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  • Directors: Alain Matatrat
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCZ80G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,951 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Alain Matatrat's vibrant production of Rossini's last Italian opera 'Il Viaggio a Reims', conducted by Valery Gergiev and performed by the Academy of Young Singers of the St Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre, accompanied by the St Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 May 2007
Format: DVD
This is the second DVD of Rossini's 'Il Viaggio a Reims' I've had the good fortune to review. The first, released in 2004, came from the Liceu in Barcelona and although musically pretty good it was tainted by its having been updated, set in 1900 Europe but with back-projections of Hitler's Germany and the Vietnam war. It aimed for 'big thoughts' and considering the silly plot of the opera itself, made little sense and was mildly repellent as a result. My review can be read here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/B0002J9TWO/

I shall repeat part of my plot summary from that earlier review:

'Il Viaggio a Reims' is an extremely difficult opera to produce, largely because it requires the services of ten first-class soloists as well as four other singers who can hold their own in the huge ensemble that closes the first part of the opera. It was Rossini's last Italian opera and was, in its time, strictly a pièce d'occasion (written for the coronation of France's King Charles X) that he did not expect ever to be staged again; indeed, knowing this he recycled much of the music for his later sparkling French comedy, 'Le Comte Ory.' The piece lay unproduced for almost 200 years before it was mounted at Pesaro, Italy (Rossini's birthplace and the site of the Rossinian Pesaro Festival) in 1984. That production was recorded by Deutsche Grammophon and made a huge splash in the operatic world at the time. (It is still available at Amazon.) It featured such star singers as Katia Ricciarelli, Samuel Ramey, Ruggero Raimondi, Lella Cuberli, Cecilia Gasdia, Lucia Valentini Terrani, Francisco Araiza, Edoardo Gimenez, Leo Nucci and Enzo Dara.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mc Warwick on 29 Aug. 2010
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I had known this opera , or should I say festival, on disc for quite some time. The semi- staging works perfectly as the story line is so obscure that background materials and information are wholly not important. What Rossini attempted to do was make a showcase for a group of the finest singers of the day and succeeded with a showcase of arias, duets and ensembles full of fireworks. This showing with an extremely good cast from Russia is also outstanding lead by the charismatic Valery Giergev, not from the pit but from the back of the stage with all the action taking place in front and some of it actually in the auditorium. Many of the numbers you will want to encore and with the DVD that is possible, unlike the audience at the live performance.
A completely enjoyable and fun performance with many surprises and lots of smiles. The cast are surely enjoying themselves. Colour, sound and interpretation are extremely good and a fun time is had alround.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This production created by Alain Maratrat was the result of a combined venture shared between the Theatre du Chatelet in France and the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia. It is, in effect a production almost `in the round' with the orchestra on stage behind the singers and therefore literally `seen' as part of the production. The cast make full use of the rest of the stage but also make use of the walkways around the theatre as well as the boxes. All of this is highly involving of the audience which experiences the performance evolving all around it. Needless to say they are suitably entranced by the sheer proximity and impact of the performers.

The performing cast are 15 members of the Academy of Young Singers of the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre to give them their full title. They are, without exception, young, well-trained, enthusiastic and highly entertaining both musically and dramatically. Quite apart from the musical excellence clearly demonstrated throughout, there is a very strong element of humour which is, of course, what this essentially inconsequential tale is all about.

In the circumstances it seems invidious to single out particular soloists from such a talented group and it would be inappropriate to list them all with accompanying comment in a review section such as this. The orchestra is led with his usual concentrated energy by the experienced Valery Gergiev who ensures that plenty of verve and drive is maintained from start to finish.

The recording, made in 2005, was much published as a full HD production by Opus Arte at the time of its release so it comes as no surprise to find that the imaging and sonic values are both excellent in those terms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Zaneres on 14 Jan. 2012
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When I first saw the modern dress I thought Oh Dear! How wrong can one be. This is a sort of concert performance, but with staged scenes. The story as it unfolds reveals this to be the ideal setting. The story is of relationships, ideas, and characters, and there are plenty of them. There are arias, duets, trios and many other combinations of voices. I never quite cracked who was whom, but it did not seem to matter omce I stopped worrying about it. There is not a poor voice amongst them, and some are very good indeed. I have not heard of any of the fourteen artistes, but they seem to be hand picked for the roles. The costumes are stylised and in some cases amusing. The props are moved in and out of position by the more than adequate chorus.
This is a very entertaining production, I have given it a second run through, it was even better second time around.
The music is typical Rossini, and I feel pretty sure that he has done some recycling as some pieces seemed familiar.
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