Donizetti: Don Pasquale
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Many opera fans belong to the "cult of the soprano" (or tenor). To be enjoyable, for me at least, the performance must work as a theatrical event. That concept subsumes the vocal and acting qualities of the performers, the staging, sets and costumes, as well as the skill of the musical conductor, orchestra and chorus. The whole, then, is the sum of its parts, and becomes less so as any one or more of those parts are less than excellent.
As is obvious from the five star rating above, this disc provided an outstanding audio/visual event. As will be set forth in more detail below, the principal singers delivered consistantly high level performances. Staging was similarly excellent. Disc quality in both picture and DTS sound was absulutely perfect.
Of the four principals, three were A+ vocally and one was B+; in acting skills, the same ratio applies but is differently apportioned. Netrebko, Polenzani and Kwiecien were incredibly fine vocally, while John Del Carlo was a tiny bit less so, showing a bit of dryness in tone and a limited top. Netrebko, Del Carlo and Kwiecien were simply marvellous as actors, while Polenzani was a bit less so.Read more ›
In college I sang the role of Dr. Malatesta but had let the opera fall off my radar for several years. Earlier this year my son gave us the gift of tickets to the opera and it just so happened he gave us tickets to Don Pasquale not realizing my past association with that opera. This was the catalyst that renewed my interest in this charming opera and I've been on the lookout for a version I could enjoy.
This one seemed to show promise so I threw the dice and ordered it and played it for the first time yesterday and was very pleased with the entire thing. The soloists, the staging, the music, the video, and the sound are all first class and get out of the way so one can enjoy the music and the story. This performance was refreshing and lively and had me laughing out loud.
One of the fascinating features of this production is the opportunity to view the scene changes back stage and watch the highly professional stage crew do their thing between the various scenes. I know of no other opera presentation that does this and it was of great interest to me; there are also interviews with the featured soloists between the second and third acts that support my impression that everyone was having fun.
It was pointed out that this was James Levine's first time to conduct this opera after 40 years at the Met; I'm happy to report that he does a spectacular job. One gets the impression that everyone associated with this production was really having fun doing it.
The sound on this disc is available as either PCM stereo or DTS 5.1 surround sound; I used the DTS alternative and found the sound to be excellent. Subtitles in various languages, including English, are available for viewers.
This one is highly recommend!
I saw this performance when it was shown on PBS and I enjoyed it a lot thinking that I would like to buy it in the future.
When I was looking for this opera long time ago there were some versions of it. For this opera it was required to have four very good singers for the main characters because they have to sing together very often, for this reason I decided to buy a version with four very good singers produced by Teatro dela Scala with Ferruccino Furlaneto playing the main character.
A year later I bought the 2010 Metropolitan version and I had the same opinion as I had had when I saw it on TV.
May be if any of the main characters are taken individually they are not the best, but the four actors together form a very good cast with all the voices in harmony. The cast is very balanced.
There are some scenes when the chemistry among the performers is very good, for instance when Dr. Malatesta and Norina played by Mariuusz Kwencien and Anna Netrebko respectively developed a plan to convince Don Pasquale to accepts his nephew's relationship with Norina, to succeed with the plot Norina, herself has to act dr. Malatesta's sister and be Don Pasquale's future wife, this scene was very fanny; when this plot went to far the spectator almost feel sorry for Don Pasquale.
I enjoyed the duet between Don Pasquale and Dr.Malatesta which was repeated before starting the Third Act which had beautiful scenery. The characters sang very well.
The ending was the one every one expected for a comic story.
The quality of the DVD was great in all aspects.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Netrebko is such a fine singer and actor in comedies that it seems a loss that she has turned to the great tragic roles. (But then her Met performance in Onegin! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Your Aunt Martha
Netrebko great in voice and in presentment....which is reason enough to view this disc of an otherwise pedestrian opera (and silly and dated) provided with a production that fails... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very enoyable opera. I saw Anna Netrebko in this performance live at the Met Opera, and had to buy the dvd so I could see it again. The whole cast is terrific. Read morePublished 14 months ago by glo
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