Notes and Editorial Reviews
A legendary production at last on DVD!
When they dusted off this archetype of Venetian opera in 1993, René Jacobs and Herbert Wernicke probably had no idea that their ‘recreation’ was destined for worldwide acclaim. But then, La Calisto (1651) still has plenty to say to today’s audiences: first of all because it shows the gods as fallible, indeed lustful; and secondly, because it is served here by an absolute gem of a production, and by a musical realisation that manages to be both inventive and rigorous. Constantly mingling nobility and triviality, comedy and tragedy, this Calisto juxtaposes Monteverdian declamation and new-fangled aria as effortlessly as it juggles the divine and the earthly.
includes ‘Behind the scenes of La Calisto’, a 54-minute documentary on the Jacobs-Wernicke production.
Subtitles including English & Italian libretto
4/3 Full screen / NTSC / PCM Stereo / DTS 5.0
Works on This Recording
Calisto by Pier Francesco Cavalli
Graham Pushee (Countertenor),
Barry Banks (Tenor),
Sonia Theodoridou (Soprano),
Robin Tyson (Countertenor),
Marcello Lippi (Baritone),
Dominique Visse (Countertenor),
Louise Winter (Mezzo Soprano),
Alexander Oliver (Tenor),
Maria Bayo (Soprano)
Written: 1652; Italy
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