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Opera on DVD
Featured Collection June 2009

Operas so often deal in very dramatic ways with murder, prostitution, suicide and other angst sustaining storylines, we forget that there are some amazing romantic and comic operas that can make us all forget the day’s depressing news if only for a few hours.

The DVDs noted below will bring forth smiles, some laughter and a bit of uplift in these down times!

 
Benjamin Britten
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
DVD M 1500 .B827 M5 2005x
Shakespeare - enough said!
 
Gaetano Donizetti
La Fille du Regiment (Daughter of the Regiment)
DVD M 1500 .D68 F5 2008x
Love and marriage in a French army regiment.
 
Franz Joseph Haydn
Lo Speziale (The Apothecary)
DVD M 1500 .H44 S6 2004x
"Side-splitting comedy of great warmth and ebullience."
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Le Nozze di Figaro (Marriage of Figaro)
DVD M 1500 .M84 N54 2003bx
Who will marry whom? Lively Mozart.
 
Jacques Offenbach
Les Contes d’Hoffman (Tales of Hoffman)
DVD M 1500.O32 C6 2004x
Tales told in a tavern...
 
Giacomo Puccini
La Fanciulla del West (Girl of the Golden West)
DVD M 1500 .P97 F3 2005x
Love story around 1850 in the American West.
 
Gioacchino Rossini
La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
DVD M 1500.R86 C3 2005x
Comic re-telling/singing of this favorite story.
 
Johann Strauss II
Die Fledermaus (The Bat)
DVD M 1500 .S86 F5 2004x
Masked ball, mistaken identities and jail.
 
Richard Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose)
DVD M 1500 .S89 R5 2001x
Love story with gorgeous music.
 
Igor Stravinsky
Le Rossignol (The Nightingale)
DVD M 1500 .S895 S6 2005x
Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s story of same name.
 
Giuseppi Verdi
Falstaff
DVD M 1500 .V48 F2 2002x
Shakespeare - Merry Wives and Henry IV.
 
Richard Wagner
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
DVD M 1500 .W13 M4 2004bx
Singing competition with great prize.
 
Carl Maria Von Weber
Der Freischutz
DVD M 1500 .W37 F7 1999x
Shooting contest, the devil and marriage.