Belcanto - The Tenors of the 78 Era

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This new release is a documentary series about the great tenors and bel canto singing in the first half of the 20th century by Jan Schmidt-Garre. 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 Bjorling, and together with comprehensive essays, offers a deep and inspiring insight into the art of bel canto. Bel Canto – The Tenors of the 78 Era series was broadcast in thirty countries and awarded at the Columbus International Film Festival and at Classique en Images at the Louvre.


Picture format: 1080i NTSC 16:9 NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, IT, ES, JP, KR
Region code: A, B, C
No. of disc/s: 2 BD50, 1 DVD5, 2 CDs

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 2110389-91

  • UPC: 747313538959

  • Label: Naxos

  • Composer: Anonymous, Arturo Buzzi-Peccia, Charles Gounod, Charles Marshall, Franz Schubert, Friedrich von Flotow, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Becce, Giuseppe Verdi, Hans May, Hugo Wolf, Jacques Halévy, Johann Strauss Jr., Johannes Brahms, José Padilla, Jules Massenet, Ludwig van Beethoven, Pietro Mascagni, Richard Tauber, Richard Wagner, Robert Stolz, Salvatore Cardillo, Traditional, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Performer: Alessandro Moreschi, Antonio Scotti, Beniamino Gigli, Bessie Abott, Enrico Caruso, Fernando de Lucia, Georges Thill, Helge Rosvaenge, John McCormack, Joseph Schmidt, Lauritz Melchior, Leo Slezak, Louise Homer, Richard Tauber, Tito Schipa, Vera Schwarz