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Ermione: Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Davis) [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

Anna Caterina Antonacci , Diana Montague , Graham Vick , Humphrey Burton    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Anna Caterina Antonacci, Diana Montague, Bruce Ford, Paul Austin Kelly, Andrew Davis
  • Directors: Graham Vick, Humphrey Burton
  • Writers: Gioachino Rossini, Andrea Leone Tottola, Jean Racine
  • Producers: Glyndebourne, Simon Flind
  • Format: Colour, NTSC, Dolby
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: NVC Arts
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C1V86W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,103 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Rossini's opera in two acts is given a fresh production by Graham Vick at the Glyndebourne Festival. This Greek tragedy is given an Italian feel, and conducted by Glyndebourne stalwart Andrew Davis.

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WEA 063014012; WEA ITALIANA - Italia;


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5.0 out of 5 stars Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned. 22 April 2010
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This forgotten tragic opera is now regarded by some as Rossini's masterpiece and this stunning Glyndebourne production would seem to confirm this in spades. Based on Racine's verse play Andromaque (which I studied at school)it tells of the devasting effect that the arrival of Hector's widow has on the lives of others when she seeks refuge at the court of Pyrrhus who is bethrothed to Ermione. Events start to unravel when Pyrrhus loses his heart to the guest from hell prompting Ermione (with justification)to seek revenge using as her tool Orestes, the man who is in love with her. Rossini doesn't waste a note in propelling the tragedy forward and under the baton of Andrew Davis the orchestra proves the perfect support for the dramatic singing/ acting of Anna Caterina Antonnaci who dominates the stage at her every appearance. With the exception of Jorge Lopez-Yanez who lacks the stage presence for Pyrrhus, the rest of the cast is very strong and altho' his acting is not of the best, Bruce Ford as Orestes (who according to legend proved himself quite a dab hand at slaughtering people) provides the finest singing of the production. The Palladian style sets work for me tho' Ms Antonacci is lumbered with a clumsy frock.I'm nit picking here; watching this dvd was for me,the equivalent of being taken on an emotional roller coaster ride.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful forgotten opera 29 Aug 2012
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Ermione was a complete flop when it was first written, possibly because it lacked a happy ending (something that was still something of a novelty at the time), or possibly because Rossini seems to have been trying harder than usual to stretch what could be done with the standard forms of opera of the day. Certainly it isn't because the music is poor or uninteresting. This is one of my favourite Rossini operas.

It was rediscovered in the 90s, and produced in a number of theatres, but the problems with staging it today are considerable. Not only is the soprano lead a massive, and massively demanding, role, but it requires not one but two lead 'Rossini-style' coloratura tenors, plus two other lesser coloratura tenor roles with a fair amount to sing in ensembles. The singing here is remarkably good, considering the difficulties of casting this opera. The conducting is lively and keeps up the interest.

The production is one of those (and there were lots in the 1990s) where the action takes place inside a theatre on a sloping stage. The costumes appear to be loosely 1860s (why? The opera was written in the 1810s). The actions of the characters fit the music reasonably well (there are no extraneous fish or Popes wandering about the stage), but still the production tends to intrude.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 22 April 2014
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Don't hesitate to buy this recording of a Glyndebourne production which I was lucky enough to see there perhaps twenty years ago. Music, singing, ensemble playing all excellent and staging often innovative and effective.
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