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Opera Stories: An In-Depth Look at Ten Operas

Release Date: 09/04/2007 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 4228  
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniUmberto GiordanoGiuseppe VerdiJohann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Ileana CotrubasNeil ShicoffPlacido DomingoDame Kiri Te Kanawa,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
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Opera Stories is a series of ten programs, each telling the story of a single opera, each bringing the drama and emotion of the plot vividly to life. Charlton Heston narrates each program from, as nearly as possible, the original location stipulated by the composer. This 5 DVD set includes ten operas. The operas selected for the series are:
Il Trovatore
La Bohème
Andrea Chénier
Manon Lescaut
Die Fledermaus

Extensive performance excerpts are taken from the full length opera recordings.

Writers: • Gerald Sinstadt
Producers: • Carl Simons
Directors: • Keith Cheetham
Read more Narrators: • Charlton Heston

Format: Dolby 2.0, NTSC
Language: English, Italian, German
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Length: 524 mins
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Works on This Recording

La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano), Neil Shicoff (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Anna Tomowa-Sintow (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Barbara Hendricks (Soprano), Renato Bruson (Baritone), Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rosalind Plowright (Soprano), Franco Bonisolli (Tenor), Giorgio Zancanaro (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ingvar Wixell (Baritone), Eva Martón (Soprano), Giacomo Aragall (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Maria Chiara (Soprano), Nicola Martinucci (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Vladimir Atlantov (Tenor), Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renato Bruson (Baritone), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 

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