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5.0 out of 5 stars Domingo on fire, 29 Jun 2014
This review is from: Verdi: Ballo In Maschera [DVD] [2011] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is a fabulous production ! Domingo is outstanding as the charismatic, popular king, bringing a flamboyant, fun-loving characterisation to the role. His voice is in incredible form and the love duet with Barstow is exciting and passionate. The production by Schlesinger is vibrant and colourful, like his 1980 Hoffman, which was also a superb production. Barstow as Amelia has suffered criticism and although Ricciarelli has the more beautiful voice, Barstow's acting is very fine and she gives a convincing performance, especially in the love duet, where she has good chemistry with Domingo. Another characterisation I love is Sumi Jo's Oscar. Her acting and singing is wonderful and she brings a touch of comedy to the role. The only other 'Ballo' I have seen is the Covent Garden 1975 production which is so dark you can hardly see the singers! This production is so much better and I think Domingo acts the king much more convincingly in the Schlesinger production.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 24 Aug 2013
This review is from: Verdi: Ballo In Maschera [DVD] [2011] [NTSC] (DVD)
I can't stop playing it. Domingo is at his dazzling best as always, and the portrayals of Ulrica Oscar and Renato superb. For these reasons alone I give it 5 stars.
i read with interest the one other review, and can't quite agree with the view that Josephine Barstow as Amelia was "a serious liability" although I've heard the role sung much better, eg by Katia Ricciarelli
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Verdi: Ballo In Maschera [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]
Verdi: Ballo In Maschera [DVD] [2011] [NTSC] by Plácido Domingo (DVD - 2011)
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