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Mozart - La Finta Giardiniera / Richard Croft, Ann-Christine Biel, Petteri Salomaa, Stuart Kale, Britt-Marie Aruhn, Arnold Ostman, Drottningholm Theatre


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  • Actors: Stuart Kale, Britt Marie Aruhn
  • Directors: Thomas Olofsson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001URA65Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Libretto by GIUSEPPE PETROSELLINI

Don Anchise, Podestà di Lagonero: STUART KALE
La Marchesa Violante / Sandrina: BRITT-MARIE ARUHN
Il Contino Belfiore: RICHARD CROFT
Arminda: EVA PILAT
Il Cavalier Ramiro: ANNIKA SKOGLUND
Serpetta: ANN CHRISTINE BIEL
Roberto / Nardo: PETTERI SALOMAA

This perfect exposition starts off with three classic buffo roles: an amorous old man, a wily maid and a handsome young gardener. The Cavaliere offers a serious role à la opera seria. And a female gardener who is finta , in other words a fake, is a mezzo carattere, the title given in opera buffa to roles that are allowed to alternate between the comic and the serious, between sentimentality and drama. With its clever changes between major and minor keys, this plot is anything but clichéd.

Kultur is proud to present Mozart from the intimate setting of Sweden's Drottningholm Court Theatre, dating back to 1766, providing a perfect stage for these operas and featuring excellent casts and superb directors, accompanied by period instruments for a truly authentic experience.

'For true Mozart stick with Drottningholm.' Gramophone

'Excellent standard... notable for the clarity of the period-instrument sound and for a production wholly appropriate to the tiny Drottningholm space.' Gramophone

Chorus and Orchestra of the Drottningholm Court Theatre
Conducted by ARNOLD ÖSTMAN
Stage Direction by GÖRAN JÄRVEFELT
Costumes by BÖRJE EDH and GÖRAN JÄRVEFELT
Choreography by REGINA BECK-FRIIS
Directed and Produced for TV by THOMAS OLOFSSON

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bgarfink on October 20, 2009
Format: DVD
Yes, it's an early Mozart opera, not quite his mature style, although there are touches we will all recognize. I got the feeling that since this was Mozart's first attempt at an opera buffa, he turned to imitating a master of the style, in this case, Pergolesi. There are idiomatic hints of _La Serva Padrona_ all over this opera, and if Mozart had not yet perfected his own style, this was certainly as good a source of material as any.

In addition, this production from Drottningholm is exemplary in many ways. Period instrument are actually sometimes capable of _more_ dramatic contrasts than their modern counterparts, even if they do require fewer decibels to achieve this effect. This makes Don Anchise's aria particularly delightul, with the orchestra illustrating the flutes and oboes he hears in his heart.

Also, although I was unfamiliar with any of the singers, I am impressed with all of them. First, musically: no matter how bumbling, doddering, or enraged the character in the opera, Mozart's music requires a certain lightness and agility, and these singers all achieve it, while at the same time displaying the full expressive ranges of their characters. In this regard, particular kudos go to Petteri Salomaa Eva Pilat, since, as a bass and a dramatic soprano, their training would have been the most likely to lead them to forego melody and pitch in favor of "color," but they never did this once in the entire opera. Likewise, Stuart Kale, as the amorous old (middle-aged, we'd say now) man, while occasionally heavy-handed with the use of his authority, is never heavy-handed in his singing.
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This is a charming production. Perhaps the best staging faithful to Mozart's atmosphere and spirit.

Once the pleasant absurdity of the story accepted, it preserves the great fun of buffa, while Mozart's sensitivity to emotional crisis explodes into magnificent seria in Arminda's No. 13 aria 'Vorrei Punirti Indegno' and Ramiro's No. 26 aria 'Va Pure Ad Altri In Braccio'.

The 7 roles include 3 buffa characters (Podesta, Serpetta, Nardo), 1 seria (Ramiro), and 3 "mezzo carattere" (Arminda, Sandrina, Contino).

We can compare this 1988 Ostman/Drottningholm staging with Harnoncourt's 1991 Vienna CD, and his 2006 Zurich DVD ("H/Z"). Even following the Italian libretto, it is not easy to make out the Italian words. Light secondary orchestral phrases or interjections are barely audible.

- Stuart Kale is a much funnier and lighter Podesta than in "H/Z".
- Richard Croft, as Contino Belfiore, is an effeminate 18th c. light-witted lover, more typical than the goofy Contino in H/Z.
The ladies are all superb beauties, with lovely voices.
Eva Pilat as the controlling Arminda;
Britt-Marie Aruhn as Marchesa Violante Onesti, going as "Sandrina";
Ann Christine Biel as the impertinent Serpetta, equalled, if not surpassed, by Julia Kleiter in "H/Z";
Annika Skoglund, as Ramiro, the only constantly seria character, has a better physique for the role than Nikiteanu in "H/Z".
Petteri Salomaa as Nardo, is an exaggerated country bumpkin who turns clever in his No. 24 aria 'Mirate Che Contrasto'.

Most regrettably, serious cuts in scenes and recitatives, eliminating 7 arias (out of 22 1/2), to wit:
No. 4: Aria "Noi donne poverine" (Sandrina)
No. 5: Aria "A forza di martelli" (Nardo)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sergei kochkin on April 12, 2011
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Well done opera on a small stage with period pieces; made me feel Mozart would come out after the show. If this were not by Mozart I guarantee you this opera would have been buried in obscurity. I bet there were thousands of operas like this in history never heard of again because the composer was not by this famous genius. By all means see it for $15 dollars. You will not remember any thing about it a week later because it is not a very memorable opera.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mal on November 12, 2012
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Disappointed. wrong viewing region. had to return dvd.It needs to be made clear on the buying info what region the dvd is.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ron Rioux on April 10, 2012
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I DID NOT LIKE THIS PRODUCTION AT ALL. THE COSTUMES & MAKE-UPS WERE HIDEOUS, THE SETS WERE NOT VERY GOOD EITHER. I'D LIKE TO WATCH A DIFFERENT PRODUCTION OF THIS OPERA, WITH DIFFERENT SINGERS. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS DVD.
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