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Moreno Torroba: Luisa Fernanda - Teatro Real Madrid

4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Product Description

Placido Domingo, Nancy Herrera, Jose Bros, and Mariola Cantarero star in this Teatro Real production of the Torroba opera conducted by Jesus Lopez Cobos.

Review

Emilio Sagi's brisk direction works seamlessly with his set and costumes. Serious fans dismiss light opera, but if you let yourself be swept up, this becomes a luscious roll in the melodramatic hay. -- Toronto Star, John Terauds, May 29th, 2007

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  • Actors: Placido Domingo, Nancy Herrera, Jose Bros, Mariola Cantarero, Jesus Lopez Cobos
  • Directors: Emilio Sagi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Castilian (DTS 5.1), Spanish (PCM)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Dubbed: Castilian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NHHF2Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I was thrilled to have a DVD of Luisa Fernanda. I saw it on the stage for the first time when I was 17 and since I have seen it a few times, in New York and Miami.

The singers and orchestra are all great. Purist may not like this rather minimalistic staging, but it was very handsome, all in black and white.

The DVD have subtitles in many languages including English and Spanish, and although since my young days I have known almost all the lyrics by heart (I have several recordings, LPs and CDs of it) in the second viewing I displayed the Spanish subtitles and had a great time singing along!

If you like zarzuela, you will enjoy this DVD.
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I recall a certain image from back in the Siskel and Ebert days of movie reviews. They showed themselves leaving the theatre in an elevator, with the obligatory thousand mile stare, as we all do in the awkwardly intimate space of that strictly linear, austere metal cocoon. The object being, in part, to not gush with compliments or sneer with disdain, but to go home and be scientifically objective with their reviews.

I just finished watching this DVD, and I confess, I am gushing. The odd thing is, I thought I would never like a minimalist set. I and many others are most often sorely disappointed by them. More than one reviewer of opera stagings has used terms like "felt shortchanged".

I am reminded of a play that I was to be in decades ago, and the doctor's wife was vying for the lead romantic, a young girl in the script, yet the doctor's wife was in her fifties. ( She, wisely, was not cast in the coveted romantic lead. ) These things happen because they have the money to support the "theatah". She also insisted that the set be minimalist. (Thankfully, she failed there as well. ) The word often heard in the same sentence with minimalist, is "daring". Yet there are a large number of opera lovers who feel it is just plain "producing on the cheap". It makes the performers feel more stiff and less real; adding to the failure of expensive performances on cheapskate, bare stages.

Yet here in this production, it works. I was surprised. What makes it work, I think, is that things happen. A square increases, or reduces in size, providing a daylight look, or a night-time, starry look, or bands of black and a band of white, or a band of golden light, or a sunny landscape all aglow with topaz light over a single lush , green tree.
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I can absolutely recommend this DVD, I have watched this zarzuela over and over again. The very simple staging - everything is black and white - takes a little getting used to, but other than that it's beautiful. Great singers! and if you like Placido Domingo, it's a must - as ever: he's still dashing and charming and makes you suffer, when he doesn't get the girl. I wish there were more zarzuelas with this kind of casting on DVD.
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If you love Zarzuela, Luisa Fernanda is a must and you can't ask for better players than in this production. My only disappointment was the scenery which was to sparse for my taste.
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Based on other reviews I had high expectations for this but the production was spoiled for me by the use of a bright, white screen as a background for almost the entire production! Visually, I couldn't get past the glaring white set! The cast, singing, dance, and costumes were excellent. But I couldn't get past the background!
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Having seen this production in its Italian incarnation at Milan (but not at La Scala, of course), I bought the DVD as soon as I learned of its existance.
The scenography here is minimal: draperies and chairs dominate the stage, but everything is carefully chosen and exquisitely executed. One fascinating and appropriate element is a model of part of the city of Madrid located subtly but visibly just down-left of the stage proper; when the scenic location shifts out of Madrid for the final act, this model is cleverly covered and redecorated so as to become rolling countryside with a few trees. That is scenographic genius.
Unlike productions that insult and demean libretti and music, this one compliments and enhances them. Hurrah! Modern staging need not be idiotic, insulting, and ugly.
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Sets and costumes are a little less than lavish, however they are the same as used in the LA Opera stage production
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Great performance. Good video and sound quality. The background scenery sort of unconventional by leaving most of it to the viewer's imagination.
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