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A semi-sequel to Disney's 1940 classic 'Fantasia' which features the original film's most famous sequence - the Mickey Mouse adventure 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' - plus seven other all-new animated interpretations of classical music. Highlights include the interwoven stories of a group of 1930s New Yorkers accompanied by Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue', the volcanic eruptions which illustrate Stravinsky's 'Firebird Suite', and the story of Noah, his ark, and his assistant Donald Duck, played out to the strains of Elgar's 'Pomp and Circumstance'.
Franco Zeffirelli directs this film of Verdi's classic opera. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus and the lead characters are played by Teresa Stratas, Placido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil and Allan Monk.
Nemorino is a peasant, in love with the beautiful and wealthy Adina. Unfortunately he has a rival; the sergeant Belcore, whom Adina seems to favour. Desperate, Nemorino buys what he believes to be a love potion from travelling doctor Dulcamara (in reality a quack). This fails to win Adina's heart, and she announces that she will marry Belcore. Nemorino has not given up hope yet, however, and buys another potion in time for the wedding celebration. Performances from Kathleen Battle, i, Juan Pons, Enzo Dara, Korliss Uecker and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet.
Experience an extravaganza of sight and sound in Fantasia 2000, the triumphant classic inspired by Walt Disney's vision of Fantasia as a continuing work-in-progress! Plus, the all-new bonus feature Musicana - Walt's inspiration for a sequel - extend the magic of this musical masterpiece like never before.
Fully immerse yourself in the wonders of innovative blend of music and animated imagery. See the music come to life, hear the pictures burst into song and share the excitement that is Fantasia 2000 with your family again and again.
Double bill of animated features from Disney studios. The ambitious classic, 'Fantasia' (1940), contains sequences set to music by - amongst others - Bach, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Schubert and Beethoven. Also featured is the famous 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' routine, in which Mickey Mouse (voiced by Walt himself for the last time) creates magical mayhem when he tries to get his chores done with the aid of a spell or two. It's semi-sequel, 'Fantasia 2000' (2000), features seven all-new animated interpretations of classical music. Highlights include the interwoven stories of a group of 1930s New Yorkers accompanied by Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue', the volcanic eruptions which illustrate Stravinsky's 'Firebird Suite', and the story of Noah, his ark, and his assistant Donald Duck, played out to the strains of Elgar's 'Pomp and Circumstance'.
Pavarotti performs Ernani on stage at the Met with an all star cast. Filmed in 1983, Pavarotti is joined on stage by Leona Mitchell, baritone Sherill Milnes, and bass-baritone Ruggero Raimondi. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Performance of Giordano's opera by the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by James Levine. Chénier is a French revolutionary poet who pines for the beautiful Maddalena. However, he has a jealous rival in the form of servant-turned-revolutionary Gérard, who sets about plotting Chénier's downfall. Performers include Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Guleghina and Juan Pons.
This remarkable staging of Giuseppe Verdi's NABUCCO sees Juan Pons taking the role of Nabucco, with acclaimed soprano Maria Guleghina playing his adopted daughter, Abigaille. The Metropolitan Opera House provides a sumptuous backdrop for the four-act opera that made Verdi's name, while conductor James Levine carefully guides the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus through the score.
Performances from Hildegard Behrens, Siegfried Jerusalem, Matti Salminen, Christa Ludwig, Hana Lisowska, Anthony Raffell and Ekkehard Wlaschiha. Musical accompaniment comes from The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
Riccardo Zandonai's 1914 opera performed by a cast of three acclaimed singing actors - Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo, and Cornell MacNeil who bring the medieval characters to life in this production, filmed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1984. This opera is a prime example of the lush musical style of the late Romantic era, conducted here by James Levine.
Luciano Pavarotti takes the lead role in this performance of Mozart's opera recorded live at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1982. Ileana Cotrubas, Hildegard Behrens, Frederica Von Stade and John Alexander complete the all-star cast. James Levine conducts.
Performances from Eva Marton, Placido Domingo, Leona Mitchell, Paul Plishka, and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The cruel Princess Turandot, ruler of China, will only wed a prince who can answer correctly her three riddles. Those who fail are executed. Prince Calaf, son of the exiled king of Tartary, falls in love with Turandot as soon as he sets eyes on her, and despite the protestations of his friends and family sets out to pass her test.
Performances from Meier, Jerusalem, Moll, Weikl, Mazura, Rootering, and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
Verdi's opera performed by the Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by James Levine. Placido Domingo and Sharon Sweet star.
Peter Hofmann, Eva Marton, and Leonie Rysanek take lead roles in this 1986 staging of Wagner's LOHENGRIN. The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra provide backing under conductor James Levine.
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James Morris leads an all-star cast including Karita Mattila, Ben Heppner, Thomas Allen and René Pape, in this production of Wagner's comic opera, recorded live at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 2001. James Levine conducts.
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