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Admeto

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Tim Mead, Marie Arnet, William Berger, Andrew Radley, David Bates, Kristen Blaise, and Wolf Matthias Friedrich star in this 2009 Internationale Haendel-Festspiele Goetingen production of the Handel opera featuring the Mamu Dance Theatre conducted by Nicho

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C Major Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 202 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003COG18G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Omar Alvarez Pereira on September 6, 2010
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Admeto, re di Tessaglia (1727) by Georg Friedrich Händel is the most romantic opera that I have heard and watched by the composer from Halle. It`s a rejoice to see the old japanese imperial ambience created for this opera.

Tim Mead, in the role of the King Admeto sounds great and sad in the begin of the opera because of his fatal illness, but shines of Joy in the aria «Cangió d`aspetto il crudo fato», that in my opinion is the best happy aria from an opera by Händel. Mead dances and waves his arm of rejoice. It`s a great view!

Lady Arnet, in the role of Alceste seems a real Queen. Her best aria is, in my opinion «Quanto godrá, allor che mi vedrá» that would make any man fall in love if a woman sang it to him. Besides she is a very beautiful woman.

Lady Blaise, in the role of Antigona sounds wonderful, too and would break your heart to see her sing.

William Berger as Ercole plays in a heroic way. His costume like a Sumo Warrior seems to me creative and funny at the same time, but without to lose his heroic role.

David Bates sounds great in the role of Trasimede and sings with many feelings the aria «Da te piu tosto, partir vogl`io», the most romantic aria of this opera in my opinion. Almost that made me to weep. It`s full of tenderness.

Mr. Radley, in the role of Orindo is very tender and funny in the aria «Bella, non t` adirar». It`s funny but full of sincere feelings for a woman. Mr Friedrich is also very protector and faithful as Meraspe.

I recommend this DVD SET. If you want to experience romantic feelings with your wife or girl friend, buy it! I made it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Viberg on October 28, 2011
Admeto is a 2010 C Major Entertainment production set in the stylishly ritualized world of Samurai Japan. Doris Dörrie is responsible for this setting and the minimalist stage production. Could this work with a Handel opera one could ask oneself. The answer is yes. Tim Mead is tremendous in his role as Admeto. Nicholas McGegan leads the Festspielorchester Göttingen. The pace is right on the mark and I have a feeling that McGegan truly understands the spirit of Handel. The sound quality is astounding. Eva Zöllner has written the music notes. Translated into English by Stewart Spencer. Truly an amazing production. I very much enjoyed it. Highly recommended indeed. 5/5.
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By Jpet on September 27, 2013
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The integration of staging, lighting, costuming, movement, and dance to enhance the outstanding singing and music and the impeccable video and audio recording on this DVD of this production is equal to any early opera I've come across. The setting in 18th century Japan never stopped being strange to me, still it worked. Even though the setting and costuming is the single most striking element, that really isn't the focus of the production. That is, all the other elements, including the Butoh dance, would work as well with the setting changed to 18th century Europe or classical Greece.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By non-musician on August 15, 2010
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I'm just an amateur audience. I very much enjoyed this production.

I have quite a few of these Handel operas. It does seem to me that this opera needs the kind of treatment they gave it. The music is a bit boring, ; i didn't notice anything remarkable or exciting about Handel's music; sorry. So they have to load up everything else with color, astonishment, drama, sexiness, beauty, art, unusual art forms, and comedy, which miraculously worked. They really understand theatre.

It was so kinky that it could never have been done at the Metropolitan Opera, because the Met takes operas seriously, don't they? This had just the right amount of silliness for a modern audience watching an outmoded 18th century drama. I was amazed that a performance of this high caliber would be found at this Staatsoper.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Historian on September 17, 2010
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The music, voices, dancing, and costumes are ideal, but getting the English subtitles to appear is very difficult as is getting the actual opera (after the video introduction sequence) to start.

The Japanese setting works very well. The score brings The Water Music to mind.

However, I recommend it only to those who have the patience to work through the tech problems.
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