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Cavalli: Il Giasone (2012)

Christophe Dumaux , Katarina Bradic , Mariame Clément , Matteo Ricchetti  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christophe Dumaux, Katarina Bradic, Filippo Adami, Josef Wagner, Federico Maria Sardelli
  • Directors: Mariame Clément, Matteo Ricchetti
  • Writers: Francesco Cavalli, Andrea Cicognini
  • Producers: Vlaamse Opera
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, French, German, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dynamic
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 198 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007GGA45M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,504 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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World Premiere on DVD! Francesco Cavalli was the most successful Venetian opera composer of the mid-seventeenth century. This new production is orchestrated and conducted by the internationally reputed baroque specialist Federico Maria Sardelli. It is directed by the young Frenchwoman Mariame Cl+ªment, who is currently making a name for herself with her infectious directing in German and French opera houses. The title role is sung by the promising counter-tenor Christophe Dumaux.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bawdy, Silly, Trashy---- But It Works! December 6, 2012
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Bawdy, siily, trashy and a great deal of fun. That is what is in store for you when you view Il Giasone, the "smash hit" of Francisco Cavalli. The opera opened at the Teatro Cassiano on January 5, 1648 (=1649) in Venice and soon after was being played all over the rest of Italy. It was the most oftened played opera in the 17th century and became the symbol of Venetian decadence. It was however, a milestone in the development of the opera form as it saw the final separation of the aria and the recitative. The latter served for action and commentary and the aria served for formal song and intense reflection on events that have or may happen.
A few words on history will clarify this importance. As an art form, "opera" (initially called "favola") was invented by a committee in Florence, Italy about 1600(Dafne by Peri & Corsi 1598, mostly lost was the first opera)as a means to unify drama and music. The Humanist movement of the Renaissance thought that the Greeks had used a form of sing/speech in presenting their dramas on stage (probably wrong) and at that time in Western culture sung music and choral music were polyphonic: many voices sing the same words at different times. The committee (called the Camarata) came up with one line of sung words (monody)with music accompanying it so that the listener could follow the story. In the almost fifty years that followed different schools of thought on the development of opera had arisen in the various Italian cities. For example in Rome heavy ponderous philosophical and ecclesiastical operas were favored e.g. Landi "Il Sant' Alessio". In Mantua pure beauty of voice and instrument in Monteverdi, the first great opera composer. In Venice it would take a different course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jason & The Argonauts December 20, 2012
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For those who like (adore) Baroque scores, this one is a rare gem. The production is unusual and extremely suitable in spite of it's untraditional presentation. It works brilliantly. The singing is magnificant. The artists superb and really brought this acnient mythical piece to glowing life. Bravo. It's long; they used to do that back then. Entertainments went on and on. It was a more leasurely way of sampling all the complexities of emotional deapths sung with impossibly difficult artistry. This recording satisfys on all levels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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If you are horribly offended by humorously presented sexual innuendo and behavior and displays of fake nudity, don't bother. This is one of the operas that helped earn Venetian Opera a reputation for decadence. If you expect the costuming to be properly period or consistent with itself and desire seductively beautiful sxcenery, the artistic vision of this production will irritate you. I personally adore beautiful costumes and scenery, but I still enjoyed this production enormously. have watched it more than once and have recommended it to friends and family.

My favorite music frequently falls into the Romantic or Impressionistic catagories, but this very early piece pleased me tremendously and I am crushing on the wonderful counter-tenor voices that add such an interesting edge to the vocal blend. Our Jason is a beautiful weasel with a delicious sound, Medea entices and compels with her powerful vocal and acting abilities. Any one of the principals, who also serve as the chorus, would be incredibiy thrilling to hear in person if my regional opera company (I sang in the opera chorus for many years between 1963 and 2011) were financially able to hire them.
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The singing is great! The staging is distracting and unnecessarily complicated--it detracts from the singing and must have been a trial for the singers to even transverse the stage.
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Superior performance from counter-tenor Christophe Dumaux. I was not too familiar with Dumaux prior to purchasing this DVD. I was very pleasantly surprised...he has an excellent vocal quality and the acting was quite good too with just the right blend of humor and drama.
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