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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
Netrebko’s voice needs no critique. She’s just wonderful as Mimi in the Boheme movie, but I think that most would agree that the roll really doesn’t require any unusual acting ability, nor, for that matter, does it require any coloratura acrobatics. So I was surprised about her superb acting ability as Lucia, though I shouldn’t have been. If Dame Sutherland, whose reputation was centered on her “Mad Scene”, was still around, she’d have to move over…quickly.
Brilliant Edgardo in Highland gloom
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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.
Terrific and Dramatic!
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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.
A superb production of a super opera .
on November 20, 2016
By Mike and Wendy Woollam
An extremely good production of a wonderful opera – Puccini’s last. The sets were magnificent and likewise the singing.
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on April 11, 2014
This was a wonderful production from the MET. What I liked about this was the subtitles and acting really brought out the story. I prefer Sutherland performance and the period it was placed than this newer production. The technical production of this newer version is better than the older MET production. Netrebko gave a fantastic performance. She seems to have better diction than Sutherland, but Sutherland’s mad scene is superior.
Excellent Lucia. Both Netrebko
on January 29, 2017
Excellent Lucia. Both Netrebko. and Beczala are at their best. Netrebko has a great mad scene. This is the best that I have heard her sing. Then Beczala finishes up with amazing singing. This is a must have DVD.
on August 21, 2017
By Arlette M. Towner
Anna Netrebko greatest soprano in the world today!!!!
Lucia is a jewel for Opera lovers
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on June 25, 2012
We throughly enjoyed this great production at the Met on DVD in high definition and with great performances. One does not need to be knowledgeable of Italian, or opera, to have a great time watching this masterpiece. The behind-the-scenes portion is also very interesting. I recommend this DVD to my family and friends. You will not be disappointed! I believe this is the next best thing to being at the Met.
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on November 1, 2013
This video presentation of “Lucia di Lammermoor” is a Metropolitan Opera production that opened the 2007-08 season, this particular performance is a live performance that was broadcast on high definition to movie theaters across America in February, 2009. I found this performance to be highly moving, poignant, and enjoyable. The director, Mary Zimmerman, creates an atmosphere through the production and performances that give this classic tragic opera, with its “Romeo and Juliet” tones of a doomed love affair between two members of warring clans, the feel of a Hammer horror film, which is not to say this a “dumbed-down” production or an exercise in directorial-indulgence in “opera-horror kitsch.”
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