Movie Guides: Operas

Films in the Classroom Collection are available at the circulation desk and are for in-library use only; video viewing stations are located on the second floor. Faculty may check out these videos for classroom use. Films in the MEDIA collection are available on the second floor of the library and may be checked out for 2 weeks.

DVD = DVD           VHS = VHS

Video Titles

DVD Il Barbiere di Siviglia --- MEDIA M1500.R68 B3 2005
Count Almaviva, in love with Rosina, the ward of Dr. Bartolo, succeeds, with the help of the barber, Figaro, in defeating the doctor's attempts to separate them.
Participants: Gioachino Rossini (composer); Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (director); Teresa Berganza, Stefania Malagu, Herman Prey, Luigi Alva, Enzo Dara; Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala; Claudio Abbado (conductor)

DVD La Bohème --- MEDIA MEDIA M1500.P83 B64 1998
Puccini's bittersweet opera of high-spirited bohemians and the doomed love between Rodolfo, the idealistic poet and Mimi, the consumptive flower-maker, is a beautifully balanced series of tableaux depicting the infectious joie de vivre of youth and the tragic waste of disease and separation. Recorded Jan. 16, 1982 at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City.
Participants: Giacomo Puccini (composer); Kirk Browning(director); Teresa Stratas, Renata Scotto, José Carreras, Richard Stilwell, Allan Monk, James Morris; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus; James Levine (conductor)

DVD La Bohème --- MEDIA M1500.P97 B64 2002
Puccini's bittersweet opera of high-spirited bohemians and the doomed love between Rodolfo, the idealistic poet and Mimi, the consumptive flower-maker, is a beautifully balanced series of tableaux depicting the infectious joie de vivre of youth and the tragic waste of disease and separation. Recorded live from the Sydney Opera House.
Participants: Giacomo Puccini (composer); Baz Luhrmann (director); Cheryl Barker, David Hobson, Roger Lemke, Christine Douglas, Gary Rowley, David Lemke; The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; Julian Smith (conductor)

DVD Carmen --- MEDIA M1500.B629 C4 1999
In 19th century Seville, the lusty, tempestuous Carmen seduces a naive Army corporal, Don Jose. Jose abandons his career, his fiancee and even his dying mother for the love of this sultry gypsy. But soon she spurns him for the love of a toreador, Escamillo. Crazed with jealousy, Jose begs Carmen to return to him, but her taunting declaration of independence results in tragedy.
Participants: Georges Bizet (composer); Francesco Rosi (director); Placido Domingo, Julia Migenes-Johnson, Ruggero Raimondi, Faith Esham; Orchestre National de France; Lorin Maazel (conductor)

DVD Lucrezia Borgia --- MEDIA M1500.D68 L9 2000
This presentation of Donizetti's tale of 16th-century opulence and decadence tells the story of the powerful Borgia family, led by Cesare Borgia and his sister Lucretia. Performed at the Royal Opera House.
Participants: Gaetano Donizetti (composer); Brian Large (director); Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus, Anne Howells, Stafford Dean; The Royal Opera House chorus and orchestra; Richard Bonynge (conductor)

DVD Madama Butterfly --- MEDIA M1500.P83 M33 2011
A heart-rending story about a sweet-natured Japanese girl and the caddish American lieutenant who marries then deserts her.
Participants: Giacomo Puccini (composer); Anthony Minghella (director); Patricia Racette, Maria Zifchak, Marcello Giordani, Dwayne Croft; Metropolitan Opera and Chorus; Patrick Summers (conductor)

DVD The Magic Flute --- MEDIA M1505.M69 M33 2006
A handsome young man is enlisted to rescue the Queen of the Night's daughter from an evil sorcerer.
Participants: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer); Julie Taymor (director); Ying Huang, Nathan Gunn, Matthew Polenzani, René Pape, James Levine; Metropolitan Opera and Chorus; James Levine (conductor)

DVD The Marriage of Figaro = Le Nozze di Figaro --- MEDIA M1500.M84 N69 2003
Sequel to The Barber of Seville, The Count and Rosine's marriage is in trouble while Old Bartholo vows revenge. Performed at the Glyndebourne Festival, 1973.
Participants: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer); Stephen Medcalf (director); Gerald Finley, Alison Hagley, Renée Fleming, Andreas Schmidt, Mandred Röhrl, Wendy Hillhouse, Marie-Ange Todorovitch, Robert Tear, Donald Adams; London Philharmonic; Bernard Haitink (conductor)

DVD The Marriage of Figaro = Le Nozze di Figaro --- MEDIA M1500.M693 N69 1999
Sequel to The Barber of Seville, The Count and Rosine's marriage is in trouble while Old Bartholo vows revenge. Performed at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, 1999.
Participants: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer); Alexander Tarta (director); Rene Pape, Dorothea Roschmann, Emily Magee, Roman Trekel, Patrica Rinsley, Peter Schreiber, Mark Hastings; Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

DVD The Mikado --- MEDIA M1500.S95 M55 2005
Ko-Ko is sentenced to death for the crime of flirting, but in a strange turn of events is instead named "Lord High Executioner." A delightful farce ensues as Ko-Ko can't behead anyone without first cutting off his own head. But by the second act, the Mikado demands an execution and Ko-Ko must delicately sing and dance his way around a messy situation involving the Mikado's son and his secret love Yum Yum.
Participants: Gilbert & Sullivan (composer/librettist); John Michael Phillips (director); Eric Idle, Lesley Garrett, Bonaventura Bottone, Richard Van Allen, Felicity Palmer; English National Opera; Peter Robinson (conductor)

VHS Otello = Othello --- Classroom Collection
Film adaptation of the opera based on Shakespeare's play, telling the story of the Moor, Othello, his wife Desdemona, and the jealous friend Iago. Performed at the Teatro alla Scala.
Participants: Giuseppe Verdi (composer); Franco Zeffirelli (director); Placido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Justino Diaz; La Scala Orchestra and Chorus; Lorin Maazel (conductor)

VHS Otello = Othello --- Classroom Collection
Film adaptation of the opera based on Shakespeare's play, telling the story of the Moor, Othello, his wife Desdemona, and the jealous friend Iago. Performed at the Arena di Verona.
Participants: Giuseppe Verdi (composer); Preben Montell (director); Vladimir Atlantov, Kiri Te Kanawa, Piero Cappuccilli; Chorus, Orchestra, and Corps de Ballet of the Arena di Verona; Zoltʹan Peskʹo (conductor)

DVD Rigoletto --- MEDIA M1500.V48 R36 2014
The musical tragedy about the intriques of the Court of the Duke of Manutua, and the sharp witted plottings of Rigoletto, the hunchbacked court jester.
Participants: Giuseppe Verdi (composer); Brian Large (director); Luciano Pavarotti, Charles Anthony, Betsy Norden, Louis Quilico; The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet; James Levine (conductor)

DVD Tosca --- MEDIA M1500.P97 T54 2013
Puccini's tragic opera about love and betrayal in Italy of the Napoleonic times.
Participants: Giacomo Puccini (composer); Giueseppe Patroni Griffi (director); Plácido Domingo, Catherine Malfitano, Ruggero Raimondi; Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Rome RAI; Zubin Mehta (conductor)

VHS La Traviata --- Classroom Collection
The tragic story of the ill-fated love between a dying courtesan and a respectable nobleman in 18th century Paris.
Participants: Giuseppe Verdi (composer); Franco Zeffirelli (director); Teresa Stratas, Placido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra; James Levine (conductor)

DVD Where the Wild Things Are and, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, or, (There Must Be More to Life) --- JUV M1500.K683 W44 2009 (Youth Collection)
Two classic tales by acclaimed children's author Maurice Sendak. After being sent to his room, a little boy named Max conjures up a fantasy world of forest and sea filled with loveable monsters. Bored with her life of luxury, a pet terrier named Jenny packs her bags and sets out on a journey of discovery.
Participants: Oliver Knussen (composer); Frank Corsaro (director); Karen Beardsley, Cynthia Buchan, Deborah Rees, Andrew Gallacher, Rosemary Hardy; London Sinfonietta; Oliver Knussen (conductor)

DVD You and Me: A Peking Opera --- MEDIA M1500.Z57 Y6 2016
Based on the age-old tale from the Zuo legend "Lord Zheng vanquishes Duan in Yan"—a story about deceit and the power of filial love.
Participants: Zhu Shaoyu (composer); Barbara Willis Sweete (director); Meng Guanglu, Chen Shaoyun, Li Mingyan, Shi Yihong, Zhu Shihui, Kang Jing; Zhu Shaoyu (conductor)

Last Updated: May 2017