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Verdi: Il Trovatore

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, German, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007R5KKJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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82 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MARVELLOUS!! May 29, 2012
My relationship with Il Trovatore goes way back to the Bjoerling, Milanov monaural LP. With the advent of the DVD, I had hoped for a performance that would do justice to this exceptional work but was very disappointed with the Cura, Villaroel version, where the staging was awful and the tenor was too. The Domingo, Kabaivanska disc was an exceptional performance conducted by von Karajan, but the picture and sound suffered simply because of the age of the original taping. But the opera gods have blessed me exceptionally well with this incredibly well done performance.

Not only is this performance musically near perfect (with the exception of using the usual cuts, although Leonora's last act cabaletta is performed) but the staging is wonderful, with singers who can act as well as sing. I think it was Caruso who noted that a good Trovatore requires four world class singers at the top of their game, and the pricipals here are exactly that.

Trovatore, of course, is blamed for having a confusing, lame plot; after all, what other opera has been parodied by Gilbert & Sullivan AND the Marx Brothers? But as William Berger notes in his splendid book, "Verdi with a Vengeance", modern news routinely features far more gruesome events in real life than those contained in the plot. As for the singers ...

In Sondra Radvanovsky we have the Verdi soprano that many have hoped for since the days of Leontyne Price. From top to bottom and all places in between, she has the perfect voice and superb vocal technique. And Boy!! can she act!! Just sample the convent scene, where Manrico, whom she believes to be dead reappears alive and well. THAT is what opera is all about!!

Hvorostovsky is simply the best Count di Luna since Leonard Warren, IMHO.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! Hooray for Verdi and the Met May 28, 2012
Trovatore is the Verdi so many of us love - exciting, beautiful, thrilling music with a plot that is difficult for modern sensibilities to take seriously. This performance is the perfect example of 19th century Italian opera at it best. While all of the leads were excellent, Hvorostovsky stole the show for me. His Di Luna is insane and mesmerizing in his insanity. Radvanovsky, Zajick and Alvarez were excellent also. Occasionally the director adds unnecessary stage filler like the prostitutes in the soldiers camp but in general the production is straight forward and keeps the action moving. The quality of the sound and especially the video are excellent. I watched this twice back to back and am looking forward to watching it again.
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66 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tiepido June 2, 2012
IL TROVATORE, at this writing the eleventh most frequently performed work in the Metropolitan's annals, has had a checkered recent history at that theater. David McVicar's production, seen here in a revival two years following its 2009 debut, represented an uptick in TROVATORE's fortunes. It replaced a notorious production by Graham Vick, which had premiered in the late 1990s to much derision and was subsequently "gutted" by then-GM Joseph Volpe, to such a degree that Vick asked his name be removed from it. It did not augur well when McVicar was quoted as saying, "On a bad day I think IL TROVATORE is one of the stupidest operas ever written. Before I took it on, I thought that. But that's why I took it on." But the Scottish director went on to deliver a production that is, in the main, apposite and sturdy, likely capable of accommodating new casts in the coming years. He employs the Met stage's turntable to achieve fluidity and momentum from scene to scene, and his direction is specific, dynamic and physical. Occasionally the dynamism and physicality go too far, as if McVicar believes Verdi's music will not hold attention without the aid of a lot of extraneous "business." Azucena changing Manrico's bandages during their first scene together is a nice touch, but I could have done without two supernumerary gypsies' frenetic swordplay during the Anvil Chorus, and even more so the array of strumpets brought on for the Count's men to graphically hump during a chorus in Act III.

It is easy to see why the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky has been a polarizing figure. She has a large voice that easily fills the Met and has some cut to it in ensembles, and in this respect, she is ideal for certain roles the Met has had a hard time satisfactorily casting in recent decades.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat better than what the Met has been doing May 26, 2012
For a little while, I felt as if I were watching the old Met. No giant clock overpowering the set. No rehearsal room setting. No Abraham Lincoln, John Lennon, and Queen Elizabeth watching from a gallery. No aerial acrobatics. No focus on stage machinery or puppets. And only a minor re-dating of the story.
Then, came a sword altercation filling the stage and overshadowing the Anvil Chorus, hookers visiting Di Luna's camp as the men were preparing to attack the fortress, and Leonora trying to climb the fence to see Manrico in prison. As Opera New reviewed, "David McVicar is known for filling the stage with extra characters, images, and incidents." Please, let us keep our attention on the opera, not distracted by irrelevant whatevers.
Musically, there is little to fault, nor little to praise excessively. Dolora Zajick is her usually strong self as Azucena. Marcello Alvarez is his usual shouting tenor. Sondra Radvanovsky and Dmitri are their usual non-acting selves. Stefan Kocan sings quite well, but his facial contortions draw attention away from the voice. Maria Zifchak (an underappreciated character actress) is particularly strong in the minor tole of Inez.
The Met would do well to heed Justin Davidson's advice in New York magazine: "The Met needs [Peter] Gelb's marketing savvy, but Gelb also needs a full partner, an artistic director as powerful and engaged as he is."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My absolute favourite Verdian Opera!!!
Published 8 days ago by Joey Godin
5.0 out of 5 stars David McVicar's "Il Trovatore" at the Met
David McVicar's opera stagings invite you to come in, sit down, relax, and enjoy.He shows you how beautiful even a Verismo opera can be with all it's raw emotions and passions of... Read more
Published 18 days ago by jutta joines
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Great
Please, I did go to the MET to see this Opera when they filmed this one. It was wonderful. You won't be disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by Mastercard
5.0 out of 5 stars HVOROSTOVSKY singing and performance out of this world
The production of IL TROVATORE was magic and I could not stop watching even for food!
Alvaez, Radvanovsky and most of all Stefan Kocan were magnificent.
Published 1 month ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Great production
I'm still searching for the perfect Trovatore, but this is the closest I've seen so far. The weak link is Marcello Alvarez. Read more
Published 2 months ago by IKWT
4.0 out of 5 stars Il trovatore
beautiful singing, beautiful music -- set could have been more interesting. All the singers were exceptionally good. I would recommend this highly.
Published 2 months ago by evelyn goren
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi: Il Trovatore DVD
I will watch this many times it is very good.

I live in rural Minnesota and do not get to the opera but if I ever get the chance this is what I want to see and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by JoeBulldog
5.0 out of 5 stars Another splendid and unforgettable performance
The combination of Sondra Radvanovsky's passionate and lyrical portrayal of Leonora and Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the role of the Conte di Luna, obsessed and ever hopeful in his love... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marietta Marx
5.0 out of 5 stars Hvorstovsky's De Luna to Die For!
I love Regencies, barihunks, Verdi, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. If I could get away with a review on those few words, I would. The costuming is quite good. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SJ Reidhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast and live.
This cast is simply fabulous. From a live performance is even better. Zajick is a wonder. The only small thing I have against it is that Radinovski is on the floor a little too... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hopeful Mover
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