Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Toms Bretn La Verbena de La Paloma|
Actors: José Antonio López, Amparo Navarro, María José Suárez, David Rubiera, Emilio Sánchez
Director: Marina Bollaín
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Bretón's celebrated zarzuela appears for the first time on international DVD. Zarzuela is the national music theatre of Spain, enduringly popular across Spain and the Americas. This production is a witty, modern staging, ... more »
A. Lupu | Rochester, MN USA | 11/10/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The adaptation to modern times of this zarzuela is unconvincing. The cubicles might have worked for the stage, but they don't work for the DVD version and absolutely distract from the music. At some points it is difficult to understand who is who and who is talking (or singing). I don't object the time adaptation per se, but this one does not enhance this masterpiece, on the contrary it takes away the essence of it, it makes following the plot and sensing the music difficult. In addition, the sound production is flat and at some points very week and confusing. In summary, not a good DVD to enjoy a zarzuela Spaniards are so proud of."
Indeed a Travesty of a Masterpiece
Pedro J. Quintanilla | LAREDO, TX USA | 04/15/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"[...] I could not have written a better and more accurate description of this assassination of a masterpiece, of perhaps the best zarzuela that ever was. What a pity that better productions, of which you can see parts on You Tube (and which were taped live at Madrid theaters) have not been produced on DVD, productions that completely respect the composer's work. A masterpiece, as La verbena is, neeeds NO modern adaptation, just as Puccini and Verdi and Mozart need no idiotic producer as this woman is to have the nerve and idiocy of changing and "adapting" such perfect works of art. [...]"