The Berlin Concert
Three Superstars Live at the Waldbühne
Director: Frank Hof
Distributor: C Major Entertainment / Unitel
Length: 110 min.
16:9 shot in HD 1080i| stereo & 5.1 surround sound
© 2006, a production of DEAG Classics and Unitel in cooperation with ZDF and Classica
A per­fect loc­a­tion: Ber­lin’s open-air am­phi­theatre the “Waldbühne”, a clear, bright night: 7 Ju­ly 2006, the scin­til­lat­ing voices of three op­era su­per­stars: Plácido Domin­go, Anna Net­reb­ko, and Ro­lan­do Villazón ac­com­pan­ied by the Or­ches­tra of the Deutsche Op­er Ber­lin, and con­duc­ted by Marco Armil­i­ato – al­to­geth­er an un­for­get­table hap­pen­ing of mag­nitude cap­tured on screen by the film dir­ect­or Frank Hof.

These three sing­ers rep­res­ent the re­cent tri­umph and the new ac­cept­ance of clas­sic­al mu­sic in the world, and where­as Anna Net­reb­ko and Ro­lan­do Villazón are consid- ered the new darlings (“dream couple”) of the op­era world, Pla­cido Domin­go must be con­sidered the reign­ing sov­er­eign. The Eng­lish news­pa­per, “The Guard­i­an”, has con- sidered Pla­cido Domin­go to be "the greatest op­er­at­ic artist of mod­ern times" and in­deed it is a thrill to listen to his ten­or voice which oozes the same emo­tion­al warmth and power that made him fam­ous over 30 years ago. His protégé, Ro­lan­do Villazón, is a char­is- mat­ic prot­ag­on­ist with se­duct­ive tones and Anna Net­reb­ko, without a doubt cur­rently the most sought after sop­ran­ist, en­rap­tures her audi­ence with the range of her voice and her nat­ur­al charm.

Wheth­er per­form­ing solo, in duet, or as a fam­ous new trio, crit­ics agreed that the three su­per­stars shone brightly that even­ing (singing arias from Puccini, Biz­et, Verdi, Le­har and Rossini among oth­ers and that the “Waldbühne” audi­ence was en­thralled and duly cap­tiv­ated.

More than 8 mil­lion view­ers in Ger­many, Aus­tria, Nor­way, France, Italy, Mex­ico, In­dia and South Amer­ica tuned in live or via delayed tele­casts to the event - dubbed the biggest clas­sic­al broad­cast since The Three Ten­ors. Now DVD home view­ers every­where can rev­el in the con­cert.
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Nabucco: Overture

Francesco Cilea (1866-1950)
L'Arlesiana: "È la solita storia del pastore"

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Gianni Schicchi: "O mio babbino caro"

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Le Mage: "Ah! Parais! Parais, astre de mon ciel"

Giuseppe Verdi
Otello: "Già nella notte densa"

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Carmen: Entr'acte

Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Les Pêcheurs de perles: "Au fond du temple saint"

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)
Semiramide: Overture

Maria Grever (1885-1951)

Franz Lehár (1870-1948)
Giuditta: "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß"

Ernesto de Curtis (1875-1937)
(Arr.: Andreas N. Tarkmann)
"Non ti scordar di me"

Giacomo Puccini
La Bohème: "O soave fanciulla"

Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo

Furio Rendine (1920-1987)

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
West Side Story: "Tonight"

Gioacchino Rossini
La danza

Giacomo Puccini
La Bohème: "Quando men vo"

Pablo Sorozabál (1897-1988)
La tabernera del puerto: "No puede ser"

Giuseppe Verdi
La traviata: "Libiamo ne' lieti calici"

Franz Lehár
Das Land des Lächelns: "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz"
Anna Netrebko, soprano
Rolando Villazón, tenor
Plácido Domingo, tenor

Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Marco Armiliato, conductor

Recorded live 7 July 2006 from the Waldbühne Berlin