Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Pappano/Royal Opera, Domingo, Poplavskaya [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Plácido Domingo’s triumphant “return” to his baritone roots is captured in this stunning 2-DVD set of the Royal Opera House’s 2010 production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. Conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Elijah Moshinsky, Domingo is joined in this performance by Mariana Polavskaya, Joseph Calleja, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Jonathan Summers and Lukas Jakobski. The Simon Boccanegra release features exclusive bonus material, including a “Back Stage with Plácido Domingo” featurette and an interview with director Moshinsky. There is an additional audio function which features introductions to each of the opera’s scenes in English with subtitles. In this production, Plácido Domingo extends his record of most roles held by any singer with this baritone debut.

"His fitness for the role is undeniable. That noble face, that charismatic presence and powerful body: how well they suit the Doge’s office...And camera close-ups reveal Domingo the consummate and generous actor...there’s plenty of heat in the gutsy orchestra and Antonio Pappano’s loving conducting. And above all else there’s Domingo: courageous, still eloquent, an artist in a million." -The Times

"Domingo fans who enjoyed, or missed, the great tenor-turned-baritone singing the title role of Verdi's tragic hero will covet this live DVD recording of the Royal Opera's lavish Elijah Moshinsky staging. Includes a backstage documentary element fronted by that telly natural, Antonio Pappano." -The Observer

"No vocal Tarnhelm has suddenly magicked a different-sounding timbre for this voice: here is, simply, Domingo singing - and evidently enjoying singing - a part that's lower down...the bigger difference between the voices [in the confrontations with Fiesco] permits a greater antagonism of the characters and clarity of text...What we might here cheekily call the supporting cast are strong." -Gramophone Magazine

"His musicianship, his intelligence and artistry, his commitment, the still-beauty of his voice and the utter lack of strain required for him to sing this role properly are well in evidence...[Calleja] has a true Italianate ring, it is easy at the top, he acts well and his phrasing is both musical and impassioned...Pappano undestands the dark tint of this opera and plays it for all it is worth." -International Record Review

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Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, Color



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra
  • Performers: Jonathan Summers (Baritone); Marina Poplavskaya (Soprano); Lukas Jakobski (Bass); Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass); Placido Domingo (Baritone); Joseph Calleja (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Anthony Pappano
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857