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A wonderful production and for me Pavarotti has never been better
TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
22 December 2011
I only saw this production recently, having seen the 2005, 1996 and
1992 ones beforehand, and I loved every second of it. My only
complaints are one or two moments of uneven sound, and Brent Ellis
overdoes it at times with his mannerisms as Belcore, though he does
sing very well.
The costumes and sets though are very handsome, and the camera work is
mostly very good. The staging is fun, and never takes away from the
charm and heart of the story, I especially loved the decision to have
Dulcamara come down in a hot air-balloon.
Donizetti's music truly sparkles, and the orchestra and chorus under
the assured baton of Nicola Rescigno do an excellent job with it.
Judith Blegen is a very expressive and cute Adina, with a beautiful
voice. While Sesto Bruscantini may be past prime vocally, I still think
he is wonderful. He is hilarious yet his presence and style are also
nuanced and subtle.
Luciano Pavarotti made this production for me. I liked/like him very
much, but wasn't always thrilled with him as an actor in the way I was
with his voice. As wonderful he is as Rodolfo, Riccardo and Duke of
Mantua, I don't think I have ever seen him better than he is here.
His tone and diction are so crystal clear you can(to paraphrase
interestingly Rescigno talking about Giuseppe DiStefano) "write down
the text and notes of what he sang", complete with one of the most
affecting Una Furtiva Lagrimas I've heard in a while. What amazed me
was his acting, here Pavarotti is literally bouncing around the stage
while still showing Nemorino's strength, dignity and suffering.
Apparently this was the role that he identified with most, and it
really shows. Overall, simply wonderful. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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