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Rossini - La Scala di Seta / Luciana Serra, David Kuebler, Alessandro Corbelli, Alberto Rinaldi, Jane Bunnell, David Griffith, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Schwetzingen Opera

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Luciana Serra, David Kuebler, Alberto Rinaldi, and Alessandro Corbelli star in this 1990 Schwetzinger Festspiele Michael Hampe production of the Rossini opera with Gianluigi Gelmetti conducting the

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  • Actors: Luciana Serra, David Kuebler, Alessandro Corbelli, Alberto Rinaldi, Jane Bunnell
  • Directors: Claus Viller
  • Writers: Giuseppe Maria Foppa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EBEGQY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,522 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 20, 2006
Format: DVD
For most of us the only thing we know from 'La Scala di Seta' is its jaunty overture. After its successful Venetian premiere in 1812 this one-act 'farse' pretty much disappeared. There have been some late twentieth-century revivals, using a fairly newly discovered manuscript in Rossini's hand found in Sweden. The production on this DVD is from the 1990 Schwetzingen Festival (in its marvelous small rococo theater) and features excellent singers and the marvelous Stuttgart Radio Symphony under the direction of Rossini specialist Gianluigi Gelmetti.

The performance gets off to a chuckling start with the wonderful overture conducted with more than a touch of ham by Gelmetti. His tempi are swift and the SRSO's wind principals play with technical skill and breathtaking abandon. The camera focuses much of the time, during the overture, on Gelmetti and he puts on quite a puckish performance that matches anything seen later in the opera itself.

The plot of the opera features Dormont's ward, Giulia, who is secretly married to Dorvil, who comes to visit her each night, climbing into her bedroom by means of the silken ladder of the opera's title. Why they are married secretly is not explained and probably doesn't matter in this chestnut of a plot. Dormont wants her married to his friend Blansac. To foil that plan Giulia and Dorvil arrange for Blansac, a notorious womanizer, to flirt with Giulia's cousin, Lucilla, and have this observed. Complications ensue but all comes right in the end, of course.

This is an ensemble opera and all of the principals take their parts with theatrical and musical aptness. There is a Figaro-like servant and scamp, Germano, who is sung and acted perfectly by Alessandro Corbelli.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thistle Brown on March 6, 2007
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Scott Morrison did his usual fine job of reviewing, but I gave it five stars because the production is such a pleasure. The house alone deserves five stars. How satisfying to be presented with this delicious theater and how refreshing to have a darn near perfect combination of creativity, talent and effort. Watching Gelmetti conducting the little orchestra of very worthy musicians started things off on a high note (no pun). Charming.... absolutely charming.
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0 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chilean Opera lover on November 2, 2007
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The music and singing are for 5 stars, specially Luciana Serra. Her technique is really great. Her coloratura is perfect and reminds Sutherland's because both had a perfect technique, specially coloratura, but not a particularlly pretty voice. As a reviewer said in other review they don't make singers like those now. What bothers me in this DVD is the stage and costumes as in all other DVD recorded at Schwetzingen, always so classical. They need a Dario Fo or similar to create something different, a new atmosphere as it is happening arround the world. Examples are La Gazetta (Barcelona), all the Mozart series and the Netrebko-Villazon Traviata at Salzburg, many others at the Zurich Opera (Cosi fan tutte, Macbeth, etc), Trovatore, Faust (Alagna-Terfel) and others at Covent Garden, to name a few. Hope someday we may see a different Rossini at Schwetzingen.
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