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Brilliant Concept and Realisation,
This review is from: Rossini - La Pietra Del Paragone (+book)  [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This production is a clever idea brilliantly realised and with excellent singers who also act excellently and a fine period orchestra.
The stage is a blue screen virtual reality space without scenery but with three video cameras in the centre at the front. On the edge of the stage are a series of miniature sets, equipped with their own small cameras. Behind and above the singers are six video screens onto which the images of the singers and the set designs are superimposed. I don't know how it worked at the actual performances but it certainly works amazingly well on the DVD. The set-up is used to produce a whole range of very amusing effects, including some brilliant mime. At no point did I find the jokes or the tricks detract from the music and the singers seem to revel in them.
As a final boon, the DVD case is also a book with essays in French and English about the opera and the production. I wish other people did this, it's much better than a DVD case with an insert.
Just look the opera up on Youtube and if you're not hooked, it's not you're kind of thing.
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