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Donizetti: Don Pasquale

4.8 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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James Levine conducts the orchestra and chorus of the Metropolitan Opera in this production of Donizetti's opera recorded live in 2010. Anna Netrebko leads an all-star cast that also includes John Del Carlo, Mariusz Kwiecien and Matthew Polenzani.

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  • Actors: Anna Netrebko, John Del Carlo, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, James Levine
  • Directors: Otto Schenk, Gary Halvorson
  • Writers: Gaetano Donizetti, Giovanni Ruffini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QQDUZ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Donizetti: Don PasqualeThis is the best Don Pasquale production I have viewed. It is lively, well staged, well acted and voices are all very beautiful. The production has much energy and I think many people who are not normally fans could enjoy this. I have three other recordings of this opera, each one has its own merit. But, this recording is by far the best.
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Don Pasquale, first performed in 1843, is the third and last of Donizetti's timeless comedies, following L'Elisir D'Amore (1832) and La Fille du Regiment (1840). What is reflective of Donizetti's immense (but inconsistant) talent is that all three can be and have been exceptionally well staged and performed after better than 150 years, and all are presently available on DVD in immensely enjoyable performances (which is a fair comment on the silliness on some recent "Eurotrash" stagings, which, by analogy, suggest that the Mona Lisa might be better off being re-done as Lady Gaga to be "relevant"!)!

Many opera fans belong to the "cult of the soprano" (or tenor). To be enjoyable, for me at least, the performance must work as a theatrical event. That concept subsumes the vocal and acting qualities of the performers, the staging, sets and costumes, as well as the skill of the musical conductor, orchestra and chorus. The whole, then, is the sum of its parts, and becomes less so as any one or more of those parts are less than excellent.

As is obvious from the five star rating above, this disc provided an outstanding audio/visual event. As will be set forth in more detail below, the principal singers delivered consistantly high level performances. Staging was similarly excellent. Disc quality in both picture and DTS sound was absulutely perfect.

Of the four principals, three were A+ vocally and one was B+; in acting skills, the same ratio applies but is differently apportioned. Netrebko, Polenzani and Kwiecien were incredibly fine vocally, while John Del Carlo was a tiny bit less so, showing a bit of dryness in tone and a limited top. Netrebko, Del Carlo and Kwiecien were simply marvellous as actors, while Polenzani was a bit less so.
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This is a joyous, happy performance that leaves you smiling; I'm really delighted to be able to add it to my collection.

In college I sang the role of Dr. Malatesta but had let the opera fall off my radar for several years. Earlier this year my son gave us the gift of tickets to the opera and it just so happened he gave us tickets to Don Pasquale not realizing my past association with that opera. This was the catalyst that renewed my interest in this charming opera and I've been on the lookout for a version I could enjoy.

This one seemed to show promise so I threw the dice and ordered it and played it for the first time yesterday and was very pleased with the entire thing. The soloists, the staging, the music, the video, and the sound are all first class and get out of the way so one can enjoy the music and the story. This performance was refreshing and lively and had me laughing out loud.

One of the fascinating features of this production is the opportunity to view the scene changes back stage and watch the highly professional stage crew do their thing between the various scenes. I know of no other opera presentation that does this and it was of great interest to me; there are also interviews with the featured soloists between the second and third acts that support my impression that everyone was having fun.

It was pointed out that this was James Levine's first time to conduct this opera after 40 years at the Met; I'm happy to report that he does a spectacular job. One gets the impression that everyone associated with this production was really having fun doing it.

The sound on this disc is available as either PCM stereo or DTS 5.1 surround sound; I used the DTS alternative and found the sound to be excellent. Subtitles in various languages, including English, are available for viewers.

This one is highly recommend!
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Donizetti: Don Pasquale
I saw this performance when it was shown on PBS and I enjoyed it a lot thinking that I would like to buy it in the future.
When I was looking for this opera long time ago there were some versions of it. For this opera it was required to have four very good singers for the main characters because they have to sing together very often, for this reason I decided to buy a version with four very good singers produced by Teatro dela Scala with Ferruccino Furlaneto playing the main character.
A year later I bought the 2010 Metropolitan version and I had the same opinion as I had had when I saw it on TV.
May be if any of the main characters are taken individually they are not the best, but the four actors together form a very good cast with all the voices in harmony. The cast is very balanced.
There are some scenes when the chemistry among the performers is very good, for instance when Dr. Malatesta and Norina played by Mariuusz Kwencien and Anna Netrebko respectively developed a plan to convince Don Pasquale to accepts his nephew's relationship with Norina, to succeed with the plot Norina, herself has to act dr. Malatesta's sister and be Don Pasquale's future wife, this scene was very fanny; when this plot went to far the spectator almost feel sorry for Don Pasquale.
I enjoyed the duet between Don Pasquale and Dr.Malatesta which was repeated before starting the Third Act which had beautiful scenery. The characters sang very well.
The ending was the one every one expected for a comic story.
The quality of the DVD was great in all aspects.
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