Handel - Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, Saul (DVD) | Opus Arte OA1225BD

Handel - Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, Saul (DVD)

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OA1225BD

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 5

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 3rd March 2017

Contents

Artists

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Conductors

William Christie
Ottavio Dantone
Ivor Bolton

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Giulio Cesare, HWV17
Rinaldo, HWV7a
Saul, HWV53

Artists

Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Conductors

William Christie
Ottavio Dantone
Ivor Bolton

About

This set brings together three of Handel’s most compelling works for the stage in lavish Glyndebourne productions featuring period-instrument accompaniment from the renowned Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. David McVicar directs an all-star cast in Giulio Cesare, combining serious insight with entertainment to bring the masterpiece to life, aided by vivid playing from the OAE under William Christie. In Robert Carsen’s fun-filled transformation of Rinaldo, lacrosse sticks and flying bicycles lend the fantasy’s warriors and witches contemporary chic, with conductor Ottavio Dantone leading a youthful cast from the keyboard in Handelian fashion. Director Barrie Kosky’s Glyndebourne debut, Saul stole the 2015 Festival season and had critics raving. The Glyndebourne chorus plays an outstanding role, and the OAE sparkles under Ivor Bolton, as the Old Testament story is retold in Handel’s time with witty anachronisms from costume designer Katrin Lea Tag.

‘Christie conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and an outstanding cast in an account at once scholarly, lively and refreshing,’
- The Penguin Guide, Giulio Cesare

‘Sonia Prina’s mezzo-soprano excelled.’
- The Daily Telegraph, Rinaldo

‘...Musically this evening is well-nigh flawless.’ - The Independent, Saul

Casts:
Giulio Cesare (2005)
- Giulio Cesare: Sarah Connolly
- Sesto: Angelika Kirchschlager
- Cleopatra: Danielle De Niese
Conductor: William Christie
Director: David McVicar

Rinaldo (2011)
- Rinaldo: Sonia Prina
- Almirena: Anett Fritsch
- Argante: Luca Pisaroni
Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
Director: Robert Carsen

Saul (2016)
- Saul / Apparition of Samuel: Christopher Purves
- David: Iestyn Davies
- Merab: Lucy Crowe
Conductor: Ivor Bolton
Director: Barrie Kosky

Running time approx: 714 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT (Giulio Cesare); EN/FR/DE (Rinaldo); EN/FR/DE/KO (Saul)
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1 DTS

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