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Handel: Admeto [Blu-ray]

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For Handel's Admeto, Oscar nominated film director Doris Dorrie returns to her beloved subject of Japan. In vividly colored and brilliantly realized set pieces, one of Handel's most popular operas receives a stunning transformation into the stylishly ritualized world of samurai culture.

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  • Actors: Nicholas McGegan, Tim Mead, Marie Arnet, Kirsten Blaise, Andrew Radley
  • Directors: Doris Dörrie, Agnes Meth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (DTS-HD 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C Major Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003COG18Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 7, 2010
The main talking point about this production of Handel's Admeto, re di Tessaglia for the Festspiel Orchester Göttingen in 2009 is clearly Doris Dörrie's extraordinary Samurai setting of the opera. Notionally in the same period as the original 1727 production but translated to the samurai culture of Japan of this period (albeit in a highly stylised fashion), there are questions however about whether Dörrie's fascination for Japanese settings, while appropriate for the likes of Turandot and Madame Butterfly, can really be effectively applied to the Greek mythological subject of Handel's Baroque opera, Admeto.

Happily, the answer is, yes - it works and it works exceptionally well. If nothing else, the stripped back minimal staging and measured formalised gestures of the Japanese setting suit the conventions of opera seria, with their being no unnecessary elaboration or clutter to distract from the virtuoso solo singing. But with the bold lighting, coloured backgrounds, silk screens and shadow play, not to mention the extraordinary use of Takashi Endo's Japanese butoh dancers (most of them almost entirely naked), the director manages to make the emotional content of the subject tangible as well as heightened.

That subject is a mythological one that is well covered in opera, particularly in opera seria - the story of Admetus, the king of Thessaly, whose life is spared from a fatal illness by the sacrifice of his wife Alcestes. Gluck's opera Alceste covers the same story in a rather cut-down form without the Antigone subplot (Robert Wilson's minimalist production of Gluck's
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John W. Rippon VINE VOICE on March 15, 2012
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I dont get the point! I'm an old traditionalist (Kerstin Flagstaf, Eleanor Steber, Jan Peerce, Lily Pons) and when faced with a new eccentric production of an old master, I usually recoil. This rendering of Handel's beauiful Admeto is a case in point. I have played it several times over a long period of time and like it less each time. It's like a topical joke, once you've heard it, it isn't funny any more. The male singers (except for the Prince who cannot hold a pitch) are fine excellent performers. The two women (M. Arnot & K. Blaise) are even better. Both beautifully portrayed their parts and effortlessly handled the runs and trills and brought dramatic intensity where needed. The sheep were cute but the rest was pointless. Was anything gained by costuming this as a mock Japanese drama? There is nothing remotely Japanese in story, legend or music. I must say that after three times viewing it became irritating. The only effect that I still consider relavant and enhancing is the figure of Alecto (jealousy) that followed Alceste around for awhile. Yes, I'm sure this production will be an asset to Doris Dorrie's career in the eyes of the avant guard. But Handel doesn't need or deserve this kind of hacking about to make it palatable. This is one of Handel's most beautiful scores; beautiful aria after beautiful aria. As one friend said it's like eating a whole jar of honey. Handel's opera can hold their own with minimal amount of production effects and the beauty of the music will shine through.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner on December 15, 2011
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I saw Admeto on the Major bluray excerpts section. I bought it because I loved Dorrie's traditional Japanese staging,which fits the fixed conventions of baroque opera. The tonal values of the various backgrounds and Womens attire, are very much like those of the early 20th century artist Marie Laurencin,a friend of Apollinaire.Dorrie certainly has an understanding of lighting and colour. The sheep are a fine touch. Wrestlers and large linen Japanese masks make for an interesting experience. The Gottingen orchestra is conducted by Nick McGegan. The dance is in the hands of Tadashi Endo and his Ten-man Mamu dance Theatre.Mead as Admeto is good in his part as are the other singers,Alceste, Marie Arnet Antigona-Kirsten Blaise.The cast are young. Does one of Handels popular operas work in this format? Yes. A must for Handel Fans.
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