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Rossini: La Cenerentola [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Ruxandra Donose, Maxim Mironov, Simone Alberghini, Nathan Berg, Vladimir Jurowski
  • Directors: Sir Peter Hall, Robin Lough
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017RRDPU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,612 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Ruxandra Donose and Luciano di Pasquale star in this Glyndebourne production of the Rossini opera conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.

Customer Reviews

Peter Hall sets the action in period and it works very well.
I. Martinez-Ybor
The sets also reflect the social position of their denizens, a loving recreation of the era which draws you into the world of this opera like no other component.
Michael Birman
This Blu Ray is excellent quality including crystal clear sound on my Polk 5.1 speakers originating from a PS3 with HDMI plumbing.
OCSteve

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael Birman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2006
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La Cenerentola has been well served on DVD. The recently released Jean-Pierre Ponnelle filming of the opera was an excellent production, joining Cecilia Bartoli's star vehicle with the Houston Opera as fine representatives of Rossini's unfairy tale retelling of Charles Perrault's Cendrillon (or Cinderella). This new, vividly realized Glyndebourne production traditionally staged (in the finest sense) by Sir Peter Hall is perhaps the best of the three: combining intelligent insight into Rossini's unique operatic vision as well as a perceptive grasp of the historical importance of Cenerentola in the evolution of art, situated as it is on the cusp of the Romantic Era.

La Cenerentola is given the sub-heading (by Rossini) "a Dramma giocoso in two acts"; significantly, it is an inscription deliberately shared with Don Giovanni, the finest "serious comedy" ever staged. Mozart's spirit hovers over this opera; combining, as it does, comedy and a darker world view than is the youthful Rossini's norm. There is no room for farce. This is a relatively sober tale of impoverished gentility struggling to regain a social foothold. There is no fairy Godmother; rather a Voltaire-like philosophe (Alidoro) who attempts to manipulate events for ends never completely clear. This opera is truly representative of it's age and that is how Sir Peter stages it. The London Philharmonic is nicely conducted by the youthful Vladimir Jurowski. That this opera succeeds so well is a tribute to all concerned in this beautiful, resonant production.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Elder Dave on October 6, 2008
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There can't be much dispute about the quality of this work. The staging, the singing, the technical brilliance of the hidef experience both visually and aurally are impeccable. A group of us gathered to experience La Cenerentola in my home. We laughed, we applauded, we smiled to each other sharing the delight.

As the review above noted, no magic is involved in this rendering of the Cinderella story. Everything is worked out through the wisdom of Alidoro, the Prince's old sage counselor (sung brilliantly and with all due gravitas by Nathan Berg). This makes it a comedy well within the human domain. The moral lessons are clear: vanity is illusive and will not serve us well, all of us must treat each other with kindness, virtue is rewarded, and forgiveness and love heal all.

The characters are beautifully played and sung. Angelina (la cenerentola herself--Cinderella-sung by Ruxandra Donose)appropriately plays a somewhat withdrawn role at first but grows in vocal power and confidence throughout the opera . She emerges at the end as a shimmering beauty of brilliant voice. The "evil" stepsisters, Clorinda and Tisbe (Raquela Sheeran and Lucia Cirillo) are presented as very distinguishable comedic personalities whose voices often combine in bell-like harmonies. Don Magnifico, the wicked stepfather, is played to great comedic effect (Luciano Di Pasquale)as a buffoon who is cruel, fearful, and self-delusive at the same time. His is a gem of a performance. (It is with this that we see one of the drawbacks of such high visual resolution: one can easily see where the scalp cover is joined to his temples. But then again, the characters and sets seem almost three-dimensional, so it is a definite plus).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Wright on May 11, 2009
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Bravos are due once again to Opus Arte for another one of their fine Blu-ray opera DVDs. This production is traditional in style (no Euro trash) and entirely enchanting. The smallish stage at Glyndebourne is inventively used and the costumes are a delight. The Prima Donna encompasses a famously difficult role easily, though she -like anyone who essays this role - inevitably faces comparison to Cecilia Bartoli's Cenerentola. In the Buffo role of Don Magnifico, Luciano Di Pasquale nearly steals the show by milking every moment for maximum comic effect - imagine Jackie Gleason at the opera. For this reviewer, however, the real thrill came unexpectedly in the form of tenor Maxim Mironov, whose voice is perfectly placed throughout its range, clear as a bell, and sweetly vibrant with a little bit of fast vibrato. His role here is rather large and fiercely difficult, with extensive coloratura and repeated high notes, all delivered flawlessly. Tenors have always been a hobby of mine, and I have heard almost every one who has made a record in the past hundred years. I believe that Mironov could mount a challenge to Juan Diego Florez, the reigning Rossini tenor of our time. Unfortunately, his acting needs a little work, as he generally looked as if he had wandered onto the stage by accident. But, no matter - this is a great voice.

Finally, the stage direction includes one delightful innovation: Whenever one of Rossini's intricate and slightly weird ensembles occurs (these are one of the chief glories of his comedies), the lights dim and the actors begin to move in stylized and complex patterns, mirroring the music. This is a marvelous touch that serves to highlight the ensembles, rather as if they were happening in an alternate universe.
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