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Verdi: Les Vêpres Siciliennes / Carignani, Haveman, Fritz, Szabo [2 DVD]

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.

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 ...

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 233 min.
Region: All
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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>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani
  • Performers: Livia Ághová (Contralto); Burkhard Fritz (Tenor); Barbara Haveman (Soprano); Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester (Baritone); Balint Szabo (Bass)
  • Conductor: Paolo Carignani
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1855