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L'incoronazione Di Poppea: Glyndebourne (Haim) [DVD] [2009]

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  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2009
  • Run Time: 193 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027CAR1Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,534 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Danielle De Niece and Alice Coote head the cast in this production of Monteverdi's opera from Glydebourne, featuring the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Emmanuelle Haim.

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Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea [DVD Video]

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minimal stageing superb production 26 Feb 2013
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Little more than a bare stage and a red curtain, modern dress but superb cast, both singing and acting, communicate the drama without any superfluous distractions. Humour, violence, cross-dressing, sublime music, this early opera has it all. Sound and picture quality superb but would have preferred Blu-ray.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Poppea 14 April 2010
As you probably guessed from the title I really enjoyed this DVD. It was very well sung and staged. The director introduced a lot of very interesting ideas. The portrayal by Alice Coote of Nero as a psychopath totally out of control was chilling and contrasted superbly with the vulnerability of Danielle de Niese's Poppea as it finally dawns on her that she just may have got herself in too deep (Foreshadowing her untimely death some three years later as an irate Nero kicks the pregnant Poppea to death after an argument over his being late for dinner) Until then she had been the perfectly manipulative sex kitten seemingly in total control of her destiny. The smaller parts were also very well taken. A thoroughly enjoyable experience that I can recommend to all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inept and inapt staging 23 April 2014
The producers had a good idea, forget sets and all that costly paraphernalia, forget period costumes, just grab something out of the wardrobe, and in the case of De Niese, just her underwear.
The red curtain will do for most scenes, but occasionally pull it back for a blue wall or white nothingness. How about a bed, PK and a bath, a few can use that, all in the best possible taste. Have a chair or two. For scene changes have the chorus, or stagehands dressed as chorus to push a few bits on or off. Great, now for the singers.
There are some, in fact all good singers, but my main problem is with Alice Coote as Nero, far too light a voice, in interchanges with De Niese, difficult to tell where one left off and the other started. Diminutive in stature, gave no stage presence. not Alice fault, just miscast. Would have prefered a tenor. Next Iestine Davies as Ottone, I love his counter tenor, but I have heard this sung by baritone, and by tenor, and it works far better for me. I do not know the composers intentions, but I do know what works for me.
Nero as portrayed is some sort of gang boss, but this does not match the plot, his guards are pistol toting bouncers.
The goddesses appear briefly in the audience at the start, except for Love who is ever annoyingly present, even when not making her plot interferences with the mortals.
Seneca, Paolo Battaglia has a fine voice, but in his big scene odd bods litter the stage with books, only to pick them back up at the end. Symbolic of something I suppose.
In one of the finer moments of bad taste Nero drowns one of his suppporters in a bath for fun. There are a few others, some played for cheap laughs.
I rest my case, I shall consign this to the charity shop, far too painful to watch again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The oldest story 4 Jan 2013
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I cannot afford to go to Glynebourne, saw this version of opera with "Travelling Glynbourne company (includes main memebers of original cast ) and loved it bought DVD to remind me what a beautiful production it was ,because it is so emotional /sensual.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, cheap 30 Oct 2009
When I saw this production live at Glyndebourne I was fairly indulgent towards its shortcomings. Seeing it again, on film, I feel less tolerant. My favourite version of this opera is Peter Hall's 1984 production starring Maria Ewing. Presumably that production weighed heavily on Director Robert Carsen's mind. How do you top that? Well he seems to have given up the attempt, presenting us with what is virtually a concert performance. Most of the action takes place on a bare stage in front of a huge red curtain. In a large cast of 17 principals, most of the men and some of the women wear dark suits making it difficult to sort out the details of the many sub-plots. The musical standard, from Danielle de Niese and Alice Coote down to the small roles is very high. It's a pity they are wasted on this production, They would have been better served doing it on the radio.

Some directors can construct an imaginative production on a tight budget. Carsen appears to do the opposite. With its 50 supernumaries and acres of red curtain material this production must have cost a lot of money. Yet it looks really cheap.
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