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Verdi;Giuseppe Nabucco [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: Classical, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, German, French
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Tdk DVD Video
  • Release Date: Feb. 21 2006
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • ASIN: B000E0VO2O

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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid version, Nucci at his best May 25 2006
By Gonzalo Tello - Published on Amazon.com
This is a production from the Wiener Staatsoper in 2001. The Cast is notable, with big stars combined with new talents: Leo Nucci, Maria Guleghina, Marina DOmashenko, Giacomo Prestia. Fabio Luisi conducting the Wiener Staatsoper orchestra.

This version is set on the 20th century, very in the style of Robert Wilson's productions. Blues and grays predominant on the scene. Absence of scenery, replaced with some elements, and the chorus that fills the stage.

The direction of Luisi is superb. His tempi are fast and precise, and surprises with new balances and texture in the orchestration we haven't heard in previous recordings. First class direction here.

Leo Nucci is the main atraction here. Being kinda overacting sometimes (part of his style this latest years) he evokes and performs the real way how Nabucco changes from narcisistic to religious and follower of an enemy's religion. The Acting in the last two acts are 5 stars and very rich.

Maria Guleghina performs a good Abigaille, full of force and histrionical voice. But we don't understand at any point in the opera if she is a warrior or a symbolic assyrian, because shes wearing the same long dress troughout all the acts of the opera.

Giacomo Prestia as Zaccaria is a great discovery for me. Beautiful and fresh voice, and agile look, renews my idea of this portrayal. Compared with this DVD, the Ramey's Zaccaria in the Met's version.

Marina Domashenko is a very stylish Fenena. Big and beautiful voice. Pleasant surprise finding her in this role. The Ismaele is sang by a regular repertoire tenor, not exciting at all.

The production invokes the holocaust. We see the hebrews dressed like jews before being taken to the concentration camps. But the Nazi figure is absent here. I don;t understand the real figure of the Assyrians here.

Also, this production is full of symbols that more than enrich the story, are very distracting and doesn't help to understand the essence of the drama.

In short, the idea on setting the story in the past century is very attractive, but wasted in the middle.

The TV direction is very amateur. Do not help to understand the production, and focuses on first shots that are unnecesary, like, at the finale of act one,where the camera is stucked on fenena for long time, when the whole cast is relevant and neccesary to see.

The sound deserves 5 stars, excellent!

Anyways, even with this lacks i mentioned, this is a exciting version of the opera with maybe the best Nabucco and Abigaille of the last years: Nucci and Guleghina.
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more than was delivered... March 11 2014
By Timothy R. Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
The Vienna orchestra and Fabio Luisi make this eminently listenable. The chorus is also very good. The updating to 1930/40 didn't bother me; neither did the costumes or lack of scenery. Prestia and Nucci sing and act well. Dvorsky has an attractive but light tenor and Fenena smoldered. The problem with that is that it is Guleghina who should have smoldered. Not only was she lacking in temperament but she did not have the high notes (strained) and the low ones had little "core" and therefore made little impact. The passages with fioratura (love that word!) are either approximate (running passages) or absent (trills).
I want vocal fireworks! I want vocal magic! Guess I'll have to look elsewhere.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great if your eyes are closed Oct. 12 2013
By David Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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The singing and orchestra were great; the staging and video direction deserves one star. Nabucco enters in a dark blue business suit wearing a fur colar. The warrior Abigalille is in a low cut evening dress. The Hebrews, as noted in Mr Tello's review, are dressed as 1930 refugees. The camera work has too many close=ups. The dramatic sense is lost since one rarely sees the entire stage. Instead one gets close-ups of singer's mouths -- not the greatest view when an opera singer is singing at full voice. As long as I kept my eyes closed the performance was great. When I opened my eyes the staging I saw made little dramatic sense to me.

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