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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.

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.

Antonino Fogliani, Orchestra & Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2009)

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Antonino Fogliani, Orchestra & Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2009)

Antonino Fogliani, Orchestra & Coro del Teatro La Fenice - Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2009)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.84 Gb (DVD9) | 171 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub.: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

In a time when operas are often set to different contexts from the ones they were intended for, a philological production has its merits, representing both a rediscovery and a provocation. This Barbiere di Siviglia, which at first sight might appear old-fashioned, restores, in fact, to perfection the setting of an early 19th-centrury Italian theatre. It was a time when the glorious tradition of popular comedy, a direct descendant of the 16th-century “commedia dell’arte”, was very much alive, and the singers entertained the audience with humor that was direct and catchy.

Nino Sanzogno, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice, Pier Miranda Ferraro, Tito Gobbi - Verdi: Otello (2013/1966)

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Nino Sanzogno, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice, Pier Miranda Ferraro, Tito Gobbi - Verdi: Otello (2013/1966)

Nino Sanzogno, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice, Pier Miranda Ferraro, Tito Gobbi - Verdi: Otello (2013/1966)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.29+3.60 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 139 (opera)+59 (bonus) min
Classical | Hardy | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Espanol, Deutsch

In honor of the Tito Gobbi centenary (in 2013), the Associazione Musicale Tito Gobbi has unearthed and released this Otello, performed in the courtyard of the Doge's Palace in Venice, in August 1966. While technical challenges involved in broadcasting a production back in the '60s, from a venue not designed for theater, caused occasional problems involving camera work and sound, the resulting black-and-white video is well worth having, particularly for Gobbi's brilliant Iago. Although an earlier Gobbi Iago is available from VAI, filmed in Japan in 1959 opposite Mario Del Monaco's titanic Moor, this later document finds the extraordinary baritone no less nimble physically and vocally. In fact, the vastness of the performing area and the evocative atmosphere of the Palazzo Ducale seem to draw from Gobbi a sort of ownership of the environment that is perfect for Iago, as he darts about controlling events like a sardonic puppeteer.

Myung-Whun Chung, Teatro la Fenice Chorus and Orchestra - Verdi: Otello (2014) [Blu-Ray]

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Myung-Whun Chung, Teatro la Fenice Chorus and Orchestra - Verdi: Otello (2014) [Blu-Ray]

Myung-Whun Chung, Teatro la Fenice Chorus and Orchestra - Verdi: Otello (2014) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29947 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 148 min | 40,7 GB
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3283 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6152 kbps / 29,97 fps | 148 min | 8,04 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C MAJOR | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Rarely has a production of Verdi's "Otello" taken place in such a prestigious location, the courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale in Venice. Directed by Francesco Micheli, this special outdoor "event production" of the Gran Teatro La Fenice supports the claim that "Venice is asserting itself more than ever on a global scale as one of the great capitals of music" (GB Opera).