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Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci: The Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sony Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00579EK50
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,817 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Live performances of the operas by Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavallo, recorded in New York. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus with Plácido Domingo starring in both lead roles.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cavalleria Rusticana 14 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is by far our favourite opera and we saw it live at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome in August this year.
We have not stopped watching the DVD since it arrived - fantastic.
Neil Hayes
New Zealand
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS!!! 26 Sep 2009
By MusicLover - Published on Amazon.com
There are a mumber of DVD performances of these two operas -- live as well as film with lip sync. But, if you want them together, in a live recording, this is the best. First telecast by the Met 31 years ago in 1978, the video and audio have been restored and while understandably not state of the art by today's standards, this DVD is certainly very watchable and listenable. The color is good and there are two audio formats, LPCM stereo and DTS 5.1 surround.

In both Cav and Pag, Domingo sings with a passion and demonstrates why he went on to have a superstar career. The late Tatiana Troyanos delivers a knockout Santuzza. In Pag, Sherrill Milnes is in excellent voice as Tonio and brings down the house after the Prologue. The superb singing actress Teresa Stratas IS Nedda. Every gesture and facial expression is perfect. The rest of the Met cast is wonderful and Franco Zeffirelli's production is very convincing.

Interestingly, the same Zeffirelli Pag production is what Pavarotti sings in his 1994 DVD performance. And, Miss Stratas (16 years later) is once again a dynamite Nedda. I wouldn't be without either DVD. However, the 1978 Met Cav/Pag is a must for any opera fan.
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alive! 14 Feb 2002
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The two opera twins have come alive with this magnificient Franco Zeffirelli production. I think that "amazing" is the only words that can actually describe them. From beginning to end, it is a series of wonderful extraordinary sets. (you should see them especially in Cavalleria Rusticana...incredible).
Well...Ok...Zeffirelli amazes us! But that's not all...The singers.....better than the amazing set.
The Leader is Placido Domingo. As in a lot of his opera movies he sings greatly. And since I mentioned that this is an opera movie, I should give this great tenor credits for his acting. Better than a real hollywood actor. He gives the two caracters (especially Canio) their real domensions like no one has never done. Domingo is more powerful than Bergonzi and more passionate than Del Monaco (other 2 expetional Canios). This tenor is a miracle!
Next comes stratas (Nedda). Well...honestly her voice wasn't always very clear..sometimes too low...but again a great sensational actress with a gorgeous vocie...bravo!
Renato Bruson is also a very good virile Alfio.
I did not love santuzza...I think others might have been better..
On the top of all this list comes George Pretre! He conducts La Scala's orchestra like a master..(he IS a master).
One distracting thing that I have to note in Pagliacci. The public supposed to view the scene in the 2nd act is always chattering...probably wanted by the director to show realism..but I have to admit it IS quite annoying!
Believe me, when Pagliacci will end (with the "la commedia e finita" given back to Tonio (juan Pons who is very very good by the way)) you will be shouting like the rest of the people inside the opera.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONE TO HAVE: DEFINITIVE 23 Aug 2011
By Alfredo R. Villanueva - Published on Amazon.com
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I AM QUITE SURPRISED TO BE THE FIRST ONE TO REVIEW THIS DVD, WHICH I BOUGHT SIMPLY BECAUSE I HAPPENED TO BE IN THE AUDIENCE AT ONE OF THESE PERFORMANCES, AND BECAUSE I AM A DEVOTED FAN OF ALL SINGERS CONCERNED, I WAS NOT AWARE OF A COMPETING RECORDING WHERE DOMINGO REPEATS HIS FEAT OF SINGING BOTH ROLES,BUT AT LA SCALA, STILL PARTNERED BY STRATAS BUT WITH OBRATZOVA INSTEAD OT TROYANOS EN CAVALLERIA.
SUFFICE IT TO SAY THAT THIS RECORDING, AT LEAST SHOWS OFF WHY THE MET IS INSUPERABLE.YOU WILL NOT REGRET HAVING IT, PARTICULARLY BECAUSE IT PRESERVES A PERFORMANCE BY TROYANOS, WHO WAS LOST TO HER PUBLIC TOO EARLY IN HER CAREER DUE TO CANCER. GET IT BY ALL MEANS!
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fond Memories Realized 13 Sep 2011
By Robert Elden - Published on Amazon.com
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Having attended a performance of these wonderful operas during the first season they were produced, and many subsequent seasons thereafter, I was hoping that the magic these particular artists brought to the night I remembered so well would still be there. It is!..in spades! Not only are they musically sublime, they are superb singing actors one and all. The Zefferelli sets are beautifully realistic and remain one his all-time best productions. The orchestra and conductor are at the top of their game. So pleased to now have this DVD.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BY FAR THE BEST ON DVD 20 Oct 2011
By El Critico - Published on Amazon.com
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I have six different DVD of these operas. If I were told that I can only keep one,without hesitation this is the one that I'll keep.
These are not just opera singers, they are truly singing actors.
Troyanos was perfect as the Sicilian girl that has been wronged.
Teresa Stratas was beyond believe, and Domingo, what can I say?
When Pagliacci ended I was so excited that I broke into applause in my room all by myself and my entire body all goose pimples.
Zefferelli was at the top of his game, he couldn't even best himself with his movie version of these operas, not even with the advantages of the beautiful Sicilian locations, being able to do as many takes as necessary, a large number of movie extras,and all the other things that can be done when making a movie.
If you are to buy only one Cav/Pag, buy this one, you will not be sorry.
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