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Lorin Maazel, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Verdi: La Traviata (2005)

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Lorin Maazel, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Verdi: La Traviata (2005)

Lorin Maazel, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Verdi: La Traviata (2005)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.72 Gb (DVD9) | 146 min
Classical | TDK | Sub.: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

TWhen the legendary Venetian Teatro La Fenice, which had been completely destroyed by fire in 1996, rose like a phoenix from the ashes again, its rebirth was celebrated with Verdi’s La Traviata, an opera that had seen its première more than 150 years earlier in the same theatre. Led by star conductor Lorin Maazel, a cast of brilliant singer-actors brought an exact replica of the March 1853 version to the stage, giving audiences the opportunity to experience the opera as the world first heard at its premiere in Venice. The original score had been found in the archives of La Fenice, so that La Traviata could relive its premiere without any revisions. The great Violetta-Germont duet, the second act finale and the opera’s last two numbers resounded through the theatre in just the way that Verdi initially intended.

Riccardo Frizza, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova - Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment (2006)

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Riccardo Frizza, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova - Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment (2006)

Riccardo Frizza, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Patrizia Ciofi, Juan Diego Flórez - Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 121+38 min | 7,78+2,76 Gb (DVD9+DVD5)
Classical | Label: DECCA | Sub: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese | Recorded: 2005

Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment aims to please and it succeeds, with its catchy tunes, wildly difficult showpieces for the principles, and a simple, if also simplistic, narrative line. This 2005 live performance at Genoa's Teatro Carlo Felice features virtuoso singing by tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio and soprano Patrizia Ciofi, as Marie, the "daughter" of the soldiers who have adopted her. Tonio's big Act I scene and aria, "Ah! mes amis," was a famous showpiece for Pavarotti and Flórez is in that league, nailing the aria's nine high Cs with an ease mere mortals reserve just for breathing.

Paolo Arrivabeni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei (2005)

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Paolo Arrivabeni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei (2005)

Paolo Arrivabeni, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Donizetti: Pia de Tolomei (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 4.05 + 4.13 Gb (2xDVD5) | 137 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese, Japanese

In recent years not only music festivals but also important opera theatres have turned their attention towards the neglected masterpieces of the lyrical repertoire. Thus also Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, in a commendable effort, staged this Pia de’ Tolomei by Donizetti, with some of the best singers available today for this type of repertoire. Initial response to this opera, which was performed for the first time in 1837, was ambiguous, so much so that Donizetti re-worked it as many as three times. The version here recorded is that of the critical edition recently published by Ricordi, with the tragic finale originally conceived by the composer. The listener will undoubtedly wonder, once more, at Donizetti’s wealth of melodic inspiration, especially when it comes to the character of Pia, wonderfully interpreted, here, by Patrizia Ciofi.

Zubin Mehta, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2002)

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Zubin Mehta, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (2002)

Zubin Mehta, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2002)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.68 Gb (DVD9) | 136 min
Classical | TDK | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) is an opera „Singspiel“ in three acts with spoken rather than sung dialogue. This DVD shows the impeccable performance of the majestic Teatro della Pergola Florence. The tenors Rainer Trost (Belmonte) and Mehrzad Montazeri (Pedrillo) sing with convincing excellence. The most demanding parts are sung with effortless passion by Eva Mei (Constanze). Her aria ‘Martern aller Arten’ is overwhelming; with the singer’s voice fusing beautifully with the solo instruments. This Italian production is admirable with all its colourful decorations and costumes in an oriental style.

Emmanuel Villaume, Orchestra of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Michelle Breedt, Patrizia Ciofi - Massenet: Cherubin (2006)

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Emmanuel Villaume, Orchestra of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Michelle Breedt, Patrizia Ciofi - Massenet: Cherubin (2006)

Emmanuel Villaume, Orchestra of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Michelle Breedt, Patrizia Ciofi - Massenet: Chérubin (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.35 Gb (DVD9) | 120 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Francais, Italiano, English, Deutsch, Espanol

Dynamic, which has already in its catalogue a few neglected operas by Massenet, has the pleasure to offer another rarity by this composer, this Chérubin recorded live in Cagliari in 2006 year. The old Mozartian Cherubino of Le nozze di Figaro is no longer the young lad in his first naive contacts with women: his age moved on from 13 to 17 years and, of course, takes on more adolescent connotations. Massenet brings these aspects out well as he characterises Chérubin with vocal scoring that favours ample, intensely cantabile phrases, with leaps towards the acute register that give full vent to the lyrical soprano voice, with moments of sudden emphasis and equally rapid disappointments - a real tempest of hormones, light years away from the Voi che sapete of Mozart’s page boy.

Evelino Pido, Orchestre de l'Opera National de LyonPatrizia Ciofi, Roberto Alagna - Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor (2004)

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Evelino Pido, Orchestre de l'Opera National de LyonPatrizia Ciofi, Roberto Alagna - Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor (2004)

Evelino Pidò, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de LyonPatrizia Ciofi, Roberto Alagna - Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor (2004)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.70 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | TDK | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

We can thank the Lyon Opera for reviving the long-forgotten French version in January 2002 and it is that production upon which this DVD is based. With Patricia Ciofi in the title role and the splendid Roberto Alagna as Edgard Ravenswood, the production was recorded for TV under Don Kent's direction, with Evelino Pido ably conducting the orchestra and chorus of the Opera National de Lyon.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco, Patrizia Ciofi, Joyce DiDonato - Amor e gelosia: Handel Operatic Duets (2004)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco, Patrizia Ciofi, Joyce DiDonato - Amor e gelosia: Handel Operatic Duets (2004)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco, Patrizia Ciofi, Joyce DiDonato - Amor e gelosia: Handel Operatic Duets (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 361 Mb | Total time: 73:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 45628 | Recorded: 2003

The duets in his operas are the special treats, coming at climactic points – most often, two lovers' supposedly final parting, or their ultimate reunion. Try 'Io t'abbraccio', from Rodelinda, or the wonderful 'Per la porte del tormento' from Sosarme. We have several pieces from Poro, first the intense little love duet in Act 2, and later the two arias in which Poro and Cleofide swear eternal fidelity – which they fling back at each other when, in a duet we also hear, both believe themselves betrayed. Then there's the delightful little minor-key duet from Faramondo, the quarrel duet from Atalanta, the charmingly playful piece from Muzio Scevola, and the extraordinary one for the pleading Angelica and the furious, maddened Orlando. Handel's understanding of the shades and accents of love are something to marvel at.

Zubin Mehta, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro [2012/2003]

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Zubin Mehta, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro [2012/2003]

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro (Zubin Mehta, Patrizia Ciofi, Giorgio Surian, Marina Comparato) [2012/2003]
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.56 Gb+5.42 Gb (2xDVD9) | 181 min
Classical | ArtHaus Music | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

In his 2003 production for the Maggio Musicale in Florence, director Jonathan Miller invested the complex relationships between the characters with countless tiny erotic charges and even obvious sexual symbols. The artistic director of the renowned Maggio Musicale festival Zubin Mehta brings out not only the tension and drive of the music but also its harmonic richness. The singers all belong to the international opera scene and not only provide excellent vocal quality but also strong acting skills, which help to tell the gripping story with its many disguises, mix-ups and discoveries: Russian soprano Eteri Gvazava internationally recognised since her sensational Traviata à Paris filming partnering José Cura is wonderful to watch and to hear in the role of the sad but contriving Countess Almaviva. Patrizia Ciofi, the Italian belcanto star is Susanna with all her intriguing acting skills and her pointed vocal intensity. Lucio Gallo who plays the evil character in this plot is one of the foremost Italian baritones. The title role is sung by Giorgio Surian, a bass-baritone who started off on the Italian opera scene, but has since made a steady career on international opera stages.