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Nabucco [DVD] [2011]


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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2005
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4EKA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,788 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Verdi's religious epic is performed in the Arena of Verona by an international cast including Renato Bruson and Ghena Dimitrova. Nabucco is King of Babylon. His daughters, Abigaille and Fenena, are rivals in love for Ismaele, King of Jerusalem.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Basil on 3 July 2010
Nabucco has a superb cast - Renato Bruson as Nabucco, Dimitrova as Abigaille, D'Artegna as the High Priest, but it is the chorus which really grabs me by the throat. The singing of the "Va pensiero" is sublime. My interest in opera was awoken by the BBC's recent Opera week but nothing could have prepared me for that moment. I was moved to tears. Visually and vocally this recording is first class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2014
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This recording, which is getting on a bit now, was recorded at Verona in the huge open-air Roman arena, which provides a spectacular setting for this popular Verdi epic from 1842. Restless under Austrian rule, the northern Italians identified with the exiled Hebrews in the opera, in which the chorus of the Hebrew slaves reflected their own desires to be free from being ruled over by a foreign power.

Nearly all the characters in this work are fictitious and the storyline bears little or no relationship to historical fact except that the Hebrews did go into exile. Although Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco) was an historical person his depiction in this work is very inaccurate, out of the correct period and muddled up in a confusion between Assyrians and Babylonians.

Act 1 is staged in the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem and begins with the entrance of the High Priest Zaccaria, excellently portrayed and sung by Dimiter Petrov. I took an instant dislike to this sanctimonious old twit of a character and couldn't help wondering if Verdi, who was noted for his contempt for religious casuistry, had deliberately made him like that. Eventually Nabucco comes along with his army and orders the destruction of the temple.

In Act II Abigaille is revealed as having been an illegitimate daughter of Nabucco and the child of a slave girl. From the moment she comes on stage this character, breathtakingly portrayed by Ghena Dimatrova, reveals herself as the strongest character in the opera. For a time everything goes right for her and she works her way into becoming ruler of the kingdom.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catwoman on 14 May 2011
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I visited the Arena in Verona last year which is why I chose this particular version of Nabucco. The setting is wonderful and the performance equally so.
I liked the fact that you have sub-titles so you can follow the story. The aficionados don't like this feature I believe but I find it helpful. I can certainly recommend this version to anyone, I don't think it matters that it is from the 1980's
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