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Ernani Vervi Metro Opera

Luciano Pavarotti , Leona Mitchell , Kirk Browning    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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No opera is more romantic than Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani. Three rivals risk everything for a hot-blooded woman, plotting abductions, hatching conspiracies, swearing fatal oaths. This 1983 Metropolitan Opera production brought together a superb cast of singers, well able to take on the challenge of Verdi's searing music. Stars: Luciano Pavarotti, Leona Mitchell, Sherrill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi. Chorus, Ballet and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera. Conductor: James Levine

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any opera lover Sept. 11 2004
This is a historical performance. For the first time in over 100 years,the alternate finale of Act 2 is being played in a major opera house,Pavarotti receiving a well deserved ovation after the aria and cabaletta wrote by Verdi for his famous contemporary tenor, Ivanov. Mitchell and Raimondi are in superb voice, both very secure with the exposed high notes from the score. As it was only later known, this is the first performance of Milnes after his vocal chords surgery. Altough he takes a little time to warm up, he manages afterwards to bring down the house in style, with a fantastic A-flat at the end of his big aria. Levine conducts with style the orchestra and chorus,in a performance staged during the Met centenial celebrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable performance Aug. 25 2002
The review is based on Pioneer DVD copy, serial number PC-99-102-D. God, fine, brilliant 1983 years performance from Met. All these kind of words you can decide to this cast. Definitely, it is difficult for all tenors to be in excellent shape just in first act, when tenor has big aria and scenes (the same experienced Gino Penno in live Cetra recording), but Pavarotti is better in second act with traditionally omitted aria after well-known duet with de Silva (this aria is recorded in studio by Pavarotti with Claudio Abbado on CBS label), but there is no way to hear cabaletta with chorus after aria in II act (at least I have never heard this piece!!!). And he is excellent in last final trio. Raimondi is fine de Silva, absolutely different interpretation and sonically may be much less impressive then Christoff classic performance, but with his play it become captivate. Milnes is not in top vocal shape, however he gives a very solid face of King Carlo, it is worth to listen and watch him. Although Leona Mitchell (Leonora) is bad prototype of Leontine Price, she doesn't spoil the cast. Tempos are fast, however under the sensitive and right James Levine reading everything seems beautiful. And we need to mention maestro Verdi's deep both musical and theatre talent, fully revealed him in this opera. Not in vain famous German film director and big music lover Werner Herzog used final trio in his best and great film 'Fitzcarraldo'(1982) with fantastic Klaus Kinski in title role.
Finally, I have to say a couple words about technical details of the copy, sound is terrific - beautifully recorder, as studio audio recording, picture is clear, as it should be, unlike Kultur Film (see my review of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia on DVD) copies.
There is no way do not recommend this full version (more longer than Schippers version on RCA studio recording) of the opera performance. If you buy you will definitely love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Promesa que cuesta la vida April 29 2002
Pavarotti no es el único que impresiona en esta magnífica edición. Él comparte su nivel por lo menos con tres cantantes más de primer orden. Los coros son impresionantes, lo mismo que las arias. Normalmente, destacamos primero la música, el canto, la orquesta, el, valet, el vestuario de una ópera y quizá al final el argumento. En Ernani podríamos invertir el orden. Un argumento tan profundo como la música. No es un drama de pretexto para llorar. Ernani lleva a reflexionar, incluso con jóvenes, sobre aquella pugna interminable entre disfrutar las oportunidades hoy o pagar una promesa con la vida. La trama queda en la mente como un interrogante de mucha actualidad y la música como una melodía que no se puede olvidar. A quienes nos afectó la conquista española de América, podemos apreciar la vida en Europa en ese entonces. Alianzas y lealtades del viejo mundo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good in every way. May 2 2001
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Outstanding in almost every way. The staging is impressive, the costumes are attractive. The singing is superlative. The public may be most interested in Pavarotti, but the real winner here is Sherrill Milnes. He is an intense and noble figure throughout. His third act aria is the opera's highlight, in my opinion, where he reaches a powerful Ab. Raimondi is also outstanding. I was so happy that his cabaletta was not cut out, and, was not cut at all: Both verses are performed. In fact, Verdi lovers will rejoice that this performance is complete. There is an alternate tenor aria included as well. Purchase without hesitation, for this is a winner. Dana Hill
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must to have performance. Sept. 23 2002
This is majestic performance. Everyone here on his or her best. Pavarotti is glorious and really tragic as Ernani. I know, I'm not original here: I like Pavarotti. Milnes makes unforgettable Carlo. Silva presented by Raimondi is fabulous. Mitchell makes outstanding Leonora. Honestly, this production is something of opera's best life recorded performances that I ever saw. Levine direction is perfect. He gives the voices pop up and sound on their best. This one is whole pleasure to listen.
One more word to say about the chorus: it is one of the unforgettable. I really think that this production is one to the treasure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent early Verdi. July 21 2000
I have to confess that until my wife bought this DVD for my birthday I had never heard a complete version of Ernani. It is certainly an excellent example from his "Galley years" of things to come. Am I alone in sometimes thinking I had strayed into Il Trovatore? The title role suits Pavarotti's voice perfectly and he gives us a display of his usual vocal splendour and exemplary breath control and diction. What a star he is, if any one from the Met reads this then please release both of his Met relays of "Ballo" on DVD as soon as possible. However, it would have been the icing on the cake if he had attempted to act a little more. Still I suppose you can't have everything. Although, look at his first Ballo on VHS; that will scotch all rumours that he can't act. I realise that Leona Mitchell is revered in NY, and her portrayal of Lui and Michaela at the Met are very good - but she is totally miscast here. The role stretches her to the limit and reveals some very unpleasant vocal lines - showing up a major defficiency in her technique. I am afraid that she is the weak link in this production, a view apparently not shared by the audience who go wild for her. I am afraid to say that she does nothing for me. Everyone else is superb - and Levine takes charge with his usual verve - making this a very enjoyable and exciting night at the opera.
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