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  • Actors: Rolando Villazon, Anna Netrebko, Placido Domingo, Marco Armiliato
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Cantonese
  • 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: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJSRNY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On July 7, 2006, the Waldbuehne amphitheatre in Berlin was host to the greatest voices of their day as more than 20,000 spectators gathered to hear Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, and Placido Domingo in an open-air concert celebrating the close of the Wo

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Sparks fly in this video of the all-star concert from Berlin's equivalent of the Hollywood Bowl in July 2006, part of the World Cup festivities. The electricity is generated by the all-star trio of tenors Placido Domingo and Rolando Villazon and soprano Anna Netrebko in a program of operatic and vocal favorites. The crowd estimated at 20,000 eats it all up, and so will home viewers who'll relish the prospect of great singers performing great music.

Domingo is his usual self, still remarkable at an age when most tenors have called it quits. He sings with intensity and a voice undimmed by the passing of time. Domingo's duets with his partners are notable for his acute phrasing, the highlights being the first-act love duet from Verdi's Otello with Netrebko's gorgeous lyric Desdemona and the ravishing duet with Villazon from Bizet's The Pearlfishers, in which he takes on the baritone role. Netrebko seems slightly stiff at first but loosens up as the evening progresses, but she's in excellent voice, with luminous pianissimos most sopranos wish they could emulate. Her Puccini arias are beautifully sung, and she even offers a Franz Lehar aria and a charmingly accented duet, "Tonight," from West Side Story with Villazon. But if anyone can be said to steal the show it's Villazon, a singer in perpetual motion, who brings the house down with a version of Rossini's La Danza full of dash and brio. There's a lot more, from Spanish songs to arrangements of the Brindisi from La traviata and Lehar's featuring all three singers, with the tenors dividing their lines between to woo the soprano. These are part of the scintillating encore set--good fun that has the audience panting for more.

Expert accompaniments are by the Orchestra of the Deutschen Opera of Berlin under the baton of conductor Marco Armiliato, who also offers several well-shaped operatic overtures and intermezzos and joins in the fun during the unbuttoned encores. Too bad the video direction doesn't match the on-stage proceedings. The production team apparently suffers from camera nervosa, the cameras swooping above the scene, then to floor level, now up, now down, now in close-up, now in long shot, searching for novelty while distracting from the music. There are also misjudged cuts, jumps, and angles. This hyperactivity doesn't seriously mar enjoyment but it is a blemish on a terrific concert. --Dan Davis

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What can I say .....as a Kiwi this is the only way I can see a concert like this and it is well worth owning this DVD.
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He sings with two of the greatest current vocal greats, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon, in a beautifully chosen and most enjoyable repertoire.
Milda Ruffo
Lovers of opera, both new fans of this genre of music as well as those already accostumied to tenors and sopranos will enjoy this DVD.
Leila De Oliveira

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Milda Ruffo on May 12, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My DVD collection is now quite extensive and I give away some that I won't return to, but this concert is so good that I watched it twice in two days. It has earned a place on my "to keep" shelf. First of all, the filming and the sound are excellent and you almost feel that you are there, in the best seats, of course. Placido Domingo, gray hair and all, still has his powerful voice and real star presence. He sings with two of the greatest current vocal greats, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon, in a beautifully chosen and most enjoyable repertoire. The orchestra is a good match for the three stars in quality. You won't regret acquiring this DVD. It is an outstanding concert and perhaps there won't be that many more with Placido Domingo singing, rather than conducting,as he does more and more often these days. Highly recommended!
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Y. Park on December 15, 2008
Format: Blu-ray
This Berlin concert in Waldbuhne, the largest outdoor arena in Europe, is so great that you can watch over and over again. All three opera stars are brilliant and amazing! Domingo looked older than I thought but he's still a great singer with all the power and techniques. I just hoped he could be around for a long time. Both Netrebko and Villazon sing with such power and confidence as if they want to brag themselves telling how good youth is. Without a doubt, they are new "BIG" stars in a new generation. Yes, the vision and audio are at top notch. One drawback is, however, one (at least) of many cameras was probably not in HD so the vision suddenly changes to unclean and grainy look from time to time, which is actually rather annoying. All in all, you will love this blu-ray with the outstanding concert.

Here's the track List:
1. Opening Credits [0:36]

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901): Nabucco
2. Overture [8:15]

Francesco Cilèa (1866 - 1950): L'Arlesiana Act 2
3. E'la solita storia (Il lamento di Federico [4:58]

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924): Gianni Schicchi
4. O mio babbino caro [3:20]

Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912): Le Mage Act 2
5. Ah! Parais! Parais, astre de mon ciel [4:12]

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901): Otello Act 1
6. Già nella notte densa (Love Duet)[10:40]

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875):
7. Carmen: Entr'acte [3:37]
8. Les pêcheurs de perles Act 1: Au fond du temple saint [5:19]

Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868): Semiramide
9. Overture [12:24]

Maria Grever (1894 - 1951)
10. Jurame [5:07]

Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948): Giuditta Act 4
11.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mr John Haueisen VINE VOICE on August 21, 2007
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Yes, Netrebko, Villazon, and Domingo all sing as perfectly as we could imagine. But the surprise for me was the acting and passion that each brought to this outdoor performance before a gigantic and appreciative audience.

First, it's Netrebko, swaying to the music and almost dancing as she sings the line, "My mother was a dancer" from Franz Lehar's Giuditta.

Later, Villazon captivates the audience with a rousing, delightful, "Italian Wedding-style" La Danza by Rossini. Alongwith the audience, Netrebko is so inspired that she's still dancing, as he leads her out for her La Boheme aria.

As twilight approaches at this outdoor "forest concert" in Berlin, the night is capped off by all three, performing a Lehar song, "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" ("You are my only love"), in which Domingo and Villazon alternate their wooing, each pulling Netrebko towards them. Alternating her own flirtations, she puts the cherry on the sundae with a high note that brings down the house. It just doesn't get any better than this.

I was so enthusiastic about this concert that I invited friends over to see whether I was just bewitched, or if they too, found it enchanting. Indeed, they too found it irresistible. You will love this concert so much that you will barely be able to wait to share it with friends!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Constantine A. Papas on April 13, 2007
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If you love good operaric singing but you're not in the mood for an entire opera, play this festive and informal DVD from the 2006 outdoors Berlin concert. Everybody-the singers,the conductor, the orchestra, the audience-is happy and having a good time. The informality of the concert does not diminish or affect the quality of singing or the orchestra playing. Domingo's almost exclusive involvement with the dramatic/heroic tenor roles has not affected the legato and timbre of his voice, and its expressiveness and lyricism are so beautiful in "Federico's" aria from L'Arlesiana. Villazon's clarion and top ring are glorious. Netrebko's voice is bigger, darker and sweeter. In the last encore from Lehar's "Merry Widow," Netrebko overpowers both Doomingo and Villazon in the last high note the three are singing together! The video is sharp and first rate. The audio is well-balanced, and thanks to Armiliato's conducting and fine acoustics engineering, it produces a studio quality sound. This DVD deserves, unquestionably, 5 stars for entertainment and artistic value.

Constantine A. Papas

El Paso, Texas
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert Petersen on May 5, 2007
Format: DVD
The dream couple of opera along with Placido Domingo provide many highlights in this well filmed concert from Berlin to celebrate the closing of the Soccer World Cup. I do agree with many of the reviewers that Domingo's diction is exemplary, compared with the new kids on the block. However, I must confess slight disappointment that none of the reviewers make mention that Domingo transposes most of his solo arias than what is originally written, which I am sure is to be expected, given the fact that he was 65 at the time of the recording.

However, Anna and Rolando's performances are incredible. Each aria or duet is sung with such passion and fervour. Highlights are definitely Rolando's 'La Danza' which gets the audience clapping and up on their feet and Anna's 'Quando m'en vo', where she also surprises the audience. Watch the DVD and see what I mean. Reservations aside, this is a classy concert, excellently filmed and the enormous audience of over 12 000 people enjoy every minute. Conductor Marco Armiliato and the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper provide warm and sympathetic accompaniment to the star singers.
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