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Simon Boccanegra: Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [DVD] [2008]

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  • Actors: Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Vasile Moldoveanu, Sherrill Milnes, Paul Plishka, Metropolitan Opera
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Full Screen, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2008
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YD7S2G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,101 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Tracklist 1. Opening Credits Giuseppe Verdi 2. Che dicesti? (Paolo, Pietro, Simone, Coro) Giuseppe Verdi 3. "All'alba tutti qui verrete?" Giuseppe Verdi 4. L'altra magion vedete? (Paolo, Pietro, Coro) Giuseppe Verdi 5. "A te l'estremo addio" - "Il lacerato spirito" Giuseppe Verdi 6. Suona ogni labbro il mio nome (Simone, Fiesco) Giuseppe Verdi 7. "Del mar sul lido tra gente ostile" Giuseppe Verdi 8. "Oh, de' Fieschi implacata, orrida razza!" Giuseppe Verdi 9. (Preludio) Giuseppe Verdi 10. Come in quest'ora bruna (Amelia) Giuseppe Verdi 11. Cielo di stelle orbato (Gabriele, Amalia, Ancella, Pietro) Giuseppe Verdi 12. "Vieni a mirar la cerula marina tremolante" Giuseppe Verdi 13. Propizio ei giunge! (GAbriele, Fiesco) Giuseppe Verdi 14. Il Doge vien (Gabriele, FIesco, Doge, Paolo, Amelia) Giuseppe Verdi 15. Orfanella il tetto umile Giuseppe Verdi 16. "Dinne, alcun là non vedesti?" Giuseppe Verdi 17. Che rispose? (Paolo, Doge, Pietro) Giuseppe Verdi 18. Messeri, il re di Tartaria (Doge, ! Paolo, Pietro, Gabriele, AMelia, Fiesco, Coro) Giuseppe Verdi 19. Nell'ora soave che all'estasi invita Giuseppe Verdi 20. Plebe! Patrizi! (Doge, Amelia, Fiesco, Gabriele, Paolo, Pietro, Coro) Giuseppe Verdi 21. Ecco la spada (Gabriele, Doge, Paolo, Amelia, Fiesco, Pietro, Coro) Giuseppe Verdi 22. Quei due vedesti? (Paolo, Pietro) Giuseppe Verdi 23. Prigoniero in qual loco m'adduci? (Fiesco, Paolo) Giuseppe Verdi 24. "Udisti? - Vi disegno!" - "Sento avvampar nell'anima" - "Cielo pietoso, rendila" Paolo, Gabriele) Giuseppe Verdi 25. "Sento avvampar nell'anima" Giuseppe Verdi 26. Tu qui? ... Amelia! (Amelia, Gabriele) Giuseppe Verdi 27. Figlia? ... Si afflitto, o padre mio? (Doge, Amelia) Giuseppe Verdi 28. Oh! Amelia ... ami ... un nemico (Doge, Gabriele, Amelia) Giuseppe Verdi 29. "Perdon, Amerlia" Giuseppe Verdi 30. All'armi, all'armi, o Liguri (Coro, Amelia, Gabriele, Doge) Giuseppe Verdi 31. "Evviva il Doge, vittoria!" "Libero sei. Ecco la spada!" (Coro Capitano, Fiesco, Paolo) Giuseppe Verdi 32. M'ardon le tempia (Doge, Fiesco) Giuseppe Verdi 33. "Come fantasima Fiesco t'appar" Giuseppe Verdi 34. Piango, perché mi parla (Fiesco, Doge) Giuseppe Verdi 35. chi veggo? (Amelia, Doge, Gabriele, Fiesco) Giuseppe Verdi 36. Gran Dio, li benedici Giuseppe Verdi 37. "Simon Boccanegra at the MET" - Picture Gallery Giuseppe Verdi (Bonus) 38. Catalogue Slideshow Giuseppe Verdi (Bonus)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By trottman on 6 Aug 2012
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It is quite extroadinary (a disgrace?) that this marvellous 1984 version of Simon Boccanegra should have been consigned to the unwarranted oblivion of the Met's archives for well over twenty years. Marketing strategies being what they are one suspects that the decision was made to "push" the Met's 1995 version as the more commercially viable alternative. This very well staged version boasts the household names of Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa and is also the production used in 2010 for Domingo's elevation from the tenor role of Gabriele Adorno to the baritone title role. The 1984 production under review, also under the baton of James Levine, was not issued on DVD until 2008. Expertly staged by the uncredited Pier Luigi Pizzi with great emphasis on both height and space the production is certainly the equal of the better known version of 1995. Filmed by the very experienced Brian Large and marketed at a very acceptable price the DVD is a great plus to a Verdi collection.

The production is a tribute to two Met stalwarts. An accomplished and very experienced baritone Sherrill Milnes gives a mighty and carefully detailed portrayal. Here it is hard to believe that the singer could be bettered in the role. His delightful discovery that Amelia is his long lost daughter is especially well handled and draws attention to the composer's continuing interest in the complexities of father/daughter relationships. In the sturdy bass role of Jacopo Fiesco the Met's resident bass Paul Pliska is also very impressive. In recent years the singer has been obliged to take smaller and less demanding roles but in the early 1980s his voice was then at its very best.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Dauelsberg on 11 Aug 2014
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Well done Levine
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Withstands The Passage of Time 9 Dec 2008
By DDD - Published on
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The Met released its most recent Simon first and only now is releasing the 1984 production. I suspect that the newer production was released first because of the presence of Domingo. The Doge, Vladimir Chernov, had a short lived Met career; I had read that the voice was small for the house. On a DVD this is hardly a factor, but the somewhat superficial performance is, plus the fact that Chernov clearly did not have a history of Verdi rolls under his belt. Besides Domingo the other main virtue of the newer DVD is Robert Lloyd as Fiesco. Although hardly a marquee "name" the man is a great artist, possessed of a superior instrument and a high degree of musical intelligence.

Even so, I decided to go for this 1984 production, borrowed from Chicago (and I think the SF borrowed it in the 70's). It is architecturally quite grand, but the producer, Capobianco made so many changes that Pizzi wanted his name removed. For the present purposes this is really quite academic and is neither here nor there as far as making a choice. Obviously I felt there were virtues here that didn't exist in the later set. Milnes had had a long history of Verdi roles; that expertise is evident on this DVD. Paul Plishka, the Fiesco, is now doing comprimario roles but in 1984 his voice was in great shape and he almost matches Lloyd. However one of the great reasons for owning this DVD is Anna Tomowa Sintow. No, she is not Italian, and yes even though she was relatively young when this flim was made she looks somewhat mataronly. But the voice is glorious, blooming as she ascends the scale, a quality one used to associate with Italian sopranos of the past. Her opening aria, Come in questora is exquisite as is her duet with Milnes. Her contributions to the Council Chamber scene are what is needed in this great ensemble as her voice soars oveer the chorus and soloists. Lyrics such as Te Kanewa and Freni have no problems for the opening aria and the duet, but lack the thrust that a spinto has in this role. For any doubters of Anna T-S's credentials as a Verdian I refer them to an Aida recorded in Munich, conducted by Muti and co-starring Domingo. Although the rest of the cast is German, it is a "hot" performance and Domingo tops all his studio performances as Rhadames. To my ears Anna T-S is the best Aida on CD. This performance did enjoy a commercial release but it probably difficult to find now. In any event I recommend it as I do this Simon.

None of the DVD's of Simon are perfect and there is always a "fly in the pomade" as the Brits say. Here we have a Rumanian tenor with a rather leathery sound, but at least he doesn't wobble and looks the part. Musically much of the role appears to escape him, but God knows I have seen worse. Gabriele is surely one of Verdi's least interesting tenor roles--a pity that Domingo was not available at the time. The only real down side to this performance is the Paolo; I know this is hardly a major role but clearly one of some dramatic significance. Leonard Warren was a Paolo to Tibbett's Simon. I am sure other examples exist. Not so here; the artist in question is Richard Clarke who is utterly anonymous; vocally satisfactory, dramatically a cipher. This is not a deal breaker and with three top performances I recommend this DVD, caveats noted.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Capobianco at the Metropolitan 25 Mar 2011
By Brian Morgan - Published on
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In 1978, the stage director Tito Capobianco made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera with "Thaïs," starring Beverly Sills and Sherrill Milnes.

That production capped several years of adventurous productions at the New York City Opera, including "Les contes d'Hoffmann" (with Sills and Norman Treigle), "Don Rodrigo" (with Plácido Domingo), "Giulio Cesare," "Le coq d'or," "Manon," and "Mefistofele."

In 1984, Capobianco returned to the Met for his second and final production there, "Simon Boccanegra." Interestingly, the production was, at different times, planned to have been directed by Sir Peter Hall or the great John Dexter. Even this final version was borrowed from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, originally staged and designed by Pier Luigi Pizzi. Perhaps through the advocacy of Milnes, the staging ended up being by Capobianco, and the name of Pizzi was removed from the billing entirely. There can be little doubt that, as director, Capobianco was a great improvement over Pizzi. As Luchino Visconti was to have once said of Franco Zeffirelli, "Designer, yes; director, never!"

Having said that, this is not the experimental Capobianco of the aforementioned "Hoffmann," "Cesare," "Le coq d'or," and "Mefistofele." It is, rather, a sober, marmoreal concept of Verdi's opera.

The cast is headed by Milnes, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Vasile Moldoveanu, and Paul Plishka. The title role of the Doge of Venice was certainly one of Milnes' finest parts, and he portrays the complex character with great dignity. Tomowa-Sintow did not have an Italianate voice or approach, but sings with much sincerity. The Romanian Moldoveanu is an indifferent actor, but otherwise sings very well. Jacopo Fiesco was one of Plishka's finest roles, and is a total success. The smaller parts are well done by Richard J. Clark, James Courtney, Robert Nagy, and the young Dawn Upshaw. James Levine conducts a gripping account of the score.

Other Capobianco productions have been published on video: "Roberto Devereux" (with Sills, John Alexander, and Susanne Marsee, 1975), "La traviata" (with Sills and Henry Price, 1976), and "Manon" (with Sills, Price, Richard Fredricks, and Samuel Ramey, 1977). Particularly valuable would be the publication of his "Le coq d'or" (with Sills and Treigle--the only complete role of the latter on film, 1971) and "Il turco in Italia" (with Sills, Donald Gramm, Marsee, and Alan Titus, 1978).
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
My favorite Milnes role!! 3 July 2009
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Tho I'm an opera fanatic, this is the only opera and only with Milnes where I cry every time at that last duet with Fiesco. Milnes portrayal is so far beyond other baritones......even ones technically better. He makes me feel the torment of this character so deeply, where the other miss all the nuance that makes Milnes great. I also heard him in concert and he got to me so deeply I couldn't stand. My knees felt like water.
The soprano is very good, but has a sort of rattly resonance some may not like.
The tenor sucks, but he does get all the notes.
Paolo is very good with a better voice than you would expect in a small role.
Plishka.......Just before that last duet that tears me up, Simone informs Fiesco of the identify of his long lost granddaughter. You see old Fiesco, kept strong these 20 years by his hatred, suddenly melt into an old man.
Got to stop. I'm crying just thinking about it.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Milnes Boccanegra Outstanding! 25 Oct 2010
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This Met production of Boccanegra is great! Sherrill Milnes was a truly outstanding singing actor and this captures him at his best.
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