This section of the site is where we provide you with useful links to opera and ballet related sites that will keep you up to date with what’s happening in the world of opera, ballet and concerts on High Definition (Blu-Ray) discs.

         HDVD Arts.com is a particularly unique site, a real mine of information with listings of EVERY High Definition release of Opera, Ballet and Classical concerts (constantly updated) as well as reviews (some of them submitted by L’OperaDou !!!)

Recently, the site’s founder, Hank McFadyan, from Dallas, Texas, visited L’OperaDou to give a talk and present a concert. See below for details of these two events.

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.Finally, here are some reminders of productions we have screened in the past that you may have missed or would like to see again.

Click on the names of the works to learn more and add them to your collection!

Also see our Archives

for productions screened since January 2010

 

Tosca

Give yourself another chance to see the iconic Berrnard Jacquot film of Puccini’s superb opera starring Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorgiu and Ruggiero Raimondi. Filmed with sensitivity and eloquence, the whole experience is captivating. Antonio Pappano conducts with unprecedented verve and dynamism.

One of the timeless classics of all opera, this engrossing Royal Opera House production brings the serial womaniser’s adventures - and misadventures - to life in a wonderful way.

The sensational cast includes Simon Keenlyside, Joyce DiDonato and Kyle Ketelsen. Unforgettable!

A wonderful ballet from Covent Garden for the Festive (or any other) season! The inspired performances of this revival for the 75th anniversary of the Royal Ballet in 2006, together with a magnificent High Definition recording, make this a superb tribute to the Company’s unique style and visual splendour.

L' 'OperaDou

Massenet’s amazing opera Manon which is all about sex appeal, glamour, beauty and youth. And who could be better to portray such themes than Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon….This live performance from Berlin, conducted by Placido Domingo is an unforgettable evening at the opera. A real feel-good experience!

 

 

Manon

Carlos Acosta stars with the Bolshoi Ballet Company as the rebel slave in the most spectacular of all Soviet ballets. This production was filmed at the Paris Opera (Garnier) after triumphs in Moscow and London and shows the Cuban star at the height of his physical and dramatic powers - as the finest Spartacus of our time.

Wednesday 9 May 2012

 

An illustrated talk given by Henry (Hank) McFadyen, from Dallas, Texas.

Hank created and administers an amazingly comprehensive website — HDVDArts.com which lists ALL commercially available High Definition recordings of Operas, Ballets, Plays and documentaries dealing with the arts.

His talk explained how orchestral concerts in particular can benefit from HD recording and how improvements in the process are being spearheaded by the Japanese — with literally stunning examples from very rare (AND very expensive) Japanese Blu-Ray discs !!!

Read his article on this subject HERE !

Saturday 12 May 2012

Hank presented state-of-the-art High Definition Sound Quality and Picture Quality on a disc specially imported from Japan by L’OperaDou !!!

           Opus Arte, without question, is one of the best places for finding the most interesting releases on Blu-Ray . You will be quite amazed at just how much is available on their site!

           Musicalcriticism.com is an excellent resource if you want to keep up with the very latest news and views of productions, singers and programmes from all over the world. Opera gossip at its very best !!!

           Opera Nostalgia  The name says it all. Opera Nostalgia remembers singers from the past but also notes today’s operatic news and discusses future plans of interest.

Nostalgia items are mainly offered though, ranging from reviews of CDs, books, DVDs, photos, Singer profiles, discographies and much more dealing with legendary and not so legendary singers of yesteryear and today.

           Classissima is an enormous musical resource with links to thousands of other sites associated with classical music and opera.

           The Federation of Recorded Music Societies, originally launched in 1936,Is an affiliation of more than 200 Recorded Music Societies all over the UK. Members meet regularly to listen to recorded music (and sometimes watch DVDs), sharing their appreciation and understanding of music in stimulating and convivial company..Visit their website and find out more about their activities. We seem to have a lot in common!.

If you have any useful links to add to this section, let us know !

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The concert featured the Saito Kinen Orchestra (Saito Memorial Festival Orchestra) conducted by Seiji Ozawa playing: 

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 ("Titan") 

 

Watch an extract from Hank’s presentation to the Jury at L’OperaDou as he prepares them for the experience of witnessing the very best that High Definition can deliver in terms of picture and sound quality.

Read his review of this disc on the HDVDArts site.here. 

OperaDou Jury findings:

Although these Japanese discs are not commercially available in Europe, it was interesting to have the Jury’s feedback, especially after Hank’s detailed and very informative presentation.

The Jury’s overall ranking was A–. Although many acknowledged the quality of the image, some found what it was actually showing to lack interest. One person complained that there were “not enough close-ups”. However, virtually everyone was able to appreciate the amazing sound quality.

To such a degree that the two true audiophiles on the Jury said they preferred to close their eyes - with one commenting This is the best performance of the Mahler I have ever heard.”

Another commented that he felt “totally involved” in the performance — and in contrast with some others he liked the “simplicity of the venue and staging” since it did not “distract from the music itself in any way.” Others also commented on the tremendous energy and enthusiasm shown by both conductor and orchestra.

Nearly 80% felt that this experience was at least comparable with a live performance — with 3 people (25%) ranking it even better than the real thing!

Other useful resources

Hank McFadyen and family at Diva-Nîmes