Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|La Gazza Ladra Melodrama in Two Acts|
Genres: Indie & Art House, Musicals & Performing Arts
Director Damiano Michieletto's Victory
Noam Eitan | Brooklyn, NY United States | 09/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a superb production from Pesaro. It is presented in the highest technical standards of audio and video, which set Dynamic in a class of its own, a notch or two above all competitors.
This score calls for a very large cast of principals and inevitably some of them are better than others. The good news are soprano Mariola Cantarero as the falsely accused servant, Ninetta, and bass Michele Pertusi as Gottardo, the despotic mayor. They are both familiar from many productions on DVD.
The bad news is that the tenor role of Giannetto calls for a type of voice that is extinct. Dmitry Korchak is a great singer, with a sizable voice and easy top, who was received enthusiastically in his Carnegie Hall debut as Donizetti's Dom Sébastien in 2006. Here his voice sounds tiny, strained and frayed at the top - either a bad night or maybe he just is not a Rossini tenor. Short of JD Florez, I would humbly submit that the only Rossini tenors who can do the role some measure of justice are Robert McPherson and Lawrence Brownlee, in that order - it's high time that Robert McPherson, a superb bel canto tenor and the greatest Nozzari tenor of our time, was invited to Pesaro. The other singers are fine to good - this cast will rarely be matched.
I usually don't care for opera directors. Opera is for me first and foremost about the voices and directors who think they are more than traffic cops can rot in hell as far as I am concerned. However, I must concede that director Damiano Michieletto's production is the main reason to watch this DVD. It's a long opera (critical edition used) and initially I thought what we're getting here are simple, minimalist and updated sets with natural and superbly executed interactions between the protagonists. But as the production unfolds, Michieletto's "simple" ideas (he has many up his sleeve, but I don't like to write or read about descriptions of productions and sets) slowly combine to create a profound creation with a heartbreaking climax in the march to the scaffold scene, worthy of a Donizetti queen.
This genre of opera semi-seria is long extinct and very difficult to bring off. Michieletto manages the comic and sentimental aspects as well as the tragic ones - some scenes here are intensely dark and very touching, almost disturbing - while keeping a believable dramatic and esthetic balance.
La Gazza Ladra steals show.
Charles C. Coffee | 03/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent production. The sparse scenery, essentially large, movable plastic pipes, added nothing, but at least was not a distraction. The very athletic young woman who mimed the magpie stole the show."