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House of Ricordi (1954)

Casa Ricordi (original title)
The story of the Ricordi family, the most prestigious music publishers in all of Italy.


Carmine Gallone


Agenore Incrocci (story and screenplay) (as Age), Furio Scarpelli (story and screenplay) (as Scarpelli) | 4 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roland Alexandre Roland Alexandre ... Gioachino Rossini (as Roland Alexandre de la Comedie Française)
Myriam Bru ... Luisa Lewis
Elisa Cegani Elisa Cegani ... Giuseppina Strepponi
Andrea Checchi ... Giulio Ricordi
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... Maria
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Giacomo Puccini
Fosco Giachetti ... Giuseppe Verdi
Renzo Giovampietro Renzo Giovampietro ... Tito Ricordi
Nadia Gray ... Giulia Grisi
Roldano Lupi ... Domenico Barbaja
Marcello Mastroianni ... Gaetano Donizetti
Micheline Presle ... Virginia Marchi
Maurice Ronet ... Vincenzo Bellini
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Giovanni Ricordi
Märta Torén ... Isabella Colbran (as Marta Toren)


The story of the Ricordi family, the most prestigious music publishers in all of Italy.

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"HOUSE OF RICORDI" filmed in glowing Technicolor in Milan, Rome and Paris, offers a rich festival of brilliantly staged opera scenes from "The Barber of Seville", "L'Elisir d'Amore", "I Puccini", "Otello", and "La Boheme," magnificently sung by RENATA TEBALDI, MARIO del MONACO, TITO GOBBI and ITALO TAJO. See more »


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Italy | France



Release Date:

1 December 1954 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Ricordi See more »

Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs


| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Italian censorship visa # 17573 delivered on 25-10-1954. See more »


Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Final aria sung by Mario Del Monaco
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A colourful opera cavalcade through the 19th century
7 February 2019 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is a film for opera lovers but for such an indispensable gem. It tells the story of the music publishing house of Ricordi through three generations, from 1807 and Napoleonic times to Puccini's 'La Bohème'. They are all there - Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini and even Zandonai, with their lovers and successes and crises and tragedies - it's a gefundenes Fressen for any lover of any opera, while on the other hand people not familiar with the world of opera will hardly get much out of it, in spite of the great scenography, the marvellous colours, the many dramatic scenes and the splendid ladies. This is a sequel to the great opera film "Puccini" the year before, and the same Puccini actor is Puccini here, and also his wife Elvira (Marta Toren) is here Rossini's mistress Isabella.

There are quite a few very memorable scenes here. Focus is on major turning points in the lives of the different composers. Rossini comes first with the hilarious account of how his "Barber of Seville" first was a tremendous failure but turned to the greatest success of the century. Marcello Mastroianni is not quite the type for Gaetano Donizetti, but nevertheless there are some marvellous scenes with his "Elixir of Love". Vincenzo Bellini (Maurice Ronet) is given a very traumatic and melodramatic death scene, and then there is Verdi, caught up in the struggle for Italy's independence, but the following chapter of his is more interesting. After 'Aida' and his Requiem he decided never to compose anything again, he was sick and tired of the struggle and rivalry with Wagner, and he tried to retire completely, but was nevertheless coaxed back to write another opera or two in his old age, 'Otello' being the first, and its final scene is included. Then there is Puccini who finds a real Mimi in Paris, and there is another gripping death scene.

On the whole, this is great music film focused on Italian opera and definitely one of the best.

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