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Ernani (Teatro Alla Scala)
Ernani (Teatro Alla Scala)

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Item #:  D2033
Our Price: $29.99
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 137 minutes
Color: Color
UPC: 032031203396
ISBN: 0-7697-7694-9

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Ernani, Giuseppe Verdi's fifth opera (1844) is melodic from beginning to end. Based on Victor Hugo's play, whose tumultuous reception in 1830 marked a decisive turning point in the development of romantic drama, this violent and somber story of frustrated passion, honor fatally impugned, and ambition thwarted and rewarded, is set by the young composer to a succession of irresistible tunes, unsurpassed even in his mature works. The opera's dramatic impetus is unstoppable.

For Luca Ronconi's production which opened the 1982/3 season at La Scala, Milan, four of the world's leading Verdi singers were engaged: Placido Domingo as the bandit, Ernani; Renato Bruson as the scheming, dangerously suave King Charles of Spain; Nicolai Giaurov as the proud Spanish Grandee whose implacable sense of honor propels the action to its tragic conclusion; and Mirella Freni as the gentle heroine desired by these three rivals.


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Cast & Crew

Placido Domingo
Mirella Freni
Renato Bruson
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Gianfranco Manganotti
Alfredo Giacomotti
Jolanda Michielli

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Plave

Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Conductor: Riccardo Muti

Producer: Luca Ronconi
Set Designer: Ezio Frigerio
Costume Designer: Franca Squarciapino
Directed for video by: Preben Montell

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