Live From Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel DVD
Manufacturer: PBS Distribution
Transferring the setting of a brooding Hungarian play, Carousel, to a remote fishing village, shaping their vision around themes of brutality, poverty and disappointment, Rodgers and Hammerstein composed some of the most glorious music ever written for the stage.
â€œMs.Damraubrings brilliant coloratura agility, radiant sound and charisma galore to the role of Leila â€¦ Mr. Noseda conducts as if every moment of the music matters deeply.â€ â€“The New York Times Bizetâ€™s Les PÃªcheurs de perles, set in Sri Lanka, is known above all for its unforgettable duet for tenor and baritone, but it its score is full of delightful and dramatic music. When recently staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York it proved a major success, both for the production by Penny Woolcock and the musical performance, conducted by Paolo Noseda, with Diana Damrau as the priestess LeÃ¯la and, as the two men competing for love, the tenor Matthew Polenzani (Nadir) and the baritone Mariusz Kwiecien (Zurga). Woolcockâ€™s concept brought the production up to date, with photographic and video references to the 2004 tsunami, and offered a superb â€˜aquaticâ€™ spectacle during the overture: the whole stage appeared to be beneath the Indian Ocean and acrobatic divers â€˜swamâ€™ down from the surface (located in the flies of the theatre).