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MAKING OPERA: The Creation of Verdi's LA FORZA DEL DESTINO
MAKING OPERA The Creation of Verdi's LA FORZA DEL DESTINO
Actor: Stefka Evstatieva;Allan Monk;Judith Frost;Ernesto Veronelli
Director: Anthony Azzopardi
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 28min

Witness two stories: the making of an opera and the opera itself. This film follows the day-to-day creative process of staging a grand opera during a 21-day rehearsal period and on to the final spectacular production. Feat...  more »

     
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Actor: Stefka Evstatieva;Allan Monk;Judith Frost;Ernesto Veronelli
Director: Anthony Azzopardi
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Classical, Independently Distributed, Documentary
Studio: VIEW, Inc.
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Full length
DVD Release Date: 11/30/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1992
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Classical,Director's Cut
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Mostly Interesting Backstage Look at How an Opera Gets Stage
J Scott Morrison | Middlebury VT, USA | 08/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Unlike reviewer Roderick, I found this DVD to be fairly interesting in that we get to watch the step by step process by which an opera makes it to the stage, in this case Verdi's 'La Forza del destino' (not the easiest opera to stage or cast) in a 1992 production of the Canadian Opera. John Copley is the stage director and most of the attention is focused on how he works with the musicians and the technical crew. We also get to watch maestro Maurizio Arena and chorus master Palumbo rehearse their charges. We start with the earliest read-throughs of the music, the taking of scenic designer sketches to three-dimensional sets, costuming and makeup being designed and used, and so on. The solo singers are not generally household names, although there are certainly some reasonably well-known names -- Allan Monk, Judith Forst, John Cheek, Stefka Evstatievna -- involved. The orchestra and chorus are excellent. This is NOT however a performance of the opera. We simply get excerpts of the stage performance -- primarily 'Pace, pace mio dio', Preziosilla's 'Rataplan' and the Carlo/Alvaro duet. Mostly we get rehearsal scenes and they are fascinating in themselves.

The purpose of this DVD is to show how an opera gets produced, and for that it is informative and expertly done.

Scott Morrison"