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Hercules

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  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • ASIN: B01BMPJ3G8

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First collaboration ever between conductor William Christie and director Luc Bondy with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato this production of Hercules has been a major event. First relase in High-Definition. Half theatrical performance, half secular oratorio, Hercules wasnt originally meant to be performed in front of an audience. Luc Bondy chose to show the dramatis personae as ordinary people victims of their passions. The superb chorus of the Arts Florissants, both mediator and prosecutor, is the main witness of this tragedy of womens jealousy. The Orchestre des Arts Florissants, conducted by William Christie, is at its best with Haendel, allowing Christie to support and accompany a stellar vocal cast. With his great presence, British baritone William Shimel gives a spectacular death to his hero while American mezzo Joyce DiDonato excels as Déjanire. Gifted with a particularly rich timbre, she displays an admirable singing technique and superlative dramatic abilities. Soprano Ingela Bohlia and mezzo Malena Ernmann, both from Sweden, make marvels in the supporting roles. Last but not least, British tenor Toby Spence serves the beautiful role of Hyllus with his elegant singing.

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