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The Opera Gala - Live from Baden-Baden / Netrebko, Vargas [Blu-ray]

Netrebko / Garanca / Vargas / Tezier / Armiliato
Release Date: 11/25/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001208859  
Composer:  Léo DelibesGaetano DonizettiGeorges BizetVincenzo Bellini,   ... 
Performer:  Anna NetrebkoElina GarancaRamón VargasLudovic Tézier
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra

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THE OPERA GALA Marco Armiliato, cond; Anna Netrebko (sop); 1 El?na Garan?a (mez); 2 Ramón Vargas (ten); 3 Ludovic Tézier (bar); 4 Read more class="ARIAL12"> Southwest German RSO DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 1038209 (DVD: 138:00) Live: Baden-Baden 7/2007


BELLINI Norma: Sinfonia; Mira, O Norma; 1,2 Casta diva. 1 I puritani: Or dove fuggo . . . Ah! per sempre . . . Bel sogno beato. 4 BIZET Les pêcheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint. 3,4 Carmen: Toreador Song. 4 CHAPÍ Las hijas del Zebedeo: Al pensar en el dueño de mis amores. 2 DELIBES Lakmé: Flower Duet. 1,2 DONIZETTI L’elisir d’amore: Una furtive lagrima. 3 LEHÁR Giuditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss. 1 PUCCINI La bohème: O soave fanciulla. 1,3 ROSSINI La cenerentola: Nacqui all’afanno e al pianto; 2 La danza. 3 SAINT-SAËNS Samson et Dalila: Bacchanale. Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix. 2 VERDI Don Carlo: E lui! . . . Dio, che nell’alma infondere; 3,4 Morte di Rodrigo. 4 Luisa Miller: Oh! Fede negar potessi . . . Quando le sere. 3 Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell’ amore. 1,2,3,4 La traviata: Brindisi 1,2,3,4


Well, it was a star-studded night last July in old Baden-Baden. Or perhaps a couple of nights. With one or possibly two exceptions, all the big arias, duets, and quartets are here. You name it, loud and fast, here they all are. This is the sort of chestnuts concert I usually try to avoid, which suggests that there is a “but” coming up. The “but” is that it is all wonderfully done.


These are the younger generation, in early- or mid-career, who have begun appearing everywhere, and, to judge by this showing, with good reason. To be sure, there is still interpretational work to be done, but it is hard to judge that accurately from an excerpt in a concert as opposed to hearing it in the proper dramatic context. Indeed, it is really only in the five end-of-the-evening numbers that the singers loosen up and start using the whole stage. For instance, the opening number, the duet “Mira, O Norma,” did not generate much excitement and Netrebko’s later “Casta diva” didn’t quite take off, but this may have been due in part to Armiliato’s somewhat rigid conducting. It is quite a voice, however, and in her extra number, “Meine Lippen,” she quite brought down the house, kicking off her shoes, bouncing all over the stage and tossing flowers to men in the front rows. True, one is supposed to like such antics, but it showed that she has real flesh and blood in her.


El?na Garan?a is definitely the mezzo to watch. She is elegant, has an insouciant smile, and a voice as smooth as silk. Her lowest register is not as big as, say, Marilyn Horne’s, but it is a unified sound from top to bottom; she uses it intelligently, and it is a great pleasure to listen to. Her “Mon coeur” suggested that Dalila almost believed what she was telling Samson, and Chapí’s carceleras , “Al pensar,” was a great hit.


Ramón Vargas’s career is already in full swing as a bel canto tenor. Coming early on the program, his tear was perhaps not quite as furtive as one would like, but he warmed up during the show and the scena from Luisa Miller , “Quando le sere al placido,” was most satisfying.


I had not heard baritone Ludovic Tézier before. He is a straightforward, no frills singer; though his voice is not large, it is pleasing to hear. Where he really came alive was in the Don Carlo duet with Vargas, which had real fire, largely because he had someone to interact with.
If you are going to have an opera-chestnuts evening on your DVD shelf, this is the one.



FANFARE: Alan Swanson
Picture Format: 16:9; 1080i
Sound: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD 5.1 / PCM 5.1
Subtitles: Italian/English/German/French/Spanish/Chinese Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lakmé: Viens, Mallikŕ...Sous le dôme épais "Flower Duet" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Anna Netrebko (Soprano), Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
2.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Ramón Vargas (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
3.
Les pęcheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Ramón Vargas (Tenor), Ludovic Tézier (Baritone)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
4.
Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
5.
Don Carlos: Io morrň, ma lieto in core by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ramón Vargas (Tenor), Ludovic Tézier (Baritone)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
6.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre ŕ ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
7.
Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell' amore [Quartet] by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano), Ramón Vargas (Tenor), Ludovic Tézier (Baritone),
Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
8.
Luisa Miller: Oh! Fede negar potessi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ramón Vargas (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
9.
La Bohčme: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ramón Vargas (Tenor), Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
10.
Las hijas del Zebedeo: Carceleras by Ruperto Chapi
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Spain 
11.
Carmen: Votre toast je peu vous le rendre "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Ludovic Tézier (Baritone)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
12.
La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici "Brindisi" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano), Ramón Vargas (Tenor), Ludovic Tézier (Baritone),
Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 

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 best recording ever December 7, 2012 By rolf simon koch See All My Reviews "a real concert my best points" Report Abuse
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