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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German
  • 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 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008L1VZOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,978 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John G. Gleeson Sr. on October 14, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 By Richard Chilson on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 15, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
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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