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Rossini: Guglielmo Tell [DVD] [2010]


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  • Actors: Giorgio Zancanaro, Chris Merritt, Cheryl Studer, Riccardo Muti, Luciana D'Intino
  • Format: Box set, Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: 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: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2004
  • Run Time: 239 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Z65O4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,736 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Riccardo Muti conducts a cast led by Giorgio Zancanaro in Rossini's last opera.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Dec 2012
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Rossini's music is wonderful, Muti's conducting is exemplay and vital, the corps de ballet is satisfactory but the scenography and stage direction are absolutely awful as are the dull and insipid costumes. Better to have this as a CD audio and avoid this horrible dreary and dreadful visual failure both in terms of the scenography and the disconnected and awkward stage action and movements. Difficult to watch, even though the music is distinguished. The best CD audio is:Rossini: Guglielmo Tell
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2013
Format: DVD
This recording of Guglielmo Tell is spoiled by inept staging and mediocre performances by two of the principals. Considering that Riccardo Muti, Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala are all brilliant, this is a great shame. The films of alpine views flashed onto screens at the back of the stage do not always synchronise with what is occurring on stage. Worse still, the staging for most of the scenes, irrespective of where they are supposed to take place, consists mainly of furniture that has all the appearance of representing pews in some religious establishment. The actual events dramatised in the opera are said to have taken place in 1307, but the consensus among historians is that Tell is a purely fictitious character.

Cheryl Studer as Matilde and Chris Merritt as Arnoldo both sing well and give bravura performances. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of either Giorgio Zancanaro as William Tell and Amelia Felle as his son Jemmy. Zancanaro's heart doesn't seem to be in what he is doing. It's as if he's going through the motions of doing it all properly like someone who mimes the actions of lighting a fire without actually striking the match. Amelia Felle as Jemmy looked, sung and acted exactly like a plump girl dressed in shorts Some young ladies perform very well in trouser roles simply because they look boyish and sing like a boy. I wonder why one of these wasn't employed to sing and act this part?

Although the ballet performs well, it's strange how it seems unable to stop itself when performing before the trebuchet that seems to have been brought on stage for the sole purpose of affording a high platform, from which Gessler (Luigi Roni) can lord it over all and sundry.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roy Meintjes on 18 April 2013
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The everchanging photographs of the Swiss countryside as a backdrop were irritatingly distractive of whatever else was going on in this production. Also the rows of seats as in a court room or church where the greater part of the performance took place were dreary and added little to the atmosphere of the tale.
The singers in general were unknown to me and although they may have been good in their own way, I found the performance so dull that I could scarcely watch the full first disc
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. Zaneres on 17 Jan 2012
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The overture is surely amongst the most memorable of all overtures. This is probably why I bought the DVD, plus it is Rossini. Apart from some of the ballet music it is unfamiliar.
The production is hardly memorable for any of the right reasons. The backdrops which often dominate the action, are of scenic nature, mountains, waterfalls, buildings, sometimes vaguely reflecting the action. I found them somwhat offputting. In general the sets are dull, in colour and imagination. The chorus often seem to be sitting in a victorian magistrates court.
The music is not typical Rossini, with long recitatives expressing the characters thoughts, occasionally breaking out into an aria, not much one can do about that though.
Pick of the voices is Chris Merret, followed closely by Cheryl Studer. Although Zancanaro is a good baritone ho looks like a stuffed shirt, and sings without passion.
There are a few highlights, the two ballet sequences, and one of those seems to go on a bit. Cheryl Studers act 2 aria, her act 3 aria, even better. Chris Merret in act 4 after despatching the recitative, and in the same act the three ladies in trio.
The booklet has a very brief synopsis, and a very extensive untranslated libretto, there are no chapter and verse timings, repeats are not indicated nor are duets or multiple singing sections.
To sum up, disappointed in Rossini, disappointed in production. The two outstanding singers and dancers cannot make up the deficit for me.
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