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Oberto [Blu-ray] (2007)

Pier'Alli  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Directors: Pier'Alli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (DTS-HD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008L1VZPY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On the occasion of the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi, Teatro Regio de Parma and Unitel Classica have joined forces to create a truly unique project. All of the composer's 26 Operas, as well as the Requiem - which is closely related to the Operas - will be performed and audiovisually recorded in and around Parma. For the first time ever, and just in time for the composer's 200th birthday, Verdi's Operatic oeuvre, which comprises the labor of more than 50 years, will be available in High Definition and Surround Sound and released on DVD and Blu Ray by C Major Entertainment. This unique project has been staged by Pier Alli and includes a 10 minute bonus feature with an introduction to the opera.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Charged production of Verdi's first opera December 15, 2012
Verdi's first opera, written when he was 26 years old, might lack the musical sophistication and dramatic characterisation of his late masterpieces, but Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio was good enough to open at La Scala in Milan in 1839, where it enjoyed a modest success, and it's a prototypical full-blooded early Verdi work that already has many of the elements that we associate with the composer. Oberto sticks closely to the established format and subject matter of the 19th century Italian number opera, but Verdi's dramatic flair, his ability to underscore those key moments with the most stirring and passionate arrangements is evident nonetheless and those qualities are brought out exceptionally well this production.

There's not a lot of dramatic action as such. Much of the important events have already taken place before the opera even begins, leaving the principal characters involved to fume their displeasure and deep feelings of love, betrayal, anger and desires for revenge through a series of cavatinas and cabalettas. It's pretty standard plotting for the most part, the drama driven by a series of arias/cabalettas, but Verdi brilliantly whips this up into something utterly compelling by adding trios, quartets and choruses to create an explosive atmosphere in manner that makes it impossible not to get swept along.

Recorded in the small, intimate surroundings of the Teatro Verdi di Busseto, this 2007 production settles for a relatively traditional setting that has an appropriately theatrical feel to it. There's nothing too ambitious attempted, the costumes are theatrically period, the sets are confined to backdrops, with minimal use of props and the stage - small as it is - left clear and open for the singers to step forward and let fly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 5.1 surround sound with below average staging December 17, 2013
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I have over 150 classical DVD/BRs that I watch on a 106" screen and listen through a 7.1 loudspeaker setup where the front speakers are about 9' 6" apart and the surround speakers are on my sides. The room has sound treatments so I hear what's on the disc, not distorting reflections from the walls. My reviews concentrate on the surround audio, as you can pretty much judge the video and stereo for yourself on youtube and similar sites.

Picture is fine, although the stage is often quite dark. More light would have made it better.

Sound is DTS-HD MA 5.1. Sound stage extents about half to the surrounds. Balance between voices, chorus and orchestra is good with the voices coming from the center only. It is a performance with body microphones, so the voices are clear and the overall background noise level is quite low. It's a small theater with about 300 seats. I don't think more than 10 musicians will fit in a row, so the orchestra and chorus are on the small side, but the sound is quite detailed and the chorus is very precise.
Applause recording is on the poor side and you wonder whether the performance was even sold out.
I give it 4 stars overall for the audio, reserving 5 stars for recordings where the voices move with the singers.

Recording is credited to 4 persons including Paolo Berti and the Delirica Recording Studio (Fano), of which I was very critical in the Mose in Egitto performance. This recording shows that they can do a good job.

As far as the performance is concerned, it's the only blu-ray available. There is a DVD from 2007, but I have not heard it.
This performance is rather static and acting is limited to stretched arms and jazz hands with soprano Sassu and not much else with the rest of the principals either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performance of Verdi's first opera January 13, 2013
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One great thing in this new era of increased dvd releases, is that we are getting videos of operas by major composers that rarely been previously released on video whatsoever. Rossini Demetrio E Polibio [Blu-ray], Wagner Wagner: Rienzi [Blu-ray], Pergolesi Il Flaminio [Blu-ray], Adriano in Siria [Blu-ray], Vivaldi Vivaldi: Orlando furioso, and Verdi are just some of the composers whose rare works are finding their way to dvd's. (And I'm expecting new Meyerbeer and Paisiello releases later this year as well.) And that is just great! (We really don't need more "Traviatas", "Toscas" or "Nozzes di Figaro" do we?)

Well, this is only the second "Oberto" ever released on video, and it is great to have it. (Interestingly enough, the other release of Verdi - Oberto was also made the same year as this performance 2007.) This dvd is part of the "Tutti Verdi" series of releases of his entire operatic output presented by Teatro Regio of Parma as performed over the last few years. My particular interest is in the rarities like this.

"Oberto" is Giuseppe Verdi's first composed opera. It was written and re-written over a period of 4+ years before finally being debuted in 1839 in La Scala!! This is really amazing.
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