Giordano - Andrea Chenier / Rudel, Domingo, Tomowa-Sintov, Royal Opera Covent Garden
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The three principals -- Placido Domingo as Chenier, Anna Tomowa-Sintow as Maddalena de Coigny, and Giorgio Zancanaro as Carlo Gerard -- are all in the prime of their careers at the time of this filming, and handle their roles superbly. They are backed up by a solid group of supporting singers. The orchestra does justice to Giordano's rich score without ever drowning out the singers. The sets and costumes are appropriate and never distracting. In short, this is exactly what one would expect to see in a first-rate production at a first-rate opera house.
The stage design of this Covent Garden production is conventional, straightforward, with a few moments quite affecting, one of them would be the haunting picture at the end of Act I, in which the shadows of the poor and the angry gradually appeared above the aristocrats who were in the center stage, singing and dancing, without the faintest idea of what was awaiting.
Sound and picture are good and you would be completely insane to pass this dvd.
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My only disappointment with this production is that the production values seem a little undercooked (the sets for Acts II through IV are virtually the same, admirable economy of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by E. Edgerton
The entire cast is at the top of their form - thrilling singing.Published 16 months ago by Janet Flanders
Plácido is not in the best of voice on this wonderful production of Chénier but as usual he acts magnificently. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Patrick Campbell
The story is very good, Placido Domingo's voice is wonderfull and also love the voice of Anna Tomowa. Was good to buy it.Published 22 months ago by chacha
Routine performance. Giordano's opera deserves a more involved performance by Domingo and Sintrow. Zancanaro was fine as Gerard except that his voice does not have the... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by BW
This is my favorite Italian opera. I sent it as a gift and the recipient is loving it as much as I loved sending it.Published on June 1, 2013 by Marilyn S. Schiffmann
As with every production I've ever seen with Domingo, his acting as well as his wonderful voice and musicality provide a powerful experience for the viewer. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by N. Heidtman
I am 70 years old and have always known about this opera, but I never actually viewed it...I presumed it to be a second or third class "Puccini". Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by Chuckroast
Over the years, I have sat spellbound and amazed by incredible performances by the likes of Frank Langella, Anita Morris, Patti LuPone, Judd Hirsch, Diahann Carroll and even... Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by GaryTucson
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