Verdi: The King of Melody

ISBN 13 : 9780803024151

Verdi: The King of Melody

 
9780803024151: Verdi: The King of Melody

Sung by: Tito Gobbi, Mario Del Monaco, Orietta Moscucci, Vito de Taranto
Accompanied by the Rome Opera Orchestra.
Scenes from Nabucco, Ernani, Rigoletto, Trovatore, Traviata, Aida, Otello, Falstaff.
Starring: Pierre Cressoy, Anna Maria Ferrero and Gaby Andre

This colorfully filmed drama of the life and loves of the great composer, Guiseppe Verdi, is played against a background of the great operas of the 19th Century. A tender love story of Verdi's successful and turbulent life, we hear more than 20 excerpts from his acclaimed operas.

"Rafaello Matarazzo's direction is outstanding in the musical sequences, Tino Santoni's photography richly captures the Romantic period and Pierre Cressoy is an impassioned Verdi." -Hollywood Reporter

The Patriarch of Italian opera began his career with the bel canto composers (Bellini, Donizetti, and Rossini) and ended it as a contemporary of Debussy and Richard Strauss. Verdi's operas voiced his liberal views by making biting social and political comment, often bringing him into conflict with the censors.

This nostalgic look at Verdi: The King of Melody, paints a romantic picture of the composer's struggle for success, his loves, and his musical triumph over the forces of political domination. Poignant and tender, filled with pathos, it is heart-rending in both its sad moments as well as in its times of joy. A theatrical and critical success when the feature film was released in the US in 1974, Verdi: The King of Melody, will touch your heart.

DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Over 45 Scene Selections
Instant Access to Arias
Verdi Biography
Verdi List of Works & Premieres
Verdi Trivia
Bonus Music: ENRICO CARUSO Sings Four Verdi Arias
Dolby Digital Stereo Audio
Digitally Mastered Audio & Video

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Review :

Verdi: The King of Melody is another Italian film classic. This sensitive and lovely portrayal of the life of the grand old man of Italian opera is beautifully produced and features some of the finest Verdi singing ever! Hearing and watching legendary opera stars like Tito Gobbi and Mario del Monaco accompanied by the Rome Opera Orchestra is in itself worth the price of the DVD. One comes away from the movie with a deeper understanding of the genius and pathos of Giuseppe Verdi whose life was filled with triumphs and tragedy... I can honestly say this is the finest cinema depiction of the life and times of a man who changed the world of opera forever! --WGBH, Boston

Opera lovers will find themselves absorbed by the operatic treatment of Verdi's life... the dub job was done with enough grace so that it's not intrusive... close your eyes and sip a glass of wine and pretend you're in a box at La Scala. Great feature!... No opera lover? No problem. If you're a sucker for those old musical biopics, you'll like this film. --James Plath, DVD Town

Rafaello Matarazzo's direction is outstanding in the musical sequences... richly captures the Romantic period and Pierre Cressoy is an impassioned Verdi. --Hollywood Reporter

Opera lovers will find themselves absorbed by the operatic treatment of Verdi's life... the dub job was done with enough grace so that it's not intrusive... close your eyes and sip a glass of wine and pretend you're in a box at La Scala. Great feature!... No opera lover? No problem. If you're a sucker for those old musical biopics, you'll like this film. --James Plath, DVD Town

Rafaello Matarazzo's direction is outstanding in the musical sequences... richly captures the Romantic period and Pierre Cressoy is an impassioned Verdi. --Hollywood Reporter

About the Actor :

Born in 1813, Giuseppe Verdi dominated the musical scene in Italy for over half a century. In 1832, he failed admission into the Milan Conservatory due to 'insufficient talent'. He returned to Busseto in 1836 and married Margherita Barezzi whose father was a locally-known organist and an early benefactor to Verdi. They had a daughter and son. Both children, along with their mother, died of separate illnesses by 1840. Pressured to write a comedie, Verdi composed Un giorno di regno which received a sour welcome.

Frustrated, Verdi felt he had nothing left to offer as a composer. Bartolomeo Merelli, the administrator of La Scala, approached him with a libretto from Nabucco. This single gesture saved Verdi's career as Nabucco became his first masterpiece. What followed was a half-century of 29 operas, many of which the censors felt compelled to alter due to political implications.

Verdi died in 1901 in Milan following a stroke. Although he requested no music or singing at his funeral, crowds of people gathered on the streets to mourn his passing. They sang 'Va, pensiero'.

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