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DVD 6992 IRIS (Mascagni)

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good sound and picture
Ted W (New York) 4/5/2012 12:58 AM
Interesting production,a chance to see Dessi and Cura early on in their careers in an unusual work.Watching this,one can understand why only some stars like Bori or Gigli were able to keep this opera afloat. Its basically quite boring, some nice touches but no great inspiration, and it goes on and on without getting anywhere.For those who are curious to see the verismo works that couldnt make it into todays repertories....
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aceman (maryland) 1/15/2012 6:14 PM
Picture is pretty good. It's shot from a single camera, but the camera operator knows what to shoot when. There are no closeups of singers with sweat dripping off their noses, which is a good thing. The single camera approach is more like being in the theater, except it can zoom in when appropriate. So it's not a liability. Sound is good - stereo. Performance was generally very good to excellent. Most excellent was Jose Cura, who was stupendous. The production (sets, costumes, etc.) was also excellent. Unfortunately the opera story itself is somewhat hokey. But I wonder if I'd think differently if the opera were more familiar. A lot of opera stories are not that great. Recommended if you like Mascagni (and who doesn't?)
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