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"This 1978 performance is steeped in scandal. Franco Bonisolli was originally cast in the lead role but abandoned the cast during a rehearsal where the public had been admitted entry, and, after throwing his sword at the conductor, left the stage in fury, to be later replaced by Domingo. Karajan not only conducted the opera, but he was also responsible for the stage direction. The recording was very rarely broadcast and this DVD draws on the original tapes held by Austrian Television, extensively restored using state of the art technology. Thus this gem from the archives can now be enjoyed on DVD with enhanced sound and picture quality. Subtitles in English, German, French, Italian." - Arkivmusic

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
BEST TROVATORE ON DVD !!! April 14 2011
By Anthony Rossi - Published on Amazon.com
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Great Cast and Production! I had the old 2004 DVD pressing but there were too many problems. This 2010 pressing is excellent...better video and audio. You will NEVER see a cast like this ever again!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
a bit static but splendidly sung Jan. 27 2014
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Domingo was not yet 40 in 1978 when this performance took place; his recorded "Trovatore" with Mehta (arguably still the best on CD) was almost ten years in the past. One feels here that his voice has grown into the role -- I can't imagine it being better sung, both musically and expressively. That's not to say that I can't imagine another great voice (say Corelli at his best) making an even more striking impression, but by any standard this is great singing, and within the limits of the production, fine acting. The limits of the production are not really terribly disabling -- it's a bit static, and some of the stage business is awkward (the scene at the convent was particularly sticky, I thought), but the sets are nicely rendered in a painterly way, and if the singing were not as strong as it is, the static quality of the production would bother me more. And the quality of the singing is excellent, not just from Domingo. Kabaivanska's Leonora is not as rich and voluptuous as Price's but it is secure from top to bottom, well-focussed, and expressive. It doesn't hurt that she looks good in the role. Di Luna is not a role I associated with Cappuccilli, but he provides a great account of it here. One can remember Bastianini's black baritone, but (as with Domingo vis-a-vis Corelli) one can't fault Cappuccilli's singing or expression. Some reviewers complain that the pacing by Karajan is too slow; the only place where it registered on me as slow was in "Il balen," and the tempo proved no problem for Cappuccilli with his wonderful breath control, and he gave a lovely account of it. Jose Van Dam was a superb Ferrando -- again not a dark voice, but beautifully projected. Most of all, Fiorenza Cossotto was an unforgettable Azucena -- thinking of her performance, one can see why Verdi considered naming the opera for the gypsy. The singing is stunning and intense, and the physically static quality of so much of the production does not in the least impair her communicative power. This is a gypsy who can scare the hell out of you. All in all, then, this is just wonderful. I don't have any other Trovatores on DVD for comparison (yet), but I can't believe that I will ever think badly of this one.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful production. March 5 2013
By Boz - Published on Amazon.com
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Placido Domingo and Fiorenza Cossotto are brilliant. Raina Kabaivanska sings beautifully and is a good actress. The chorus is good and the orchestra under the great von Karajan plays brilliantly. This is a classic performance of a classic opera by Verdi.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Very pleased Sept. 12 2012
By Ricardo - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this version of Il Trovatore. Although the production is old (1978)and the video format is too narrow the recording is quite good. The singers and direction are first quality although the acting of Capuccilli is too stiff.
I recommend it.
Excellent, in all respects May 5 2014
By G. Hungerford - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a traditionally costumed and period-appropriate Trovatore. Domingo (as Manrico), Kabaivanska (as Leonora), Cossotto (as Azucena), as well as Cappuccilli (as Count di Luna), are in excellent voice, without a strain or off-note to be heard. Von Karajan knows this opera and how to make the music work.

This performance’s only “shortcoming,” if that word is even appropriate, is the video technology of the late ’70s and early ’80s, when it was recorded. The color is just a bit faded, in places and, in some of the darker secenes, some graininess is noticeable, when played on today’s high-end equipment. Despite that, the audio is excellent, which is more important than crisp, clean video, in opera