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This colorful dramatic feature film on DVD, Verdi:
The King of Melody, explores
the life, loves, & struggles of the great operatic composer, Guiseppe
Verdi, and is performed against a background of the great operas of the 19th
Century. The many arias are beautifully sung by international opera stars Tito
Gobbi, Mario Del Monaco, Vito de Taranto, and Orietta Moscucci, and accompanied
by the Rome Opera Orchestra. The DVD tells the story of Verdi’s successful and
turbulent life, and allows us to hear more than 20 excerpts from Rigoletto, La Traviata, Otelo,
Trovatore, Nabucco, Ernani, and Falstaff,
and features performances from renown opera stars such as Pierre Cressoy, Anna
Maria Ferrero, and Gaby Andre, among others.
The Patriarch of Italian opera, Guiseppe Verdi, began his
career with the bel canto composers (Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini) and ended
it as a contemporary of Debussy and Richard Strauss. Verdi’s operas voiced his
liberal views by making poignant social and political commentary, often
bringing him into conflict with political censors. The 26 operas that he
composed during his life have become a permanent part of the world’s musical heritage.
This DVD, Verdi: The
King of Melody, recounts the composer’s struggle for success, love, and his
musical triumph over the forces of political domination. A theatrical and critical success when it was
originally released in 1974, this film has been perfectly dubbed into English,
while the arias are sung in the original Italian. Poignant and tender, filled
with pathos, it is heart-rending in both its sad moments as well as in its
times of joy.
“…A Musical Gem!” - NY Daily News
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