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Verdi: Il Corsaro (Parma 2008) (Ribeiro, Lungu, Salsi, Dalla Benetta, Bonfatti, Papi, Villari, Lamberto Puggelli, Carlo Montanaro) (C Major: 722408) [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, Ribeiro, Lungu, Salsi, Dalla Benetta
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb. 2013
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0094AH348
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,014 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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To celebrate Giuseppe Verdis bicentenary in 2013, C Major is proud to present the truly unique project, TUTTO VERDI: All 26 operas released on DVD and Blu-ray, together with his immortal Requiem and special documentary.

C Major presents a production of Il corsaro, performed in 2008 at the Verdi Festival in Parma. Written in 1848, this three-act opera is based on Lord Byron's poem The Corsair.

Released for the first time on Blu-ray.

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Plenty of good music and piratical heroics make this traditional staging eminently watchable. --Mark Pullinger, International Record Review

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Welll, choosing the early opera of Verdi is both interest in it and a tribute to the 200 years of the composer. Beautiful music, good singing and young singers. The production is very traditional, though action has been moved to the board of a ship. The rather modern ending clashes with the rest of the production. Anyway, I enjoyed the opera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done!! 9 Mar. 2013
By John G. Gleeson Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Ah, gentle reader, what can one say about Il Corsaro? That it, along with Alzira are considered the bottom of the Verdi barrel? That, as Wiliam Berger ("Verdi With a Vengeance") notes, "If one could assemble the proper cast to perform Corsaro properly, one wouldn't. One would produce Trovatore instead"? Perhaps, but Verdi at his least best is still mighty fine music, and this performance is convincing evidence that Corsaro is worth experiencing.

This disc presents four principal singers with whom I am totally unfamiliar, but I hope to hear more from them. (If the opera gods are just, we should, but experience shows them to be as capricious as were their Greek anticedents, else why no more Met HD DVDs? But I am off topic ...)

The tenor role of Corrado has been described (Berger) as written for a "heroic voice". To me, Bruno Ribeiro is more of a spinto, but he executes the role, with all its fiendish tessatura, flawlessly. He would be an ideal Alfredo or Duke of Mantua. Bravo!

Irina Lungu (Medora) is a gifted soprano. Her role requires her to sing a bit low in the soprano range but when it's time to hit the high notes, she delivers perfectly. What acting is required in this romantic role (aside from fainting and dying) is well done. Brava!!

Silvia Dalla Benetta (as I noted in my review of the Tutto Verdi sampler) is the real deal. Her role requires the "blood and guts" approach, especially as to her Act II cabaletta, which Budden refers to as ordinary, as I recall, but Osborne calls it "absolutely glorious" (go figure). I think it rocks because Mme Dalla Benetta nails it! Brava!!!

Baritone Luca Salsi (Seid) is the almost bad guy. His singing in a performance where everyone is spot on, nealy steals the show. What a voice! And a kind of passionate intensity in the dramatic aspects as well. Whew!

Chorus and orchestra do a first rate job, too. Staging is traditional and surprisingly effective, considering the small stage.

Disc quality is nearly perfect, my only reservation being that the women's chorus seemed under miked in the second act. But that aside, the surround experience of C Major's DTS is dramatic.

A word about the venue: this opera was performed in the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Busetto. The theatre is tiny, having a stage about the size of a two car garage and seating for 300. The audience was enthusiastic, but remember, gentle reader, that Busetto was Verdi's home town, and it, along with nearby Parma have a serious history of doing bad things to performers who disappoint. Caruso was reported to have been booed in a performance of L'Elisir and subsequently refused service by a cab driver who didn't want to dirty his cab with a bad singer. Othe disappointees have been refused service in restaurants and hotels. So an enthusiatic audience, which this one was, really says something about the performance.

I share that reaction. Buy with confidence, and forget all about that German guy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars are great singers with great voices 3 July 2014
By jrodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
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The soprano who plays the role of Medora, Irina Lungu, a beautiful young woman, sings with a slow vibrato on her higher notes, which is difficult for me to listen to. The other three singers in principal roles, Bruno Ribeiro, Luca Salsi, and Silvia Dalla Benetta, are great singing actors with great voices, and it's on the strength of their performances that I give this DVD 4 stars. I've already watched it a number of times.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Apparently, it's very hard to produce a first rate Corsaro. 6 Sept. 2013
By Steffi B. Rath - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately, Il Corsaro will never be a great opera - no matter how you slice it. However, the present DVD somehow manages to outshine the 2004 version with a superannuated Renato Bruson.
The voices are actually quite good throughout; Ribeiro is handsome and a delight to look at and I do agree with my predecessor that he is a singer to watch.
If you have never seen this opera and would like to complete your Verdi collection, I should definitely say: go for it. If it is a great great Verdi opera you want, you have been warned.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 7 Jan. 2014
By Ilmusico - Published on Amazon.com
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Verdi didn't like this opera much, and it is not on the level of his many masterworks, but...although formulaic the music does make its effect, and the cast, although not on the level of the Caballe, Norman, Carreras recording for Phillips, does very nicely
5.0 out of 5 stars IDEAL VERDI PERFORMANCE! 28 Jun. 2015
By Alfredo R. Villanueva - Published on Amazon.com
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The caption on the DVD sleeve reads “This Is how Verdi should be played!” and I could not agree more. The trio of principals: Ribeiro, Lungu, and Dalla Benetta , offer youthful exhuberance and intensity, good looks and glorious voices. The rest of the cast is equally good. Superb conductor, traditional production, great staging. Anf of course, Verdi’s exquisite music. It has renovated my faith in the totality of the Verdi canon, not only its most performed titles.
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