This is the first EuroArts release in cooperation with the San Francisco Opera, internationally recognized as one of the top opera companies in the world
Renée Fleming as “America's most-loved and most-lauded opera singer”(The Times, London) played Lucrezia Borgia with passion and outstanding virtuosity in line with a top-notch cast: Michael Fabiano, Elizabeth DeShong and VitalijKowaljow.
Fleming plays a femme fatale renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power that reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long-lost son.
Led by internationally acclaimed conductor Riccardo Frizza
Recorded live in high definition at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, August 2012.
Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 122 min
Interview with Renee Fleming (Lucrezia)
Interview with Michael Fabiano (Gennaro)
Interview with Elizabeth DeShong (Orsini)
“Fleming seems fired by the theatricality of a reviled female character who commands every dramatic situation she encounters...The main reservation is her calculation...DeShong is a powerful vocal and dramatic presence as Orsini...The John Pascoe production is handsome, sumptuous and towering with ornate costumes.”
28th January 2014
“Fabiano’s plangent tenor is an ideal bel canto instrument with flexibility and strength...I shall follow his career with interest. The same goes for Elizabeth DeShong as Orsini. Her voice is a full-toned wide-ranging mezzo to which she adds convincing acting skills...The traditional staging and period costumes aid the historical perspective”
“John Pascoe's postmodern 2011 production from San Francisco Opera won't please everyone, but it's worth investigating for the principals: Renée Fleming brings an unusual vulnerability to the poison-happy virago of the title, and Elizabeth DeShong energises the trouser-role of Orsini (given an extra dimension here in 'his' homoerotic relationship with Gennaro). And what scorching impact Michael Fabiano makes as Lucrezia's son Gennaro - this year's Tucker Award-winner is most definitely one to watch.”
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