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Verdi: Les Vêpres Siciliennes / Carignani, Haveman, Fritz, Szabo [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Les vêpres siciliennes, like the similarly epic Don Carlos, was conceived as a grand opéra for Paris & is driven by tensions between private passions & public politics. Originally set during Sicily's 13th-century uprising against French rule, in Christof Loy's staging for the Netherlands Opera the action is transposed to a 1940's world of sudden violence & shadowy double-dealing. Imaginatively cast & idiomatically conducted, the performance presents this magnificent score in its entirety, including the allegorical ballet The Four Seasons.

The videography is generally excellent with liberal use of close ups to gain dramatic tension in an opera ... Les Vêpres Siciliennes is opera in its grandest manner ... surely deserves to be heard more often.

worthwhile addition to the modest number of French grand operas ...

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 233 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish


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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani
  • Performers: Balint Szabo (Bass); Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester (Baritone); Barbara Haveman (Soprano); Burkhard Fritz (Tenor); Livia Ághová (Contralto)
  • Conductor: Paolo Carignani
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1855