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Monteverdi - Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (DVD)

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Label: Erato

Cat No: 9029573812

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 17th November 2017

Contents

Artists

Rolando Villazon
Magdalena Kozena
Katherine Watson
Kresimir Spicer
Anne-Catherine Gillet
Isabelle Druet
Maarten Engeltjes
Callum Thorpe
Lothar Odinius
Jean Teitgen
Mathias Vidal
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
Jorg Schneider
Elodie Mechain
Le Concert d’Astree

Conductor

Emmanuelle Haim

Works

Monteverdi, Claudio

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Artists

Rolando Villazon
Magdalena Kozena
Katherine Watson
Kresimir Spicer
Anne-Catherine Gillet
Isabelle Druet
Maarten Engeltjes
Callum Thorpe
Lothar Odinius
Jean Teitgen
Mathias Vidal
Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
Jorg Schneider
Elodie Mechain
Le Concert d’Astree

Conductor

Emmanuelle Haim

About

A highlight of the 2016-17 season at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris was this colourful and imaginative production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (The return of Ulysses to his homeland), conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, directed by Mariame Clément and starring Rolando Villazón as the Ancient Greek warrior Ulisse and Magdalena Kožená as his patient wife Penelope. As the French website Culturebox wrote: “The full richness of Monteverdi’s work is revealed.”

Reporting on the production at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Financial Times wrote: “Monteverdi’s 1640 opera has everything: humour, passion, horror, politics, violence and plenty of gore. Emmanuelle Haïm and her Concert d’Astrée are right at home with this music, giving it a refined, cultivated account full of precision and nuance. Mariame Clément brings a wealth of experience to the direction, which is full of well-crafted detail.” Clément took a characteristically eclectic approach, combining Classical Greek, Baroque and contemporary elements. As Opera magazine described it: “Clément housed the gods in the ‘Olympus Bar’ in a niche set high at the back of the stage, where they drank and played darts. Neptune looked like Tintin’s friend Captain Haddock and Iro was an overweight, hamburger-munching tourist in bermudas, while the shepherd Eumete became a street-cleaner. At one point banners carrying comic-strip onomatopoeia descended from the flies, and the palace in Ithaca was adorned with a soft-drinks dispenser.”

Cast:
- Ulysse: Rolando Villazón
- Pénélope: Magdalena Kožená
- Junon: Katherine Watson
- Eumée: Kresimir Spicer
- L’Amour/Minerve: Anne-Catherine Gillet
- La Fortune/Mélantho: Isabelle Druet
- La Fragilité humaine/ Pisandre: Maarten Engeltjes
- Le Temps/Antinoüs: Callum Thorpe
- Jupiter/Amphinome: Lothar Odinius
- Neptune: Jean Teitgen
- Télémaque: Mathias Vidal
- Eurymaque: Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
- Irus: Jörg Schneider
- Euryclée: Elodie Méchain

Designer: Mariame Clément
Lighting designer: Bernd Purkrabek
Set design: Julia Hansen

Running time: 190 min. approx.
Sung in Italian, with subtitles in Italian, French, German, English
Audio specs: Stereo PCM 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1 regions

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