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Gounod: Romeo et Juliette [DVD]

Roberto Alagna , Leontina Vaduva , Brian Large    Exempt   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roberto Alagna, Leontina Vaduva, Anna Maria Panzarella, Robert Lloyd, François Le Roux
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Writers: Jules Barbier, Michel Carré, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Jane Pleydell-Bouverie, Revel Guest, Stephany Marks
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Quantum Leap
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2001
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RHHB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,955 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Covent Garden plays host to this 1994 performance of Gounod's five act opera. The Royal Opera, singing in French, are backed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Chorus.


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Youthful leads are a triumph !! 30 Nov 2009
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This ROH production of 1994 succeeds on a number of levels: costumes,sets,supporting cast,excellent orchestration and conducting from Sir Charles Mackerras, and, not least, its two leading stars Roberto Alagna and Leontina Vaduva.
How refreshing to have a Romeo and Juliette who actually look youthful and can be believable portraying the the tremulousness and naievety of first love. Roberto Alagna,early in his career, is in magnificent voice-clear,soaring up into the gods,his Romeo believable,shy,vulnerable and innocent.As Juliette, Leontina Vaduva finds the purity of the teenage girl who has fallen so headlong in love with Romeo.Her voice is perfection as she moves effortlessly through the intricacies of 'Je veux vivre' to the rapturous responses to Romeo's 'Ange adorable'.
The lovers tentative touching of hands and mutual shock at their instant attraction ends with the briefest of brushes of mouth on mouth,a kiss which scares them as much as it seals their fate. A gorgeously lit balcony scene is the backdrop to Romeo's 'Ah!leve-toi soleil' sung beautifully by Alagna. The wedding night scene is both poignant and VERY VERY sensuous....who would not want such a Romeo?
I challenge you to find another version of the opera to match this (even the Alagna/Gheorghiu film version).....highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 5 April 2009
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A fresh Juliette who is charming,young,amazing in singing and acting and a great Romeo just to fall in love with him!
The staging is very nice and the whole performance is very touching.
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By Ricky
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This DVD is one of the most best recordings the royal opera has produced, though it was some years back when it was first performed, but still it is still one of the best, if not, "THE BEST" i really loved it.
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