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Verdi's 'Oberto' -
reviewed by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'Vocally they are in full command ...'

Verdi: Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio. © 2007 Opus Arte/ABAO

This opera might have been called 'Rochester', perhaps after the English 'milord' who had Dryden beaten up and repented to Bishop Burnet his many sins on an early deathbed. But any country could well be proud to claim this splendid outpouring of early Verdi. Bilbao has rightly treated the work very seriously. Ignacio Garcia as stage director has done nothing to distract us from the music, a fact so remarkable in the contemporary operatic world that it deserves both comment and commendation. I'm not sure what it would have felt like to inhabit the thirteenth century; the Bilbao chorus manages to look mediaeval and reacts with the sort of shock to seduction and murder we have long shrugged off.

The Chorus of Ópera de Bilbao in Verdi's 'Oberto'. Screenshot © 2007 Opus Arte/ABAO
The Chorus of Ópera de Bilbao in Verdi's 'Oberto'. Screenshot © 2007 Opus Arte/ABAO

 

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Copyright © 28 November 2007 Robert Anderson, London UK

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