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The Royal Opera Collection - Verdi: Aida (Studer, d'Intino); Otello (Domingo, Te Kanawa); Stiffelio (Carrers, Malfitano); R. Strauss: Salome (Ewing, Devlin); Gounod: Roméo et Juliette (Alagna, Vaduva); Mozart: Mitridate (Ford, Kowalski) [6 DVD]

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This special multi-disc collection brings together six memorable performances by The Royal Opera, uniting world-class conductors Georg Solti, Charles Mackerras, Edward Downes and Paul Daniel with exciting directors Elijah Moshinsky, Peter Hall, Nicolas Joël and Graham Vick, and star singers. Treats on offer include Verdi's Stiffelio, Aida and Otello, with José Carreras as the tormented pastor Stiffelio and Catherine Malfitano as his unfaithful wife Lina; Cheryl Studer as the tragic slave girl Aida, Dennis O'Neill as the heroic Radames and Luciana d'Intino as the passionate Amneris; and Plácido Domingo as the doomed Otello, with Kiri Te Kanawa as his beloved Desdemona and Sergei Leiferkus as his nemesis Iago. The collection also contains Peter Hall's memorable production of Salome with Maria Ewing in the title role; Roberto Alagna and Leontina Vaduva in the title roles of Gounod's epic, romantic version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and Mozart's virtuoso Mitridate, re di Ponte, with Bruce Ford in the title role, Ann Murray as Mitridate's son Sifare and Luba Organasova as Aspasia, torn between two suitors. These classic recordings are preserved in their original Standard Definition and 4:3 picture format, capturing The Royal Opera at a memorable period in its long history.

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Run Time: 876 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English


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