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Rossini: Matilde di Shabran [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]

Olga Peretyatko , Juan Diego Flórez , Mario Martone    Exempt   Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Olga Peretyatko, Juan Diego Flórez, Paolo Bordogna, Nicola Alaimo, Michele Mariotti
  • Directors: Mario Martone
  • Writers: Gioachino Rossini
  • Format: Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Aug 2013
  • Run Time: 220 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DGPHKAO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,199 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Juan Diego Flórez takes on the lead role in this performance of Rossini's opera at the 2012 Pesaro Festival. Corradino (Flórez), a paranoid, misogynistic lord, is in the care of Aliprando (Nicola Alaimo), a doctor who is concerned that the poor spirits of his employer will damage his health. He duly attempts to make Corradino fall in love with the beautiful and self-willed Matilde (Olga Peretyatko). Will the plan succeed?


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
No-one however could possibly lay any kind of claim for there being anything like a credible plot or even credible characters in Matilde di Shabran, and musically, it's a bit Rossini on autopilot, but if writing for entertainment alone is justification enough for an opera, then that's certainly what Rossini delivers here. The work's true potential moreover is fully realised at the Rossini Opera Festival by some of the best Rossinian performers in the world today.

The plot however is just ridiculous. Corradino, the Ironheart, is a fearsome warrior ("a lion, an ogre, a devil"), who resides in a dark castle on a hill, with dire pronouncements placed around to strike fear into the hearts of the local villagers. The woman who is intent on storming Corradino's castle (metaphorically speaking) is of course Matilde di Shabran. Matilde has been left as a ward to Corradino by her father on his deathbed, the old man for some inexplicable reason thinking it was a great idea to entrust his daughter to a notorious hater of women, a man devoted entirely to war, havoc, slaughter and inflicting as much misery and fear into the world as is humanly possible. When Matilde does turn up on the scene then, Corradino obviously wants to slaughter this hateful but curiously attractive example of the fairer sex. But what is this? Something stays his hand. Could it be love? Could the Ironheart be melting? So why then does Corradino still feel such pangs of betrayal when it appears that she has released one of his prisoners and even a tinge of regret that he has had her executed...?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 7 Oct 2013
Florez, Bordogna, Peretyatko, Goryachova and Alaimo are amazing in voice and stage interpretation. May be the best recent production of ROF.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous but FUN! 13 Sep 2013
By Scorpio
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They look great,sing fantastic and act really well.This was terrific on the eyes and ears.Olga Peretyatko is an absolute delight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars bought as a present 12 Oct 2013
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didnt realise it was blue ray-must stop buying stuff at 3am-but the price enticed me and rarity of opera-will go to an avid opera buff for xmas who very fortunately up graded to blue ray this week........
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and The Beast meets The Taming of The Shrew, and Juan Diego Florez is the Beast and the Shrew! 9 Sep 2013
By AL - Published on Amazon.com
I have to admit from the start that I absolutely loved Matilde di Shabran since I first heard it as 2006 audio only release of Pesaro production and to be able to watch it finally and with even better cast is a dream comes true for me. I think music is first rate Rossini, not auto-pilot, especially ensemble pieces, which are among the best Rossini had ever written. I don't have any problems with the plot neither, yes it's a broad slapstick tongue-to-chick comedy, sort of Beauty and The Beast meets The Taming of The Shrew, but it's precisely the genre where Rossini still reigns supreme and with a capable cast it's a total delight. So, I don't think the music or the story were the real reasons why this opera went into oblivion for a century and a half - after its premiere in Rome in 1821, London in 1821 and New York in 1834, they were just a couple of staging until almost the end of 20th century. During all this time, there was simply no tenor capable of doing justice to extremely difficult role of Corradino. Juan Diego Florez, at age of 23, shot to international stardom at the Rossini Opera Festival in 1996, covering it for a famous tenor who had cancelled. He also performed it in 2004, 2008 and 2012, when it was finally video recorded. We're lucky to experience here a great artist, who `lived' with the role for 16 years and made it its own. His singing seems effortless in the most treacherous of passages , tone is consistently gorgeous in rapid-fire coloratura runs and in slow dreamy legato lines, phrasing is exquisite, endless high notes are soaring. And Florez is obviously having great fun playing Corradino, a role that allows him to show not only physical comedy skills, but real development of the character from ferocious brute to remorseful and appreciative husband.
Olga Peretyatko is also wonderful as Matilde, a Beauty with brains and will power to tame The Beast, and with pure heart to fall in love with him. Her voice is rich and smooth, technique is flawless and top notes are shining. She gives an impression that impossible final rondo poses no particular challenges for her. In addition, Peretyatko is a very elegant and graceful stage animal, and I'm sure in the future she will gain that special edge of brilliance only years of experience can bring. I hope to see her alive soon, she makes her debut as Elvira at the Met this season. The rest of the cast is top drawer too, Anna Goryachova as Edoardo, Paola Bordogna as Isidoro and Nicola Alaimo as Aliprando are perfect for their roles. Michele Mariotti's conducting is of high caliber we're used to expect from him in recent years, true to composer, very musical and attentive to the needs of the singers.
Mario Martone's traditional staging shows how much fun an opera can be if director simply follows the music and text in good taste and creates a functional set and appropriate costumes, instead of working against a piece to make it appealing to some fictional `modern audience' by introducing totally irrelevant ideas and concepts. Martone obviously spent a lot of time working with singers on their characters, because all cast members are simply superb acting wise and altogether they form an unbeatable team that will keep you glued to your seat for 3+ hours, savoring every second of it.

Overall, I can't praise this recording high enough! Buy it! If you were familiar with this opera, it will surpass everything you ever heard! If you have never experienced it, the more reason to buy it, you don't know what you're missing!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Pesaro production of delightful Rossini score 26 Sep 2013
By Richard Askenase - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again, The Rossini Opera Festival has released an excellent dvd of a recent performance, this time the rarely seen Matidle di Shabran. And it is a winner on all fronts.

First, let's start with the opera itself. This is an "opera semisera", which is, in fact, a different animal from a buffo comedy. The tone of such a piece (like "la Gazza Ladra") is largely comic, sometimes with quite uproarious situations and staging. But about half way through, it becomes much darker, with the hero/heroine being threatened by real bad consequences- condemned to death here. The tone then become quite a bit darker (not farcically so, but actually so), before a happy ending where all is righted, and the hero(ine) reprieved.

Here, Corradino (villain) is a woman hater/everything hater and, though not evil, impossible to like. His comic servants (nothing new here) get along as best they can, though the villagers fear him. He is pursued ion marriage by the Countess D'Arco, who, though he refuses to marry her, has nonetheless extracted a promise that he won't marry anyone else. But then arrives Matilde, determined to marry him and change his negative ways. She succeeds in emotionally seducing him. But the Countess causes Corradino to believe that Matilde has set a prisoner of war free, and so she is ordered killed. In the end, of course, her buffo executioner cannot carry out the order, the truth comes out, and Corradino and Matilde end up together.

The music is largely comic- which, of course, means that it is Rossini at his best ("Make more Barbers," Beethoven is reportedly said to have lectured Rossini.) There are much fewer full (double) arias in this piece than is usual- most are duets/ensemble numbers. Matilde, for example, not only does not get an entrance aria, she doesn't get one at all- except for an extended opening piece in the finale to the opera. But the ensembles are the highlight of the score- comic, surging with Rossini momentum and total fun. Matilde's entrance is a terrific duet with Doctor Aliprando (Nicola Alaimo- terrific). The highlight for me is the big quintet (which by all appearances AND STRUCTURE is the first Act finale but is actually only about 2/3 of the way through the act) with Matilde, Countess, Corradino and two comic foils (Isidoro- a wandering poet and Ginardo). Delightful. The opera finale is an extended one with terrific singing by Matilde in particular. The score is a lengthy (over 3 ½ hours) musical feast.

As for the performers, let me get this right out here- I'm in love with the gorgeous Olga Peretyatko as Matilde. I loved her in Pesaro's Sigismondo [Blu-ray] from the previous year (see my review). She is even better here. The part is substantial, and her comic flair is present throughout. Her coloratura, especially in the finale, is exceptional. Count me in as seeing a long successful career for her. (She debuts next April 2014 at the Met Opera in "I Puritani" by Bellini, which would appear to be a perfect role for her.) Did I say she is absolutely beautiful?- the latest gorgeous soprano to hit the international opera scene. Wonderful.

As for the rest of the cast, all are terrific. Juan Diego Florez is just terrific with his coloratura (and high tessitura), and makes this very difficult role just seem so easy (it isn't). This role was his international coming out in Pesaro about 15 years ago, so this is familiar territory for him. The comic roles of isidoro (Paolo Bordogna), Aliprando (Nicola Alaimo), Ginardo (Simon Orfila) and Countess (Chiari Chialli) are all done superbly. Sets and costume are just fine.

I do want to say a word about the technical aspects of this release (I have the blu ray). The filming (by Tiziano Mancini (who is doing most of the Italian telecasts these days including much of the Tutti Verdi series) is excellent. The cameras never miss the correct moment, no shaky cameras, and the hi def filming is excellent. So smooth that it is easy to overlook. The sound (including body mikes) and subtitles are just right. Finally, I do want to highlight the excellent booklet with the release. There is a very informative history of the opera and decent synopsis. Much better than one usually gets.

I will point out that there are NO extras on the dvd at all. Frankly, this, to me, is inexcusable. Rare operas cry out for a documentary which discusses the opera, preferably with comments by the singers, conductor, director, etc. The performers are all-around when this is being filmed. Grabbing a few for a 5 minute interview to include on the dvd, again, especially for such a rare piece, would seem, to me, the minimal that should be done. (But at least we do have a fine booklet.)

All in all, a terrific dvd and highly recommended one. You will love the music and Ms. Olga, I'm sure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performance 12 Oct 2013
By Conrad R. Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this opera because of Olga Peretyatko, She will be a bel canto superstar in no time. The rest of the singers are wonderful, also. The opera is very long, bur Rossini's music is great and should never be neglected, especially his buffa operas. This is not to be missed. Just check out the audience reaction at the end.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid 8 Oct 2013
By Santa Barbara - Published on Amazon.com
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Heads up Rossini fans this is a good one. (For Mozart fans there is a well-done character reminiscent of Papageno.)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the plot, it's Flórez and Peretyako doing Rossini! 16 Aug 2013
By Keris Nine - Published on Amazon.com
No-one however could possibly lay any kind of claim for there being anything like a credible plot or even credible characters in Matilde di Shabran, and musically, it's a bit Rossini on autopilot, but if writing for entertainment alone is justification enough for an opera, then that's certainly what Rossini delivers here. The work's true potential moreover is fully realised at the Rossini Opera Festival by some of the best Rossinian performers in the world today.

The plot however is just ridiculous. Corradino, the Ironheart, is a fearsome warrior ("a lion, an ogre, a devil"), who resides in a dark castle on a hill, with dire pronouncements placed around to strike fear into the hearts of the local villagers. The woman who is intent on storming Corradino's castle (metaphorically speaking) is of course Matilde di Shabran. Matilde has been left as a ward to Corradino by her father on his deathbed, the old man for some inexplicable reason thinking it was a great idea to entrust his daughter to a notorious hater of women, a man devoted entirely to war, havoc, slaughter and inflicting as much misery and fear into the world as is humanly possible. When Matilde does turn up on the scene then, Corradino obviously wants to slaughter this hateful but curiously attractive example of the fairer sex. But what is this? Something stays his hand. Could it be love? Could the Ironheart be melting? So why then does Corradino still feel such pangs of betrayal when it appears that she has released one of his prisoners and even a tinge of regret that he has had her executed...?

If you find that you're fully entertained for over three and a half hours by the thin ludicrous plot that passes for drama (or indeed comedy) here, then it's almost entirely down to Rossini's galloping, spinning and spiralling score. With Juan Diego Flórez and Olga Peretyako in the principal roles moreover, you know it's also going to be sung as well as it can be. Even then though, both singers more than surpass expectations. Dramatically they don't have a lot to work with, and there's a lot of mugging going on, but Flórez's singing is still without peer in this tenor register, making an extremely difficult role look easy. The same goes for the gorgeous songbird flutterings of Olga Peretyako's flawless coloratura, but her unparalleled brilliance of this type of Rossini role is evident in her entire performance. It would be apparent to anyone that you are witnessing two of the best Rossini performers in the world here at their best.

You would be hard pressed however to find flaws in the other performances either with Paolo Bordogna providing a good comic turn as Isidoro, Anna Goryachova a fine Edoardo and Chiara Chialli a suitably mean Countess. Simon Orfilia also makes a good impression as Ginardo, but is rather wasted in such a small role. Michele Mariotti races the orchestra through the work with no great subtlety, which is exactly the manner in which it should be played. There's not a lot to say about Mario Martone's direction or the stage design other than it's functional and perfectly suitable. The setting is generically period, the depiction of Corradino's castle, towers and dungeon is created through an all-purpose large double spiral staircase that remains static in place throughout, although it spins for effect at one or two key moments.

There are no extra features on the Blu-ray, but the recording is excellent and this is great value for a highly entertaining three and a half hour opera with extraordinary performances in a solid presentation. The Blu-ray is region free, full-HD, with subtitles in Italian, English, French and German.
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