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Norma: Bavarian State Orchestra [DVD] [2007]
Norma: Bavarian State Orchestra [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Bellini
Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Appearance matters for DVDs, 19 Dec. 2011
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The singing is generally good, but two things grate with the production: Gruberova at the age of 61 is playing the part of a young, nubile priestess. This is a suspension of belief too far.
The other problem is the fact that the performers wear a sort of period costume which could well represent the Roman period of occupation, but the chorus hand round sub machine guns while singing that "the Roman javelins are still stronger than than the axes of the Sigambrians".
This is yet another production coming out of Germany which could easily be made more credible.

Rossini: La Cenerentola [DVD] [2009]
Rossini: La Cenerentola [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Joyce DiDonato
Price: £19.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Glorious singing spoilt by a silly production, 16 May 2010
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Fabulous singing by Juan Diego Florez, Joyce DiDonato,who is probably the world's best Cenerentola at the moment, and a wonderful supporting cast and orchestra. But the whole thing is jeopardised by extras dressed as rats who fool about throughout the opera and distract from the singing. One to watch with your eyes closed.

Belkin Belkin Ps2/USB Adapter PS2F-USB
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Offered by MarkdownElectricals
Price: £0.75

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Postage rip-off, 6 April 2010
Nothing wrong with the product, but I paid twice for postage to have 2 of the product put in one envelope and sent second class.

The Amazon system doesn't allow for multiple purchases from one supplier
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Schumann: Genoveva [DVD] [2008]
Schumann: Genoveva [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Cornelia Kallisch
Price: £24.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Candidate for the worst ever opera production, 1 Dec. 2009
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An opera supposed to be set in the 14th century, or thereabouts, is set in a bathroom with characters crawling in and out of a blood-stained wash basin.

The quality of singing becomes immaterial unless you watch the DVD with your eyes closed. Very disappointing as it is the only world-wide DVD available for this opera.

Only a Vienna performance of Don Carlos comes close to the horror of the production.
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