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Verdi - La Battaglia di Legnano

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Product Details

  • Actors: Cesar Hernandez, Elisabete Matos, Giorgio Cebrian, Manrico Signorini, Francesco Palmieri
  • Directors: Walter Pagliaro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Bongiovanni
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MX7TTU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Verdi - La Battaglia di Legnano" on IMDb

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By Dr. Dragoslav Aleksic on January 8, 2010
Format: DVD
Beautiful opera but done very bad. I is cut as almost did the Nelo Santi , who obviously hate the opera as most conducters.....is is short opera and to make cuts it is shocking. There is no second second verse of Lina's Cabaletta and there is a cut in beautiful duet from act I (soprano-tenore). Ugly and dull staging. Buy the version on CD Philips- Ricciarelli, Carreras, Manuguerra and you shall see what brilliant music this opera is.
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Many obscure Verdi operas are appearing on DVD - Jerusalem, Atilla, Foscare, Stiffelio and even Aroldo. Now we have La Battaglia di Legnano which Verdi said he would like to give another try. It's unlikely most of us will ever see a production so this DVD is it. It is a better try than the recent Aroldo. It is from The Teatro di Bellini. The only name I recognized is conductor Nello Santi who has lots of experience in this repertoire. Of the singers soprano Matos has the best voice followed by tenor Harnandez. The baritone Cebrian has a wobble. But on the whole the music is decently served.

The production is at least intriguing. The chorus is dressed as late 19th century workmen and women and they are constantly present observing the action. Thus Verdi's generation reflects on this historic victorious action. The main characters are dressed in the historical period. They play out a lot of the opera raised on platforms above the chorus. The two male leads and Barbarrosa also appear on giant horses to good effect. Not the best but for Verdi worshippers definitely worth a look.
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The two current reviews of Verdi's little-known La Battaglia di Legnano contain accurate descriptions of the poor performance quality of this recording. Like the two other reviewers I bought my copy of this work via Amazon because I am (1) a Verdi freak and (2) the current DVD, at the time, was the only available video version that I could find.

However, C Major, in cooperation the Parma opera house, a major centre for Verdi opera performances, is due to release all of Verdi's operas in Blu Ray format early in 2013. This will include La Battaglia di Legnano. As a Verdi sample from Parma, the already released and strongly cast, Un Giorno di Regno, Verdi's second opera, is well worth looking at and is available from Amazon.

Nevertheless, if you are satified with audio CDs of La Battaglia di Legnano, there is a live recording with a strong Italian cast led by a trumpet-toned Franco Corelli at his very best (my copy came from Amazon). Another alternative is the 1978 Philips CD recording featuring the ardent and equally fresh-voiced Jose Carreras and Katia Ricciarelli conducted by the Verdi specialist, Lamberto Gardelli.

Brian Merrett
Brisbane
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