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Rossini - Armida/Zedda/Clement (2015/Naxos/Dynamic Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: D Main Program: B

Armida is one of the more interesting Operas that I've seen on disc as of late. Unafraid to show the brutality of war with characters soaked in blood and featuring some impressive costumes, this show of Rossini's Armida (2015) is nothing short of an experience to watch. Led by the gorgeous Carmen Romeu as Armida, who really is the centerpiece of the performance, the show goes all out and creates a unique experience for its audience members. The opera is based on the poem Gerusalemme liberate (1575) by Toruato Tasso.

Opera Vlaanderen of Antwerp continues its Rossini Cycle under the musical direction of conductor Alberto Zedda (87), with the rarely performed opera Armida. The Tenor opera features Enea Scala, Robert McPherson, Dario Schmunck and the young Adam Smith in lead roles and is directed by Mariame Clement with her usual set designer Julia Hanse, all of which take a critical look at the world of the Crusaders. Clement sees Armida as the incarnation of the concept of 'love', which in itself is magic and for which noble and heroic knightly ideals are cast aside. However, it is a love that turns into a destructive frenzy.

The opera is presented in 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition and Italian audio in both PCM Stereo 2.0 and better DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 tracks that looks and sounds decent for the format with rich colors and crystal clear audio that fans will enjoy.

No extras.

- James Lockhart



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