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Welsh National Opera - Operavox [DVD]

John Connell , Julie Gossage    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Connell, Julie Gossage, David Barrell, Julie Higginson, Donald Maxwell
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2005
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00070G73M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,895 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Collection of six animated adaptations of some of the world's most famous operas, including 'Carmen', 'Rigoletto' and 'The Magic Flute', with music performed by the Welsh National Opera. Featuring a variety of animation techniques, from oil painting to elaborate puppetry.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Operavox dvd 28 Feb 2009
As someone who is not a fan of opera, this dvd provided a good introduction to these operas. I'm still not a convert, however... though I think others could well be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animated opera 21 May 2011
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I remember watching this series of six abridged animated operas when they first appeared on TV some years ago and I was delighted to see them available on the Amazon website. Would they be as good as my memory would suggest? Well, I am happy to report that they are quite marvellous, surpassing my every expectation. The animations are from the same team who produced "Shakespeare, the Animated Tales" and employ a variety of techniques, ranging from elaborate puppetry to breathtaking cel and stop frame animation. They are, without exception, stunningly beautiful and hold the attention throughout. The operas featured are "Carmen", "Rigoletto", "The Barber of Seville", "The Magic Flute", "Turandot" and "The Rhinegold"...quite an achievement to condense this epic work into a mere 30 minutes! The Rossini includes some spoken dialogue, while the Bizet not only omits the tenor's great aria, but also the character of Micaela! Otherwise, one can only marvel at the abridgements, which are ingenious to say the very least. The recordings are courtesy of the Welsh National Opera and feature the voices of such distinguished performers as Jean Rigby (Carmen), Donald Maxwell (Figaro and Escamillo), Jonathon Summers (Rigoletto), Simon Keenlyside (Papageno), Andrew Shore (Bartolo), Adrian Thompson (Don José) and Jane Eaglen (Turandot). This disc would make a wonderful introduction for newcomers to opera, but experienced opera-lovers will find much to enjoy as well. Incidentally, I managed to pick it up very cheaply!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opera for beginners 8 Feb 2011
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I saw this series on TV some 10 years ago and found it very impressive, especially with the standard of production and singing.
I've bought it for my grandchildren [3 and 5] who are children of opera singers, and sometimes go to part of the current productions. They are particularly keen [and knowledgable,as far as small children can be] on Magic Flute, so I shall be interested to see how they react to these versions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but short introduction to opera 16 Aug 2013
This collection of short animated operas are a good introduction to opera, in terms of the story and some of the main musical motifs. Some are good to introduce children to; others most certainly are not. The opening credits are a bit long and have aged very badly, and some of the pieces are too rushed and I found myself wishing they'd made perhaps 45-minute versions, but still... I found it handy sometimes to have the subtitles on, but the only ones are for hearing-impaired (so they also describe the action).

As for the individual operas, a short review of each:

Carmen uses an experimental technique blending watercolour with facials from film and I can see why it hasn't caught on. The abridgement omits the famous overture and wonderful Act 4 crowd scene, and writes Micaela out altogether. The fight in Act 3 features an unusual choice of music given what was omitted. The adaptation is relatively harmless so is okay for older kids.

The Barber of Seville is a charming puppet-animated film. It features rather too much spoken dialogue for my liking, and sometimes I was desperate for them to put in a tune from the opera. However, the story is communicated very clearly. Harmless and suitable for kids.

Rigoletto is definitely not for children, featuring grotesque puppetry and (puppet) nudity and bloodshed. The staging is effective but the story is lost a bit in the abridgement, especially in the storm scene where knowledge of the story is essential in order to understand the action. Disappointed that "Gualtier Malde" is omitted but musically it's satisfactory (except the storm scene).

Rheingold is a straightforward drawn animation.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful 26 Mar 2011
By Wotan
This is simply awful. It distorts opera and leaves you with bad anaimation + bad singing. Do not buy it. Go for the real thing instead. There are plenty of nice operas around and there is no need for a Mickey Mouse version.
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