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Glinka - Ruslan and Lyudmila


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Glinka's opera Ruslan and Lyudmila is regarded as the first truly Russian opera. It established the tradition of the great Russian grand operas that followed from Moussorgsky's Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina, and Borodin's Prince Igor to the operas of T

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  • Actors: Vladimir Ognovenko, Anna Netrebko, Larissa Diadkova, Gennady Bezzubenkov, Galina Gorchakova
  • Directors: Valery Gergiev, Lotfi Mansouri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian (Dolby Digital 2.0), Russian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Russian (DTS)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Philips
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 288 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000093FQI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,154 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Glinka - Ruslan and Lyudmila" on IMDb

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kelly L. Norman VINE VOICE on July 29, 2006
Format: DVD
A tale based on fantasy and sorcery, from a story of Pushkin's, this opera recalls the current trend in popularity of fantasy fiction, and of Shakesepeare's magic plays. Briefly, at a princesses' wedding, where two rejected suitors are present, she is abducted by supernatural forces. Many who were enemies before join hands to find and save her now, as the grief-stricken king promises her hand to whomever can save her. Not everyone is honest of course (what kind of opera would that be?), and the personalities that come through the music keep one on the edge of one's seat wondering if the lovely Lyudmila will end up with the one who truly loves her.

I found the singing to be pure and enjoyable. As conductor Valery Gergiev will mention in the first "extra", Anna Netrebko's voice was still fairly young at this time, but her character, Lyudmilla, called for a very young, impressionable woman. The contralto, Larissa Diadkova, and Galina Garchakova, both had strong mature voices. The acting was fine as well.

This is one of those charming DVDs that actually takes advantage of the digital storage space for which the medium was created, providing not only the advertised opera but a couple of useful extra features as well. One of them, "Introducing Ruslan", an interview with Gergiev on "Ruslan & Lyudmila"'s place in music history is a staid but informative piece that one might want to watch before the opera itself if unfamiliar with the Glinka piece. The other, "Catching Up With Music", is a by-the-official-bio history of the maestro's life up to and including his days managing the full operations of the Mariinsky (etc., etc., etc.).
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By wvmcl on May 14, 2004
Format: DVD
Glinka's RUSLAN AND LYUDMILLA, based on a Pushkin fairy tale, is probably the second greatest Russian opera, after Mussorgsky's BORIS GODUNOV. Unfortunately, it is very little known and rarely performed in the West. So it's great news that this excellent production is now available. Like the other Kirov/Gergiev operas on video and DVD, this one is a class production with fine ensemble work. The sound and technical quality is excellent. If you have any interest in Russian opera, this is a must-have.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Kalm on March 21, 2008
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I found out about this DVD, from an extra on the DVD, "Anna Netrebko, the Woman, the Voice." Netrebko was just 23 when she starred in this production, and she could not have been more beautiful. Her voice matched her beauty in every way, as did her piquant acting - just the way real life should be.
Like most people, the only thing I knew about the opera was the overture, one of the all time great pot-boilers. I never tire of hearing it. The opera itself is very interesting with uniquely Russian (I can say that because apparently Glinka started it all,) combinations of voices, three basses singing with one soprano, a weirdly pitched dramatic tenor as the Bard, and a very strange trouser role of the Persian prince.
The opera's about four hours long, on two disks. But the real special find on this DVD are the extras, an 18 minute documentary of the making of the opera and its history, and then an hour documentary about Valery Gergiev's life and connections to music. That one hour is worth the entire DVD. To see and hear that kind of talent, intensity, humanity, how it was impacted by the history and politics of Russia, for anyone who loves music, it is a MUST HAVE!
One little side note, in the 18 minute documentary about the opera, Gergiev mentions that they recreated the sets and costumes from the 1891 production, (which was the 50th anniversary production of the work,) and that it was very light. He added, "many opera productions are really dark, so it doesn't much matter what the singers look like, but this one, being so light, we knew we had to find a Lyudmila who looked the part."
They did.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 20, 2007
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This is a rare `historical' performance of Mikhail Glinka's fairytale opera, and is invaluable in several respects. The sets and costumes followed almost exactly a 1910 production, and provide audience with a glimpse of what operas were like in their heydays. The sorcerer Chernomer is a real joy to watch in this production.

The storyline is akin to Mozart's Die Zauberflote. Obviously casting is important in such fairytales. As Valery Gergiev himself puts it in the interview excerpt on the `bonus' track, he has casted the heroine Lyudmila with the young Anna Netrebko (then not yet 24) as one of the most risky move in this production.

The less good news of this recording is the long opening ballad by the `big-voiced' tenor who sang the Bard Bayan. The voice is big but a bit flat, and monochromatic.

Then the good news start to break as Netrebko's performance proves to be a win for Gergiev and the audience. Devastatingly beautiful, fresh of voice and with vivacious personality, this is a dream Lyudmila in many respects. I would not go to criticise her coloratura in the first aria in Act 1 - it is clearly adequate, if not great. Ms Netrebko's voice in this recording was gorgeous, girlish, pure and silvery with a ringing top, without any of the darkened mushiness in the recent recording of her Russian Album, again with Gergiev. Her second scene and aria demonstrates her prowess in ensembles, and really over-scored for a 23 year-old lyrical soprano.

The other members of the cast are even, Vladimir Ognovenko's Ruslan being a dark-hued bass baritone that warmed up after the first two arias, even if he sounds a bit too old and his acting isn't that riveting.
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