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Anna Netrebko - The Woman, The Voice (2004)

Anna Netrebko , Eric Assandri , Vincent Paterson  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anna Netrebko, Eric Assandri, Sophie Beyne, Ararat Chinarian, Tina Havers
  • Directors: Vincent Paterson
  • Writers: Vincent Paterson
  • Producers: Bernhard Fleischer, Michaela Noa, Paul Fenkart, Ute Fesquet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Unknown (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (DTS 5.1), Unknown (PCM Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GH58S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,222 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anna Netrebko - The Woman, The Voice" on IMDb

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This unique video program showcases the superstar soprano in five music videos set to arias from her debut album, choreographed in daring, provocative, and witty ways by Vincent Patterson. Interspersed is an intimate conversation with Netrebko. Also inc

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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MTV meets Opera... with mixed results May 17, 2006
By dooby
I hesitated for the longest time in getting this DVD because of all the conflicting reviews. Fortunately I chanced upon a copy going at bargain-price and just had to see what the hoo-haa was about. Now I understand why so many viewers disliked it. It's a collection of "music videos," much like what you'd see on MTV. Personally, I thought the videos were on the whole quite well done. My complaint is that there is so little here. The main programme is barely 49 mins long and consists of a sum total of just 5 "music videos," each preceeded by Anna's introductions and interspersed with interviews with her on her life and career. Together with 19 minutes worth of bonus clips, the DVD lasts just over an hour. The 133min running time stated on the back cover needs to be taken with a large pinch of salt because it involves various permutations of watching the videos - without the introductions or without the interviews or just watching the interviews without the videos etc.

The five music videos in order of appearance are:

1. "Les grands seigneurs ont seuls des airs...Ah! je ris de me voir" (Jewel Song) from Gounod's "Faust"

2. "Quando me'n vo' (Musetta's Waltz)" from Puccini's "La Boheme"

3. "Crudele? - Ah no, mio bene! Non mi dir" from Mozart's "Don Giovanni"

4. "Care compagne, et voi, ternei amici" from Bellini's "La Sonnambula"

5. "Mesicku na nebli hlubokem" (Song to the Moon) from Dvorak's "Rusalka"

These are all taken from her debut CD "Opera Arias" and she lip-synchs to them in the videos. The DVD looks more like a promo for her CD than a full-fledged operatic DVD. Which brings us to the pricing. If you want to make a music video, than price it like other music videos, not as a premium-priced opera DVD.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive Piece of Anna Banana October 24, 2005
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I like this pretty little DVD, and I have watched it several times since I got it, but it's an expensive piece of Anna. If you want to get this enjoyable and luxurious, albeit pricey, Netrebko release, it is worth it, but I think it would have been even greater, and possibly even more of a chart topping, hot selling product if it was priced at the standard music DVD level. DG Label, listen up please!
"Anna Speaks!" interviews are cool, she comes across as a smart and little crazy cookie, and the videos are great, bad lipsyncing and all. I especially like Non Mir Dir, done in artsy and creepy Julie Taymor style, and Rusalka, campy fun at its best, but the real reason to get this DVD would be the three live pieces, two from Traviata and one from Anna's early days at the Mariinsky Theatre. What a firecracker she was on stage even then! It's also interesting that while her overall diction is still mushy nowadays, she sounds great in Russian in this Ruslan and Ludmila piece, I can understand every word.
I don't understand what the ruckus was about with this whole "opera video clips are evil and will mean the death of opera" campaign geared against Anna's videos. I think many people still like their stodgy, immobile Fat Lucy clones too much to embrace a singer that looks hot and sings great. It's time to wake up though, evolve or die. I think the days of dominance of athletic and shapely singers who can sing, move and act the hell out of any opera and are not allergic to modern productions are finally here. Netrebko, Villazon and Simon Keenlyside for starters, there's no going back.
There is a little promo for opera DVDs included on this release, and among other footage, it shows Eaglen and Heppner in Met's recent Tristan and Isolde.
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90 of 109 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Travesty December 5, 2004
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It would be extremely difficult to create a truly bad video whose subject is a stunningly beautiful soprano with a gorgeous voice - difficult but not impossible as Vincent Patterson ably demonstrates in this lamentably ridiculous disc.

The DVD rates two stars only because Netrebko's beauty and talent speak for themselves. What a pity that they have to be violated by Patterson's miserably failed attempts at creative artistry.

What are we to make of Don Giovanni sung amidst a forest of "human trees" portrayed by gauze clad wimps of indeterminate sex, the frequent changes of Ms. Netrebko's clothing in a single scene, the soprano groping at a man in a shower and the many other examples of amorphous staging that have nothing to do with opera, music or anything else? Patterson's efforts are less than I would expect from a small town high school play.

The best parts are the all too brief and too few scenes from Netrebko on stage. They, with the added music, make this disc an acceptable purchase for those who wish permament documentation of an excellent talent. Some may wish to wait for more serious and sensible examples.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Tasty Opera Appetizer September 19, 2005
This is a great idea: opera in little tasty morsels, set to outlandish, stylish images.
I saw the Non mir dir clip on TV and that reignited my interest in opera, after years of sticking to instrumental and choral music. I thank the beautiful dark haired siren that lured me into this new music world.
I love the videos, especially Mozart and Dvorak, they are throwback to glamorous, old style movies. The mini story of desperate housewife shown in Musetta's Waltz is great, too. The interviews let us meet Anna on more direct plane and see her searching for interpretation of the role. And the added live footage is fantastic: great Violetta and utterly charming Lyudmila. It's easy to get a feel for how exciting it must be to see Netrebko live on stage.
Opera purists who are up in arms about this release need to pipe down a little bit; a few clips like these are not going to kill the opera, but they may bring new people into the field. Why give no credit to someone just because she is gorgeous and clearly having fun. And she has not to date commited a single crossover, sacred aria or pop ditty that many current divas are guilty of. I hope to see and hear more of this young lady in the future!
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1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing
I just saw the Don Giovonni aria on television with Ms. Netrebko in various costumes and the tree branches. Her voice is as always wonderful but the lip-synching was so bad. Read more
Published on July 6, 2012 by rben11
1.0 out of 5 stars a very strange production
I guess I am in the group that wonders how the producers got funding for this very strange video. It is a mix of interview snippets, totally unrelated "music video" style... Read more
Published on January 26, 2011 by David Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Shelves in them: Recordings that deserve to be mocking the shelf. Anna...
I am one of the biggest fans of Anna Netrebko. I have already commented on this blog his unforgettable Massenet's Manon and soon his surprising comment here I Puritani, by... Read more
Published on July 30, 2009 by Ali Hassan AYACHE
3.0 out of 5 stars This is just what it appears a self-confessed documentary.
Anna Netrebko gives her views on what music is all about and what she's trying to accomplish. It would not be so bad if they didn't give it in sound bite format or we get little... Read more
Published on June 28, 2009 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Incomparable Anna Netrebko
Anna Netrebko - The Woman, The VoiceThis DVD is the first "opera music video" ever made, and so far the only one, so it cannot be compared to anything. Read more
Published on January 26, 2008 by Robert C. Herber
1.0 out of 5 stars what a waste
i bought this on impulse and wish i had read reviews first. i squirmed with embarrassment through most of this sophmoric video. Read more
Published on December 27, 2007 by bach lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Netrebko the Actor
I love this because it showcases something about Netrebko that shines through her performances: her fearless acting. Read more
Published on December 25, 2007 by masaccio
2.0 out of 5 stars MOULIN ROUGE-y grotesque
Gaudy and freakish. No...worse!

Anya still manages to be stunning...until she opens her mouth in the interview portion. Read more
Published on June 23, 2007 by J. A. Eyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Netrebko The Voice
She is obviously a legendary voice in her own lifetime. The video was superb and I am passing it around for many friends to view. Read more
Published on March 19, 2007 by Philip H. De Felice
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Netrebko: The Woman the Voice
This DVD displays such color and variety that it makes an excellent introduction to Opera format. This from a total novice to Opera.
Published on March 9, 2007 by Phillip Crist
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