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An absolute Rossini masterpiece - it must be seen.
on 2 October 2017
I am guessing that this has remained in relative obscurity in the long list of Rossini operas because of its length (nearer to 4 hours than 3) large number of principal soloists and thereby the sheer cost of staging it. It was due to the impending ROH production and prohibitive cost of the seats that I decided to research it to see if it would be worth the money. And thus my efforts lead me to this now relatively old Met production. Well it may be nearly 30 years since this staging but the impact is in no way diminished. What a range of talent was here assembled. June Andersen, Marylyn Horne and Samuel Ramey in particular in peak form, but so too the lesser but no less impressive parts. And the orchestra too. Says a lot that a 1990's recording can be so vibrant and stunning even using the latest Blu Ray player and Surround sound. My only criticism is that the set is standard Met "stand and deliver" performances, but that was typical of that time we must accept.This recording does justice to a Rossini masterpiece. I cannot imagine how a cast such as assembled here can again be matched.