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Stephanie Novacek, Joyce DiDonato, and Chad Shelton star in this 2000 Houston Grand Opera production of the Adamo opera conducted by Patrick Summers.

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  • Actors: Joyce DiDonato, Stephanie Novacek, Chad Shelton, Daniel Belcher, Patrick Summers
  • Directors: Peter Webster, Brian Large
  • Writers: Mark Adamo
  • Producers: Michael Bronson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), English (PCM)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Naxos DVD
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040AT65Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,447 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Daniel R. Coombs on November 15, 2010
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Louisa May Alcott wrote her novel "Little Women" in 1868, less than fifteen years after the end of the Civil War and at a time when American women were starting to question their role in society. Alcott herself grew up watching the Civil War, was a young adult and - it is said - personally questioned women's rights and roles with respect to relationships, money and position. The protagonist, Jo, is the eldest of four sisters and views her siblings' rush to marriage, their obedience to strong relatives, including mother and father, and even the poverty of the "reconstruction" period as unacceptable situations in her mind. Critics have studied Alcott's characters and the author's own life and see direct connections to the circumstances and viewpoints of Jo. As the story progresses, Jo watches one young sister, Meg, rush into marriage to a man, Brooke, who Jo sees as domineering. She watches another, Amy, go off to pursue her dream as an artist and to eventually marry a young man who - at first - loved; and was spurned by; Jo. A poignant and heartbreaking moment in the novel and in this opera is the death of little sister Beth; mirroring the death of Louis May's actual younger sister of scarlet fever. Throughout, Jo is portrayed as a character who evolves from cynical and self sufficient to a young woman who feels alone and unsure to, ultimately, someone who finds her calling as a writer and - in the final scene - seems to be at rest with the notion of marrying a German professor, Friedrich, who she met during her studies. Mark Adamo is one if the brightest and most accessible young composers on the scene. He composed "Little Women" for the Houston Grand Opera in 1998 and this DVD performance represents director Brian Large's television rendition but with original casting and scenery intact.Read more ›
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As far as I know, this may so far be the only DVD of Adamo's recent opera. I find it an admirable one in every respect. The casting is all but perfect, and even those performers who may not LOOK quite "right" for their parts nevertheless win my heart with the way they play them. The costuming and staging is equally good. Including all the movies -- and two of them I like very much indeed -- this still bids fair to be my very favorite dramatization of Alcott's story.
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... not of Mark Adamo's music, the little of which I'd heard seemed to have substance, but of his skill as a librettist and of the aptness of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" as the basis of an opera. What would the risk factor be? Maudlin sentimentality, of course! Or else, coy allusiveness to gender ambiguities.Don't jump yet! Its' the coyness, not the ambiguity, that would annoy me. I needn't have worried; Adamo's libretto is neither sentimental nor coy. It's a serious dramatic exploration of the transfer of attention/affection from sibling or parent to "life mate", in short, of the process of individuation. The four sisters are "perfect" together; they sing of such perfection in duet and quartet, about how rare it is that sisters should also be best friends. Honestly, their sympathy for each other is quite touching; most of 'us' will be reluctant to see that closeness threatened. But "Things change" -- that's the repeated motif, in words and music -- as one sister is wooed and won, one sister is frail and will die, and two sisters are impelled to leave home for wider opportunity. Eventually, the bond of sisterly love survives in musical aether despite all physical separation.

The stagecraft of the Houston Opera supports the libretto fully: plausible and not exaggerated costuming, crafty stage construction, and Ibsen-worthy dramaturgy/direction. The omnipresent Brian Large handles the adaption for television very successfully. This was not, if I have understand the notes correctly, a live performance, but it has the ambience of one. The best of both worlds, one might say. And yes, there are subtitles, though I don't think a native American-English speaker will need them. All the sisters look their roles. The rich selfish aunt is a bit of a caricature, but she can be enjoyed as such.
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Change is what this opera is all about. Although Jo wants everything to stay the same (Remember Peter Pan?) and Jo fights change, at the very end she also accepts it as part of life and especially as part of growing up. The emotional transitions of each one the characters is beautifully portrayed through the libretto and the music. The music, although modern and sometime atonal, is melodical. If Opera is about expressing emotions in more than words, this is well echieved here. The cast is exceptionally good. My kudos to Stephanie Novacek. She is a great singer and great actor, and it shows. I was very impressed by how the director achieved the various parallel scenes, when different things were happening in different places (like Scene 3 of first act).
The opera is based on "Little Woman" by Louisa May Alcott's novel, and knowledge of the story helps for the understanding of the Opera, but it is not necessary. The libretto is very powerful and the music with the repetition of some of the musical themes leads you into the characters and their emotional evolution. Accepting change is never easy, not after the Civil War, and not today. Only death stops Beth from changing. A very powerful new Opera (Premiered in 1998 in Houston). Highly recommended, in particular to those that might have the perception that newly composed Opera is not to the standards of the older ones!
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