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Bellini: La Sonnambula [DVD] [2010]


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  • Actors: Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Flórez, Michele Pertusi, Jennifer Black, Evelino Pido
  • Directors: Mary Zimmerman
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y5FKUE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,133 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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New York Metropolitan Opera production of Bellini's romantic opera 'La Sonnambula'. Juan Diego Florez, Natalie Dessay and Michelle Pertusi star; Evelino Pido conducts the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2012
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This production is very much a case of great vocal performances being ruined by the crazily ridiculous idea of deciding to stage this great Bellini opera as if it were taking place in a modern rehearsal room. Since people watch and listen to opera because it takes them into a very special and wonderful world the last thing they want is to be slapped in the face by the very thing they have come to escape from for a few hours. Imagine having worked hard all day and going to the opera to relax only to be confronted with scenes of other people working hard just as you have recently been doing. This kind of utterly unnecessary nonsense smacks of someone trying to be far too clever for their own good.

All this is a tremendous shame because both singing and orchestration were superb. Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Florez, Michele Pertusi and the rest of the cast were a joy to hear and they would have come across even better had they been properly staged within the characters they were portraying instead of being cajoled into acting as people acting as players training to sing in an opera. I give absolutely no stars at all for the person or persons who concocted this crazy idea. I'm not given to booing, preferring always to clap performers for just being there and trying; but I do give a big BOO to the crazy, unimaginative idea of staging a great art work in this silly fashion. The three stars I award are purely and simply for the music and the singers - both worth five stars; but I feel I have to deduct some for the rotten staging.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Wilkie Fan on 29 Mar 2010
I cannot recommend this version of 'La Sonnambula' too highly. The singing throughout is faultless, and the two principals, Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez sing divinely and act with total conviction. The idea of updating the story to a New York rehearsal studio works surprisingly well. I have watched it through 4 times now, and always found new touches to admire. The sound quality is extremely good and the picture clarity is exemplary. Rush out and buy it; you will be in for a rare treat.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth F. Mcara VINE VOICE on 27 Sep 2010
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This performance, broadcast on 21st March 2009, comes from the Live in HD series which the Met ran during its 2008/2009 season. A number of these performances have been released on DVD including Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Netrebko, Beczala, Kwiecien, Metropolitan Opera (2009) [DVD] [US Import] and Jules Massenet - Thais [DVD] [2008], but so far - despite their original HD transmission - none of them has been made available in blu ray, which is curious to say the least. Picture quality and sound fall into the `pretty good' category, but those who want a souvenir of what they saw and heard in their local cinema will expect much better than that.

Natalie Dessay is in excellent voice in the title role as Amina, who gets into all sorts of trouble when she sleepwalks into another man's bedchamber - unfortunately a different man to the one she is betrothed to. The story is slight, and very much of its time, but this is an enjoyable production if you suspend your disbelief far enough to accommodate the different levels of story-telling which don't quite sit comfortably with each other. Juan Diego Flores does as much as he can as the two-dimensional Elvino, who spends much of his time being disappointed with each of the ladies he declares his intentions to marry.

You are likely to enjoy this lively production as long as you are not put off by the concept of it taking place as/in a modern day rehearsal, although things really do take off in the last few minutes when the modern trappings are abandoned.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Angela on 19 Mar 2010
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I went to see this opera in HD relay from the Met at our local cinema so this DVD is a wonderful souvenir of a production starring two of the greatest voices in opera today. The audience and I thoroughly enjoyed this 'riot' of a production (you will se what I mean at the end of the first half) with it's 'opera within an opera' storyline set in a rehearsal room. The set looks just like a large upper story studio room in an old Brownstone building in New York with magnificent large windows affording a realistic street view and the impression of the march of time is given by day and night lighting effects. The Met chorus' coming and going in their 'civilian clothes' and interaction is wittily done and there is the added interest of a touching fictional "real life romance" between the two "lead characters" which mirrors the plot of the opera in rehearsal so that 'reality' and 'unreality' become blurred. There was much warm laughter as was obviously intended by this fresh take on an old story. I even cried a little as an affecting diamond jewel like tear glistened on the cheek of Natalie Dessay in her wonderful heart rending aria "non credea mirarti". The finale with the cast in folk costume is delightful. We the audience applauded heartily at the end feeling as if we had actually been transported in a magical way to the Met. La Sonnambula has a beautiful score and the acting and romantic chemistry in this production is even better, for me, than the two in "Fille de Regiment". (Perhaps this can be attributed to the fact that Natalie looks more like her adorable self in this production and is not wearing the 'fright wig' which was surely unnecessary in the final act.)
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