Comedy & Tragedy: Classic Opera Productions from the Glyndebourne Festival [5 Discs] [DVD]
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Special Features

  • Cast Galleries
  • Illustrated Synopses
  • Interviews
  • Documentaries (Carmen Only)


L'Elisir d'Amore (Glyndebourne)
This production of the celebrated Glyndebourne Festival Opera marked a first: Italian maestro Maurizio Benini's premier turn as a Glyndebourne conductor. The opera at hand - Gaetano Donizetti's 1832 L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) - tells the familiar comic tale of the rivalry between an impoverished farmhand and an offensively self-assertive soldier, who end up vying for the devotion of the radiant young woman called Adina. This particular version stars Ekaterina Siurina as Adina, Peter Auty as Nemorino, Alfredo Daza as Sergeant Belcore and Luciano Di Pasquale as Dr. Dulcamara. The London Philharmonic Orchestra and The Glyndebourne Chorus lend musical accompaniment, with Maurizio Benini conducting and Thomas Blunt serving as chorus master. Annabel Arden directs for the stage. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Miserly Knight
Conductor Vladamir Jurowski leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a lavish live performance of Sergei Rachmaniov's version of Alexander Pushkin's tragedy taped before a live audience at the Glyndebourne Opera House. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Gianni Schicci
This performance of Giacomo Puccini's opera about a scheming father features the vocal talents of Alessandro Corbelli and Felicity Palmer. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Carmen (Glyndebourne Festival Opera)
BBC and Opus Arte present this filmed performance of 19th century composer Georges Bizet's operatic masterwork Carmen. Starring Anne Sofie Von Otter as Carmen, the production was directed by David McVicar and features music by the Glyndebourne Chorus and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Philippe Jordan. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Falstaff (Glyndebourne)
The Glyndebourne Festival Opera mounted this production of Giuseppe Verdi's 1893 Falstaff under the direction of Richard Jones in 2009. Regarded as Verdi's comical magnum opus, the work was actually adapted from two Shakespeare plays, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, and brings back to the stage one of the Bard's most beloved characters: the corpulent and perpetually cowardly knight Sir John Falstaff. This version stars Christopher Purves as Falstaff, Yannis Christoyannis as Ford, Dina Kuznetsova as Alice Ford and Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Mistress Quickly. The London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus lend musical accompaniment, with Vladimir Jurowski conducting and Thomas Blunt serving as chorus master; Ultz designed the costumes and sets. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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