Opera on DVD: Imports
 
List of select opera DVDs not released in the U.S.

The following is a non-comprehensive list of recordings that have had an “official/legitimate” commercial DVD release abroad.  For one reason or another they have not been released in the United States.  In most cases well over a year has passed since their international release which means a forthcoming U.S. release is unlikely but not impossible. These recordings are included on the site as a reference for collectors.

Many of these titles can be purchased and imported easily from many sites but be aware that most of them are Region 2 encoded and/or PAL.  This means you have to be absolutely sure you have the proper equipment to play them (a region-free player and NTSC/PAL conversion).  Some of these DVDs have already gone out of print.  The label under which they were issued may vary from country to country.

Auber: LES DIAMANTS DE LA COURONNE - Ghyslaine Raphanel, Mylene Mornet, Christoph Einhorn; Pierre Jourdan; Edmon Colomer, Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, 1999 (Dom)
Beethoven: FIDELIO - Gundula Janowitz, Jon Vickers, Theo Adam, William Wilderman; Alfred Wopmann; Zubin Mehta, Orange, 1977 (Dreamlife)
Bellini: NORMA - Fiorenza Cedolins, Vincenzo La Scola, Nidia Palacios, Giorgio Surjan; Hugo de Ana; Bruno Campanella, Tokyo, 2004
Berg: LULU - Teresa Stratas, Yvonne Minton, Hanna Schwarz, Toni Blankenheim, Le Nain Roberto, Robert Tear; Pierre Boulez, Paris
Berg: WOZZECK- Franz Grundheber, Waltraud Meier, Graham Clark, Günter von Kannen, Mark Baker, Endrik Wottrich, Siegfried Vogel, Roman Trekel, Dalia Schaechter, Peter Menzel; Patrice Chéreau; Daniel Barenboim, Berlin, 1994 (Warner)
Bizet: CARMEN - Teresa Berganza, Plácido Domingo, Ruggiero Raimondi, Katia Ricciarelli; Pierre Dervaux, Paris, 1980 (Dreamlife)

Bizet: CARMEN
- Hermine May, Bojidar Nikolov, Johannes von Duisburg, Althea-Maria Papoulia, Rainer Zaun, Alexandra Rivas, Olatz Saitua, Arturo Cauli, Alessandro Cosentino, Paolo Ruggiero; Bernard Broca/Gemma van Zeventer; Johannes Wildner, Arena AufSchalke Geselnkirchen, 2003 (Companions Opera)
Bizet/Halévy: NOÉ - Jean-Philippe Courtis, Anne-Sophie Schmidt, Philippe Do, Matthieu Lecroart, Karen Vourc�h, Mathais Vidal; Pierre Jourdan; Emmanuel Calef, Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, 2004
Bizet: LA JOIE FILLE DE PERTH - Christian Treguier, Charles Workman, Inva Mula, Jean Francois Lapointe, Sonia de Beaufort, Armand Arapian; Pierre Jourdan; Jerome Pillement, France, 1998 (Dreamlife)
Charpentier: MÉDÉE - Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Renaud Delaigue, Gaëlle Méchaly, François-Nicolas Geslot, Bertrand Chuberre, Caroline Mutel; Hervé Niquet, Versailles, 2004 (Concert Performance) (Armide)
Debussy: PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE
- Dominique Ploteeau, Philippe Le Chevalier, Elodie Mechain, Gabriel Ortega; Pierre Jourdan; Pascal Le Corre (piano), Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, 2002 (Dom) (Version for piano)
Donizetti: L'ELISIR D'AMORE - Melanie Holliday, Alfredo Mariotti, Miroslav Dvorsky, Armando Ariostini, Bozena Plonyova; F. Degell; Piero Belluigi, Film, 1984 (Dreamlife)
Donizetti: L'ELISIR D'AMORE - Giuseppe Sabbatini, Victoria Loukianetz, Natale De Carolis; Paolo Olmi, Tokyo, 2000
Donizetti: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR - Peter Dvorsky, Agostino Ferrin, June Anderson, Lajos Miller, Richard Greager, Adriana Stamenova; Pier Luigi Pizzi; Nello Santi, Geneva, 1983 (Dreamlife)
Fall: DIE DOLLARPRINZESSIN - Tatjana Iwanow, Horst Niendorf, Gaby Jacoby, Gerhard Lippert, Regina Lemnitz, Stefan Behrens, Ingrid van Bergen, Ulrich Beiger, Ulrich del Mestre, Wolfgang Spier, Klaus Jägel, Käte Jaenicke, Reinhold Brandes, Wilfried Herbst; Klaus Überall; Bert Grund, Film, 1971
Forssell: THINE IS THE KINGDOM (Riket ar ditt) - Kristina Eriksson-Martling, Jeanette Bjurling, Barbro Netin-Oloffson, Birgitta Rydholm, Anna Eklund-Tarantino, Mathias Zachariassen, Dag Schanz, Henrik Westberg, Ana Guiñez, Ulrika Precht; Asa Melldahl; Thomas Schuback, Gamla Theatre, Sweden, 1992 (Phono Suecia)
Gluck: ORPHEUS UND EURYDIKE - John Dickie, Patricia Wise, Birgit Fandrey; Georg F. Mielke; Max Pommer, Film, 1987 (Sung in German)
Gounod: FAUST - Nicolai Gedda, Mirella Freni, Roger Soyer, Tom Krause, Renee Auphan, Jocelyne Taillon; Jorge Lavelli; Charles Mackerras, Paris, 1975 (Dreamlife)
Gounod: FAUST - Massimiliano Tonsini, Danilo Rigosa, Leo An, Daniele Bicciré, Silvia Dalla Benetta, Daniele Zanfardino, Sandra Pacheco-Quintero; Marcello Rota, Teatro Coccia Novara, 2005 (Kicco)
Handel: GIUSTINO - Jochen Kowalski, Dagmar Schellenberger, Michael Rabisilber, Barbara Sternberger, Hans Martin Nau, Heinz Runge; Harry Kupfer; Harmut Haenchen, Berlin, 1985 (Sung in German) (Dreamlife)
Hasse: LA SERVA SCALTRA - Cristina Biaggio, Federico Sacchi; Deda Cristina Colonna; Massimiliano Toni, Teatro Coccia Novara, 2006 (Kicco)
Henze: DER PRINZ VON HOMBURG - William Cochran, Helga Dernesch, Marianne Häggander, Francois Le Roux, Claes-Hakon Ahnsjö, Günther Nöcker; Nikolaus Lehnhoff; Wolfgang Sawallisch, Munich, 1994 (ArtHaus)
Heuberger: DER OPERNBALL - Helen Mané, Harald Serafin, Mária Tiboldi, Maurice Besancon, Tatjana Iwanow, Christiane Schröder, Beate Hasenau, Benno Hoffmann, Martin Jente, Ernst Stankovski, Karin Heske, Heinz Erhardt, Uwe Friedrichsen; Eugen York; Willy Mattes, Film, 1971
Honegger: JEANNE D'ARC AU BÛCHER - Sylvie Testud, Éric Ruf, Mélanie Boisvert, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Isabelle Cals, Eric Huchet, Nicolas Testé; Jean-Paul Scarpitta; Alain Altinoglu, Montpellier Festival, 2006
Janácek: KATIA KABANOVA - Angela Denoke, David Kuebler, Jane Henschel, Hubert Delamboye, Dagmar Peckova, Henk Smits, Rainer Trost, Frédéric Caton, Ulrika Precht, Elisabeth Starzinger, Alena Cokova, Ulrich Voss, Ludwig Hampe; Christoph Marthaler; Sylvain Cambreling, Salzburg Festival, 1998 (TDK)
Kálmán: THE GYPSY PRINCESS - Deborah Riedel, Anson Austin, Roger Lemke, Roxane Hislop, Graeme Ewer, Robert Gard, Heather Begg; Nigel Douglas; Richard Bonynge, Opera Australia, 1990 (Faveo/Opus Arte)
Kálmán: DIE ZIRKUSPRINZESSIN - Ingeborg Hallstein, Rudolf Schock, Isy Orén, Peter Karner, Jane Tilden, Ernst Waldbrunn, Harry Hardt, Ernst Fritz Fürbringer, Fritz Korn, Peter Frankenfeld, Fritz Gruber, Hans Lehner, Toni Huber, Vroni Oll; Manfred R. Köhler; Werner Schmidt-Boelcke, Film, 1970
Kuusisto: KOIRIEN KALEVALA (The Canine Kalevala) - Eija Ahvo, Juha Hostikka, Mari Palo, Jukka Romu, Tiina Sinkkonen, Sami Vartiainen, Toni Wahlström; Minna Vainikainen; Jaakko Kuusisto, Savonlinna Opera Festival, 2007 (Ondine)
Léhar: DIE LUSTIGE WITWE - Jean Bruno, Barry McCauley, Mikael Melbye, Anne Howells, Marie McLaughlin; Armin Jordan, Geneva
Mascagni: NERONE - Mario Marchesi, Madelyn Renée Monti, Adriana Damato, Michele Porcelli, Leopoldo Lo Sciuto, Ruben Martinez, Pierluigi Dilengite, Ernesto Morillo, Carlo Riccioli, Cesidio Jacoboni, Antonio Faieta, Stephan Poen, Marco Grimaldi; Támas Pál, Rome, 2003 (Membran International)
Massenet: DON QUICHOTTE - Roberto Scandiuzzi, Alain Vernhes, Kate Aldrich; Piero Faggioni; Alain Guingal, Tokyo
Massenet: WERTHER - Roberto Alagna, Kate Aldrich, Nathalie Manfrino, Marc Barrard; David Alagna/Frederico Alagna; Alain Guingal, Teatro Regio di Torino, 2005
Méhul: LA LÉGENDE DE JOSEPH EN ÉGYPTE - Laurence Dale, Brigitte Lafon, Abbi Patrix, René Massis, Frédéric Vassar, Philippe Jorquera, Natalie Dessay, Jezabel Carpi; Pierre Jourdan, Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne
Moniuszko: HALKA - Tatiana Borodina, Oleh Lykhach, Aleksandra Buczek, Mariusz Godlewski, Radoslaw Zukowski, Zbigniew Krycza, Jacek Rys, Rafal Majzner, Andrzej Kalinin, Rafal Majzner, Janusz Zawadzki; Ewa Michnik, 2005 (Metronome)
Mozart: BASTIEN ET BASTIENNE - Emmanuel Lize, Elsa Journet, Cyril Rigogne; Harold David; Nicolas Porte, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens, 2004 (CLC Productions)
Mozart: COSÌ FAN TUTTE - Ana Pusar, Elisabeth Wilke, Armin Ude, Andreas Scheibner, Cornelia Wosnitza, Werner Haseleu; Joachim Herz; Hans Vonk, Film, 1983 (Sung in German) (Dreamlife)
Mozart: DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL - Klaus Maria Brandauer, Malin Hartelius, Patricia Petibon, Piotr Beczala, Boguslaw Bidzinski, Alfred Muff; Jonathan Miller; Christoph König, Opernhaus Zürich, 2003 (BelAir)
Mozart: DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL - Diana Damrau, Kerstin Avemo, Daniel Kirch, Peter Marsch, Jaco Huijpen, Christoph Quest; Christof Loy; Julia Jones, Frankfurt, 2005
Mozart: DIE GÄRTNERIN AUS LIEBE - Brigitte Eisenfeld, James O'Neal, Heinz Zednik, Ute Selbig, Elvira DreBen, Ulrike Steinsky, Jurgen Hartfiel; Georg F. Mielke; Max Pommer, Film, 1989 (Dreamlife)
Mozart: MITRIDATE, RE DI PONTO - Yvonne Kenny, Rockwell Blake, Ashley Putnam, Brenda Boozer, Patricia Rosario, Christian Papis, Catherine Dubosc; Jean-Claude Fall; Theodor Guschlbauer, Opéra National de Lyon, 1986 (EuroArts)
Mozart: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - José van Dam, Lucia Popp, Gundula Janowitz, Gabriel Bacquier; Georg Solti, Paris, 1980 (Dreamlife)
Mozart: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - Rodney Gilfry, Eva Mei, Isabel Rey, Carlos Chausson, Liliana Nikiteanu, Elisabeth von Magnus, Robert Holl, Volker Vogel, Martin Zysset, Werner Gröschel, Lisa Larsson; Jürgen Flimm; Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Opernhaus Zürich, 1996 (TDK)
Mozart: DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE - Isabelle Poulenad, Angel Pazos, Arnaud Marzorati, Aline Kutan, Marcos Pujol, Mary Saint-Palais; Olivier Desbordes; Dominique Trottein, 2000 (Dreamlife)
Mozart: THE MAGIC FLUTE - Joseph Kaiser, Amy Carson, René Pape, Lyubov Petrova, Benjamin Jay Davis, Silvia Moi, Tom Randle, Ben Uttle; Kenneth Branagh; James Conlon, Film (Sung in English), 2006
Offenbach: LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN - José van Dam, Michel Sénéchal, Daniele Chlostawa, Claude Meloni, Fernand Dumont, Sarah Sterling; Jean Perisson, Paris, 1974 (Dreamlife)
Offenbach: LE DOCTEUR OX - Emmanuelle Goizé, Christophe Crapez, Aurélie Legay, Sarah Jouffroy, Edwige Parat, Karine Godefroy, Christophe Grapperon, Claire Delgado-Boge, Sylvia Kevorkian, Alain Trétout, Loïc Boissier, Jacques Gomez, Jean-Christophe Hurtaud, Laurent Bourdeaux; Stéphan Druet; Benjamin Lévy, Théâtre de l'Athénée, Paris, 2003 (Tourbillon)
Offenbach: ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD - Denis Quilley, Christopher Gable, Honor Blackman; Chris Pickles, BBC (Metrodome)
Offenbach: LA PÉRICHOLE - Gabriel Bacquier, Maria Ewing, Neil Rosenshein, Samuel Hasler, Jean-Paul Muel, Madelyn Renee; Marc Soustrot, Geneva (Dreamlife)
Offenbach: DIE SCHONE HELENA - René Kollo, Anna Moffo, Josef Meinrad, Ivan Rebroff, Harald Serafin, Hans Kraemer; Franz Allers, Film
Orff: ASTUTULI - Michael Schanze, Winfried Hübner, Christoph Gerh; Hellmuth Matiasek; Mark Mast, Florian Stadl, Kloster Andechs, 2008
Orff: DIE BERNAUERIN
- Christoph Gehr, Winfried Hübner, Reinhold Lampe, Fred Maire, Heinz Schmidtpeter, Julia Urban; Hellmuth Matiasek; Mark Mast, Florian Stadl, Kloster Andechs (Wergo)
Pergolesi: LIVIETTA E TRACOLLO / LA SERVA PADRONA - Nancy Argenta, Donato di Stefano; Sigiswald Kuikjen, Brussels, 1996 (TDK)
Prokofiev: THE FIERY ANGEL - Galina Gorchakova, Sergei Leiferkus, St. Petersburg Mariinsky Acrobatic Troup; David Freeman; Valery Gergiev, St. Petersburg, 1993 (ArtHaus Musik)
Puccini: TOSCA - Kiri Te Kanawa, Ernesto Veronelli, Ingvar Wixell, Antonio Zerbini, Philippe Duminy; Jean-Claude Auvray; Seiji Ozawa, Paris, 1982
Puccini: TURANDOT - Francesca Patané, Wolfgang Schmidt, Fiamma Izzo D'Amico, Nicola Ghiuselev, Waldemar Kmentt; Roberto Paternostro, Rotterdam, 1996 (Companions Opera)
Tchaikovsky: IOLANTA - Galina Oleinichenko, Ivan Petrov; Khaikin, Bolshoi, Film 1963 (Dreamlife)
Tchaikovsky: PIQUE DAME
- Vladimir Atlantov, Mirella Freni, Martha Mödl, Vladimir Chernov, Sergei Leiferkus, Vesselina Kasarova, Anna Gonda, Yvette Tannenberg, Wilfried Gahmlich, Rudolf Mazzola, Franz Kasemann, Peter Köves, Peter Jelosits; Kurt Horres; Seiji Ozawa, Vienna State Opera, 1992 (Sony Classical)
Thomas: MIGNON - Lucile Vignon, Alain Gabriel, Annick Massis, Christian Treguier, Jean-Marc Salzmann, Gilles Dubernet; Jean Fournet, Theatre Imperial de Compiegne, 1992 (Dreamlife)
Verdi: AIDA - Ingvar Wixell, Gilda Cruz-Romo, Grace Bumbry, Peter Gougalov; Sandro Sequi; Thomas Schippers, Orange, 1976 (Dreamlife)
Verdi: AIDA - Ines Salazar, Keith Olsen, Hermine May, Johannes von Duisburg, Ivan Urbas, Stefano Rinaldi-Miliani, Sonia Dorigo, Alessandro Cosentino; Petrika Ionesco; Marko Lentonja, St. Jakob Park Stadium, Basel, 2003 (Companions Opera)
Verdi: NABUCCO - Grace Bumbry, Sherrill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi, Carlo Costa, Viorica Cortez; Henri Ronse; Nello Santi, Paris, 1979
Verdi: NABUCCO - Michele Kalmandi, Gabriella Morigi, Harry Peeters, Felipe Rojas, Marianna Kulikova, Martin Tzonev, André Post, Marjorie Ginczinger; Bernard Broca; Walter Attanasi, Rotterdam, 2001 (Companions Opera)
Verdi: OTELLO - Plácido Domingo, Gabriel Bacquier, Margaret Price, Jane Berbie, Horst Laubenthal, Kurt Moll; Georg Solti, Paris, 1976 (Dreamlife)
Verdi: RIGOLETTO - Garbis Boyagian, Alida Ferrarini, Vincenzo Bello, Antonio Zerbini, Orazio Mori; Carlo Rizzani; Donato Renzetti, Arena di Verona, 1981 (Dreamlife)
Verdi: SIMON BOCCANEGRA - Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Piero Cappuccilli, Veriano Luchetti, Felice Schiavi, Giovanni Foiani; Giorgio Strehler; Claudio Abbado, Paris, 1978 (Dreamlife)
Verdi: LA TRAVIATA - Stefania Bonfadelli, Vicente Ombuena, Ettore Kim Dong-Kyu, Marianna Kulikova, Felipe Rojas, Arturo Cauli, Mario Boccardo, Danilo Serraiocco, Julia Oesch; Ken Caswell; Ed Spanjaard, Rotterdam, 2000 (Companions Opera)
Verdi: LA TRAVIATA - Mariella Devia, Giuseppe Filianoti, Renato Bruson; Bruno Campanella, Tokyo, 2006
Verdi: IL TROVATORE - Montserrat Caballé, Peter Glossop, Irina Arkhipova, Ludovico Spiess, Nicola Zaccaria, Heather Begg; Charles Hamilton; Reynald Giovaninetti, Orange, 1972 (Dreamlife)

Verdi: IL TROVATORE
- Elisabetta Fiorillo, Olga Romanko, Ignacio Encinas, Vladimir Stoyanov, Martin Tzonev, Ira Lauren, André Post, Ton van Berkel, Wiard Witholt; Craig Revel Horwood; Ed Spanjaard, Rotterdam, 2002 (Companions Opera)
Wagner: DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER - Leif Roar, Mara Slatinara, Karl Ridderbusch, Robert Shunk, Liva Budai, Ernst-Dieter Suttheimer; Jean-Claude Riber; Horst Stein, Geneve, 1980 (Dreamlife)
Wagner: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG - Franz Hawlata, Artur Korn, Michael Volle, Klaus Florian Vogt, Norbert Ernst, Michaela Kaune, Carola Guber, Charles Reid, Rainer Zaun, Markus Eiche, Edward Randall, Hans-Jürgen Lazar, Stefan Heibach, Martin Snell, Andreas Macco, Diógenes Randes, Friedemann Röhlig; Katharina Wagner; Sebastian Weigle, Bayreuth Festival, 2008 [Note: The first edition - released in Germany in November 2008 - does not contain optional subtitles in any language]
Wagner: TRISTAN UND ISOLDE - René Kollo, Robert Lloyd, Gwyneth Jones, Gerd Feldhoff, Peter Edelmann, Hanna Schwarz, Clemens Bieber, Uwe Peper, Ivan Sardi; Götz Friedrich; Jiri Kout, Deutsche Oper Berlin (in Tokyo), 1993 (TDK)
Zimmermann: DIE SOLDATEN - Nancy Shade, Mark Munkittrick, Michael Ebbecke, William Cochran, Milargo Vargas; Harry Kupfer; Bernhard Kontarsky, Stuttgart State Opera, 1989 (ArtHaus Musik)