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Marcelo Alvarez

DVD

 

Some upcoming performances

 

 

 

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur

Massenet: Manon -- Paris Opera/Lopez-Cobos 

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Puccini:  La Boheme 

Teatro alla Scala

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Puccini: Tosca

Floria Tosca a famous singer - Fiorenza Cedolins
Mario Cavaradossi painter - Marcelo Alvarez
Il barone Scarpia chief of police - Ruggero Raimondi
Cesare Angelotti an escaped political prisoner - Marco Spotti
The sacristan - Fabio Previati
Police agent - Enrico Facini
Police officer - Giuliano Pelizon
A jailer - Angelo Nardinocchi
A shepherd boy - Ottavia Dorrucci

Coro e Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona
DANIEL OREN

Staging Director: Hugo de Ana

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"Marcelo �lvarez est un Cavaradossi plut�t lyrique, � la voix inhabituellement claire, plus h�ros romantique que r�volutionnaire audacieux. Mais, gr�ce � une projection id�ale de la voix, il triomphe m�me des passages les plus dramatiques avec une facilit� inattendue. N�anmoins, son interpr�tation atteint son apog�e au troisi�me acte o� il nous offre un fleuron de piani et diminuendi � couper le souffle."--Andreas Laska, resmusica.com

 

Verdi: Rigoletto

Royal Opera, Covent Garden

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Verdi:  Rigoletto

Gran Teatre del Liceu

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Dominic McHugh at musicomh.com writes of this DVD:

There's quite a number of DVDs of Verdi's Rigoletto available on the market, so while this addition to the catalogue is acceptable, its shortcomings mean that it's not essential viewing.

It has a huge plus, though, in the form of Marcelo Alvarez's assumption of the role of the Duke of Mantua. Few live performances capture such technical brilliance -- or so much tangible excitement in the audience -- as in these performances of Questa o quella, La donna è mobile and particularly the exquisite Parmi veder le lagrime. The phrasing, the secure intonation and the sheer beauty of sound make Alvarez's singing a wonder to behold; I have little doubt that he will spice up the Royal Opera's revival of Elijah Moshinsky's solid production of Il trovatore in late January.

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The final verdict: it's perfectly watchable, but I prefer the musical performances on the Ponselle film version and the dark atmosphere of David McVicar's production on the DVD from Covent Garden.

Songs of Love and Desire

 

 

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