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A major cultural war is raging as I write these words, a war over the future of one of the great art forms. That art form is opera, which the advertising-industrial complex seems to have adjudged unworthy of survival.

It is classist, they assert. It attracts fat singers, too—although for the life of me I don’t see why a fat opera singer is any more unattractive than a fat middle schooler, of whom we see droves every day. And the kids can’t even sing.

Fortunately, the opera companies and their supporters (including me) have decided not to go gentle into the bad night marketing experts have foreseen for this wonderful part of our cultural heritage. Led by the famed Metropolitan Opera and the distinguished San Francisco Opera, they have taken the war to selected cineplexes, both in America and abroad. Their secret weapon: HDTV productions of great operas, shown on the screen in your favorite movie complex.

I do not, by the way, exaggerate in calling this a “secret” weapon. At least in the Lehigh Valley, very little seems to be made of these presentations, either by the theaters that are carrying them or by arts journalists you would expect to take notice. There was at least one ad somewhere—I learned of it only by hearsay—and an announcement on a conscientious public radio station. Maybe there was notice on other public radio and television outlets; but where I live I can only receive one station.

A friend and I managed to learn that the San Francisco Opera HDTV series would be shown at the Carmike Cineplex, on Catasauqua Road. I hate to mention them by name, since they seem to have neglected their duty to advertise these offerings. On the other hand, at least they’ve been carrying them.

Having ascertained that the great French opera “Samson and Dalila” was about to be featured at Carmike, my friend and I decided to go and experience HDTV opera firsthand. And we did.

How was it different from going to the opera house in New York or Philadelphia?

In many ways, some good, some bad, some indifferent. It was, to begin with, a WHOLE lot cheaper than buying a ticket to the Met and rambling on down to New York City. Score one for the good side.

Then too, here you are allowed to buy popcorn and a drink, if you like, and munch and sip your way through the entire performance. We did not do that, but I found it a nice, egalitarian option. Call this another good thing. It’s not available at the Met.

On the negative side, we arrived early and were treated for a while to an outpouring of Led Zeppelin. That, actually, was the type of thing I had been hoping to get away from. When I complained about it afterward, an employee replied that they had had to do that to make up for the loss involved running the opera series. But in fact if the series were being promoted many more people would have come than the handful who showed up, and they could have run it at a profit.

As to the opera itself, we had never before seen it in this way. And there were, of course, some adjustments to be made. The lead singers, Olga Borodina and Clifton Forbis, are on the large side; so it was at first disconcerting to see them two or three times Life Size. And we can also bear witness to the fact that opera singers sweat, something I don’t suppose we had thought about before.

But the drama caught us up. By the time Samson brought down the Philistine temple at the end of Act III, we almost jumped back to avoid the falling column drums and bricks. It was, all in all, an amazing experience.

My advice? Force Carmike to run the rest of the series at a profit. Call them up to see what other operas are available. Pick one, pack up your friends, and show up for one.

Let’s win this culture war.

About the Author

JOAN CAMPION is a historian and memoirist whose works include “In The Lion’s Mouth: Gisi Fleischmann and the Jewish Fight for Survival.” Most recently she has published “Jerusalem Journal: Adventures In A Desert Landscape.” She is fond of cats and of all kinds of music, especially opera. More information can be found at http://authortree.com/joancampion

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Charlie Chan at the Opera, Swedish Movie Poster, 1936


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Charlie Chan at the Opera, Swedish Movie Poster, 1936 – Giclee Print




A Night At The Opera, Spanish Movie Poster, 1935


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A Night At The Opera, Spanish Movie Poster, 1935 – Giclee Print




The Phantom of the Opera – Movie Selections


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12 selections from the movie adaptation of this Broadway classic: Think of Me * Angel of Music * The Phantom of the Opera * The Music of the Night * Prima Donna * All I Ask of You * Masquerade * The Fairground * Journey to the Cemetery * Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again * The Point of No Return * Learn to Be Lonely. Includes biography and 8 pages of color photos from the film.




Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo Filming the Italian Movie A Story of Love.


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Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo Filming the Italian Movie “A Story of Love.” – Premium Photographic Print




Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo in the Italian Movie A Story of Love.


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Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo in the Italian Movie “A Story of Love.” – Premium Photographic Print




Opera


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Opera




The Phantom of the Opera


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12 selections from the movie adaptation of this Broadway classic: Think of Me * Angel of Music * The Phantom of the Opera * The Music of the Night * Prima Donna * All I Ask of You * Masquerade * The Fairground * Journey to the Cemetery * Wishing You Were




Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo with Gianni Macchia in Scene From Movie A Story of Love


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Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo with Gianni Macchia in Scene From Movie “A Story of Love” – Premium Photographic Print




Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo in Scene From the Italian Movie A Story of Love.


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Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo in Scene From the Italian Movie “A Story of Love.” – Premium Photographic Print




Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo Discreetly in a Scene From the Italian Movie A Story of Love.


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Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo Discreetly in a Scene From the Italian Movie “A Story of Love.” – Premium Photographic Print




Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo Wantonly in Scene from the Italian Movie A Story of Love.


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Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo Wantonly in Scene from the Italian Movie “A Story of Love.” – Premium Photographic Print




Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo in a Scene From the Italian Movie A Story of Love.


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Opera Singer and Actress Anna Moffo in a Scene From the Italian Movie “A Story of Love.” – Premium Photographic Print




The Phantom of the Opera: Includes Material from the Blockbuster Movie


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12 songs from the hit motion picture arranged for easy piano: All I Ask of You * Angel of Music * Learn to Be Lonely * The Music of the Night * The Phantom of the Opera * Think of Me * Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again * and more.




Bed and Sofa: A Silent Movie Opera


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No Synopsis Available




It’s a Movie


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It’s a Movie




Movie


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Movie




The Movie


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The Movie




Opera Australia: More Favorites


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The Australian Opera performs some of the timeless works of opera, including excerpts from La Traviatta, Cosi Fan Tutte, and Carmen, as well as performances from Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Yvonne Kenny, and Victoria Vergara. ~ Robert Silva, Rovi Movie Guide La Traviata in the concert recording by Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti, Così fan tutte featuring Yvonne Kenny and Carmen featuring Victoria Vergara and The Australian Opera Chorus.




The Phantom Of The Opera: Musical Highlights


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Musical highlights from the hit stage play and movie.




The Opera Lover


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Star and producer Tom Bastounes reportedly sold his family produce store in Chicago to finance this semi-autobiographical romantic comedy about lost love and lost opportunities. As he works at his family’s produce store, George (Bastounes) is haunted by his choices of 20 years ago. The two things he most regrets are not pursuing a career in opera singing and not pursuing Gina (Monica Zaffarano), his old classmate who has gone on to fame and fortune as a diva. The film opens with George’s wife asking for a divorce after George tries to sneak into the house after returning from an adulterous tryst. George’s fortunes change when Gina visits Chicago for a five-day gig. It becomes immediately clear that love between the two still smolders, though Gina is involved with a straight-arrow senator. When Gina can’t sing at a charity function, George steps in and wows everyone — including himself — with his sonorous voice, and he is given a glowing review in the paper. Suddenly, George’s life is on track again, until some unforeseen complications hamper his forward movement. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi Movie Guide




Phantom of the Opera (1925)


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You don’t have to love (or even like) silent movies to enjoy this DVD — that might be the most miraculous achievement of the many to be found on this two-disc set, which is worth at least twice what is being asked for it. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) has had so many incarnations, in terms of variant editions of the original 1925 version (and its 1929/1930 reissue version), that it could make seasoned film scholars’ heads spin — and that’s not even counting the unauthorized DVD and video editions that are out there. But Milestone Film and Video’s September 2003 double-disc DVD version is about as coherent and as good a presentation as the movie is ever likely to have, as good as the movie is likely ever to look, and as fulfilling as any silent movie will likely ever ever be to 21st century audiences. In addition to the most perfect film-to-video transfer ever seen of the movie, of the 1929/1930 sound-adapted reissue (the best surviving source of the movie in any form), it comes complete with two different soundtracks, a new orchestral track by composer Carl Davis done for a British television showing, and the original 1930 adapted soundtrack (complete with dialogue added). Watching this edition of the movie with either soundtrack — but especially with the Davis music track — is almost like watching a new movie; not only does the movie look like it was shot freshly (it’s that clean), but it flows beautifully, with none of the clunkiness that one usually associates with silents as they are often presented. The tinting is done so smoothly and carefully that one forgets that it is present; after a few minutes, it seems the most natural way to present a movie. And you literally forget you’re watching a silent. The principal bonus feature on disc one is film historian Scott McQueen’s commentary track. It’s a nimble walk through the movie from beginning to end, including a discussion of all of the changes (and some of them were dizzying) made in the movie between the various preview and official release versions, and the 1925 release and the 1929 and 1930 re-release versions. We get day-to-day accounts of Lon Chaney’s involvement and work, director Rupert Julian’s selection (and his mistakes), and such matters as costuming and set design, and places where the shooting departed from what were more impressive elements of the script. He even gets into the different camera angles of various shots utilized in the different editions of the movie issued by Universal in 1925 and 1929 — but McQueen also weaves the relationship of The Phantom of the Opera into other movies, including the work of Jean Cocteau. It’s all a masterful presentation, nearly as impressive and entertaining as the movie. The 1925 version, in its degraded state, appears on the second disc. It’s more of a reference document than anything else, and not as easy to appreciate as the 1929 version on the first disc, but it’s fascinating to compare the two, and it does, to a better degree t




The Phantom Of The Opera: Musical Highlights (Import)


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Musical highlights from the hit stage play and movie.




Movie: the Movie


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Movie: the Movie




In The Opera


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Mary Cassatt In The Opera – Premium Poster




Salome – Richard Strauss (Royal Opera)


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Conductor Edward Downes leads The Royal Opera in Richard Strauss’ one act drama in this performance offering libretto from Hedwig Lachmann’s German translation of Oscar Wilde’s original work. Peter Hall directs, and Maria Ewing, Michael Devlin, and Kenneth Riegel star. Movie Guide




Homeless the Movie


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”Best Comedy” at the New York independent Film & Video Festival. Real homeless people acting in a comedy. They may be homeless but they sure can act. Skits include: Homeless Boxing, Crack Park Dance Off, Shopping Cart Races, Homeless Olympics, Soap Opera and much more. DVD Extras include: Interactive Menus, Scene Selection Bonus Footage and Action Theatre.




Phantom Of The Opera (1943)


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This Technicolor retelling of the Gaston Leroux grand guignol classic The Phantom of the Opera has a little more opera than phantom, but that’s because the stars are soprano Susannah Foster and tenor Nelson Eddy. Claude Rains carries the acting honors on his shoulders, playing a pathetic orchestra violinist who worships aspiring opera-singer Foster from afar. The girl is unaware that Rains has secretly been financing her music lessons with instructor Leo Carrillo. When he runs out of money, Rains attempts to sell the concerto that he’s been working on all his life. Mistakenly believing that his precious concerto has been stolen from him, Rains attacks and kills the music publisher he holds responsible. Terrified, the publisher’s mistress throws a pan full of acid into Rains’ face. Rains runs screaming into the night, and is not heard from for the next reel or so. Soon afterward, the Paris Opera house is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents. The managers are informed via letter that the accidents will continue if Foster is not immediately promoted to leading roles. Only after reigning diva Jane Farrar is drugged into incapacitation is Foster given her big break. Farrar accuses Foster’s boyfriend, police inspector Nelson Eddy, of doping her in order to advance Foster’s career. Farrar is later strangled, and Eddy is accused of the crime. The culprit is, of course, Rains, who now poses as the masked-and-caped phantom. Maniacally determined that no one will impede Foster’s success, Rains causes a huge chandelier to crash down on the opera audience when Foster fails to appear onstage (she’d been kept from performing by police-chief Edgar Barrier, who hoped in this manner to flush The Phantom out of hiding). A chase through the catacombs below the opera house ensues, with Rains holding Foster prisoner. When Rains briefly lets down his guard, the tremulous Foster removes his mask. It’s yecccch, all right, but nowhere near as frightening as the unmasking scene in the silent Lon Chaney version of Phantom of the Opera. The same can be said for the rest of this 1943 remake, though in fairness it appears as though the film wasn’t really designed to scare anyone, but instead to serve as a suspense yarn with musical interludes. Hume Cronyn makes his second film appearance in Phantom in a microscopic role. The huge sets designed for this picture were hastily reused for the 1944 Universal melodrama The Climax, starring Boris Karloff and (again) Susannah Foster. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Movie Guide




The Opera


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Clarence F. Underwood The Opera – Framed Art Print




PEKING OPERA: PEKING OPERA


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PEKING OPERA: PEKING OPERA




SYMPHONIC OPERA: SYMPHONIC OPERA


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SYMPHONIC OPERA: SYMPHONIC OPERA




ITALIAN OPERA: ITALIAN OPERA


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ITALIAN OPERA: ITALIAN OPERA




OPERA AT THE MOVIES: OPERA AT THE MOVIES


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OPERA AT THE MOVIES: OPERA AT THE MOVIES




OPERA FAVOURITES: OPERA FAVOURITES


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OPERA FAVOURITES: OPERA FAVOURITES




Opera the Golden Age of Opera


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Opera the Golden Age of Opera




Hotel Migny Opera Montmartre


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Hotel Migny Opera Montmartre is a family friendly hotel located in Paris’s Opera Grands Magasins neighborhood, close to Moulin Rouge, Theatre Mogador, and Basilique du Sacre Coeur. Additional points of interest include Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Migny Opera Montmartre include a coffee shop/caf? and a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. This 3.0 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas. For a surcharge, shuttle services include an airport shuttle (available on request), an area shuttle, and a theme park shuttle. Tour/ticket assistance and translation services are available. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and express check in. Guestrooms. There are 50 guestrooms at Hotel Migny Opera Montmartre. Guestrooms have balconies. Beds come with signature bedding. Bathrooms feature handheld showerheads, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and in room safes, guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. 82 cm LCD televisions have free movie channels. Air conditioned rooms also include electronic/magnetic keys and clock radios. Guests may request irons/ironing boards, extra towels/bedding, and wake up calls. A nightly turndown service is offered and housekeeping is available daily. Cribs (infant beds) and rollaway beds are available on request. Notifications and Fees:No onsite parking is available. The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out. Airport shuttle fee per adult: EUR 20 (one way) The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.




Black Angel/Pistol Opera


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Rated: NRSynopsis: This set contains the films BLACK ANGEL I, BLACK ANGEL II, and PISTOL OPERA. BLACK ANGEL: The fetching Riona Hazuki (PARASITE EVE) stars in this Japanese crime film as Ikko, a woman who calls herself the Black Angel and is out to get her revenge on a yakuza boss named Nogi. When she was a girl, Nogi had Ikko’s family slaughtered, and she was saved only because a mysterious woman known as the Black Angel saved her life. Having decided to emulate her savior, Ikko heads down a dangerous path as she attempts to destroy Nogi, now one of the most powerful Yakuza bosses in Japan. Directed by former manga artist Takashi Ishii (GONIN), BLACK ANGEL is a visual marvel. Filled with beautiful wide angle camerawork that distorts and dramatizes the cramped urban setting, BLACK ANGEL is an excellent and entertaining thriller. BLACK ANGEL II: Yuki Amami is the Black Angel, in this sequel to the original film. The Angel is ordered to hit a powerful syndicate boss. However, the hit goes awry when the boss’s guard steps in, who turns out to be none other than Yamambe, the man who rescued her from being raped years ago and with whom she has been in love ever since. However, when she is ordered to carry out the hit again, the Black Angel faces a difficult decision. PISTOL OPERA: Seijun Suzuki, the legendary Japanese director probably best known for the cult hit BRANDED TO KILL, returns with this movie about a league of killers for hire. Something of a sequel to BRANDED TO KILL, the film stars Makiko Esumi as a killer named Miyuki Minazuki but known as “Stray Cat,” the number three assassin in Japan’s professional killer guild. As in its predecessor, number three is contacted by the guild and ordered to kill number one. Knowing that if she succeeds she will become number one, Miyuki embarks on a difficult and dangerous mission to kill the elusive number one. Told in Suzuki’s trademark style that blends a fractured narrative with lurid and heavily stylized action sequences, PISTOL OPERA is another brilliant work from a great director.




Hotel Plaza Opera


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Hotel Plaza Opera > PMO > Via Gallo Nicolo’ 2 > Palermo > > 90139>Location. This business friendly property is located in Palermo, close to Teatro Politeama, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, and Museo Archeologico Regionale. Also nearby are Martorana and San Cataldo. Features. Hotel Plaza Opera has a bar/lounge. A buffet breakfast is complimentary to guests. Room service is available during limited hours. Business amenities include wireless Internet access, meeting rooms for small groups, and business services. Event facilities include conference rooms. This 4.0 star property provides an airport shuttle (surcharge). This is a smoke free property (fines may apply for violations). Guestrooms. Amenities featured in guestrooms include minibars. In addition, amenities available on request include extra towels/bedding and wake up calls. Guestrooms have LCD televisions with premium TV channels and free movie channels. Business friendly amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), desks, and direct dial phones. Bathrooms feature bathroom phones, designer toiletries, and bidets. Guestroom services include a turndown service and housekeeping. All guestrooms at Hotel Plaza Opera are non smoking. Notifications:Additional fees and deposits may be charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out. >The preferred airport for Hotel Plaza Opera is Palermo (PMO Punta Raisi) 22.9 km / 14.3 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0. 1 mile and kilometre.




Gilbert & Sullivan – The Mikado: Presented by The Australian Opera


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Gilbert and Sullivan’s farcical take on feudal Japan is given a lavish staging in this production, recorded during a performance of a 1990 adaptation by the Australian Opera. Featuring Robert Eddie, Peter Cousens, and Heather Begg, this staging of The Mikado was directed by Christopher Renshaw, with Andrew Greene conducting The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Movie Guide




the Phantom of the Opera – Movie Selections: For Organs, Pianos & Electronic Keyboards


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No Synopsis Available




On Opera


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Bernard Williams, who died in 2003, was one of the most influential moral philosophers of his generation. A lifelong opera lover, his articles and essays, talks for the BBC, contributions to the "Grove Dictionary of Opera," and program notes for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the English National Opera, generated a devoted following. This elegant volume brings together these widely scattered and largely unobtainable pieces, including two that have not been previously published. It covers an engaging range of topics from Mozart to Wagner, including sparkling essays on specific operas by those composers as well as Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, Debussy, Janacek, and Tippett. Reflecting Williams’s brilliance, passion, and clarity of mind, these essays engage with, and illustrate, the enduring appeal of opera as an art form.




Phantom of the Opera Universal Monsters Head Knocker


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Piano prodigy gone mad! Haunting bobble head inspired by The Phantom of the Opera. Precisely detailed wobbler nods eerily at your touch. Spook your friends! When childhood piano prodigies go mad and get scary looking, you end up with haunting bobble heads like this. Now the Phantom can move from the opera house into your house and collection! The precisely detailed resin wobbler stands approximately 6-inches tall and nods eerily at your slightest touch. Give this classic movie character the chance to hang around your home or office and spook your friends!




Jacques Offenbach: La Belle Helene – Zurich Opera House


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Hartmut Schottler directed this 1997 production of Jacques Offenbach&#;s opera La Belle Hélène at the Zurich Opera House, with Vesselina Kasarova as Helen, Queen of Sparta; Deon Van Der Walt as Paris, Son of King Priam; Carlos Chausson as Calchas, High Priest of Jupiter; and Volker Vogel as Menelaus, King of Sparta. The Chorus and Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House provide musical accompaniment, with Ernst Raffelsberger serving as chorus master and Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi Movie Guide




Opera Rödvinglas


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Opera Rödvinglas




Opera Sherryglas


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Opera Sherryglas




Opera Cognacglas


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Opera Glas


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Opera Glas




Opera snapsglas


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Opera snapsglas




Opera Vitvinglas


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Opera Vitvinglas




Opera Bourgogneglas


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Opera Bourgogneglas




Opera Champagneglas


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Opera Champagneglas




Opera Glass


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Opera Glass




Opera Snapseglas


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Opera Snapseglas




Opera Rødvinsglas


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Opera Rødvinsglas




Opera Hvidvinsglas


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Opera Rotweinglas


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Opera Rotweinglas




Opera Schnapsglas


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Opera Schnapsglas




Opera Champagnerglas


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Opera Champagnerglas




Opera Verre


$19


Opera Verre




Opera Metal


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Opera Metal




The Phantom Of The Opera


$2.39


The Phantom Of The Opera




Bantam Of The Opera


$9.39


Bantam Of The Opera




Chapters Of Opera


$2.39


Chapters Of Opera




Opera Arias


$14.75


Opera Arias




Sax At The Opera


$15.09


Sax At The Opera




The Beggar’s Opera


$8.55


The Beggar’s Opera




Vagabond Opera


$14.23


Vagabond Opera




A Night at the Opera


$13.16


A Night at the Opera




Night at the Opera


$17.41


Night at the Opera




Hotel Opera


$12.08


Hotel Opera




Opera Classics


$12.15


Opera Classics




A Night At The Opera


$9.61


A Night At The Opera




Juliet’s Opera


$10.55


Juliet’s Opera




A Soup Opera


$20.4


A Soup Opera




Ghost Opera


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Ghost Opera




Essential Opera


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Essential Opera




Opera Album


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Opera Album




Flying Opera


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Flying Opera




Genoveva-Opera in


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Genoveva-Opera in




Everybody’s Opera


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Everybody’s Opera




The Moon Opera


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The Moon Opera




Phantom of the Opera


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Phantom of the Opera




Opera Fantasies


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Opera Fantasies




Acting Opera


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Acting Opera




Opera Italiana


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Opera Italiana




Opera 2010


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Opera 2010




A. – A Shadow Opera


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A. – A Shadow Opera




Bubble Opera


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Bubble Opera




Opera 2011


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Opera 2011




The Opera Collection


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The Opera Collection




Opera Intermezzi


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Opera Intermezzi




The Fiddler of the Opera


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The Fiddler of the Opera




Opera At The Movies


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Opera At The Movies




Opera’s Orbit


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Opera’s Orbit




Opera Phoenix


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Opera Phoenix




Tea Opera


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Tea Opera




Div4s: Opera


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Div4s: Opera




The Forbidden Opera


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The Forbidden Opera




Death At The Opera


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Death At The Opera




Opera Paraphrases


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Opera Paraphrases




ELECTRIC OPERA


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ELECTRIC OPERA




Rope Opera


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Rope Opera




American Opera


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American Opera




The Ghost Opera


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The Ghost Opera




At the Opera House


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At the Opera House




The Opera Band


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The Opera Band




Opera Souvenirs


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Opera Souvenirs




Salome (Opera)


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Salome (Opera)




Situating Opera


$85.5


Situating Opera




Twilight Opera


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Twilight Opera




Opera Synopses


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Opera Synopses




The Phantom of the Opera: Collector’s Edition


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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1911 gothic mystery novel The Phantom of the Opera proved to be at least the composer’s second-most successful project, behind only Cats, and with the potential to outdo even that blockbuster. The musical opened in London in October 1986 and in New York in January 1988, and both productions were still running (along with many others around the world) when the film version finally premiered in December 2004. Because the same starring performers, Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, moved from the West End to Broadway, there was no original Broadway cast recording, the original London cast album serving to represent both stagings. In line with the success of the show, that album, a double-disc set, was also a hit, selling four-million copies in the U.S. alone by 1996, with another four-million copies of a single-disc highlights version as well. Although there was also an original Canadian cast album (not to mention foreign language versions from such countries as Japan and Austria), the movie soundtrack represents the first major re-recording of the score since 1986. Again, Lloyd Webber has opted to issue it in two versions, but this time, the 63-minute single CD is considered the standard release, with the double-disc set (housed, for a limited time, in a cardboard booklet with numerous photographs) billed as the “special edition” version. Even fans of the show and the film may want to stick with the shorter one, however. The two-hour special edition is that rarity, a soundtrack album which actually contains the complete, unedited film soundtrack, including dialogue, incidental background music, and sound effects. This, of course, makes it something of an odd listening experience, especially because there doesn’t seem to be any reason why some dialogue is spoken and some is rendered in sing-song recitative. Lloyd Webber has written some extra background music here and there, as well as one new song, and that’s an oddity, too. Minnie Driver, who plays the prima donna Carlotta, had her singing dubbed by Margaret Preece, but she turns up at the end and, over the closing credits, sings “Learn to Be Lonely,” an irrelevant and musically out-of-place song clearly composed just to have a new tune that would be Academy Award-eligible. The film’s other singers are adequate but no competition to Crawford, Brightman, and their colleagues, and the initial recording remains the one to buy. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi Performers: Alison Skilbeck – Vocals; Chris Overton – Vocals; Ciaran Hinds – Vocals; Emmy Rossum – Vocals;




Classic Movie Posters: 16 Art Stickers


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Classic movie posters in miniature span 20 years of cinematic favorites Dynamic posters during the golden years of film lured the public into theaters. These sticker reproductions spotlight such all-time favorites as" Gone with the Wind, King Kong, A Night at the Opera, Citizen Kane, The Sheik, " and 11 other films.


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