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Placido Domingo: My Greatest Roles - The Documentary

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Editorial Reviews

Plácido Domingo is the most important person alive in opera. Greatest of the stage tenors still performing, experienced conductor, intendant of not one but two US opera houses these bald facts hardly begin to delineate the man. Major sponsorship flocks to him, his influence is felt in opera houses worldwide, and his support can be the making of a singer's career. And once every ten years he allows television cameras in. This time is probably the last television look at his active career and takes the form of a retrospective of his greatest work, building up a picture of this unique man throughout his extraordinary career.

Plácido Domingo has selected the roles he regards as his greatest, and the particular performances at which he was at his peak, which were all filmed:

Vienna Opera
Carmen
La Gioconda
Lohengrin

The Royal Opera Covent Garden
Andrea Chénier
The Tales Of Hoffmann
La Fanciulla Del West
Otello

San Francisco Opera
Samson & Dalila

Film Version
Tosca, The Settings And Times Of Tosca

Produced And Directed By Chris Hunt


Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Placido Domingo
  • Directors: Chris Hunt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NY7YVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,372 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By S. Erickson on April 6, 2010
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Domingo's passion for his work, his art, is simply contagious. Just watching him talk about a phrase of music can be as moving as an actual performance. He is very good at expressing his extraordinary feeling for music and drama. At one point in this program he got himself so involved in describing the beauty of a scene that he had to pause just a moment before speaking again. So it is always a pleasure to hear his thoughts, especially at this late stage of his unending career.

I think I just caught on to what Kultur is doing here. This "Greatest Roles: The Documentary" must be intended as a sort of prelude to the reissuing of the whole operas in the series "Placido Domingo: My Greatest Roles" with Vol. 1 being of Puccini and Vol. 2 of Verdi. More to follow?
This program consists of clips of such performances interspersed or dubbed over with Domingo's comments (which I assume were filmed in 2008 or 9?). A narrator occasionally fills in to connect things and add info. Plus brief comments from great fellow-artists. There are also a few bits of rehearsals, including a little Parsifal, which are always fascinating! For a few moments of the millstone scene in Samson we get a different, and excellent, camera angle than was used in the release of the complete performance.

For me it is all worthwhile for the opportunity to see/hear Domingo, in a casual atmosphere, talk about his memories, his ideas on characters, etc.
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A 5 star documentary but a 3 star for the price to own it. A fitting example of a high quality documentary one might find on PBS or the BBC but I wouldn't normally pay $15.47 to own a copy of a hour long,commercial-free TV documentary if it weren't for my fascination with the person and the subject. A short biography of his life with an in-depth interview of the Maestro reflecting back on memorable roles in his career. He is a warm and generous guest when he has the time to grant an interview. The archival footage was well done and for those who were unfamiliar with the depth and breath of the contribution he has made to his craft, this is a nice introduction but by no means anywhere near comprehensive.
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Got this for my mom for her birthday and she loves it! It arrived a day ahead of the estimated day so I would say we were all happy!
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Superb album of Domingo singing his greatest roles, and there were many. GET IT, as you'll love the singing.
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