Mozart - Lucio Silla (Blu-ray) | Bel Air BAC450

Mozart - Lucio Silla (Blu-ray)

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Label: Bel Air

Cat No: BAC450

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 15th June 2018

Contents

Artists

Kurt Streit
Patricia Petibon
Silvia Tro Santafe
Inga Kalna
Maria Jose Moreno
Kenneth Tarver
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real de Madrid

Conductor

Ivor Bolton

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Lucio Silla, K135

Artists

Kurt Streit
Patricia Petibon
Silvia Tro Santafe
Inga Kalna
Maria Jose Moreno
Kenneth Tarver
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real de Madrid

Conductor

Ivor Bolton

About

Mozart was not yet seventeen when Lucio Silla was created in Milan one December evening of 1772, yet we can still identify some of the elements that established the exceptionally-gifted child musician as the greatest composer of all times. Indeed, with Lucio Silla, although a neoclassical 'opera seria' in every way, it seems that Mozart was already learning to deconstruct and to free the traditional forms of musical drama from archaic conventions.

The opera is centered around the love that Roman dictator Lucio Silla bears for his enemy’s daughter Giunia, who favours the exiled senator Cecilio. After many twists and turns, the lovers are united in marriage and Silla renounces his crown.

Tenor Kurt Streit is Lucio Silla, and soprano Patricia Petibon is Giunia for the last time, after having gained international recognition thanks to her numerous performances in this role, while mezzo-soprano Silvia Tro Santafé is the ardent Cecilio. In this monumental production, Claus Guth finds a way to respect both the classical setting and the formal innovations that make the opera so interesting. Ivor Bolton conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real.

"The singers shine at another level, starting with an excellent Patricia Petibon as Giunia, absolutely commited to her role with an absolute controle of the coloratura and with an intense legato, her arias, of an extreme difficulty, were handled with great ease and overwhelming dramatic abilities." – Operaworld

Cast:
- Lucio Silla: Kurt Streit
- Giunia: Patricia Petibon
- Cecilio: Silvia Tro Santafé
- Cinna: Inga Kalna
- Celia: María José Moreno
- Aufidio: Kenneth Tarver

Stage direction: Claus Guth
Revival stage director: Tine Buyse
Sets & costumes: Christian Schmidt
Lighting design: Manfred Voss
Dramaturgy: Ronny Dietrich

Recorded in HD at the Teatro Real de Madrid in October 2017
Directed for TV by Jérémie Cuvillier

Running time: 180 min.
Booklet: FR / ENG / SPA / GER
Original language: ITA
Subtitles: FR / ENG / GER / ITA / SPA / JP / KOR
Video: Colour, 16/9, Full HD
Audio: PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1

Reviews

Christian Schmidt’s revolving set presents two contrasting worlds. That of Lucio Silla is a place of grubby white tiles and confinement, devoid of pomp and indicative of crumbling power; that of the brave Cecilio and his beloved Giunia is all dark blue tunnels and long shadows. ... Having established the contrast between these worlds, [director Claus] Guth’s most touching moments are where we sense both the closeness and distance between them. ... It’s a fascinating and demanding production, for the viewer as well as, clearly, the performers.  Hugo Shirley
Gramophone August 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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