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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra: Live from the Royal Opera House [2010] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Placido Domingo, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Joseph Calleja, Jonathan Summers
  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EMI Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043GN6XU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,735 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Plácido Domingo’s triumphant “return” to his baritone roots (his first debut with the Mexican National Opera, in 1959, was as a baritone), is captured in this stunning 2-DVD set of the Royal Opera House’s 2010 production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. Domingo is joined by Mariana Polavskaya, Joseph Calleja, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Jonathan Summers and Lukas Jakobski in this Antonio Pappano-conducted performance, directed by Elijah Moshinsky. The Simon Boccanegra release features exclusive bonus material, including a “Back Stage with Plácido Domingo” featurette and an interview with director Moshinsky. There is an additional audio function which features introductions to each of the opera’s scenes (in English with subtitles).

Simon Boccanegra is Verdi’s magnificent telling of a humble 14th century Genoan who rises to become Doge of the great city. The plot centres on the political intrigues between Boccanegra (Domingo) and his adversary, the aristocratic Jacopo Fiesco and the discovery of his long-lost daughter, Amelia. This story – though replete with an inevitable tragic conclusion – is ultimately one of hope, as the two great men are able to rise above their power-driven animosities to ensure peace amongst their beloved Genoa’s warring factions and by placing familial and civic love ahead of their own individual desires.

This stunning production garnered critical acclaim for Domingo and cast, especially Ferruccio Furlanetto. In a market full of Domingo birthday and anniversary reissue products, this 2-DVD release is a much anticipated new recording and performance.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sonny on 29 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
I was at the Royal Opera House on the first night of this Boccanegra (29/6/10). It was an amazing experiance which will be memorable for all who were there, that evening. This DVD captures that magical event (although not recorded on the opening night). The awe and drama of the Opera; the least known, but undoubtedly among the best of Verdi's works, is excellently captured with clarity and fidelity on this DVD.

Domingo, as a BARITOBE, is as thrilling as ever, Calleja enters majestically into the ranks of the great tenors, whilst Pappanno's conducting wrings out from the orchestra all the drama and tension which Verdi wrote into the score. Lovers of Opera will enjoy and treasure this DVD for many years to come.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Emile Myburgh on 12 Dec 2010
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It is difficult to write a review for a DVD that captured a historic moment. First, I must add, I did in fact fly from Johannesburg, South Africa, to London in July 2010 specifically to go watch Placido Domingo sing Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera. It was very difficult to get tickets for the 5 performances. Demand was so high ("unprecedented" was the word the ROH used) that the ROH eventually opened the final dress rehearsal to the public to allow more people to see the opera. Patrons were limited to two tickets each. On the night I went, there was a sensation of being at a special festive event among the patrons. Everyone talked about how excited they were about being there and how they fretted about getting tickets or not. It was worth every penny that I spent to see my favourite tenor/baritone live.

Needless to say, I preordered the DVD as soon as it was possible to do so.

Simon Boccanegra has, for me at least, been the most difficult of Verdi's operas. I have found the story a little difficult to comprehend. There are quite a few characters who never appear on stage (like Maria Fiesco, mother of Amelia, lover of Simon) and Lorenzini, who is sent to kidnap Amelia, whose contributions are crucial to the plot. Also, I could never understand why Simon and Amelia don't tell anyone they are father and daughter. It would have prevented many misunderstandings and even saved lives. The opera is also filled with hatred and the poisonous effect it has on people and relationships to keep a grudge for 25 years.

Obviously, the star of the DVD and the performance is Placido Domingo. There is a slight hint of his tenor voice in the opening notes, but considering that in the prologue Simon is still a young man, it is perhaps apt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Gillin on 11 April 2011
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Many people thought Placido Domingo would retire from his position as one of the world's leading tenors, perhaps sticking with a bit of conducting. But no, he has moved down to a deeper, richer voice as a baritone, and this is perhaps one of his greatest performances.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James F. Pringle on 25 Feb 2011
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The man can still do it. Placido Domingo is arguably the greatest opera singer of them all, with his extraordinary voice, his staggering range of roles, his dramatic skills and his sheer hard work. Few singers could produce a landmark performance as they near their 70th birthday, but Domingo did that with Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

The title role is traditionally a baritone part, but, as Elijah Moshinsky points out on the introduction to this recording, Domingo sings it not as a tenor or a baritone, but as Domingo - and very effective it is, too. This is an immensely moving performance, and Domingo has strong support from an excellent cast including Marina Poplavskaya, somewhat reminiscent of a young Joan Sutherland.

The spectacular sets and costumes serve Verdi's opera well. Altogether this is a DVD to treasure. A magnificent performance, enhanced by conductor Antonio Pappano's introductions to each act.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin W on 27 Nov 2011
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This is a beautiful recording of a wonderful production. Although Domingo is singing baritone here (rather than his usual tenor), his stage presence and musicality ensure a competely convincing performance. Marina Poplavskaya is wonderful as Amelia, looking and sounding beautiful. Joseph Calleja sings beautifully as Adorno although slightly less convincing in the acting department. The production and costumes are spot on with the famous council chamber scene an absolute triumph. The scenes between Boccanegra and his daughter are especially moving. A must for any Verdi lover.
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