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Anna Netrebko returns to the stage in the unforgettable Metropolitan Opera performance of Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor! This DVD release was originally broadcast live in HD from the Met on February 7, 2009. In addition to Netrebko's spectacular perform
Actors: Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Mariusz Kwiecien, Ildar Abdrazakov, Metropolitan Opera
I almost didn’t purchase this based on some of the negative, nit-picking reviews I’ve seen here at Amazon. I own many other Lucias including Anna Moffo, Sutherland, Bonfadelli, Devia, Rancatore and Ciofi. Some of these are very good. But Netrebko’s performance is something else again. She is indeed a Lucia for the ages. She has youth, vivacity, presence, sparkle, charisma, visually and aurally that delights the senses. This is full blown MET spectacular. Scenery, costumes, direction, sound, everything comes together in a gorgeous, iconic production. Don’t let the nit-pickers dissuade you from owning and delighting in this gem!
37 people found this helpful.
on January 20, 2010
By Rachel Klika
I saw this originally during the Live in HD presentation and loved it. Other people (more experienced than I, probably) may not like it all that much, but I think it was fantastic (much more enjoyable than the Joan Sutherland version I first saw). I loved the update to the Victorian period and the sextet in Act II just gave me chills (not a common experience for me).
Terrific and Dramatic!
18 people found this helpful.
on September 26, 2010
By Dr. John W. Rippon
I’ve seen dozens of Lucias starting in the 40’s with Lily Pons (still one of the most exciting) but the opera Lucia became tugid and dull; only a vehicle for a soprano that had (or thought she had) a coloratura voice. Good ones Moffo, Callas, Sills etc. and bad ones Ricciarelli, Scotto and many others who continued to sing long after their voice had gone. In most performances the other cast members were mere automatons that parked and bellowed with an arm extended. The present performance was superior to all others I’ve seen because it was a total theatrical experience. All the cast was involved in the drama and drama it was. This was due to the genius of Mary Zimmerman. Her concept initially turned me off when I first read about it. But when I saw it was revelation. The cast sang and acted! The tenor Piotr Beczala as Edgardo, M.Kwiecin as Enrico (what an evil!), and the Raimondo of I. Abdrazakov were all stellar in their roles. In most past performances who remembers anyone but the soprano. In this one we remember them all. No, Netrebko is not a full bel canto but she is a great actress and a fantastic singer. It was a great evening. And yes I loved the Victorian ghost story.
An excellent version of one of my favorite operas!
25 people found this helpful.
on December 27, 2009
Production: Dark, eerie and actually how I always envisioned it. The entire mood fits the music perfectly. I love the addition of the ghost.
Brilliant Edgardo in Highland gloom
8 people found this helpful.
on May 7, 2011
By V.J. Williams
This opera is going to lie close to my heart, not least because of its story brought to life by an excellent cast and principal characters. There’s much that impressed and little that didn’t. Transferring the storyline from early eighteenth century to the Victorian period was in my very humble opinion, a believable move.
Overall a great production!
7 people found this helpful.
on July 18, 2012
By tom h.
This production has such wildly mixed reviews about the leading lady and the staging that I thought I’d add my perspective for potential buyers. This role was redefined in the early 50’s by Maria Callas and subsequently perfected in the late 50’s-70’s by Joan Sutherland. For me there are no better Lucias and even among their contemporaries there were few singers I enjoyed as much. There are no singers performing today who could share their stage. Unfortunately for an overall performance, I don’t think either singer has an ensemble as electric as this. Their live Lucias are either in debatable sound or in the case of Sutherland’s Met DVD version she was way past her prime and probably was paid big money for a fan favorite. A legion of sopranos have tried their hand at this opera some with great success and others not but for this particular staging Anna Netrebko’s natural beauty, acting ability, and adequate voice make her a remarkable if not historic Lucia.
Met’s two versions of Lucia
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on November 23, 2009
The two Met’s DVDs, 2009 by Netrebko and 1982 by Sutherland, are played back to back. Bel Canto or not, Netrebko’s voice is passionate and highly credible. Her acting comes across fabulous on DVDs. Her facial expressions are well synchronized with her beautiful singing. Her Mad Scene is outstanding. In my memory, it is the best Mad Scene since another Anna half a century ago. That was Moffo. Beczala, while already an international star, could be a household name before long. I prefer Villazon and his robust voice. The Netrebko-Villazon chemistry is hard to match. Zimmerman does a superb job on the background scenaries (simple photos in Scotland), but the photographer and the injection can be done without. A strong plus is having Dessay serving as hostess. She is wonderful. I wish she sings couple short notes.
Not for purists, but a good Lucia
10 people found this helpful.
on September 9, 2010
By J. Espinosa Ihnen
Lucia di Lammermoor transposed to the Victorian age, with a fully fledged verismo Russian soprano and somewhat unknown central Europe tenor and baritone? Yes, and it works!
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