Maria Callas is one of Opera's immortal stars. At the peak of her career, her international fame rivaled that achieved by Caruso or Chaliapin, and the continuing dominance of her recordings is a testament to her talent. Like few Opera stars before or since, Callas lived each role, riveting all who saw her with absolutely mesmerizing sympathy for her characters. Every inflection is a carefully inspired dramatic act made surprisingly real. She was integral in reviving the popularity of Italian opera, though she did not limit herself to the form, and remains an icon to Verdi fans around the world.
Maria Callas Concert Films
Life and Art
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minMaria Callas died on 16th September 1977 at the age of 53. She had been, without doubt, the 20th century's greatest soprano, but was equally famous for events in her private life, her reclusive later years and for the silence she imposed on herself. As well as her stunning musical performances, her reputation depended on the drama she invested in her roles, revealing to the public the true nature of characters such as Tosca, Norma, Médée or Violetta in La traviata. This film reveals her character as well as celebrating her vocal art and her dramatic talents. It shows her as a woman and as a diva, constantly torn between her personal aspirations and her artistic ambitions.
Maria Callas Top Tracks
Mahler Symphony No. 6
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minAn invisible thread runs between Claudio Abbado and the Second Symphony, "Resurrection" by Mahler. It is with this work that he made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Vienna in Salzburg at the age of thirty-two and it is this symphony he decides to conduct in August 2003 in Lucerne, with the new orchestra that he helped revive, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
In Concert 1994
The Three Tenors
Runtime: 2 hr 53 minLegendary tenors José Carreras, Plàcido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, together with conductor Zubin Mehta, celebrate the finale to soccer's 1994 World Cup with a live concert at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium before an estimated worldwide audience of more than one billion viewers. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus the tenors perform a selection of operatic arias and international favourites specially orchestrated by composer/arranger Lalo Schifrin. The result is an outstanding event, featuring world-renowned performers who share a passion for opera and football. The Vision (The Making of) takes us behind the scenes to watch as the story of the concert unfolds. In this exclusive film we see the three tenors relaxing, rehearsing and in concert, performing the Brindisi and Granada. And then six weeks later in Los Angeles, they are captured at their final dress rehearsal before the momentous concert.
Symphony in Vienna
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minKicking off that phenomenally successful year, in January 2008, Sarah Brightman recorded and filmed Symphony -- Live in Vienna within the mystical walls of Stephansdome Cathedral in the heart of where classical music evolved -- Vienna, Austria. Renowned for its awe-inspiring Gothic architecture, the cathedral was the perfect setting to enter the magical world of Symphony lead by the voice of the beautiful, gothic-angel. This concert, Sarah Brightman Live in Vienna, includes repertoire from her album Symphony and some of her most popular songs ("Phantom of the Opera," "Time to Say Goodbye").
Sehnsucht - Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Runtime: 58 minBeethoven, Mozart, Weber and Wagner, performed by German tenor Jonas Kaufmann and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, under the direction of Michael Güttler.
This recital includes masterpieces such as Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön, from The Magic Flute by Mozart, In fernem Land, from Wagner's Lohengrin, the Valkyrie's Winterstürme, or excerpts from Weber's Freischütz.
In Confidence with Peter Ustinov
Runtime: 50 minA unique conversational programme between Sir Peter Ustinov and Luciano Pavarotti during a few days spent together at Pavarotti’s home in Italy. With footage from performances in Central Park and Hyde Park, Luciano recounts his own life story to Sir Peter in this intimate programme.
Un Ballo in Maschera Act II
Runtime: 1 hr 25 minThe outstanding production of Verdi’s Masked Ball at the Salzburg Festivals 1989 and 1990 was Herbert von Karajan’s legacy to the Festival. Supported by a cast of superlative actor-singers in opulent scenery, Sir George Solti agreed to conduct the opera at short notice after Karajan’s unexpected death in 1989. The production had been expected to be a highlight in Karajan’s series of Verdi operas at Salzburg. Karajan’s celebrated ability to unite a cultivated sound with dramatic effects was known to create extraordinary and highly acclaimed opera events. For Un ballo in maschera Karajan planned something unusual: He would not set the opera in colonial Massachusetts, as the censors had forced Verdi to do when he was composing the work, but in Stockholm in the 1790s at the court of King Gustav III of Sweden, as Verdi had originally conceived his work. Together with the film director John Schlesinger and his stage team, Karajan developed a concept that promised theatrical splendour equal to the musical excellence that the conductor and the handpicked cast of singers would surely provide in collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. But this was not to be: stage rehearsals had already begun for the opening performance of the 1989 festival when Karajan died on 16 July. Therefore it was extraordinarily lucky that a conductor of Sir Georg Solti’s standing, was prepared to undertake the task just a week before the premiere, and with the whole world watching. He and the staging by Hollywood film director John Schlesinger was acclaimed by audience and press alike.
Summer Night Concert 2015
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minThe Vienna Philharmonic performed its annual Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, an open-air concert with free admission, in the unique ambience of the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Zubin Mehta conducted the Summer Night Concert with Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist.
This year's concert, which also represented the opening concert of the Vienna Festival, was attended by 100,000 visitors.
With this open-air concert in Schönbrunn, the Vienna Philharmonic wishes to provide all Viennese, as well as visitors to the city, with a special musical experience in the impressive setting of Schönbrunn Palace and its beautiful baroque gardens, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Bayreuth Festival - Wagner: Die Walküre
Runtime: 3 hr 59 minConducted by Daniel Barenboim and directed by Harry Kupfer, Wagner's 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' has never been better realised on film than in this legendary production from the Bayreuth Festival, recorded in 1992. An allegory on the struggle for ultimate power, the 'Ring' consists of four epic dramas. The second of these is 'Die Walküre', which focuses on Wotan, the ruler of the gods, whose ill-fated attempts to recover the ring drive much of the plot; his mortal son Siegmund and daughter Sieglinde; and his Valkyrie daughter Brünnhilde, who supports Siegmund, with tragic consequences. Cast includes Poul Elming (Siegmund), Nadine Secunde (Sieglinde), John Tomlinson (Wotan) and Anne Evans (Brünnhilde) with the Orchester der Bayreuther.