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Verdi - Giovanna d'Arco / Susan Dunn, Vincenzo La Scola, Renato Bruson, Pietro Spagnoli, Riccardo Chailly, Bologna Opera
Verdi - Giovanna d'Arco / Susan Dunn Vincenzo La Scola Renato Bruson Pietro Spagnoli Riccardo Chailly Bologna Opera
Actors: Real Giguere, Bruson, Dunn, Chailly
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts, Military & War
NR     2006     2hr 7min

Stage and television director Werner Herzog, one of the most highly acclaimed German film makers of all time, joins forces with the great Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly to effect a masterful rendition of this rarely-pe...  more »

     
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Actors: Real Giguere, Bruson, Dunn, Chailly
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Classical, Military & War
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/28/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1990
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1990
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 7min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Italian

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Very good singing
figaro | Eugene, OR United States | 04/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This opera doesn't have a lot of action but it does have great tunes - one after another, and this makes a nice audio recording to listen to over and over. Susan Dunn is an exceptional soprano with a beautiful, powerful, flexible voice - what more could one ask for? Vincenzo La Scola is a good silvery-toned tenor with reliable high notes. Bruson's singing is touching as always. Dunn and La Scola are more of your 'stand and deliver'-type singers - not great actors, so with the lack of action in the opera, I do not give the video a full five stars."
A very good performance of a rarely heard opera
A. BOSS | Mountainside, NJ United States | 03/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Although Giovanna d'arco is not one of Verdi's best operas, it is very enjoyable, especially for opera lovers who want to go beyond the standard operas we hear all the time. This was very well performed and recorded. My only real complaint is that it did not have a synopsis of the opera. For a little known opera such as this, a synopsis would be very helpful for following the story."
All the ingredients, but...
Sanford E. Schimel | 02/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This performance has everything going for it. Vincenzo La Scola is a fine tenor, Renato Bruson is always reliable, and Susan Dunn was being heralded as the next great soprano. As for Verdi, this may be second rate Verdi, but there is some gorgeous music here. The men do fine, but there's a hole in the middle where Givanna should be. Susan Dunn had a beautiful voice of the right weight for this role, and she certainly has the range for it (the tessitura for this role is fairly high). But while there's nothing wrong with her two big arias, "Sempre al'alba" and "O, Fatidica Foreste", compare her performances of them with Tebaldi's and Caballe's, both of whom can be heard on disc in this, and what's missing is Verdi's slancio. There's no drive, no inherent drama in her performance. It's lovely, but inert. The duets, including a couple of Verdi's father/daughter duets, and the ensembles fair better. Werner Herzog's direction is traditional. The one great moment theatrically is the final scene as Giovanna dies. It was thrilling."
Vivid if Germanic 'Giovanna d'Arco' from Bologna.
Gerard Fagan | Dublin Ireland | 06/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Teatro Communale presents a well sung 'Giovanna d'Arco' ably conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Susan Dunn sings sytringly in the title part ably seconded by Vincenzo La Scola who sings mellifluously as Carlo. Renato Bruson as Giacomo Giovanna's father easily carries home the gold medal for his singing and acting. Herzog's production is very germanic in style so that scenically the opera seems more wagnerian than verdian. Please can this production be issued on DVD a.s.a.p."