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Nabucco: Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [DVD] [2005]

Juan Pons , Maria Guleghina , Brian Large    Exempt   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Juan Pons, Maria Guleghina, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Wendy White, Samuel Ramey
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Writers: Temistocle Solera
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006O9M6S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,068 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and well staged performance 24 Nov 2012
The opening set is impressive in scale, inside Solomons temple with multi layered terraces, the activity of the chorus is on a par with the set.
Samuel Ramey as Zaccara is past his best, but still pretty good. Gwyn Hughes Jones as Ismael is however a real treat to listen to, a beautifully clear voiced tenor. Wendy White is only a pace behind with her excellent mezzo. When Maria Guleghina as Abigail starts her first aria, you realise she is a real showstopper. The trio Lo t'amava is a piece of real quality.
At the end of the act Juan Pons as Nabucco arrives in a chariot, he cuts an impressive figure, with his usual impressive voice. The ensuing mix of chorus and soloists is surely one of operas magic moments. The burning of the temple is quite a surprise and excitingly staged.
In act two back in Babylon the set is also expansive, Abigail reveals her prejudices and ambitions with her impressive voice. She is joined by Stephen Morschich, high priest of Baal, who does not have a lot to do but he does do it well. Pons comes into his own later in the act, he is very good in character, and has a magnificent voice.
Act three sees the return of Morschich, who confirms his earlier promise. The duets between Pons and Guleghina are most enjoyable.
Scene two is the Hebrew chorus , it is everything one could wish for, and does have a little suprise at the end.
In act four scene 1 Pons gives a moving performance in his re-awakening as a convert to the Hebrew faith.
Scene two, after the funeral march Wendy White is superb in her farewell to life as she awaits execution.
In the nick of time Nabucco comes to the rescue, frees the Hebrews, abd reveals the fate of Abigail. In true operatic fashion Abigail has a dying aria, beautifully done by Guleghina, in which she confesses how bad she has been, and asks forgiveness.
Thoroughly recommended, good picture, clear sound and a comprehensive booklet, all that you could want.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this version 7 Aug 2013
I do have another version of this opera on CD Verdi: Nabucco which I love but this one is not a disappointment. I loved Maria Guleghina as the warlike Abigaille; I can see why she is so popular in this role - sexy, passionate and fierce yet touching, vocally as well as in person and she really can get the part across, Juan Pons is very good as Nabucco. The staging is simple but effective. Gwyn Hughes Jones makes a very hot, sweaty Ismael but his voice acts the part especially in 'Che si vuol?' and Wendy Smith bravely takes up the baton of the relatively uninteresting role of Fenena. Samuel Ramey, a true veteran of opera, carries off the High Priest's role, although I prefer Evgeny Nesterenko on the aforementioned CD.

James Levine is outstanding in his conducting. He brings out everything that is beautiful in the music, subtle and understated and the choral parts have real depths. He is able to rein together those passages where everyone is singing something different to let you hear what Verdi had in mind when he wrote it.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nabucco 7 Oct 2010
Having wasted money on a useless DVD of this opera, I then bought this version which had all the information I needed. There were sub-titles so I was able to understand what was happening and what the characters were singing. A very enjoyable experience, excellently sung and produced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great production 20 May 2013
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Really enjoyed this production. Singing and acting superb. I recently saw the ROH production and have to say that this is much better. I will certainly be watching and listening to this again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi's Nabucco 9 Mar 2013
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i had never before listened to this opera and was only familiar with the slaves chorus. Reading a critique in the Mail on Sunday
persuaded me that should put this right. It is all that I could have hoped for and more. Pe3rhaps having played through it a dozen or two more times I will be able to form a more considered opinion of the performers,but, for now, I love it all.
Well packed and excellent deliver time, well up to Amazon standards
Eric Hulme.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT TRADIONAL PRODUCTION 30 Sep 2010
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