Verdi - Il Corsaro / Bruson, Michailov, Sburlati, Damato, Palumbo, Parma Opera
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(Jun 28, 2005)
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I had the opportunity to see this opera in Sarasota, Florida a couple of years ago which has the dubious distinction of having the worst behaved audience in the country. Above the din of candy wrappers being continuouly opened and the constant talking, I managed to hear this work for the first time. I went in without any expectations and was pleasantly surprised by what I heard. I never dreamed this would appear on DVD, but here we have an excellent performance. Michela Sburlati and Adriana Damato are in spendid form except the costume designer of Damata should be shot. Her outfit exposes her middle section which should defiinitly not be seen in public.
Renato Bruson, who's had a distinguished career, should perhaps think retirement. His phrasing, breath control and wobble are taking a toll on his vocal resources. Tenor Zvetan Michailov keeps getting better as the performance moves along. Conductor Palumbo keeps the Parma orchestra moving along at a rapid pace but still allowing breathing space and support for the singers. Don't hesitate to buy this DVD. I'm sure it will be a long time, if ever, we get another production of this interesting work. To my knowledge, it's not represented on CD so the DVD will have to suffice.
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if you can put up with Renato Bruson's slow vibrato , a nice performance. I give it 4 stars for the performance and singing of the other principal singers.Published 7 months ago by jrodriguez
I have always loved the early Verdi operas for their great drive ahd tunes. The story of Il Corsaro is pedestrian but who cares - the music is great, intense and exciting. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Judith A. Weller
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