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Cavalli: La Didone [Blu-ray] (2011)

William Christie , Anna Bonitatibus , Clément Hervieu-Léger , Olivier Simonnet  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: William Christie, Anna Bonitatibus, Kresimir Spicer, Xavier Sabata, Terry Wey
  • Directors: Clément Hervieu-Léger, Olivier Simonnet
  • Writers: Francesco Cavalli
  • Producers: Les Arts Florissants
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Widescreen, Color, Dolby
  • Language: Italian (DTS-HD 5.1), Italian (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B008ED6P72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,894 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of the first operas deserving of the name, Didone is our first surviving musical version of the famous episode in Virgil's Aeneid where the Trojan hero loves and then cruelly leaves the noble Dido. Cavalli learnt at the feet of Monteverdi, and his dramatic transformation of the story is all the more expressive for its intimacy, worthy of the examples set by his master. At the centre of this bold and simple staging - the first opera production by comic actor Clement Hervieu-Leger - is the Queen of Carthage herself, sung with uncompromising intensity by Anna Bonitatibus. William Christie and his singers and players show themselves entirely attuned to the world of Cavalli, where meaning and music fuse.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh look at a 370 year-old work September 2, 2012
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Depending on the work, depending on who is playing it and depending on how it is staged, Cavalli's operas - some of the oldest works in existence - can struggle to hold the attention of a modern audience. There are no such difficulties with this particular work - one of Cavalli's earliest operas first performed in 1641 - a version of the familiar story of the Fall of Troy and the love story of Dido and Aeneas, and with the production being in the hands of William Christie and his company, Les Arts Florissants, there are no concerns either about the musical interpretation of La Didone, which is staged with dramatic intensity by Clément Herve-Léger and sung exceptionally well by a youthful cast.

What makes La Didone rather more accessible than some works of early opera is the fine libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello, the librettist responsible for Monteverdi's groundbreaking L'Incoronazione di Poppea, an opera that daringly put real characters onto the stage for the first time rather than the gods and heroes of ancient mythology. Even though La Didone is related to the mythological figures of Virgil's epic Latin poem The Aeneid, it benefits nonetheless from Busenello's wonderful humanising of the characters and indeed the gods. The libretto isn't made up of the usual vague pronouncements and declarations, but is dramatically and poetically expressive of the range of human emotions and passions that are brought out by this expansive work. In the first half the libretto captures the true horror and nature of the experience of war, where numerous figures and even ghosts wander around the dark ruins of Troy in despair, terrorised by marauding Greeks.
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