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Release Date:
13 October 1982 (Italy) See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 26 of 36)

Ronald Pickup ... Giuseppe Verdi (9 episodes, 1982)
Carla Fracci ... Giuseppina Strepponi (9 episodes, 1982)
Giampiero Albertini ... Antonio Barezzi (9 episodes, 1982)
Omero Antonutti ... Carlo Verdi (9 episodes, 1982)
Lino Capolicchio ... Arrigo Boito (9 episodes, 1982)
Enzo Cerusico ... Emanuele Muzio (9 episodes, 1982)
Eva Christian ... Teresa Stolz (9 episodes, 1982)
Nino Dal Fabbro ... Giulio Ricordi (9 episodes, 1982)
Adriana Innocenti ... Maria Barezzi (9 episodes, 1982)
Agla Marsili ... Luisa Uttini (9 episodes, 1982)
Daria Nicolodi ... Margherita Barezzi (9 episodes, 1982)

Jan Niklas ... Angelo Mariani (9 episodes, 1982)
Renzo Palmer ... Conte di Cavour (9 episodes, 1982)
Raimondo Penne ... Francesco Maria Piave (9 episodes, 1982)
Tito Schipa Jr. ... Franco Faccio (9 episodes, 1982)
Nanni Svampa ... Impresario Merelli (9 episodes, 1982)
Giorgio Trestini ... Solera (9 episodes, 1982)
Leopoldo Trieste ... Finola (9 episodes, 1982)

Milena Vukotic ... Clara Maffei (9 episodes, 1982)

Burt Lancaster ... Narrator in American version / ... (9 episodes, 1982)
Edward Mannix ... Merelli (9 episodes, 1982)

Edmund Purdom ... Verdi (9 episodes, 1982)
Marc Smith ... Narrator (9 episodes, 1982)
Carlo Colombo ... Giovannino Barezzi (5 episodes, 1982)
Aldo Fiaccadori (4 episodes, 1982)
Giuseppe Saracino (4 episodes, 1982)

Series Directed by
Renato Castellani (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Writing credits
Renato Castellani (9 episodes, 1982)
Gene Luotto (9 episodes, 1982)
Leonardo Benvenuti (7 episodes, 1982)
Piero De Bernardi (7 episodes, 1982)

Series Produced by
Alessandro Altieri .... executive producer (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Original Music by
Roman Vlad (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Cinematography by
Giuseppe Ruzzolini (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Film Editing by
Otello Colangeli (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Art Direction by
Elio Balletti (9 episodes, 1982)
Carlo Tommasi (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Costume Design by
Maria De Matteis (9 episodes, 1982)
Enrico Luzzi (8 episodes, 1982)
Series Makeup Department
Ennio Cascioli .... key hair stylist (9 episodes, 1982)
Maria Pia Ficcadenti .... makeup artist (9 episodes, 1982)
Manlio Rocchetti .... key makeup artist (9 episodes, 1982)
Mario Scutti .... key makeup artist (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Production Management
Giulio Scanni .... production organizer (1 episode, 1982)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrezio Sergenti Castellani .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1982)
Piero Cristofani .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Art Department
Elio Balletti .... set dresser (9 episodes, 1982)
Massimo Razzi .... assistant art director (9 episodes, 1982)
Carlo Tommasi .... set dresser (9 episodes, 1982)
Armando Vici .... carpenter (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Special Effects by
Sesto Burgalossi .... special effects (9 episodes, 1982)
Gino Vagniluca .... special effects (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Enrico Cortese .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1982)
Claudio Sabatini .... assistant camera (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adriana Masseroni .... chief seamstress (9 episodes, 1982)
Enrico Luzzi .... costumes: in collaboration with (2 episodes, 1982)
Series Editorial Department
Carlo Fontana .... assistant editor (9 episodes, 1982)
Franco Gillia .... assistant editor (9 episodes, 1982)
Evandro Postorino .... assistant editor (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Music Department
Gianfranco Plenizio .... conductor (9 episodes, 1982)
Roman Vlad .... musical director (9 episodes, 1982)
Series Other crew
Anna Maria Montanari .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 1982)
Gene Luotto .... dialogue director: english version (7 episodes, 1982)

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70 min (9 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A really outstanding series, 25 September 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

An absolute treasure for opera enthusiasts and fans of Verdi(the Sutherland, Bergonzi and Merrill recording of La Traviata was my first complete Verdi listen 10 years ago and I've been a fan since). Not quite as grand as the series on Wagner from the same time-frame, plus Richard Burton gives a performance of a life-time, but Verdi's style, his life and him as a person may be much more accessible. Am a fan of Wagner's music, but he was known as a terrible man(Youtube users never let people forget how he was an Anti-Semetic bigot) and Parsifal especially is exhausting for a first time viewer. Personally first exposure was through the 1983 film of the opera which was admittedly rather too heavy on the symbolism so that could have something to do with it.

Getting onto the point, there is very little wrong with this series. There is however some sloppy dubbing and Burt Lancaster's narration can overbear things(some of his mispronunciations are annoying too). The rest however is fabulous. It is very sumptuously mounted and the photography matches that quality. Nobody really needs to say how good Verdi's music is, fans will argue that his music is some of the best of the entire opera medium, I for one share that opinion. It's even greater when the singing is so good, from some of the best singers ever to sing his music, Pavarotti, Tebaldi, Callas and Nilsson are immediately recognisable and sound incredible.

Verdi is intelligently written, sensitively staged with no over-doing. The composer's story is fascinating and is told in an absorbing way, a way that also shows great enthusiasm for the subject. Any important parts are not skimmed over and have their impact. Ronald Pickup's Verdi is note-perfect and Carla Fracci matches him in a nuanced performance. All the roles are well-done and don't fall into caricature- and it is easy to do that- too much. Overall, an outstanding series that is deserving of a much better DVD release, the Kultur version doesn't really do it justice. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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