Handel - Theodora (DVD)
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Cat No: 9029588990
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 13th January 2017
Orchestre et choeur Les Arts Florissants
Le Monde spoke of William Christie’s conducting in glowing terms; it achieved “great mystic depth” through “phrasing that was both firm and subtle, pure but warm in tone, empathetically following each inflection of anger, pain or ecstasy. The sonic fabric was rich and dense, the attack precise.” Didymus was sung by Philippe Jaroussky. Le Monde described his performance of the aria ‘Kind Heaven, if virtue be thy care’ as “a model of ardent luminosity and commitment”. In the title role, the young British soprano Katherine Watson – an alumna of Christie’s programme for young singers, Le Jardin des Voix – was “moving, singing with a noble line, especially in the slow arias.”
This double DVD is the first of three in a series of live recordings at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, which will see the releases of Mozart’s Mithridate (Mitridate) in March 2017 and of Monteverdi’s Retour d’Ulysse (The Return of Ulysses) in November 2017.
- Theodora: Katherine Watson
- Didyme: Philippe Jaroussky
- Irène: Stéphanie d’Oustrac
- Septime: Kresimir Spicer
- Valens: Callum Thorpe
- Le Messager: Sean Clayton
Stage director: Stephen Langridge
Choreography: Philippe Giraudeau
Set and costume designs: Alison Chitty
Lighting designs: Fabrice Kebour
Running time: 182 min
- DVD 1: Act I (76 mins)
- DVD 2: Acts II & III (106 mins)
Sung in English, with subtitles in FR, GE, EN
Stereo PCM 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1, NTSC – All regions – 16:9
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