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Puccini: La Fanciulla del West

 
 
Artist
Antonietta Stella, Gastone Limarilli, Anselmo Colzani. NHK Symphony Orchestra. Oliviero de Fabritiis, conductor, & others.
Studio VAI Audio
Format DVD Full screen
Dimensions 7.4 x 5.3 x 0.5
DVD Encoding
Worldwide  (What is DVD encoding?)
MPAA Rating
Not Rated
UPC 089948443995
Runtime/Release Date 2 hrs 11 mins/2008
Daedalus Item Code 58029
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Description
The historic 1963 Japanese premiere of this rarely performed, late masterpiece starred the great singing actress Antonietta Stella, whose fearless approach to the vocally and dramatically demanding title role is a model of Puccini style. Tenor Gastone Limarilli appeared as Dick Johnson and Anselmo Colzani as Jack Rance. Japanese subtitles remain on screen, with additional options to view subtitles in English. A DVD bonus is an exclusive interview with Stella (Rome, 2008).

"La Fanciulla del West is such a bold work, so full of broad orchestral strokes, that it is easy to forget how delicately it must be handled in order for it to work effectively and for its passages of sublime lyricism to be given their due. Puccini took his greatest chances harmonically in this work: the influence of Debussy and Richard Strauss is present but always integrated into Puccini's own musical language.... Once one falls for its abundant riches of music, characterization and—yes—charm, it's an addiction. The success of the opera depends mainly upon the soprano singing and acting the title role. A grasp of Puccini style is an essential part of becoming Minnie: one could act Minnie by attempting to understand her psychology, but a soprano cannot be Minnie unless she understands the Puccinian idiom."—Opera News

 
 
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