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L'Orfeo [videorecording]: Favola in Musica

musique de Claudio Monteverdi ; libretto di Alessandro Striggio ; la RTBF présente, en collaboration avec France 3, VRT et RTV Slovène, une coproduction La Monnaie KunstenFESTIVALdesArts, une coproduction Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Trisha Brown Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Video; DVD
First seen at La Monnaie in Brussels in May 1998, this production of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo has become an operatic classic in a few short years. This is doubtless because it offers a total symbiosis of music, text and movement - described by the critic of the Daily Telegraph of London as being as close to the perfect dance opera as I have ever seen.
Pierre Barré
Simon Keenlyside (Orfeo) ; Juanita Lascarro (Euridice, La Musica, Eco) ; Graciela Oddone (La Messaggiera) ; Martina Dike (Proserpina) ; Stephen Wallace (La Speranza, Pastore) ; Tomas Tómasson (Plutone) ; Paul Gérimon (Caronte, Pastore) ; Mauro Utzeri (Apollo) ; Anne Cambier (Ninfa) ; supporting soloists ; Trisha Brown Company ; Collegium Vocale Gent ; Concerto Vocale ; René Jacobs, conductor.
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170 min.
Sung in Italian, with subtitles in French, English, German and Dutch
  • Program notes and synopsis in French, English and German in container.
  • Includes documentary (disc 2): Le dernier chant d'Orphée (55 min.; in English and French, with French, English and German subtitles).
Related Title
Dernier chant d'Orphée.
  • DVD 1
  • L'opera, The complete opera (ca. 115 min.)
  • DVD 2
  • Documentaire, The making of: Le dernier chant d'Orphée (ca. 55 min.).
Production and choreography, Trisha Brown; sets and costumes, Roland Aeschlimann; lighting, Roland Aeschlimann, Gerd Meier; directed by Pierre Barré.
Arles : Harmonia Mundi France, c2006.
Recording Info
Recorded May 21, 1998. Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.
Publisher no.
HMD 9909003.04 Harmonia Mundi France
2 videodiscs (170 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD; soundtracks in DTS 5.0 (opera only), PCM stereo; aspect ratio 16:9.
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