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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra -- Metropolitan Opera/Levine [DVD] [2002]

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Product details

  • Actors: James Levine, Bruno Pola, Hao Jiang Tian, Vladimir Chernov, Robert Lloyd
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Writers: Arrigo Boito, Francesco Maria Piave
  • Producers: Louisa Briccetti
  • Format: Classical, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068UXH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,477 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Verdi's three-act opera is performed by Vladimir Chernov, Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo and the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by James Levine. When plebeian Simon Boccanegra is nominated as the new Doge of Genoa, he hopes he will be able to marry Maria, daughter of the outgoing Doge Fiesco. Fiesco, however, knows that Boccanegra has made Maria pregnant. When Maria dies in childbirth, he tries to bargain with Boccanegra to see his grandchild. Tragically, the child has gone missing, and when Boccanegra is unable to accede to his request Fiesco departs, leading to years of political and personal conflict.

From the Back Cover

Simon Boccanegra -- Vladimir Chernov

Maria Boccanegra (Amelia) -- Kiri Te Kanawa

Gabrielle Adorno -- Placido Domingo

Jacopo Fiesco -- Robert Lloyd

Paolo Albiani -- Bruno Pola

Pietro -- Hao Jiang Tian

Un capitano dei balestrieri -- Charles Anthony

Un'ancella di Amelia -- Joyce Olson

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra conducted by James Levine

Production: Giancarlo del Monaco

Video Director: Brian Large

DVD Special Features:

Picture format: NTSC 4:3

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Sound: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM Stereo

Menu languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chines

Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese

Bonus picture gallery: Boccanegra at the Met

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Verdi's mesmerizing opera Simon Boccanegra, tells the tale of a once a dangerous pirate (Vladimir Chernov), who becomes a well respected man and is elected Doge of Genoa, for which he feels unworthy, but over the years becomes a strong leader. Before he is in power, he wishes to marry the daughter of the present Doge, Fiesco (Robert Lloyd). She has been imprisoned in her fathers palace, because she bore Boccanegra's child, Maria. Fiesco, upon hearing of his daughters death, takes his grandchild and leaves after telling Boccanegra the tragic death. Boccanegra is surrounded by the towns people, declaring him Doge. Many Years pass and Boccanegra is reunited with his long lost daughter. However, this happy event does not last long and eventually the opera ends in tragedy.

Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov, is incredible as the title role. His wonderful voice sounded amazing. Passionate and strong, his voice was just right for the role, which is immensely difficult and demanding for a singer, but he was flawless. Bruno Pola is excellent as the villain of the opera, his voice superb and his acting was terrific. Robert Lloyd was also excellent, his deep bass voice powerful with a very large range.

The extraordinary Placido Domingo brilliantly plays Amelia's/Maria's love interest. His overwhelmingly beautiful voice is astonishing as always. Although this is not one of his largest roles, he still gives a very memorable performance. The chemistry between Domingo and Te Kanawa is pefection, creating a great effect on those watching, and as a result makes the opera even more enjoyable to hear. His aria "Sento avvampar nell'anima" was incredible to watch and listen to, his spectacular voice matched with phenomenal acting skills.
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Simon Boccanegra is near to being my favourite Verdi opera; it is a deeply contemplative opera full of dark forboding. But, that being said, there are times when one feels like saying: "come on lighten up!" But, I am afraid the opera reflects the times - Mozart, Haydn and others are well gone and we are well into what can only be described as a moody century. The opera is sung beautifully here and the sets are simply marvelous - particularly the tintorettoesque Council chamber setting. Has anyone noticed that Verdi seems to transcribe line for line from one of Beethoven's late quartets as the musical backing for the chorus in the Council chamber - the fighting scene?
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Whilst not denying the power of Verdi's score (he spent much trouble in revising the original version)and the quality of the singing, visually this DVD is a bit of a disaster. The lighting is poor, the sets look drab - and in the case of the garden scene positively ugly - and the production is so routine that the whole piece hardly catches fire.Would have got a 5 star rating for a CD alone.
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Verdi would have wept with joy! After more than a century of neglect this masterpiece has finally come to life. Levine must be considered the greatest artistic director of the century (20th). The Falcon, in the first act, is the kind of touch that leads to perfection. The stage action throughout the performance removes any of the staid performances of simply 'stand and sing'. Full marks to the orchestra, sets, costumes, lighting, etc.
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As an opera lover this was one I saw advertised in a dvd leaflet & it had Placido Domingo & Kiri Te Kanawa so it had to be worth buying & it was -can recommend this to serious opera lovers.
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