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Garanca's Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix from Saint-Saën's Samson et Dalila is undersung but her showpiece aria from Rossini's La Cenerentola sparkles, with impressive coloratura fireworks. Netrebko is among the most brilliant stars of today's operatic firmament and while overparted in Norma's Casta Diva, she's effective elsewhere. She brings the house down with the first of the concert's many encores, a performance of Lehar's Meine Lippen from the operetta, Giuditta, that includes seductive singing and acting, sexual flirtations, and energetic dancing. Her enthusiasm is infectious, sparking her colleagues as well as the audience. All four singers join in the quartet from Rigoletto that ends the formal portion of the concert, and in the final encore, they trade verses in an arrangement of the Drinking Song from La Traviata. Conductor Marco Armiliato, whose supportive accompaniments help make the concert a rousing success, directs the capable orchestra.
So this two-hour singfest provides joys for vocal buffs despite the hectic video direction that keeps the cameras moving endlessly, unnecessarily swooping around the auditorium, zooming from balconies to the stage and back, and otherwise distracting from the main event. --Dan Davis
This gala is one that you will want to watch many times and share with your friends.
This opera gala from Baden Baden features four great singers: Anna Netrebko · Elina Garanca · Ramón Vargas · Ludovic Tézier.
There was nice balance between singers and orchestra and there was very little extraneous audience noise.
I love gala DVD's and this one is among the best. Top notch performances with participants have great fun interacting with an appreciative audience.Published 11 days ago by Vince D
Spectacular singing! Garanca and Netrebko, especially grand performancesPublished 4 months ago by Charles Henry Jr.
A fantastic cast of singers, with a superb program; a must DVD to own and enjoy ......Published 5 months ago by Julio Ponce de León
Everybody in my family loved this DVD, even our four-year old twin girls. They adore "Anna."Published 5 months ago by Ginger Cookie
I've owned this for a few months and have watched it several times. I did know Netrebko and Garanca, but was introduced to Vargos and Tezier. Read morePublished 6 months ago by edanco
I loved this production. Anna Netrebko is one of my favorites and this doesn't disappoint in any way. The duets are wonderful.Published 8 months ago by Jacquelyn Thomas
I Loved this, except I did not go much on the Tenor, the performance of Anna Nebretko was brilliant, also the Baritone excellent.Published 14 months ago by marree