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Monteverdi: 2 Classic Operas / Alessandrini [Blu-ray]


Release Date: 11/17/2017 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 7233  
Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Georg NiglSarah ConnollyJordi DomčnechMiah Persson,   ... 
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Monteverdi’s seminal first opera L’Orfeo, tells the dramatic story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses of the descent of Orfeo (Georg Nigl) into the underworld to recover his beloved wife Euridice (Roberta Invernizzi), seen here in a production for La Scala, based on a painting by Titian and directed by Robert Wilson. David Alden’s visually sumptuous production of L’incoronazione di Poppea, with its suggestions of a giant game of chess, puts the opera’s potent blend of sex and politics in a context that sets ancient against modern – just as the action juxtaposes scurrilous comedy and stark drama. Both are filmed in High Definition and recorded in true SS. "Robert Wilson meets Monteverdi with successful results." (The Opera Critic) Read more "Beautifully flimed in Milan, this DVD shows how well Wilson's minimalist productions can take to the small screen." (Gramophone) "The drama comes from Alessandrini's edition and the bite and brilliance of the La Scala orchestra, and Concerto Italiano's inventive continuo section" (International Record Review) "Persson is a superb Poppea who can really act with her voice" (BBC Music Magazine) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Georg Nigl (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1607; Mantua, Italy 
2.
L'Incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Sarah Connolly (Mezzo Soprano), Jordi Domčnech (Countertenor), Miah Persson (Soprano),
Franz-Josef Selig (Bass), Maité Beaumont (Mezzo Soprano), Ruth Rosique (Soprano),
Dominique Visse (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1642; Venice, Italy 

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