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Verdi: Il Trovatore [HD DVD] (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Actors: Verdi, Cura, Hvorostovsky, Naef, Rizzi
  • Format: Classical, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
  • Release Date: March 25 2008
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012KOCN8
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. L. Allgeier on Nov. 22 2003
Format: DVD
I've seen some dull, lack-luster Trovs, but this one was truly engaging. At last we have a Manrico who looks and acts like the gypsy boy he's supposed to be. Cura is unmatched in this interpretation. This looser character is real at last. I blead with him all the way down the maelstorm that was his life.
Hovorostovsky, singing like a God, he makes you wonder why Leonora would prefer an unkept gypsy boy to him. I'm usually bored with the gypsy Mama, but Naef made me watch every line like I'd never heard it before. These singers were totally into the story and they carried me along with them.
Watching this DVD made me wish I'd bought a ticket, flew to London and seen the real thing, live on the stage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Nicholson TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 11 2004
Format: DVD
A truly wonderful rendition of Verdi's tragic opera.
This presentation is from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden with conductor Carlo Rizzi and is performed before a live audience. The stars of this opera are Jose Cura (Manrico), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Count di Luna), Yvonne Naef (Azucena) and Veronica Villarroel (Leonora).
The casting superb; the acting is committed and as passionate as anyone could wish for in this dramatic work by Verdi. The voice qualities are superior for all the principals with the characters of Hvorostovsky and Villarroel leading the way.
The loss of one star (really 1/2 star if it was available) in my rating was as a result of a few things that niggled me during the performance ... for instance
-The sets, although well done, (and undoubtedly a lot of time and effort went into their construction) were cold and grim in their appearance: then add to this, the effect of the darkness of nighttime scenes and you had an opera where it seemed impossible to find a ray of brightness throughout the entire work.
-The only subtitled language on the DVD is English. It would have been nice to at least to have the option of following the opera in Italian.
-And finally (and a really picky point here) but one I feel obliged to mention because once I noticed this, I just could not get the idea out of my mind: that being, the officers costume worn by Count di Luna reminded me of something that would be seen on the doorman of a fancy New York hotel. I'm sorry, but I just had to get that out.
All in all a solid Il Trovatore. To me, there were a few minor distractions, but the great acting and singing would allow me to highly recommend this work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 1 2004
Format: DVD
This DVD is aimed at visual affect as Hollywood version. I had some problem with Moshinsky's direction who is a Verdi specialist. But all casts were impressively well acted as well as great singing. As Cura and Hvorostovsky were saying during the rehearsals, it's extremely difficult to sing while swashbuckling. This was 1st act's great ending trio. Normally they just stood still to forcused on singing, but this time they made great effort to making it believable connection to 2nd act by Manrico had a chance to kill Count di Luna but hesitated and the Count took advantage to hurt Manrico instead. I have to give 5 stars just for that. Trovatore is a everybody's all time favorite Verdi opera. I'd say the best Manrico was late Franco Corelli and the best Count di Luna was Ettore Bastianini. I don't think any other singers can surpass them but Cura and Hvorostovsky came pretty close. Though their cabaletta(Il balen and Di quella Pira)were cut short. I wouldn't trade Hvorostovsky's Count di Luna for any other but it's hard to believe Leonora mistaking him for Cura's Manrico even in the dark. They don't hardly resemble to be the blood brothers. The time setting is in the middle of 19th Century instead of original medieval time, so the powdered gun was used to execute Manrico. One scene I resented was assault on Azucena in 3rd act. It was disturbing and unnessesary for the great singing of ensemble scene but I still give 5 stars. This is my favorite Trovatore. Extra features of interviews and back ground parts are interesting as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geena on Feb. 5 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Dmitry Hvorostovsky is amazing throughout, at the start of the performance I wondered how Jose Cura with his less than perfect voice had managed to continue performing on the opera stage but by the end I knew --the guy delivers when it counts!! A committed performance, dramatically perfect. I have seen this opera numerous times and have the Pavarotti version on DVD with the excellent Azucena but the end of the opera did not touch me dramatically like this one did. the soprano also gave a very good, involved performance. Combine the quality of the performance with the sound and picture quality, and I'm in opera heaven!

Highly recommended-get it on blu-ray!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Bouse on July 14 2003
Format: DVD
Admittedly Verdi's "Il Trovatore" is difficult to stage effectively. These dificulties result from the opera's somewhat insane plot coupled with the stature of the artists able to effectively cope with the score. Elijah Moshinsky' has overcome these difficluties with great success. He's moved the story from 15th C. Spain to 1865 Italy whereby the political conflict becomes Imperial Austria vs. Garibaldi's revolutionary forces.( This is a nice choice considering Verdi's nationalist proclivities.) This device works well as a backdrop to the interactions of the opera's four main characters. The sets and costumes by fim designer Dante Ferretti and Anne Tilby respectively create a film-like atmosphere worthy of Zeferelli.
The choruses are marvelously integrated into the action, be they gypsies or Schlager dueling Austrian soldiers, and intensify the developing friction that fuels the opera. The principal singers are strong and well suited for their roles. Dimitri Hvorostovsky's Count di Luna is an elegant controlled antithesis to Jose Cura's "macho" rogue Manrico. Yvonne Naef is downright scarey as Azucena. Both her voice and acting capture the gypsy's tortured obsessiveness. Unfortunately the lovely Veronica Villarroel's light lyric soprano is hard pressed to cope with Leonora's role, which definitely requires the power of a spinto soprano. Although her acting is heartfelt and powerful enough to make this Leonora believable, Verdi's score is too heavy for her instrument. Nonetheless, this "Il Trovatore" ensnares us in the passion and grandeur that is opera.
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