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Verdi - Jerusalem / Plasson, Fondary, Villarroel, Colombara, Momirov, Bragaglia, Casciarri, Teatro Carlo Felice Genova
Verdi - Jerusalem / Plasson Fondary Villarroel Colombara Momirov Bragaglia Casciarri Teatro Carlo Felice Genova
Actors: Momirov, Villarroel, Colombara
Genres: Indie & Art House, Musicals & Performing Arts
UR     2003     2hr 46min


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Actors: Momirov, Villarroel, Colombara
Creator: Verdi
Genres: Indie & Art House, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Classical
Studio: Tdk DVD Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/15/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 46min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: French
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Italian

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Another Excellent Opera from TDK Mediactive
John G. Gleeson Sr. | Frederic, Mi USA | 08/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What Phillips did for the lesser known Verdi operas on CD, TDK is doing on DVD; producing high quality operatic experiences. This latest opera has an interesting history. It is a re-write, with major additions, of Verdi's 4th opera, "I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata", and many critics, and this Verdi fan believe that it is a major improvement, both dramatically and musically. The plot has to do with a nobleman, mistakenly accused of murder, who seeks to prove his innocence. While, in general, operatic plots seem somewhat silly these days, this one ain't too bad. The role of the accused Gaston is sung well by tenor Ivan Momirov; Helene, is sung nicely by Veronica Villarroel, but the most convincing singer is bass Carlo Colombara as the real murderer, Roger. Since this work was written for the Paris Opera, it is sung here in French. The available translation, which appears at the bottom of the screen is pretty accurate, and a nice, unobtrusive feature. Michel Plasson conducts the chorus and orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice with an experienced baton. The picture is excellent, and the sound options include Dolby 5.1 and DTS, so warn the neighbors. I like this performance a lot and recommend it to any lover of Verdi's music, or anyone who is interested in experiencing a fine operatic performance. TDK seems to be committed to releasing good DVDs of European performances, so the opera lovers' future looks pretty good."
Good solid production of Verdi's first french opera
Gerard Fagan | Dublin Ireland | 06/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa gives a dependable production of 'Jerusalem' a rifacimento 'en francais' of his earlier opera 'I Lombardi'. Like Rossini and Donizetti before him Verdi chose to debut at the Paris opera with a revision of an earlier italian work. The result is an opera that in some respects improves on the original but in other respects lacks its spontenaiety .Compared to 'I Lombardi',the plot is simplified, the orchestration is refined and new numbers such as a duettino for Gaston and Helene and a grand scene et air for Gaston to conclude Act III. The chief advantage of the production is the french conductor Michel Plasson who guarantees a french flavour.There is also a francophone Comte de Toulouse Alain Fondary whose role {helas!) is all too short. However bass Carlo Colombara is a superb Roger. The make up artists are to be taken to task for not changing his appearancein Act II particular when he states that he has now become unrecognisable! Veronica Villaroel as Helene and Ivan Mamirov as Gaston provide strong singing even if their french is at times what the French would call 'approximatif'. In particular, Mamirov's performance grows in stature as the opera progresses and he gives a deeply impassioned account of Gaston's Grand Scene in Act III. The chorus sings admirably and the sets and costumes are in the traditional mode.This production is the best advocate this opera could have"