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Life of a Diva
VAI DVD 4494 $24.95
Follow La Gran Scena’s legendary prima donna Vera Galupe-Borszkh from her birth in Odessa to her near-death in Rome, through her training with the great bel canto expert Maestro Manuel Galupe (the last living castrato), her marriage to him (“I loved what was left of him”), the formation of her opera company, La Gran Scena, her romantic betrayal by Hungarian baritone Fodor Szedan, her trial for his murder during Tosca, her comeback, master classes, career-usurping by upstart divas, and ultimate triumph – all told through side-splitting biographical episodes and great operatic scenes, performed with La Gran Scena’s internationally acclaimed combination of affectionate, knowledgeable spoof and musical excellence! 150 minutes, Color, mono, 4:3, All regions.
La Gran Scena Opera Co.
Life of a Diva
Musical Direction: Todd Sisley
Costume Design: Penny Luedtke, Susan Soedaert, Ken Yount
© 1997 La Gran Scena Opera Co.
La Gran Scena Opera Company of New York
VAI DVD 4270, $24.95
Under the artistic direction of Ira Siff (aka Vera Galupe-Borszkh), La Gran Scena has become legendary for its opera parodies. Their debut DVD release includes their unparalleled take on Act II of Tosca. “La Gran Scena puts on a very, very funny show. If the company’s dramatic satire is right on target, its musical barbs are also aimed with deadly accuracy. Best of all, there is nothing mean-spirited about La Gran Scena’s wicked wit, which is always motivated by a love of opera and a joy in singing. Bravi!” —Peter G. Davis, New York. 112 program minutes and 48 minutes of bonus material. Color.
Philip Koch, Keith Jurosko, Bruce Hopkins, Dennis Raley, Dan Brack, Charles Walker, Luis Russinyol, David Sabella, Johnny Maldonado, Joe Simmons, Ross Barentyne
Stage directors: Peter Schlosser, Jane Whitehall, Ira Siff
Wagner; Entrance of the Divas
Handel: “Iris Hence Away” from Semele
Puccini: “O soave fanciulla” from La Boheme
Donizetti: Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor
Bizet: ‘Sèguedille” from Carmen
Verdi: Final Scene from La Traviata
Tribute to Diana Ross
Live at Theaterfestival, Munich, 1985
Puccini: Act II from Tosca
Live December 1994