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Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie / Lyon, Karg, Christie

Rameau / Lyon / Karg / Connolly
Release Date: 07/29/2014 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 1143  
Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Katherine WatsonChristiane KargSarah ConnollyEd Lyon,   ... 
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of EnlightenmentGlyndebourne Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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"For its first staging of a Rameau opera, the Glyndebourne Festival in England went big: a riotous yet sophisticated production, by Jonathan Kent, that captures both the frigidity and the passions of human relations, and that has the leadership of the French Baroque master William Christie, conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Ed Lyon, Christiane Karg, Sarah Connolly, and Stéphane Degout all give standout performances." – Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

In Glyndebourne's first-ever staging of a opera by Rameau, director Jonathan Kent presents a production which, in his own words, strives to appeal to
Read more every sense and show audiences how engrossing and musically ravishing French Baroque opera can be. Rameau's inventive take on Racine's great tragedy Phèdre is brought to life by Paul Browns colourful and elegant designs and Ashley Pages playful choreography. Ed Lyon and Christiane Karg give captivating performances as the titular young lovers, while Sarah Connolly, making a welcome return to Glyndebourne, invests Phaedra with both grandeur and a desperately human vulnerability (The Independent). Leading exponent of early music William Christie sets an exhilarating pace, galvanising the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to playing of tremendous panache (The DailyTelegraph).

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Hippolytus - Ed Lyon
Aricia - Christiane Karg
Phaedra - Sarah Connolly
Theseus - Stéphane Degout
Pluto / Jupiter / Neptune - François Lis
Diana - Katherine Watson
Œnone - Julie Pasturaud
Arcas - Aimery Lèfevre
Tisiphone - Loïc Félix
Mercury - Samuel Boden
Cupid - Ana Quintans

Glyndebourne Chorus
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
William Christie, conductor

Jonathan Kent, stage director
Paul Brown, set and costume designer
Mark Henderson, lighting designer

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes, June 2013

Bonus: -
An opera to surprise and delight
- Cast gallery

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: LPCM 2. 0 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Korean
Running time: 186 mins (opera) + 15 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1

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Works on This Recording

Hippolyte et Aricie by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Katherine Watson (Soprano), Christiane Karg (Soprano), Sarah Connolly (Mezzo Soprano),
Ed Lyon (Tenor), Stèphane Degout (Baritone), François Lis (Bass),
Julie Pasturaud (Mezzo Soprano), Aimery Lefevre (Baritone), Loïc Félix (Tenor)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733; Paris, France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Another great Rameau/Christie Opera October 28, 2015 By Hugh T. Jones (Dixon, CA) See All My Reviews "While I couldn't figure out what all the food thing was about this was another good production, though the plot & music weren't particularly memorable. As it turns out Christie's "Les Indes Galantes" is a tough act to follow and this one didn't have quite the same impact." Report Abuse
 A Dazzling Spectacle September 14, 2014 By Steven Mitchell Freedman (Raleigh, NC) See All My Reviews "This was the first opera to open my ears to Baroque Opera. I first heard it on XM satellite radio but I had never seen a production of it. This DVD from Glyndbourne (thank you Opus Arte) is simply dazzling. The production is clever, funny, absurd, disturbing, haunting, and thought provoking. It really brings the Phaedra legend to life. The cast is top notch with wondrous singing. William Christie is amazing as always. This opera is rarely performed so this DVD is a real gem. I highly recommend this DVD. It is one sparkling performance." Report Abuse
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