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Verdi: Don Carlo - DVD Live from the Royal Opera House [2010] [NTSC]
Verdi: Don Carlo - DVD Live from the Royal Opera House [2010] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Marina Poplavskaya
Price: 11.07

14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Superb. But why, oh why, no Blu-Ray?, 14 Jan 2011
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This is a landmark production of what is arguably Verdi's finest opera.
Although I usually refuse to buy opera and ballet DVDs "filmed in High Definition" that are NOT available in high definition (Blu-Ray) this was the exception because I wanted to see Rolando Villazon singing Don Carlos after having seen Roberto Alagna in the "HD Live" from the Met retransmission with the same cast and production. (Perverse, isn't it that those HD Live recordings are not available in HD either?).
The cast is superb, the production grandiose, the music and singing as good as it gets...
But having to see it in nasty, fuzzy NTSC (not even PAL !!!) with lossy sound just breaks my heart. If ever anything deserved the HD treatment it's opera. And this production in particular! I'm glad I've seen RV in the role, but I regret buying this and encouraging EMI to continue short-selling us all!
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Twin Spirits (Recorded At Royal Opera House Covent Garden 2007) [Blu-ray] [2010]
Twin Spirits (Recorded At Royal Opera House Covent Garden 2007) [Blu-ray] [2010]
Dvd ~ Derek Jacobi
Offered by Naxos Direct UK
Price: 11.25

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ground-breaking, 2 Nov 2009
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This really is a new performance artform.
Viewed under the right conditions (with a large enough screen - preferably a projector in a fully light controlled environment)and with a good sound system, this experience really is "better than being there". For we are treated to a visual feast of cast and musicians which you could not have enjoyed as one of the happy few who actually witnessed this event at Covent Garden. Add to that the superlative, totally believable sound - plus the remarkable video editing, and you have a deeply emotional experience that combines words, music and song in a way that is quite unique.
An absolute must. To be savoured again and again...


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