Because Amazon has misspelled the title as DEVERUX instead of DEVEREUX, this Genovese production does not pop up in a proper search. Consequently, sales are being held down. That is unfortunate, because this is a worthy and wonderful disc.
At the end of the performance, the audience go nuts. They don't just applaud: they pound on the furniture; they scream and scream. I never saw the opera-lovers of Genova react this way before.
They know what they're doing. They have just been privileged to be present to take in some sustained, incredible, red-blooded Donizetti! The two female leads are the best around today. Devia's voice is older now than it used to be twenty years ago, but she is portraying an aging queen, and the voice fits the characterization. The male leads are less mature, but that fits the characterization too. What is important is the chemistry between the top four voices. Everybody is having a great night, and they are propelled by a young, fiery conductor.
The stage director does the opera proud, as well, placing it in a proper royal Tudor context. I think it helps the singers do their job when they are supported psychologically by the director. He doesn't make them stand on furniture or roll on the floor! I thought the court jester was intrusive; he seemed a little anachronistic, because there doesn't seem to have been much jest about the Elizabethan court. He must have symbolized cruel fate or something.
I don't think I ever really took this opera seriously before I saw this blu-ray. This DEVEREUX is the one! (The other recent blu-ray, from Madrid, is NOT the one, even though one and the same Mariella Devia sings in that one, too. In most other ways, this one is everything that that one is not.)
- Format: NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Italian, French, English, German
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Naxos Deutschland Musik & Video Vertriebs-GmbH / Poing
- DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2016
- Run Time: 138 minutes
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- ASIN: B01MCTX14D