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Simon Boccanegra (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006CAXQ6C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Placido Domingo, Anja Harteros, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Fabio Sartori star in this 2010 La Scala production of the Verdi operaconducted by Daniel Barenboim and directed by Federico Tiezzi.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong traditional production with a few modern touches February 22, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Coming just before the mature final works, Verdi's Simon Boccanegra - along with Un Ballo in Maschera, Les Vêpres Siciliennes, La Forza del Destino and Don Carlos - occupy a strange but fascinating hinterland in the career of the composer. Each of the operas, influenced by Verdi's political involvement in the Risorgimento for the reunification of Italy during the period, are very much concerned with the exercise of power, but they all rely on typically operatic conventions of bel canto and French Grand Opéra in their use of personal tragedies and unlikely twists of fate to highlight the human feelings and weaknesses that lie behind their historical dramas. Written in 1859, but revised by the composer in 1881, Piave's libretto given an uncredited reworking by Arrigo Boito, Simon Boccanegra is consequently one of the more interesting works from this period, certainly from a musical standpoint. Aware of the flaws in the earlier version of the opera, Verdi can be seen to be striving in its revised form to take it away from the aria/cabaletta conventions towards the more fluid form of through composition and expression of character that would come to fruition in Otello.

It's perhaps with this in mind that the 2010 production of Simon Boccanegra from La Scala in Milan adopts a kind of hybrid form of traditional staging with some modernist touches that, like the opera's own make-up, don't blend together entirely successfully, but are no less fascinating for how they throw their contradictory elements into relief.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Domingo is great in this February 13, 2012
By Phillip
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I just watched the Blu-ray of this and was almost moved to tears by the great singing of Placido Domingo. Hard to believe he was 69 when this was recorded.................what a strong yet nuanced performance! Ferruccio Furlanetto was magnificent also.............he is one of the best basses I have ever heard.

La Scala did a nice job staging this opera, and I really liked the orchestra under Daniel Barenboim.

The opera has a Shakespearean tragedy feel to it, and high point to me is the duet in the last act between Domingo and Furlanetto that sort of echoes the Commandetore and Don Giovanni. This is the best Verdi opera I have ever seen. There are no extras, but there is interesting information in the booklet that comes with the disc.

Five stars and highest recommendation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not full-blown Eurotrash, but ... October 10, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
has enough weird stuff (trees descending root-first from the ceiling into the stage; oddball rectangular plates littering the stage, etc.) mixed into what is ostensibly a traditional production, that I regret having blown money on it.

I had thought this sort of thing doesn't happen at La Scala. But, alas, they are not immune.

If one is dying to hear Domingo sing baritone (and he does so very well) ... there are at least two other productions on DVD.

Musically and sonically the DVD is faultless, beautiful in fact. But we come back to the same issue: if it's a DVD, it's meant to be seen. And if one likes traditional productions, this won't cut it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing performance by Domingo January 1, 2013
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This DVD promises to be incredible given that it is Verdi, with Placido Domingo in the lead role, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and performed at Teatro Alla Scala. And this performance delivers. The sets are wonderfully bare and powerful at the same time, the orchestra sounds fantastic (this group *always* does) under Mr. Barenboim's baton, Mr. Domingo shows that his voice is still incredible along with his acting skills, and the Chorus of the Teatro Alla Scala does wonderful work bringing the incredible choral components of Verdi's opera to life. Ah yes, this is fine opera, and I continually found myself envious of those that got to see it performed live in that magnificent venue.

The one negative that took me by surprise had to do with the camera angles and continual cutting in from close-up to pulled-back view in the later portions of the 2nd act. This choppiness was totally unnecessary and detracted from the production on video as a whole.

That being said, this is a remarkable performance and is certainly a worthwhile addition to this opera lovers collection.
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