18 results
Four women, four voices, four manipulative beings facing the public. Above them, four video screens. The women’s voices bring life to phonemes, ancestors to human speech, that slowly come together to become snippets of conversation. At the same time,…
Length
54 mins
Prog. No.
7971
Splendid rendition of Ravel’s famous opera staged specially for HDTV and performed by the Atelier de l’Opera de Lyon. This new version of the opera was written for four instruments (two pianos, cello and flute), thus emphasizing the fearful emotions…
Length
52 mins
Prog. No.
7766
In 1994, 54-year old José Van Dam undertook to play the role of Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca for the first time, a part that he had refused repeatedly in the past. In April 1995 in Liège, the singer met again with stage director Nicolas Joel for the…
Length
45 mins
Prog. No.
7762
This one-hour film shows how Mozart successfully elevated 'opera seria', or courtly opera, to a compelling spectacle, where the beauty and richness of musical invention go hand in hand with the arousal of a particular emotion, both intense and…
Length
52 mins
Prog. No.
7736
Based on the story by H. C. Andersen, “The Nightingale” was transposed for opera by Igor Stravinsky who both composed the music and wrote the lyrics. This new adaptation using computer animation transposes the opera into a world ruled by the power of…
Length
49 mins
Prog. No.
7726
In 1995, the French director Frédéric Mitterrand adapted Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly for cinema. This documentary follows the most significant and spectacular stages of the making of Madame Butterfly: the American conductor James Conlon working…
Length
52 mins
Prog. No.
7387
"The Tales of Hoffmann" (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) was first performed on February 10, 1881, at Paris's Opéra Comique. Offenbach had labored over his great work for almost a decade, but died on October 5, 1880, just months before its première. Over the…
Length
52 mins
Prog. No.
7343
Chosen amongst students from the major European music academies - Paris, Lyon, The Hague, London, Trossingen - brought together in 1998 by the Ambronay European Baroque Academy, ninety young musicians worked for many weeks with William Christie in…
Length
56 mins
Prog. No.
7324
In this pilot to a new series about the European musical heritage, soul musician Joy Denalane embarks on a journey to Austria to encounter the world of folk music. For centuries, this musical genre has provided a vital space for love and romanticism,…
Length
45 mins
Prog. No.
6757
German composer Richard Wagner was notoriously anti-Semitic, and his writings on Jews were later embraced by Hitler and the Nazis. But there is another, lesser-known side to this story. For years, many of Wagner‘s closest associates were Jews - young…
Length
55 mins
Prog. No.
6478