This colourfully filmed drama of the life and loves of the great composer, Guiseppe Verdi, is played against a background of the great operas of the 19th Century. A tender love story of Verdi's successful and turbulent life, we hear more than 20 excerpts from Rigoletto, La Traviata, Otello, Aida, Il Trovatore, Nabucco and many other operas. They are beautifully sung by international opera stars Tito Gobbi, Mario Del Monaco and Orietta Moscucci, and accompanied by the Rome Opera Orchestra.
"Rafaello Matarazzo's direction is outstanding in the musical sequences, Tino Santoni's photography richly captures the Romantic period and Pierre Cressoy is an impassioned Verdi" - Hollywood Reporter
The Patriarch of Italian opera began his career with the bel canto composers (Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini) and ended it as a contemporary of Debussy and Richard Strauss. Verdi's operas voiced his liberal views by making biting social and political comment, often bringing him into conflict with the censors. The 26 operas that he composed have become a permanent part of our musical heritage.
This nostalgic look at Verdi: The King of Melody, paints a romantic picture of the composer's struggle for success, his loves, and his musical triumph over the forces of political domination. Poignant and tender, filled with pathos, it is heart-rending in both its sad moments as well as in its times of joy. A theatrical and critical success when the feature film was released in the US in 1974, Verdi: The King of Melody, will touch your heart.