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Donizetti: Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali (Viva la mamma)


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  • Actors: Jessica Pratt, Simon Bailey, Christian Senn, Vincenzo Taormina, Marco Guidarini
  • Directors: Antonio Albanese, Andy Sommer
  • Writers: Gaetano Donizetti, Domenico Gilardoni
  • Producers: Teatro alla Scala, Francois Duplat
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bel Air Classiques
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZX0LZS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,027 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jessica Pratt, Simon Bailey, Christian Senn, Vincenzo Taormina, Aurora Tirotta, Leonardo Cortellazzi, and Asude Karayavuz star in this La Scala production of the Donizetti opera conducted by Marco Guidarini and directed by Antonio Albanese.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Domingo Warner on June 24, 2011
I read in the booklet of a Naxos 1940 recording of Don Pasquale, that the italians have no rivals in the world of opera, being the ablest to create the most dramatic tales to go with the funniest ones.And if there is one composer that took this at musical peaks, it was Gaetano Donizetti.Seeing this buffa, you never would believe that he was the same man that wrote Lucia di Lamermoor, Poliuto,Roberto Devereux,Maria Stuarda,Anna Bolena et al.And much of the funny side have to do with the singers, specially Vincenzo Taormina, that it is the most comic travesti role(and like the first travesti roles,it is a man performing a woman) I have seen or heard. The rest of the cast, specially Jessica Pratt as the prima donna, Christian Senn as the composer and Simon Bailey as the primma donna husband, make a wonderful mix of the comic side,and in the times of Donizetti,sometimes very real too, of the machinations to do an opera.What a joke on our thoughts of inmaculated doings to produce the operas we love most than any musical form.But, as usual in the comedy, the truth is said with a big laugh or grin, and it is not less truth for that.Viva la mamma and Donizetti!.If you really like buffa, this is for you.If you do not enjoy it ,shame on you,it is your loss.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Wells on April 10, 2011
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This is a very entertaining performance of a rarely performed work. The genre is nearer to (and originally was) a Neapolitan farsa than a true opera -- a brief and broadly comic piece, usually with spoken dialogue and the lead comic character delivering his lines in the local dialect. This performance uses secco recitatives that Donizetti provided for a revival. The action, such as it is, takes place before, and during, the rehearsal of an opera performance. The situation develops interest with the arrival of the seconda donna's mother, Mamm'Agata. Donizetti gave this role to baritone, here lapsing occasionally into Neapolitan speech. Vincenzo Taormina is very funny, and only rarely, over-the-top as Mamm'Agata. The cast are all young singers, apparently from the apprentice artists program at La Scala. They consistently perform with assurance and some fine singing. Aurora Tirotta (Mamm'Agata's daughter), Christain Senn (as the German tenor) and Simon Bailey (the prima donna's husband) particularly stand out.

The music is more patter than melody, so the action moves on quickly. The highlight is Mamm'Agata's send-up of the Willow Song from Rossini's "Otello." The score contains less than 90 minutes of music, so three of the artists are given the opportunity to insert "trunk" arias in the brief second act. Jessica Pratt (the prima donna) exhibits more valor the success in attempting a very florid number from Rossini's "Aureliano in Palmira." The "German" tenor gives a lovely rendition of "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön" and the seconda donna gets to show off a beautifully sung account of an aria from Donizetti's "Fausta."

I've no idea why the director chose to set the action on a beach, instead of in an inn and the theatre as the libretto specifies. Still the odd setting doesn't detract from the fun, so I recommend this for an evening's light entertainment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo R. Villanueva on June 27, 2014
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What can I say? Donizetti is the first composer to deconstruct opera as a very complex business having less to do with music than with egos. Vicenzo Toarmina reigns supreme in the travesti role of mamma Agata in this opera, which I did not know previously. I have not had such fun with an opera in ages. Leonardo Cortelazzi reminded me of Wunderlich in his Mozart aria, and Aurora Tirotta shines in her "Fausta" aira. But the real star is Donizetti. He never ceases to amaze me, and now I realize he was savvy enough to know that beautiful music does not equal depth of content. A true jewel. How i wish these singers got to know they have a true fan in New York, land of the 1% opera!
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