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Rossini: Ciro In Babilonia [Ewa Podle, Jessica Pratt, Michael Spyres, Mirco Palazzi] [Opus Arte: OA1108D] [DVD] [NTSC] [2013]


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  • Actors: Ewa Podles, Jessica Pratt, Michael Spyres, Mirco Palazzi, Carmen Romeu
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2013
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D3O24NG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,992 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ciro Ewa Podles
Amira Jessica Pratt
Baldassare Michael Spyres
Zambri Mirco Palazzi
Argene Carmen Romeu
Arbace Robert McPherson
Daniello Raffaele Costantini
Ned Keene George Von Bergen
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor Will Crutchfield
Director Davide Livermore

Recorded live at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, August 2012

The Biblical story of Belshazzar's hubristic arrogance set against the valour of the young warrrior-leader Cyrus provided the 20-year-old Rossini with a dramatic story with West-Eastern resonances which still speak to us today. For the title role of Cyrus, Rossini wrote what would be his longest-ever contralto role, to which the great Rossini singer Ewa Podles is both naturally attracted and ideally suited. She is partnered by two young stars of Rossini singing, Jessica Pratt and Michael Spyres, and a conductor-scholar, Will Crutchfield, of immense experience and sympathy.

Running time: 165 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KR
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Review

"There are some very fine performances, especially from the leading trio in the cast." --IRR, Sept'13

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Dressing Rossini's Ciro in Babilonia up as a silent movie sounds like a bit of an arbitrary or frivolous choice, but there's no denying that Davide Livermore's production does at least inject some life into Rossini's otherwise stodgy Biblical drama. I was going to say "inject some colour" into the work, but since the colour scheme here is primarily black-and-white, that doesn't seem appropriate, particularly when all the colour the work needs is already there in the detail of Rossini's writing for the singers, and that hasn't been neglected here either. Singing and staging combined in this way, the impact achieved for this particular Rossini work - one that would unlikely ever be considered as one of the composer's greats - is simply tremendous. This is another coup for the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.

Rossini's first religious drama for the Lenten festival in Ferrara in 1812 is, it has to be said, quite old-fashioned and probably not best suited for modernisation. By setting it Ciro a silent Cecil B. De Mille Biblical epic however, complete with projections, tramline scratches and even with fortepiano continuo, director Davide Livermore (responsible for the charming Pesaro production of Demetrio e Polibio) is also in a way looking back to a past and making a commentary about the nature of art and performance, and silent cinema with its old-style expressions and gestures perhaps has more in common with opera than you might think. It's very clever in that it allows the old-fashioned nature of the opera to actually "work" without resorting to irony. The stage concept can however only take this so far, and unless there are real merits in the work itself, it's not going to be enough to hold you for its full three hours.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Garrett on 10 Jan. 2014
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This is brilliant! Another review describes the production as "odd", but it's really not at all. It's basically a very traditional production, but framed as though it's being filmed as a 1920s silent movie, with some of the chorus on stage as a 1920s audience. It's inspired, perfectly executed and stunning to look at. The costumes, despite being black and white, are especially stylish - and not a little camp.

The quality of the musical performance is superb. Before this, I had only seen Eva Podles in "old lady" roles, such as the Countess in The Queen of Spades or the wicked stepmother in Cendrillon, so I was intrigued to see her cast here as the young hero. Admittedly the look is a bit peculiar - especially in HD close-up - but hey, this is opera! Vocally she's sensational. Her range is astonishing, from high notes right down to somewhere in her boots. Just listen to her big Act 1 aria (and the ovation she gets for it) and you'll see what I mean. I loved Jessica Pratt in Adelaide di Borgogna and she's even better here. Michael Spyres is magnificent as the villain Baldassare (Belshazzar) - especially in the "mad scene" after he sees the Writing On The Wall. All the smaller parts are well done.

I won't pretend that this is one of Rossini's greatest operas, but Ciro has to be up there among his greatest dramatic characters, and I can't imagine that Podles' breathtaking performance will be equalled or surpassed anytime soon. Another triumph from the Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro.
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zero for OPUS ARTE
EVER SPENCER ¡¡ AND BAD PRODUCTION
BLU RAY WHITOUT SUBTITLES IN SPANISH
THE SECOND LENGUAGE OF THE WORLD
BETTER IN KOREAN
MY GOD ¡¡ NEVER MORE SO ¡¡ PLEASE ADD SUBTITLES IN SPANISH
I PAY TO MUCH FOR A BAD PRODUCTO
JAPANNESSE KOREAN
ROSSINI IS HERE ¡¡¡¡¡¡
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Giles Penfold on 27 Jun. 2014
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Read the other reviews first; they are generally accurate and informative. The staging is essentially old-fashioned Brechtian 'verfremdung' or alienation, and has been done to death in theatres since the 1960s. It doesn't quite work for me aesthetically, though it is quite clever. The to-modern-eyes very awkward mechanical contrivances of the cinematic early 20s are duplicated here in a number of ways, one being a comically- jerky moving platform upon which singers arrive at the start of scenes; again essentially Brechtian. Three stars is supposed to mean 'It's okay' - I'd prefer to go for three and a half. Certainly buy it if you are a Rossini fan.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John F. Cahill on 19 Aug. 2013
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A combination of a staged opera with authentic looking costumes and a chorus of people wearing 1920s costumes. Very distracting and very bizarre. Ewa Podles is superb in the title role.
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