[ Deutsche Grammophon Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc ]
Release Date: Sunday 20 July 2014
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With her sensational role debut at the Vienna State Opera, superstar diva Anna Netrebko displays a performance of rare vocal and dramatic power. The Russian soprano sings the role of the unjustly accused second wife of British King Henry VIII, 'veering between indignant fury and tender righteousness' and demonstrating a new level of confidence in her technique with excellent 'passagework, particularly in trills, and seamless runs even to the lowest notes' (Opera News).
The performance also stars DG mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, in 'a fantastic display of bel canto' (Opera News) as Anna's rival Giovanna Seymour. Ildebrando D'Arcangelo brings his beautifully dark tone to the role of Enrico and young Italian tenor Francesco Meli sings the demanding role of Lord Percy with a 'youthful virility' (Agence France Press), promising great things for the future. On the podium Evelino Pidò 'drew playing of unusual precision and refinement...making every note matter' (Financial Times).
"No lover of Donizetti's operas should do without this outstanding performance"
(musicWeb May 2012)
"It's no accident that Netrebko's better forays into bel canto have come with Garanca by her side, inspiring her to some lovely singing. Their voices blend beautifully...I find her a welcome counterpoint to Netrebko's passionate queen...Netrebko emerges from the challenge triumphantly. The sincerity in her performance is admirable, while the darker vocal qualities she possesses suit the character well." International Record Review, May 2012
"[Netrebko] gives a demonstration of characterisation and bel canto vocal virtuosity that is second to none, Callas included...Garanca's is a consummate interpretation by an artist at the top of her game...D'Arcangelo is a tall, handsome and seductive Enrico whose smooth singing only lacks a little lower extension... Pidò adds to his reputation in this music with a well-paced and phrased interpretation." MusicWeb International, May 2012