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    There are some new opera DVDs in the market. Has anybody seen them?



    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    There are some new opera DVDs in the market. Has anybody seen them?



    Waiting for Rita. This excerpt looked a lot of fun.

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viOZu6YJII4[/YT]

    I've got Maria Stuarda already and as I didn't like Cedolins in Norma I'm not enthusiastic.
    Natalie

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    Can someone explain why a DVD is available on Amazon.uk but only in 'region 1' (North America) and identical DVD is available from Amazon.com in 'all region' format?

    It's the same with these. Only region 1 (North America) on sale on the British site and all region on sale on the US site.

    Doesn't make sense. I can watch Region 1 on my laptop but I prefer to watch DVDs on my proper DVD player.
    Ann

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    That is very strange. Maybe email Amazon and ask them? Can't really think of a good reason they'd do it that way.
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    Email Amazon? (Hollow laugh). Really, don't waste your time, they'll blame everyone but the Dalai Lama and they still won't answer the question. The people who reply to the queries don't seem to have a clue about their own systems.

    I once tried to inform them about a mistake on their website to do with postage rates and I think it took 10 days of back and forth correspondence - every time with a different person - before they twigged what I was saying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Can someone explain why a DVD is available on Amazon.uk but only in 'region 1' (North America) and identical DVD is available from Amazon.com in 'all region' format?

    It's the same with these. Only region 1 (North America) on sale on the British site and all region on sale on the US site.

    Doesn't make sense. I can watch Region 1 on my laptop but I prefer to watch DVDs on my proper DVD player.
    I assume that there is a mistake in the way these DVDs have been listed on the UK site and all these DVD's are all-region.
    Try to look up the maker of the DVD's and consult their catalogue, or contact them to ask whether they've produced all copies all-region, or some copies as region 1.
    I find it unlikely that a maker will produce both region-restricted *and* region-free copies. Maybe what I'm saying is totally wrong, but I think that this is a business decision that is likely to be made before final production: will they want to go region-restricted to tap into different sales prices in different countries, or will they go region-free and increase the appeal of their product? It is probably unlikely that they'd do both, but will rather pick one of the two strategies.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I'm watching the last act of La Fanciulla del West with my eight-year-old, and Jack Rance (Sherrill Milnes) is striding around with his rifle organising all the men, and she turns to me and says solemnly: "He's trying to make himself out to be all good... he's a bit up himself, isn't he?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    I'm watching the last act of La Fanciulla del West with my eight-year-old, and Jack Rance (Sherrill Milnes) is striding around with his rifle organising all the men, and she turns to me and says solemnly: "He's trying to make himself out to be all good... he's a bit up himself, isn't he?"

    Succinct!

    BTW is this version as good as the one in the Puccini set?

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    Much much better. Hang on for Postman Pat.
    Natalie

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    Has anyone got this?



    Thais, Les Pecheurs de Perles, Daphne, Le Roi de Lahore, Maometto II, Pia de Tolemei

    Singers include Patrizia Ciofi, Annick Massis, Eva Mei, Michele Pertusi, Luca Grassi


    Amazon.uk Market Seller has it for £34.50 ($55.5)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Has anyone got this?



    Thais, Les Pecheurs de Perles, Daphne, Le Roi de Lahore, Maometto II, Pia de Tolemei

    Singers include Patrizia Ciofi, Annick Massis, Eva Mei, Michele Pertusi, Luca Grassi


    Amazon.uk Market Seller has it for £34.50 ($55.5)
    Seems like a good bargain. Here in the US it sells for $59.44. I own three of these six operas in separate versions. The Thais is with Eva Mei and is rather good (boobs... boobs...). The Les Pecheurs is a bit of a mixed bag due to a less than ideal tenor, but still, it holds its own and the opera itself is so beautiful that it is a must have since there are no other DVD versions of this opera. Daphne is also a very beautiful opera, but it isn't successfuly performed here. I believe that I have posted full reviews of all three. The other three, I don't have.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Seems like a good bargain. Here in the US it sells for $59.44. I own three of these six operas in separate versions. The Thais is with Eva Mei and is rather good (boobs... boobs...). The Les Pecheurs is a bit of a mixed bag due to a less than ideal tenor, but still, it holds its own and the opera itself is so beautiful that it is a must have since there are no other DVD versions of this opera. Daphne is also a very beautiful opera, but it isn't successfuly performed here. I believe that I have posted full reviews of all three. The other three, I don't have.
    Hot baritone alert, but FYI postman pat is coming.
    Natalie

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    OK, I'm thrilled. I just made my reservations to go to New York City on October 10 to see Anna Netrebko La Bellissima and Elina Garanca in Anna Bolena. Unfortunately I was unable to make it on October 15 - the day of the Met in HD broadcast - so the world won't listen to my shout of "Brava, La Bellissima" during curtain calls.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I've been thinking...
    I am always looking for opera videos with beautiful sopranos and mezzo-sopranos.
    You all know about my passion for Anna and my interest for Renée, Isabel, Miah, Danielle, etc.
    And... the boobs.

    Then I see the ladies here going crazy for El Guapo, Callejas, Keenlyside, etc.

    I don't do it for cinema. I don't buy films or go to movie theaters in great part because of the looks of the actresses. It's usually the movie itself that interests me - if it's a good director/plot/cinematography etc. Yes, I like to see beautiful actresses on screen, but it is not as important as beautiful singers seem to be, for me. Of course I primarily like opera for the music, but what I'm saying is that the operatic performer's looks are more important to me than a cinematic performer's looks. Why it is so, I don't know.

    Question:

    Why do many of us opera fans seem to be so focused on singers' looks?
    Last edited by Almaviva; May-05-2011 at 04:09.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    While looks play a part in my devotion to certain singers, they are not the whole story. I have to thrill to the voice, and it helps in my book if they can act as well. That’s why for me Kaufmann is the whole package – I adore the timbre of his voice, he fully embodies any part he plays, AND he is cute. The latter is important in opera because so many of the lead parts are romantic and it’s wonderful when you can actually imagine falling in love with one of these guys (enough, usually, to die for the love of them). It doesn't matter so much in operas that are not a love story - pause for thought while I try and think of one.... Ok anything by Philip Glass, or Adams or whatever. Then they can look like whatever they want as long as they can sing.

    And mere looks are not enough. If they were I would currently be besotted by Zachary Stains, as I have been trying hard not to look at every inch of him on full display in Ercole sul Termodonte (keep your eyes above the waistline, Natalie!) and I can honestly say he looks like a bona fide Greek god. BUT… the voice is not too good, so I won’t be travelling to London to hear him any time soon.
    Natalie

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