Verdi - Nabucco / Muti, Bruson, Dimitrova, Burchuladze, Becaria, Pierotti, La Scala
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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.
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.Read more ›
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This is a beautiful opera for those who love opera, and simply enjoy good music that teaches us an important lesson of history and of a people.Published 16 months ago by Rollin A. Van Broekhoven
In my opinion the only serious competition this video has is the Met production, and it's not at all a clear-cut decision if one has to choose between them. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Brent Peterson
I ordered this DVD because I had heard and loved the music. The voices were fine in this DVD but the staging was boring and the costumes were totally terrible. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Elizabeth Adams
I bought this DVD after seeing this opera in the theater.
The cast is outstanding: The main characters, Renato Bruson as Nabucco and Ghena Dimitrova as Abigaelle were in the... Read more
Let's call the whole thing off. Sorry. I'll try to put a positive spin on this without coming right out and saying it was positively boring. Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by S. Meals
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