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The Opera Gala [Blu-ray]
The Opera Gala
Actors: SWR, Ramn Vargas, Anna Netrebko, Ludovic Tzier, Elina Garanca
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts
NR     2008     2hr 18min

Highlights from the concert at Baden-Baden where tickets sold-out in record time. The concert features the young stars of opera: Anna Netrebko, El?na Garanca, Ramón Vargas and Ludovic Tézier with Marco Armillato conducting...  more »


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Actors: SWR, Ramn Vargas, Anna Netrebko, Ludovic Tzier, Elina Garanca
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
Format: Blu-ray - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/25/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 2hr 18min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Another spectacular concert
Brian Wrangham | Ottawa, Ontario Canada | 12/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Once again the Blu-ray format has brought new life and impact to a classical concert. Both the picture and sound are stunning - whether you select the DTS or PCM soundtracks you will not be disappointed. The added resolution and colour definition make the picture really come alive. The singers and orchestra both perform without fault. However, the program itself is quite acceptable, but definitely not inspired.
This recording has three shortcomings which prevented me from giving it a 5-star rating. First, the camera work leaves a lot to be desired. There is definitely too much zooming - in some concerts this would not be a problem but for this kind of material it is quite distracting. This is not the best example of TV direction -- while it may be considered acceptable in some circles it definitely does not enhance the overall impact in this kind of venue. Secondly, the subtitles are often difficult to read against a white background - I cannot understand why they cannot impose these on a grey background to improve readability. And thirdly, there are some odd camera angles and as in other discs I have reviewed the camera does not stay on the singers when they are actually singing - it often cuts away to the orchestra or audience and all the viewer sees is the singer's back. Too often, the camera zooms in or out from the singer. Surely TV directors should realize that overuse of zooms and cutaways is not acceptable or artistic in a recording of this kind from a prestigious company like DG."
Netrebko stole the concert!
Y. Park | Seoul, Korea | 12/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This opera gala from Baden Baden features four great singers: Anna Netrebko · Elina Garanca · Ramón Vargas · Ludovic Tézier. They sing many popular opera arias including "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix" from Samson et Dalila (Camille Saint-Saëns) and Flower Duet from Lakmé (Delibes), the latter of which I think is a great bonus because it is hardly seen in any live concert DVDs or blu-rays. All the singers performed very nicely. Mr. Vargas's rendition of the Donizetti's aria from "L'elisir d'amore" was excellent and impressive. Most of all, however, Netrebko was the hightlight of the show. When she performed the Lehar's aria from "Giuditta" particularly, she revealed all her passion and energy with her singing and even dancing. It was so fun, funny and entertaining moment! It showed what the best part of a live concert is. To me, this 6 minute performance alone makes this blu-ray worth getting and owning. If you have the blu-ray or DVD, The Berlin Concert Live from the Waldbühne featuring Domingo, Villazón and Netrebko, you will notice that there are some overlapped songs as a reviewer mentioned. It was actually fun for me to compare them each other by different singers and rendition.

I enjoyed the concert and just hoped that more live concert blu-rays would be released.
Beautifull Opera Gala
D. Regli | 10/30/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Obviously you have to be an Opera fan to appreciate these segments. Ramon Vargas is absolutely top notch and the rest of them fill in very well. My only objection is that the camera moves a bit too much instead of stying more focused on the artists. The sound is excellent, would recommend it to anyone who loves Operas. Daniel from Mexico City."
It is a dream
J. R. Massague | Barcelona, Catalonia | 11/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I got the normal version of that concert when it was launched in the market and now I have got the Blu ray version to get, if possible the better, option to enjoy so great and unique concert.With the 7 separate audio channels of the blu-ray experience the sound is close to perfection.