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IL Trovatore ARENA DI VERONA [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Rosalind Plowright, Fiorenza Cossotto, Franco Bonisolli, Giorgio Zancanaro
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Format: NTSC, Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese
  • 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: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2005
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4EKU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,158 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Reynald Giovaninetti conducts the Orchestra of the Arena di Verona in a performance of Verdi's 'Il Trovatore'. The international cast includes Giorgio Zancanaro and Rosalind Plowright. The Count Di Luna believes that his younger brother was murdered years before by a vengeful gypsy, but still hopes that he may be alive. When he attempts to court the beautiful Leonora, he is enraged to discover that she has a lover - the troubadour, Manrico. Manrico and the Count duel, and afterwards Manrico reveals to Azucena, the woman he believes to be his mother, that when he had the opportunity to kill the Count he felt something holding him back.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Markham on 4 Dec 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Il Trovatore is not well served on DVD. There are significant flaws in all of the available recordings. This is perhaps not surprising for such a well-known and popular opera which requires four first class soloists in the main roles. Usually the problem is that one of the four main principals is weak or wayward. Here in this 1985 performance from the Arena di Verona that is not the case, the four principals are all vocally excellent. One can quibble about some of their individual interpretations and approaches but they are all first-rate singers. The real problem with this performance is that it is poorly directed. It is a very static performance and generally very poorly acted. The chorus in particular are dreadful when it comes to any acting of their roles. Their singing is adequate but not outstanding. The fight sequences are laughable. Added to this is the problem that because this is the Arena di Verona the performance is constantly being interrupted by shouts and applause from the audience and grandstanding by the performers who regularly step completely out of character in order to acknowledge the audience applause. This requires joining hands and walking from side to side of the wide stage at several points. This completely ruins the narrative of the story.

The ony real pluses here are in the vocal quality of the four main principals. Three great Italian singers are joined by the English soprano Rosalind Plowright as Leonora. This is a role she was justly famous for singing, including a classic CD recording with Giulini. Here she shows why she was in great demand in this role because she not only looks the part unlike many of her rivals of the time, but she acts it well too. She and Giorgio Zancanaro as the Count di Luna are the best actors of the four principals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johan on 31 May 2014
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An amazing performance from the Arena at Verona.. Having seen many DVD's from there I am looking forward to going in person this summer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Welsh Lady on 16 Feb 2014
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I used to have this on VHS so was pleased to be able to buy the DVD, especially at the price paid. However, I wasn't sure how it would transfer considering the age of the production, overall, I was pleased with both picture quality and sound. It is quite a dated production as opera staging has moved on a lot since then but still an enjoyable performance primarily because of the excellence of the four principal singers Plowright, Zancanaro, Bonisolli and Cossotto.
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By KC on 28 Feb 2014
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I received this disc today and watched it straight away. It was an excellent experience. This was a first class production with outstanding lead singers. Don't hesitate to purchase this!
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