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Baroque Classics Blu-ray Disc Set

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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