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Cilea - Adriana Lecouvreur [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]

Angela Gheorghiu , Jonas Kaufmann , David McVicar , François Roussillon    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Olga Borodina, Alessandro Corbelli, Mark Elder
  • Directors: David McVicar, François Roussillon
  • Writers: Francesco Cilea, Arturo Colautti
  • Producers: The Royal Opera House
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007DCI0DM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,614 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Angela Gheorghiu and Jonas Kaufmann star in David McVicar's Royal Opera House production of Francesco Cilea's 1902 opera. Mark Elder conducts the Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

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BLU RAY Angela Gheorghiu/Jonas Kaufmann


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4.7 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adriana Lecouvreur 10 April 2013
By Alan J.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have known the big soprano arias from Callas recordings and bought this set primarily for Jonas Kauffman's voice. He is quite magnificent as always, being the best operatic tenor of this century and Angela Gheorghiu is a wonderful Adriana. This performance was specially mounted at her request not having been seen for years. I'm so glad she asked and her request was granted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the New Listener/Viewer to this Opera 20 Nov 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Being the 14th reviewer to date of this production, I don't wish to repeat the views and reviews of the others, many of whom I respect a lot. Secondly, this is MY first complete hearing of this Opera, which I think makes me incompetent to review the production except for the obvious pluses, ie, the sets, costumes, stagecraft and the sound. Even these have been dealt with very competently by others here.

SO WHAT IS NEW THAT CAN BE BROUGHT FORTH ABOUT THIS?

I have been watching operas on the video since 1982, being very fond and familiar with arias from most of the top 100 operas till then. Somehow, I always avoided this particular Opera by Cilea for the simple reason that the world was not going ga-ga over Adriana the way they were patronizing more than a 100 others ranging from operas of Mozart to Rossini to Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky and Wagner with a few baroque composers thrown in between.
Somehow, the media hype of those days for the new medium of video always concentrated on these 'frequently performed on stage' operas. In spite of being familiar with an aria from Adriana, I was almost sure that Cilea was at the most a second rate Verdi or a wannabe Puccini.

HOW PLEASANTLY WRONG I WAS...

Even at the first viewing/hearing of this Opera, I was struck by the uniqueness of Cilea's music and approach to the whole work. He is second-rate nobody. He is first rate Cilea and the joy of discovering this work has still not rubbed off. To make matters better, this is one of the cheaper blu rays available, thankfully, one of the reasons I thought I would give it a try.

I think a reader of this who is new to this work should take my cue and watch. Cheers...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good...but, a few negatives. 11 Jun 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I won't add anymore to the background of this opera, because all the other reviewers have done that for me, but since first experiencing this piece at the NY Met, many years ago, I had hoped Covent Garden would revive it. Why hasn't it been performed by the Royal Opera since 1906? The music just sweeps you away and although the plot is "a little sillier" than one can usually believe in (it's a shame Cilea cut the scene with Prince de Bouillon explaining to his wife how he had invented a poison that impregnated dust and could be used as a weapon in the most improbable situations - because that would have explained the poisoned violets better) it makes for a very entertaining evening.
Unlike most other reviewers, I don't like this production anymore than I did when I first saw it at the ROH; and although some scenes are done very well - the scene at Mlle Duclos' villa in particular - I found some of the antics at the Comedie-Francaise irritating. Also, having seen Olga Boradina's London debut at the Barbican with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, I too was shocked by the amount of weight she had put on and her limited acting (although her voice still seems to be intact). Jonas Kaufmann is excellent, his acting and voice are only matched by his stunning appearence. Alessandro Corbelli is also very well cast as Michonnet and gives a very touching performance. However, I am afraid that Angela Gheorghui is not suited to this role (as I felt with her Tosca) and although I appreciate that many opera buffs love her, I'm afraid she does nothing for me. She plays Adriana rather like a simpleton and her voice cannot soar or float through the complex musical lines.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A considerable achievement 27 May 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Since having the good fortune to attend a performance of Angela Gheorghiu's amazing La Traviata at Covent Garden in 1994 I have remained a committed admirer of this great lyric soprano and after learning that she was the inspiration behind Covent Garden's 2010 production of the little performed Adriana LeCouvreur I had sufficient reason to purchase this DVD.

The production is most definitely a five star affair for the pluses are enormous. In addition to a quartet of first class leads the staging and costumes are very fine in their creation of an eighteenth century theatre atmosphere and the orchestra, under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, is excellent. Among the singers the stand-out is Jonas Kaufman, whose ardent tenor arias are justifiably received with loud applause. Is there a better dramatic tenor in the world today? The initial appearance of Olga Borodina is something of a surprise for the mezzo has gained a considerable amount of weight. Such if anything adds to appreciation of performance for the singer excels in creating a jealous, domineering and selfserving Princesse de Bouillon. In the part of the stage manager Michonnet, whose love for Adriana is unrequited, the character baritone Alessandro Corbelli, often viewed in comic roles, is also very good.

Apart from some mildly silly antics by young uncredited artistes in act 1 my only reservations centre on the characterisation of Adriana. In addition to her accomplishments as a singer Angela Gheorghiu enjoys a well deserved reputation as a great actress particularly in tragic roles (Mimi & Violetta). However not all appears to be well with her interpretation of Adriana which comes across as rather lightweight (an image of the prancing Squirrel Nutkin comes to mind?).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb singing
superb singing, staging a bit off, not enough distinction between naivety, innocence, versus depravity and pure calculation, otherwise a good period representation.
Published 14 days ago by Jens Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful opera!
This Adriana Lecouvreur is truly the ultimate version! Gheorghiu, Kaufmann and Corbelli in top form, who could ask for more? Mark Elder conducts Royal Opera House amazingly well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eric Lindstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur
This recording was for me the best I have seen. The singing from the characters was superb. Jonas Kaufmann is the finest tenor around at the present, and is also a good actor. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. O. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Although I have not seen the record yet I am convinced that this performance is excellent with those singers.

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Published 12 months ago by Ċke Wallberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge
I have about 200 opera dvds and this production is in the top three for all the reasons given by others. It is absolutely delicious. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Giles Penfold
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable
A very unusual and interesting production : a theatre within a theatre.
The plot is rather stupid. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Eva Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Cilea : Adrianna Lecouvreur
A stunning production from Covent Garden. Both Jonas Kaufmann and Angela Gheorghiu in excellent voice. Not to forget Corbelli's role - an excellent character actor/singer. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Louis
3.0 out of 5 stars Apart from a couple of arias for the tenor, not much musical...
Sorry to say that I have never liked this work as I did other verismo operas, starting from the days of the recording by Scotto and Domingo. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Abert
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent!
In my opinion this is one of the most magnificent opera productions that I have had the pleasure of purchasing from Amazon. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Music lover
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine blu ray transfer of an excellent production.
This blu ray is an excellent example of how the medium can transform the viewing experience for opera lovers in the presentation of this fascinating production of a seldom seen... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Adrian Drew
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