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Verdi: Un giorno di regno [Blu-ray] (2010)

Anna Caterina Antonacci , Guido Loconsolo , Pier Luigi Pizzi , Tiziano Mancini  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anna Caterina Antonacci, Guido Loconsolo, Paolo Bordogna, Alessandra Marianello, Donato Renzetti
  • Directors: Pier Luigi Pizzi, Tiziano Mancini
  • Writers: Giusepp Verdi
  • Producers: Teatro Regio di Parma
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: Italian (DTS-HD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese
  • 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: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008L1VZQI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,673 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! October 4, 2012
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Many of you, gentle readers, are familiar with the sad background of this "melodramma giocoso"; in the space of 8 months, Verdi lost both his infant children and his wife to illness and death. Combined with a lackluster performance by two of his principal singers, who sang in muted tones to preserve their voices, and a libretto which Verdi styles the "least bad" of those offered to him, the opera was a flop! It had three more performances in the 19th century. A change in public taste away from this form of opera in favor of the dramatic tragedy almost certainly was a contributing factor.

But yet ...

This recording is the first chance we have had to see and hear this opera and judge it on its own merits. Phillips issued a CD version years ago as part of their offering of all the early Verdi operas, which had gleaned scant attention in over 100 years. As evidenced by the five star rating above, I think that the folks at the Teatro Regio di Parma did a bang up job! While it is certainly not of the quality of Verdi's most successful works, it does very well at being what it is, namely an energetic and tuneful romantic comedy.

It is certainly well sung and well staged. Guido Loconsolo, whom I had not heard before, brings a warm, rich baritone to the lead role of Belfiore. Anna Caterina Antonacci, with whom I am familiar, does a first rate job as the Marchesa, who is Belfiore's squeeze. The role of Edoardo is sung by Ivan Magri, also previously unheard by me. It is Verdi's only leggiero role, and Magii's sweet voice brings it off very well indeed. I had some initial concerns about his top notes, but once he warmed up, he had all the range and "ping" anyone would wish for. Alessandra Marienelli does a similar fine job on Edoardo's squeeze, Giulietta.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat! November 6, 2012
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I have to admit that the cover photo of a woman in a state of hot pink undress nearly put me off buying this DVD. I took one glance and dismissed it as more Eurotrash. However, I was sufficiently curious to check every now and then to see when a review had been posted. I was pleased to read that Mr. Gleeson, in his review, described the production as "refreshingly traditional." I agree with that as with all other points of his review. It is such a treat to see an opera staged in a manner that composer and librettist would recognize as, and admit to being, their own creation, and not the production of some pompous idiot who shows contempt for composer, librettist and audience alike. In this case, the production does exactly what it should do: it tells a story, and in a way that's interesting, engaging, and (dare I say it) charming.

The cast are uniformly excellent. The only name I recognized was that of Anna Caterina Antonacci whom I associate with serious roles. (I've seen her on stage as Adalgisa, Rossini's Ermione and Cherubini's Medea.) She shows herself to be equally adept at comedy as tragedy. The hot pink underwear on the cover is wrapped around her form. My admiration of this fine singing actress increases every time I see her, whether in the theatre or on DVD. She colors her voice to meet the dramatic situation and her technique is flawless.

The other singers, though not so well known, all offer enjoyable performances. The young lovers (Ivan Magri and Alessandra Marianelli) act engagingly and sing prettily. Andrea Porta and Paolo Bordogna are a lot of fun in the two more purely buffo parts of the Baron of Kelbar and Signor la Rocca. Best of all, though, is Guido Loconsolo as Belfiore disguised as King Stanislaus. His voice is full and rich.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent singers, wanderful mise en scene November 12, 2012
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An unknown Verdí, funny, romántic, great músic. Helps You to understand how Rossinis influence was useful but overpassed. The production id beutiful and elegant. Singers havre Excelent voces and at the same time are great actors, with humor and intellligence. A wanderful experience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi at full throttle November 11, 2012
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I have been listening to the 1974 Philips recording of this neglected Verdi opera for many years now. I love the music and I always wondered why it was such a fiasco at the time it was first performed. The chance to finally see (as well as hear) Un Giorno Di Regno in this splendid production has given me new insights into the strengths and weaknesses of this early gem of Verdiana.

In Un Giorno Di Regno, the young Verdi writes at full throttle with a passion that only he can muster. Unfortunately, the libretto of this opera buffa by the superb Felice Romani can hardly contain the excitement. Music of this sort works wonderfully well in Verdi's next opera, Nabucco, which is full of biblical superdrama. And it carries early Verdi operas such as I Lombardi and Ernani because of their melodramatic intensity. But poor Un Giorno Di Regno, a comic opera in spite of its description "melodramma giocoso in due atti," collapses under the weight of the young Verdi's furious composition.

Still, I give this production 5 stars. Why? Because it makes the very best of an unfortunate situation--an opera whose effervescent melodies are exciting, imaginative and yet fundamentally unsuited to its lighthearted subject matter.

Bravos to Maestro Renzetti and to the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio Di Parmi. The staging, set and costumes are exactly right. And the principals sing with the kind of passion and professionalism that the young Verdi would have approved of wholeheartedly.

Now that I have seen Un Giorno Di Regno, I love it even more. But I understand why it is not the opera Verdi hoped it would be. Many years would pass before Verdi learned how to handle comedy -- in La Forza del Destino, for example, and, of course, in his comic masterpiece Falstaff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful opera
Have no idea why this was a flop at its debut. The music is never dull. Verdi, apparently at his worse was still a genius. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Conrad J.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful performance!
What a wonderful fiasco, and what a wonderful performance! This second of Verdi's operas flopped when it was first performed at La Scala in 1840. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars A good recording with body microphones
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... Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. Kreutzer
4.0 out of 5 stars Un giorno di regno
Great Verdi it ain't - therefore my 4 stars only - but not bad if you like Rossini and Donizetti !!

On the other hand, the singers were wonderful, especially my all-time... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Steffi B. Rath
2.0 out of 5 stars A Verdi Disappointment
The notes mention that Verdi chose the least worst story available to get this one out in a hurry. The other choices must have been terrible. Read more
Published 19 months ago by PellyFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fragile but Fun.
King for a Day is a catchy romp along standard plot lines. It has some gems here and there but some gross in this uneven score. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dr. John W. Rippon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good production of one of the Verdi least-known operas
Popular wisdom would have it that Verdi was not entirely at home in the genre of comic opera, and history more or less backs this up. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Keris Nine
5.0 out of 5 stars Bel Canto Verdi! Verdi Giocoso!
Rousing overtures and intermezzi! Scintillating ensemble pieces matching all six principals and chorus, with impressively complex counterpoint! A madcap but crafty libretto! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Giordano Bruno
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING : OPERA WITH NO SUBTITLES !
The buyer must be warned that this is an opera in ITALIAN and it comes without any sub-titles, contrary to the commercial tradition in the field.
Published 20 months ago by BENJAMIN YAFET
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful Verdi
A beautiful, refreshing and entertaining work. Well sung and elegantly staged. All lead singers are well suited to their roles, and they do an excellent job in presenting this... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Imad Moustapha
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