Il Trovatore (Royal Opera House)

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This BBC production of Giuseppe Verdi's celebrated opera gets a well-appointed presentation on DVD. Il Trovatore has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in two formats, Dolby Digital Stereo, and Dolby Digital Surround. The opera is performed in its original Italian with optional English subtitles. Bonus materials include profiles of the cast and their roles, a look ...
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This BBC production of Giuseppe Verdi's celebrated opera gets a well-appointed presentation on DVD. Il Trovatore has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in two formats, Dolby Digital Stereo, and Dolby Digital Surround. The opera is performed in its original Italian with optional English subtitles. Bonus materials include profiles of the cast and their roles, a look at the role of the designer in this production, an examination of the show's fight scenes, and an illustrated booklet with a synopsis and other information in three languages.
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Special Features

Meet the cast and their characters; Designing Il Trovatore - Behind the scenes with the director and the costume and set designers; Illustrated synopsis; Illustrated booklet in English, French, and German with biographies and background information; All about Schläger - Preparations for the fight scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • UPC: 809478000396
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 2:52:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jose Cura Manrico
Dmitri Hvorostovsky Count di Luna
Yvonne Naef Azucena
Verónica Villarroel Leonora
Tomas Tomasson Ferrando
Gweneth-Ann Jeffers Ines
Thomas Barnard Old Gypsy
Douglas Telfer Messenger
Edgaras Montvidas Ruiz
The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House
Carlo Rizzi Conductor
Technical Credits
Brian Large Director
Dante Ferretti Set Decoration/Design
Anne Tilby Costumes/Costume Designer
Frances Whitaker Producer
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Opera
   Part 1
      Introduction and Scene
      Scene and Cavatina
      Scene, Romanza and Trio
   Part 2
      Gypsy Chorus and Song
      Scene and Narrative
      Scene and Duet
      Scene and Aria
      Part 2 Finale
   Part 3
      Introductory Chorus
      Scene and Trio
      Scene and Aria
   Part 4
      Scene, Aria and Miserere
      Scene and Duet
      Part 4 Finale
   Play Highlights
      Di Due Figli - Abbietta Zingara
      Tacea la Notte Placida
      Di Tale Amor
      Il Trovator! - Deserto Sulla Terra
      Di Geloso Amor Sprezzato
      Vedi! Le Fosche Notturne Spoglie
      Stride la Vampa!
      Condotta Ell'era in Ceppi
      Mal Reggendo All'aspro Assalto - Ma Nell'alma
      Perigliarti Ancor Languente - Un Momento Può Involarmi
      Il Balen del Suo Sorriso
      Per Me Ora Fatale - Ardir!
      E Deggio e Posso Crederlo? - Dunque gli Estini
      Or Co' Dadi - Piu L'assalto
      Squilli, Echeggi
      Giorni Poveri Vivea
      Deh! Rallentate - Tua Prole
      Ah Si, Ben Mio
      Di Quella Pira
      D'amor Sull'ali Rosee
      Miserere - Quel Suon, Quelle Preci
      Tu Vedrai Che Amore - Ah Si! Con Te Nella Tomba Scenderò!
      Mira, Di Acerbe Lagrime - Ah! Dell'indegno
      Vivra! Contende il Giubilo
      Si, la Stanchezza M'opprime
      Parlar Non Vuoi? - Ai Nostri Monti
      Play All
   Extra Features
      Synopsis
      The Cast and Their Characters
      Designing "Il Trovatore"
      All About Schläger Duelling
   Audio
      Stereo
      Surround
   Subtitles
      English
      Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cura and company triumph with Trovatore

    I heartily agree with the previous reviewer's statement that this is the best Tovatore DVD out there. The camera work is unobtrusive and well thought-out, and the stage direction of Elijah Moshinsky is extemely fluid and visually captivating, particularly in his use of warm and cool colors to symbolize the opposing groups of the opera--red for the passionate gypsies led by Manrico and blue for the cold discipline of the military captained by the Count di Luna. The special features really should set the standare for all opera DVDs with their revealing cast and crew interviews and historical information. Now to the performances: I purchased this DVD on the strength of Jose Cura's name and voice and I was not disappointed, learing that Dmitri Hvorostovsky was the Count was icing on the cake. Finally, a tenor who is as handsome as the character he plays should be! Cura cuts a dashing figure and athletic figure as the heroic gypsy, Manrico. The dark timbre of his voice is well-suited Verdi's most challenging tenor role. He is also quite the stage animal, unafraid to smoke, eat,drink sword-fight, kiss the leading lady and basically ACT! all while singing with much precision and power. The famous cabaletta, "Di quella pira" is transposed down a half-tone (not an uncommon practice for a tenor posessed of a weighty voice) for his dark instrument and the high B's ring with power and security. Hvorostovsky is every bit Cura's equal, both in vocal power and stage aplomb. His deep rich, voice is the ideal "Verdi Baritone", his top notes secure and unstrained, and his command of the lyric line of his aria "Il balen nel suo sorriso" is startling. The ladies of the show are no less talented that their male counterparts, particularly the glorious mezzo of Yvonne Naef as Azucena. Here is a singer with enough presence to sing "Stride la vampa" hardly moving a muscle, allowing her voice to show us jsut how haunted she is. The Leonora of Veronica Villarroel is much more a singer than an actor, but her voice is lovely and she tries very hard not to look like she's thinking about the notes and it is very clear she enjoys her time with Cura. The Ferrando of Tomas Tomasson is also quite powerful, rounding out the fantastic cast. This is one to own!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best 'Trovatore ' DVD on the market so far

    I have seen every 'Tro' dvd on the market and think this is the best overall. It was filmed live at the Royal Opera House on May 3, 2002. The production was updated and had a feel of an 'action movie'. We cannot expect four best singers in the world in this production, but it has at least two: Ms. Yvonne Narf's Azucena and the best part of the dvd, Dmitri Hvorostovsky's Count di Luna. The Siberian baritone brings everything and more to this role. The singing is just magnificent and the acting is surprisingly good. His trade mark intensity mixing with elegance works magic in the role of di Luna. The quality of the dvd is excellent with a few extra features. The only negative thing is the production has some unnecessary touches.

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