- Format: Classical, Color, Dolby, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Subtitled
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Bayview/Widowmaker
- DVD Release Date: 27 Mar 2007
- Run Time: 68 minutes
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- ASIN: B000MMLPGY
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Puccini's Le VILLI
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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.
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Kevin M. Rigby
Pucccini's First Success18 December 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
'Le Villi' is of historic interest as Puccini's first stage work. As his entry in a competition, it showed off his ability tp compose sunny cheerfulness in the first half, followed by darkness and despair. There is a lot of ballet, demonstrating his ability to write for dancers. But Puccini's famous melodies drenched with emotion have not yet arrived.
One person found this helpful
Botched Opportunity14 April 2007 - Published on Amazon.com
I ordered this DVD with great anticipation to finally see a staged production of Puccini's first work. The staging is traditional and suggests what the composer might have observed in Milan of 1884. Tenor Albert Montserrat has a plesant youthful ring to his voice and has promise for better parts. Montserrat Marti is adequate as the father but looks comic (when he shouldn't) in a ridiculous wig. The chorus is solid. The big problem lies with soprano Halla Margret. She is a young attractive woman and a decent actress but engages in the worst caterwauling I have ever heard from a professional singer. The voice is unsteady and sounds like an aging singer who has performed way too many Santuzza's. This experience makes me dread watching the DVD of Edgar with the same cast. The dancers are initially interesting but become tedious with repetition of the same movements and gestures. This one goes in the recycle bin and I will return to my CD of Scotto and Domingo in a transcendent performance.
12 people found this helpful
Dr. J. J. Kregarman
rare Puccini12 May 2007 - Published on Amazon.com
I had preordered this DVD and, having read the other reviews approached watching it with dread. Expecting nothing, I was pleasantly surprised. If you are looking at this, then you are interested in seeing what Puccini's first opera looks like, and this DVD will give you that experience. The vast majority of the works interest lies in the music written for the men, chorus, or orchestra alone. All are at least adequate. The story is silly (even for opera) but does not overstay its welcome as the DVD last just over an hour. This is a live performance. At times the audience applauded what was going on on stage. Their applause seemed appropriate.
6 people found this helpful
Alfredo R. Villanueva
A TOTAL FAILURE.6 May 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
As bad as other reviewers have pointed out. Unbelievably ugly voices from the three singers, idiotic music, this is definitely only for maniacs (like me) who absolutely have to see everything and hear everything when it comes to opera. And, to boot, very lackluster production.
One person found this helpful
Sorry I purchased11 September 2007 - Published on Amazon.com
I love Puccini's operas and I understand that his early operas were not his best, but this DVD is not to my liking. The soprano is bad and the director doesn't seem to know what to do with his characters while onstage. Soomeday there might be a better recording. Until then...
2 people found this helpful