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Meyerbeer: L'Africaine
Meyerbeer L'Africaine
Actors: Placido Domingo, Maurizio Arena, Shirley Verrett
Director: Lotfi Mansouri
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2009     3hr 10min

The great Placido Domingo stars as the passionate explorer Vasco de Gama in Lotfi Mansouri's colorfully exotic, critically-acclaimed production for the San Francisco Opera, conducted by Maurizio Arena. Enormously popular i...  more »


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Actors: Placido Domingo, Maurizio Arena, Shirley Verrett
Director: Lotfi Mansouri
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Musicals & Performing Arts
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/28/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 3hr 10min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Rare and Rich
S. J McKenna | San Francisco, CA USA | 12/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a little impatient with truly Grand Opera because of its length and sometimes over the top complexity, but if you can manage the time, the rewards are great. This production is rare (l'Africaine is not produced much anywhere) and rich both in production values and great singing. Shirley Verrett manages her wonderful voice well although she is no longer young. Ruth-Ann Swenson does a fine job with a bland part (maiden in distress), and Placido Domingo (old reliable) does his usual sterling job. Only Justino Diaz disappoints.

The music is delicious much of the time. This is well worth your time and money. Enjoy."
Ruth Ann at her best
Operafilly | Fallbrook, Ca United States | 07/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Swenson sings with an effortless, light lyric sound, every note a jewel in this lovely production of this exotic opera. Later she tried to push more drama into too light an instrument. This video shows what should have been. Verrett and Diaz will tear at your heart strings with Meyerbeer's gorgeous bel canto music. Diaz is a bit past prime vocally, but still marvelous. A must for opera lovers, and enjoyable for anyone who likes fine music."
Really Grand Opera.
William Houston | Port Townsend, Wa. | 11/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Meyerbeer is an opera composer unfamiliar to many because his operas are so seldom produced, full of drama requiring large casts and super grand and romantic scenery and costumes, as well as great suspension of disbelief. His LA GIOCONDA is more familiar with a more believable plot, since L'AFRICAINE involves the exploration ala Vasco di Gama, including a wild storm at sea and piracy, as well as poisonous vegetation; but this is a gorgeous production with a great cast as well as the ravishing singing of both Placido Domingo and gorgeous Shirley Verrett with one of the most beautiful farewell deaths in opera. Expect to be seduced both visually and aurally."