DVD + Blu-Ray:
Bel Canto – The Tenors of the 78 Era

A documentary series about the great tenors and bel canto singing in the first half of the 20th century by Jan Schmidt-Garre

  • Cover | Copyright: © Jan Schmidt-Garre

    Cover © Jan Schmidt-Garre

  • Enrico Caruso | Copyright: © Audiovisual Division / Naxos Deutschland

    Enrico Caruso © Audiovisual Division / Naxos Deutschland

  • Ivan Kozlovsky | Copyright: © Audiovisual Division / Naxos Deutschland

    Ivan Kozlovsky © Audiovisual Division / Naxos Deutschland

[2.110389–91 / NBD0063–64V] BELCANTO – The Tenors of the 78 Era

With the development of sound film in the 1920s and 30s, the great tenors, such as Beniamino Gigli, Richard Tauber and Lauritz Melchior, became movie stars. Countless “singer movies” were made, but great vocal performances were also captured in documentaries and privately made movies. Using a wealth of rare restored material, this thirteen-part documentary series presents the great tenors from Enrico Caruso to Jussi Björling, and together with comprehensive essays, offers a deep and inspiring insight into the art of bel canto. The luxurious box set comprises:

Blu-ray, DVD 1 – Part I
Enrico Caruso, John McCormack, Leo Slezak, Tito Schipa, Richard Tauber, Dialogue with Eternity

Blu-ray, DVD 2 – Part II
Lauritz Melchior, Beniamino Gigli, Georges Thill, Helge Rosvænge, Ivan Kozlovsky, Joseph Schmidt, Jussi Björling

Bonus DVD
Six films featuring archival material with Tito Schipa, Richard Tauber and Ivan Kozlovsky singing arias and songs, movie trailers with Joseph Schmidt, and interviews with John Steane and Stefan Zucker.

CDs 1–2
The soundtrack to the series contains many previously unreleased recordings highlighting the history of tenor singing in the first half of the 20th century as well as recordings of the last castrato Alessandro Moreschi, and the most significant bel canto singer of the 19th century, Fernando de Lucia.

Book I and II
Two comprehensive books with essays about the history, technique and aesthetic of bel canto singing.

English series title BELCANTO – The Tenors of the 78 Era
Genre Documentary
Duration 609 min. in total
Production Company PARS MEDIA



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