Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Vincenzo Bellini - I Capuleti e I Montecchi / Ciofi Polito Formaggia Sacchi Amodio Acocella |
Martina Franca Festival
Actors: Patrizia Ciofi, Clara Polito, Danilo Fromaggia, Federico Sacchi, Nicola Amodio
Director: Denis Krief
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
A First Rate Production
Charles Mitchell | Centennial, CO USA | 10/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The previous reviewer says the information does not make it clear why this is the 1830 La Scala version. I agree. According to the New Grove Dictionary of Opera Bellini did not have a soprano to his liking so he re-worked the score for La Scala to better suit a mezzo-soprano. The previous reviewer thought there were too many cuts, and it is about 5 - 10 minutes shorter than the other productions I have. But what is there is excellent and Ciofi does shine. All in all it makes for a most enjoyable evening."
Not bad, but not stellar either
Smorgy | Southern California, USA | 07/10/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I don't like this 1830 'La Scala' revision of this music as much as the original 'Venice' version. Much of Giulietta's music is transposed down and much of Romeo's transposed up. Lorenzo is now not only a priest instead of a doctor (which is a weird move, since this work IS NOT based on the Shakespeare play, but Luigi Scevola's 'Giulietta e Romeo'), but he is also a tenor instead of the usual basso!
Staging seems to have updated the story to the early 20th Century, and it is exceedingly ridiculous for Romeo and Tebaldo to be threatening each others for 5 plus minutes at a time with pistols instead of swords. The stage direction is also too static for my taste. A lot of standing around singing to the audience instead of interacting with the other characters... And this being staged outdoor, the camera work is sort of sucky. Lots of scene with one singer obstructing another singer's view (and a lot of time, the obstructed singer is the one doing the singing).
Patrizia Ciofi is the main event indeed. Singing beautifully (though sounds much huskier than her Romeo does), and actually manages to express herself successfully despite of the static stage direction.
Clara Polito is a soprano Romeo who actually sounds more feminine than his lover. The voice is nicely imposing with a top-spin and a rather prominent quick vibrato... though she doesn't sing anything less loud than mezzo forte all opera long. With the music transpositions, the Romeo/Giulietta duets are interesting to hear... It's easy enough to tell these two voices apart, but one wonders who's the guy and who's the gal!
The guys sing well, and I'm quite impressed with Danilo Formaggia's Tebaldo. Very beautiful and secure tenor voice (though not very smooth during long legato lines).
Maestro Acocela is supportive of his singers from the pit and moves the show along well. And the chorus is really good.
Too bad there are only 2 DVDs of this opera available. Keeping my fingers crossed a studio or two had taped a performance with Kasarova in Chicago or Paris.... or even Dresden! Please! Please!"
Mr. Daniel Zehnacker | 12/29/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Des "Capulets" petit format....
Patricia Ciofi est bien connue (et aimée)en Italie. Sa Juliette est fine, bien chantée, avec une bonne technique et un timbre radieux à défaut d'être brillant...n'est pas Gruberova qui veut! Ses partenaires sont à son image, efficaces et courageux.
La production se veut moderne, genre "Cavalleria Rusticana" ou "Réglement de comptes siciliens"... Pourquoi pas? Mais alors, pourquoi, lorsque les deux hommes s'affrontent, brandir des revolvers, alors que le texte mentionne explicitement une lame? Pourquoi ne pas sortir tout simplement les crans d'arrêt?
Cet enregistrement a du moins l'avantage de nous refaire découvrir un opéra peut joué de nos jours, qui mériterait d'avoir sa place aux côtés de celui de Gounod."