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Monteverdi Box Set: L'Orfeo - L'incoronazione di Poppea
By Alessandrini, Baroque Orchestra of the Gran Teatre Del Liceu, Bicket, Concerto Italiano, Harry Bicket, Orchestra of Teatro Alla Scala, and Rinaldo Alessandri. By Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Classical. Blu-ray. Opus Arte #OA BD7233BD. Published by Opus Arte (NX.OA-BD7233BD).
Item Number: NX.OA-BD7233BD
Monteverdi's seminal first opera L'Orfeo, tells the dramatic story from Ovid's Metamorphoses of the descent of Orfeo (Georg Nigl) into the underworld to recover his beloved wife Euridice (Roberta Invernizzi), seen here in a production for La Scala, based on a painting by Titian and directed by Robert Wilson. David Alden's visually sumptuous production of L'incoronazione di Poppea, with its suggestions of a giant game of chess, puts the opera's potent blend of sex and politics in a context that sets ancient against modern - just as the action juxtaposes scurrilous comedy and stark drama. Both are filmed in High Definition and recorded in true SS. ""Robert Wilson meets Monteverdi with successful results."" (The Opera Critic) ""Beautifully flimed in Milan, this DVD shows how well Wilson's minimalist productions can take to the small screen."" (Gramophone) ""The drama comes from Alessandrini's edition and the bite and brilliance of the La Scala orchestra, and Concerto Italiano's inventive continuo section"" (International Record Review) ""Persson is a superb Poppea who can really act with her voice"" (BBC Music Magazine).