Giacomo Puccini - Edgar details
|Formats:||Ex DVD, Blu-ray|
|Genres:||Music/Musical, World Cinema|
Giacomo Puccini - Edgar
|Run time:||2 hours 37 minutes|
|Rental release:||Not available for rental|
|Subtitles:||English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish|
Most helpful review
Puccini EdgarBy OPer (3 reviews) from Bristol , 24 Nov 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]For Puccini fans this is great value Blu Ray at equivalent of £2. For newcomers look elsewhere as this must be his worst! A cringemaking story line,unfathomable costumes,feeble acting, overlong with English subtitles of the Mills & Boon kind. I loved it: but only with my eyes closed listening to great music-at least in parts.
Edgar's Bride...By FranzFerdinand (22 reviews) , 15 Mar 2012What a sad story. Puccini is setting to music an interesting love triangle and a dramatic juxtaposition of good and evil women interplays with the hero Edgar.
It does flow in dramatic terms and the singing particularly by Amarilli Nizza gives full play to her resigned and steadfast sentiment. If only the good woman were to triumph!
You just know that Cura is not expecting such a terrible denuement as plotted for in the libretto; but the production introduces such a Punch and Judy element at the end that you do expect the Gypsy's murderous revenge which comes so melodramatically.
Truly worth hearing and the Turin Royal Opera House production does it proud.
Good performance of EdgarBy risky (102 reviews) from Ashby de la zouch , 21 Aug 2011This is only the second of Puccini's operas, but the orchestration shows signs of what is to be achieved in later operas. Fontana's libretto is not great, but this blu ray disc helps with both picture and sound. The action takes place in Flanders, and Edgar is caught between two women: the wild gipsy Tigrana and Fidelia an innocent young maiden The chosen names seem quite apropriate. Edgar joins the Army to escape the clutches of Tigrana as he loves Fidelia, and is thought to be killed. There is a funeral at which Edgar attends as a Friar, and he reveals that he is in fact alive. However there is not a happy ending as Tigrana kills Fidelia..Exiting stuff although not to be missed due to Puccini's music.
Ridiculous-possibly. Complicated-not really.By RCCatnap (4 reviews) , 27 May 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI get a bit tired of critics who appear to have discovered a poor storyline/libretto in an opera as though it were that unusual. The vast majority of operas have tortuous and sometimes ridiculous stories. At least the 100+ or so of the ones I've seen fall into that category. One just has to suspend your disbelief and get over it. I just go for the music first, then the singing, a very close second. If the production's any good then that's a bonus.
On the surface this opera seems to unnecessarily complicate the issue, but what's happening is that Edgar, a rather fickle chap, is persuaded to run off with a bit of a jealous strumpet, leaving the girl who loves him back home.
He soon realises what a clinging women she is and runs off to join the army. Somehow he persuades his captain to stage his death in battle and his 'body' is brought home for burial. Shades of a back-hander here, though it's never mentioned. Edgar stays in the backgound as his real love weeps over the coffin, but somehow the deception is uncovered and he sweeps her in his arms. Apart from some other characters, her father and brother also being involved, Edgar cannot get away from the other woman's jealousy, with tragic results.
Amarilli Nizza to my mind was the star singer here. She was consistently in full control, with lovely phrasing and excellent acting, which made her an extremely sympathietic character. Jose Cura was very good, but I have seen him a lot better. The supporting cast and the chorus in particular were in fine form. There are many good tunes in this opera, some of which I guarantee you'll know, but can't quite place.
Well worth a try.
edgar pucciniBy blenky (44 reviews) from birmingham , 10 May 2011as an example of Puccinis work it was disappointing to say the least,I found it difficult to follow the story Jose Cura was good in a role,that was confusing, and some of the the chorus,at times seemed to be lost,and looking in the wrong directions,,I think this was Puccini at his worst,although it was his first opera,and you could hear madam butterfly coming through in the final duet a sign of better things to come,having seen it once that was enough for me
Nice music, awful librettoBy a customer from Perth , 19 Mar 2011This is early Puccini and not at his best, but the music is perfectly enjoyable all the same. Unfortunately the opera is ruined by an awful libretto. The story doesn't make sense, the characters don't behave like real people and with the exception of act 3 it doesn't work dramatically.
The opera is set in Flanders in 1302 but the production seemed to have been updated to Italy in Edwardian times. This didn't really matter although it adds further confusion to an already confused story.
Staging was satisfactory although limited to one basic set. Performances and video and audio recording were good.
This opera is interesting to watch once from an historical point of view, being Puccini's second opera, but once was enough.