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    DVD recommendations for Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazon, and Natalie Dessay

    Hi,

    I want to ask if anyone could recommend some good DVDs, not vocal recordings, of Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazon, and pre-2002 Nataly Deassay.

    I already have the La Traviata DVD with Villazon and the Fille du Regiment with Deassay.
    I am specifically looking for Deassay's earlier works, before 2002.

    I also want to ask for recommendations for DVDs of Il Trovatore.

    Thank you!

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    Opera Lively Media Consultant Top Contributor Member Ann Lander (sospiro)'s Avatar
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    This is a performance of 2003 so maybe doesn't quite qualify but it is quite amazing & wonderful, but then I'm a big fan of Simon Keenlyside.



    Pelléas et Mélisande was recorded in 2009 so doesn't qualify but it's very good



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    The very best Il trovatore in the whole world, in the whole universe, is



    [Bit of an 'in' joke, Tardis. I'll let my dear friend & site owner Almaviva explain in his own inimitable way what he thinks of this DVD]
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    I think there's a Hoffmann floating around, several Hoffmenn, actually, with Dessay as Olympia. So those might be worth checking out. Also the Met Ariadne auf Naxos with both Dessay and Deborah Voigt pre-surgery.

    About Der Jonas, there is a really, really great Lohengrin with Anja Harteros from Munich (which I was present at the premiere of. Fun was had). Also the ROH Carmen with Antonacci is wonderful.

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    Production good, singing top notch, but video direction utterly appalling. But still worth having:



    Kaufmann is the best Don Jose around. And he has a great Carmen here.



    This Tosca is coming out soon. I've seen it and it's lovely.



    Kaufmann is suitably shifty in this production, and Gheorghiu was born to be Adriana.



    I love this La Boheme with Villazon and Netrebko. Although a film, some of the singing was live on set.



    This is the best Manon in my opinion. Lovely production and the two leads in top notch form:

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    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post

    You have no idea how long I've waited for this moment to come on Opera Lively ......

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    The very best Il trovatore in the whole world, in the whole universe, is


    OOh, yes, what a fantastic production, and the two leading men so excellent.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    About Der Jonas, there is a really, really great Lohengrin with Anja Harteros from Munich (which I was present at the premiere of. Fun was had).
    Aargh how could I have forgotten this, it's really fantastic.

    Natalie

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    Jonas Kaufman




    (The Tosca comes out later this month. Buy it!)


    Rolando Villazon




    Natalie Dessay



    (Both of the above are great. The latter has Villazon as well, so maybe it should be your first purchase!)

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    Oops. I wrote that last post before I saw the ones above it. OMG I'm channeling Soave!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Oops. I wrote that last post before I saw the ones above it. OMG I'm channeling Soave!
    Be afraid. Be very afraid...
    Natalie

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    ^^^ You can't go completely wrong with Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez. But many (myself included) were left unimpressed by Mary Zimmerman's modernized, behind-the-scenes-at-an-opera-rehearsal production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    ^^^ You can't go completely wrong with Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez. But many (myself included) were left unimpressed by Mary Zimmerman's modernized, behind-the-scenes-at-an-opera-rehearsal production.
    For the singing and the music, I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
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    You have no idea how long I've waited for this moment to come on Opera Lively ......

    ......





    The very best Il trovatore in the whole world, in the whole universe, is



    [Bit of an 'in' joke, Tardis. I'll let my dear friend & site owner Almaviva explain in his own inimitable way what he thinks of this DVD]
    Oh, God!
    [Alma reaches for his Compazine]
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    In addition to several others already quoted which are indeed great, I think that Natalie did very well on this one too:




    This is a compilation, but it is truly wonderful and gives a good sample of her artistry:



    If you're interested in Natalie Dessay, you should read this excellent exclusive Opera Lively article on her career: [clicky]

    And of course, how could you guys not think of this phenomenally funny performance?



    As for good Il Trovatore on DVD, it's a tough one. It's a poorly represented opera on DVD in spite of the various products out there. I still think that this oldie but goodie is the standard-bearer although it is far from perfect:



    Why do I say it is not ideal? Well, it's uneven. Pavarotti stands and delivers - but does sing marvelously. Eva Marton seems miscast and does much worse than Luciano. Milnes' Count is good, and Zajick's Azucena is excellent both in singing and acting. There are cuts and transpositions that won't please the purists. Very dark lighting. But given the competition (or lack thereof) out there, it's still a decent option.

    This said, I've never seen the one that is considered to be decent competition to this one, which is the Karajan/Vienna State Opera/Plácido Domingo version.

    But my friend, whatever you do, make sure you stay miles away from the dreadful, vomit-inducing José Cura/Dmitri Hvorostovsky version. That abomination should be erased from the surface of the planet. Not even the stinkiest landfill should be soiled with the discarded copies of it.
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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Some more Kaufmann recommendations:

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    Fidelio is my favorite opera (okay, slight understatement), and this is the pick of all my recordings. This is pretty much a traditional staging, and Camilla Nylund is a wonderful Leonore.

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    If you don't mind dialogue in place of the recitatives, this is a beautifully-sung Tito. Although the setting has been updated to the 1930s, it's still essentially traditional.

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    This recording was recently released in Europe; I'm expecting the one I pre-ordered from Amazon to arrive some time in November. Obviously, I haven't seen the video yet, but this production received glowing reviews when it was performed at the Zürich Opera.

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