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Plácido Domingo's 'Greatest Roles' coming to DVD

October 28, 2009 |  5:30 am

One of opera's events of the year might just take place in your living room.

A few months ago, Culture Monster got word that a new multi-volume DVD set dedicated to Plácido Domingo was in the works. The box set, titled "My Greatest Roles," is to include several full-length operas starring Domingo as well as brand-new interviews in which the Spanish tenor reflects on the roles that have impacted his career the most.

The first volume of the series is set to hit stores in the U.S. on Nov. 10. "My Greatest Roles, Vol. 1: Puccini" is a three-disc set that contains performances of "Tosca," "Manon Lescaut" and "La Fanciulla del West." 

Kultur Films, the publisher of the box set, said the volume features the 1992 television film broadcast of "Tosca" that Domingo filmed on locations throughout Rome with Catherine Malfitano and Ruggero Raimondi, with Zubin Mehta leading the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Rome RAI.

"Manon Lescaut" stars Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa in the title role, with Giuseppe Sinopoli conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. "Fanciulla" features Domingo alongside Carol Neblett, with Nello Santi conducting the same orchestra.

Kultur Films is also releasing an 80-minute documentary film on Domingo, featuring the tenor reflecting on his career, that will be available on Nov. 17, according to the publisher.

There's no word yet when the other volumes of the DVD set will be released. Culture Monster has heard  that the complete set will comprise 10 discs but was not able to confirm that. The operas included in the future volumes are "Otello," "Samson & Delila," "Lohengrin," "Andrea Chenier," "The Tales of Hoffman," "Carmen" and more.

Domingo, who turns 69 in January, currently serves as the artistic head of the Los Angeles Opera and the Washington National Opera. He'll perform in Handel's "Tamerlano" at L.A. Opera starting Nov. 21 for five performances.

Check back with Culture Monster for when the other volumes will be released. In the meantime, take a look at the promotional video (above), which was recently posted on YouTube by Kultur Films.

-- David Ng

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