Gioacchino Rossini – La donna del lago – Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Michele Mariotti (2015) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DD 5.1

Сomposer: Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Title: La donna del lago
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Classical, Opera
Director: Paul Curran
Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Artist: Joyce DiDonato (Elena), Juan Diego Flórez (Giacomo V), John Osborn (Roderigo), Daniela Barcellona (Malcolm), Oren Gradus (Douglas), The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Production/Label: Erato
Duration: 02:44:35
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 31000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: Italian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#2: Italian / Dolby Digital Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish
Size: 43.38 GB

The Metropolitan Opera give this live performance of Rossini’s work based on the poem by Sir Walter Scott. Michele Mariotti conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus with Joyce DiDonato as Elena, the lady of the lake, who loves the heroic Malcolm (Daniela Barcellona). However, King James V (Juan Diego Flórez) arrives in the Highlands and sets his sights on Elena while her father Douglas (Oren Gradus), who is rebelling against the King’s rule, promises his daughter to clan chief Rodrigo (John Osborn).

Joyce DiDonato can do almost anything. She can sing high and low, loud and soft, and somehow make it all seem natural. She can manage florid runs and agitated climaxes as if they were expressive devices, not just vocal pyrotechnics. She can look sweetly demure, fondling flowers, or awesomely heroic, confronting royalty. She can make a simple gown look elegant, and a small gesture look big. Most important, she can reinforce such achievements with a mezzo-soprano — maybe a soprano sfogato — equally notable for richness and purity. – Martin Bernheimer, Wall Street Journal Joyce DiDonato is the world’s greatest living mezzo-soprano, thrilling audiences with, and garnering universal critical acclaim for, her expression, stagecraft, and flawless technique. The reception of her performances in the Paul Curran production of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago for the Metropolitan Opera were no exception, and this DVD and Bluray release, whose stellar cast includes Juan Diego Florez, John Osborn and Daniela Barcellona, cements this as a signature role for DiDonato. (more…)