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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Who is the blonde? (a very important factor for me, in deciding whether I should buy this)
    Ingela Bohlin. She's cute in the DVD, but I couldn't find a good picture to post on the soprano thread.



    Actually you also have Joyce DiDonato



    and Malena Ernman



    so take your pick.
    Natalie

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    Hm... I don't know. Joyce is much better looking, so, Hercules shouldn't prefer the blonde prisoner.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I'm not entirely sure that he does, Dejanira's jealousy comes from her head, and Iole gets together with the son. As I say she looks cuter in the DVD.

    But it really a wonderful DVD, Alma.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    If it's anything like my CD version, it's sung in English (English National Opera) and severely abridged. But it might give you a taster.
    I just checked this and yes, it runs for 180 minutes as opposed to the 233 minutes of the Glyndebourne Caesar.

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    Wow! This is going to be a most useful and excellent thread. Previously, I haven't been posting much on the DVD opera threads because items appeared "scattered". Many thanks for putting it all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post


    This production, conducted by William Christie, is puzzlingly set in the silent movie era, pancake make-up (the guys all had red lipstick, or had they been dipping into the Glyndebourne strawberries?) and glam dresses, with very stylised movements (presumabkly designed to echo the sorts of movements that would have been seen on an 18th Century stage).

    Antonacci was a very strong and moving Rodelinda although I found her vibrato a bit off-putting. Scholl warmed up nicely after a rather bland start. He has got a gorgeous voice, hasn't he? I kept getting a bit put off by Eduige who is supposed to be a contender in the “who is going to get married to whom” stakes but had been given an outfit and wig that made her look like the Queen Mum.
    I also watched this and was left unsatisfied overall.........

    The modern "silent movie era" setting was no problem for me but the monchromatic color scheme left me cold and was visually dull. Almost across the board the singers were just too restrained with ornament and lacked dramatic impact we expect today of best baroque da capo aria singers. Contrast this cast to the one featured on Curtis/Archiv Rodelinda CD, especially Simone Kermes thrilling performance in title role.....this is a sell for me.


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    Have you guys seen this? I got it but haven't watched it yet. It's supposed to be very controversial.

    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Have you guys seen this? I got it but haven't watched it yet. It's supposed to be very controversial.

    Worst. Updating. Ever.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Have you guys seen this? I got it but haven't watched it yet. It's supposed to be very controversial.
    It's not controversial. It's just plain crap. A classic example of a stage director who understood little of Handel's music and what Baroque opera could potentially convey even to modern audiences, but chose to assert his own ego and distract the unfolding emotions of the characters with useless gimmicks. Rinaldo is a fine opera, even though Handel composed it in just two weeks based largely on pre-existing works of his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Have you guys seen this? I got it but haven't watched it yet. It's supposed to be very controversial.

    The cover of an opera DVD often tells a thousand words.........

    No need for this silliness when the MET Armida (Rossini version) with Fleming is coming out on DVD very soon Feb 15 that many have previewed already on MET player, tasteful historical abstraction (again cover picture sets the stage)


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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    The cover of an opera DVD often tells a thousand words.........

    No need for this silliness when the MET Armida (Rossini version) with Fleming is coming out on DVD very soon Feb 15 that many have previewed already on MET player, tasteful historical abstraction (again cover picture sets the stage)

    Yes, Rossini's Armida with Renee was simply spectacular. I have recently learned that this story has been set to opera more than 100 times!

    So, I'm watching this Rinaldo right now (just started) and it looks very silly indeed, but one thing must be said: the singing is very good. The countertenor David Daniels doing Rinaldo and the soprano doing Almirena (Deborah York) are both excellent (and she's cute! - it's her on the cover picture), and Armida hasn't even made her entrance yet. So, worst updating ever or not, I guess I'll still enjoy it because the opera is so musically beautiful and one can never entirely dismiss a version with good singing.

    Edit: Whoa! The Armida is very hot! And she can sing too!!! It's Noemi Nadelmann, worthy of consideration in our Loveliest Sopranos builder!





    Something tells me that I'll enjoy this version more than Natalie did!
    Last edited by Almaviva; Jan-14-2011 at 03:09.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    OK, I've finished the Rinaldo, and I must say that in spite of the *extremely* silly production complete with a giant bobble-head puppet, this DVD is not so bad, for a number of factors: *very* good singing, two attractive leading females, some scenes with beautiful visuals especially in the second and third acts, and a *very* good one-hour documentary about Handel's operas in the bonus features. I can't say I wasn't entertained.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Something tells me that I'll enjoy this version more than Natalie did!
    I don't think that even Jonas Kaufmann in his undies would have been enough to rescue this clunker for me.

    I agree, some of the singing is truly virtuosic. But that's why I'm extra cross, a waste of a fine cast .
    Natalie

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    I'm very happy to hear about Fleming's Armida appearing on DVD! I have her audio recording (live) and she dazzles in the almost impossible coloratura runs after runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herkku View Post
    I'm very happy to hear about Fleming's Armida appearing on DVD! I have her audio recording (live) and she dazzles in the almost impossible coloratura runs after runs.
    Not only she did very well with her singing, she was a spectacular actress in that production. The staging was very successful too. It's a gem!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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