Handel - Rinaldo
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Cat No: 100389
Format: DVD - NTSC
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 29th October 2012
Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera
In his modern staging, producer David Alden has resorted to all kinds of magic tricks. The mourning Almirena, for example, is suspended like a paralysed mermaid in a neon-blue water tank for her aria “Lascia ch’io pianga”. Armida constantly struggles to make her obstinate pet Hydra see reason, and no expense is spared on the stylishly artistic dance interludes. The characters move in an ironic blend of Twenties look, trendy club scene and ‘sacro’ kitsch.
Unsurprisingly, opera-goers were quick to latch onto such a glittering and star-studded production. Indeed, there can be no doubt that the American David Daniels is the undisputed star of this Munich production, even alongside the other famous names on the cast list.
The young conductor Harry Bicket directs the musical action from the harpsichord and "from the depths of the orchestra pit at the Bavarian State Opera conjures up mini-marvels of his own" (Opera Now).
"David Alden‘s production of Rinaldo was a riot from beginning to end, brilliantly designed by Paul Steinberg and Buki Shiff. The singing was fabulous [...] A great and representative show." - The Times
"But for a demonstration of the complete mastery of this extravagant vocal register, the elegance, eloquence and precision – even in the most complex and fast-moving passages – of David Daniels in the title role is beyond compare." - Neue Zürcher Zeitung
- Goffredo: David Walker
- Almirena: Deborah York
- Rinaldo: David Daniels
- Eustazio: Axel Köhler
- Argante: Egils Silins
- Armida: Noëmi Nadelmann
- Mago christano/Donna: Charles Maxwell
Stage Director: David Alden
Sets Design: Paul Steinberg
Costume Design: Buki Shiff
Live recording from the Prinzregenten Theater, Munich 2001.
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 5 + DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES
Running Time: 164 mins
Region Code: 0
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