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Auber - Haydée, ou le secret / Philippe, Comparetti, Swierczewski, Jourdan, Théâtre Impérial de CompiÃ..gne [Collection ''L'Opéra français'']


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  • Actors: Isabelle Philippe, Anne-Sophie Schmidt, Bruno Comparetti, Mathias Vidal, Michel Swierczewski
  • Directors: Pierre Jourdan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O1715M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,803 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This comic opera, which made its debut in Paris in 1847, tells the story of a Venetian admiral, Loredan (Bruno Comparetti), his bitter rival Malipieri (Paul Medioni), who knows a secret from Loredan's past, and Haydee (Isabelle Philippe), the Cyprus prince's daughter who loves one but would marry the other to save his reputation.

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James S. Eisenberg on March 10, 2009
The revival of rare French operas seems to be Compiegne's specialty. This opera company, presumably with large government grants, is making a significant survey of the forgotten byways of Gallic vocal art.
Auber's HAYDEE is a real charmer which mixes lovely tunes, piquant orchestration, swashbuckling adventure, an interesting psychological take on addictive behavior (in this case gambling), and all obstacles overcome by selfless love.
The two female leads are taken by Compiegne's resident divas, Isabelle Philippe, a fine coloratura as the title character, a Greek slave girl who wins the love of the Doge by her steadfastness, and Anne Sophie Schmidt, a lovely French lyric soprano as the general/Doge's ward. Philippe is not quite as good here as she was in the DVD of Meyerbeer's DINORAH. The part seems to lie very low for a coloratura. It seems to be
a mezzo-soprano part onto which some high notes have been melded so that it can be taken by a higher voice. Despite weakness at the bottom, she makes a strong impression and focuses beautifully at the top. She is also a very appealing actress, as is Schmidt. (There is a lovely CD on the Cascavelle label of Philippe in scenes from the current work, DINORAH and Halevy's CHARLES VI which has never been released here. It is well worth seeking out, considering the rarity of the Auber and Halevy works.) Tenor Bruno Comparetti is really fine in the role of the guilt wracked Doge whose gambling problems have negatively affected both the others and himself. His dream/mad scene is particularly fine. His voice is not beautiful, but he makes up for it with solid technique and dramatic involvement. Second tenor Mathias Vidal brings lovely tone and a lively stage presence to the "matinee idol" role.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By figaretto on December 10, 2012
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I got everything I hoped to out of this dvd. It's a nice presentation of a lesser-known French opera. Auber's tunes are lovely and the French singers are very good. I have watched it a couple times and listened to it as an audio recording at least once so far. The only really bad thing about the dvd is the filming of the orchestra and conductor at the beginning - the camera stays focused on the conductor the whole time and he puts on a show for the camera that is a bit cheesy. Other than that, everything is good. I love these all-French casts in this series of French opera on dvd - really nice.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robdel on December 9, 2012
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The sets and costumes were fine and the music pleasant enough. Singing ok too. One for the collectors of rarities.
However this opera is not quite up to the standard of the more well known efforts of Auber and the story is somewhat weak.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ghost(Ghost(M)) on April 3, 2011
Nondescript music (catchy melodies?! nope, none of that); nondescript, weak singing; crude silly acting; dumb, maudlin story. And, oh btw, the editorial review ("product description") above is written by an incompetent dolt who has no business reviewing this sort of thing: yes, this is a French "opera comique", but this term is not rendered into English as "comic opera" (no more than the French "comedien" is a "comic"). There's nothing comic about this opera here -- in fact, in its staid, unwieldy pathos, immobility, and mannerisms it is reminiscent of the baroque opera seria. Unlike in a "normal" opera, there's spoken dialogue here (in lieu of recitativo), that's the only difference from what you think of as opera. Kinda like in operetta, except again, it's all dead serious. Sound and video are good; subtitles crude: only the English version, always on, impossible to remove. Translation not very true to the original, but acceptable. Subtitles should: (a) be optional 'cause they take space almost in the middle of screen wrecking the picture, and (b) include the language actually sung in. Extras: no extras of any kind (which is OK with me).

Overall, um... nah, not worth the time, imo. Three stars is generous. Interesting perhaps, as a marginally agreeable example of this unusual music-theatre genre; edifying, yes; enjoyable, not really (though not bad by any means, just mediocre).
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