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At Last.. a traditional, well performed rendition,
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This review is from: Bellini: La Sonnambula [Alaimo/Gutierrez, ] [Dynamic: 55616] [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Well, at last we have a rendition in HD and Blu ray of a delightful opera without 'harming' it like the one with Florez and Dessay in the MET. Those two sang superbly, but the absurdity of the staging ruined it all.
Here we are IN the places, period and the general mood for which the opera was first conceived, without contriving to forward it to the 21st century... minimalism, symbolism and all that trash.
Having got that bit off my chest, let me add that the sets are beeauutiful, lights, clarity and the audio are simply superb and does the blu ray disc justice.
This is my first experience of the star of this production, Eglise Gutierrez. Although her stage presence and acting is a bit bland, her voice... I could only say OMG!!! A new lyric/colouratura to follow for a long time to come. It is a very different timbre from most other singers of her genre. Kudos. Another dark voiced Diva in the making.
Simone Alaimo as the Count appears bored at times in this role, but I can't fault his singing at all. The other ladies, the pretty Sandra Pastrana as a superb Lisa and Gabriella Collecchia as Teresa do their bit quite tidily.
Now for the Tenor. Antonino Seragusa. When he sings softly, he sounds rich and very impressive. But the moment he raises either his volume or the octave....hmmmm well, is a little too nasal and rather strained.
The orchestra and the conducting from a slightly muddy start acquit themselves well, and the good recording helps a lot. The chorus is as good as it should be.
Definitely a good buy. I would recommend it.