- Actors: Alexandra Hutton, Dinara Alieva, Charles Castronovo
- Directors: Ronaldo Villazon, Maestro Roberto Rizzi Brignoli (Conductor)
- Format: Classical, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, German
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Delos
- DVD Release Date: June 10, 2016
- Run Time: 105 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B01ET1K7QW
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,935 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Puccini: La Rondine [Blu-ray]
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La Rondine (The Swallow) is possibly the least performed of Giacomo Puccinis later operas, but is still just as much a masterwork as its more performed counterparts. Originally conceived as the composers first operetta, the work is an artful blend of opera and operetta, with a lighter mood than Puccinis other works. This live production filmed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin stars Dinara Alieva and Charles Castronovo in the lead roles. Renowned stage director Rolando Villazon sets this rendition, and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin is conducted here by acclaimed Maestro Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.
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AS always and with No Surprise Dinara Alieva Shines and I was also Very Impressed with her Singing Partner, Charles Castronovo, who is Superb as well.
Charles Castronovo has impressed me recently as his last performance I saw, was in Toulouse Singing Sorozábal at Victoires 2016 for Tugan Sokhiev (THE Clip is on YouTube and he is about to join Jonas Kaufmann, Aleksandrs Antonenko and Juan Diego Florez as best Current Tenors).
Charles Castronovo would also be a great Singing Partner for Ms. Alieva in Tosca, Eugene Onegin and La Traviata.
THE Music is Great and I can also live with some Modern Stage Interpretation by Rolando Villazon, but some of the Activity On-Stage by the Dancers is Cheesy and Over The Top (That Is NOT Art And Only Diminishes The Artistic Value Of Mr. Villazon's Work).
I Would Award The Singers 5 Stars, Stagework 3 Stars And The Video 4 Stars.
Ah ... but why no italian subtitles?
Ernesto - Genova Certosa/Italy
Perhaps it is better t ogive an english translation? La voilà: I do love Puccini’s LA RONDINE and am glad to add this new dvd to my collection. I have appreciated la Alieva and Castronovo very much as well as the couple Hutton/Zambrano. The direction by Villazon could have been a winning ace but those three mimes are, for me, uncomfortable presences as well as some useless vulgarities above all when it is so really unnecessary to find there. The orchestra is conducted with ardour and impetus (at times with too much impetus?). I am also happy that LA RONDINE is alive again. It’s a very wonderful opera that deserves great attention … Ah, ma perchè il dvd non offre sottotitoli anche in italiano?
Ernesto - Genova Certosa/Italy
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