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Metropolitan Opera, The: Semiramide - Giaoacchino Rossini (1991)
Starring: June Anderson, Marilyn Horne, Stanford Olsen, Samuel Ramey
Director: Brian Large
Category: Music, Special Interest
Studio: Image Ent.
220 mins



Filmed at New York's Metropolitan Opera, John Copley's production of Rossini's last, longest and most elaborate work for the Italian stage brings together what many consider the definitive contemporary cast, let by Marilyn Horne and June Anderson.Semiramide, a strong and melodious work, is one of Rossini's greatest dramatic operas, offering a fine challenge to the superb contralto and soprano bel canto singing of Ms. Horne and Ms. Anderson.It is Marilyn Horne's mastery of the role of Arsace which has been instrumental in the opera's revival.Noted for her superb dramatic as well as vocal abilities, June Anderson is acknowledged as one of the best interpreters of Semiramide, and she gives a powerful performance as one of literature's great tragic heroines, a passionate, imperious, jealous woman.Rossini specialist Samuel Ramey takes the part of Assur.