Verdi: Il Trovatore -- Royal Opera House [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
Meet the cast and their characters
Designing Il trovatore - behind-the-scenes with the director and the costume and set designers
Illustrated booklet in English, French and German with biographies and background information
All about Schlager preparations for the fight scenes
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Veronica Villaroel's Leonora too was very good. Her acting and singing were blended very nicely. Yvonne Naef's Azucena was also good, but I thought she lacked the bite of Simionato's or Cossotto's interpretation of the vengeful gypsy.
I would have to say that Dmitri Hvorostovsky was the star here. This seemed for me to be a Trovatore with the Trovatore. Cura's wobbly voice was too much of a instrution for me enjoy the opera fully. The fact that he acted and sang like a brute and not like a passionate poet, as I see Manrico, may be the fault of the director of the production. The production was OK, but I'd would much prefer a traditional setting for this opera. But on the other hand were the sets and costumes consistant and better than other production of opera nowadays.
Carlo Rizzi's conducting was crisp and exciting. Overall is this performance good, if you can accept Manrico to be a wobbly brute. The picture on this DVD is very good with it's 16:9 image. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound too is good, but it would be even better if the producers of the DVD would do the same as DG and added a DTS track. But it is very good nonetheless.
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Two of my favourite singers in one production... this is one I'll grab in the event of a fire. Prompt deliveryPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the best Opera DVD's I have ever seen. All the cast are superb - to get four such major stars together is quite an achievement. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Margaret
The 19th century design is refreshing and adds a veneer of civilisation which can be missing in a dark ages setting. Read morePublished 17 months ago by David Graeme Gallichan
full bloodied procution enjoyable performances and directionPublished 19 months ago by Clive Douglas Bebee
I am sure there are those who will dissect this opera with a critics aplomb but not me, my wife loves her VerdiPublished on 7 Jan. 2014 by Mr Seagull
The item is as described, was well packaged, was delivered very promptly. the music is excellent, and the story every bit as ridiculous as you would want an operatic story to be. Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2013 by jonquil
probably one of the best bass baritones for his age on the opera scene today. overall well worth buying for production alonePublished on 23 Jun. 2013 by Allan D. W. George
Wonderful performance: just a bit anachronistic (do the actors wear Longines or Rolex? on their wrists. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2010 by Fransexluimi
Verdi - Il Trovatore (Rizzi, Orch of Royal Opera House) [Blu-ray] 
All you need to produce Trovatore is four world class singers someone once said, well this cast... Read more