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Production - John Cox
Video Director - Brian Large
Set Designer - Robin Wagner
Costume Designer - Patricia Zipprodt
Lighting Designer - Gil Wechsler
The stellar cast of this popular opera includes superb singers as well as excellent actors like Kathleen Battle, Leo Nucci, Rockwell Blake, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Enza Dara
Critical praise for this production: “One of [the Met’s] most ingenious stagings in recent years…made to order for a great Rossini ensemble” (New York Times ) – and for this ensemble: “Battle’s coloratura flowed with astonishing ease and grace, beautifully varied in color” (New York Times). “Alongside Battle’s stunning Rosina, the cast is close to ideal…Blake’s Almaviva is extraordinary…Nucci is a remarkable Figaro…Furlanetto makes a formidable Basilio, Dara an irresistible Bartolo” (Répertoire )
“A typical grand Met occasion, every singer a star with huge elaborate sets...the line-up of males ensures an evening of rapturous applause.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 ****
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“Marc Minkowski rescues Boieldieu from the history books in a stylish recording of a minor French Romantic masterpiece. Rockwell Blake and Annick Massis lead a strong cast from the front.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 ****
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Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish
Run Time: 159 minutes
Recorded live on 5th January 2002
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Rare Operatic Ensembles by Donizetti, Mayr, Rossini, Meyerbeer, Verdi, Coccia & Mosca
Annick Massis, Bruce Ford, Majella Cullagh, Alastair Miles, Jennifer Larmore, Mirco Palazzi, Laura Claycomb, Peter Glossop, Della Jones, Alexander Oliver, Yvonne Kenny, Rockwell Blake, Daniela Barcellona, William Matteuzzi, Jane Eaglen, Christian du Plessis, Deborah Cook
London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra & Philharmonia Orchestra, David Parry, James Judd & Giuliano Carella
“A fine tribute to the man who led us so rewardingly along opera's byways. …the late and lamented Patric Schmid. It is largely thanks to him and his colleagues at Opera Rara that we now have a fairly comprehensive familiarity and a greatly enhanced appreciation of early 19th-century Italian opera, a period which until recently was not only neglected but pretty widely despised.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2006
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Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian
“Yvonne Kenny was already experienced in the role of Aspasia when this production was filmed in 1986, and here she is musically agile and dramatically compelling. Rockwell Blake is vocally muscular as Mitridate… The American soprano Ashley Putnam was simply an inspired choice for the... trouser-role of Sifare, and the rest of the cast is good. The direction is fluid...” BBC Music Magazine, May 2005 ****
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Director Werner Herzog and conductor Riccardo Muti combine with the finest of casts to lavish Rossini’s rarely-performed Neapolitan masterpiece, set in feudal sixteenth century Scotland, with the genius it deserves. June Anderson is an outstanding Elena (the Lady of the Lake) in the 1992 production of the melodrama based on Sir Walter Scott’s poem.
PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 167 MINS
SOUND: DOLBY STEREO
“The slickness of the scene changes, the direction of Werner Herzog, together with Rossini’s music, the solo and choral singing and Muti’s vibrant conducting keep the watcher and listener interested. As Elena, June Anderson keeps a pure vocal line with secure legato, plenty of tonal colour and secure coloratura.” MusicWeb International
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