- Actors: Leo Nucci, Roberto De Biasio, Tatiana Serjan, Roberto Tagliavini, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma
- Format: DTS Surround Sound, Colour, Anamorphic, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: Italian
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Korean, Chinese, Japanese
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: C Major
- DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2012
- Run Time: 117 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00925TAOQ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,819 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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To celebrate Giuseppe Verdi's 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.
I due Foscari was Verdi's sixth opera and based on Lord Byron's play The Two Foscari. Rich in intrigue, the plot tells of the final days of the famous Venetian doge, Francesco Foscari, and his illegal overthrow in 1457.
[Leo] Nucci returns as the despairing Doge and is on stonking form, stealing the show shamelessly, especially in his act 3 aria 'Queste dunque è l'iniqua mercede', which is fantastically dispatched, and his death scene. Renzetti is... in charge of the pit and he and his cast make as good a case for the opera as the only other production I've seen, August Everding's for the Royal Opera. --Mark Pullinger, International Record Review
Top Customer Reviews
This particular rendition of the work in the Teatro Regio de Parma is greatly helped by the excellence of the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma conducted by Donato Renzetti and by the sympathetic staging and the stage direction by Joseph Franconi Lee. There's careful blending without anything getting in the way of anything else as, sadly, does happen sometimes.
Whilst appreciating the point concerning the 'too-gloominess', I have to say that this in no way encumbered my own particular enjoyment of this rendering of the work. In any case, there's a very real bright spot, with dancing and capering around, on the waterfront at the beginning of Act 3, which was especially well staged and a real delight to watch.
The performance is well directed with all participants clearly giving of their best. They interpret Verdi's music in the best possible fashion, bringing out the nuances involved in coping with the cross-current of emotions involved in the turmoil of human machinations. Leo Nucci is just perfect in the role of Francesco Foscari, octogenarian Doge of Venice. The whole gambit of problems involved in the conflict between his role as a father and his duty as Doge of Venice could not have better brought out.Read more ›
Based on a work by Lord Byron, 'The Two Foscari', there's very little dramatic development in a story that is little more than a murder trial where we get to see neither the murder nor the trial. The accused however is the son of the Doge, so there's a great deal of conflict between family and duty (not an uncommon situation in a Verdi opera) where the Doge, Francesco Foscari finds that even as the ruler of Venice, his powers are limited. Dramatic developments might be few then and the sentiments are conventional expressions of patriotism, pleas to God, arias of despair and calls for vengeance but Verdi is nonetheless able to create a compelling drama out of this, allowing the intensity to build through the first two acts before hitting you with a powerful Act II finale and then following it with a showpiece for the Doge in Act III.
It helps if you have great singers to play these roles and, fortunately, the casting for this production in Parma is of the highest order.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful production. The staging is similar to this year's ROH version with Domingo, as are the costumes. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2014 by Giles Penfold