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Posted on May 19, 2012 12:49:25 PM PDT
Todd Kay says:
I hope someone who owns the Alvarez/Radvanovsky/Hvoro/Zajick TROVATORE can help me with something. I saw the performance in HD, but I cannot remember how musically complete it was. Does it include Leonora and Manrico's duettino "L'onda de'suoni mistici" between "Ah! Si, ben mio" and "Di quella pira," and Leonora's cabaletta "Tu vedrai che amore" immediately before her confrontation with the Count?

I may be showing the opera to someone, and I want a version more complete than what I already have. If a second verse here and there isn't taken, that's not as big a deal.

I wish La Scala's broadcast of Licitra/Frittoli/Nucci/Urmana under Muti were available.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 1:11:49 PM PDT
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Todd, the answer is "yes" to both . It's a splendid performance with the linited exception of Alvarez having a bit of trouble with the weight of the tenor part. I posted a review on Amazon if you want more information.

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In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 5:31:12 AM PDT
BigBob56 says:
Todd, Sony is releasing a 2 cd set of the Muti Trovatore..Licitra, Frittoli and Nucci.

Posted on May 21, 2012 12:04:13 PM PDT
Todd Kay says:
RA: That might be a reissue. I bought it when it was new in 2002, and it's very good, which is why I had hoped the television broadcast would make it to a commercial DVD. Muti, of course, goes for the complete-as-complete-can-be edition, with every second verse taken. There was some controversy over his denying Licitra that unwritten high "C."

I wish, in retrospect, Violeta Urmana had remained a mezzo. She's a much better Azucena here than she was an Aida or a FORZA Leonora.

Posted on May 22, 2012 2:51:05 AM PDT
Todd Kay says:
Thanks for the info on TROVATORE. The Target web site presently has it for $13.99 (+ shipping, of course), for anyone interested.

Posted on May 22, 2012 5:50:22 AM PDT
S. Holmes says:
Yes.....and for blu-ray fans...... the MET TROVATORE is available through Presto Classical for $ very reasonable shipping.

Posted on May 22, 2012 5:44:52 PM PDT
Just got copy of Lucia w/Netrebko from Met gift shop. I was totally involved in a somewhat creepy way with sets, costumes. It seemed so forbodding. What can say about Anna except that she is the most amazing Lucia I have ever seen. If you were far back enough in the house you would have seen her facial expressions. She seemed on the verge of insanity from the beginning and as she was tearing that bloodied wedding veil I was almost in tears. The last scene was fabulous also. Loved the Magritte-like figures carrying the blue embrellas and Lucia as the spirit guiding Edgardo to his death, helping him plunge the knife - well, I was a"goner". Sorry if this is too long, but you all are a group I can discuss this with. Anybody out there have this DVD?

Posted on May 22, 2012 7:54:08 PM PDT
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Todd Kay says:
Bonnie: I saw that broadcast in February 2009, and I have the DVD and like it very much. The guys are all great as well (Beczala, Kwiecien, and Abdrazakov). For me, the high point was probably the brother/sister confrontation -- very intense acting by Netrebko and Kwiecien. They're scheduled to do ONEGIN together in the not-too-distant future, which should be something.

So far, that LUCIA is the only production to have been "double-dipped" in the HD series (*). Two years later (March 2011), there was another LUCIA with a completely different cast: Dessay, Calleja, Tezier, and Youn. Dessay is the more punctilious bel canto soprano of the two, but I preferred the Netrebko performance nevertheless.

(*) - It won't have that distinction for much longer. The Met's long-serving AIDA production will be back on movie screens in December with Alagna et al.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 9:36:20 PM PDT
figaretto says:
That was not at all too long. I love it when someone gives me a reason to try a video I might not have given a go. They have the video you speak of on the Met Player offerings so now I will try it out. Although sometimes I get tired of Netrebko, now I want to see it.

Posted on May 23, 2012 6:45:10 AM PDT
Bonnie, I have this disc. For the most part, I like it, but staging it in Victorian times blunts the intensity of the feuding Scots, which really forms the basis for the plot. (Feuding and public swordfighting simply ain't done, old boy!) Many reviewers have commented on the appalling staging of the sextet and I agree totally. But the production has a lot going for it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 12:33:13 PM PDT
S. Holmes says:
In case you didn't know...... the Netrebko LUCIA will be part of the MET summer HD repeat showings IN THE MOVIE THEATERS. If you'd like to see this performance on the big screen, with incredible sound, it will be aired on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM. (Go to to see if a theater near you is participating.) Other June/July repeats are ANNA BOLENA, DON GIOVANNI, COMTE ORY, CONTES D'HOFFMANN and ROSENKAVALIER.

Posted on May 26, 2012 3:58:17 PM PDT
S. Holmes says:
Received my blu-rays of CARMEN, FANCIULLA and TROVATORE from Presto (England) today. INCREDIBLE quality!!! Worth every penny!!! If you haven't discovered blu-ray yet...... PLEASE investigate !!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 10:19:58 PM PDT
S. Holmes which Carmen did you get? I have the film version with Migenes-Johnson, Doming & Ramondi. I remember seeing it the day it opened in the theatre and never stopped loving. She is my absolute favorite Carmen of all time. I've never seen anything like her before, Domingo is a bit stiff, but Raimondi is excellant in both voice and appearance. If this isn't the one then sorry for the long paragraph.

Posted on May 27, 2012 5:33:12 AM PDT
S. Holmes says:
This is the blu-ray release of the MET CARMEN HD from January, 2010, with Garanca/Alagna/Frittoli/Rhodes.......Nezet-Seguin conducting........ it's been available for awhile on DVD, but only released May 7 on blu-ray.......and so far, only in Europe.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012 9:16:20 AM PDT
Received the same order from Presto at 40% off Amazon Price with absolutely no tax at all. No custom fee . From England to Montréal 4 days delivery by Air Mail.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 2:23:53 PM PDT
BigBob56 says:
Bonnie, I like Netrebko's Met Lucia and own the DVD but on Natalie Dessay's cd of Italian Arias they include a DVD of the Mad Scene from the same production...gigantic staircase etc. Watching it you think she really is unhinged. I would also recommend the Met's DVD of Carmen, thought it very intense, especially the final scene. I just got Cendrillon (from Royal Opera House, sorry S. Holmes) with Joyce DiDonato and thought it outstanding.
I am still holding my breath for the Met to release their Il Barbiere, and more recently Manon, again with Netrebko and Beczala.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 4:19:25 PM PDT
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Edgar Self says:
I saw Dessay's "Lucia" at Lyric Opera, who had the grand staircase down which she tottered, pure Grand Guignol, clutching her hands spasmodically to her bloodied white nightgown. Unhinged is the word! Another grand moment came when the milling characters wandering about the stage suddenly stepped to the apron in a line and the tenor and baritone led off with "Chi mi frena" to set the sextet going. It's always a safe sextet.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 10:04:25 PM PDT
This an old entry of yours, but in clearing out pre-'12 posts, I realized I had missed a few pages. I just wanted to agree with you about Netrbko. I think she is so wonderful. Her acting, her beauty, and voice! I haven't heard that from one soprano in, well, I just haven't. I would get anything she is in.

Posted on May 29, 2012 1:17:58 AM PDT
Bonnie, it is a delight hearing from you, especially when you agree with me completely. Ha! She is everything you say she is. She is the delight of the opera world for me, and I can't say I like anyone more than her. I look forward to seeing her latest Manon with Beczala. What a treat that will be! Happy listening, and may we both see and hear more of this lovely woman.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 8:29:10 AM PDT
A bit off topic, but I see this morning that Presto Classics has the new DVD of Romeo et Juilette from a 2011 performance the the Arena di Verona with Nino Machaidze and Stefano Secco. There are excerpts on you tube. I was unfamiliar with Secco, but the you tube bits make him sound like the "real deal". Staging seems a bit ... avant garde. Machaidze's performace from 2005 when she filled in for Netrebko (Virgin Classics) is a smash! I am presently in the "resisting temptation" stage with this and suspect that the "giving in" part will take a couple of days.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 6:58:00 AM PDT
S. Holmes says:
Come on........ doesn't ANYONE have any "unofficial" news on possible Fall releases of MET HD's or historic telecasts OTHER than the new RING being released in October?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 7:26:24 AM PDT
I keep checking, my dear Holmes, but I see nothing on the horizon from DG or Virgin Classics.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 7:34:43 AM PDT
S. Holmes says:
I do the same thing (along with DECCA)..... 'know that the RING is to be on DGG ..... and that blu-rays of TROVATORE and FANCIULLA are released in the U.S. on Aug. 7. Pehaps September and October will be "fruitful and multiply". I wonder if the Sony historic cd releases have come to an end with 25.
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