Ernani

Ernani

140 mins | Dec. 17, 1983

Verdi's early masterpiece is based on a Victor Hugo play with a complicated plot concerning a young woman and the three men vying for her affections—her elderly uncle, a king destined to become Holy Roman Emperor, and a bandit who is actually an overthrown nobleman. Though there is plenty of action arising from the various passions and grudges scattered among these characters, the opera is best appreciated as a feast of beautiful and dramatic Italianate singing. With virtuosic roles for a quartet of principals, the opera delivers one feat of heroic vocalism after another.

Ernani

140 mins | Dec. 17, 1983

Ernani
Verdi's early masterpiece is based on a Victor Hugo play with a complicated plot concerning a young woman and the three men vying for her affections—her elderly uncle, a king destined to become Holy Roman Emperor, and a bandit who is actually an overthrown nobleman. Though there is plenty of action arising from the various passions and grudges scattered among these characters, the opera is best appreciated as a feast of beautiful and dramatic Italianate singing. With virtuosic roles for a quartet of principals, the opera delivers one feat of heroic vocalism after another.
Producers
Original title Ernani
Directors Pier Luigi Samaritani, Kirk Browning
Writers

Cast

Luciano Pavarotti

as Ernani

Leona Mitchell

as Donna Elvira

Sherrill Milnes

as Don Carlos

Ruggero Raimondi

as Don Ruy Gómez de Silva

Charles Anthony

as Don Riccardo

Richard Vernon

as Jago

Jean Craft

as Giovanna