By Donato Renzetti, Fiorenza Cossotto, Giulio Coltellacci, Katia Ricciarelli, Rajna Kabaivanska, Rolando Panerai, and Sherill Milnes. By Giuseppe Verdi. MPAA Rating: G; Sound type: Stereo PCM 2.0. Classical. DVD. Published by Dynamic (NX.DYN-37732).
Primary language: Italian; Subtitles: Italian, French, English, German, Korean, Japanese.
After three releases dedicated to La Scala, this fourth release describes another beloved and well-known Italian operatic venue: the Arena of Verona. In this documentary, originally filmed in 16 mm., the Italian journalist Enzo Biagi interviews the famous singers, directors and conductors who appeared at the Arena at the beginning of the 1980s: Sherrill Millnes, Rajna Kabaiwanska, Fiorenza Cossotto, Mirella Freni, Rolando Panerai, Oliviero De Fabritiis, Nicola Martinucci, the director Giancarlo Sbragia and the set designer Giulio Coltellacci. Excerps from those years' performances of Rigoletto, Aida, Traviata and Nabucco.