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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Netrebko, Beczala, Kwiecien, Metropolitan Opera (2009) [DVD] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Poitr Beczala, Mariusz Kwiecien, Ildar Abdrazakov, Anna Netrebko
  • Directors: Mary Zimmerman
  • Writers: Donnizetti, Sir Walter Scott
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 316 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MEW7YY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,139 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Marco Armiliato conducts this Metropolitan Orchestra production of Donizetti's opera about two feuding families. When Lucia falls in love with a man disapproved of by her parents, tragedy seems a likely outcome when they insist that she marries a husband they have chosen instead. The stars include Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Mariusz Kwiecien and Ildar Abdrazakov.

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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. T. Bowes on 25 July 2010
I'm not a great fan of opera - but I AM a great fan of Anna Netrebko. Having suffered through the Joan Sutherland version of this opera some time ago (in which the entire production revolved round Dame Joanie being a complete diva - as well as massively unsuitable to the role physically and age-wise), this production from the Met is wonderfully refreshing. Not only does Netrebko look completely right, but she forms part of a wonderful team of singers all working together to form a completely harmonious whole. And of course, she sings like an angel - the famous "mad scene" is spectacular; done simply and without overt flashiness.

What is extremely clever about this production is that the director has gone back to the original source - the Walter Scott novel "The Bride of Lammermoor" - and invested the production with psychological depth, really thinking about the story and the words of the opera, rather than just chucking it on the stage as a vehicle. This depth means that the whole story hangs together extremely well, and that there is a reason for why people do particular things. What people are singing to each other really makes sense for the first time ever.

I'm not going to spoil the plot but there is a real coup de theatre in the final scene - one which I believe has never been used in this opera before - and which is built up to throughout the entire production. So clever is is that one wonders why nobody has ever thought of it before.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "Joseph Kermer" on 9 Dec 2011
Although the singing and orchestral playing in this production are fine ("bel canto" obsessives may disagree but they're welcome) the overall effect is very disappointing. Director Mary Zimmerman tries to avoid the melodramatic excesses of Donizetti's old war horse but, by failing to create a believable alternative, squeezes all the life out of the opera. As played by Anna Netrebko, Lucia is so buttoned up and contained (literally in extremely unflattering costumes, which make her look anything but girlish) as to be of no serious interest as a character and one might suspect Netrebko of merely going through the motions were it not for the fact that her successor in the role - Natalie Dessay - has since been criticised for exactly the same failing. As both these singers are also very fine actresses, it is clear that they were following Zimmermann's orders in failing outwardly to communicate Lucia's gradual descent into breakdown and madness. This lifeless restraint is also a problem for the chorus. When Lucia appears in her bloodstained dress, their lack of reaction is quite ridiculous: you would think she had merely committed a social faux pas. The leading men are more energetic but Beczala's Edgardo does not remotely cut it as an ardent young lover; indeed, there is practically no sexual chemistry between him and Netrebko. Kwicien, on the other hand, plays Enrico as a pantomime villain and only wants a cork moustache to complete the picture. He seems to belong in an altogether different production, as do the ridiculous ghosts.Read more ›
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cachirula on 20 Nov 2013
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Superb command of voice and perfect acting-performance - beautiful production - artistic conductor - a joy to watch! Hope the MET will continue to present its opera performances on DVD for me to buy. I'm now waiting for Eugene Onegin with A. Netrebko as Tatiana.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sandyrocks on 2 Sep 2011
A production of Lucia that I thought would not work but does, extremely well, apart from the Wedding Photographer although that was only a minor hiccup. A wonderful show with the male cast having the edge overall. Well worth adding to your collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vladimir Cvetkovic on 22 May 2014
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Lucia is one of my favorite opera. Ana is one of my favorite singer. Sound is excellent ! Whole performance is excellent !
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