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DVD Release - Handels "Agrippina" , Theater An der Wien, Vienna, 2016 with Danielle de Niese as "Poppea"

Agrippina: Patricia Bardon
Nerone: Jake Arditti
Poppea: Danielle de Niese
Ottone: Filippo Mineccia
Claudio: Mika Kares
Pallante: Damien Pass
Narciso: Tom Verney
Lesbo: Christoph Seidl
Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock
Stage Direction: Robert Carsen
Sets, Costumes: Gideon Davey
Lighting: Peter van Praet
Dramaturgy: Ian Burton
Libretto: Vincenzo Grimani
Orchester: Balthasar Neumann Ensemble

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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

The ‘sheer visual sophistication’ of Annabel Arden’s Barbiere serves ‘a triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius’, featuring de Niese’s ‘powerfully sung’ Rosina, Bürger’s ‘gale-force’ Figaro and Stayton’s ‘pure and mellifluous’ Almaviva – a leading trio ‘musically and dramatically beyond compare’

Contributing to the ‘ensemble precision’, the rest of the cast includes a ‘scene-stealing’ Berta in Kelly, a ‘suavely unctuous’ Basilio from Stamboglis and Corbelli’s Bartolo, ‘an object lesson in comic understatement’ (The Guardian). With Enrique Mazzola at the helm of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘the score bubbles along on a Puckish current of merry mischief’ (The Telegraph).

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Donizetti: Don Pasquale

One of the reasons why Donizetti's Don Pasquale is regarded as a cornerstone of the Italian comic opera tradition is because its characters are no mere commedia dell'arte stereotypes, but complex, vulnerable human beings. This is brought to the fore in Mariame Clément's sensitive and perceptive production, which was hailed by the Financial Times as a 'Glyndebourne classic'.

Acclaimed buffo baritone Alessandro Corbelli sings the title role 'with just the right degree of lugubriousness', while Danielle de Niese, one of today's most sought-after sopranos, is an 'engaging' and 'irrestible' Norina (The Telegraph).

Bel canto specialist Enrique Mazzola conducts with flair and panache.

Extra features: Behind the Curtain, Danielle de Niese introduction, Staging the Opera and a cast gallery.

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Handel: Rodelinda (Concertus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt)

A piece of opera pastiche featuring Danielle De Niese and Bruno Lazzaretti and set to a text by Dante. Anthony Hopkins, who plays Lecter, is featured speaking excerpts from his literary lectures as a library curator and reciting a letter to the FBI agent filled with his character's black humor. With its emphasis on the film's classical pretensions, the soundtrack gives only a mild sense of the violent aspects of the movie, though Zimmer's "For a Small Stipend," with its mixture of synthesized and orchestral music with sound effects, carries some of that tone. Still, listening to the album is a far less disturbing experience than watching the film.

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Giulio Cesare 3-DVD Set

From celebrated composer George Friedrich Handel comes his classic, tragic opera Giulio Cesare (Julius Ceasar), a gorgeous and timeless tale of intrigue, deception, and honor set in the early days of Ancient Rome. Featuring a wide array of performance by famed and prestigious opera artists of the Glyndebourne Opera House, including Christophe Dumaux, Danielle de Niese, Sarah Connolly, and more, this timeless tale will mesmerize you.

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The Enchanted Island

Jeremy Sams helms the Met's acclaimed 2012 production of the 18th-century Baroque opera based on musical librettos by composers including Handel, Vivaldi and Rameau. Conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast including Plácido Domingo, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese and Luca Pisaroni. The production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch. This piece premiered at the Metropolitan in New York on New Year's Eve 2011.

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L'Incoronazione di Poppea

The Glyndebourne Opera House presents L'Incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea), starring sopranos Danielle de Niese and Alice Coote. This stellar performance is directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by Emmanuel Haim, and an impeccable Danielle de Niese in the role of Roman Empress Poppea, who starts out as the mistress and then wife of the notorious Emperor Nero.

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L'Incoronazione Di Poppea

The culmination of a three-year Monteverdi project led by conductor William Christie and director Pier Luigi Pizzi at Madrid s Teatro Réal, L incoronazione di Poppea brings a potent blend of sex and politics, high drama and comedy. Leading the cast are Danielle de Niese as Poppea, Philippe Jaroussky as Nerone, Max Emanuel Cencic as Ottone and Anna Bonitatibus as Ottavia.


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Handel: Acis and Galatea

Christopher Hogwood conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a distinguished cast including Danielle de Niese and Charles Workman in Wayne McGregor's new production of Handel's opera in which The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet appear in a rare and beautifully crafted collaboration. Filmed with High Definition cameras and recorded in true surround sound.


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Così fan tutte

Based on the Italian-language opera buffa in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart first performed in 1790. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte, who also wrote Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. Set in a 1960s youth hostel, Così fan tutte is a charmingly original tableau of adolescent inexperience. Ingo Metzmacher and a sparkling ensemble and cast underscore this unique vision of a kaleidoscope of human emotions with commitment and vitality.

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Le Nozze Di Figaro

Wit and astute theatrical awareness are the hallmarks of this exceptional vision of Mozart's and Da Ponte's famous masterpiece, directed by the duo Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito. Le nozze di Figaro, set in a car showroom, exemplifies the delicate balance between love's shadowy manipulation and its cheerful innocence. Ingo Metzmacher and a sparkling ensemble and cast underscore this unique vision of a kaleidoscope of human emotions with commitment and vitality.

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Mozart-Da Ponte 4-DVD Set

From Opus Arte comes this 4-piece DVD feature set containing four productions: Mozart and Da Ponte's Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, and La Nozze de Figaro. Music is performed by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and accompanied by the Chorus of de Nederlandse. Key performances featured include Danielle de Niese, Sally Matthews, Luca Pisaroni, and Danny Magee. A must have for the Mozart enthusiast and afficionado. 


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Les Indes Galantes

Another spectacular performance brought to you by Opus Arte: Jean-Phillipe Rameau's opera-ballet Les Indes Galantes (The Gallant Indies) contaings four tumultuous adventures ranging from Ancient Persia, Turkey, Incan Peru, and the New World. With a charming performance by opera soprano Danielle de Niese, and a set of four dazzling stories about love separated by rivalry and culture, you will absolutely adore Les Indes Galantes

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Hannibal

A piece of opera pastiche featuring Danielle De Niese and Bruno Lazzaretti and set to a text by Dante. Anthony Hopkins, who plays Lecter, is featured speaking excerpts from his literary lectures as a library curator and reciting a letter to the FBI agent filled with his character's black humor. With its emphasis on the film's classical pretensions, the soundtrack gives only a mild sense of the violent aspects of the movie, though Zimmer's "For a Small Stipend," with its mixture of synthesized and orchestral music with sound effects, carries some of that tone. Still, listening to the album is a far less disturbing experience than watching the film.

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