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Cavalleria Rusticana/ Pagliacci: Zurich Opera 2009 [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]

Jose Cura    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Jose Cura
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0039ZCHKY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,410 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two timeless stories of love, honour, justice and violence, captured on just one DVD a highlight for every opera lover. Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci speak to one's heart and soul. They are regarded as the most absorbing tragedies of Italian music theater. Adultery, jealousy and betrayal are leading to passionate conflicts that jointly connect both operas. The impressively embellished stage waives exaggerated decoration to underline the unflattering realistic brutality. Both operas are supported by a musical variety of great arias, short duets and amazing choir passages that add to the unveiled expression of feelings. As a special guest the Argentinian Tenor José Cura stands out with his fascinating singing and acting performance. Besides him Soprano Paoletta Marrocu with her expressive interpretation of Santuzza, Carlo Guelfi as Tonio or Fiorenza Cedolins as Nedda can convince the audience with their great voices. These atmospheric performances directed by Grischa Asagaroff and conducted by Stefano Ranzani are capable to fascinate every opera lover.

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Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

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2.0 out of 5 stars An Also-Ran Cav and Pag 1 Sep 2010
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
The only reason to film a production of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci with singers who don't look or act the parts very well is if one has spectacular voices in a credible performance. This production has mediocre singers who don't look or act the parts particularly well and who are therefore not terribly believable. This Cavalleria comes across as a dark and unmotivated melodrama that does not ever grab one's interest. The Pagliacci is somewhat better although I must say that José Cura's portrayal of Canio makes the clown look like a mental defective what with his gibbering and nonsensical attempts at humor. And unfortunately Cura's formerly athletic appearance has run to fat. None of this would matter, of course, if Señor Cura had a voice, but he really doesn't these days, if he ever truly did. As for the two divas involved -- Paoletta Marrocu as Santuzza and Fiorenza Cedolins as Nedda -- the voices are squally, unevenly produced and frankly difficult to listen to. Carlo Guelfi sings a credible Tonio and Cheyne Davidson a reasonably good Alfio. Mamma Lucia, as sung by Irène Friedli, is a cipher. It doesn't help that the audio engineering is also not very good.

There are excellent DVDs of the Cav/Pag double bill out there -- the one with Plácido Domingo, for instance -- and thus this issue is a poor also-ran.

Scott Morrison
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