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Oberto (2007)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008L1VZOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,157 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Energetic!! October 14, 2012
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There are far more pressing questions in today's world than why did Bartolomeo Merrilli, the manager of La Scala, sign Verdi to a contract for three operas after Oberto was performed in November, 1839? But for the operatically curious, this disc provides the answer. At the outset here, I want to be totally clear: my 5 ***** rating is based on evaluating this performance for what it is; not in light of what Verdi would become, but rather what he was and what he composed in 1839 as his first opera.

It had become trendy by the end of the 19th century, as well as the first half of the 20th, to dismiss almost all of the Bel Canto operas and all of Verdi's early works (before Rigoletto) as trashy and inconsequential. Fortunately for opera lovers, the last 50 or so years has resulted in a re-examination of these works and a welcome proliferation of performances and video recordings of them. Works that had been consigned to the trash bin of history are now seen to be excellent, both as to the music and the dramatic aspects of them.

While I can and will nit pick this performance (that is, after all, one function of a review), it is readily apparent why Oberto was a success in 1839 and continued in the repertory for several years after. It is a typical 19th century story of innocent girl seduced, abandoned and out for paybacks, an outraged father, concerned about his honor, a former lover who can't understand what the fuss is all about and his (new) fiancee who is more forgiving of her rascally intended AND more supportive of girlfriend no. 1 than any female I have ever known.

The music is enormously energetic (but not frantic) and melodic. Verdi fans will easily see the future in what was composed in Oberto.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start October 29, 2012
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This set is a good beginning in two ways. First, it is Verdi's first opera and the start of a great career. Second it is the launch of Tutti Verdi, a massive undertaking to issue a DVD of every Verdi opera (plus the Requiem). As for Oberto it is a decent beginning. It is not a hard listen. Verdi never bores. Even at the beginning of his career Verdi has the genius necessary to create an interesting opera.
As for this recording it does justice to this early work. The artists are all unknown to me. The singing is pretty good, the drama not so, but then this is not a great libretto. Best of the singers is the tenor Fabio Satori as Riccardo. Unfortunately in today's opera world he will not have a great career since he is not film star handsome. Nor is he any shakes as an actor. The director does little. He stops the action at times by having his characters pose in Robert Wilson-like gestures. I guess this gets him through some static sections but it doesn't show much genius. The costumes are vaguely 19th century, the scenery is minimal and abstract. The lighting tends toward the dark which is not bad for this opera. The conductor Antonello Allemandi keeps things moving briskly.
This is a good start to a wonderful series. However I wonder if the more well known (and recorded) operas here will be able to stand up to the competition. I have seen an early review of Ernani and the critic pretty much dismissed it as below contempt. So I look forward to works I never thought I would see such as Alzire or Masniederi. But I'll keep to the big houses for the rest. Besides from the look of it the Parma opera house is pretty small - too small for the later works such as Don Carlo or Aida.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the correct video September 26, 2013
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Like a previous writer, I have also bought two versions of this DVD and they both were a video of samples of the whole series, while the label on the DVD correctly said Oberto. I have been trying to call UNITEL CLASSICA to tell them of this problem but has not been able to reach them. Very frustrating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a sad word of caution September 12, 2013
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I've now purchased two copies of this opera by different third party sellers on Amazon. Each was incorrectly labeled as Oberto but was actually the sampler video of Tutto Verdi. So please try to verify it is the correct DVD although I'm not sure how you can do that since it is labeled Oberto and a new copy will be wrapped in cellophane. Has anyone else had this problem? Both sellers were very apologetic and offered to return my costs. They were innocent victims too.

So I haven't actually seen Oberto and cannot comment but I gave it 4 stars so as not to lessen its overall rating. So many people write about problems such as this and then give their purchase a 1 star rating thus lowering the overall score unfairly. I will say most of the Tutto Verdi operas I've purchased have been wonderful and so there's no reason not to think this will be also; if you can get hold of the correct opera that is.
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