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Placido Domingo: Hommage a Sevilla (2007)

Plácido Domingo , Victoria Vergara , Jean-Pierre Ponnelle  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Plácido Domingo, Victoria Vergara, Virginia Alonso
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L21DNU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,519 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Placido Domingo: Hommage a Sevilla" on IMDb

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Domingo celebrates the city that has inspired the greatest number of opera composers as a setting. This classic program is now available on DVD for the first time. Included are picturesque views of Seville's beautiful buildings and monuments, with scenes

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and wonderful. September 24, 2007
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This somewhat dated 2007 DVD release of a 1992 Domingo tribute to the city of Seville, Spain and the operas that came from this romantic setting is as much a loving tribute from the star as it is a travelogue, of sorts, that admirably lives up to the name of the DVD "Hommage." Directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, with James Levine conducting the Weiner Symphoniker orchestra the listener (and viewer) will be lip-synced through some of the more familiar melodies in the opera repertoire - and a few extras, such as the opening title, "Sevilla es" - a combination of travelogue and song and the various commentaries that I found as interesting as the music. Mr. Domingo's personality and affection for his topic and the city's history are transparent, and the vitality and easy romanticism of the people of Seville is compelling and seductive. So, what's not to like? Other than the lip-syncing and contrived operatic scenes, very little. For the musical numbers I would much rather have seen Domingo in a studio intermixed with scenes of the city and countryside. But, that's a director's choice that in this case and in my view detracted, and always detracts in DVDs such as this. Even though dated and with the preceding caveat, this DVD is saved by its rich color, its rich subject matter, and the voice of its guide, Mr. Domingo. I sat listening to and was transfixed by Mr. Domingo's passion, his voice and the wonderful scenes of steeped churches, castles, busy markets, festivals, dancers -- and the charm of Seville's narrow alleys, colorful streets and historic architecture. Too bad this wasn't filmed in widescreen. But, you can't go back. We have what we have, and if you own it on tape and enjoyed it, this upgrade to DVD is a worthy item to stock and own.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hommage a Sevilla July 15, 2007
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This is a very special DVD. The scenery is splendid; the commentary, as only Domingo can give it, and the music outstanding. The surprise duets of Domingo and Domingo were innovative and beautiful. Evey Domingo fan should be the proud owner of this DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous August 21, 2009
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Lip-syncs and all, I loved it! But then, I love Domingo! My husband, The Opera Hater, even watched and enjoyed the travelogue aspect.

An especially nice feature: Domingo's duets with himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this DVD! January 9, 2011
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I bought this DVD mainly for two reasons: first, because it's Placido Domingo, and second, because of the views of Seville. If you love to hear beautiful operatic arias sung by a superb singer, with beautiful background scenery, then you'll love this DVD. The entire DVD is beautiful, but I don't want to write a long review, so I'm just going to mention my two favorite sections, starting with my second favorite, Finch'han dal Vino from the opera Don Giovanni. He sings this aria from atop the balconies, hallways and roof of a beautiful tower in Seville. On the ground, we see an elderly Leporello gesturing to Don Giovanni. Look closely, and you'll see that Leporello is also Placido Domingo. He plays two parts in this scene, even though he only sings one. This is a baritone part, but he's been known to sing baritone roles on film or audio in the past.

On to my favorite scene: the duet between Count Almaviva and Figaro from the first act of the Barber of Seville--All'idea di quel metallo. Placido Domingo plays the part of Figaro, the baritone. And the tenor part of Almaviva is sung by (who else?) Placido Domingo. What a beautiful duet, with the "two of them" walking through the streets and alleys of Seville, rather than being confined to a small stage, as is usually the case. You have to look very closely because the make-up (and the editing) is done so well, you'll swear it's two different people. Brilliantly done. I love this part so much that I'm going to wear it out on the DVD. I wish he'd done the entire opera singing both of these parts himself.

The rest of the DVD is just as beautiful, visually and musically. I must also mention the Flower Song and the finale from Carmen with Victoria Vergara playing the part of the gypsy temptress. Placido Domingo was the perfect Don Jose in these beautifully executed scenes.

This DVD is one that I'll come back to again and again. It has a special place on my opera DVD shelf.
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