I Lombardi alla prima crociata


Verdi I Lombardi alla prima crociata opera to a libretto by Temistocle Solera. Directed 2018 by Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera at the Teatro Regio Torino. Stars Giuseppe Gipali (Arvino), Alex Esposito (Pagano), Lavinia Bini (Viclinda), Angela Meade (Giselda), Antonio Di Matteo (Pirro), Joshua Sanders (Prior of Milan), Giuseppe Capoferri (Acciano), Francesco Meli (Oronte), and Alexandra Zabala (Sofia). Michele Mariotti conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Regio Torino (Chorus Master Andrea Secchi). Set design by Jean-Guy Lecat, costume design by Fernand Ruiz, light design by Franco Marri; assistant direction by Gianni Santucci. Sound recorded by Rino Trasi and Giuseppe Famularo; directed for TV by Matteo Ricchetti and Adriano Figari. Released 2012, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Richard Lawrence says, at page 92 of the 2019 February Gramophone, that this early Verdi opera has a preposterous plot that has kept it from receiving much attention. He goes on to dismiss this recording as lackluster. He advises his readers who want some exposure to every Verdi opera to opt for the cheaper CD companion version, which comes with a libretto and translation. Here is a clip from Dynamic: