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Opera Stories: An In-Depth Look at Ten of the World's Favorite Operas / Charlton Heston

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3.9 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Opera Stories provides a perfect introduction to the drama, characters and spectacle of opera. Each of its ten programs tells the story of a single opera, 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: the story of La Bohème is told from the sidewalk cafés of Paris where Mimi and Rodolfo fall in love, Aida from the majestic pyramids of Egypt, Tosca from the battlements of the Castel Sant Angelo in Rome where Tosca takes her own life. The stories are illustrated by extensive performance extracts taken from NVC ARTS unique library of full-length recordings.

The Royal Opera productions of:

La Bohème (Puccini) from Paris, France
Ileana Cotrubas and Neil Shicoff

Manon Lescaut (Puccini) from Château Mauviers, France
Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa

Andrea Chénier (Giordano) from Paris, France
Placido Domingo and Anna Tomowa-Sintow

Falstaff (Verdi) from Windsor, England
Renato Bruson, Barbara Hendricks and Katia Ricciarelli

Der Fledermaus (J. Strauss) from Vienna, Austria
Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey

Arena di Verona productions of:

Il Trovatore (Verdi) from Aragon, Spain
Rosalind Plowright, Franco Bonisolli and Giorgio Zancanaro

Tosca (Puccini) from Rome, Italy
Eva Marton, Ingvar Wixell and Giacomo Aragall

Aida (Verdi) from Luxor, Egypt
Maria Chiara, Fiorenza Cossotto and Nicola Martinucci

Otello (Verdi) filmed in Marakesh, Morocco
Kiri Te Kanawa, Vladimir Atlantov and Piero Cappuccilli

La Scala, Milan production of:

Ernani (Verdi) from Aragon, Spain
Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Renato Bruson and Nicolai Ghiaurov


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Product details

  • Actors: Kiri Te Kanawa, Ileana Cotrubas, PLacido Domingo, Renato Bruson
  • Directors: Charlton Heston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 523 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000TJ0SCC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,883 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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