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La Fille du Regiment

4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Mariella Devia, Ewa Podles, Bruno Pratico, and Paul Austin Kelly star in this 1996 La Scala production of the Donizetti conducted by Donato Renzetti.

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  • Actors: Paul Austin Kelly, Ewa Podles, Mariella Devia, Bruno Praticò, Nicolas Rivenq
  • Directors: Filippo Crivelli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), French (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QEXBH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
Once available only on recordings in Italian (with an exception on the London label), Donizetti's "La Fille du Regiment" now has several sound recordings in the original French. An old video with Beverly Sills is in English and not very well done, and one from Australia boasts Joan Sutherland (who in no way looks the part but has few vocal problems with it). Now we have a really excellent DVD version put out by TDK (DVUS LFDR) from La Scala under the musical direction of Donato Renzetti and stage direction of Filippo Crivelli.
While tenor Paul Austin Kelly does not hit those 8 high Cs with quite the brilliance that the young Pavarotti was once able to toss off, he is comfortable in the role both musically and dramatically. Bruno Pratico makes a likable Sulpice (very important in this opera), while Ewa Podles hams it up but sings marvelously as the comical Marquise. Soprano Mariella Devia might be the most petite Marie ever, but her clarion notes when she imitates the regiment's trumpets are stunning.
The program notes mention how Zeffirelli designed the costumes and scenery to tone down the jingoism and pro-military sentiment of the original; but during the introductory titles, drawings of battlefield slaughter are shown on the screen and one wonders if those responsible for the video consulted with those responsible for the stage production.
At least there is not too much clowning in the comic scenes and the serious sequences are taken--well, seriously and without camping. I honestly doubt if a better version will appear on video and this is a very good choice for your next opera-video purchase.
The picture is in "full screen" ratio (4:3), and if you wish to use subtitles, they are available in English, French, Spanish and Italian.
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Donizetti was a composer of over 70 operas. Some are outstanding; others less than so. Three of his comic operas, Don Paquale, L'Elsir D'Amore and La fille du Regiment are in the former category. I first saw this work when the Met toured, featuring Joan Sutherland and the young Pavarotti. It was a fantastic performance, and remains the benchmark for me. So how to evaluate this disc?
First, the music: it is a hugely melodic work, with one great melody following another. The plot is somewhat trivial by today's standards, but it still holds together well. The video is full screen and well defined, and the sound allows for DTS as a menu choice. In that mode, the sound is stunning.
The singers are all quite good. No, Paul Austin Kelly is not Pavarotti, but he is an attractive, believeable Tonio, and he can act. He hits all the notes , even the high ones woth clarity and presicion. Bruno Pratico is a competant Sulpice and Ewa Podles is a funny yet well sung Marquise. It is Mariella Devia who steals the show, though. She has a big lyrical soprano voice for such a petite woman, with supple runs and a brilliant top.
I have said repeatedly that the DVD medium is the next best thing to a live perdormance, and this disc is further proof of that. It is also an excellent "first opera" for anyone (including the kids) who is curious about why so many of us love the stuff.
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This is a lovely production with a beautiful fairy-book setting by Zefferelli that enhances the storybook nature of the opera. It is very playful and funny as well. Devia steals the show by her glorious singing but she has chosen not to ham it up in the first act. This pays off nicely in the second act when her considerable comedic talents finally come into play. This is a strategy which complements the action very well. In my opinion, the performance is considerably more nuanced than Beverly Sills embarassing effort to emulate Carol Burnett in the Wolf Trap version. The supporting cast (especially Ewa Podles) contributes strongly to the success of this delightful work.
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I must begin by explaining that "La Fille du Regiment" is my favorite opera, so that I am pre-disposed to be pleased by Donizetti's music and prepared to spend just the right amount of time being entertained visually and aurally by the story of the France's Napoleonic 21st Regiment and their adopted daughter. Having said that, I should also mention that I can be merciless in my criticism if the production messes up my conception of this bel canto comedic gem. Good news! This is an entirely satisfying TRADITIONAL production: Donato Renzetti conducts the La Scala Orchestra with flair, all the principals sing flawlessly, the acting is comic without being vaudevillian, Zeffirelli's sets are colorful, everyone on stage and off is having a good time, and the home and theatre audience feel they have gotten more than their money's worth. The Art Haus Musik DVD can be played in various stereo formats and in a 4.3 picture ratio; on my system, I could have easily mistaken it for a BluRay disc, so I doubt that anyone will be disappointed with the technical aspects of this DVD. Fifteen years after this production, we are fortunate to also have two Juan Diego Florez versions of La Fille: The Royal Opera House's production with Natalie Dessay as Marie and Genoa's with Patricia Ciofi as the heroine. Comparisons are in order. While the young Peruvian tenor manages to stand out in these two productions - no mean feat considering the comedic and singing talents of his Maries - Paul Austin Kelly is a handsomely good singer and quite believable and likeable as Tonio; yes, he hits the famous high C's, but no calls for an encore. The sopranos? Though I am a fan of Dessay...though I like Ciofi...Read more ›
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