, January 2013
This production…comes from the 2012 performances in Naples’ Teatro di San Carlo…this opera requires stellar performances from a soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass-baritone to succeed, contributing to its infrequent staging. I am happy to report that we are given a strong cast from top to bottom. Soprano Garcia hearkens back to the old style Martina Arroyo-like stage presence, stout but with a fabulous voice, that surmounts most of the challenges of this role. Particularly impressive is Polish baritone Rucinski’s grasp of the Verdi style and delivery of the evil character type of which the composer was so fond. Orchestral and choral forces of Il Teatro di San Carlo are stylishly led by Nicola Luisotti who has Verdi in his veins.
…video director Annalisa Butto provides outstanding coverage of the stage and singers. Detail is crisp…Colors are terrific.
The Teatro di San Carlo is a legendary Neapolitan opera house and has wonderful acoustics. The surround DTS-HD Master Audio version gives us much of what the audience would have heard from the stage; the two-channel version is clear and well balanced.
Not only the sole BD version of this rare Verdi work, its cast and conductor make a strong argument for the strength of the score…the singing is excellent to outstanding with idiomatic musical direction. © 2013 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review