This studio recording was made in 1989 coinciding with a memorable production from the Metropolitan Opera, later captured on DVD. It's a delightful performance, and a wonderful highlight of Pavarotti's later career. Kathleen Battle's sparkling soprano is a brilliant accompaniment to Pavarotti's still-ringing tone.
"Pavarotti's voice was still beautiful and pliable, his phrasing exquisite. And he loved the role of Nemorino and always seemed happy with both its comedy and pathos–he steals every scene he's in, and no one minds…Kathleen Battle sings Adina with perfect, pearl-like tone, absolute fluency and commitment, and a trill to die for…Enzo Dara is an ideal Dulcamara, just the right combination of huckster and sentimentalist, with ease in every register and with fast music."
– Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
Since he was a teenager, Dara O Briain has been fascinated with Professor Stephen Hawking, the world's most celebrated scientist. In this special film, Dara spends time with his boyhood hero as he attends the world premiere of The Theory of Everything, the movie made about his life, and then at Professor Hawking's home and place of work in Cambridge. In 1963, Stephen was diagnosed with ALS, a form of motor neurone disease, and given two years to live. Over 50 years later, he is still working on new scientific theories and has become an unlikely pop culture icon. Dara meets the people who keep him healthy and working - his carers and support team, his academic colleagues and friends - and Eddie Redmayne, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Hawking on film. After attending the premiere of The Theory of Everything, Dara travels to Cambridge where Stephen has spent most of his adult life.
Ed Byrne and Dara O Briain embark on a 4,000-mile pan-American adventure as they retrace a journey originally undertaken during the 1940s by three men from Detroit.
The opera is not quite on the level of the best known examples of Donizetti opera buffa, L'Elisir or Don Pasquale, but it has its charms, and the performances are expert. Serra was a fine coloratura and the men are all practiced performers in this genre. The production is apt and not overdone. Not indispensable, but entertaining.
The Sun Season is an enormously uplifting album. At first blush it might give the impression that the recurrence of the sun motif might be a little overdone, but in actuality the metaphor never tires and much—if not all—of this has to do with the breathtaking voice of Dara Tucker. Hers is a husky, sensuous voice that captivates time after time, song after time—most memorably beautifully on Harold Arlen and “Yip” Harburg’s “Over The Rainbow,” but exquisitely throughout as well. Hers is a light, floating voice that seems cut out for breathy vocals as well as those songs where the lyric calls for a soaring sensibility…
Features Dara Torres (12 times Olympic Medalist: 5 times Olympian, American Record Holder, Oldest Femail Swimming Medalist Ever, Most Decorated American Female Swimmer of all time) in a system she credits as her "Secret Weapon." New Way to Stretch. Includes Strenght Training, Flexability Training, and Aerobic Training in one package. Great core workout. Helps prevent injury. No equipment required. 17 exercises for the upper and lower body. Detailed instructional section. 20 min. workout with Dara Torres.