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Handel’s operas are now so thoroughly a part of modern musical life that you might think every major opera house welcomes them. But until November 2010, when it introduced an absorbing new production of Alcina, the Vienna Staatsoper resisted them, not having done a Baroque opera since Monteverdi’s Poppea in the 1960s.
The present production boasted an all-star cast of Baroque specialists, a former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company – Adrian Noble, the highly-acclaimed conductor Marc
Minkowski and his Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble in the pit.
Adrian Noble places his Alcina into a framework which begins in the magnificent ballroom of the Devonshire-House in London Piccadilly. The legendary Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, stages a play in which she is acting together with her friends, a stage on the stage. Alcina is a great musical experience geared to the Baroque curiosity. Marc Minkowski revives Handel’s music in an outstanding way.
Alcina – Anja Harteros
Ruggiero – Vesselina Kasarova
Morgana – Veronica Cangemi
Bradamante – Kristina Hammarström
Oberto – Alois Mühlbacher (from St Florian Boys’ Choir)
Oronte – Benjamin Bruns
Melisso – Adam Plachetka
Vienna State Opera Ballet
Les Musiciens du Louvre – Grenoble
(chorusmaster: Thomas Lang)
Marc Minkowski, conductor
Adrian Noble, stage director
Anthony Ward, set and costume designer
Jean Kalman, lighting designer
Sue Lefton, choreographer
Recorded live from the Vienna State Opera, 2010.
- Behind the Scenes: Interviews with the production team and artists as well as backstage footage.
Picture format: 1080i Full-HD
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean
Running time: 205 mins (opera) + 21 mins (bonus)
No. of Discs: 1 (BD 50)
Works on This Recording
Alcina, HWV 34 by George Frideric Handel
Adam Plachetka (Voice),
Benjamin Bruns (Voice),
Alois Mühlbacher (Boy Soprano),
Vesselina Kasarova (Mezzo Soprano),
Veronica Cangemi (Soprano),
Anja Harteros (Soprano),
Kristina Hammarstrom (Mezzo Soprano)
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Written: 1735; London, England
Date of Recording: 2010
Venue: Vienna State Opera
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