At last, a documentary worthy of this extraordinary artist. A brief introduction leads into a film of an hour and twenty minutes during which Domingo speaks for himself in words and music without any of the more usual filtering through an interviewer. The performances of the roles he discusses, excerpts from which are included in generous measure, have been chosen by him. They are taken from his Italian, French and German repertoire and represent the middle period of his unique singing career, ranging from Carmen (Vienna, 1978) to Otello (London, 1992). Links from role to role are provided in a clear and unobtrusive off-screen commentary by the film's director, with occasional and pertinent additional observations from Zubin Mehta. The film is beautifully structured and seamlessly weaves the artist's thoughts on the roles, the music, the drama and colleagues past and present with, among other things, reflections on his life to date, his views on religion and politics, and most interestingly and perhaps importantly on an artist's duty.
Anyone with an interest in understanding something of what makes this great man tick, or with an interest in acquiring a better understanding of what is required of a great artist should invest in this DVD. It should be a mandatory purchase for all aspiring opera singers!
Two small points with regard to dates mentioned in the commentary, both at Covent Garden (which in no way detract from the value of the film) - the Schlesinger production of Hoffman was new in 1980 (not '82) and the Moshinsky production of Otello was new in 1987 (not '83).