Verdi - Nabucco (Blu-ray)
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Label: Bel Air
Cat No: BAC448
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 29th June 2018
Coro e orchestra dell’Arena di Verona
Verdi's third opera was created at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1842, in the epicentre of the 'Risorgimento' and the capital of Italian nationalism, at a time when the supporters of Italian independance from Austrian occupation were starting to make their voices heard. The 'Chorus of the Hebrew slaves', introduced at a pivotal point in the third act where the Jews, exiled from Babylone by Nabuchodonosor, mourn their country, immediately resonated with the Italian nationalists and has ever since been a symbol of Italian national identity.
Boldly transposing the action out of biblical times and into Italian Risorgimento, French director Arnaud Bernard sets the opera in the Milanese opera house during the uprisings of 1848. Soprano Susanna Branchini is sublime as Nabuchodonosor’s daughter Abigaille, while Israeli-born conductor Daniel Oren, a true connoisseur of Verdi's musical language as well as a regular guest at the Arena di Verona, conducts this lyrical epic with great panache.
‘The Israeli conductor has always loved Nabucco and it shows; his conducting is intense and passionate, but considerate of the voices and always attentive to what happens on stage.’ – Operaclick.com
- Nabucco: George Gagnidze
- Ismaele: Rubens Pelizzari
- Zaccaria: Rafał Siwek
- Abigaille: Susanna Branchini
- Fenena: María José Moreno
- High Priest of Belo: Nicolò Ceriani
- Abdallo: Paolo Antognetti
- Anna: Elena Borin
Stage direction and costumes design: Arnaud Bernard
Set designer: Alessandro Camera
Lighting designer: Paolo Mazzon
Director of stage design: Giuseppe de Filippi Venezia
Recorded in HD at the Arena di Verona in August 2017
Directed for TV by Andy Sommer
Running time: 132 min.
Booklet: FR / ENG / ITA
Original language: ITA
Subtitles: FR / ENG / GER / ITA / SPA / JP / KOR
Video: Colour, 16/9, Full HD
Audio: PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
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