New York, NY, April 19, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Plácido Domingo: My Greatest Roles.
Vol. 4: Verismo Opera
Includes: Andrea Chénier, El Gato Montés, Pagliacci, Plus Bonus Interviews.
4-DVD Set Available on April 26th
Kultur is proud to announce the latest DVD release in the series about one of the greatest opera voices of all time, Placido Domingo: My Greatest Roles Vol. 4 Verismo Opera. This 4-DVD set will be available on April 26, 2011 for a suggested retail price of $49.99.
Plácido Domingo, one of the stage tenors still performing, experienced conductor, intendant of not one but two US opera houses; these bald facts hardly begin to delineate the man. Major sponsorship flocks to him, his influence is felt in opera houses worldwide, and his support can be the making of a singer's career. And once every ten years he allows television cameras in. This time is probably the last television look at his active career and takes the form of a retrospective of his greatest work, building up a picture of this unique man throughout his extraordinary career.
In this fourth volume, Mr. Domingo has selected the roles he regards as his greatest, and the particular performances at which he was at his peak, which were all filmed. Included is a bonus DVD containing an interview about each of the roles he sings in these three operas:
Andrea Chénier with Royal Opera at Covent Garden
El Gato Montes with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera
Pagliacci with the Washington National Opera
Plácido Domingo: My Greatest Roles Vol. 4
Street Date: April 26, 2011
Run Time: 338 minutes
Territory: U.S. and Canada--Region 1
Andrea Chénier (Giordano)
The Royal Opera Covent Garden
Andrea Chénier Plácido Domingo
Maddalena di Coigny Anna Tomowa-Sintow
Carlo Gérard Giorgio Zancanaro
The Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor Julius Rudel
Giordano’s passionate opera is set in Paris immediately before and during the French Revolution. Placido Domingo stars in the title role as the idealistic poet, and Maddalena, the object of Chénier’s adoration, is portrayed by the Bulgarian soprano Anna Tomowa-Sintow. A servant-turned-revolutionary, Gérard, sung by Italian baritone Giorgio Zancanaro, also loves Maddalena, and when he is elevated to the revolutionary court he wreaks his revenge against Chénier who is condemned to death.
Directed for stage by Michael Hampe • Directed for video by Humphrey Burton • © 1985 Royal Opera House Covent Garden Ltd and NVC Arts, a Warner Music Group company
El Gato Montés (Penella)
Los Angeles Music Center Opera
Soleá Veronica Villarroel
Frasquita Mabel Perelstein
Rafael Ruiz Placido Domingo
Juanillo Justino Diaz
Los Angeles Music Center Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor Miguel Roa
Plácido Domingo returns to his musical roots in a rare staging of Manuel Penella’s El Gato Montés (The Wild Cat). Verónica Villarroel portrays the peasant girl, torn by her love for the dashing bandit, sung by Justino Díaz, and heroic matador Rafael, sung by Plácido Domingo. Jealous love, misplaced honor and noble revenge all form part of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera’s production of El Gato Montés.
In a short introduction, Domingo reminisces about performing in, and growing to love this opera with his parents and sister during his childhood.
Directed for stage by Emilio Sagi • Directed for video by Gary Halvorson• © 1994 Maringo, Inc, under exclusive licence to NVC Arts, a Warner Music Group company
Washington National Opera
Canio Plácido Domingo
Nedda Veronica Villarroel
Tonio Gregory Yurisch
Silvio Manuel Lanza
Beppe David Cangelosi
Washington National Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor Leonard Slatkin
This often-performed short opera uses the play-within-a play device to explore the classic operatic themes of passion, adultery, jealousy and revenge. The great tenor aria, Vesti la giubba, expresses the anguish of the cuckolded husband who is a performing clown but must make others laugh, even as his heart is breaking. Zeffirelli’s production is set in a contemporary urban environment, with fire eaters, children, animals, jugglers and acrobats. Plácido Domingo gives a definitive performance as Canio, showing that he is arguably the finest actor-tenor of our time.
Director and Scenery Designer Franco Zeffirelli • Directed for video by Brian Large • ©1997 Washington National Opera, WETA Washington DC, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Inc
Plácido Domingo speaks at length, with passion and fervor, about each of the roles he sings in these three operas.
Production Manager: Angela Hall • Editor Andrew Findlay
Produced and Directed by Chris Hunt • An Iambic production
Artistic Supervision Plácido Domingo
Executive Producer Don Franzen • Producer Chris Hunt
Photo: Andrea Chénier: Zoë Dominic / El Gato Montés: Clive Barda / Pagliacci: Joan Marcus
More information on this release and other Kultur DVDs can be found online at www.kultur.com
Contact for Further Information:
Kultur International Films