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Lully: Atys

4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Lully's Atys was so dear to Louis XIV that it became known as the 'the King's opera.' With its unprecedented dramatic intensity, Atys was the first opera to feature a plot that revolved around love and the first French tragedy to kill off its lead character on stage. The opera was revived in 1985 when the Opéra de Paris called on William Christie and the director Jean-Marie Villégier to stage a celebration of the tercentenary of Lully's death. Resurrected from the ashes, Atys was a key factor in the revival of French baroque music. In 2011, the Opéra Comique once again presented Atys, and that production was filmed by FRA Musica for posterity. Featuring tenor Bernard Richter in the title role, supported by Christie and Les Arts Florissants and the amazing production created by Jean Marie Villégier, this film is nothing short of a masterpiece and a milestone in recorded opera.


Hard on the heels of Armide comes this equally splendid DVD of Atys… this visually sumptuous production will satisfy the most diehard traditionalist. --Gramophone, Editor's Choice

Mr. Christie and his visionary troupe made a classic audio recording of Lully s masterpiece in 1987, soon after they had first performed it. But we now have a visual record of Jean-Marie Villégier s essential, unsurpassedly elegant production, captured in Paris during the revival tour this year. It is simply one of the wonders of the world. --The New York Times

The Sun King s favorite opera, given a beautiful and traditional performance... This is another in a very rewarding series of early musique productions on this label and ought to please anyone interested in the Baroque or anyone who wants a very different and pleasant operatic experience. --Audiophile Audition

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  • Actors: Bernard Richter, Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Emmanuelle de Negri, Nicolas Rivenq, William Christie
  • Directors: Jean-Marie Villégier, François Roussillon
  • Writers: Jean-Baptiste Lully, Philippe Quinault
  • Producers: Les Arts Florissants, Opéra-Comique, Toni Hajal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Import, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    General Audience
  • Studio: FRA MUSICA
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 295 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LL4U4A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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