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Romeo Et Juliette: Salzburg Festival (Yannick Nezet-Seguin) [Blu-ray] [2009]

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  • Directors: Brian Large, Bartlett Sher
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Music Operations
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LMSP2G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,314 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor led by Rolando Villazon and Nino Machaidze and accompanied by the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg in this lavish production of Charles Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, staged by Bartlett Sher at the 2008 Salzburg Festival.

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Gounod - Romeo et Juliette / Mackerras, Alagna, Vaduva, Royal Opera Covent Garden
An excellent recording from all points of view - technically, artistic singing and acting, costumes ....
One of the best tributes which can be given to this opera performance is to be able to find it rivetting despite being fully familiar with the story. Nino Machaidze singing Juliette is a real find. Not only beautiful to look at, she has a superb and powerful voice and acts the part to perfection. Rolando Villazon partners her as Romeo and puts his heart and soul into the role. The rest of the cast are also very strong to make Gounod's Romeo and Juliette extremely musically satisfying. The fight scenes are brilliantly choreographed and very dramatic. The same set is cleverly used throughout and the costumes are brilliant. No apologies for such a rave review as this production is truly exceptional. If you love opera, this is a MUST for your collection.
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This 2008 production by Bartlett Sherat the Salzburg Festival makes a virtue out of the minimalist staging opportunities of the cloistered venue to produce a fiercely dramatic rendering. The cast are completely at one with their respective roles and the orchestra under the energetically attentive Yannick Nezet-Seguin is excellent.

The two key roles of Romeo (Rolando Villazon) and Juliet (Nino Machaidze) are perfectly cast with Villazon being passionate and finally desolate as the drama progresses and with Machaidze being delightfully playful, then passionate and finally distraught. Both sing with total conviction and with complete technical and musical assurance.

The supporting roles do not let the production down for a moment. Tybalt (Juan Gatell) and Mercutio (Russell Braun) are utterly believable in their respectively driven roles. Susanne Resmark makes the most of her role of the nurse, Gertrude, bringing out the necessary humorous counterbalance to the tragic events unfolding around her. The remaining roles of Caplet (Falk Struckmann), Paris (Mathias Hausmann), the duke of Verona (Christian van Horn), and Frere Laurant (Mikhail Petrenko) are all performed equally well.

The chosen cast for this production underlines once again how fortunate we all are to be living at a time when there are so many fine young singers who are able to act as convincingly as this in addition to possessing fine vocal techniques. The days of stand and deliver are thankfully seemingly at an end. We are also fortunate to be living at a time when recording technology is as good as this almost by default. The combination of fine acting/singing and modern recording technology make for a potent mix.
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This production is performed on the huge stage of the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg. The set, with series if arcades in the background and a raised platform in the centre, is very effective. The performers occasionally move into the audience area.
I have not seen or heard this work before and so cannot compare it to other performances. But I find it hard to imagine this performance being bettered.
The Mozarteum Orchestra is excellent under the baton of Yannick Nezet-Seguin who is surely one of the finest conductors of our day. Brian Large's video direction is outstanding. He really knows how to film opera. The chorus are superb both when singing and acting. The whole cast is top class but special praise must go to Rolando Villazon and Nino Machaidze. She is convincingly young and beautiful as Juliette but also sings and acts brilliantly with teenage charm at the start developing into convincing passion and love. Rolando Villazon matches her in all these respects bringing out the passion and fiery nature of Romeo. The sword fight is startlingly realistic.
All in all, a triumph for everyone concerned.​
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Charles Gounod: Romeo et Juliette - Villazon/Machaidze [DVD] [2009] [US Import]

If you prefer your opera productions to be traditional then this minimalist one is not for you. Having said that, it's worth having for the individual performers alone as their interpretations are excellent both vocally and visually. Also, the wonderful costumes detract from the somewhat simple one-fits-all stage set.

Nino Machaidez whom I'd never heard of previously was quite a revelation (watch our Netrebko!) and Rolando Villazon was perfect in the role of Romeo. The supporting soloists were also first class and Nezet-Seguin produced a great sound from the Mozarteum Orchestra.

If you are a Gounod fan then this recording is a must-have for your collection.
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