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Rossini: Armida / Frizza/Met, Renee Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee [DVD]

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Armida
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Renee Fleming continues her reign as 'Queen of the Met', starring in a bel canto rarity specially staged for her - a showcase for her extraordinary vocal virtuosity as well as one of the most beautiful voices of our time. This four-hour bel canto extravaganza is presented here on 2 DVDs.

"Armida is an alluring, conniving sorceress, the niece of the cagey King of Damascus during the crusades. The role is a tour de force for a soprano who can combine alluring long-spun lyrical singing with dazzling, sometimes demonic, coloratura flights... she has a comprehensive understanding of technique, and the particular qualities of her own voice. If her passagework lacked the spitfire intensity that some sopranos could bring to the music, she treated the runs and embellishments as decorative extensions of the vocal line... Her voice, while radiant and creamy, especially in extended lyrical passages and the compelling spans of recitative, seldom soared into the house. Here was a major soprano in a risky venture, pulling it off with intelligence and taste... Vocally, the cast does the job. Mr. Brownlee has lost a great deal of weight and looks terrific. He sang with agility, elegance and Rossinian style, tossing off high notes and roulades. His voice lacked carrying power at times. Still, this was a winning performance for an increasingly important artist." -New York Times

Notes & Reviews:

Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, Color


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Works Details

>Rossini, Gioachino : Armida
  • Performers: Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817