Goya (Theater an der Wien)

Goya (Theater an der Wien)

DVD (Stereo)

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
UPC: 0807280157697
Original Release: 2004
Source: Arthaus Musik
Region Code: 0
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 60,981

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Disc #1 -- Goya
1. Opening/Prelude [2:06]
2. Burn All the Letters, Burn All the Marriage Vows [3:49]
3. Did You See Her? [3:49]
4. Paradise of Flying Angels [5:16]
5. Did You Hear That? [4:15]
6. Intermezzo [3:42]
7. Wait Here [2:45]
8. Look At the Poor Man [4:11]
9. Now that We're Alone... [2:29]
10. Ah, Do Not Laugh [2:34]
11. Is the Portrait Finished? [3:34]
12. No, No, No! [4:17]
13. What Is the Matter? [7:39]
14. Their Majesties Are Coming [8:22]
15. The King Orders You to Leave the Palace Immediately [6:03]
16. Signora Duchessa [3:34]
17. I'm Also Hated, Martin, Loved and Hated [1:25]
18. Oh, My Poor Cayetana! [2:38]
19. Good God... [3:02]
20. Out Of My Dreams [1:55]
21. Intermezzo [3:31]
22. Three He Is, the Great Man [2:42]
23. Teresa! Maria! Rosario! Antonia! [3:20]
24. Who Is It? Who's There? [4:49]
25. You Saw How Cruel Man Can Be [7:53]
26. Credits [1:09]

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Goya (Theater an der Wien) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DanClarino More than 1 year ago
This attractive production of one of Menotti's last - and lesser known - operas is well worth checking out. Written expressly for Placido Domingo and premiered in Washington in 1986, Domingo carries the weight of the brilliant but troubled artist quite well. At its premiere, "Goya" actually did not do well in the press. It was beat up a bit for a weak and psychologically scattered libretto, also by the composer (so they say) and for melodies that are quite typical Menotti (which is to say very Puccini-esque) but not very strongly memorable. I did not see that production. My only exposure to this score is the present production, by the Viennese Theatre, under the direction of Kasper Holten and conductor Emmanuel Villaume and I found much to admire. Menotti's Francisco Goya is largely fictional. The painter is seen in a sort of lifelong quest of eternal beauty and begins almost as a Rodolfo from "La Boheme" but ends in madness and despair in what is nearly a "mad scene." The dying artist has not found the lasting love he thought he would find in his infatuation with the Duchess of Alba (portrayed here wonderfully by Michelle Breedt) in part to the Duchess own liberte but because a very jealous Queen Maria Luisa has her poisoned! It is true that much if these plot elements never happened. Various women of import in early 18th century royal Spain found Goya talented and attractive, including the Queen; so it goes. It is also true that Goya did die deaf, alone, possibly suffering from dementia (see his later paintings and their brutal hallucinogenic visions) and on the outs with the Spanish monarchy due to Goya's political disagreements. The rest makes for melodrama in the imaginative of Menotti but I find it entertaining. Placido Domingo in 2004 is still a commanding figure and with a very strong voice and the subject is clearly one dear to him as a Spaniard (I think for an even more astonishing performance of the more recent - and older - Domingo, see his portrayal of Pablo Neruda in Daniel Catan's "Il Postino") However, soprano Iride Martinez nearly steals the show as the shrill, attention demanding, vindictive and darkly humorous Maria Luisa, Queen of Spain, wife of the somewhat mousy Charles IV (as portrayed here) The staging here is a bit minimal but nice with bright colors (The Washington National premiere was quite lush according to reports). Menotti's score does contain several extended intermezzi in which there are - presumably - some scenery and costume changes. They are actually a little long by opera standards and the video makes up for what would be sound only by showing some scenes from the preceding action done very well and almost like an old scrapbook. The Vienna Radio Symphony under Emmanuel Villaume plays very well and the final scene, in which the dying Goya envisions his lost love, Lady Cayetana, Duchess of Alba, assuring him of her devotion - if not eternal commitment - is quite touching. There are several good reasons to get this DVD; for lovers of Menotti who want one the master's last big works, to have another fine performance by Placido Domingo in their library - made all the more wonderful - because of his own advancing age and, lastly, for some great secondary performances, particularly that of Iride Martinez.