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Bellini - I Capuleti e I Montecchi / Valentina Farcas, Paola Gardina, Roberto Tagliavini, Giacomo Patti, Gabriele Spina, Ravenna Opera (2005)

Pietro Mianiti , Gabriele Spina  |  NR |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pietro Mianiti, Gabriele Spina, Lirica I Pomeriggi, Mianiti, Teatro Alighieri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: 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: Kicco Classics
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FDE5SU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bellini's opera in its first DVD version features Valentina Farcas, Paola Gardina, Roberto Tagliavini, Giacomo Patti, Gabriele Spina; Orchestra Lirica I Pomeriggi Musicali/Pietro Mianiti.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This is an absolutely wonderful performance of Bellini's opera, at the famed Ravenna festival. Overall a moving and very beautiful interpretation. The stars are undoubtedly the two ladies. Both are great singers, but I think Gardina as Romeo is the better actress. Also, Farcas overdoes her coloratura just a little. Tagliavini's Tebaldo is also good, though his voice is a little thin at the high notes. The other singers have minor roles but are all good. The orchestra and conducting is great. Splendid costumes. The scene is pleasing, but a bit confusing at times, and its in no way a big irritation like other modern productions nowadays. Must buy for Bellinians...., and even if you're not a Bellinian!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How do you make the damn thing work? January 23, 2010
I like this production very much! The gals are better singers than the guys, which is okay because they are supposed to be; they are, after all, the leads. The opera itself is almost a study in stasis, despite the music Bellini provides for variety of action and concomitant emotions, but the constant changing of projections indicates the shifts of forces among and around these two young lovers. Those projections, based on works by Carpaccio (about whom I wish more had been explained in the info that comes with the packaging of the dvd), are indeed iconographic and comment thoroughly on the plight of the lovers and explain why they are doomed. Consequently, the production has to be taken on its own terms, and, as such, allowed to explore the depths of the opera as something to be experienced on a number of levels. I think that the production is a fine collaboration between the director, the set and lighting designers, and the musicians.

Why then do I give it only three instead of five stars as a rating? Because I need to have the subtitles before me, at least for the first three or four viewings. I know that a lot of the meaning lies in the projections, but I need those subtitles, and, despite my experience with many dvds of operas, still can't get at those subtitles! I've given this dvd to people who are far more mechanically-minded than I, but they can't find them either. Last of all, I can't play the dvd on Playstation 3; being an old man, I need that sharpness and clarity both to see and hear as much as I can! If you have a solution, please let me know it. Help, please!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Opera November 1, 2012
By tom c.
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I Capuleti e i Montecchi is yet another wonderful opera by Bellini. There are plenty of beautiful melodies throughout, and it stands along side of his other famous works as one not to be missed.

The production by the Ravenna Festival is a fine one, with nice costumes and clever scenery (projected imagery superimposed as a backdrop, and sometimes in the foreground as well). It's not in the league with high budget productions like one would find at The Met or Royal Opera House, but it suffices and doesn't diminish the experience.

Valentina Farcas (as Giulietta) and Paola Gardina (as Romeo) perform admirably, although the supporting male singers are merely adequate.

The video quality is not much below what I've come to expect from contemporary opera dvds, but it's OK ... audio quality is of similar quality, dolby 5.1 option - no DTS - but good enough.

I haven't seen the Patrizia Ciofi / Martina Franca Festival version yet, and that's fine ... maybe someday, but until then, this production is good enough - Bellini's wonderful melodies take center stage and the minor shortcomings with this offering do not detract.

6 - 2 - 2013 update : I keep enjoying this performance more and more, and watching it a little bit more than my four other Bellini operas.

Still, four stars though ... I wish the chapters began at the start of all the arias I like, rather than sometimes a minute or two into the chapter ... Oh well ... And the picture doesn't fill the entire screen without manually adjusting the TVs picture size setting, although it seems to be in the 16:9 ratio rather than the old school 4:3

And again, the projected imagery is a clever, effective, and efficient way to add scenery to the stage.
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