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La Fanciulla Del West: Metropolitan Opera (Slatkin) [DVD] [2005] [NTSC]
La Fanciulla Del West: Metropolitan Opera (Slatkin) [DVD] [2005] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Leonard Slatkin
Price: £16.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Torn Between 2 Productions!, 30 Nov. 2007
Right im just after watching this and im on a high! The staging was magnificent. Sherrill Milnes, i dont think i need to say, he was fantastic!

Barbara Daniels was great although a small bit too expressive i thought! I know how can you be too expressive when you are playing a gun touting, bilble basher! Well you can(too much teeth) i know her teeth better than i know my own at this stage!! lol. But her singing was second to none.

Domingo was fantastic as always brought more depth this time to the role of johnson. Preferred his voice acting better in covent garden version.

I love this! Im gonna have to alternate between the 2 productions cause i cant pick one over the other.

Well done the Met on a great production

'Casta Diva'
'Casta Diva'
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £4.74

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stick with what you do best, 27 Nov. 2007
This review is from: 'Casta Diva' (Audio CD)
After growing up on a diet of some of the best coloratura sopranos this planet has ever seen, case in point, Sutherland,Caballe, Sills and recordings of Lily pons, i am at a loss to understand why Gheorghiu's management would allow her to venture into this repetoire. Her voice does not have the agility and the technique to do this repetoire justice.

I was given a present of this CD. Just in case if you have any friends that are "into opera" please do not buy this CD for them for christmas. Mine is at this moment under a table leg providing a bit of balance!

This CD was a badly advised route for Angela and she is just not up to the challenge.

Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut - Royal Opera House 1983 [DVD] [2001] [NTSC]
Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut - Royal Opera House 1983 [DVD] [2001] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Placido Domingo
Price: £14.90

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterclass in Musicality and Acting, 22 Nov. 2007
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What chemistry these two have on stage. I just cant stop watching them! Domingo is in fine voice as is Te Kanawa. Act 4 is a joy to behold, has me in tears all the time. This definitely wins over the Met production which to me is overacted. I love scotto as a singer(beautiful to listen to) but her acting leaves a lot to be desired. I found myself cringing! Domingo overacts as well here. Domingo really feeds off his partners and here is a perfect example.

Wheras in the Covent Garden production both actors are perfectly comfortable with each other. The acting is superb leaving the singing to convey in glorious tones much of the emotion. Beautiful. The things that domingo can do with his voice are amazing when he is in this sort of form and te kanawa responds in kind.

This is the perfect Christmas present to reward yourself with. Sit back relax and enjoy!

Verdi : Ernani [DVD] [1982] [2001] [NTSC]
Verdi : Ernani [DVD] [1982] [2001] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Plácido Domingo
Price: £17.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterclass in Verdi Singing, 21 Nov. 2007
Oh my god you have to get this DVD. I have had it on Video for some years now and keep putting it on once every month or so! Hence i now need to go and buy the DVD, cause its a bit worn out. I know obsessive! But the singing is first rate! Domingo Freni Bruson and Ghiaurov in one production! It does not get any better than that. I thoroughly recommend it! If you don't know Ernani, you will love getting to know him.

Puccini: La Fanciulla del West [DVD] [1982] [NTSC] [2001]
Puccini: La Fanciulla del West [DVD] [1982] [NTSC] [2001]
Dvd ~ Placido Domingo
Price: £9.02

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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