DVD of the Month for October, 2015

The Opera Gala – Live from Baden-Baden (DVD)

  • DVD of the Month for October, 2015.

Yes, yes, I realize that Anna Netrebko’s DVD was the monthly feature for September. However, I am so impressed with Ms. Netrebko, that she and a few friends make the headlines again this month.

On this DVD, we hear the following: Bellini: Norma Overture Mira, o Norma (from Norma), with Anna Netrebko (soprano) & Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano) Ah! Per sempre io ti perdei (from I Puritani), with Ludovic Tezier (baritone) Casta Diva (from Norma), sung by Anna NetrebkAnna2o (soprano) Bizet: Au fond du temple saint (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles), sung by Ramon Vargas (tenor) & Ludovic Tezier (baritone). Votre toast je peux vous le rendre ‘Toreador Song‘ (from Carmen), with Ludovic Tezier (baritone) Chapí: Al pensar en el dueno (from Las Hijas del Zebedeo), sung by Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano) Delibes: Lakmé: Dôme épais (Flower Duet), with Anna Netrebko (soprano) & Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano) Donizetti: Una furtiva lagrima (from L’elisir d’amore), sung by Ramon Vargas (tenor) Lehár: Meine Lippen sie Kussen so heiss (from Giuditta), performed by Anna Netrebko (soprano) Puccini: O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème), sung by Anna Netrebko (soprano) & Ramon Vargas (tenor) Rossini: Nacqui all’affanno, al pianto…Non più mesta (from La Cenerentola), with Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano) Soirées musicales: La Danza, with Ramon Vargas (tenor) Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila), with Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano) Verdi: Dio, che nell’alma infondere (from Don Carlo), with Ramon Vargas (tenor) & Ludovic Tezier (baritone) Quando le sere al placido (from Luisa Miller), sung by Ramon Vargas (tenor) Per me giunto è il di (from Don Carlo), with Ludovic Tezier (baritone) Bella figlia dell’amore (from Rigoletto), with Anna Netrebko (soprano), Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano), Ramon Vargas (tenor) & Ludovic Tezier (baritone) Libiamo, ne’ lieti calici (from La Traviata), with Anna Netrebko (soprano), Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano), Ramon Vargas (tenor) & Ludovic Tezier (baritone) Performed by the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Marco Armiliato conducting.

While the Internet is loaded with amazing performances by Ms. Netrebko, one stands out for me, because it demonstrates what an amazing entertainer Ms. Netrebko really is: I am talking about her performance of “Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß”, (My lips, they kiss so hotly), by Franz Lehar. Enjoy this to the fullest:  


Here is a star, who is totally confident on stage, has an amazing voice, and she shows us her charm and her playful flirting. Neat, Huh?