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Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana / Leoncavallo: Pagliacci [Blu-ray]

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Liliana Nikiteanu, Cheyne Davidson, Irene Friedli, Jose Cura, and Paoletta Marrocu star in this 2009 Zurich Opera production of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Boiko Zvetanov, Gabriel, Bermudez, Carlo Guelfi, Fiorenza Cedolins, and Jose Cura star in L

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  • Actors: José Cura, Paoletta Marrocu, Fiorenza Cedolins, Carlo Guelfi, Stefano Ranzani
  • Directors: Nele Münchmeyer, Grischa Asagaroff
  • Writers: Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo
  • Producers: Opernhaus Zurich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: Italian (DTS-HD 7.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039ZCHL8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 3, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This recording of a popular and regular pairing of short operas was made in 2009 in Zurich. The only linking singer shared between both operas is the lead singer Jose Cura. Otherwise the two operas are put on with different casts. The chorus remains the same of course and the basic set for Cavalleria works remarkably well with circus lighting additions in Pagliacci.

There are some problems with this pair of performances which is why there has been such a divided response to them. There are those who do not warm to Cura's singing or acting which they find almost gibbering in effect. Conversely there are those who find it little short of gripping as regards his acting and have no problem with his singing. This is clearly going to be a matter of taste therefore and must therefore also lie beyond the reasonable scope of a reviewed judgement. As a guide though, I would have some sympathy with those who doubt the acting quality of the lead role at the start of both operas but I also found the conclusions fairly compelling with believable emotion.

In the case of Cavalleria this conclusion is greatly aided by the unyielding and revengeful Alfio as portrayed by Cheyne Davidson. The accumulative impact of Carlo Guelfi as Tonio in Pagliacci ought not to be underestimated either. Fiorenza Cedolins is less effective as an actress as Nedda here than she was in the more dramatic role of Tosca to be found on another disc. Silvio is sung well enough by Gabriel Bermudez but, as a romantically driven pair of lovers, this relationship seems to me to be a little lacking in `verismo'. Boiko Zvetanov makes a creditable job of his supporting role as Peppe.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gianni on July 26, 2012
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The Cavalleria Rusticana is a short opera. The music from the beginning to the end is beautiful. That's why I purchased this DVD but I am very disappointed in regard to the singing, the acting and the choreography. The setting of the opera is supposed to be a 19th century Sicilian Village on Easter morning, at the rising of the curtains, however, you are looking at a sort of gray medieval castle, the sky is dark and you have to deal with this depressing scenario for the rest of the opera. The village's inhabitants are supposed to look happy because is spring and Easter but they are dressed like gangsters and not as peasants. Santuzza looks more like a widow than the girl she is supposed to be, Lola has blond hair and a white dress that make her look more like a middle age woman than the sexy girl Turiddu is going to die for. Alfio, the "carrettiere" looks like if he is exiting from a limo instead of a carriage even if he carries a whip. I would forgive all the above if the singing is good but unfortunately it is not. I would not recommend to buy this DVD. There are many other versions of the Cavalleria which are excellent.
I have not jet played the Pagliacci so I cant review it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mastercard on November 21, 2010
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I own the film version of Cavalleria Rusticanna with Domingo produced by Franco Zeffirelli. I love that version. I did not own the stage version and Jose Cura does a wonderful job in this one. This version is good and I believe anyone would enjoy this production.

Pagliacci is very good as well and if you like these Operas I highly recommend this product.
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