Giuseppe Verdi was commissioned to write I Lombardi as a direct result of the success of Nabucco the year before. When the opera was first produced at La Scala, Milan in 1843, Verdi's operas were becoming increasingly popular not only in Italy but also abroad.
The cast of international opera stars is headed by Jose Carreras as Oronte, Ghena Dimitrova as Giselda, Carlo Bii as Arvino and Silvano Carroli as Pagano. Gabriele Lavia, one of Italy's most popular producers and the designer, Giovanni Agostinucci, have designed sets of awesome Spartan Grandeur which match Verdi's atmospheric score with unprecedented intensity.
"This production has its own greatness. It uses the cavernous height of La Scala to quite excellent effect: whether in the opening scene of massive arches for the square outside the cathedral; the use of magnificent drapes for Acciano’s palace or Arvino’s tent; or the lowered symbolic shield upon shield. And that ignores the small fortune spent on costumes for the huge chorus. All extremely stimulating and evocative.
…a twenty year younger José Carreras as Oronte. He is on top form: everything middled, excellent of diction, tone second to none and enough coloring to compete with the costumes. Cued at Oh madre mia to lead into it, La mia letizia infondere, is delivered with tear-jerking power and brings forth entirely justified roars of audience approval.
There is much to enjoy." - Robert McKechnie, Music Web International
Jose CarrerasGhena DimitrovaSilvano CarroliCarlo BiniLuisa VanniniLuigi RoniGianfranco ManganottiGiovanni FoianiLaura Bocca
Composer: Giuseppe VerdiLibretto: Temistrocle Solera
Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, MilanConductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Producer: Gabriele LaviaSet Designer: Giovanni AgostinucciCostume Designer: Andrea ViottiDirected for video by: Brian Large
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