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Puccini: La Fanciulla del West [DVD](1982) [2001] [NTSC]

Placido Domingo , Carol Neblett , Piero Faggioni    Exempt   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Placido Domingo, Carol Neblett, Nello Santi, Robert Lloyd
  • Directors: Piero Faggioni
  • Writers: Giacomo Puccini
  • Format: NTSC, Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: NVC Arts
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C24F6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,676 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Piero Faggioni’s highly acclaimed Royal Opera production of The Girl of the Golden West, filmed in 1983, stars the incomparable Placido Domingo and American soprano Carol Neblett. It is considered by many the definitive production of this work. Faggioni’s amazing production brings the opera vividly to life. The realistic timbered sets are by Oscar-winning designer Ken Adam, whose film work includes Dr Strangelove and a number of James Bond films. Domingo’s heroic portrayal of Don Johnson is one of his most popular and one of his favourite roles. The Bible-bashing, gun-toting Minnie is a very taxing role not tackled by many sopranos. Carol Neblett made it her own with her gloriously rich voice and brilliant performance.

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DVD Ntsc/Regions 2/3/4/5/6

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive recording of a great work 11 Aug 2005
Anyone interested in buying Puccini operas on DVD should look no further than this disc of 'La Fanciulla del West'.
The DVD quality is excellent and I had no hesitation in discarding my old video version. The production is superb: set design, costuming, and direction are all spot on. In Domingo, we have a genuine star in his absolute prime, nothing less than perfect as Dick Johnson. Carol Neblett really does look the part as Minnie and copes admirably with the very difficult passages towards the end of Act 1 and her acting and singing in the climax of Act 2 could scarcely be bettered. But in many ways, the real stars are the Covent Garden company, with Bob Lloyd, Gwynne Howell, and Francis Egerton delightful in the minor roles.
It's a real shame that there aren't more live performances of 'La Fanciulla del West', because it really does prove Puccini's mastery of dramatic musical theatre. The score is full of little musical gems and you really do see something new in this production each time you watch it. Thanks to this DVD, we can enjoy the definitive performance of this work over and over again. Take a chance and buy without hesitation - you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chemistry in Spades, Diamonds Hearts and Clubs! 13 Nov 2007
An absolutely fabulous production down to domingo's chaps! Acting is supreme, staging is excellent little details are fantastic. I saw the Miller/la scala production before this one and came away from that one feeling a little miffed. This is a hundred times better!
The chemistry between these two is magnificent. I would heartily recommend it pardners!

The kiss in Act II with the door blowing open, genius and the card game with the unconcious domingo, Classic!

I have not seen the Met Production yet but will no doubt in the next few weeks! If you have not already bought this production, treat yourself for Christmas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 3 May 2007
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I had heard the CD version from a library many years ago. The DVD is even better. The music in this Opera is much more flowing and integrated with the plot than earlier Puccini operas. Domingo is very handsome and dashing in this, and Neblett is very feisty in the leading role. I'll watch this version a few more times I am sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely marvellous 9 April 2013
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This is a truly inspired opera with some wonderful music that to my mind admirably evokes the wild west. A soaring performance by the 3 principals, supported admirably and with considerable charm by the supporting cast. I can't stop watching it. An absolute must to purchase.
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