M1500 .V484 E75 2004 DVD
Opera. Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave.
Ernani, 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: Plácido Domingo as the bandit, Ernani; Renato Bruson as the scheming, dangerously suave King Charles of Spain; Nicolai Ghiaurov 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.
Cast: Plácido Domingo (Ernani) ; Mirella Freni (Donna Elvira) ; Renato Bruson (Don Carlo) ; Nicolai Ghiaurov (Don Ruy Gomez de Silva) ; Gianfranco Manganotti (Don Ricardo) ; Alfredo Giacomotti (Iago) ; Jolanda Michieli (Giovanna) ; Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan ; Riccardo Muti, conductor.
Filmed live at La Scala, Milan, 1982.
Sung in Italian with English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese subtitles.
Distributed by Kultur (www.kultur.com).