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Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.,
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This review is from: Ermione: Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Davis) [DVD]  [NTSC] (DVD)
This forgotten tragic opera is now regarded by some as Rossini's masterpiece and this stunning Glyndebourne production would seem to confirm this in spades. Based on Racine's verse play Andromaque (which I studied at school)it tells of the devasting effect that the arrival of Hector's widow has on the lives of others when she seeks refuge at the court of Pyrrhus who is bethrothed to Ermione. Events start to unravel when Pyrrhus loses his heart to the guest from hell prompting Ermione (with justification)to seek revenge using as her tool Orestes, the man who is in love with her. Rossini doesn't waste a note in propelling the tragedy forward and under the baton of Andrew Davis the orchestra proves the perfect support for the dramatic singing/ acting of Anna Caterina Antonnaci who dominates the stage at her every appearance. With the exception of Jorge Lopez-Yanez who lacks the stage presence for Pyrrhus, the rest of the cast is very strong and altho' his acting is not of the best, Bruce Ford as Orestes (who according to legend proved himself quite a dab hand at slaughtering people) provides the finest singing of the production. The Palladian style sets work for me tho' Ms Antonacci is lumbered with a clumsy frock.I'm nit picking here; watching this dvd was for me,the equivalent of being taken on an emotional roller coaster ride.