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Recorded live from the Teatro Regio, Turin 7, 10 & 13 October 2010
Orlin Anastassov (Boris), Alessandra Marianelli (Xenia), Pavel Zubov (Fyodor), Ian Storey (Grigory), Vladimir Vaneev (Pimen), Peter Bronder (Prince Shuisky), Vasily Ladjuk (Andrey Shchelkalov), Vladimir Matorin (Varlaam), Luca Casalin (Missail), Nadezhda Serdjuk (Innkeeper), Evgeny Akimov (Holy Fool), Elena Sommer (Nurse), John Paul Huckle (Nikitich), Oliviero Giorgiutti (Mityukha), Matthias Stier (Boyar-in-attendance) & Andrei Konchalovsky (Khrushchyov)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, Torino, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor) & Andrei Konchalovsky (director)
Boris Godunov is the story not only of a troubled leader but of an entire nation, and its history is as eventful as that of Mother Russia herself. In this new production, the legendary director Andrei Konchalovsky presents a personal vision of the opera that takes Mussorgsky’s bare and monumental first version as its basis, while adding the final scene from the composer’s revision, in which not only the Tsar but the people themselves reveal their fatal flaws.
Orlin Anastassov stars in the title role, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
‘’Orchestrally and vocally outstanding’’ The Opera Critic
Interviews with Andrei Konchalovsky & Gianandrea Noseda
Running time 164 mins
Region Code All regions
Picture format 1080i High Definition
Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Menu languages EN
“Konchalovsky sticks to the 1869 original...Orlin Anastassov makes a rich-voiced but wildly over-the-top Godunov...It's good to have the superlative treble Pavel Zubov as Boris's son Fyodor...Best is Gianandrea Noseda's fluent and urgent conducting” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 ***
“[Noseda] paces and balances Boris most naturally, eschewing brassy climaxes or over-melodramatic spookiness...Konchalovsky's detailed work with his responsive soloists has some of the over-the-top manic energy of Orson Welles in his Shakespeare films: the glinting, desperate, trapped eyes of Orlin Anastassov's Tsar and the fussy sweat-wiping mannerisms of Peter Bronder's Shuisky create an apt other-worldly presence. Both too are in fine voice.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012
“Noseda is well-schooled in this repertoire through Valery Gergiev’s mentorship and offers a viscerally exciting performance of the score. His tempi are keen and there is plenty of thrust to his orchestra’s attack...Orlin Anastassov is a much younger Boris than we’re used to seeing, but then the real Boris Godunov became regent at the age of 34. Opulently costumed, he cuts a noble figure from the start and has the vocal resources to match.” Opera Britannia, 30th October 2011 ****/*****
“Anastassov is vocally and physically imposing as the Tsar. It is not, I think, being fanciful to say that from early on his staring eyes reflect the first signs of Boris's mental derangement. His voice emerges with deep resonance, focused, flowing, dark of timbre...The cast has no weaknesses...I rate the performance highly.” International Record Review, October 2011
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Live Recording from The Teatro Regio di Torino 2008
Barbara Frittoli (Thaïs), Lado Ataneli (Athanaël), Alessandro Liberatore (Nicias), Maurizio Lo Piccolo (Palémon), Nadežda Serdyuk (Albine), Eleonora Buratto (Crobyle), Ketevan Kemoklidze (Myrtale), Daniela Schillaci (La Charmeuse), Diego Matamoros (Servant)
Orchestra And Chorus of The Teatro Regio di Torino, Gianandrea Noseda
NOTE: This Blu-ray Disc is not compatible with standard DVD players
Directed, Set Design and Costumes by Stefano Poda.
Thaïs, a mature work by the composer Jules Massenet on the libretto by Louis Gallet, it is based on the novel of the same name by Anatole France. The new production of this rarely performed work is the result of more than a year of close collaboration between the forces of the Theatre and Stefano Poda, responsible, for the first time in Italy, for the direction, choreography, sets, lighting and costumes. On the podium, Gianandrea Noseda, who, seduced by the dramatic force and modernity of the orchestral writing, conducts Thaïs for the first time; a debut also for the protagonist Barbara Frittoli, who has chosen the Regio to make her debut in this difficult role. Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli gives an impressive study of the monk Athanaël. Purified of the anticlerical excesses of Anatole France’s original novel, the libretto by Louis Gallet retains the sensual charge, and above all, the irony which, though remaining underplayed, contributes to keeping alive a subject that has possible references to the contemporary world. The taste for the orient that characterised French culture during the nineteenth century had become, by the end on the century, a truly dominant theme in literature, painting and theatre. In Thaïs, which had its debut in 1894, exoticism becomes the vehicle of a trend which is explicitly decadent, containing themes typical of fin-de-siècle art, i.e. the contrast between sacred and profane, transgression and the figure of the femme fatale. The story, which stands out against the background of Alessandria in Egypt in all its opulence and refinement, culture and indolence, presents us with the crossed destinies of Athanaël, a Cenobite monk whose missionary zeal borders on fanaticism, and Thaïs, a famous courtesan who, worried about the transience of her beauty, lets herself be convinced to search immortality in the love of God.
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Audio Master 7.1
Picture Format: 16:9
Resolution: 1080i FULL HD
Menu Language: GB
Blu-ray Disc: 50 GB (Dual Layer)
Subtitle Languages: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES, JP
Running Time: 139 mins
Region Code: 0
“Any version of this opera, no matter how impressive the settings, stands or falls on the two main protagonists and their series of duets. Frittoli is taxed by the high-lying phrases of the mirror aria, "Dis-moi que je suis belle", in Act 2, but rises to the challenge of "L'amour est une vertu rare"... Ataneli gives a strong performance but the highly stylised nature of the staging doesn't allow for much subtlety of expression. Gianandrea Noseda conducts with... sensitivity for Massenet's style” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010
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