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Master Qi and the Monkey King 
This beautifully realized documentary chronicles the life and work of Qi Shu Fang, one of the preeminent masters of Chinese Opera living in the United States. It is a story of ambition, love, the creative impulse and the struggle to…
Reset - Behind the Scenes of the Paris Opera Ballet
A riveting documentary on the creative process, RESET depicts renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied (best known for choreographing the dance sequences in Black Swan ) as he creates a ballet for his first gala as artistic director of the…
Monteverdi's L'orfeo
BBC
Jordi Savall brings this production to life on the stage of Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. Monteverdi's favola in musica, based on a libretto by Alessandro Striggio, is considered to be the first opera in history. In this exceptional performance,…
Wagner & Me 
Actor and writer Stephen Fry explores his passion for the world's most controversial composer, but can he salvage Richard Wagner's music from its dark associations with anti-Semitism and Hitler? Fry's quest begins in southern Germany where he is granted unique…
La Bohème
Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni's incomparable partnership as Rodolfo and Mimi, the tragic lovers in Puccini's much-loved bittersweet opera, is captured for posterity in this live recording from the San Francisco opera. Francesca Zambello's production boasts a superlative cast with…
The Mikado
A year before the action of this opera begins, Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, fled his father's imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. Disguised as a traveling musician, he met and fell in love…
Puccini
Tony Palmer's feature, scripted by Charles Wood, dramatises the story which hit the Italian headlines in 1908, when Puccini was fifty. Robert Stephens plays Puccini, Virginia McKenna his wife, Elvira, and Judith Howarth the servant girl who, wrongly accused by…
Meredith Monk: Inner Voice
Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director, choreographer and creator of new opera, music theater, films and installations. She has been proclaimed as a 'magician of the voice' and 'one of America's coolest composers.' During a career that spans more…
Aida
"An opera for Cairo!", Verdi is said to have exclaimed. He would certainly have been delighted with this magnificent production. It was a triumphant success when it opened at la Scala in December 1985 and Luciano Pavarotti's long-awaited performance as…
Satyagraha
The preocupation of the composer of "minimal music", Philip Glass, with Indian music and his interest in Gandhi began in 1966 during his first visit to India where he met Ravi Shankar. Since then, the rhythmic figures of Indian music…
Tosca - A Tale of Love and Torture (Feature Version)
Mid-winter and money is tight at Opera Australia as rehearsals begin for Puccini's perennial favourite Tosca , a story of love, betrayal and murder set amid the political turmoil of 19th century Rome. Popular diva Joan Carden has played the…
Fidelio
Beethoven's lone opera had a troubled gestation, as its no fewer than four overtures suggest. The finished product, while obviously a work of genius, exposes its patchwork qualities even in the best of productions. Luckily, the 1991 staging by the…
Die Liebe Der Danae
Richard Strauss completed his second-to-last opera "Die Liebe der Danae" in 1940. Written under war clouds, the "merry mythology" based on an idea by Hugo von Hofmannsthal was given a provisional, by-invitation-only dress rehearsal premiere at the 1944 Salzburg Festival…
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La Stupenda
At the Sydney Opera House on 2nd October 1990 Dame Joan Sutherland bade farewell to opera in an emotional performance as Marguerite de Valois in Giacomo Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots. The occasion marked the close of a distinguished singing career spanning…
Carmen
The libretto, by Henri Meilac and Ludovic Halevy, is based on a novella by Prosper Merimee. The first performance of Carmen on 3 March 1875, produced such a hostile reaction that Bizet left Paris physically and psychologically ill, and died…
Parsifal - Search for the Grail
Wagner's Parsifal is the most famous work to celebrate the search for the Holy Grail, an enduringly powerful symbol in Western culture. Focusing on a performance of the opera with Placido Domingo in the title role, Tony Palmer's film explores…
Sacred Stage
Set against the backdrop of the magical White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Sacred Stage features the best in Russian symphonic music, ballet and opera at Russia's premier theater--the Mariinsky, also known as the Kirov. Sacred Stage explores what the…
Emma Matthews (Soprano) & Dennis O'Neill (Tenor)
Part of the Series: Masters of Music Collection
Emma Matthews Remy Martin Opera Award, 1999. Green Room Awards 1999, 2000, 2001, Best Female Singer - Title Role, Lulu, 2003, Sofia: Il Signor Bruschino 2005. Mo Award and Helpmann Award: Lulu OA repertoire: title roles: Lakm?, Lulu, Pamina: The…
An Opera from the Indian Ocean - Opera Singers Performing Contemporary Music
Based on historical facts, the African descendent and Reunion born Trules composed the opera Maraina, recounting the story of the first settlers of the Indian Ocean islands. Voyaging between Reunion, Madagascar and Paris, AN OPERA FROM THE INDIAN OCEAN traces…
Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child
A fascinating look at the creative process, this unique documentary explores what happens when the artist Gottfried Helnwein takes on the role of Production Designer for a never-before-seen opera written by Israel's most famous playwright, Hanoch Levin. For Helnwein, the…