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Donizetti: Anna Bolena
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In addition, the Vienna Opera Orchestra will leave you breathless with this performance. The music took on a dimension I haven't heard with other productions of Anna Bolena, so it was like hearing it anew. Evelino Pidò conducted this performance, and I was enthralled at his interpretation. Make sure to play it LOUD!
For my money, if you're an opera lover, this is a not-to-be-missed performance. At $29, you're crazy not to buy it!
But let's address this Anna first, because if you are reading this, it is this disc about which you are curious. First, the disc is qualitatively perfect. the picture is crisp, the colors are vivid and the sound in DTS is still a marvel to me. There is a real sense of "being there"; if you have a good surround system, just disable the surround and then re-engage it. There is a sonic collapse to the front speakers which reverses to a sense of the "house" when the surround is clicked back on.
The conducting of this opera is splendid throughout. I have become real fan of Maestro Pido of late, especially in bel canto operas. You can see from the very opening of the overture how engaged he is in the score, and his work with the singers is impressive. Along with Marco Armiliato ( who conducted the Met performance ) and Antonio Popano, I think we have a cadre of talented and experienced bel canto interpreters on hand for the near future.
So, how do the singers do? With one exception, the performers sing and act at a very high level of excellence.
Netrebko's Anna is a vocal and dramatic tour de force. She is an exceptional performer.Read more ›
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First we had to deal with the great voices of the past being no more. Then, we had to adjust ourselves to modernized or Eurotrash stagings. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brent Peterson
With great talent Anna Netrebko plays the final days of Queen Anne, Anna Netrebko is one of the best opera singers in our generation and such a great actress. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Edward O
These two divas make a wonderful duo. Their voices are outstanding and the harmony of their tones and coloratura make this one of the most enjoyable versions of this wonderful... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Miryam L. Ochoa
If you only listen to one aria in your life, it has to be the duet in the second act. It gave me goosebumps!Published 18 months ago by Britt Jansson
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