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Moreno Torroba: Luisa Fernanda - Teatro Real Madrid (2007)

Placido Domingo , Nancy Herrera , Emilio Sagi  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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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: Spanish (PCM), Castilian (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Castilian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NHHF2Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,817 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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


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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zarzuela Fantastic! June 8, 2007
I have been a fan of musical theater and operetta for a long time, so when I was in Spain, I was determined to see a "zarzuela", Spain's own particular light opera form. That performance of "Luisa Fernanda" was extremely thread-bare, yet still enjoyable. How thrilling was it to see this production in full blossom at the Madrid Opera house (and be able read the English subtitles.) And to have Placido Domingo head the cast, well that was just icing on the cake. I highly recommend this DVD for fans of operetta and light opera. If you've never seen a zarzuela, then you owe yourself this. In addition, as of this writing I was also able to purchase through the CD of this performance.Moreno Torroba: Luisa Fernanda [Spain]
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! May 13, 2007
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful singers and music, poor setting and costumes August 10, 2007
I love zarzuela and this is one of my favourites and although everyone is in place (well, Domingo could have played the tenor role, only Kraus sang it better), the setting is very simple and the costumes don't represent the real clothes Spanish people used to wear during those days. I must also point out that a lot of dialogue's been cut.
But all these things don't matter; the music is simply GREAT. The "Mazurka de las Sombrillas" is one of the best things ever written and most of the arias could rival with the ones written by Puccini or Verdi.
I totally recommend this DVD and I really hope that in the future some other zarzuelas sang by people like these can be released on this format.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Example of the Spanish Zarzuela August 25, 2007
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful production! Enhanced by DVD Extras! January 12, 2008
I loved this production, including the minimalist set featuring black and white costumes and props. The model of Madrid with buildings and the prominent letters spelling out MADRID set to the lower right of the stage revealed the setting. At the start of Act III, the choristers came on stage and removed the letters for Madrid and covered the buildings with an earth-colored cloth and poked little trees into the hills. This was a clever way to announce the change of setting to the countryside. Strange to mention this detail at the beginning of a review? Perhaps, but there seem to be many objections to the staging and I found it pretty and delightful.

Also, there are extras on this DVD, including a synposis and interviews with the director, conductor and Placido Domingo. The interviews added to my appreciation of the zarzuela form, particularly this production of Luisa Fernanda. The director and Domingo both have close ties with this zarzuela, but Domingo's are especially poignant. His father sang the role of Vidal Hernando and his mother sang Luisa Fernanda over a thousand times! Domingo has conducted and played both Javier Moreno and Vidal Hernando. His parents toured with this production, visiting Mexico and eventually settling there. I did not see the interviews until after I watched the production, but they underscore Domingo's passionate portrayal.

All the principal players in this production were excellent. I've seen Jose Bros in other operas, but he was in great form for this production, playing Javier Moreno, the ambitious "good-for-nothing" to the hilt. Domingo was fabulous! Nancy Herrara as Luisa Fernanda captured her conflicted emotions beautifully. Mariola Canterero was provocative and playful as Duchess Carolina.

This production was great on all levels and I recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MINIMALIST PERFECTION
I admit being biased. I grew up with this zarzuela in my head, since it was my mother's favorite. And I happen to think Plácido is the most consumate and accomplished... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alfredo R. Villanueva
5.0 out of 5 stars Luisa Fernanda the best zarzuela in the best media blu-Ray
Louisa Fernanda is a classic in the zarzuela genre that infortunatelly has been called "genero chico" small genre. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a gripping experience for me - one mainly for Domingo fans I...
This zarzuela is a story of competing love interests within a civil war setting. The music is OK and is sung well enough. Read more
Published on July 25, 2012 by I. Giles
3.0 out of 5 stars good singer poor stage
Even the artists are good the stage is poor. Those chairs in the stage during the whole presentation make me sick. The garments completely white are absolutely not attractive
Published on June 17, 2012 by Nazzareno
4.0 out of 5 stars Luisa Fernanda's Video - Teatro Real Madrid
Great performance. Good video and sound quality. The background scenery sort of unconventional by leaving most of it to the viewer's imagination.
Published on November 16, 2009 by Roberto A. Delmoral
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Singing and Acting
If you love Zarzuela, Luisa Fernanda is a must and you can't ask for better players than in this production. Read more
Published on April 25, 2009 by J. C. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Wonderful !
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... Read more
Published on April 9, 2008 by Ms. Otmar
2.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled by the set!!
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! Read more
Published on December 17, 2007 by Thomas E. Ascher
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximizes minimalism
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. Read more
Published on September 20, 2007 by T. Pallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Luisa Fernanda
Beautiful performance and staging. I enjoyed the 25 page program pamphlet that came with it.
Published on August 14, 2007 by Anna-lisa Bills
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