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    Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" is lots of fun, especially with Rolando Villazon playing the silly Nemorino. He's really funny and vocally he's in such good form that the audience demands (and gets) a repeat of his big aria "Una Furtiva Lagrima". Leo Nucci as Villazon's pompous rival for Netrebko's love puts on a good show too and Anna is her usual adorable self. I also have a DVD of this opera with Pavarotti and Kathleen Battle and even though these two are vocally just as good or even marginally better than Villazon & Netrebko - Pavarotti is too much of a statue compared to the lively almost Chaplin-esque Villazon, and that's why the Villazon & Netrebko DVD makes for the more entertaining of the two.
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    Don Pasquale

    I have this one



    and this one



    Two very different productions but I love them both.

    However in the Korsten one in Act II 'Provato, ho a prenderti' one moment Norina has a handkerchief or money (something white anyway) in her cleavage & the next moment she hasn't & it isn't in her hand. Then next shot it's there & next shot it isn't. If it was a movie I would just put it down to bad editing as I know scenes are re-shot numerous times.

    My question is - do they ever stitch together/splice scenes from different productions?
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    As an answer to Sospiro's question: they very often do combine footage from different consecutive performances to achieve the best result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herkku View Post
    As an answer to Sospiro's question: they very often do combine footage from different consecutive performances to achieve the best result.
    Thanks Herkku
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Don Pasquale

    I have this one



    and this one



    Two very different productions but I love them both.

    However in the Korsten one in Act II 'Provato, ho a prenderti' one moment Norina has a handkerchief or money (something white anyway) in her cleavage & the next moment she hasn't & it isn't in her hand. Then next shot it's there & next shot it isn't. If it was a movie I would just put it down to bad editing as I know scenes are re-shot numerous times.

    My question is - do they ever stitch together/splice scenes from different productions?

    Greetings from GMG forum

    Many great posts here from names I have seen at other forum, I am looking to get a Don Pasquale DVD and this new one looks good from youtube samples, I have had great results with Bel Air releases and Ciofi seems very animated ......any comments before I buy


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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post

    Greetings from GMG forum

    Many great posts here from names I have seen at other forum, I am looking to get a Don Pasquale DVD and this new one looks good from youtube samples, I have had great results with Bel Air releases and Ciofi seems very animated ......any comments before I buy

    I have these





    and as you can see Ciofi is Marie in the second one. This is the only DVD I have with Ciofi & no complaints vocally but I didn't like the production, especially compared with the Dessay version.

    This is only my opinion but for me as long as Don Pasquale & Dr. Malatester are good then Norina doesn't matter so much. In the Flórez version the patter duet (Act3 Aspetta, aspetta) is absolutely fantastic & Raimondi & Widmer do an encore.

    Sorry I can't be more help.
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    That Dessay performance in Daughter of the Regiment is a real knock out.......a great opera DVD for sure, be very hard to unseat that version from top spot

    I may end up getting the Florez Decca DP just becuase it is much cheaper and I like the rich colorful sets......main complaints at Amazon seem to be Raimondi lacking comic skills for this opera buffa, but overall youtube clips work for me


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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    That Dessay performance in Daughter of the Regiment is a real knock out.......a great opera DVD for sure, be very hard to unseat that version from top spot

    I may end up getting the Florez Decca DP just becuase it is much cheaper and I like the rich colorful sets......main complaints at Amazon seem to be Raimondi lacking comic skills for this opera buffa, but overall youtube clips work for me
    I got it as a JDF double pack with the La Fille & have watched it lots of times. I expect you've seen JDF's Com'e gentil on YouTube. Exquisite as is the accompaniment.

    Not read the Amazon reviews but I adored Raimondi's Don.

    (Welcome to TalkClassical btw )
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I got it as a JDF double pack with the La Fille & have watched it lots of times. I expect you've seen JDF's Com'e gentil on YouTube. Exquisite as is the accompaniment.

    Not read the Amazon reviews but I adored Raimondi's Don.

    (Welcome to TalkClassical btw )
    Yes I really like the rich staging and colors, I think I will go ahead and get the Florez / Decca Don Pasquale. I have a very good big screen HD TV set up and really appreciate visual beauty and picture quality of any opera

    This new forum will cost me dearly and my finances are still recovering from my massive purchases from GMG forum

    I have several good Donizetti Elixir of Love operas on DVD and have wanted to get Don Pasquale for some time now

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    I have several good Donizetti Elixir of Love operas on DVD and have wanted to get Don Pasquale for some time now
    I only have this one which I actually bought from the shop in the Gran Teatre del Liceu when I was in Barcelona (and paid €15 more than it cost on Amazon )




    Can you recommend others?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I only have this one which I actually bought from the shop in the Gran Teatre del Liceu when I was in Barcelona (and paid €15 more than it cost on Amazon )




    Can you recommend others?



    I have these two and have seen a couple others and my top pick is opera super couple Gheorghiu and Alagna. They work seemlessly as a comic pair with great acting skill and vocally at thier peak........a pure delight with very good supporting cast and staging

    The Netrebko is nearly as good, her acting skills are surprisingly good in this light comedy and her physical beauty doesn't hurt, but if I keep only one version it is Angela Gheorghiu

    I do have a Maria Bayo DVD for Rossini's Barber of Seville and find her voice a bit too light and silvery, like a very young girl..........Netrebko and Gheorghiu have deeper richer mezzo register which makes them fuller more pleasant sounding overall to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    [I have these two and have seen a couple others and my top pick is opera super couple Gheorghiu and Alagna. They work seemlessly as a comic pair with great acting skill and vocally at thier peak........a pure delight with very good supporting cast and staging
    Although I really like the quality of Gheorghiu's voice I often find she is playing Angela the Diva rather than whoever her character is - in Tosca, la Rondine, Traviata, even in her Madama Butterfly CD!

    So in this DVD - did you feel she was Adina or Angela?
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    Although I really like the quality of Gheorghiu's voice I often find she is playing Angela the Diva rather than whoever her character is - in Tosca, la Rondine, Traviata, even in her Madama Butterfly CD!

    So in this DVD - did you feel she was Adina or Angela?
    You will love her Adina (I predict), in this light comedy Angela is just delightfully animated not at all too serious or stiff.......I think she is a very versitile actress
    and will win you over with her charm, take a quick look at her duet with Dr Dulcamara especially last 3 minutes

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG1b7...eature=related

    I have her Tosca and Traviata (with Solti) DVDs.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    ...take a quick look at her duet with Dr Dulcamara especially last 3 minutes

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG1b7...eature=related
    I must say that's pretty cute...
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    I haven't finished it yet. So far so good, both Ciofi and Flórez are singing beautifully (he's a specialist in this role). The action is transposed to WWII which I don't know if I'll like, we'll see.

    ... Neat, Flórez gave us an encore of Ah, mes amis...Pour mon âme, so that we got 18 high Cs!!!

    Got to the end of it. Very nice performance with excellent singing, but the update to WWII is completely stupid, running into enormous problems (such as, why are the Americans and the French treating themselves as enemies???). I read a review on Amazon.com that said it so well that I will paste part of it here:

    "The opera was originally set in Tyrol, during Napoleon's invasion. This production is updated and relocated to France in about 1945. Aside from the fact that the costumes and scenery are much less attractive in this setting (U. S. army uniforms were designed for utility, not style, and twentieth century nobles dressed far less elaborately than those of the Napoleonic era), the change of time and locale makes nonsense of much of the plot. It was perfectly reasonable for nineteenth century Tyroleans to fear Napoleon's soldiers, but why would French people of 1945 fear American soldiers and refer to them as "the enemy"? And how did an American regiment adopt a French orphan in the 1920's and take her with them when invading the continent twenty or so years later?
    Libretto alterations intended to adapt the words to the changed circumstances cannot make sense of these things. Moving the setting forward by nearly one and one-half centuries still leaves it about sixty years in the past. Can such a change really make the drama more meaningful to today's audiences?
    I believe that audiences respond to music drama according to the feelings of the characters and their responses to the situations in which they find themselves, not according to the clothes they wear or the technology they employ. Filmmakers have presented drama successfully in settings ranging from prehistoric to futuristic without any fear that the audience would be unable to identify with their characters. Why do opera producers and directors feel a need to tamper? Presenting a work as its creators intended need not limit the creativity of its producers. It is possible to illuminate a work without altering it."

    Exactly! My compliments to that Amazon.com reviewer.
    Last edited by Almaviva; Sep-18-2010 at 03:03.
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