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Giordano - Fedora (1993)

Mirella Freni , Placido Domingo  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mirella Freni, Placido Domingo, Alessandro Corbelli, Olga Sukarev, Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Tdk DVD Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I2IV06
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Mirella Freni and Placido Domingo star in La Scala's production of Giordano's opera conducted by Gianandrea Gavazzeni.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my god! September 3, 2004
love this opera. I wish that the soprano had a great, big aria but she does have a few smaller ones that are ok.

Mirella Freni is so close to my heart that I never could say anything bad about her. She seems to have found the fountain of youth, singing grandly, if without the high C in the duet that closes act II (she sang it on the pirate recording from La Scala). Who cares when she does everything so well.

I heard her in the role (live) at Washington DC opera back in '98. I've heard Jane Eaglen in Seattle several times and, unless the size of the house is part of it, Mirella Freni has no smaller voice than Eaglen. Freni is truly a spinto-dramatic soprano. Thankfully, she moved slowly from lighter roles to some of the heaviest dramatic Italian roles. She is less at home in this production than in Washington. Domingo (who gives and astonishing, wonderful performance) is more at home in this production than in Washington. I love Arteta and Croft. This is meaty stuff with Mirella Freni getting a 17 minute ovation, audience having banners for her and getting a "key to New York" from the Mayor. Enjoy!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Domingo, what else but perfect! December 31, 2004
Once again Deutsche Grammophon and the Met have supplied us with not just a good performance but a great one in the nature of Umberto Giordano's "Fedora" - not an opera you see much these days but one that is well worth the price of the DVD. It seems that Deutsche Grammaphon and the Met are setting the bar for how all opera DVD's should be released: they always have an all star cast, the stage direction and scenery is wonderful and the orchestra is always working hand-in-hand with the singers (I know some of this can be manipulated in the engineering of the disc but it still works wonderfully). The cast of Placido Domingo as Loris, Mirella Freni as Fedora, Dwayne Croft as De Siriex and Olga Sukarew as Ainhow Arteta were outstanding. They all maintained great voice throughout the performance and supplied as great acting as well. The costumes and set design were all period pieces and done well. Mr. Domingo's Act II Amor ti Vieta was in typical Domingo fashion - flawless, heartfelt and classy. As I have mentioned before his voice is an instrument we may not see the likes of for a very long time. Ms. Freni simply owned the stage when she was on it and was warmly received by a long ovation once she made her appearance. We were also treated to Jean-Yves Thibaudet giving us an Act II piano solo that was wonderful.

Overall the entire performance from beginning to the final bows was exceptional. Clocking in at 108 minutes this is a perfect performance to and watch without feeling as if you need to commit an entire evening. It also allows you to listen in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 or PCM Stereo. You can only rave so much about a near-perfect DVD, and so I will end with what has been stated. It's a great buy. JG
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! January 8, 2005
This is not a classic opera, for sure -- but BUY THIS for the singing. I can't find anything to nitpick at and that's unusual for me. The singing, production, direction, conducting all seem to be right on the mark. Domingo and Freni have always been 2 of my favorite singers but here we have preserved what in my view is the performance of a lifetime. It all seems so real. Their scene in the last part of Acts 2 & 3 are worth the price of the DVD alone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Role Made for Freni November 18, 2006
There is another DVD of 'Fedora' starring Mirella Freni and Plácido Domingo and I think it was made within a year or two -- in the mid-1990s -- of this one; that one was at the Met and was conducted by Roberto Abbado. This one is a live performance at La Scala Milan and is conducted by the 82-year-old Gianandrea Gavazzeni, an acknowledged master in this repertoire. I've not seen the Met DVD and cannot make a direct comparison of the two versions. But I can say that I watched this one with great interest and found myself drawn into the highly melodramatic goings-on of Fedora and her lover Loris Ipanov, which requires a fair suspension of disbelief. Freni plays the haunted Fedora with passion and verisimilitude. It is unfortunate that there is no great soprano aria in the opera, or at least nothing to compare with Loris's 'Amor ti vieta' in Act II. Domingo gets a huge ovation at the end of the aria, enough that the stage action simply can't go on for quite a long time. And for good reason -- it's a spectacular performance.

Still, the show is Freni's. She is very much the passionate verismo heroine and she brings out every nuance of the part. Her voice is in fairly good estate; her high notes are intact, and thrilling, but the low voice has become just a bit thready.

One novelty in this opera is the Chopinesque étude Giordano wrote for the 'nephew of Chopin' to play in Act II. It does indeed sound like Chopin and is played well by Arnold Bosman as 'Boleslao Lazinski'. But in the Met DVD Lazinski is played by Jean-Yves Thibaudet! (I wonder if he wore his trademark red socks?)

The stage decor is beautiful and traditional. The designer, Luisa Spinatelli, clearly had great fun designing three completely different scenes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will we see their likes again? June 12, 2005
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You can tell here that Giordano was still stuck in the old way of making opera, thank God. This is Mirella's feast and she makes the most of it. But Placy does upstage her. He's got the better aria - and the crowd goes on and on and on. Traditional MET production, but it looks pretty expensive - no cheap job. I wouldn't say that Fedora will ever replace Andrea Chenier - but it is worth a look from time to time - now with such a good production. The only studio CD was a squaller with Magda Olivera and Mario del Monaco. His shouting was just too much to take. And while she isn't usually a shouter I think she felt she better belt it out to keep up with him. None of that here - just two great singers having it out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars somehow it did not reflect the singing of Ms. Freni and Mr. Domingo
somehow it did not reflect the singing of Ms. Freni and Mr. Domingo it was a mediocre acting during the lenght of the opera
Published 12 months ago by Ramon Trespalacios
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful melodies in second rate opera
I really like Fedora on CD not on DVD....It gives me a chance to by pass most of this dull opera and pretend there's something going on. Read more
Published on November 25, 2010 by Profgv
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Fedora" on DVD
It would be hard to imagine a better production and performance of this creaky melodrama than this. Both Freni and Domingo were at the height of their vocal and histrionic powers... Read more
Published on February 15, 2010 by Carl Dolmetsch
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying a Little Known Opera in a Big Way....
Don't miss this fine production of Giordano's Fedora. Rarely performed, but brought to sparkling life by the Met in 1996, it is now reproduced on a DVD. Read more
Published on March 1, 2009 by Charlotte H. Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand night at the Met
Not much I can add to the reviews here on this excellent performance of a good opera, except that I think special mention of the superlative conducting of Roberto Abbado should be... Read more
Published on August 16, 2007 by D. J. Marconi
4.0 out of 5 stars Bella!
Placido Domingo, perhaps the greatest tenor of this quarter-century, shines as the lover. Mirella Freni is a tad old for her role, but her voice is substantial. Read more
Published on July 21, 2006 by John L. Miles Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Freni maravillosa
Sólo quiero referirme a un juicio que, sobre Mirella Freni, aparece en un review de esta página: "Pienso que, siendo sin duda buena su performance, la larga... Read more
Published on February 1, 2006 by N. Meza Pineda
5.0 out of 5 stars Mirella Freni Star of Stars
I really enjoyed this opera. It has a great story line to it. Mirella Freni and Placido Domingo are just wonderful. The singing is superb,great audio and production. Read more
Published on July 30, 2005 by maiden pa.
4.0 out of 5 stars Domingo magistral
La versión de la opera Fedora ofrecida en este DVD es realmente muy buena. Partiendo por la puesta en escena, ella es muy atractiva y sugerente. Read more
Published on March 8, 2005 by alvar fañez
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