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Operas and Ballets at GreenCine, annotated
List creator: kaream
Created on: January 3, 2008 - 7:31 PM PST
Description: {a list in progress}: GC's 'Music' and 'Music Videos/Performance' genres return tons of entries, mostly pop, but still omit a lot. Here's what I find (1/08) of 'classical' opera & ballet, loosely defined, but excluding purely instrumental performances.

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P.D.Q. Bach: The Abduction of Figaro (1984)
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  OPERA PARODY: P Schickele (from Mozart) -- Marilyn Brustadt, Michael Burt; dir Peter Schickele. --- {NOTE: These annotations generally contain details not provided in GC's descriptions. Also, since GC's genre indications are haphazard, this list is very incomplete. In any case, it will gradually go out of date.}
Aida (1985)
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Not Rated
  OPERA: Verdi -- Maria Chiara, Luciano Pavarotti; cond Lorin Maazel, La Scala.
Aida (1998)
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  OPERA: Verdi -- Fiorenza Cedolins, Walter Fraccaro, Delora Zajick; cond Daniel Oren, Teatro de San Carlo. Some audio problems, per reviews.
Unsuk Chin - Alice in Wonderland (2007)
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  OPERA: Chin -- Sally Matthews, Dietrich Henschel; cond Kent Nagano, Bavarian State Opera; film dir Achim Freyer
Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy: El Amor Brujo (1986)
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  BALLET (i.e. Love, the Magician): de Falla -- Antonio Gades, also choreog ; dir Carlos Saura. A movie based on Falla's ballet.
Un Ballo in Maschera - Metropolitan Opera (1980)
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Not Rated
  OPERA (i.e. A Masked Ball): Verdi -- Katia Ricciarelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Judith Blegen; cond Giuseppe Patanè, Metropolitan Opera; film dir Brian Large.
Beauty and the Beast (Criterion Collection) (1946)
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  OPERA (aka La Belle et la Bete): Glass -- (music 1995): Janice Felty, Gregory Purnhagen; cond Michael Riesman, The Philip Glass Ensemble; (orig film 1946): dir Jean Cocteau. Glass wrote his opera not based on Cocteau's film, but exactly synchronized to be sung and played as an alternative soundtrack. The disc includes both tracks.
The Beggar's Opera (1984)
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  OPERA: Gay -- Roger Daltrey, Patricia Routledge, Bob Hoskins; cond John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists; film dir Jonathan Miller.
La Belle Helene (1999)
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Not Rated
  OPERA: Offenbach -- Vesselina Kasarova, Deon van der Walt; cond Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Zurich Opera.
Black Tights (1960)
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Not Rated
  BALLET: a filmed ballet anthology divided into four all-dance episodes
Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy: Blood Wedding (1981)
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  DANCE: traditional -- Antonio Gades, also choreog; dir Carlos Saura. A movie based on Garcia Lorca's play Bodas de Sangre.
La Boheme (1993)
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Not Rated
  OPERA: Puccini -- Cheryl Barker, David Hobson; stage dir Baz Luhrmann. Reset in 1950s.
Boris Godunov (Disc 1 of 2) (1990)
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Not Rated
Boris Godunov (Disc 2 of 2) (1990)
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  OPERA: Mussorgsky -- Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina; cond Valery Gergiev, Kirov Opera; stage dir Andrei Tarkovsky (originally staged for ROH Covent Garden).
Les Brigands (1989)
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  OPERA: Offenbach -- Valerie Chevalier, Michael Trempont; cond Claire Gibault, Opera de Lyon.
Maria Callas (1987)
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  OPERA CLIPS (documentary): various -- Maria Callas
Maria Callas - Life and Art (1987)
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  OPERA CLIPS (documentary): various -- Maria Callas
Maria Callas - Toujours Paris 1958 (1958)
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  OPERA RECITAL: various -- Maria Callas
Carmen (1984)
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  OPERA: Bizet -- Julia Migenes-Johnson, Placido Domingo; cond Lorin Maazel, Orch Nat'l de France. A movie production, dir Francesco Rosi.
Carlos Saura's Flamenco Trilogy: Carmen (1983)
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  DANCE: Bizet / traditional -- Antonio Gades, also choreog; dir Carlos Saura. A movie incorporating Bizet with traditional flamenco.
Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
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  OPERA (i.e. Rustic Chivalry / Clowns): Mascagni / Leoncavallo -- Elena Obraztsova, Luciano Pavarotti / Teresa Stratas, Luciano Pavarotti; both cond Georges Pretre, La Scala. A movie production, dir Franco Zeffirelli.
Le Corsaire (1999)
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  BALLET: Adam (et al) -- American Ballet Theatre: Julie Kent, Ethan Stiefel; cond Ermanno Florio, Pacific Symphony Orchestra.
The Cunning Little Vixen (1995)
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  OPERA: Janacek -- Eva Jenis, Thomas Allen (Chatelet Theatre Musical de Paris, stage dir Nicholas Hytner); cond Sir Charles Mackerras, Orch de Paris. Sung in Czech. A charming stage production, enjoyable for children, but PG.
The Cunning Little Vixen (1995)
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  OPERA: Janacek -- {identical to the above entry -- just a different jacket illustration}
The Daughter of the Regiment (1994)
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  OPERA: Donizetti -- Joan Sutherland, Anson Austin; cond Richard Bonynge, Australian Opera.
Don Giovanni (1979)
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  OPERA (i.e. Don Juan): Mozart -- Ruggero Raimondi, Kiri Te Kanawa; cond Lorin Maazel, Paris Opera. A movie production, dir Joseph Losey.
La Donna del Lago (1992)
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Not Rated
  OPERA (i.e. The Lady of the Lake): Rossini -- June Anderson, Rockwell Blake; cond Riccardo Muti, La Scala. A live stage performance, film dir Werner Herzog. Story from Sir Walter Scott's narrative poem.
Elektra: Metropolitan Opera (1980)
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Not Rated
  OPERA: R Strauss -- Birgit Nilsson, Leonie Rysanek; cond James Levine, Metropolitan Opera; dir Brian Large.
L'Elisir d'Amore (1981)
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  OPERA (i.e. The Elixir of Love): Donizetti -- Judith Blegen, Luciano Pavarotti. (This is a different production from the 1992 Kathleen Battle/Pavarotti/James Levine/Metropolitan Opera version.)
L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges (1986)
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  OPERA/BALLET (i.e. The Child and the Spells): Ravel -- Cynthia Buchan, Fiona Kimm, Netherlands Dance Theater, stage dir Jiri Kylian; cond Lorin Maazel. Text by Colette.
Bolshoi Ballet - Return of the Firebird
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Not Rated
  BALLET (FIREBIRD): Stravinsky -- Andris Liepa, also dir. Program incl Stravinsky's Petrushka and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. This is NOT the Bolshoi Ballet, but Les Saisons Russes, an independent troupe that made this film at Moscow's Bolshoi. Reconstructed choreography from Fokine & orig set design in Diaghilev's 1910-11 Ballets Russes productions.
Flamenco (1995)
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  DANCE: traditional -- various; dir Carlos Saura. A documentary.
Die Fledermaus (1983)
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  OPERA (i.e. The Bat): J Strauss -- Kiri Te Kanawa, Hermann Prey; cond Placido Domingo, ROH Covent Garden.
Lo Frate 'nnamorato (1991)
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  OPERA (i.e. The Friar in Love): Pergolesi -- Alessandro Corbelli, Nuccia Focile, Amelia Felle; cond Riccardo Muti, La Scala.
Wagner - Gotterdämmerung (Disc 1 of 2) (1976)
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Wagner - Gotterdämmerung (Disc 2 of 2) (1976)
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  OPERA (i.e. Twilight of the Gods): Wagner -- Manfred Jung, Gwyneth Jones; cond Pierre Boulez, Bayreuth Festspiele; stage dir Patrice Chereau; film dir Brian Large. Götterdämmerung is the final opera in Wagner's cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Martha Graham: Dance on Film (Criterion) (1959)
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Martha Graham: Dance on Film (Criterion) (Disc 2 of 2) (1959)
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  BALLET: various -- Martha Graham
Julius Caesar (1984)
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Not Rated
  OPERA: Handel -- Janet Baker, Valerie Masterson; cond Sir Charles Mackerras, English Nat'l Opera. A different story from Shakespeare's.
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1992)
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  OPERA: Shostakovich -- (music, 1978): Galina Vishnevskaya, Nicolai Gedda; cond Mstislav Rostropovich, London Philharmonic. Recording is slightly cut for this movie, excellently lip-synched by Czech actors; film dir Petr Weigl, 1992. (NC-17). --- {cf. Maria Stuarda, below}.
Mario Lanza: The American Caruso (1983)
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  OPERA CLIPS (documentary): various -- Mario Lanza
Mario Lanza and Other Opera Greats (2004)
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  OPERA CLIPS: various -- various
Lucrezia Borgia (1977)
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  OPERA: Donizetti -- Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus; cond Richard Bonynge, ROH Covent Garden. A live stage performance.
Macbeth (1987)
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Not Rated
  OPERA: Verdi -- Renato Bruson, Mara Zampieri; cond Giuseppe Sinopoli, Deutsche Oper Berlin.
The Magic Flute (Criterion Collection) (1975)
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  OPERA (aka DIE ZAUBERFLOETE): Mozart -- Irma Urrila, Josef Koestlinger; cond Eric Ericson; stage/film production dir Ingmar Bergman (all uncredited). Somewhat cut; sung in Swedish.
Margaret Garner (2006)
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  OPERA: Danielpour -- Denyce Graves; libretto by Toni Morrison. Film dir Mustapha Hasnaoui -- this appears to be *about* the opera rather than a full performance.
Maria Stuarda (1988)
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  OPERA: Donizetti -- (music 1975): Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, Luciano Pavarotti, cond Richard Bonynge, Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Recording is cut for this movie, and interspersed with excerpts from Schiller's play in German, all lip-synched by Czech actors; film dir Petr Weigl, 1988. --- {cf. Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, above}.
The Medium (1951)
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  OPERA: Menotti -- Marie Powers, Leopoldo Savona, Anna Maria Alberghetti; cond Thomas Schippers, Rome Radio Ital Sym Orch; dir Gian Carlo Menotti
Nabucco (1998)
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  OPERA: Verdi -- Renato Bruson, Ghena Dimitrova; cond Paolo Carignani, Teatro de San Carlo. Some audio problems, per reviews.
Operavox (1994)
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  OPERA (various): various -- six abridged half-hour animated versions, in English; no subtitles
Orpheus in the Underworld (1997)
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  OPERA: Offenbach -- Alexandru Badea, Elizabeth Vidal; cond Patrick Davin, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels); dir Dirk Gryspiert.
The Pirates of Penzance (1980)
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  OPERETTA: Gilbert & Sullivan -- Linda Ronstadt, Kevin Kline; dir Wilford Leach. This is a taped live performance of middling quality, *not* the movie with a similar cast.
Plisetskaya Dances (1964)
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  BALLET CLIPS (documentary): various -- Maya Plisetskaya
The Red Shoes (Criterion Collection) (1948)
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Not Rated
  MOVIE ABOUT BALLET -- Moira Shearer; dir Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. Main ballet sequence cond Sir Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic
Mozart: Requiem (1984)
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  (ORATORIO~): Mozart -- Edith Mathis, Trudeliese Schmidt, Peter Schreier, cond Sir Colin Davis, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orch. --- {'ORATORIO' is here used very loosely; strictly speaking, nothing so labeled is actually an oratorio.}
Rigoletto (1987)
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  OPERA: Verdi -- Alfredo Kraus, Leo Nucci, Luciana Serra; cond Angelo Campori (?), Teatro Regio di Parma. Poor lighting, per reviews.
Romeo and Juliet (1954)
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  BALLET: Prokofiev -- Galina Ulanova, Yuri Zhdanov; cond Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Bolshoi Theatre.
Der Rosenkavalier (1986)
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  OPERA: R Strauss -- Kiri Te Kanawa, Aage Haugland; cond Sir Georg Solti, ROH Covent Garden; stage dir John Schlesinger; film dir Brian Large.
Bach: St. John Passion - Live from Tokyo's Suntory Hall (2000)
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Not Rated
  (ORATORIO~): J S Bach -- cond Masaakie Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan.
Stabat Mater: Pergolesi - Jubilaeum Collection (1999)
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  (ORATORIO~): Pergolesi -- Katia Ricciarelli, Rossana Rinaldi; cond Vito Clemente, Orchestra Benedetto Marcello.
Art of Joan Sutherland (1969)
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  OPERA RECITAL: various -- Joan Sutherland
Swan Lake (1957)
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  BALLET: Tchaikovsky -- Maya Plisetskaya, Nikolai Fadeyechev; cond Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Bolshoi Ballet. Severely cut; one of many poorly filmed old Soviet ballet productions recently available, this one mainly of interest to Plisetskaya devotees.
Swan Lake - Adventures in Motion Pictures (1996)
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  BALLET: Tchaikovsky -- Adam Cooper, Scott Ambler; cond David Lloyd-Jones; dir Matthew Bourne. Male leads and swans.
The Tales of Hoffmann (Criterion Collection) (1951)
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  OPERA with BALLET: Robert Rounseville; Moira Shearer. A movie production, dir Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger.
Tchaikovsky (Disc 1 of 2) (1970)
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Not Rated
Tchaikovsky (Disc 2 of 2) (1970)
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Not Rated
  BALLET CLIPS, etc: Tchaikovsky -- Maya Plisetskaya
La Traviata (1982)
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  OPERA: Verdi -- Teresa Stratas, Placido Domingo; James Levine, Metropolitan Opera. A movie production, dir Franco Zeffirelli.
Tristan Und Isolde: National Theatre Munich (Disc 1 of 2) (1999)
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Not Rated
Tristan Und Isolde: National Theatre Munich (Disc 2 of 2) (1999)
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Not Rated
  OPERA: Wagner -- Waltraud Meier, Jon Fredric West; cond Zubin Mehta, Bavarian State Opera
Turandot - San Francisco Opera (1994)
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Not Rated
  OPERA: Puccini -- Eva Marton, Michael Sylvester; cond Donald Runnicles, San Francisco Opera
The Turandot Project (2000)
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  a documentary about Zubin Mehta staging Turandot in China
Richard Wagner: Die Walkure - Levine/Metropolitan Opera (Act I & II) (1991)
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Not Rated
Richard Wagner: Die Walkure - Levine/Metropolitan Opera (Act III) (1991)
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Not Rated
  OPERA (i.e. The Valkyrie): Wagner -- Hildegard Behrens, James Morris, Christa Ludwig; cond James Levine, Metropolitan Opera; film dir Brian Large. Die Walküre is the 2nd of four operas in Wagner's cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Wagner - Die Walkure (Disc 1 of 2) (2001)
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Not Rated
Wagner - Die Walkure (Disc 2 of 2) (2001)
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Not Rated
  OPERA (i.e. The Valkyrie): Wagner -- Donald McIntyre, Peter Hofmann, Gwyneth Jones; cond Pierre Boulez, Bayreuth Festspiele; stage dir Patrice Chereau; film dir Brian Large. This production is actually 1980, not 2001.
Wozzeck (1987)
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  OPERA: Berg -- Franz Grundheber, Hildegard Behrens; cond Claudio Abbado, Vienna State Opera

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