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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019GH8E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

Roberto de Simone's production of this epic opera firmly established Verdi as the voice of the Italian people.

Customer Reviews

Highly recommend it to all opera lovers.
Kiril P. Mitov
As the opera's hero, Renato Bruson pulls all the stops and sings the role with more dramatic integrity and more beautiful voice than any baritone I've heard.
Rudy Avila
This is the biblical story of the Assyrian kind who defies God and is struck insane.
Richard

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Richard on February 26, 2004
Format: DVD
Late Verdi may be awesome but I've always had a passion for the savage crudity of his early years and Nabucco satisfies that passion wonderfully. This is the biblical story of the Assyrian kind who defies God and is struck insane.This 1987 production from LaScala is great on all counts. Muti loves this music and throws himself into it with a vengence. Bruson is at the height of his powers. Dhimitrova's part is a killer and contributed to the ending of Verdi's second wife's career. No such problem for our diva here. Why didn't she have a career this side of the Atlantic? The staging is traditional and the scenery recalls Art Deco. There's really no weakness and the chorus Ah, pensiero which became the unofficial Italian national anthem will melt your heart.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By R. Nicholson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 10, 2005
Format: DVD
Nabucco, one of Verdi's earlier operas that he completed in 1842, was the work that launched his career. The choral gem, 'Va pensiero', quickly became the unofficial national anthem for the Italians whose country was under duress from its neighbors at the time.

This performance stars Renato Bruson as Nabucco, Ghena Dimitrova as Abigaille, Paata Buchuladze as Zaccaria and Raquel Pierotti as Fenena; it is performed at the La Scala in Milan. The conductor is Riccardo Muti, whose animated performance during the overture was, to me, one of the highlights of this DVD. The video and editing was done expertly by Brian Large, whose deftness in this area (not only in this recording but others I've seen as well) seems to allow him to consistently get the best vantage points and camera angles.

The scenery is elaborate in its structure, with some surreal qualities that at times, I found a little out of context. The costumes of the principals and corps de opera were generally resplendent in quiet flat tone robes and gowns befitting the circumstances and occasion. The exception here were the two female leads(Abigaille and Fenena) whose attire could best be described as unbecoming (honestly, bordering on ugly)

The performances are sincere and powerful; the voices well controlled and vibrant. This Nabucco adequately interprets the era it tries to represent with all its religious plotting and power struggles. The audience received this production with enthusiastic applause and cheers (as it truly deserved).

The disc allows you to go directly to any scene you like and the subtitles are available in five different languages including Italian. Bravo!

All in all, a superb and wonderful recording. Highly recommended.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Milda Ruffo on August 29, 2004
Format: DVD
The production is superb, the singers are excellent. I have seen this opera "live" but must confess that this DVD was more satisfying than the ones I attended (and we had the best seats in the hall). Based on a review I read here before buying it I expected poor quality sound and picture, but I still wanted it for the cast involved. I must say that on my equipment the sound is great and the picture quality is very good (and I am very fussy on both these qualities). If you love this opera, get this DVD. You will want to play it often.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Avila on November 22, 2005
Format: DVD
This 1987 performance of a La Scala production of Verdi's Nabucco is stunning and powerfully rendered. A superior Nabucco you are hard-pressed to find. This production stars Renato Bruson as the titular Babylonian tyrant, Ghena Dimitrova as the wicked Abigaille, Becaria in the tenor role of Ismaele, Pierotti as Ferena and Burchuladze as the Zaccaria the Priest. La Scala opera productions are top-notch, and the singers, even if some of them are not well-known, are of the highest calibre. Of the entire cast, only baritone Renato Bruson and soprano Ghena Dimitrova stand out as well-known singers. Bruson's power lies in the combination of a dramatic and rich, full Verdi voice as well as his portrayal as Nebuchednezzar. His facial expressions are intense and stern, his costume befits the character well: a silvery armor with helmet. He is fierce, proud, haughty and vainglorious. In the scene after he is struck by God's lightning for assuming he had become God, he has a dramatically rendered Mad Scene. In the last Act, when he finally admits to being a mere mortal and repents, we SYMPATHIZE with him. After his aria, we are moved. I was. And in that final scene when he leads the ensemble in "Immenso Jehovah" after destroying a statue of Baal, the opera reaches a powerfully emotional climax. As the opera's hero, Renato Bruson pulls all the stops and sings the role with more dramatic integrity and more beautiful voice than any baritone I've heard.

Ghena Dimitrova's Abigaille is another attraction. Her voice is supremely powerful, and the fiendishly high tessitura of the role is a piece of cake for her. This was her signature role. She is an imperious, vindictive and completely evil Abigaille, the adopted daughter of Nabucco who was born a slave.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2004
Format: DVD
This is a magnificent recording of Verdi's first big hit "Nabucco", recorded in 1987 in the Italy's greatest opera house - La Scala. The production is as great as it gets, in the traditional Italian style: glorious sets and costumes, great singers and wonderful chorus work. This is very much reminding Franco Zeffirelli's style: extraordinary realism and beauty. Filming is overall good and camerawork is excellent, however the picture quality is not very crispy and the sound sometimes reminds those old worn out tapes, which sometimes gets quite annoying. I think "Kultur" could have done better job with sound part on this DVD. Hence just four stars. Riccardo Muti's energetic and passionate conducting is as superb as acting and singing of all leading cast. Must mention excellent work of Renato Bruson as Nabucco, and unforgettable performance of the great Georgian singer Paata Burchuladze, as Zacharia. Choruses in Nabucco is in my opinion the most melodic and heartbreaking ever written for any opera, and "Va Pensiero" in this recording is indeed stunning both vocally and visually. This is a must have DVD for both opera fans and those who want to buy their first opera on DVD.
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