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Rossini: Guglielmo Tell [DVD] [2010]

Giorgio Zancanaro , Chris Merritt    Exempt   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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: 81,343 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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

Product Description

Guglielmo Tell (2 Dvd)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Very bland 18 April 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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17 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Joy! 2 Jun 2004
Format:DVD
I first heard a record of excerpts from Tell more than 50 years ago. Since then only the overture has been around. The beautiful active scenery of Switzerland provided an unusual but very interesting setting for the opera. The reasons for it's failure may be due to Italian audiences not being prepared for an opera of this magnitude especially from Rossini. The sheer beauty of the music and performances in this recording make Tell Rossini's ultimate masterpiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Worth Watching Mixed Bag 8 April 2013
By H. A. Weedon VINE VOICE
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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