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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Netrebko, Beczala, Kwiecien, Metropolitan Opera
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Anna Netrebko returns to the stage in the unforgettable Metropolitan Opera performance of Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor! This DVD release was originally broadcast live in HD from the Met on February 7, 2009. In addition to Netrebko's spectacular perform
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Entrance of the photographer during the the singing of the famous sextet not only distracted the audience but ruined a good singing performance. The photographer should have had done his job during the dress rehearsal and every thing would be perfect, but during the actual performance ??? Who is responsible for such an action? Definetally the Management, who aloud such a disgrace to happen! We are
Forgeting that the actual dramatic event of this opera takes place in Scottland in the 17 th century. The singing of the artists is generally good.
Anna Netrebko the star of this performance had some difficulties with the low tessitura in the Mad Scene but otherwise her voice had the right timber and as a result her singing was excellent throughout the opera .( From all the sopranos singing the Mad a Scene , only Maria Callas
Could sing the low tessitura without any problem') . The Polish tenor Piotr Beczala has an imposing stage presence and his singing of the role of
Edgardo is excellent. Another Polish artist Mariusz Kwiecien is an excellent singing actor and his singing was menacing particularly in the confrontation with Netrebko. The role of Raymondo in the person of Ildar Abdrazkov was also an excellent characterization. The Metropolitan
Opera Orchestra and Chorus was expertly conducted by Marco Armiliato. Recommend only for admirers of The MET Opera , whom are in agreement whatever The MET does.
The setting of gloom - bare trees in a darkened landscape set the tone for the pending tragedy that would unfold. There's always drama behind the drama, so I feel I should mention here that Piottr Beczala stepped in for an "ailing" Villazon. I have never heard Villiazon, so I had no frame of reference, except to note that I hear Beczala in other operas. To step in at short notice and produce what would be a standout performance is what professionalism is about. Beczala steals the show for me.
Netrebko has a beautiful clear lilt which I liked and her "mad scene" about which so much has already been written, quite powerful. While some here may have reservations about her almost playfulness in Act 1 in the light of her mother's recent demise, her love for Edgardo places her in a situation where's she displays conflict - the vacillation between joy and sadness is palpable. The descent into madness must be gradual and the scene between Lucia and Enrico solidifies this aspect.
I must once again say that Piotr Beczala with this performance entrenched his position as one of the finest lyrical tenors today. His aria "Fra poco a me ricovero" was delivered with such powerful passion, the enthusiastic applause at the end of it was very well deserved.
Now I feel justified in having purchased this DVD.
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