No opera is more romantic than Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani. Three rivals risk everything for a hot-blooded woman, plotting abductions, hatching conspiracies, swearing fatal oaths. This 1983 Metropolitan Opera production brought together a superb cast of singers, well able to take on the challenge of Verdi's searing music. Stars: Luciano Pavarotti, Leona Mitchell, Sherrill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi. Chorus, Ballet and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera. Conductor: James Levine
I wonder if those who are enthusiastic about this performance have seen the Muti/La Scala performance with Domingo, Freni, Bruson, and Ghiarov? That one is fiery and exciting. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2002 by Jan Cambria
A terrific performance! I have never had the opertunity to see this opera. The DVD was a good way to see it.Published on Nov. 25 2000 by Ida J. Jeppesen
Anyone who hasn't heard the previous VHS version of this performance has missed a whole lot of just about everything great there is to be heard in this or any medium. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2000 by D. J. Edwards
George Bernard Shaw described Ernani as Verdi's most intense opera, and in this rendition, all of the musical and visual elements of the work that so pleased the irascible Shaw... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2000 by John G. Gleeson Sr.