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Cavalli: Ercole amante Blu-ray (Nederlands Opera)

This hilarious contemporary version of Francesco Cavalli’s Baroque opera Hercules in Love was commissioned on occasion of the marriage of Louis XIV, the Sun King, to Maria Theresa of Spain. The original production took two years to complete and was at the time the greatest show ever performed in Europe. Directed by David Alden, this surreal production is a triumph of commedia buffa resplendent with decorative and symbolic elements, and complemented by Constance Hoffman’s exceptional costumes. Led by Ivor Bolton, a master of Baroque music, the chorus of Dutch National Opera and Concerto Köln give a sublime performance. With Luca Pisaroni’s (Ercole) singing being heroic and melodious in turn, and Veronica Cangemi as a splendid Iole, this is an outstanding production by the DNO. Filmed in High Definition and surround sound.

Composer: Francesco Cavalli
Ercole: Luca Pisaroni
Iole: Veronica Cangemi
Illo: Jeremy Ovenden
Deianira: Anna Maria Panzarella

Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Concerto Köln
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
Stage Director: David Alden
Costumes: Constance Hoffman 

Extra: Illustrated synopsis / Cast Gallery / Behind the scenes with Johannette Zomer and Luca Pisaroni / The making of Ercole amante

Picture: 16:9 HD
Format: 1080i
Sound: PCM 2.0 + 5.0 DTS MA
Region: All regions
Subtitle: EN/DE/FR/SP/IT/NE
Running time: 261 mins
Year: 2009