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Composer: Verdi, Giuseppe
Libretto/Text Author: Piave, Francesco Maria
Conductor: Allemandi, Antonello
Orchestra: Parma Teatro Regio Orchestra
Don Carlo: Guelfi, Carlo
Don Riccardo: Simoncini, Samuele
Don Ruy Gomez de Silva: Prestia, Giacomo
Elvira: Neves, Susan
Ernani: Berti, Marco
Giovanna: Zanini, Nicolletta
Jago: Svab, Alessandro
Set/Stage Designer: Alli, Pier'
Costume Designer: Alli, Pier'
Lighting Designer: Alli, Pier'
Stage Director: Alli, Pier'
Television Director: Ricchetti, Matteo
Date of Production: 05-2005
Festival: Verdi Festival
Venue: Teatro Regio, Parma
Playing Time: 02:06:16
Catalogue Number: 33496
The premiere of >Ernani at Venices' Teatro La Fenice in 1844 failed to come up to Verdi's expectations, primarily because of the poor health of some of the singers. Both critics and audiences, however, soon warmed to Ernani, especially after the following performances. The opera contains some of Verdi's most successful, impassioned arias (first and foremost Elvira's cavatina and Silva's cantabile) and clearly denoted an evolution in terms of dramatic structure, more cohesive and with lesser use of blocks of closed numbers. Despite a turbulent 'premiere', Ernani became a real international success, beginning with the felicitous Vienna productions of May/June 1844. The cast of this Teatro Regio of Parma production features some of today's best singers for this type of repertoire.