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on 31 January 2009
I'm going to start by saying that I am an opera singer myself, so my disappointment with this recording is NOT a backlash against opera. This recording was made by Bernstein towards the end of his life, when he decided that his original concept had always been that West Side Story was meant to be an opera, not a musical.
It might have worked, if he had chosen opera singers who could act (they do exisit!), but instead the interpretation of the characters are painful. The music is 'over-sung',and badly pronounced. You're better off with the recording of the film, which is honest and straight forward.