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Recorded Live at the Berlin State Opera at Schillertheater.
This musical feast from Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden stars Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo in debut roles at the head of an impressive ensemble directed by Daniel Barenboim.
Anna Netrebko, “in devastating form” (The Times), draws a compelling and immediate portrait of Leonora from beginning to end. At her side, the “exceptional” Marina Prudenskaya excels as the vengeful gypsy Azucena whose performance emanates “volcanic heat from the depths of her mezzo-soprano” and portrays “every shade of tenderness and ruthlessness” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Plácido Domingo, once the most-sought-after Manrico of his generation, stars for the first time as Conte di Luna, radiating the “Domingo warmth of past times” with “his magical stage presence [that] ennobles every evening of opera” (Die Welt). To complete the foursome, Gaston Rivero is a delightful Manrico “with an attractive timbre, well-judged phrasing, fine legato” (Opernglas). Daniel Barenboim’s debut in conducting this work is “positively sensational” (Berliner Zeitung), “creat[ing] wonderful moments of soft tone … and reveal[ing] a constantly fascinating Verdi” (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
Philipp Stölzl, an internationally acclaimed stage and screen director blends historical and modern elements into a colorful, Alice in Wonderland-inspired production, brilliantly realizing Verdi’s filmic shifts between past and present in surrealistic video projections and a fascinating choreography of scenic lighting. Musical America writes “the aesthetic creates a tone of classic and comic” and Le Monde praises the production’s “glamorous display and virtuosic stylistic mix for this staging with Philipp Stölzl’s signature”. The lavish period costumes by Ursula Kundra and “the expert lighting by Olaf Freese” (Express, UK) make their own contribution to this brilliant staging.
Italian with English Subtitles