- Livia Ághová (Contralto)
- Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester (Baritone)
- Balint Szabo (Bass)
- Burkhard Fritz (Tenor)
- Barbara Haveman (Soprano)
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.
It was a pleasant surprise to discover the charismatic presence, attractive instrument and imaginative phrasing and rich chiaroscuro of the soprano Barbara Haveman. Beside, Burkhard Fritz (Henri) is a lyric tenor just right, Balint Szabo a moving Procida and Alexander Marco-Buhrmester Guy de Montfort a little pale, but the whole rises above the sum of its parts and is highly recommended.
worthwhile addition to the modest number of French grand operas ...
Run Time: 233 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
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Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani
- Performers: Livia Ághová (Contralto); Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester (Baritone); Balint Szabo (Bass); Burkhard Fritz (Tenor); Barbara Haveman (Soprano)
- Conductor: Paolo Carignani
- Ensemble: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1855