Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo - Pagliacci|
Actors: Placido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, Elena Obraztsova, Fedora Barbieri, Renato Bruson
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Genres: Indie & Art House, Musicals & Performing Arts
Award-winning director Franco Zeffirelli's now-classic productions are available for the first time ever on DVD. Placido Domingo leads an all-star cast in two of the most popular operas of all time. Cavalleria Rusticana a... more »
Mark | United States | 02/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The two opera twins have come alive with this magnificient Franco Zeffirelli production. I think that "amazing" is the only words that can actually describe them. From beginning to end, it is a series of wonderful extraordinary sets. (you should see them especially in Cavalleria Rusticana...incredible).Well...Ok...Zeffirelli amazes us! But that's not all...The singers.....better than the amazing set.The Leader is Placido Domingo. As in a lot of his opera movies he sings greatly. And since I mentioned that this is an opera movie, I should give this great tenor credits for his acting. Better than a real hollywood actor. He gives the two caracters (especially Canio) their real domensions like no one has never done. Domingo is more powerful than Bergonzi and more passionate than Del Monaco (other 2 expetional Canios). This tenor is a miracle!Next comes stratas (Nedda). Well...honestly her voice wasn't always very clear..sometimes too low...but again a great sensational actress with a gorgeous vocie...bravo!Renato Bruson is also a very good virile Alfio.I did not love santuzza...I think others might have been better..On the top of all this list comes George Pretre! He conducts La Scala's orchestra like a master..(he IS a master).One distracting thing that I have to note in Pagliacci. The public supposed to view the scene in the 2nd act is always chattering...probably wanted by the director to show realism..but I have to admit it IS quite annoying!Believe me, when Pagliacci will end (with the "la commedia e finita" given back to Tonio (juan Pons who is very very good by the way)) you will be shouting like the rest of the people inside the opera.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!"
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H. Rodriguez | Phoenix, Arizona United States | 05/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Both Leoncavallo and Mascagni submitted their repective works to a famous prize competition in 1890. Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci" and Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana were rejected as The Milanese Publishers was seeking one-act operas only. Both composers adjusted their respective works to one-act operas and were later accepted. Today, Pagliacci is presented as "opera in un prologo e due atti". In the prologue, Tonio explains what the audience will see on stage, is a true representation of life. But the audience will wonder whether is Nedda or Colombina or Canio or Pagliaccio displaying rage, jealousy, fear, revange and homocidal thoughts on the stage. Are they just acting or are they really feuding? This literary approach known as Comedia del Arte in early Italy, was used by Leoncavallo which keeps the audience guessing: Is this part of the play or is it real?
The acting, singing and stage production are flawless. The dvd has been re-mastered to 5.1 digital sound. The picture is 5 plus and so is the quality of sound. If you are an opera lover like me, this dvd must be in your library."
Erik Arnesen | Trondheim, Norway | 01/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Pagliacci (or "Bajazzo" as we say in Norway) is my favorite opera, and I think it will always be. This opera is so special for me, because it was the first opera I was introduced to, and Pagliacci made me like opera.
And nothing can compare to the music!Since most of the CD's of Pagliacci comes with "Cavallieria Rusticana", I have started to like that to, but it's not my favorite.When it comes to this movie version, it's not exactly how I expected it to be.
I can't complain about the casting, yet, I think Pavarotti is a better Canio than Domingo.But the thing that bothers me, is especially in the overture/prologue and the first scene.
All the people on the stage are talking and shouting, and that disturbs that, in my opinion, holy music!I haven't watched the whole Cav.Rus yet, but I watched Pag. many times, and I never get tired of it.It could be better, but it's a great buy!"
One of the best!
Erik Arnesen | 09/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I took an opera class recently and we saw so many operas. These two among all of them are my favorite. We first saw it on dvd, then we went to see a rehearsal at the San Francisco Opera house, then saw it again about a week later! I never get tired of these two operas. There is such passion and emotion in the music. It gives me goosebumps every time i see it or hear itand i cannot contain my own emotions. The translation is great, they really help you understand what is going on in case you dont speak the language. These operas are absolutely amazing. They changes you. This is what opera is all about. I highly highly reccommend this. If you like music, you'll love this!!"