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One of the best versions of this opera on disc.
This one of the best versions of this opera on disc (the only DVD of it currently available). The edition used is the one Bellini made for La Scala a few months after the Venice premiere in 1830. The main difference is that Friar Lawrence here
is a tenor (the excellent Nicola Amodio), and Juliet’s solo in Act 2 is a continuous aria, rather than being punctuated by interjections from her father. Patrizia Ciofi gives this a really passionate performance: she is an ideal Juliet, youthful in appearance, in no way over-extended by Bellini’s long vocal lines. Clara Polito makes a tremendous Romeo, adding some effective flourishes in the cabaletta to her Act 1 aria and joining Danilo Formaggia as Tybalt in an exciting account of their fight duet in Act 2. Federico Sacchi is a thunderous Capulet, and the chorus makes an always positive contribution.
Luciano Acocella and the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia make the opera sound quite the equal of Bellini’s later, more famous works, but as Wagner wrote of it, “there is true passion and emotion there”. Denis Krief’s production is straightforward and always concentrated on the drama. It is played in modern dress, the Montagues and Capulets obviously on opposite sides in some unforgiving sectarian civil war, the men brandishing machine guns and revolvers. It works extremely well on its own terms, and the setting of the Ducal Palace in Martina Franca makes a perfect backdrop: recommended.
-- Patrick O'Connor, Gramophone [11/2006]
NTSC All Regions
DTS 5.1; PCM Stereo 2.0
Color Picture: 16:9 widescreen
Duration: 136 minutes
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese
Works on This Recording
I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini
Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano),
Federico Sacchi (Bass Baritone),
Danilo Formaggia (Tenor),
Nicola Amodio (Tenor)
Italian International Orchestra,
Bratislava Chamber Chorus
Written: 1830; Italy
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