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Good starter pack
on 21 June 2011
There are 11 operas in the set, nicely boxed, with artistic covers that reflect detail of La Scala decor rather than snapshots of content. Some are popular titles, others not so readily known. The enclosed booklets are comprehensive with act by act synopses, and the libretto. The productions are all of the standards one would expect from La Scala. Many of the lead artistes are well known and all of good or better standards. I would single out La Fanciulla del West, with Domingo as a good baddie and Pons as a Bad goodie. Zampieri is an appealing Minnie. The sets are particularly to my liking. I do not give a full five stars as there are two operas not to my liking, but this is purely a personal preference. Firstly Guglielmo Tell, after the brilliant overture the opera goes on, and on, and on, no amount of good singing can rescue it for me. It also has some strange backdrops. Secondly I Due Foscari, this is a depressing story, in depressing dark settings, there is little light relief, obviously not La Scalas fault, but inherent from Verdi.
Back to the positive this is an excellent buy and I remain very pleased with my choice.