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Puccini - Il Tabarro / Leoncavallo - I Pagliacci / Stratas, Domingo, Pavarotti, Pons, Quivar, Croft, Levine, Metropolitan Opera

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Luciano Pavarotti stars in Puccini's Il Tabarro and Placido Domingo stars in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci in this Metropolitan Opera double feature conducted by James Levine, also starring Teresa Stratas and Juan Pons.

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  • Actors: Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Juan Pons, Florence Quivar, Federico Davia
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Writers: Didier Gold, Giuseppe Adami, Ruggero Leoncavallo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • 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: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009K1ZHS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Spinto on October 16, 2005
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This double bill production of Tabarro Pagliacci is one of the great operatic experiences of the past several decades and must be purchased and experienced.

Tabarro may be my favorite of Puccini's operas. It is innovative and daring, holding your attention for every second. The orchestra is used ambiently, there are tugs going off, songs and lovers and all sorts of passers-by giving context to the action. The music bespeaks the most profound modernist melancholy. Subdued angst marks the entire opera, which bursts forth in the ecstasy of love, in terror, rage and finally in vengance. There is a magic about the score which underlines the action.

This opera, being so ambient, is almost completely on the shoulders of the performers. The opera will either fail or succed on the stregnth of the singing actors employed, and here there are only the best.

Juan pons is the Michelle. This charachter may be one of the great baritone charachters in all opera. Not evil by any means, Michelle is honestly loving, tortured by Giorgetta and her distance. He has sunk into paranoia and melancholy. His gentle melancholy slowly turns into fury, after bearing his soul to Giorgetta pleading with her, to "come close and rest by him, for the night is beautiful." (some of the most beautiful baritone writing ever done.) Juan Pons is a fabulous Michele, he is a big gruff man, the exact type needed. His voice, although as always lacking in warmth, has the power to express Michelles frustrated rage, and the beauty to express his romantic melancholy.

Domingo plays Luigi. At the age of 55 he is still the great romantic lead. No other tenor could do what he did. He was madly in love with Giorgetta.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Boerger on September 28, 2006
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In what has to be considered an inspired pairing, the Met opened its 1994 season with this double bill, recorded here for posterity. Il Tabarro and Pagliacci, though by different composers, belong together, since both are relatively short verismo tragedies, both feature indigent and tawdry characters, and both deal with infidelity and murder.

The evening starts with Puccini's Il Tabarro, the more low key outing of the two. It's typical of Puccini to be less interested in telling a complex story and more interested in creating a convincing sense of atmosphere, of place, and of eliciting strong emotions, all through his wonderful music, and he succeeds brilliantly. From the serene opening to its violent climax, Il Tabarro is filled with the brooding tension of its unhappy characters. The Met's dark, yet lovely, production works wonders toward bringing this tension to life, as do the singers. A scowling Placido Domingo is Luigi, the strong itinerant workhorse willing to risk everything, even to kill for his one outlet of happiness, his love for his boss's wife, played by Teresa Stratas. Domingo still sounds great, even youthful, his ardor is always legitimate because that's the type of singer he is. Physically, he isn't nearly as handsome as he was in, say, Rigoletto from fifteen years earlier, he looks a little like a more smoldering Lon Chaney Jr. at this point, but this actually ends up being a plus, his age adds a craggy, wounded look to his features that works, even though he is clearly much older than the character he is portraying.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Edwards on February 23, 2006
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Stratas the musician, Stratas the actress is superlative here! No bars held! then we have Domingo and Pavarotti. You can't miss with this Luigi and Canio. Juan Pons rises to greatness as Tonio. With Quivar and the up-coming Croft- a complete cast that has no weak links at all. A great evening in the theater with Levine at the helm. Great singing, great drama through which we visit a day in the life of people caught in their own dead end tragedies. The lives of the marginal struggle and die before our very eyes here. An absolute winner of a dvd.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank Elliott on September 13, 2007
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It looks like I can't get enough of Pagliacci; I own three of them now. It's the universal appeal, since most of us have had to deal with a love lost - and frankly, we were pretty angry, if we were honest. Thankfully, most of us didn't go completly nuts.
The music is wonderful - a sort of mad stagger between farce, exhultation, strange, then stumbling into eerie - then as suddenly, jerking back to opera buffo. James Levine conducts superbly, the orchestra is perfection. Art direction by Levine also luridly opulent and joyous -great color! -scenes interspersed with some extraordinary choral and vocal work - each performer deserving standing ovations. I was very impressed with Kenn Chester who played the affable Arlechin (harlequin ). superb- and I hope to see him in more, absolutely ! But you know who steals the show? Who eats the scenery, as it is called? Juan Pons ! This is his opera. At first, we buy an opera, because it may have the big name star - and certainly you want to own this one with the late, wonderful Pavarotti. In this one, however, Juan Pons is unmistakeably the master of ceremonies. Before I thought of him as best supporting actor. Now, as I hear more of him, more closely now, I have to admire his voice. Don't overlook his mastery of baritone bel canto. It's easy to find a collection of favorite arias by the big names...but it would be fabulous to listen to Mr. Pons do a CD/DVD in concert. I would buy that now in a minute. What a voice. In this show, Juan is the show.
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