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Didone (2011)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CWR4ZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,670 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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 Three Centuries of Oblivion! November 14, 2012
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A century of da capo, a century of Heldenwhoop and soapy verismo, a century of a-tonal expressionism ... Who could have predicted that the Wheel of Fortune would turn so far and that Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) would suddenly become the 'hottest new thing" in the world of opera??? Five of Cavalli's 27 extant operas have been revived and released on DVD in about a decade:
Cavalli - La Calisto
Cavalli: Ercole Amante [Blu-ray]
Il Giasone [Blu-ray]
Cavalli: La virtu de' strali d'Amore (The Power of Cupid's Arrows)
Cavalli - La Didone
And here now, a second production of La Didone, musically far superior to the previous effort. Hallelujah!

Cavalli has generally been regarded as a disciple of Monteverdi, and some musicologists have suggested that he worked closely with Monteverdi on the completion of L'Incoronazione di Poppea. But one doesn't need a course in music history to hear the continuation of Monteverdi's art in Cavalli's music. La Didone is the most Monteverdi-esque of the Cavalli operas resuscitated so far. It's a twin to Poppea in both musical and dramatic language. Like Poppea, the bulk of the libretto is sung in recitativo over basso continuo, plus boisterous, often sardonic ritornelli sung usually by ensembles of minor characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Troy war in a rare inscenation May 19, 2013
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Piece of old opera on the motives of Troy war by Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) is yet another great piece from the ansamble under the best-performing conductor William Christie. If you love the baroque opera, make your time also for this opus, even if it is from somewhat older era. I have found this opera the other way - I just buy productions by Mr. Christie and I am confident it will be great. It is, also with La Didione.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Didone. Troy Toy Again. February 13, 2013
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A very serious production telling yet again the story of DIdo and her Trojan lover. I much prefer the less serious and lighter Les Troyians.
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