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Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame

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4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Obsessive in gambling and in love, the soldier Hermann is the protagonist of Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame, based on a story by Pushkin. He is smitten with the aristocratic Lisa and fixated on learning the winning secret of ‘the three cards’ from her grandmother, the Countess, played by iconic contralto Ewa Podles. This opulent production from Barcelona's Liceu captures St Petersburg in the era of Catherine the Great, while the house's Music Director Michael Boden conducts a large and impressive cast.

Press Reviews
"It gives us a thoroughly traditional production from the Liceu but it works because it tells the story so compellingly and because the singing and playing is excellent from everyone...Watching this DVD reawakened me to the dramatic and musical treasures of what must surely be Tchaikovsky's greatest opera (with apologies to Onegin fans). This is an ideal way to introduce the opera to someone for the first time, and a great way for established Tchaikovskians to remind themselves just how great it is." (Musicweb International)

"[Didyk] cuts a fine figure on stage: tall, blond, physically agile, he sings the role of the poor lunatic gambler well. His voice is laser-like in focus and has the familiar Slavic edge...Ataneli's Tomsky is a fine interpretation, his bright voice standing up well...[Podles] is in full control of her considerable resources, the voice booming when it must and scaled back for her lovely ballad " (International Record Review)

"Misha Didyk is both vocally strong and physically striking; his acting is suitably neurotic and ‘on the edge’...[Podles] just about steals every scene she's in. The part is often sung by veteran mezzos somewhat past their prime, so it's refreshing to hear it so well sung by a rich contralto and so well acted. " (Opera Britannia)

Cast
Misha Didyk (Hermann)
Emily Magee (Liza)
Lado Ataneli (Count Tomsky)
Ludovic Tézier (Prince Yeletsky)
Ewa Podles (Countess)
Chorus Intermezzo Escolania de Montserrat; Orchestra & Orchestra & Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu; Michael Boder

Production
Company: Gran Teatre del Liceu
Stage Director: Gilbert Deflo

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OA1050D
Running Time: 180 minutes
Sound: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, ES, CA
Label: Opus Arte


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None.

Product details

  • Actors: Misha Didyk, Emily Magee, Lado Ataneli, Ludovic Tezier, Ewa Podles
  • Directors: Gilbert Deflo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian (DTS 5.1), Russian (PCM2 .0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Catalan
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004UU31Y8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,165 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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