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Summary: “Who is the most macho character in all of legend and literature? Could it be Casanova? Or James Bond? Well, my vote would go to Don Juan or, if you prefer, Don Giovanni. Unscrupulous, immoral, and scandalous, his amorous exploits were brought to the operatic stage by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, who was a figure of scandal in his own right. Welcome to Opera...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2004

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Summary: Today Opera Easy zeroes in on one of the most fascinating and intriguing operas in all of operatic history,” says host Natalie Choquette. “The composer of today’s featured work was born in Germany in 1819 but became a naturalized Frenchman. He was called the King of the Operetta, having written over 90 popular and hilarious operettas for the Parisian stage during the Second Republic. Yet...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2004

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Summary: In a span of under two years, Giuseppe Verdi produced his three most popular operas. “The Holy Trinity,” as they are still known today, began with Rigoletto and ended with La Traviata. The piggy in the middle,” says host Natalie Choquette, “is Opera Easy’s featured work today. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Verdi’s 1853 melodramatic masterpiece about love and vengeance: Welcome to Il Trovatore!”

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2004

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Summary: “Today we feature not one but two operas. But don’t worry, both these operas are in one act and barely last an hour each. Since they were composed, just before the beginning of the 20th century, they’ve almost always been performed together. In fact, they’ve become so inseparable that they are often referred to as “the terrible twins” - terrible because both tales tell of jealousy and betrayal...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: In this program, host Natalie Choquette explains that Tosca is one of the few operas about an opera singer. It’s also one of the most violent, erotic, melodramatic works in the operatic repertoire (which no doubt explains its popularity!), and today this timeless masterpiece is even more convincing than many a reality TV show. No opera needs a diva in the title role more than Tosca, and many...

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Summary: “Welcome to Opera Easy,” says host Natalie Choquette. “If I were to ask you to name an opera set in Japan based on a play by an American playwright and with music composed by an Italian…would you recognize Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly? I hope so because Madama Butterfly is today’s Opera Easy featured work!”

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2004

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Summary: If I were to ask you what is the most romantic story in history, what would your answer be?” asks program host Natalie Choquette. “Would it be Dante’s Paolo and Francesca, antiquity’s Anthony and Cleopatra, or Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston? Probably not. No, I bet that your spontaneous answer would be that history’s most famous pair of lovers are Romeo and Juliette. And wouldn’t you know it,...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: In this program, host Natalie Choquette introduces viewers to L’Elisir d’Amore, a charming and romantic comic opera by Donizetti that is set in an Alpine village. The poor, innocent Nemorino is in love with the intelligent and beautiful Adina. He is convinced that only a love potion will allow him to win her. He pays the quack Doctor Dulcamara for the potion with the money he receives for...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: “How does a medieval court jester wind up involuntarily having his daughter assassinated? Stay with us for an intriguing and passion-filled tale of vengeance, love, and betrayal,” says program host Natalie Choquette. “Sound like The Young and the Restless? No, it’s Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpiece, Rigoletto!”

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Summary: “At the turn the 20th century, the most popular French opera was not Carmen but an opera whose principal character was the Devil. This 1859 opera was based on one of the most celebrated works of German literature and did nothing less than revolutionize French opera. Welcome to Opera Easy’s featured work: Charles Gounod’s opera Faust,” says host Natalie Choquette.

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Summary: “Tragedy makes for great opera. Opera is full of stories of unrequited love such as Romeo and Juliet, of jealousy and murder such as Otello, and of ultimate happiness ruined by premature death such as in La Traviata. But of all the tragic tales that inspired composers, one of the most effective and lasting is one inspired by Greek mythology - no, not Oliver Stone’s tragic film adaptation of the...

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Summary: In this program, host Natalie Choquette introduces viewers to Die Entführung aus dem Serail. This Mozart rescue opera is set in Pasha Selim’s palace in 18th-century Turkey where Constanze, her maid Blondchen, and the servant Pedrillo are held prisoner. Before Constanze’s beloved, Belmonte, can set them free, he has to deal with the Pasha’s servant, the eunuch Osmin. A series of comic and...

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Summary: “What is the most romantic story in history: Romeo and Juliet, or Mayerling, or perhaps La Dame aux Camélias? Well for many, Alexandre Dumas’ story La Dame aux Camélias is by far the most moving and tragic love story ever told,” says host Natalie Choquette in this program. “The composer Giuseppe Verdi thought so too; his operatic adaptation of the book is perhaps the most popular opera in the...

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Summary: The world of opera has spawned true works of comic genius. There’s Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, and Mozart’s rather serious comedy of manners Nozze di Figaro. But today’s featured work can be rightfully hailed as a true comic masterpiece. No, I don’t mean the operatic treatment of Corner Gas; I mean Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte or, to give it an equivalent English...

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Summary: The celebrated Grimm Brothers fairy tale is the inspiration for Engelbert Humperdinck’s most famous opera - and this segment of Opera Easy. With music of incredible charm and fantasy, the opera tells the story of two children who become lost in the forest and are captured by an evil witch. Thanks to the ingenuity and trickery of the children and the help of fairies and forest spirits, the...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: “Opera is usually full of drama, tragedy, and death. In fact the writer George Bernard Shaw once said that he knew when it was the end of an opera because no one was left alive on stage. But there are also many comic operas, operas that are full of comic characters and situations. According to the great composer Giuseppe Verdi, the greatest comic opera ever written is the subject of today’s...

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Summary: “Opera has its ABCs, the most popular works in the repertoire: A is for Aida and C is for Carmen, but do you know what B stands for? It’s Bohème, and it is the subject of today’s Opera Easy segment,” says host Natalie Choquette.

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Summary: “There is a rescue opera that is dramatic and comic and is like an episode of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Good versus bad; virtue pitted against evil. Can love conquer all? Can the virtuous prince vanquish all obstacles ? Come and find out,” says program host Natalie Choquette, “as we explore the world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte - or, if you prefer, The Magic Flute.”

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Summary: “Here’s a real quiz question. Can you name this famous opera written to an Italian libretto based on a revolutionary French play by an Austrian composer and first produced in Vienna in 1786? Any idea? Well, Opera Easy’s featured work today is - drum roll, maestro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro!” says host Natalie Choquette.

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Summary: “If I tell you that today’s Opera Easy is set in Ancient Gaul and features a conquering horde of Roman legionnaires,” says host Natalie Choquette, “you might think that someone has written an opera on the comic strip Asterix and Obelix - but you’d be wrong. No, today’s featured work does include Roman centurions but is centered on one of the most remarkable characters in all of 19th-century...

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Summary: In this program, host Natalie Choquette introduces viewers to Manon. Manon Lescaut is the heroine of Abbé Prévost’s famous 18th-century novel that French composer Jules Massenet set to music. The young and beautiful Manon falls in love with the gallant Chevalier des Grieux, but her desire for the good life and its material possessions compromises her love and her future. By the time des Grieux...

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Summary: In this program, host Natalie Choquette introduces viewers to Il Trittico, three one-act operas that make up Giacomo Puccini’s operatic triptych. The River Seine in Paris is the setting for the dramatic Il Tabarro, a gruesome tale of a love triangle, betrayal, and brutal vengeance. In Suor Angelica, the nun Angelica tragically dies of sorrow when informed of the death of the infant child she...

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Summary: This program explores a century of conflict and tragedy in the Appalachians, beginning with the cultural oppression and forced exodus of the Cherokee. Documenting Appalachia's role in racial and ideological tensions leading up to the Civil War, the video examines the prevalence of slavery outside plantation culture and the unpredictable divisions among mountain communities that followed...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: The flowering of the Jazz Age is a tale of two great cities, Chicago and New York, and two extraordinary artists whose achievements spanned nearly three-quarters of a century. Louis Armstrong was a fatherless waif who grew up on the rough streets of New Orleans, developing his extraordinary gifts before moving to Chicago, where his transcendent sound inspired a new generation of musicians. Duke...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2000

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