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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post


    This is visually an arresting performance of this beautiful opera, a simple but arresting set representing a prison, and beautiful costumes evocative of the era in which the work is set, without being historically accurate. To my ears especially Antonacci shone as Elisabeth (despite the hideous make-up); I was less entranced by Mariella Devia as Maria Stuarda although I could she she was doing a fine and accomplished job, but to me her tone is too metallic and her face is very static. She's like Pavarotti, she thinks so hard about the singing that there is no room left for acting.
    I was very impressed with this release, a smashing success!

    Devia was shockingly good for a 60 year old singer are you kidding me, still had a supple pure tone with exciting ornament. Her personalty was well matched to Maria Stuardia character, a more reserved proud figure who would not yield under any curcumstance, finally resigned to accept death as her only way resolve things with her sister

    AC Antonacci was on fire, what a commanding presence. The showdown between the two women was an opera lovers dream......tensions started at a tenative slow boil and built up gradually insult after insult to a volcanic eruption, so rarely see this quality of acting in opera and highest quality of singing talent, big bravo! I actually like the severe ghastly make-up treatment, I could not take my eyes off Antonacci she was a mesmorizing siren

    Maria Stuarda
    Maria Stuarda

    The production of Pier Pizzi another big winner, brilliant modern stage design in form of a large gridded cube with center raised dias connected by various ramps to different levels. Visually impressive from various camera angles and cast made clever use of ramps for visually dramatic entrances and assembled crowd scences, background changed color to match emotional temperment of plot.....when there was heated emotion is was a red-orange color etc. very nice touch. Finally costumes were very tasteful period correct, Antonacci stole the show as the queen what a dramatic commanding presence, wow

    Antonacci's strange exaggerated appearance reminded me of a Helana Bonham Carter movie character (Tim Burton's wife)

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    Just watched these two Don Pasquales

    Ruggero Raimondi 2006
    This is easily my favorite of the two because it is much more flambouyant production and the comedic aspects are really amplified and delivered with more punch. The four main characters right down the line are better for me, Raimondi plays the old fool with great wit and naive charm plus his ability to dish out as well as take his licks show a master performer at work here.

    The doctor right from the start seems to be a snake oil salesman, a slick manipulator to the bone that is always looking out for his best intertest. Norina here is the supreme world savy gold digger almost going over the edge in excess characture but the production is so outrageous there is room for this colorful zesty character.

    The transformation of Norina after wedding papers are signed is priceless, the loud pink colors and outrageous "pimp chic" room decor take this production to a new level of comedic absurdity driving poor Don Pasquale over the edge. The large pink portrait of Ernesto is so cruel, kicking a guy when he is already down, bravo

    Pink Room

    My mistake here was not getting Blu Ray version which only costs a few dollars more, large number of teddy bears are interesting enigma ......

    Claudio Desderi 2006
    This production is very traditional and this Don Pasquale just doesn't have the vigor or sharp comedic wit of Raimondi, Norina is too coy and innocent by comparison to version above, too nice to be a convincing gold digger.....everything is just more toned down and less dramatic, unfortunately less funny also. Perhaps some will prefer this more direct controlled style, but I will always go back to the madcap Raimondi release

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    Anna's version is better.
    "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
    Anna's version is better.
    I will be a buyer.......not available on MET player yet for a look see

    I suspect it will not be as mad cap as the Raimondi version however

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    I will be a buyer.......not available on MET player yet for a look see

    I suspect it will not be as mad cap as the Raimondi version however
    Like I said, it's on Public Television this Wednesday at 9 PM ET.
    "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 DarkAngel View Post


    My mistake here was not getting Blu Ray version which only costs a few dollars more, large number of teddy bears are interesting enigma ......
    The mistake has been corrected, ordered the blu ray and my DVD now for sale

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    I've got the Raimondi one and agree with you DA.

    And JDF is fabulous.

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JPrKcwH0iA&feature=&p=B734AC33201E422B&index=0&pla ynext=1[/YT]
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    Haven't seen much discussion of Lucia in here. Can anyone recommend a version? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    Haven't seen much discussion of Lucia in here. Can anyone recommend a version? Thanks!
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    I have these:



    Poor quality recording and only really of interest to die-hard fans of Carreras (like me) who love his voice during this era.



    Typical La Scala production, but I like it.



    I would definitely recommend this one. Netrebko, Beczala & Kwiecien are all fantastic. Kwiecien especially.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
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    I would definitely recommend this one. Netrebko, Beczala & Kwiecien are all fantastic. Kwiecien especially.
    I've just seen this and I loved it. Very atmospheric, great acting and singing.

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    Many thanks. I'm a bit torn on whether to have my first experience with Lucia be at the Met watching my Natalie versus becoming familiar with the opera beforehand (or a third option, which is reading the Sir Walter Scott source material so I'm familiar with the story but the music would be heard for the first time at the Met), but on balance I think being familiar with the work first will help me appreciate it more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    Many thanks. I'm a bit torn on whether to have my first experience with Lucia be at the Met watching my Natalie versus becoming familiar with the opera beforehand (or a third option, which is reading the Sir Walter Scott source material so I'm familiar with the story but the music would be heard for the first time at the Met), but on balance I think being familiar with the work first will help me appreciate it more.
    If you get a CD box set with the libretto, you can read the history, the synopsis (which will be different from the original Scott novel) and familiarise yourself with some of Lucia's lines & this shouldn't spoil the freshness.

    For me knowing the music & knowing what's going on doesn't spoil the experience & means I can concentrate on the singing. I know Rigoletto & have seen it before but this didn't spoil my enjoyment of Dmitri !!, but this is a very personal view.


    There are two scenes which are sometimes cut from DVDs (as in my Carreras Ricciarelli DVD) & CDs (as in my Callas below)



    One is a beautiful scene with Lucia and Raimondo (her advisor) at the end of Scene 1 in Act 2 and the other is the 'Wolf's Crag' scene in Act 3 with Edgardo and Enrico.

    My friends in the Joseph Calleja supporters group are almost certain the the 'Wolf's Crag' scene will be included in this production.

    Both are in this (excellent but no libretto with this one though)



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    both scenes are on the Anna Netrebko/Mariusz Kwiecień DVD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lipatti View Post
    I've just seen this and I loved it. Very atmospheric, great acting and singing.
    Actually, I might add that I liked Lucia di Lammermoor so much that I've decided to dig deeper into Donizetti's operas. I've just ordered the Netrebko/Villazon version of L'elisir d'amore and I can't wait to watch it, as I've heard great things about it and the little I've seen on youtube promised much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lipatti View Post
    Actually, I might add that I liked Lucia di Lammermoor so much that I've decided to dig deeper into Donizetti's operas. I've just ordered the Netrebko/Villazon version of L'elisir d'amore and I can't wait to watch it, as I've heard great things about it and the little I've seen on youtube promised much.
    Great buy.
    Here are other Donizetti works worth exploring:

    Roberto Devereux (one of my favorite operas, so melodious!)
    Maria Stuarda
    Lucrezia Borgia
    La Favorita (or Favorite, depending on whether it's the French or Italian version)
    Anna Bolena
    Linda di Chamounix
    La Fille du Régiment
    Don Pasquale
    "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 Lipatti View Post
    Actually, I might add that I liked Lucia di Lammermoor so much that I've decided to dig deeper into Donizetti's operas. I've just ordered the Netrebko/Villazon version of L'elisir d'amore and I can't wait to watch it, as I've heard great things about it and the little I've seen on youtube promised much.
    The Dessay / Florez La Fille du Regiment is a must-buy!
    -Ian

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