VERDI Stiffelio Domingo Levine DVD-VIDEO

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GIUSEPPE VERDI

Stiffelio
Plácido Domingo · Sharon Sweet
Vladimir Chernov · Paul Plishka
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
James Levine
Production by Giancarlo del Monaco
Video Director: Brian Large
Int. Release 11 May. 2007
1 DVD-Video
DVD-VIDEO NTSC 0440 073 4288 6 GH
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitles: Italian/English/German/French/Spanish/Chinese
A production of Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc.


Tracklisting

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Stiffelio

2.
9:26

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 1

Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Vladimir Chernov, Peter Riberi, Paul Plishka, Charles Anthony, Margaret Lattimore, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Vladimir Chernov, Peter Riberi, Paul Plishka, Charles Anthony, Margaret Lattimore, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Vladimir Chernov, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

10.
4:16

Sharon Sweet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

14.
3:59

Sharon Sweet, Vladimir Chernov, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

15.
0:55

Peter Riberi, Paul Plishka, Charles Anthony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

16.
3:56

Plácido Domingo, Paul Plishka, Margaret Lattimore, Charles Anthony, Sharon Sweet, Peter Riberi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Margaret Lattimore, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

19.
3:28

Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Vladimir Chernov, Peter Riberi, Paul Plishka, Charles Anthony, Margaret Lattimore, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Act 2

Sharon Sweet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

22.
3:35

Sharon Sweet, Peter Riberi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

23.
5:12

Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Vladimir Chernov, Peter Riberi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

25.
5:06

Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Vladimir Chernov, Peter Riberi, Paul Plishka, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Act 3

26.
3:13

Vladimir Chernov, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

28.
3:17

Vladimir Chernov, Paul Plishka, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Plácido Domingo, Paul Plishka, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Vladimir Chernov, Paul Plishka, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Sharon Sweet, Vladimir Chernov, Charles Anthony, Margaret Lattimore, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Vladimir Chernov, Charles Anthony, Margaret Lattimore, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Gesamtspielzeit: 1:53:37

Plácido Domingo, as we know, has the power of voice, the strength of intensity and the physical presence to make a living figure of Stiffelio. Close-ups provided by the camera enable the viewer to see the anger, not only in his face but in his eyes. Vocally, he is in excellent condition, with the baritonal edge in his timbre to enforce Stiffelio's responses. Equally steadfast is the Stankar of Vladimir Chernov, who makes his recitative, aria and cabaletta . . . one of the most exciting and dramatic solos in opera . . . Chernov's sonorous voice rings freely, with a terrific top, and is well focused. With Domingo and Chernov on hand, one feels cheated that Verdi did not write a big duet for Stiffelio and Stankar.

This Met staging is impressively sung, especially by Domingo in the title role.

A Domingo triumph we can, happily, all see . . . Domingo is certainly well worth watching, alert and responsive, holding the stage without being in the least stagy . . . Vladimir Chernov's beautifully vibrant and evenly produced voice is helped by his feeling for the Verdi Style to make his performance as the old soldier proud of his family's honour a delight for the ears . . .

Domingo is in wonderful form here. His voice is in peak condition for the period, and he makes a lot out of the title character¿s conflicts . . . Levine conducts with affection . . .

Der Tenorissimo singt auch diesmal mit vokalem Feuer und stilistisch variabler Flamme. Die Met macht, was sie immer macht: große Oper . . . diese "Stiffelio"-Ausbeute [lohnt], nicht zuletzt wegen James Levines inspiriert-elegantem, rhythmisch geschmeidigem Zugang.

. . . quel bel opéra! Giuseppe Verdi se plaisait (voir Schiller) à ces sujets moraux, pour ne pas dire austères . . . un ton soutenu constamment chantant, comme si le lyrisme et l'intensité étaient dans la musique, pas dans la voix seulement; des ensembles serrés, dramatiques, et une relance constante de l'action, qui est ramassée . . . [Plácido Domingo] est d'une concentration vocale, d'un rayonnement sombre, d'une vérité admirables. Mais il n'y est pas seul: Vladimir Chernov est un des rares barytons bien chantants, dans un rôle qui le demande en effet; et Sharon Sweet . . . à son absolu meilleur, chantant avec facilité un rôle brillant qu'on pourrait imaginer d'une couleur moins blonde. Excellente second ténor de Peter Riberi, dispositif et décor brillantissimes . . . surtout l'orchestre du Met et les ensembles, à leur mieux, avec un Levine parfaitement inspiré. Superbe aubaine et découverte.

Plácido Domingo ajoutait un nouveau héros verdien à une galerie de portraits déjà riche. Il le fait avec sa fougue coutumière, son phrase habité, son verbe généreux . . . On ne peut trouver meilleur avocat pour plaider sa cause que Levine, le seul, avec Domingo, à y croire vraiment.