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5.0 out of 5 stars Claustrophobic beauty, 27 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Bellini's I Puritani: Juan Diego Florez / Nino Machaidze / Ildebrando D'Arcangelo / Orchestra e coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna/ Michele Mariotti [DVD] [2010] [NTSC] (DVD)
The Puritans of the title is very apt. Austere and serious as this opera must be. The only person to have any gaitey is the heroine Elvira and that is short lived before turn of events send her crazy. I am a great fan of Florez and just love to hear him do the great Bel Canto tenor roles but this production made him very inanimate which is cramping his acting abilities. He needs to very active in a part for his charisma to shine forth in his singing. Never the less, the voice was as fabulous as ever. It seems as if the director only wanted animation from Elvira. A sad mistake I think making the whole opera revolve around her missing many other key moments.Ildebrando D'Arcangelo is far to young and dashing to play the part of Elviras uncle even with strong make up and the voice is far to warm also. A bass baritone with a more mature and rounded voice would have seemed more feesible. All the cast were musically good and the orchestra played sweetly and passionately at all the right moments. I quite liked the simple stone walled fortification sets and the costumes were Stuart/puritan enough to give creedence but I didnt like the silly hats at all. What a dreadful mistake by the costumer ruining an other wise sensible attire. The soldiers in berets looking like SAS cast offs...Stupid.A few Guy Fawkes buckled hats or the odd Cavalers hat with some ostrich plumes would not have cost any more and would not have looked so ridiculous
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