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What is left for Leonora? The heartfelt comfort of Cuniza, still decked out as a bride, and the sympathetic murmurings of a chorus that must now change clothes for a funeral [watch and listen -- Act 2 chapter 11, 48:42-50:40]. There is indeed a mediaeval refuge for the sorely afflicted among women, and it is in a convent that Leonora must end her days. There her singing will easily outclass that of her fellow nuns, unless Cuniza joins her as Mother Superior and they can both lament the other sex that undid the two of them, depriving the blameless pair of husband and father.

Evelyn Herlitzius as Leonora and Marianne Cornetti as Cuniza with members of the chorus, at the end of Act 2 of Verdi's 'Oberto'. Screenshot © 2007 Opus Arte/ABAO
Evelyn Herlitzius as Leonora and Marianne Cornetti as Cuniza with members of the chorus, at the end of Act 2 of Verdi's 'Oberto'. Screenshot © 2007 Opus Arte/ABAO

 

Copyright © 28 November 2007 Robert Anderson, London UK

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Verdi: Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio

OA 0982 D DVD9 NTSC 16/9 Anamorphic All regions LPCM Stereo, Digital DTS Surround NEW RELEASE 152' 2007 Opus Arte/ABAO

Ildar Abdrazakov, Oberto; Evelyn Herlitzius, Leonora; Carlo Ventre, Riccardo; Marianne Cornetti, Cuniza; Nuria Lorenzo, Imelda; Chorus of Ópera de Bilbao; Boris Dujin, chorus master; Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias; Yves Abel, musical director; Ignacio García, stage director; Domenico Franchi, sets and costumes; Vinicio Cheli, lighting; Angel Luis Ramírez, TV director; Angela Alvarez Rilla, TV producer

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio (Opera in two acts, 1839, libretto by Temistocle Solera)

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