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Rossini: Semiramide [DVD] [2002]

4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Actors: June Anderson, Marilyn Horne, Stanford Olsen, Samuel Ramey, Young-Ok Shin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Dec. 2007
  • Run Time: 223 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q3YE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,276 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Arthaus Musik trailer (8 mins)
Sound: PCM Stereo
Picture: 16:9
Menu languages: GB, D, F, SP
Subtitle languages: I, GB, D, F, SP
Region code: 2,5

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Bel canto can be translated as "pretty singing", and that definition seems tailor-made for this production, which offers grace, charm, and a fine-tuned sense of style in abundance to compensate for its limited psychological and emotional impact. The four principal singers are all specialists in the bel canto style and this opera has played a key role in building their substantial reputations. For its sweeping musical imagination and technical wizardry, Rossini's epic about royal assassination and misdirected lust in the ancient Babylonian Empire deserves a place in any inclusive opera collection, and we are not likely to have a better video recording of Semiramide in the foreseeable future.

June Anderson has an attractive appearance and sounds exactly right in the music's florid melodic lines. But she is not dramatically compelling as the wicked queen who had her husband killed and fell in love with a man who turned out to be her long-lost son, Arsace. Marilyn Horne rose to the highest levels of international fame in the role of that conflicted son, and her presence alone would be enough to give this video classic status. Her voice was a bit past its prime when this performance was recorded in 1991, but still there is no other voice quite like it, no other voice so suited to Rossini's heroic mezzo roles. Samuel Ramey is a close bass counterpart to Anderson: great tone, agile florid singing, and a rather wooden but visually appealing stage presence. Sanford Olsen has a small role and sings it near perfectly. James Conlon gets excellent musical results; John Copley's staging is massive and static. --Joe McLellan, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I bought this without knowing the story or the music because I have a strong liking for June Anderson, not to say a strong liking for Rossini.
I could not have made a better choice, June Andersons voice is really put to the test as The Queen, and is not found wanting. As an added bonus Samuel Ramey is singing here at the height of his power. Marylin Hornes Mezzo is powerful as the young pretender, and Stanford Olsen is a bright and listenable tenor. I should also like to hear more of Youngok Shin, but at present I cannot find her on DVD.
The chorus and orchestra are excellent as one would expect from The Met.
Sets are interesting and appropriate, with smooth changes. The costumes vary from beautiful for the ladies to impressive for the men.
The music is, apart from a couple of pieces, unfamiliar to me, but is typical Rossini, very listenable, well interpreted, but not perhaps one where one starts hummimg an aria afterwards. More dramatic say!
The extensive booklet tells one all one needs to know about the plot, the arias and the timings. There are articles on Rossini, The Production, and the leading performers.
I thoroughly recommend this DVD.
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This is the best of my very large collection of DVD operas. It is rare to find so many stars in one production, a fantastically lavish and effective period set and a great work to round it off. Buy this if you like opera - and buy it if you don't, as a test (if you don't like this, you probably won't like opera at all.)
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By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 April 2014
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Fantastic singing by all the major singers: Anderson, Horne, Ramsey, Olsen. Anderson is the equal of Sutherland in this role in this performance. Horne made the part of Arsarce famous and this performance tells you why. The blend of Anderson and Horne's voices is fantastic, as good as that with Sutherland. Ramsey is fantastic: a lyrical and dramatic bass and Olsen is an extremely agile tenor. The costumes are some of the most beautiful opera costumes I have ever seen and I worked in the costume department at the Met with Zefferelli and Peter Hall back when. The sets are very elegant and restrained and really set the mood of Assyria. A truly lavish production without a dull moment in more than 3 hours. A Rossini masterpiece along with Il Barbiere, Armide, Tancredi, William Tell, and many others. A jewel to be enjoyed for a lifetime. For the reference CD recording see Sutherlan/Horne Decca:Rossini: Semiramide
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Semiramide is a long opera,but full of virtuoso singing from beginning to end,cadenzas,fioriture,coloratura,its full of them,put this disc on and be amazed at what the human voice can do.The sets are fantastic,the orchestra and conductor a dream,BUY IT.
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This Semiramide has three voices to die for. June Anderson was at the top of her game when this was recorded; she had a gorgeous voice with a belcanto technique to match. Samuel Ramey was that rare breed, a true lyric bass with the necessary technique to handle the huge vocal demands of Rossini. The tenor, Stanford Olsen, had a phenomenal range and sails into the high c's and d's with consummate ease. I heartily recommend this version of Semiramide to anyone who cares about Rossini's operatic music being sung by singers who can truly rise to the outrageous vocal demands. This is the version for you!
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