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Posted October 1, 2010
You'd have to look hard to find an opera star who obviously enjoys singing as much as Cecilia Bartoli. Her face lights up to the orchestra, to the conductor and to the audience. Bryn Terfel comes close, though, and from their opening duet from Mozart's 'Il nozze di Figaro' the fun they both have singing together is evident. These are consummate artists who interpret the music with skill, sensitivity and obvious joy. This DVD is an audio and visual treat. Which is not to say that there are no defects in the DVD. Opus Arte, the publisher, needs to check their quality control. Transitions between the musical numbers are often abrupt (Have they never heard of a cross-fade?). The scene menu is hard to read. The DVD itself has only a circular strip of approximately 2-point type that identifies the disc and which side to play for PAL or NTSC playback. This is even harder to read.
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