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La Scala Collection [DVD] [2010]

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  • Format: Box set, Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2006
  • Run Time: 999 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FA577Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,007 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A collection of television archive recordings of performances from the Teatro alla Scala. The collection brings together works from some of the best-loved composers, including Donizetti, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi and Pergolesi. Renowned conductors Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Lorin Maazel and Stefano Ranzani lead the Orchestra and Chorus and the performances feature some of the most famous opera singers in the world, including Thomas Allen, Placido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Daniela Dessi, Alessandro Corbelli, Giorgio Zancanaro, Chris Merritt, Cheryl Studer and Sara Mingardo.

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Scala Collection (La) (11 Dvd)

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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
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All eleven operas are full length, in fine La Scala productions with excellent singing and mainly conducted by Ricardo Muti. The staging is traditional, but with a modern uncluttered emphasis. All the operas are in 4:3 format except "Lucia" which is letterboxed wide screen.

For this reviewer the revelation is "Pergolesi - La frate `nnamorato", how a comedy 276 years old can be so fresh and vibrant is an amazing tribute to the production.

Mozart - Cosi fan tutte - 1989 Muti - This production gains enormously by being played "straight" instead of the usual embarrassing attempts at comedy to enliven the wafer thin plot; as a result the arias and ensembles are reminiscent of a recital with very fine backgrounds and the uniformly excellent ensemble cast usually positioned symmetrically on the stage.

Pergolesi - La frate `nnamorato - 1989 Muti - There is quite a complex romantic plot to this delicious comic opera from 1732, beautifully realised in a very attractive circular revolving stage set and pristine neutral costumes. Superb singing and acting make for a very special treat.

Rossini - Gugliemo Tell - Muti - Rossini's last and one of the grandest of grand operas. Rossini subsequently had serious doubts about "Tell", and this uncut four hour version represents either heavenly length or excessive longeurs. The use of multiple back projection screens throughout showing constantly changing views of Swiss scenery work well, but the stage set baffles me, as this is a political drama maybe the shadowy rows of seats are intended to represent a legislative chamber. The tenor role of Arnoldo is one of the most demanding in opera and is carried off very well by Chris Merritt as part of an excellent cast.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter pack 21 Jun 2011
There are 11 operas in the set, nicely boxed, with artistic covers that reflect detail of La Scala decor rather than snapshots of content. Some are popular titles, others not so readily known. The enclosed booklets are comprehensive with act by act synopses, and the libretto. The productions are all of the standards one would expect from La Scala. Many of the lead artistes are well known and all of good or better standards. I would single out La Fanciulla del West, with Domingo as a good baddie and Pons as a Bad goodie. Zampieri is an appealing Minnie. The sets are particularly to my liking. I do not give a full five stars as there are two operas not to my liking, but this is purely a personal preference. Firstly Guglielmo Tell, after the brilliant overture the opera goes on, and on, and on, no amount of good singing can rescue it for me. It also has some strange backdrops. Secondly I Due Foscari, this is a depressing story, in depressing dark settings, there is little light relief, obviously not La Scalas fault, but inherent from Verdi.
Back to the positive this is an excellent buy and I remain very pleased with my choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The La Scala Opera Collection, Opus Arte 27 Dec 2011
The La Scala Collection is a superb production. Even though these opera's were televised over 25 years ago, the film clarity and the sound quality is superb. This collection is a joy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Bargain 5 Jan 2013
By Colin W
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This is a fine set of good, traditional La Scala productions with excellent casts and some rarities, not otherwise available. The weakest aspect of the set is the chorus. Although they sing well, they usually do not act at all and frequently look uninvolved.

Don Giovanni: An ideal and outstanding cast with Thomas Allen, Edita Gruberova, Francisco Araiza and Ann Murray all in superb form. Riccardo Muti is an exceptional Mozart conductor and the production is top class. It is hard to imagine a better presentation of this great opera.

Guglielmo Tell: William Tell is an underrated grand opera. This is a fine production with a cast which is mature in looks but vocally excellent, especially Giorgio Zancanarro as Tell and Cheryl Studer as Matilde. The filmed backdrops of Swiss mountains and stormy lakes work very well. The ballet sequences are excellent. Highly recommended.

Lucia di Lammermoor: Grand gothic sets and traditional costumes make for a convincing gloomy tragedy. Renato Bruson is commanding in both voice and appearance as Enrico, Lucia's brother. Mariella Devia is in brilliant voice for the demanding role of Lucia, producing a memorable mad scene. The rest of the cast is first rate. This is a really fine performance, shot in wide-screen.

La Fanciulla del West: Another fine production with great acting and singing from Placido Domingo, Juan Pons and Maria Zampieri as the eponymous heroine. Lorin Maazel receives a deserved ovation from the La Scala audience. The production is by Jonathan Miller and works well.

Lo frate'nnamorato: This tuneful comic opera from 1732 is given a sparkling performance with Muti conducting an excellent cast. The set is a rotating piece of Baroque architecture with stairs spiralling up to two rooms.
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