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Zandonai: Francesca Da Rimini: Metropolitan Opera (Renata Scotto) [DVD] 
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Riccardo Zandonai's 1914 opera performed by a cast of three acclaimed singing actors - Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo, and Cornell MacNeil who bring the medieval characters to life in this production, filmed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1984. This opera is a prime example of the lush musical style of the late Romantic era, conducted here by James Levine.
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Set at a time of continuous warfare in Italy, Francesca, for political/dynastic reasons, is obliged to marry Gianciotto but falls immediately in love with the far more attractive Paolo, sent by his brother to conclude the marriage contract. Her misfortunes are further complicated by the undesired attentions of Malatestino, who, furious at his rejection, plants seeds of doubt during a dramatic confrontation with the cuckold Gianciotto. In a final furious denouement the ill-fated lovers are discovered together by Gianciotto with the inevitable tragic consequence.
Spearheaded by a great performance, this 1984 production, under the baton of James Levine and preserved on film by the very experienced Brian Large, is a great and enduring success. In addition to a cast of fine singers this traditional production is very well staged. Pleasures for the eye include three beautifully furnished apartments for Francesca, a fortified castle and a cleverly executed battle.Read more ›
Everyone involved did so brilliantly, from the make up, stage- set and costumes, to the less major roles.
There is I think a certain black humour about this story, and the two ugly Malatesta brothers ( sung by Cornell Mc Neil and Wm Lewis) were absolutely brilliant(complete with grunts, club and axe swinging and bad table manners!).
Above all I can't praise highly enough the extremely high octane performance of Domingo and Scotto; I couldnt imagine this performed by anyonne else.
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I went to a relay of the New York Met Parsifal, and picked up a leaflet about the next relayed opera - this. Read morePublished on 5 May 2013 by Mr. K. H. Cobb
With Scotto, Domingo, MacNeil and Levine, how bad can it be? However, Zandonai is unlikely to be our desert island composer.Published on 2 Aug. 2012 by Mr. Ernest H. Simon
This is an outstanding performance by everyone involved, especially Renata Scotto in the lead role as Francesca. Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2012 by H. A. Weedon