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    Operas by Rossini on DVD/Blu-ray/CD

    Semiramide (1823)

    June Anderson, Marilyn Horne, Stanford Olsen, Samuel Ramey, Young Ok Shin, John Cheek, Michael Forest, Jeffrey Wells. Metropolitan Orchestra & Chorus, James Conlon, stage direction by John Copley, 1990.

    This DVD has been sitting in my unwatched pile for too long. I now only wished I had viewed it as soon as I bought it. What a sumptuous production! Never a dull moment thanks to the effective staging, which was traditional; back to ancient Persia, and of course, the beautiful singing. Marilyn Horne up to her best in a male role, with June Anderson spoiling our senses with duets beyond description. Rossini was on the verge of early retirement with Semiramide, and a semi-curious work; almost Baroque opera seria like but brought forward a century to early Romantic.


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    I'm going to like this series of threads.

    What is the recommendation on DVD of The Barber of Seville?

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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    What is the recommendation on DVD of The Barber of Seville?
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    The best one is going to be the Met version with Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Peter Mattei and more. Glorious, but we are still waiting for a release on DVD. Meanwhile you can watch it on Met Player.
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    They are finally releasing that? Yay! It's wonderful! I saw it live and loved it! Yes, it would be difficult to beat. When is it being released?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Oh Alma, just rumours on Amazon discussion forum.
    Natalie

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    I'd say that even if DiDonato may be better Rosina than Dayo, Del Carlo is hardly a match for Pratico as Don Bartolo, also Mattei didn't surpass Spagnoli in my view, the latter is my favourite Figaro of all I've heard and I think I've heard all major Figaros. Both his singing and acting are top-notch. So you can freely go for Madrid DVD without waiting for this Met production to be released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Oh Alma, just rumours on Amazon discussion forum.
    For what it's worth, OperaVideoCollector.com lists it among "Future and Expected Releases," though without a specific date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    I'd say that even if DiDonato may be better Rosina than Dayo, Del Carlo is hardly a match for Pratico as Don Bartolo, also Mattei didn't surpass Spagnoli in my view, the latter is my favourite Figaro of all I've heard and I think I've heard all major Figaros. Both his singing and acting are top-notch. So you can freely go for Madrid DVD without waiting for this Met production to be released.
    And you get Gelmetti being the cutest conductor on filmed opera as bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    For what it's worth, OperaVideoCollector.com lists it among "Future and Expected Releases," though without a specific date.
    OT, but this site is no longer being updated , neither is the Facebook page. Hope he's OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    I'm going to like this series of threads.

    What is the recommendation on DVD of The Barber of Seville?
    I would recommend this that I have. Katheleen Battle. Traditional staging. Can't stop laughing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    I would recommend this that I have. Katheleen Battle. Traditional staging. Can't stop laughing.

    I voted for that one as favorite version at other forum until the DiDonato without wheelchair appears, another great 1980s MET production.....

    Very charming Kathleen Battle and "rocky" (Rockwell Blake)

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    Just watched this:


    While Ponnelle is a genius of the mise-en-scène — especially blocking, those sextets are wonderful! — he's not exactly a brilliant filmmaker. Of course this production has its own particularities: the camera is most of the time assuming the role of the audience, and the strongest point of the decoupage lies in the framing, which Ponnelle does very intelligently (I'd say the whole movies is about framing). However, as a stage director, he's subjected to some mannerisms, exaggerations and very doubtful aesthetic choices — that horrible overture and the circular traveling, for example.
    The film is fairly photographed by Watkins, just fairly, which is a pity since the movie has such possibilities for the cinematographer to shine... Couldn't find who edited this, and that may be the reason editing is the weakest aspect of this Cenerentola. Some cuts are just gross and non-fluid — but again the concept may not intend to be seamless. It's ugly, anyways.
    The cast, though, is superb. I think I'm hardly seeing better Magnifico and Dandini. Von Stade is beautiful, convincing and talented. Araiza singing is great and he looks good, but he's no actor — nothing that bothers much, though. Abbado conducting is pleasant, the music is overall very well executed and, well, it's Rossini.

    I do recommend.

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    That Cenerentola is my favourite DVD'd opera ever. It's a shame Flicka never recorded the role.

    And yes, the sextet is truly amazing.

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    La Cenerentola is a delightful opera. I have this version that I enjoy, with Cecilia Bartoli.



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