Donizetti: Don Pasquale
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James Levine conducts the orchestra and chorus of the Metropolitan Opera in this production of Donizetti's opera recorded live in 2010. Anna Netrebko leads an all-star cast that also includes John Del Carlo, Mariusz Kwiecien and Matthew Polenzani.
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I saw this performance when it was shown on PBS and I enjoyed it a lot thinking that I would like to buy it in the future.
When I was looking for this opera long time ago there were some versions of it. For this opera it was required to have four very good singers for the main characters because they have to sing together very often, for this reason I decided to buy a version with four very good singers produced by Teatro dela Scala with Ferruccino Furlaneto playing the main character.
A year later I bought the 2010 Metropolitan version and I had the same opinion as I had had when I saw it on TV.
May be if any of the main characters are taken individually they are not the best, but the four actors together form a very good cast with all the voices in harmony. The cast is very balanced.
There are some scenes when the chemistry among the performers is very good, for instance when Dr. Malatesta and Norina played by Mariuusz Kwencien and Anna Netrebko respectively developed a plan to convince Don Pasquale to accepts his nephew's relationship with Norina, to succeed with the plot Norina, herself has to act dr. Malatesta's sister and be Don Pasquale's future wife, this scene was very fanny; when this plot went to far the spectator almost feel sorry for Don Pasquale.
I enjoyed the duet between Don Pasquale and Dr.Malatesta which was repeated before starting the Third Act which had beautiful scenery. The characters sang very well.
The ending was the one every one expected for a comic story.
The quality of the DVD was great in all aspects.
I also loved the color coordination in the set and in the costumes of the actors. The backstage interviews displayed a contrast between the actors and their characters on stage.
I want my granddaughter to see it during the next break from school. Opera can be very funny.