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Rossini: La Cenerentola (1988)

Francisco Araiza , Walter Berry , Claus Viller  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Francisco Araiza, Walter Berry, Gino Quilco, Wolfgang Schöne, The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Directors: Claus Viller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JLQS7Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rossini: La Cenerentola" on IMDb

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This 1982 Salzburg Festival Cenerentola lacks Ponnelle-type hi-jinks. That witty, much traveled production is available on DVD in a Scala performance starring Frederica Von Stade and Mr. Araiza. Von Stade and Bartoli on her Houston video inject humor into their interpretations, which I find unconventional. Rosina and Isabella are full of confidence. They know what they want and how to get it, which creates a good deal of humor. By contrast, poor unhappy, mistreated Angelina (Cenerentola) has to be helped by others to achieve happiness that might otherwise be denied her. The funny stuff in Cenerentola comes from the other characters.

I continue to dislike Don Magnifico, but Walter Berry, not playing an idiotic buffoon, makes him very real and almost likable sometimes. The voice had become very dry, but he scores points for giving this comic Pizarro some dignity. And in a sense this is a perfect illustration of director Michael Hampe's non-Eurotrash production--nothing novel, except perhaps for a blackened stage during the storm music with a horse-drawn carriage that breaks down. Hampe's cast forms a tight ensemble. They are truly listening and responding to one another and to the various situations. This is a Cenerentola that will produce many smiles, but I doubt viewers will laugh out loud.

Mario Pagano's sets and costumes are very attractive though not spectacular. The plot has not been updated or altered. If the year had been 2009, could they have gotten away with such daring? I've often thought of Ann Murray as a fine singer with an attractive voice and dull personality. This performance is another story. She is very touching and a skillful actress. All of this is captured in vocalism (the voice is not big) that is richly expressive, secure, and imaginative. Sometimes the voice is just out-and-out beautiful. Her body language is exquisite and communicative. I thought more than once of Berganza, another "serious" heroine.

She has a fine partner in the handsome Araiza. His vocalism, while still excellent, includes occasional examples (not serious) of pushing. This is, on the whole, sweet, lyrical singing. His voice sounded larger on the Von Stade video. Gino Quilico is a very handsome Dandini who plays a very smart buffoon. I can easily imagine Cenerentola falling for him under different circumstances. He radiates charm and tosses off machine-gun coloratura with the utmost confidence. And his lyric baritone is always a pleasure to hear.

Those nasty sisters are suitably idiotic as portrayed by Daphne Evangelatos and Angela Denning. Wolfgang Schone cuts a nice authoritative figure (nothing magical about him in Hampe's production), but his voice sounds a little uncomfortable in the role. Chailly and the

VPO are marvelous. There's lots of brio and gorgeous orchestral sound--and Chailly knows how to make those crescendos stand out. He doesn't rush or unduly slow his singers. The chorus is tops. If you want a laugh-out-loud, more spectacular Cenerentola, go for the Von Stade and Bartoli videos. But do give this sweet, moving performance a try. -- American Record Guide, Michael Mark, November 2009

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Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza, Gino Quilico, and Walter Berry star in this 1988 Salzburg Festival production of the Rossini opera with Ricardo Chailly conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Fairy Godmother Here August 27, 2001
This is the story of Cinderella with a different twist. A Step father vs a Stepmother. Don Magnifico played by Walter Berry and his two warring daughters/siblings Clorinda And Tisbe. A pair of bracelets rather than glass slippers. Finally, the Prince's tutor, Alidoro, posing as a beggar to whom Cinderella gives bread. Alidoro will become Ciderella's angel and advocate. No Fairy Godmother here. Dandini, the counterfeit Prince played by Gino Quilico is a pure delight, pulling of the deception in brilliant fashion. Francisco Araiza as the real Prince whom I have seen in other Opera's is of magnificent tenor voice along with superb acting. Ann Murray as Cinderella is incomparable, wow what a performance, convincing, heartfelt and purley delightfull in every respect. The themes of forgiveness and respect hit home. Certainly a Five Star rating at Amazon.Com, but a 10 out 10 for performance, visual scenery and the Vienna Philharmonic. Some of my favorite scenes were the Wine Cellar, the Coach ride and Dandi's interplay with Don Magnifico's daughters and much much more. Totally delightfull. A must for any collection. Sound Quality A1 Picture Qaulity- Clean and crisp
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall enchantment and performance. July 26, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
We are amazed that this delightful opera, although containing so much similarity to the tunes and music in The Barber of Seville, is not as wellknown and popular. We appreciate that the Vienna State Opera undertake to perform this opera, so that we can enjoy the enchanting music and the sparkling Belcanto which is Rossini's identity, sung and performed with such excellence and brilliancy by all the singers. Especially tenor Francisco Araiza, which I have seen in different operas, shows in here all his excellence by acting and singing so magnificent and beautifully, accomplishing the character he plays as The Prince. In overall this opera, although not as wellknown as The Barber of Sevilla, is not less enchanting and so delightful which give us so much enjoyment from the beginning to the end, particularly as it is performed with such excellence and beautiful singing and backed by such splendid scenery and colorful background.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new perspective on Cinderella! July 12, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Wow! This is one fantastic production of La Cenerentola! The orchestra starts out with Rossini's finest overture, and the opera only rises in brilliance to the final, spectacular scene. The male lead is extremely good, and of course Cinderella is incomparable. There is some very amusing interplay between the prince and his valet, who have switched places, and a dazzling sextet when Cinderella and the prince finally find each other. The music is absolutely flawless. The stage settings leave a little to be desired, but who cares with this kind of singing? You should absolutely get this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Helpful Thing I Can Write ... January 31, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
... is that, though the Bel Canto of Ann Murray is plenty Bello, this 1988 Cenerentola DVD from the Salzburg Festival is nowhere near as satisfactory as the DVD of the 1981 production at La Scala with Frederica von Stade in the title role. The two productions had a lot in common. Both were "traditional" stagings, well costumed, no heavy-thumbed directorial modernizations. Murray and von Stade were both at the peak of their vocal careers, while the role of Don Ramiro was sung magnificently on both stages by Francisco Araiza. Otherwise, the La Scala DVD is superior across the board, from conducting to camerawork. Remember that this IS a DVD, though filmed at a live performance! Sound recording quality is paramount; the singers and orchestra on the La Scala DVD are well balanced and integrated, but the sound on this Salzburg DVD is uneven, fading in and out, and of very low fidelity. The TV video is hardly up to the standards of our HDTV era. That isn't a failing which ruins the viewing experience, but the thin acoustic is a bummer.

Riccardo Chailly's conducting of the Vienna Philharmonic at Salzburg is cautious to the point of coyness. The overture sounds strangely subdued and the flow from recitativo to aria is tentative throughout. At La Scala, Claudio Abbado gave his audience what Rossini-lovers want: headlong exuberance and lyrical sprightliness.

It's hard to compare the vocal artistry of the singers in secondary roles from these two DVDs, given how different the sound-recording quality is. Their acting is a different matter. Gino Quilico sings Dandini quite handsomely, but in fact he's too handsome for the role, which is intended to be comic. Other reviewers have suggested that the haughty stepsisters Tisbe and Clorinda are not supposed to be comic caricatures. Hmmm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Yes, I have to agree that this 1988 Salzburg production, directed expertly by Viller and performed wonderfully by the entire ensemble under Chailly, is the best La Cenerentola live DVD to-date.
The cast is good, even if not the biggest names. You would have to 'find out' who they are these days, with perhaps the exception of Ann Murray, who sings the titlerole to great level of musical and dramatic artistry (I like her more than Frederica von Stade), if not outright beating Garanca or Didonato, the two current great Angelinas.
However, it is the 'supporting cast' of Ramiro, Dandini, Clothile and Tisbe as well as Don Magnifico that make this live performance better than any other -
today's almost unknown tenor Francisco Araiza is an even more burnished Don Ramiro than for Abbado in the Ponnelle film 8 years ago (1980). He contrasts well with Gino Quilico's Dandini - Dandini being even more 'princely' outwardly than Ramiro (as accords with the original score), but this Prince has an air of inner authority that Dandini lacks, and this is why Araiza's portrayal is spot on in this performance.
The two sisters are also worthy of mention. Both are sophisticated yet shallow, good looking yet unkind (who says that the sisters of Angelina are ugly?)
Ann Murray is a very convincing Angelina - she is appropriately austere and mild, yet owning an understated elegance. Almost as convincing as Elina Garanca in the MET version.
The sets are simply terrific - the best, even if compared to Ponnelle's luxurious film, and the theatrical effect of Ramiro's ride in the storm is stunning - Quilico's Dandini actually falling to the ground with the wild jerks, and Araiza's Ramiro bumped so convincingly in his 'seat'!
Visually, this La Cenerentola is the BEST period production with the Vienna 1994 production of Cosi fan tutte (Muti/Schade/Skovhus/Frittoli/Kirchschlager). Absolutely stunning sets and costumes, no quibble. We Asians simply love these!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars More than met my expectations
My favorite version. I watched perhaps a dozen different versions on You-Tube, several more than once, trying to pick the one I wanted to buy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DavidG.
5.0 out of 5 stars The strong class consciousness adds zing & cohesion to both stage...
Having seen the DiDonato and von Stade DVD productions too, I have no hesitation in proclaiming this my runaway favorite for four reasons: (1) The stage production is saturated... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ronald Haak
5.0 out of 5 stars Live 1988 Salzburg La Cenerentola by Chailly, well-contrasted with the...
The essentials of the story - a mistreated girl with a kind heart, and kind hearts are rewarded by marrying handsome princes. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Abert
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Production, usual DVD problems
This seemed a first class production of the opera (though the conducting could have been a bit more animated, I thought. Read more
Published on January 22, 2011 by J. RABINOWITZ
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best DVD of Cenerentola
This DVD has it all. A fantastic cast, great sound, good direction. For me Ann Murray is a revelation. In my opinion one of the most under rated mezzos ever. Read more
Published on January 4, 2011 by James Walters
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixt-up
In reality, half a dozen of reviews, some quite lenghty, have been written for this production. You will find them by checking the Australian production of Cinderella of 1987 whose... Read more
Published on January 29, 2010 by P. de Gain
4.0 out of 5 stars No Fairytale Here .................4.5
This Cenerentola is very real. The tale is of a woman scorned by the Don and his two miserable daughters. Read more
Published on November 16, 2009 by Prospero Carl R
4.0 out of 5 stars Cenerentola - Aust. Opera
Beautiful production, wonderful singing from marvellous singers. But it was certainly some 20 years ago when staged.
Published on October 23, 2009 by Ben de Jong
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
This is an excellent Cenerentola, not perfect but excellent none the less. Let me go through the singers one by one. Read more
Published on February 7, 2006 by Patrick Boyle
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Production But Poor Video Quality
This is a good production of the opera but unfortunately the video quality is poor. Many of the R.M. Arts releases seem to have poor video quality and if I had know it was an R.M. Read more
Published on September 4, 2003 by David Park
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