This special Documentary ‘My Favourite Opera – Barbara Hendricks’ intertwines three related strands: firstly the distinguished soprano Barbara Hendricks discusses her international career as a singer; secondly we follow the preparation for the 1990 production of Donizetti’s comic opera Don Pasquale, in a delightful production which stars Barbara Hendricks herself as the heroine Norina, the great French baritone Gabriel Bacquier in the title role of Don Pasquale, the Canadian baritone Gino Quilico as the scheming Dr. Malatesta, and the Italian tenor Luca Canonici as Norina’s lover Ernesto; and thirdly the film portrays with superb photography the idyllic setting of Aix-en- Provence Festival in the South of France, where this production takesRead more place. Produced by Hans-Peter Birke-Malzer & Bernd Hellthaler.
MY FAVOURITE OPERA – Barbara Hendricks
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Norina - Barbara Hendricks
Don Pasquale - Gabriel Bacquier
Dr. Malatesta - Gino Quilico
Ernesto - Luca Canonici
Chœurs du Festival Aix-en-Provence
Sinfonietta de Varsovie
Gabriele Ferro, conductor
Recorded during Aix-en-Provence Festival, 1990
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Languages: English, German, French, Italian
Running time: 55 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 Read less
Works on This Recording
Don Pasquale: Excerpt(s)by Gaetano Donizetti Performer:
Luca Canonici (Tenor),
Gabriel Bacquier (Baritone),
Barbara Hendricks (Soprano),
Gino Quilico (Baritone)
Orchestre De L'opera De Lyon
Period: Romantic Written: 1843; Italy
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Amazingly capitvatingSeptember 13, 2013By Anthony G. (Valley Stream, NY)See All My Reviews"It is unusual to buy a DVD and watch it more than twice. As a professional music lover, I find myself irresistibly drawn to viewing this DVD over and over again. Its interest and richness are inexhaustible. If you have never bought an opera DVD, then buy this one. Opera was meant to be seen as well as heard and this has unimaginably creative and joyful aspects. Just plain fun"Report Abuse
Hendricks and Bacquier rehearse Don PasqualeMarch 29, 2013By Sour Persimmons See All My Reviews"This hour-long documentary features an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal process for Don Pasquale at the Aix-en-Provence festival in 1990, focusing on the contribution of the productions leading soprano, Barbara Hendricks. Ms. Hendricks provides many comments about her life and studies, in addition to her thoughts on rehearsing/performing and on the role of Norina in Pasquale in particular. Extensive rehearsal footage is included, with three complete scenes from a live performance at the end of the film. In addition to Hendricks, the other primary interest here is the superb Gabriel Bacquier as Pasquale. The picture is rather grainy, and close-ups are often too close, but its a pleasant production that transports the viewer back in time to what must have been a wonderful summer for Hendricks and the production team."Report Abuse
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