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Baroque Classics Blu-ray Disc Set


  • La Didone is one of the earliest operas in existence, and Ercole amante, at the time of its premiere, was the grandest show ever performed in Europe. By contrast, prior to its revival in the very Baroque gem of a theatre that hosted its premiere, the courtly farce Dove è amore è gelosia was virtually unknown, as was the hitherto neglected Deidamia, Handel’s final Italian opera. The 18th-century Baroque theatre machinery at Drottningholm lends authenticity to this production of Rameau’s Zoroastre, as does the period Pergolesi Theatre at Jesi to the performance of Adriano in Siria. Sally Matthews is ‘captivating’ as Deidamia (New York Times), Anna Bonitatibus is an uncompromisingly intense Didone, and Luca Pisaroni’s Hercules is by turns heroic and melodious. Specialist ensembles, including Concerto Köln, Les Arts Florissants and Les Talens Lyriques, bring apt nuance and colour to these sumptuous productions showcasing worthy masterworks of the Baroque.

    Deidamia (De Nederlandse Opera)
    Composer: George Frideric Handel
    Deidamia: Sally Matthews
    Nerea: Veronica Cangemi
    Achille: Olga Pasichnyk
    Ulisse:Silvia Tro Santafé
    Concerto Köln
    Conductor: Ivor Bolton
    Director: David Alden

    La Didone (Le Théâtre de Caen)
    Composer: Francesco Cavalli
    Didone: Anna Bonitatibus
    Enea: Kresimir Spicer
    Iarba: Xavier Sabata
    Les Arts Florissants
    Conductor: William Christie
    Director: Clément Hervieu-Léger

    Adriano in Siria (Pergolesi Spring Festival)
    Composer: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Adriano: Marina Comparato
    Emirena: Lucia Cirillo
    Farnaspe: Annamaria Dell’Oste
    Sabina: Nicole Heaston
    Accademia Bizantina
    Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
    Director: Ignacio García

    Ercole amante (DNO)
    Composer: Francesco Cavalli
    Ercole: Luca Pisaroni
    Iole: Veronica Cangemi
    Illo: Jeremy Ovenden
    Deianira: Anna Maria Panzarella
    Concerto Köln / Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera
    Conductor: Ivor Bolton
    Director: David Alden

    Zoroastre (Drottningholm)
    Composer: Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Zoroastre: Anders J. Dahlin
    Abramane: Evgueniy Alexiev
    Amélite: Sine Bundgaard
    Erinice: Anna Maria Panzarella
    The Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra and Chorus
    Les Talens Lyriques
    Conductor: Christophe Rousset
    Director: Pierre Audi

    Dove è amore è gelosia (The National Theatre Prague)
    Composer: Giuseppe Scarlatti
    Marquise Clarice: Lenka Máčiková
    Count Orazio: Aleš Briscein
    Vespetta: Kateřina Kněžíková
    Schwarzenberg Court Orchestra
    Conductor: Vojtěch Spurný
    Director: Ondřej Havelka

  • Sound: 2.0LPCM + 5.1 DTS-HD MA
    Region code: All regions
    Running time: 1217 mins (9 DVDs)
    Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/IT/ES/NE
    1080i HD