What DVD were all these reviewers watching?
Robert Baksa | new york state | 09/18/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I am appalled by all the praise heaped on this DVD. There are many good things about most MET productions but often they utilize a big name who is well past their singing years. Why can nobody see that Price's performance is a DISASTER! We all remember her early recordings which were full of wonderful singing. But by the time this performance was taped she was less than a charicature of her former self. Her tone is often hollow, she approximates most of the melodic lines and doesn't bother with many consonances. Yes, its a shame we have nothing from her best years but lets admit that this the present performance is nothing to rave about. Like the MET Rigoletto which faltered on McNeil's long past retirement lead, this should never been released.
Sadly, here is another great work for which there is no really adequate performance on DVD.
A GREAT MEMENTO OF A GREAT SOPRANO
L. Mitnick | Chicago, Illinois United States | 08/27/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This performance is worth having as a reasonably good representation of "Forza del Destino", an opera not abundantly available on DVD, but more so for the presence of Leontyne Price in one of her greatest Verdi roles. True, the voice is not as resplendent and luscious as it was some seasons earlier, but the grand authority and imperial voice remain intact. I really wonder who could sing this role as well today as Price does on this Met video. Like Zinka Milanov before her, Price is a Verdi soprano to the manner born, and her bearing and personage alone makes her assuption of this role treasurable. Granted ------ it would have been better for her to have appeared in a DVD of this opera a few years earlier, but in her case, it's better late than never. Now if the Met would only release her farewell 1985 Aida, which, while not as vocally infallable as it was a few years earlier, is still good enough to blow all of the other competition away."
Romualdo A. Monteclar | new york | 11/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd with Giacomini and Nucci and Price is
priceless, to say the least. I urge you to view it and experience for a moment one grand musical destiny only the unique genius of Verdi can give.
A Most Cherished Rememberance
Jeffrey M. Shabman | Wisconsin, USA | 01/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While living in New York at the time of this production I went to every performance as long as Leontyne Price sang. I have been in love with her voice since her debut in another Verdi masterpiece."