Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Plcido Domingo Hommage a Sevilla |
Actors: Placido Domingo, Victoria Vergara, Virginia Alonso
Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Warm and wonderful.
Paul J. Walkowski | Boston | 09/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This somewhat dated 2007 DVD release of a 1992 Domingo tribute to the city of Seville, Spain and the operas that came from this romantic setting is as much a loving tribute from the star as it is a travelogue, of sorts, that admirably lives up to the name of the DVD "Hommage." Directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, with James Levine conducting the Weiner Symphoniker orchestra the listener (and viewer) will be lip-synced through some of the more familiar melodies in the opera repertoire - and a few extras, such as the opening title, "Sevilla es" - a combination of travelogue and song and the various commentaries that I found as interesting as the music. Mr. Domingo's personality and affection for his topic and the city's history are transparent, and the vitality and easy romanticism of the people of Seville is compelling and seductive. So, what's not to like? Other than the lip-syncing and contrived operatic scenes, very little. For the musical numbers I would much rather have seen Domingo in a studio intermixed with scenes of the city and countryside. But, that's a director's choice that in this case and in my view detracted, and always detracts in DVDs such as this. Even though dated and with the preceding caveat, this DVD is saved by its rich color, its rich subject matter, and the voice of its guide, Mr. Domingo. I sat listening to and was transfixed by Mr. Domingo's passion, his voice and the wonderful scenes of steeped churches, castles, busy markets, festivals, dancers -- and the charm of Seville's narrow alleys, colorful streets and historic architecture. Too bad this wasn't filmed in widescreen. But, you can't go back. We have what we have, and if you own it on tape and enjoyed it, this upgrade to DVD is a worthy item to stock and own."
Hommage a Sevilla
Doris T. Doyle | 07/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very special DVD. The scenery is splendid; the commentary, as only Domingo can give it, and the music outstanding. The surprise duets of Domingo and Domingo were innovative and beautiful. Evey Domingo fan should be the proud owner of this DVD."
What can I say?
El Critico | Aventura, Florida | 01/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ditto to the two former reviewers comments.
I saw this program years ago on PBS and I made a VHS tape of it.
I am so glad to have it now on DVD.
I just watched it for the second time and I am sure I will watch it many,many times.