This DVD presents a sophisticated staging of Donizetti’s wittiest opera, Don Pasquale. This production was performed at the worldfamous Scala in Milan. It was directed by Stefano Vizioli, who was praised for stripping the piece of any clichés acquired over a century-and-a-half of performing tradition, and making the characters truly live and breathe. The approach emphasised the unaffected brightness and gaiety of the opera, especially as the director was brilliantly supported by a preeminent international cast of singer-actors. From the uproarious orchestral guffaw that opens the piece onwards, Riccardo Muti’s reading reveals a flexibility and poise that matches the overall intention to take the opera’s humour seriously. In a recentRead more interview, Muti emphasised the vein of melancholy that runs through Don Pasquale, and stressed how much the libretto contributes to the perfection of the opera as a whole, how the composer manages to bend the music to the text, and bring out the deep meaning of every word. This Scala production embodied his conviction, in a performance marked by absolute clarity of diction, the right emphasis for every word’ as the press hailed.
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Director: Stefano Vizioli
Recording Date: 1994
Place of recording: Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Running Time: 130 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region Code: 0 (Worldwide)
Subtitles: German, French, English, Italian, Spanish Read less
Works on This Recording
Don Pasqualeby Gaetano Donizetti Performer:
Claudio Giombi (Baritone),
Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass),
Lucio Gallo (Baritone),
Gregory Kunde (Tenor),
Nuccia Focile (Soprano)
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1843; Italy
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Bel Canto FanDecember 28, 2011By Perry S. (New Plymouth, -)See All My Reviews"I purchased this DVD early this year after watching an Opera from the Met, HD film. That performance, with Anna Netrebko and John di Carlo, was not at that time released on DVD. Of the performances available I chose this as having the best overall cast, and I have most certainly not been disappointed.) My only surprise is that Arkiv have not recommended it.) The four principals have great voices and Furlanetto and Focile sing and act their parts beautifully. This is a 'straight' performance - Don Pascale is not a buffoon. He is an honorable man who makes a fool of himself. Nuccia Focile has the looks to play the minx. So for me, this straight version works very well. I enjoy it every time I watch it."Report Abuse
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