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Rossni: Demetrio e Polibio [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Yijie Shi, Mirco Palazzi, María José Moreno, Victoria Zaytseva, Corrado Rovaris
  • Directors: Davide Livermore
  • Writers: Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzina Vingano Mombelli
  • Producers: Rossini Opera Festival
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (DTS-HD High Res Audio), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009IF13X6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,372 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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What a pleasure to listen to Demetrio e Polibio wrote major Italian daily La Stampa after the premiere of Rossini's very first opera at the 2010 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro attributing it an undeniable fascination . The work was given its first performance in Rome in 1812.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 10, 2012
There's a wonderful double-take moment at the start of this 2010 Rossini Opera Festival production of Rossini's Demetrio e Polibio, which turns out to be a thoughtful way to present the work and at the same time manages to strike the perfect balance between the traditional performance and more modern conceptual. The stage curtain draws back at the opening to reveal a final curtain call of a performer for an unseen audience out the back of the stage. His self-congratulations out of the way, the stage hands having moved the sets to the wings, the scene is set for some ancient 'ghosts of opera past' to arise out of the packing cases to re-enact a historic performance of the drama of Rossini's Demetrio e Polibio.

It's a clever and effective compromise that works well for this one particular Rossini opera that needs a thoughtful and considered approach. Demetrio e Polibio is Rossini's first opera, which he started to compose when he was only 14 years old. The nature of this 'dramma serio' dictates to some extent that it leans more towards the model of composition of the 18th century rather than towards the new Italian opera model of the 19th century that Rossini would play such an important part in establishing. The influence of Mozart is evident in the musical approach in an early La Finta Giardiniera or Apollo et Hyacinthus style, if somewhat less adventurous in arrangements and technique, but it's surprising just how much of the Rossini sound is evident even at this early stage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 28, 2013
This is a simple plot, composed by Rossini in his early teens, and I agree with the lead reviewer that the music smacks of late Mozart in abundance.
The plot about paternal love and filial piety may sound a bit `old-fashioned', so the director Livermore devised some gimmicks, that almost tripped the performance over but for the outstanding conductor Rovaris and four superb young soloists who deserves the highest accolade.
The sets have nothing to do with Syria or Persia, though the two title roles were meant to be the rulers of those two kingdoms according to the plot. The staging is in Rossini's period, and if the audience concentrate on the period-costumed figures on stage, you would not go wrong, even though there are `foils' of the four singers and lots of mirrors that sometimes work, and sometimes don't.
As the Persian ruler, the young Italian basso Mirco Palazzi has a beautiful voice, and performs outstandingly despite his very youthful look. Another very young singer Victoria Zaytseva sang the trousered role of Siveno, the `son' of both kings. The vocal demands are not really great, but what amazes is her beauty of tone and fully alive performance. Soprano Maria José Moreno as Publio's daughter Lisinga had to tackle the fiendishly demanding vocal role, and by and large, especially in the outer Act, her singing is simply spectacular. It is in the final Act and Scene that there are a couple of tight top notes, but still pitch perfect.
The tenor role of Demetrio is the focal point of the entire opera. Here, young Chinese tenor Shi Yijie (or Yijie Shi) tackles the role with full vocal assurance and dramatic conviction. While Shi's voice may not suit the full lyrical repertoire such as Verdi, Puccini et al, in Rossini and Mozart he has already proved himself to be a very competent interpretor.
It is heartening to see such wonderful young talents emerging in the operatic scene as the `quartet' in this early Rossinian opera revival.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renato Baserga on May 25, 2013
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IT IS A FIRST OPERA EVER WRITTEN BY Rossini, IT'S LIKE Mozart's OR Verdi's OR wAGNER, JUST A BEGINNING. tHIS T IME, IT IS DONE WELL, VERY WELL, TO BEGIN WITH CORRADO ROVARIS CONDUCTING IT, AND SINGERS THAT ARE SATISFACTORY OR MORE THAN SATISFACTORY. It is a pleasant opera, I think the soprano is first class. I recommend it, with qualifications on Rossini's first opera.
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