Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 50% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Listen with Prime Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Surreal Production!, 23 July 2012
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) - Madrid Teatro Real [DVD] [2005] [NTSC] (DVD)
A radical, surreal production with over the top farce.

Picture quality 3 - poor digital video look.
Sound quality 5
Sets 4 - large, impressive black and white sets which can be wheeled on and off very quickly. During the overture a whole street is assembled!
Storytelling 5
Acting 2 - over the top farcical acting which becomes irritating. Extras play a big part in the background for all the scenes.
Direction (camera work) 5
Singing 5 - Almaviva 5, Bartalo 5, Rosina 5, Figaro 4, Don Basilio 3, Chorus 5. Some of the arias have been slightly reworked by the conductor. This is explained in the documentary.
Orchestra 5 - wonderful playing.
Costumes 3 - for most of the opera comical black and white. In the last scene comical brilliant colours.
DVD extras 5 - 58min documentary. The singers take the viewer through the opera explaining their parts and giving insight into their characters. Excellent!

Recommended if you can put up with the acting.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]

Comments

Track comments by e-mail

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 23 Aug 2012 15:18:24 BDT
Dave says:
I agree entirely with this review apart from the "marks" awarded to Figaro and Don Basilio who were, in my opinion, up there with the best of them. The problem with what Bosko Grove describes as "over the top farcical acting" is that it is not merely irritating but in this case frequently seriously distracting, pointless scene moving and stage business (what was the point of those prone chairs for instance?) added to the impression of a production that was seriously over-produced.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2012 13:44:17 BDT
BoskoG says:
Yes, very distracting. Although most of the reviewers for this DVD seem to enjoy this production very much. That is why i bought the disc.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›