Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor - Lyon National Opera DVD 2007

Based on one of Walter Scotts most melodramatic novels, what is arguably Donizettis best tragic opera is here presented in its French version, Lucie de Lammermoor. The hapless Lucia Patrizia Ciofi tries to refuse the marriage to a minister that will rescue her familys fortunes in favour of her beloved, the familys worst enemy Edgard Roberto Alagna. Predictably this all ends in many deaths and the audiences tears. Evelina Pido and the Orchestre Nationale de Lyon tear through the fairly unsubtle score with considerable brio and they and the cast are admirable in the operas quieter more thoughtful moments--the famous Act Two sextet and Lucias mad scene, in which Ciofi is solidly excellent rather than deeply memorable. Alagna turns in his usual high-gloss performance as Edgard and manages to make his final aria more moving than the quality of the piece deserves. This is an idiomatic and effective performance in a solid made-for-TV production, albeit one that never comes across as notably original. On the DVD: Lucie de Lammermoor is presented on disc in 16:9 ration with Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS or LPCM stereo sound options. It has subtitles in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. --Roz Kaveney

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Donizetti-Lucie-Lammermoor-National-Opera/dp/B0000X7SJ8?SubscriptionId=AKIAJOF43QDA3QLOVLJQ&tag=wwwcamratecom-21&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B0000X7SJ8 Based on one of Walter Scotts most melodramatic novels, what is arguably Donizettis best tragic opera is here presented in its French version, Lucie de Lammermoor. The hapless Lucia Patrizia Ciofi tries to refuse the marriage to a minister that will rescue her familys fortunes in favour of her beloved, the familys worst enemy Edgard Roberto Alagna. Predictably this all ends in many deaths and the audiences tears. Evelina Pido and the Orchestre Nationale de Lyon tear through the fairly unsubtle score with considerable brio and they and the cast are admirable in the operas quieter more thoughtful moments--the famous Act Two sextet and Lucias mad scene, in which Ciofi is solidly excellent rather than deeply memorable. Alagna turns in his usual high-gloss performance as Edgard and manages to make his final aria more moving than the quality of the piece deserves. This is an idiomatic and effective performance in a solid made-for-TV production, albeit one that never comes across as notably original. On the DVD: Lucie de Lammermoor is presented on disc in 16:9 ration with Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS or LPCM stereo sound options. It has subtitles in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. --Roz Kaveney

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