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Verdi, Giuseppe - Composer
Massenet, Jules - Composer
Kalman, Emmerich - Composer
Wagner, Richard - Composer
Arditi, Luigi - Composer
Suppe, Franz von - Composer
Lehar, Franz - Composer
Denver, John - Composer
Delibes, Leo - Composer
Penella, Manuel - Composer
Vert, Juan - Composer
Strauss, Richard - Composer

Venue: Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna
Date of Concert: 2008
Playing Time: 01:45:15
Television Director: Haschek, Heidelinde
Catalogue Number: A045005430000

Bathed in the warm light of the setting sun, Vienna's imperial Schonbrunn Palace provides a romantic setting for this open-air concert held shortly before the final match of the Euro 2008 football championship. And shining even more brightly than the palace are the stars of the evening, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon and Placido Domingo.

The trio's first joint concert, given at Berlin's Waldbuhne for the 2006 football World Cup, was awarded platinum status for sales of over 50,000 DVDs in Germany and over 100,000 worldwide. The Schonbrunn concert also broke records with 3.3 million viewers watching the concert live or deferred in Germany and Austria.

Netrebko "beguiles the audience" (Neue Kronen-Zeitung) with a heady rendition of a number from the operetta Csardasfurstin and lets herself be swept off her feet in a waltz with her duet partner Placido Domingo. The great tenor himself regales the audience with his "golden tones" (Die Presse) and "vocal youthfulness" (Suddeutsche Zeitung) in excerpts from Massenet and Wagner. Villazon "dazzles with bravura arias" (Wiener Zeitung), duets and a fiery zarzuela encore. In an emotional homage to Vienna, the trio performs the immortal "Wien, Wien nur du allein." Other gems include Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Rose and the Nightingale," Lehar's "Meine Lippen sie kussen so heiss" and "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz," Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours" and John Denver's "Perhaps Love." The singers are accompanied by the "fabulous Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien with its excellent conductor Bertrand de Billy" (Kurier).

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