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Verdi: La Forza Del Destino

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Product Description

Violeta Urmana, Carlo Guelfi, and Marcello Giordani star in this Florentine Opera production of the 1869 version of the Verdi opera conducted by Zubin Mehta.

Review

When aristocratic heroine Leonora is tragically separated from her lover, Don Alvaro, she sees no alternative but to go live as a hermit outside a monastery.

In one of the many twists of fate that give the opera its name, Don Alvaro, gives up his military life for monastic seclusion. They will, of course, meet. But their bliss is short-lived, as another's vengeance seals Leonora's doom.

Giuseppe Verdi mined this most operatic of plots to great effect, writing gorgeous arias and ensemble pieces. The Overture is so rich that it gets programmed frequently as a standalone orchestral piece.

This giant, bubbling stew of melodrama - in its revised, improved 1869 version - was given a solid, traditional staging by Nicolas Joël in Florence in 2007, and recorded for Italian television.

The largely Italian cast is evenly good, with a standout performance by Lithuanian mezzo-turned-soprano Violeta Urmana as Leonora. Her rich, large voice has both power and expression - and she has the acting chops to match.

The orchestra is led with commanding force by Zubin Mehta. The audio is nicely balanced. Unfortunately, there are no extras.

-- TheStar.com, John Terauds, April 21, 2009

In Verdi's 1869 standard version of La Forza Del Destino, star-crossed lovers Alvaro and Leonora's troubles are compounded when he accidently kills her father. Escaping to the countryside, Leonora meets her brother Don Carlo (determined to avenge their father's death) before she retires to a monastery as a hermit. Meanwhile, Alvaro goes to war, where he and Don Carlo, under false identities, form an alliance forged through the hazards of battle. The soldiers eventually wind up at the monastery, where the two lovers are united...briefly before the tragic ending. Filmed live at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy in 2007, La Forza Del Destino is performed by the Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentine, nimbly conducted by Zubin Mehta, and features a strong cast that includes Violeta Urmana as Leonora, Marcello Giordani as Alvaro, and Carlo Guelfi as Don Carlo. Although the setting has been updated to the 19th century, this version--directed by Nicolas Joël--is still a very traditional production, presented here with Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS, and LPCM stereo options. Recommended. -- Video Librarian, Jane Reed, May/June 2009

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Product Details

  • Actors: Urmana, Guelfi, Giordani
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: TDK DVD
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GF5K6M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I love this great tragic opera. It has so much to offer including musical commentary on war. One of the great endings of all time. And this blue ray has a truly memorable cast, musicians, and production. I've watched it many times since purchasing maybe 5-8 time.
I've watched it March past and now my Samsung blue ray player will not play it or recognize it's content.
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The audio is very well produced and mastered, Metha plays an important role on the direction which I found close to perfect. Giordani is a great tenor, great high notes and superb expression, Urmana excellent too. Great production. Verdi would be glad to hear it !! Great Blu Ray!
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Es una excelente ópera, con un reparto genial, la dirección orquestal de Metha es de primera calidad, recomiendo a otros adquirirla y disfrutarla en familia.
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The Good?
This is one Verdi opera wherein the conductor plays a huge big role. Zubin Mehta leading the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a beautifully balanced display of nuance and orchestral color. An excellent audio recording and editing team has enhanced the effect of all this, including that of the singers.

A rather good batch of singers (Violeta Urmana, Marcello Giordani, Carlo Guelfi) give what I would term as a very uninspired performance, although, visually, they hardly match the characters they are supposed to be playing. That happens all the time. True, this Opera is perhaps the least performed of the Verdi greats, and has probably one of the most unlikely and rather boring plots too. So it would take something extra from the singers to make it a little more exciting - something that these singers just could not do.

The Video is as good as a blu ray shot mostly in softer if not dark backgrounds and lighting can be. Kudos.
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