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Luciano Pavarotti's star vehicle, Yes, Giorgio, opened to, er, decidedly mixed reviews in 1982, even ending up on the Catholic Church's prohibited list as his character, A Famous Opera Star, falls in love with his beautiful throat doctor, all the while cheerfully admitting he has a wife back home in Italy (hello, Nicoletta Mantovani). Still, San Francisco Opera fans have plenty to see and hear. Visually stunning, with gorgeous cinematography and Luciano singing at his best, there is much to recommend it, if one ignores the hokey plot, wooden dialog, and so on. It was filmed in a variety of locations in Los Angeles, Boston, and the Bay Area, including a memorable hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley. Lotfi Mansouri staged several elaborate opera sequences for the movie (scenes from Manon Lescaut, La Gioconda, Elisir d'Amore, Rigoletto, and Turandot) and Kurt Herbert Adler appears as himself.
Yes, Giorgio came out on DVD on March 22.