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Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (2007)

Laura Polverelli , Roberto De Biasio , Pier Luigi Pizzi  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Laura Polverelli, Roberto De Biasio, Mario Cassi, Simone Alberghini, Maria Pia Piscitelli
  • Directors: Pier Luigi Pizzi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.0)
  • Subtitles: Italian, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Naxos
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U1L9NU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,386 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Laura Polverelli, Maria Pia Piscitelli, Giovanna Lanza, Roberto De Biasio, Simone Alberghini, and Mario Cassi star in this 2007 Sferisterio Opera Festival production of the Donizetti opera conducted by Riccardo Frizza.

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This work was composed around the same time as Lucia di Lamermoor, being completed in 1835, and although it does not have quite the same continuous melodic flow as Lucia, nevertheless the work abounds with melody and drama to compensate. In comparing this to other operas of Donizetti, it should be noted that from 1839 his style was further enriched by fuller orchestration and subtler, more varied harmony. However many of his most popular operas, such as Anna Bolena, L'elisir d'amore, Lucrezia Borgia, and Lucia, among others, come from this period.

This production of what would appear in a list of his best operas, Maria Stuarda, took place on the huge open air stage of the Arena Sferisterio in Macerata, Italy as a festival production in 2007 before an audience of 6,000. The nature of the stage prohibits conventional settings, but effective use is made of a constructed performance space of ramps and stairways etc. This set remains the same throughout the entire opera and is used, in conjunction with excellent lighting design, to good effect.

Maria Pia Piscitelli was a last-minute substitution for the coloratura soprano role of Elizabeth. While vocally, she is a little tentative just at the beginning, she quickly gets into her stride, revealing impressive depths of dramatic vocal resource and variety of tonal expression and colour -- the ideal of a good belcantist. Her acting and vocal strengths are outstanding in act two in the confrontation scene with Maria Stuarda as it reaches hair raising levels in both sung and acted intensity.

Of course, such scenes cannot be successful unless the mezzo is of matching ability, and Laura Polverelli certainly provides that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simple Staging, nice singers April 18, 2013
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Good production, but it is mote suitable for people who don't mind of simple staging. It is a public space opera so stages are simple and multifunctional. Good singers and orchestra. Queen Elizabeth is magnificent
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bare Bones Production February 27, 2013
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Scenically, there is none. I suppose this is to be expected in an outdoor arena, but I was disappointed in the overall production. The quality of the vocalism is in most cases more than adequate and in others it is not. Wait for the release of the new Metropolitan Opera production, which I should've done.
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2.0 out of 5 stars impure daughter of Bolena September 15, 2011
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The words are "vil bastarda" - have bought 4 DVDs, none says it - not one! Is this 2011 or 1520? Sung well enough I guess, not especially tense, shut the damned thing off after she said (not screamed) "impure daughter of Bolena". What a rip!
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