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Key Biscayne, FL USA
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  • Cavalleria Rusticana

  • By: Thomson Smillie
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Cavalleria rusticana is the short opera that has all the elements of a grand opera compressed into a single highly dramatic time span. The story of love, lust, blood-feud, and betrayal played out against the pageantry of the Easter celebrations in a Sicilian village delivers an emotional wallop because of the youthful vigor and musical wealth of its great score which includes the glorious "Easter Hymn" and the deeply moving "Intermezzo". Mascagni was never to repeat his youthful success but this brief work is enough to ensure his immortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoy the opera as it was meant to be

  • By Essam on 04-05-15

Enjoy the opera as it was meant to be

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-15

It surpassed my expectations .
I enjoyed listening to the opera much more after this explanation .
The historic comparison of Mascagni conducting to the more modern recordings is excellent as well showing the difference interpretations of the same piece.

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  • Don Giovanni

  • By: Thomson Smillie
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Don Giovanni has long been regarded as Mozart’s supreme theatrical achievement. The subject seems unpromising - the last day in the life of the notorious womanizer Don Juan - but the skill of the librettist allied to the genius of Mozart at the very peak of his powers has created a work which is not only highly entertaining but reflects an incredible understanding of the human condition.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very short introductions to specific operas!

  • By Doggy Bird on 02-09-14

These books make me enjoy the opera.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-15

The combination of Thomson Smillie and narration of David Timson is magical.
The book explains the opera with just enough history and background to make it intriguing ,the excerpts are beautiful enough to explain the opera and then you'd love going back to watch or listen to that masterpiece .

  • Tosca

  • By: Thomson Smillie
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Tosca is Puccini at the peak of his theatrical power. The story of the jealous, impassioned opera singer Floria Tosca and her doomed love for the painter Mario Cavaradossi is played out against backgrounds both historically and geographically overwhelming. It is set in three great and historical locations of Rome during the Napoleonic era. Spectacle, sensuality, and cruelty battle for our attention in one of the most truly "action-packed" works of theatre. Enticing us with just a couple of the "great tunes" from this deeply affecting opera, David Timson then begins setting the biographical and operatic scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent introduction to Tosca

  • By T. Angell on 03-12-16

Excellent presentation as usual

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-15

As expected from this series by r Smiley , excellent explanation and excerpts giving an overall superb Tosca explanation .
A background of Puccini's style and works is represented as well.

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