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Pavarotti And Sutherland: An Evening With [DVD] [1987]

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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Chinese, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000YCLRB0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,580 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


For the Metropolitan Opera gala of 1988, two of the greatest opera stars of the time, and long-term singing partners, Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland, united to perform four famous scenes from Acts I and III of Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III of La Traviata and Act III of Rigoletto. Richard Bonynge conducts.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carlton Hobbs on 1 Feb. 2011
The only complaint is that, at about 1hr 50mins, it didn't go on long enough. Though it is a "concert" performance at the Met, the performers are in costume and there is enough set to create the atmosphere of each opera. The New Yorkers do more than their fair share to create an atmosphere of enthusiastic celebration - so don't buy it if that sort of rather OTT enjoyment by an audience irritates you!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Jennifer Dodd - Published on
From the Met, broadcast in 1987. Two great singers a little past their prime, but the Rigoletto Quartet alone makes this DVD worth owning.

In the Rigoletto, Dame Joan's voice opens up and is as full, agile, spikey and powerful as it had always been. Her final note in the quartet is vintage Dame Joan.

In the Traviata Dame Joan's voice is somewhat attenuated. I know Violetta is supposed to be at the end but Dame Joan's voice doesn't really warm up and although she is projecting emotion, it doesn't really come through in her vocals.

Some of Dame Joan's Lucia can be passed. Her top notes do not quite work.

And... whoever was responsible for her make up should have been shot. I've never seen her look so bad. I saw her even later in her career and she looked A-OK, make up is so important, particularly for video.

Luciano carries the timbre of the voice he had for years and years, so beautiful. My goodness that man could sing! Not everything worked for him here either. But he was an amazing showman and there were times that one could simply float on the cushion of his voice.

The supporting cast were all highly respected Met regulars, each wonderful singers in their own right. One can't help but be rivited to Isola Jones during the quartet, Luciano certainly was!Sutherland-Pavarotti-Bonynge Gala Concert, Opera Australia;Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor / Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus, Pablo Elvira, Paul Plishka, Richard Bonynge, Metropolitan Opera;Cecilia & Bryn at Glyndebourne: Arias & Duets [HD DVD]; Three Tenors: In Concert; Luciano Pavarotti: Christmas at Notre Dame; 30th Anniversary Gala Concert / Pavarotti, Verrett, Sabbatini, Anderson, Cappuccilli, Kabaivanska, Furlanetto, Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia Opera; Gala Concert at Royal Albert Hall;Sutherland-Horne- Pavarotti "Live From Lincoln Center"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent 12 Sept. 2009
By Pip - Published on
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You can not ask for more than Joan Sutherland in perfect voice matched with Pavarotti before he got thin! A simply outstanding evening of glorious music with two legendary voices. If you like Italian opera, you will love this DVD.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The Best Met Gala Ever on DVD! 13 April 2008
By Mike Smith - Published on
I pleased that Decca have released this on DVD, since this is one of the best galas that the Met have put together.

This gala is recorded on January 11, 1987, and featuring Dame Joan Sutherland and Lucio Pavarotti in fully staged performances of Act 3 of La Traviata, Act 3 of Rigoletto and Act 1, Scene 2 and Act 3, Scene 3 of Lucia Di Lammermoor (Compared this to Dame Joan's 1982 Met performance that out on DVD), with the Met orchestra under the direction (As always with Dame Joan on the stage) of Richard Boynage.

Since it was on VHS for years, Met fans have been cavoring for a DVD release, and now they got their wish.

Nown only if the Met can reissued their 25th Anniversary Lincoln Center Gala on DVD!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful opera experience in my own living room 26 Dec. 2012
By ChadsDad - Published on
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This DVD allows me to see two of the opera greats over and over again in my own home. Excellent quality and for less than the price of a single ticket!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The "Two Stars Shine" 12 Dec. 2011
By William A Merrill - Published on
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Exceptional! The one word I'd use to describe this DVD. It far exceeded anything I could have hoped for; however I shouldn't have been shocked since the two stars (Sutherland and Pavarotti) shine so brightly in each of the productions sampled here. It is a welcomed addition to my DVD collection.
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