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Simon Boccanegra: Royal Opera House (Solti) [DVD] [2007]

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  • Actors: Alexandru Agache, Kiri Te Kanawa, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Michael Sylvester, Alan Opie
  • Directors: Brian Large, Sir Georg Solti
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T9QFA6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,266 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Performances from Kiri Te Kanawa, Alexandru Agache, Michael Sylvester, Roberto Scandiuzzi and the Royal Opera House, conducted by Sir Georg Solti.

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The Royal Opera House under Georg Solti provides me with an opportunity to ramble down memory lane as I was present on the first night of this production. I was bowled over then and on watching the DVD I am still bowled over! Kiri te Kanawa as Amelia outclasses herself both on the CD version (also with Solti) and on the Met DVD where her singing is less appealing and she begins to look her age. Michael Silvester as Gabriele gives the performance of his career and manages to make something of a relatively dull character. Alan Opie as Paolo sings gloriously and looks supremely malevolent proving that Paolo when well sung can be interesting.
Roberto Scandiuzzi is a noble and aristocratic Fiesco. Which leaves us with Alexandru Agache in the title role. He presents to perfection the various apects of Boccanegra's charcter : lover in the prologue and father twice over (to Amelia and to the Genoese people he rules) and he songs divinely. The sets are sparse enough but that only serves to underline the quality of the performance. What took the DVD so long to appear?
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I had to order this in an emergency as the previous version from an Amazon seller appears to have been lost in the post.
Thankyou to Amazon my urgent order placed late afternoon arrived before 8.30 am the following morning.
Truly amazing service. Thankyou.
The opera was fantastic too.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x932f3468) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93231fe4) out of 5 stars Te Kanawa at her peak 17 Oct. 2007
By Calicokid - Published on Amazon.com
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This lavish production from the ROHCG beautifully preserves the Amelia of Kiri Te Kanawa from her long best period. As usual, she is stunning to look at but that shouldn't detract from one of the most beautiful voices of the recent years. The entire cast is superb. A memorable performance for repeated viewing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93935630) out of 5 stars The Covent Garden Simon Boccanegra 10 Feb. 2013
By Steffi B. Rath - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Simon Boccanegra and to prove it, I have 9 Boccanegras on DVDs and 6 on CDs.
I'm surprised that the two existing reviews are so scant. Although by no means perfect, there is a lot to be enjoyed here. Kiri Te Kanawa is superb and Alexandru Agache also seems to have everything that a Simon Boccanegra needs: Presence, acting and voice - although the famous "Figlia" doesn't quite compare to that of Piero Cappuccilli (on the La Scala DVD with Claudio Abbado) and that of Tito Gobbi.
Also, there is no mention of the pretty great Alan Opie as Paolo. Rarely have I come across a better one.
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any chemistry between Ms. Te Kanawa and Michael Sylvester. The latter also seems to think that rage is best demonstrated by chewing the scenery and throwing a bunch of papers around. He could definitely take a lesson from Veriano Luchettti of the above mentioned La Scala production: how deep rage and anguish can be expressed by a great singer actually without any props whatsoever.
And lastly, there is Roberto Scandiuzzi. Of course, he does sing in this production but without any real involvement in the proceedings. He even manages to cause one of the most moving scenes in all opera - the final encounter between Boccanegra and Fiesco - not to move me at all. It is rare that I don't have a big frog in my throat at that point but here, the frog must have died of cold and lack of nourishment.
Is it worthwhile getting this DVD. Absolutely. The production is wonderful, so are the costumes, and despite my reservations, it is pretty much at the head of the list of my various Simon Boccanegras.
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HASH(0x95d42d2c) out of 5 stars simply beautiful 16 May 2014
By boney weather - Published on Amazon.com
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i am not gifted with the ability to express the pros and cons of a production.i am an opera buff because i love the music of the great composers. however,i am ready to recommend this production to anyone who loves verdi,also because miss kiri te kanawa is simply beautiful,and the rest of the cast, with whom i am not familiar, is outstanding.
HASH(0x95d1bcd8) out of 5 stars Te Kanawa sings and acts wiyh great élan, and maestro Solti leads the orchestra of ... 4 Aug. 2015
By Carnauba - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the ultimate production of "Simon Boccanegra" available on DVD. Agache is a stentorian-voiced Boccanegra, Te Kanawa sings and acts wiyh great élan, and maestro Solti leads the orchestra of the ROH with impecable verve.
6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93939618) out of 5 stars This is a splendid performance. 23 July 2008
By Jin Murayama - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a splendid performance. Especialy, Ms. Ti Kanawa is a great soprano opera singer. I like her play very much.
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