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Puccini DVD 4-Pack - La Boheme, Tosca, Le Villi, Edgar

Albert Montserrat, Montserrat Marti, Dario Balzane
Release Date: 04/07/2014 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 4941  
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Albert MontserratAndrea RolaHalla MargretGiovanni Tarasconi,   ... 
Conductor:  Tamás PálTiziano SeveriniZubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mediterranean ChoirMediterranean Philharmonic OrchestraSan Francisco Opera Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection of 4 DVDs includes the following:

Puccini: Tosca / Mehta, Domingo, Malfitano, Raimondi
This ‘live’ version of Puccini’s superbly dramatic opera was recorded in Rome in the exact locations and at the precise times of day as Puccini had written into his score. The action opens in Rome’s beautiful 16th-century church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, where Cavaradossi (Plácido Domingo) is innocently painting, moves to the Farnese Palace where Tosca (Catherine Malfitano) dramatically stabs the lustful Scarpia (Ruggero Raimondi), and finally to the battlements of the Castle Sant’Angelo at dawn the following day where Cavaradossi is cruelly killed, and Tosca
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Puccini: La Bohème / Severini , Freni, Pavarotti, Ghiaurov
Puccini's bittersweet opera of high-spirited bohemians and the doomed love between Rodolfo, the idealistic poet and Mimi, the consumptive flower-maker, is a beautifully balanced series of tableaux depicting the infectious joie de vivre of youth and the tragic waste of disease and separation. The legendary and incomparable partnership of Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti as the two lovers has been captured in this special live recording from stage of the San Francisco Opera. Brian Large has adapted Francesca Zambello's production for video, further illuminating the fascinating interaction of Puccini's characters. Gino Quilico sings Marcello, the colorful and moody painter, whose tempestuous relationship with the flirtatious Musetta (sung by Sandra Pacetti), comically mirrors the more profound love of Rodolfo and Mimi. Nicolai Ghiaurov sings Colline.

Puccini: Edgar / Pal, Balzanelli, Rola, Marti
First performed in 1889, Edgar was Puccini's second opera. The libretto is a medievalist phantasmagoria dealing with a Flemish knight torn between love for virtuous Fidelia and erotic enslavement to Tigrana. Dario Balzanelli, Montserrat Marti, Halla Margret, Andrea Rola, Giovanni Tarasconi, Coro e Orchestra Filarmonica Mediterranea, Tamas Pal, directed by Enrico Castiglione. Sung in Italian.

Puccini: Le Villi / Pal, Montserrat, Margret, Mediterranean Philharmonic
Le Villi (The Willis or The Fairies) is an opera-ballo in two acts (originally one) composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Ferdinando Fontana, based on the short story Les Willis by Alphonse Karr. The original one act version was first performed at the Teatro dal Verne, Milan in 1884. Albert Montserrat, Halla Margret, Andrea Rola, Coro e orchestra Filarmonica Mediterranea, Tamas Pal (dir.), Enrico Castiglione (regia). Sung in Italian. Read less

Works on This Recording

Le Villi by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Albert Montserrat (Tenor), Andrea Rola (Baritone), Halla Margret (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Tamás Pál
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mediterranean Choir,  Mediterranean Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Italy 
Edgar by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giovanni Tarasconi (Voice), Montserrat Martí (Soprano), Andrea Rola (Baritone),
Halla Margret (Mezzo Soprano), Dario Balzanelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Tamás Pál
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mediterranean Choir,  Mediterranean Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Italy 
La Bohčme by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Gino Quillico (Baritone), Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor:  Tiziano Severini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Catherine Malfitano (Soprano), Ruggero Raimondi (Bass)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Venue:  Rome 
Language: Italian 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Opera DVD May 22, 2014 By walter wallman (Irvine, CA) See All My Reviews "The Kulture DVD'S of Puccini's operas Tosca with Domingo and La Boheme with Pavarotti are outstanding and not to be missed" Report Abuse
 Very Nice May 17, 2014 By Lloyd Colson (Belen, NM) See All My Reviews "I purchased this set simply to get the La Boheme DVD since I attended that production/performance in San Francisco. The Tosca is quite entertaining for all of the correct settings. Must confess that time has not allowed me to view either Edgar or Le Villi but I am quite certain that I will enjoy them." Report Abuse
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