Do you like Baroque Opera? I do but have oft been disappointed by the staging and productions that have appeared over the years. Often they are peppered with distracting special effects or sexually explicit and politically irrelevant material. I suppose that most audiences would not sit for a dramatic oratorio or opera without some sort of staging or acting.
The singing and acting was terrific. The staging was minimalist and captures in a modern manner that which would have been in an ancient Greek play as best as we can imagine it. The props are highly symbolic and unify the plot. Early opera was an effort to recapture what was lost of Ancient Greek Theater. Rightly, this effort should focus on quality acting, singing and performance and not on visual effects and provocative nonsense.
This permitted the singers to fully bring out the emotions of the tragedy and they did so. The production has a summary and interpretation projected in French on the curtain between acts. This helps those of us unfamiliar with the story and the deeper message to appreciate Handel’s art and what we are seeing.
What an outstanding production and this approach should be the standard for modern productions of Baroque opera. Buy this one.
- Format: Classical, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: French, English, German, Spanish
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Naxos Deutschland Musik & Video Vertriebs-GmbH / Poing
- DVD Release Date: 29 April 2016
- Run Time: 190 minutes
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- ASIN: B01BMPJ3G8