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Verdi: Il Trovatore [Jose Cura, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Yvonne Naef] [Opus Arte: OAMO6010D] [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Jose Cura, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Yvonne Naef, Verionica Villarroel, The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House
  • Format: Classical, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sept. 2013
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E4Q6Y3I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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José Cura and Dmitri Hvorostovsky lead the star cast of Verdi's blazingly passionate opera, in Elijah Moshinsky's Royal Opera House production co-produced with Teatro Real Madrid, with sets by the noted Italian film designer Dante Ferretti. Filmed in High Definition.

Press Reviews

"Elijah Moshinsky's production is surely as lively and moving as Verdi's intricate masterpiece deserves. Jose Cura sizzles. Dimitri Hvorostovsky is everything one could want to see and hear in a Verdi baritone. This new “Trovatore” DVD is a reminder that not every golden age happened long ago." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"All four are in excellent voice. Cura...supports Naef with beautiful quiet singing...Hvorostovsky is formidable...There are two other filmed Trovatore's available at present, for a combination of musical excellence and intelligent production neither comes close to this one." (International Record Review)
"Elijah Moshinsky's staging offers splendid mid-19th-century visuals (the Risorgimento provides the inspiration) in designs by Dante Ferretti, including enormous cannons, an iron foundry and a railway station. " (BBC Music Magazine)
Cast
José Cura (Manrico)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Count di Luna)
Yvonne Naef (Azucena)
Verónica Vilarroel (Leonora)
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Carlo Rizzi

Stage Director: Elijah Moshinsky
Catalogue Number: OAMO6010D
Date of Performance: 2002
Running Time: 172 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Label: Opus Arte

Review

Elijah Moshinsky's production is surely as lively and moving as Verdi's intricate masterpiece deserves. Jose Cura sizzles. Dimitri Hvorostovsky is everything one could want to see and hear in a Verdi baritone. This new Trovatore DVD is a reminder that not every golden age happened long ago. --San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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Curious trend this, whereby italian operas in major centres are now commonly cast without a single italian singer, at least in the main roles. Whether that obeys to an acute scarcity of competent, world-class Italian singers remains to be seen, maybe globalisation arrived to the arts with its full impact. Any way, this release is typical of its source, very well produced and with interesting and pertinent supplementary material, a feature other publishers ought to imitate.
The end result is uneven, though, in spite of the stunning Moshinsky production for The Royal Opera, a significant improvement over his previous Australian effort which has been variously broadcast over world television and seen in many countries. The main problem lies with Cura's Manrico, caught here in a problematic evening none the less the loud cheering and applause at the end courtain calls; visually he certainly looks the part. I can't say whether he's going through recurrent vocal problems or if this was an isolated incident, but what we have here is a very wobbly vocal production that to me marred an otherwise wonderful night at the opera (London, 3rd May 2002), where with "tricks of the trade" Cura tried, sometimes more successfully than others, to conceal the fact that his vocal instrument was in substandard condition; alarm lights up for the listener from the very "Deserto sulla terra" moment. Top honours are shared by Hvorostovsky and Naef, in their respective roles of the Count and Azucena.
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I would have served my own interests best if I had watched the documentary first for much valuable insight into this 2002 production from Covent Garden of this Verdi favourite is given. There are valuable contributions from conductor, director, costume designer and fight arranger as well as those of Jose Cura, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Yvonne Nael although those of Veronica Villarroel border on the silly. The documentary does give pertinent details of the production team's approach to both staging and character interpretation. The decision was made to set the production in the 1860s with a bow to Garibaldi and Italian reunification and here both sets and costumes (including red shirts for the gypsies) complement the action. There are a number of introductions that include the master stroke of having the Count di Luna actually execute Manrico; an action that heightens the final dramatic moments of the production. Others, which include far too explicit embraces between the lovers, are of more questionable merit. Most controversal of all is the introductory chorus of part III, designed as a homage to Schlager duelling, which ends with the rape of Azucena.

It is a marketing misfortune that Jose Cura's fine performance as Alfredo in La Traviata in Paris is presently unavailable on DVD for it is a better monument to the tenor's talents. As Manrico the singer has some very good moments but his appearance complete with an abundance of facial hair, red shirt, cigar and wrist bands does detract from performance appreciation.
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What a refreshing performance of an old war horse with insight and flare. There needs to be a good balance between both leading male characters in this opera for it to have any credence. After all , by blood they are brothers although as different as chalk and cheese so therefore Hvorostovsky gives a perfect foil to Cura in the title role with both showing equal macho bravado. The female characters are very good also although Villaroel looks a little past the young beauty stage and not showing a great deal of difference from Naef (Azucena)in stage years. Still both have excellent singing abilities and make the quartet of characters well sung and believable. I particularly loved the setting With its artilery and machine atmosphere. Its a shame that those big guns actually have no part in the opera. One aspect that I particularly liked was the fact that in this production Di Luna actually dispatched Manrico himself with a pistol in the final moments adding to the final outcome where he realises he has killed the long lost brother whom he had searched for for so long.The period also did nothing to deflect the story. If anything, in my oppinion, it seems to work better in this period with a little less swahbuckling and a hint of nineteenth century pomp and courtesy. All in all I can recommend this DVD filled with so many operatic ikons to all and sundry.
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Il Trovatore is one of my must have operas and I have been looking for a well sung, well staged version. This meets the first criteria but i normally avoid any thing by David McVicar and, as usual, the set is daft. Having said that the singing and the music are superb and Hvorostovsky is surely the finest Conte di Luna the world has at this time. Vocally and in acting the entire cast excel and at the rostrum Armiliato leads the orchestra in a faultless presentation of the magnificent score. I have seen this opera staged so much better but rarely have the performances reached this standard. Love McVicar....Buy it. Hate McVicar...Give it a go.
David Erskine, Alloa Scotland.
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