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Cimarosa - Il Matrimonio Segreto [DVD]

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  • Actors: Cinzia Forte, Priscille Laplace, Damiana Pinti, Alberto Rinaldi, Aldo Caputo
  • Directors: Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, Giovanni Antonini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dynamic
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033QC1PA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,366 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Giovanni Antonini conducts the Wallonie Royal Opera Orchestra for this performance of Cimarosa's two-act comic opera 'Il Matrimonio Segreto' ('The Clandestine Wedding'), recorded live at Liege in February 2008. Soloists include Cinzia Forte, Priscille Laplace and Damiana Pinti.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 July 2013
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There's a delightful spontaneity about this well balanced and skilfully composed opera, Il Matrimono Segreto by Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801) so effectively directed, staged and performed by the Opera Royal de Walone at Liege in 2008. The music is dramatically composed to synchronise with all the situations, characterisations and emotions involved in human relations within a farcical yet realistic environment. There's never a dull moment as the viewer-listener is swept along in a plethora of interactive, all enveloping musical delight.

The singers are all equally good and well suited to their respective roles and both costumes and staging are spot on. This is the kind of work that the opera enthusiast will enjoy and which he/she is never likely to tire of watching many times. We have here a quality production of some of the best and most satisfying operatic music ever composed. Maybe even better, the characters delightfully caricature various kinds of people we may very well meet in every day life. 'I know someone just like that!' the viewer is likely to say.

The costumes are all very attractive and sometimes hilarious, as with the long pair of drawers prime donna Cinzia Forte as Carolina is wearing when she gets out of bed with her husband Paolino (Aldo Caputo), as she sings all the while until she put on her dress. I felt slightly sorry for Elisetta (Priscelle Laplace) who had to wear an 'ugly-sister' nose to make sure that Il Conte Robinson was put right off her as a future wife in order to fit in with the plot. Robinson seems to be a favourite surname Italians use for English people; but why here? Does anyone know?
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Very good traditional performance and production, with only very few producer gimmicks. If this had Rossini - or Mozart - name attached it would still be much in the opera house repertory.
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