[ Opus Arte Blu-ray / 3 Blu-ray Box Set ]
Release Date: Friday 20 November 2015
Three magnificent Royal Opera productions of three of Puccini's greatest operas. John Copley's iconic La bohème brings the Paris of the 1830s to life in vivid detail; Jonathan Kent's atmospheric and naturalistic Tosca evokes the turbulence of Rome in 1800; and Andrei Serban's visually stunning Turandot is a glorious tribute to Puccini's last and grandest creation. Featuring a host of international opera stars, this collection is brimming with the drama and sumptuous music that have made Puccini one of the world's most popular opera composers.
Subtitles: LA BOHEME (ENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, SPANISH, ITALIAN); TOSCA (ITALIAN, GERMAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ENGLISH, JAPANESE); TURANDOT (ENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, SPANISH, ITALIAN, KOREAN)
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
"Serban's galvanically colourful staging has survived with remarkable vigour...Lindstrom is pretty much the ideal Ice Princess: her voice one of steely intensity...Berti as Calaf has a clarion voice and dignified presence...Nakamura's Liu is equally fine...The all-important chorus sings with vibrant energy, and the dancers are creepily impressive." (BBC Music 5 Stars on Turandot)
"In every sense this Boheme glows...Teodor Ilincai is a splendid Rodolfo...radiating Italian lyricism and boyish good nature. Hibla Gerzmava is a gorgeous Mimi...Inna Dukach is a splendid Musetta...On DVD it looks and sounds wonderful - but on Blu-Ray it's breathtaking" (BBC Music DVD choice Sept 2010 on La Boheme)
"Pappano's mastery of Puccinian pace and phrasing intensifies this turbulent score's onward surge, but he's also noticeable attentive to his singers...[Kaufmann's] cries of 'Vittoria!' are thrilling...and his acting never slackens...Tosca's mercurial character seems to resonate with [Gheorghiu] naturally...There are some decent Toscas on DVD already, but I'd start here." (BBC Music Five Stars on Tosca)