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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]

Anna Netrebko , Piotr Beczala , Mary Zimmermman , Gary Holverson    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Mariusz Kwiecien, Ildar Abdrazakov, Marco Armiliato
  • Directors: Mary Zimmermman, Gary Holverson
  • Writers: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Producers: The Metropolitan Opera, Peter Gelb
  • Format: Classical, DVD-Video, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammphon
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,626 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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.

Extras include interviews by Nathalie Dessay with singers Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Mariusz Kwiecien, Ildar Abdrazakov. Conductor Marco Armiliato and director Mary Zimmerman.

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NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Work of Art, Labour of Love 3 Jun 2013
By faun070
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Being not so much of a `less is more-opera' kind of guy, (actually I am a `less is bore-opera' kind of guy), I quite liked this lavish Lucia and was soon won over by the believable stage direction. The production, by Mary Zimmerman, was broadcasted in HD and has now been put on disc. Originally a theatre director, Zimmerman often turns to opera. She placed the action of the Scottish family feud in the second half of the 19th century, some 200 years on from the libretto's era. The opening scene with the hunters is given and lit not unlike a crime series, which works. The second scene, with Lucia's first appearance, has the ominous forest unchanged (by the way, bravo for Mariko Anraku on the harp!). The fountain structure sits in a dilapidated corner. It's all Wuthering Heights, with a `materialized' ghost, rather than one just sung about. This means a more faithful approach to Sir Walter Scott's novel, as Zimmerman explains in the short but informative extras on the disc. She makes an interesting remark about the ghost taking revenge on Edgardo through Lucia: A second ghost, at the opera's end, is Lucia's spirit. In an act of ambiguity she ensures Edgardo uses his knife on himself, making her an instrument of the family feud as well as claiming him for herself in the hereafter. The scene with Enrico, whose machinations of course lead to his sister's demise, is full of tension, possibly with a hint of the sexual (the incestuous touch is experiencing a success tour among current opera productions, e. g. in Manon Lescaut). The sextet with all the diverging emotions is played out while a photographer is trying to arrange a family portrait. It should have bothered me but it simply didn't; the photograph symbolizes progress which the family, clinging to its petty feud, cannot be part of. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucia di Lammermoor - Ana Netrebko 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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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best "Lucia" ever 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 6 Aug 2013
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Despite the negative reviews I found this production both enjoyable and very well sung. Okay the "photographer' sequence is rather ill judged but it sure didn't spoil the overall experience for me as much as it has for others. Having sat through so many really weak and contrived "concept" performances I would have been more than happy to have seen this version on stage. I also purchased it for a bargain price - which always helps!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A lifeless let-down 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice show
Netrebko is at the top. Beczala that was called to sobstitute Villanzon was giving an unespected good performance, Recomanded .
Published 5 months ago by marco
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucia di Lammermoor
A very credible production, Netreko a wonderful love lorn Lucia. The production captures the tragedy of the story without over dramatization.
Published 6 months ago by Maura Devine
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Netrebko is hard to beat!
Superb command of voice and perfect acting-performance - beautiful production - artistic conductor - a joy to watch! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cachirula
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, folks...
...this lady is good-looking and can be a relatively good singer in some roles, but she simply has no sense of bel canto whatsoever, at all. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Francisco Josť Poyato Ariza
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
To all Opera lovers. Ive been a great admire of Anne Netrebko and her husband Erwin Shrott. What do you have of him?
Published 8 months ago by Anneline
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly reasonable production
This is a perfectly good production. It has its weak points (some of the directorial gimmicks distract from the action, but not all that badly; some of the supporting roles could... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Honey Monster
5.0 out of 5 stars New and refreshing approacxh to an old warhorse!
I simply adored this version which , being moved into the Victorian Era makes the woman treated badly even more poignant. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Mc Warwick
3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing performance
Well, I love Lucia, and I love Netrebko, but the two did not mix here. In the first act Netrebko was more Juliette than Lucia. She did however improve in the mad scene. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2011 by I. Zaneres
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing "LUCIA"
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. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by sandyrocks
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