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L'Africaine

DVD
191 min
1991
M1500 .M49 A37 2001 DVD

Opera in three acts. Music by Giacomo Meyerbeer. Libretto by Eugene Scribe.

The great Placido Domingo stars as the passionate explorer Vasco de Gama in Lotfi Mansouri's colorfully exotic, critically acclaimed production for the San Francisco Opera.

Enormously popular in the 19th century, L'AFRICAINE is set in the days of the great explorations. Shipwrecked on the African coast, de Gama returns to Portugal with two captives and falls in love with one of them, a beautiful East Indian queen (the spectacular Shirley Verrett). However, their relationship is threatened by the re-emergence of de Gama's former love, Inés, when a new expedition launched by the explorer's rival is shipwrecked.

Performers: Plácido Domingo (Vasco da Gama), Shirley Verrett (Sélika), Ruth Ann Swenson (Inès), Justino Díaz (Nélusko), Michael Devlin (Don Pedro), Philip Skinner (Don Diego) ; other soloists ; San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ballet and Orchestra ; Maurizio Arena, conductor.

Sung in French with English subtitles.

Distributed by Image Entertainment (www.image-entertainment.com).

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