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Puccini Blu-ray Disc Set (The Royal Opera)

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Three magnificent Royal Opera productions of three of Puccini’s greatest operas. John Copley’s iconic La bohème brings 1830s Paris 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, including Jonas Kaufmann, Angela Gheorghiu and Bryn Terfel, this collection is brimming with the drama and sumptuous music that has made Puccini one of the world’s most popular opera composers.

Also available on DVD

Disc 1: La bohème (2001)
Rodolfo: Teodor Ilincai
Mimì: Hibla Gerzmava
Marcello: Gabriele Viviani
Musetta: Inna Dukach
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Director: John Copley

Disc 2: Tosca (2011)
Floria Tosca: Angela Gheorghiu
Mario Cavaradossi: Jonas Kaufmann
Baron Scarpia: Bryn Terfel
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

La bohème
"In every sense this Bohème glows. John Copley’s legendary staging with sets by Julia Trevelyan Oman, first seen in 1972, is renowned for its authenticity and detail, both architectural and human." BBC Music Magazine

"Pappano's mastery of Puccinian pace and phrasing intensifies this turbulent score's onward surge, but he's also noticeably 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 Magazine

"this is a production that never dates. The massive sets, dramatic lighting, scene-setting oriental choreography and glorious costumes offer a sumptuous visual treat. Just add Puccini's wonderfully emotional music and some exceptionally fine singing, and it adds up to a wholly satisfying experience." The Daily Express