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Nabucco, Giuseppe Verdi (opera)
World prèmiere on DVD
A "kolossal" edition never released before! (DVD) Verdi commented that: "this is the opera with which my artistic career really begins. And though I had many difficulties to fight against, it is certain that Nabucco was born under a lucky star". This “kolossal” edition was recorded live in August 1992 at the Arena di Verona. Directed for video by Gianni Casalino.
Main features Opera in four acts, Music by Giuseppe Verdi, Libretto by Temistocle Solera Location: Arena di Verona Orchestra and Choir: Arena di Verona Conductor: Anton Guadagno Stage Director: Gianfranco De Bosio Costume Design: Pasquale Grossi Stage Designer: Rinaldo Olivieri Main Interpreters: Piero Cappuccilli (Nabucco), Nunzio Todisco (Isamele), Roberto Scandiuzzi (Zaccaria), Linda Roark Strummer (Abigaille), Martha Senn (Fenena), Carlo del Bosco (il Prete di Belo), Aldo Bottion (Abdallo), Cosetta Tosetti (Anna)
About the opera Between 1838 and 1840 Giuseppe Verdi’s world was torn apart by the death of his two children and his wife. The unsuccessfulness of his last opera and the pain due to the loss of his loved ones drove the musician to the decision of never writing an opera again. It was really due to the impresario of the Milanese theatre, Bartolomeo Merelli, that the composer started to write new operas. One winter evening the two of them met up on the street and the impresario entrusted him with the manuscript of a new libretto by Temistocle Solera, which had been refused by the German composer Nicolai. In this way Verdi found himself again in the possession of a libretto which he had no intention of reading and consequently, as soon as he arrived home, he threw it on the table. Following this jest, the manuscript opened and the composer read a verse which awakened his curiosity: 'Va' Pensiero sull'ali dorate'. He began to read the successive verses and was so fascinated that he spent the night reading the libretto, reaching the point where he almost knew the text off by heart. On March 9th 1842, after only twelve days of rehearsals, the Milanese public attended the première of the opera and was completely captivated. With the passing of time Va' Pensiero became the most famous air of Nabucco. The Jewish population was, in fact, similar to the people of Lombardo-Veneto who were obliged to endure the Austrian domination, and the tune for the freedom of the slaves in Babylon was the tune of the oppressed Italians. From Nabucco onwards the young man from Busseto moved towards the career which allowed him to become one of the most admired and loved musicians of his era.
Product details World prèmiere on DVD including: > 1 DVD9 with full recording (multi-language subtitles) > Multi-language booklet with the plot and track list
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Release date: April 2009 Catalogue nr.: DMM-516 Video format: 4:3 NTSC Sound format: LPCM 2.0, DD 5.1 Menu: GB Subtitles: GB, D, F, I, E Booklet: GB, D, F, I, E Region code: 0 (worldwide) Running time: 122 mins
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