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    I'm still partial to the old Royal Opera House production with Domingo and Carol Neblett. Nice to have some choices these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The best Fanciulla DVD for you, Florestan, IMO is the old Met one with Domingo and Daniels.



    Depending on your liking or otherwise for the silent movie era, you might also like the Swedish opera one with Nina Stemme

    Ok, just purchased the first one with Domingo/Daniels, but not sure about the second one. Like a silent movie, but they do sing of course, right?

    Oh, I just looked at your useID and see that this must be one of your favorite operas, so your advice is even more appreciated. Thanks!
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    For Rothenberger:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Rothenberger again:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Has selections from many operas: (Track list on back cover):
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    This is DVD #5 for me.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    I'd be interested to hear how you find it compares with the same production with Domingo and Daniels. To me it is not a patch on it due to the less than stellar singing from all the main parts.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I'd be interested to hear how you find it compares with the same production with Domingo and Daniels. To me it is not a patch on it due to the less than stellar singing from all the main parts.
    Is it the same staging in both? I'll report back on it after I watch it.
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    I just love these classical staging... beautiful

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    One more of today's purchases at the Little Shop:


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    What could I do? What would you do? $6.30 USD with free shipping. Used VG.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    La Fanciulla del West is soooooo good that I decided to get a 6th DVD:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    La Fanciulla del West is soooooo good that I decided to get a 6th DVD:
    Ha! I love your enthusiasms, especially this one!
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Ha! I love your enthusiasms, especially this one!
    I am on a roll. Going to start my third DVD tonight. It is wonderful to find a great story and be able to watch it six times and each time is a bit different. I am not sure what all about this opera has taken me by storm, but Minnie is admirable as a woman who can be like a mother and friend to these tough miners and at the same time, knows how to take care of herself and knows how to get what she wants.

    The De Fabritiis set is well reviewed in these two reviews:

    This one is too long to reproduce here, so it is at this link.

    This is a remarkable performance of La Fanciulla del West, filmed in Tokyo November 2, 1963, the first time the opera was ever presented in Japan. The cast is excellent, often superb, particularly Antionetta Stella as Minnie—she is thrilling throughout, particularly in the act II finale. Gastone Limarilli is adequate as Dick Johnson, Anselmo Colzano's Jack Rance is appropriately ominous. Puccini's wonderful score is played well by the Japanese orchestra under veteran conductor Oliviero De Fabritiis. This is an exciting performance, not to be missed.The black and white photography is adequate with limited camera angles. Japanese surtitles are embedded in the original video; English, German or Spanish surtitles are seen over them. A plus is a 24-minute interview with Stella recorded in Rome this year when she was 78. In this she is a gracious grand diva who casually recalls her career and her performing with Corelli and other legendary singers of the era. Don't miss this one!
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    It does have embedded Japanese subtitles and switch-on-able English and two other languages that will show with the Japanese. I got it for a steal ($17.49 shipped) when all other listings are at least twice that price.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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