later killed by Jack the Ripper (Wolfgang Sch&#246;ne). Andrew Davis conducts the London Philharmonic.
Cast
Cast
Christine Schäfer, Wolfgang Schöne
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Wagner: Siegfried on DVD Wagner: Siegfried
Synopsis
As the third segment of Wagner's "Ring" tetralogy, Siegfried comes to life on the stage in this extraordinary production presented by conductor James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera and Orchestra. Full of emotion, the drama revolves around themes of love, gods, slumbering beauties awaiting rescue, heroes and dragons. Tenor Siegfried Jerusalem stars as Siegfried, soprano Hildegard Behrens as Br&#252;nnhilde and bass-baritone James Morris as Wanderer.
Cast
Cast
Siegfried Jerusalem, Hildegard Behrens, James Morris, Dawn Upshaw, Matti Salminen, Heinz Zednik
Director
Director
James Levine
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta
Rent Voice of Firestone: The Great Sopranos on DVD Voice of Firestone: The Great Sopranos
Synopsis
Some of the world's greatest sopranos perform in this compilation of "Voices of Firestone" telecasts. The performances, from 1950 to 1963, include Eleanor Steber on Mozart's "Dove Sono," Joan Sutherland on Arne's "The Soldier Tir'd" and Leontyne Price on Verdi's "O Patria Mia." Sopranos Birgit Nilsson, Anna Moffo, Bidu Sayao, Renata Tebaldi, Lucia Albanese, Helen Traubel, Roberta Peters, Patrice Munsel and Jeanette Macdonald also perform.
Cast
Cast
Eleanor Steber, Joan Sutherland, Renata Tebaldi, Leontyne Price, Roberta Peters
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Choral Music, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Verdi: Luisa Miller on DVD Verdi: Luisa Miller
Synopsis
World-renowned soprano Renata Scotto and tenor Placido Domingo lead this 1979 production of composer Giuseppe Verdi's "Luisa Miller," performed by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus and conducted by James Levine. As the story goes, young Luisa (Scotto) falls in love with a villager named Carlo (Domingo). Little does she know, however, that Carlo is really Rodolfo, whose wealthy father expects him to marry another woman.
Cast
Cast
Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Dale Caldwell, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Jean Kraft, Sherrill Milnes, James Morris, Ariel Bybee, David Stivender, James Levine
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta, Italian Language
Rent Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment on DVD Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment
Synopsis
Filmed in 2006 at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Italy, this production of Gaetano Donizetti's operatic comedy follows the lovely Marie (Patrizia Ciofi), a young woman bound to the Napoleonic army since birth. Smitten by the beautiful Marie, Swiss lad Tonio (Juan Diego Florez) enlists in order to preserve their love affair -- but she's beckoned by the marquis as an heir and must abandon Tonio and the regiment. Riccardo Frizza conducts.
Cast
Cast
Juan Diego Florez, Patricia Ciofi, Francesca Franci, Dano Benini, Nicola Ulivieri, Filippo Bettoschi, Maurizia Burlando, Manuel Pierattelli, Cristina Giardini, Claudio Radicia, Simona Sagone
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta
Rent Great Tenor Performances on DVD Great Tenor Performances
Synopsis
From the great opera houses of the world comes this compilation of 19 of the best performances from the most acclaimed tenors of our time. This captivating presentation features Jose Carreras, Roberto Alagna, Placido Domingo, Giacomo Aragall, John Mark Ainsley, Jon Vickers, Vladimir Atlantov and many more. Included are the first video release of Luciano Pavarotti's 1981 performance of "Celeste Aida" with the San Francisco Opera.
Cast
Cast
Luciano Pavarotti, Roberto Alagna, Giacomo Aragall, Neil Shicoff, Jon Vickers, Franco Bonisolli, Nicola Martinucci, Vladimir Atlantov
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Madama Butterfly on DVD Madama Butterfly
Synopsis
Performed at the Arena di Verona, the famous Roman amphitheater, this 1983 production of Giacomo Puccini's tragic opera tells the story of love and heartbreaking loss between American Naval officer Pinkerton (Nazzareno Antinori) and former Japanese geisha Butterfly (Raina Kabaivanska). Legendary conductor Maurizio Arena leads the Orchestra and Chorus of the Arena di Verona. Eleonora Jankovic and Lorenzo Saccomani co-star.
Cast
Cast
Raina Kabaivanska, Nazzareno Antinori, Eleonora Jankovic, Lorenzo Saccomani, Orchestra and Chorus of the Arena di Verona
Director
Director
Maurizio Arena
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta
Rent Il Trittico on DVD Il Trittico
Synopsis
It's diva time when three one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini ("Suor Angelica," "Gianni Schicchi" and "Il Tabarro") are trilled in Italian with English subtitles at Milan's Teatro Alla Scala in 1983. Piero Cappuccilli, Rosalind Plowright and Juan Pons perform under the baton of conductor Gianandrea Gavazzeni.
Cast
Cast
Piero Cappuccilli, Rosalind Plowright, Juan Pons, Nicola Martinucci, Sylvia Sass
Director
Director
Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Dvorak in Prague: A Celebration on DVD Dvorak in Prague: A Celebration
Synopsis
Three big names from the classical music scene -- legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma and lauded opera singer Frederica Von Stade -- join the Prague Philharmonic Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a once-in-a-lifetime performance of music by Czech composer Anton Dvorak. The musicians, led by renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa, give their all to highlight Dvorak's music in none other than his native Prague.
Cast
Cast
Antonin Dvorak, Yo-Yo Ma
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Pavarotti:  A Legend Says Goodbye on DVD Pavarotti: A Legend Says Goodbye
Synopsis
This heartfelt tribute, the first to be released since Luciano Pavarotti's passing in 2007, contains excerpts from the illustrious career of one of the world's greatest opera tenors, including his famed 1989 performance in Barcelona, Spain. The presentation also contains rare clips from the master's childhood years, along with footage of his grand funeral proceedings.
Cast
Cast
Luciano Pavarotti
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Don Carlos on DVD Don Carlos
Synopsis
Roberto Alagna performs the title role in this 1996 presentation of Verdi's epic opera, set in 16th century Spain. Don Carlos, heir to the throne, finds his romance with Elizabeth de Valois (Karita Mattila) torn apart by the Spanish Inquisition. Meanwhile, Carlos's ally Rodrigue (Thomas Hampson) implores him to help in the Flemish rebellion. Performed in the original French, this production is presented without the customary edits for length.
Cast
Cast
Thomas Hampson, José van Dam, Waltraud Meier, Roberto Alagna, Karita Mattila
Director
Director
Luc Bondy
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Lakme on DVD Lakme
Synopsis
Joan Sutherland shines as the title character in this Australian Opera production of Leo Delibes's opera set in 19th-century India, directed by Norman Ayrton and conducted by Richard Bonynge. Huguette Tourangeau, Henri Wilden, Isobel Buchanan, Clifford Grant, Jennifer Bermingham, Rosina Raisbeck and John Pringle also star in this story of an Indian princess who falls in love with a British army official.
Cast
Cast
Joan Sutherland, Isobel Buchanan, Huguette Tourangeau, Jennifer Bermingham, Rosina Raisbeck, Richard Bonynge, John Pringle, Clifford Grant
Director
Director
Norman Ayrton
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
Rent Maria Callas: Life & Art on DVD Maria Callas: Life & Art
Synopsis
Legendary opera singer Maria Callas had an extraordinary career, colored as much by supreme success as it was by terrible heartache. Yet despite her tumultuous private life, Callas's powerful soprano voice rarely faltered. Narrated by Rosalie Crutchley, this well-rounded documentary features extensive interviews and numerous performances, including the diva's final concert in Tokyo and a rare recording taken a class at the Julliard School.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Alan Lewens, Alistair Mitchell
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta, Foreign Regions, United Kingdom
Rent Wozzeck on DVD Wozzeck
Synopsis
Alban Berg's horrific war experiences propelled him to write his first great opera, "Wozzeck," in which an unforgiving world obliterates a young soldier's (Dale Duesing) sense of his own identity, turning him into a murderer. In this production staged by director Peter Mussbach, "Wozzeck" becomes a bitter lamentation over one man's lost innocence.
Cast
Cast
Dale Duesing, Ronald Hamilton, Barry Banks, Dieter Bundschuh, Frode Olsen
Director
Director
Peter Mussbach
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Theater Arts
Rent Carmen (Glyndebourne Opera) on DVD Carmen (Glyndebourne Opera)
Synopsis
Acclaimed director Peter Hall's passionate staging of Georges Bizet's operatic masterpiece stars the incomparable Maria Ewing as the fiery Spanish Gypsy whose flirtations ultimately lead to tragedy. The London Philharmonic provides orchestral accompaniment for this 1985 Glyndebourne Festival Opera production, which also stars tenor Barry McCauley and baritone David Holloway as the two suitors who duel for Carmen's affections.
Cast
Cast
Maria Ewing, Barry McCauley, Mary McLaughlin, David Holloway, Elizabeth Collier, Jean Rigby, Gordon Sandison, Petros Evangelides, Xavier Depraz
Director
Director
Peter Hall
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Opera & Operetta, Classical Music
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