Verdi: Il Trovatore [HD DVD] (Bilingual) [Import]
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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.
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.
Highly recommended-get it on blu-ray!
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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I am a fan of Dmitri Hvorostovsky and first saw this opera at the Met live in HD in the movie house. I then saw the encore performance because it was so good. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2012 by Genebob
this ,is simply, one of the very best performances of an opera
i have seen in many years. the singers are handsome in appearance.
voices are superb.
QUESTA EDIZIONE DEL TROVATORE MI HA INCURIOSITO PER GLI ELOGI LETTI.IO NON HO MAI ASCOLTATO CURA PRIMA DI QUESTO TROVATORE. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Sofia Tullio
After almost falling asleep with the Met's production of Il Trovatore (despite some great singing), I was very pleased with this production. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by jjbraham
I love Trovatore and this DVD is very satisfying. Casted by grat star singers who are exellent actors as well. Especially Cura and Hvorostovsky are great Verdi singers. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2004
Indeed, the principals are ideally cast here. Dmitri Hvorostovsky's suave, evil, yet somehow still-human Count nearly steals the show. He's far superior to all the Counts recorded. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2003 by Rosomax
This performance was filmed on May 3, 2002 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It was Mr. Hvorostovsky's first outing as Count di Luna. What a Count di Luna he was. Read morePublished on April 21 2003 by bunburina
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