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Rossini: L'occasione fa il ladro (Opportunity Makes the Thief) (1992)

Susan Patterson , Robert Gambill , Michael Hampe , Claus Viller  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Susan Patterson, Robert Gambill, Natale De Carolis, Monica Bacelli, Gianluigi Gelmetti
  • Directors: Michael Hampe, Claus Viller
  • Writers: Gioachino Rossini
  • Producers: Schwetzinger Festspiele
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F6YWMG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,567 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Stuart Kale, Susan Patterson, Robert Gambill, Natale de Carolis, Monica Bacelli, and Alessandro Corbelli star in this 1992 Schwetzinger Festspiele production of the Rossini opera with Gianluigi Gelmetti conducting the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Rossini! June 24, 2009
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And I love the Schwetzingen Festival opera productions in their jewel-box 450-seat rococo theater. I've delighted in every hour I've spent there, in whatever capacity. This production filmed in 1992 displays all the virtues of Schwetzingen -- brilliantly and imaginatively designed sets, well-directed acting, well-rehearsed and tight musical ensemble -- supporting a fine cast of singers in a zesty performance of The Occasion Makes the Thief.

"L'occasione fa il ladro" is a 'stock' Italian comedy in the theatrical format that dates back, through Goldoni and the commedia dell'arte, to Plautus. The jokes come from the 'switched' identities of the four principals. Wealthy heiress Berenice switches roles with her maid Ernestina (who is really of 'good' family herself), while Don Parmenione roguishly steals the identity of Conte Alberto. With two guys & two gals in the plot, no one is likely not to foresee the cheery outcome of this frantic comedy. Musically, "L'occasione" is Rossini at his most madcap, with superimposed polysyllablic patter in duets, quartets, and quintets of exquisite frenzy.

The ensembles are the delights of this short opera. There are only two solo arias of memorable melodic beauty in this opera, both sung in coloratura by Susan Patterson as Berenice. Amazon gives pride of place to Monica Bacelli, by the way, but it's Patterson who excels vocally and who has the larger role. Tenor Robert Gambill is very effective, both as singer and actor, in the role of the admirable Conte Alberto. Tenor Natale de Carolis has the 'broader' comic role of the impostor - really a splendid fellow merely temporarily seduced into villainy by the "occasion" - and he struts and swaggers with convincing gusto.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! January 31, 2011
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This DVD is a short bit of musical fun, just right for after-dinner entertainment. The tenor-baritone duet over dinner at the inn is funny and well-sung. The incompetent manservant is hilarious, even the second time around. The courtships in Naples under false pretenses are amusing and well-sung by all 4 participants. Rossini's final plot twist is a great joke (but only the first time around). The costumes and minimal sets are effective and true to period.
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