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Admeto [videorecording] : opera in three acts

Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen ; from the Deutsches Theater in Göttingen ; [music] by George Frideric Handel ; stage director, Doris Dörrie ; Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen GmbH ; producer, Thomas Hieber ; video director, Agnes Méth ; a production of Unitel Classica ; in coproduction with Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen and NHK ; in cooperation with NDR.
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Handel and his librettists start with the story of Alceste, the queen who dies to save her husband Admeto's life, but is brought back from Hades by the hero Hercules. The storyline is complicated by a rival princess hoping to marry Admeto, the rival princess's own suitors, jealousy and disguise. In this International Handel Festival performance, the stage ditector Doris Dörrie sets the story in samurai Japan, a formal world with strict rules of behaviour.
Agnes Méth; Agnes Meth; Doris Dörrie
Tim Mead (Admeto) ; Marie Arnet (Alceste) ; William Berger (Ercole) ; Andrew Radley (Orindo) ; David Bates (Trasimede) ; Kirsten Blaise (Antigona) ; Wolf Matthias Friedrich (Meraspe) ; Tadashi Endo (solo dance) ; Mamu Dance Theatre ; FestspielOrchester Göttingen ; Nicolas McGegan, conductor.
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181 min.
Sung in Italian; optional subtitles in English, French, German, or Italian.
"Libretto: Nicola Francesco Haym or Paolo Antonio Rolli; after L'Antigona delusa da Alceste by Aurelio Aureli"--Program notes.
Program notes and synopsis by Eva Zöllner in German with in English and French translations (12 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.) inserted in container.
Bonus (21 min.) includes a documentary Baroque & Butoh (interviews and commentary on the opera production from the director and the cast).
Cmajor: 702008 (702008-1--702008-2).
Related title
Baroque & Butoh.
  • DVD 1. Act I & II
  • DVD 2. Act III. Bonus
Set and costume design, Bernd Lepel ; choreography, Tadashi Endo ; director of photography, Roland Mayer ; editor, Uli Peschke.
Berlin : Cmajor, [2010] ©2009
Recording information
Recorded live at the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, Deutsches Theater, May 25-28, 2009.
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702008 Cmajor
702008-1 Cmajor (DVD-1)
702008-2 Cmajor (DVD-2)
2 videodiscs (181 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. DVD; NTSC, region code 0 (worldwide); aspect ratio 16:9; HD (opera) or 2.0 Dolby Digital (Bonus); soundtracks in DTS 5.1, PCM stereo.
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