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Prokofiev: Trois Oranges [DVD] [2006]

Jose van Dam , Nicolas Marie    Exempt   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jose van Dam, Nicolas Marie, Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Barry Banks, Charles Workman
  • Format: NTSC, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: TDK
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VKW6PQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,479 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Sylvain Cambreling conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Opera National de Paris in this live performance of Prokofiev's opera from 2005. Features performances by Charles Workman, José van Dam, and Philippe Rouillon.

Product Description

TDK OPORANG; TDK - EUROPA; Classica Lirica

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very attractive production 10 Nov 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this production very much. It is well sung and played and the stage production is one of the better ones. I still have the 1982 Glyndebourne as my favourite performance but this is now very old and the video transfer leaves a great deal to be desired. I was surprised not to see that this had been recorded in HD as it was filmed in 2005. It may have been but it did nor say so and my only grumble here is that the focus is quite soft, especially if projected onto a large HD screen. The casting is good and the 30 minute doco very well done. I consider this the best overall recording at this time and a better staging than the only competing version on Blu-ray.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Performance. 30 Aug 2013
I will start off with the sad news, it is not the best staged performance, the set is mainly a semicircle with props brought in and out of central curtains. This lets the performance down a bit.
The costumes are the opposite, they are imaginative and appropriate and enhance the production.
The star performers for me are Charles Workman,the prince, he is always good, and has a very pleasing mellow voice and Barry Banks as Truffaldino. Banks has a very clear tenor, he also shows a great sense of fun. He has tremendous energy and his knee tremors when frightened are worth watching.
The other performers are all up to standard, there is not a weak link among them.
There is a pantomime quality abput the production which really suits this opera.
Just a point worth mentioning, the quick change of princess to rat and back is very slick.
For the finale all the characters parade across the stage to a reprise of the famous march, before taking there individual bows.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This noise is giving me a headache... 8 Sep 2012
...Actually, that's a line from the libretto but, perhaps Prokofiev was offering a hostage to fortune. The only other production I have seen of this opera was the one done in 1994 at Aix-en-Provence. It was in Russian with no subtitles and very surrealistic. This version from Paris is comparatively straightforward. The Commedia dell'Arte characters tell a simple story and the production is always a pleasure to look at with attractive costumes and sets. I particularly liked the clownlike male chorus that is continuously on stage, reacting to and commenting on the action. Prokofiev's music did not do much for me although it was composed during his neoclassical period so it is tuneful without being memorable, sounding more balletic than operatic.

Solo honours go mainly to the female singers, possibly because they look so sensational. I liked the flame-haired Béatrice Uria-Monzon as Fata Morgana. Hannnah Esther Minatillo, as Clarice, wears a slinky green gown with matching green hair; I was not so keen on the green eyelashes though. Lucia Cirillo is charming as the slave Sméraldina although it was probably an error of judgement to have her play the part as a racial stereotype.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant performance 6 Mar 2010
A great perfomance of this fairly off-the-beaten-track opera... The magic is present in every scene and the performers are all of very high standards. Costumes and sets are stunning and never get in the way of the story telling. You are easily taken into this magic world and you geneuinly care about what is happening next... The end of the opera only comes too soon...
It is a shame that the second scene of the first act has been cut. However, t$his is a perfect example of a modern staging that is clever, sparkling and serves the music and the story for the full enjoyement of the viewer.
Entirely recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! 20 Sep 2012
By BoskoG
Sung in French. A fairy tale opera using the style of pantomime and the circus. Hard to see how it could be improved.

Picture quality 5
Sound quality 5
Sets 5 - main set looks like the inside of a circus ring with a semi circle walkway round the top.
Music making (orchestra) 5
Storytelling 5
Direction (camera work) 5
Singing/Acting 5/5 - no weaknesses.
Costumes 5 - bright, colourful costumes in pantomime style.

Highly recommended. A perfect production.
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