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The Gift of the Magi - Rautavaara / Tapiola Sinfonieta
The Gift of the Magi - Rautavaara / Tapiola Sinfonieta
Actors: Einojuhani Rautavaara, Pia Freund, Jaako Kortekangas, Tapiola Sinfonietta
Director: Gabrielle Faust
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2009     0hr 45min

A new Christmas opera by the eminent Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, based on the famous short story by O. Henry. This powerful performance, written and produced especially for television, stars Pia Freund as Minna...  more »

     
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Actors: Einojuhani Rautavaara, Pia Freund, Jaako Kortekangas, Tapiola Sinfonietta
Director: Gabrielle Faust
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Classical, Ballet & Dance
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/29/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 0hr 45min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Subtitles: English

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A made for tv opera, ok - not great
David Smith | Penn Valley, PA USA | 11/09/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The production is fine, the images clear and the sets nicely done, the music clear. It is sung in Finnish with English subtitles. It tells the story, but the ratio of singing to images is off. There is very little vocal music relative to the story and this seems strange for an opera. It may be excessive sensitivity but to me the character of Mr Salomon seems stereotypically Jewish -- long nose, etc. I find that this use of a historic and unflattering sterotype bothersome."