, May 2012
The camera work is interesting and varied, switching between a fixed shot showing the entire stage to a number of different angles. I never had any feeling of the artificiality that sometimes comes through in poorly filmed operas. Many of the shots are from a camera exactly in the centre of the hall, facing the stage, showing the orchestra at the bottom, the performers on the stage above them, giving the view one would have sitting in the hall.
Then there is the music. In this performance, the balance between Mark Minkowski’s Musiciens du Louvre and the singers is perfect, and the recording is natural, with excellent sound. All of the soloists are excellent, and the audience doesn’t hesitate to applaud after many of the arias. Anja Harteros is very moving as Alcina, especially in the long aria “Regina, sei tradita”. Vesselina Kasarova is excellent as Ruggiero…While this is essentially a feminine performance, Adam Plachetka gets a wonderful, long aria in the first act, and is greeted with well-deserved applause. One other highlight is the teenaged Alois Mühlbacher in the role of Oberto, who, if his voice doesn’t change too much, has an amazing career ahead of him as a counter-tenor. Some of the audience’s most boisterous applause was for him after “Sin per le vie del sole” in act 3.
…the quality of the filming, the excellent music and sound, and the tasteful design make this a delight to watch. It’s a bit long—at nearly three and a half hours. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review