Handel - Deidamia (DVD) | Opus Arte OA1088D

Handel - Deidamia (DVD)

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OA1088D

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th October 2012

Contents

Artists

Sally Matthews
Veronica Cangemi
Olga Pasichnyk
Silvia Tro Santafe
Andrew Foster-Williams
Umberto Chiummo
Jan-Willem Schaafsma
Netherlands Opera
Concerto Koln

Conductor

Ivor Bolton

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Deidamia, HWV42

Artists

Sally Matthews
Veronica Cangemi
Olga Pasichnyk
Silvia Tro Santafe
Andrew Foster-Williams
Umberto Chiummo
Jan-Willem Schaafsma
Netherlands Opera
Concerto Koln

Conductor

Ivor Bolton

About

DNO presents a new production of Handel's last Italian opera, Deidamia, staged by the American David Alden. No known literary source has been linked directly to this opera, which is set at the time of the Trojan War.

After an oracle has predicted the death of Achilles at Troy, Achilles disguises himself as a woman and takes refuge at the court of Lycomedes, whose daughter Deidamia falls in love with the young Greek. Amorous developments and tricks of disguise expose the truth and Achilles is forced to take his place at the side of his countrymen in the battle against the Trojans.

Comedy and tragedy are bedfellows in this opera, and the title role in particular covers the entire expressive spectrum, from flirtatious love song to heartfelt lament.

Cast:
- Deidamia: Sally Matthews
- Nerea: Veronica Cangemi
- Achille: Olga Pasichnyk
- Ulisse: Silvia Tro Santafé
- Fenice: Andrew Foster-Williams
- Licomede: Umberto Chiummo
- Nestore: Jan-Willem Schaafsma

Director: David Alden

Recorded live at the De Nederlandse Opera, March & April 2012.

"With this production, the Netherlands Opera once again meets with distinction its obligation to perform Baroque works." - New York Times

"For me, Andrew Foster-Williams as Phoenix was a bit of an unsung hero (if that’s not a contradiction in terms) in this production, contributing more to the performance than was reflected in the warmth of the applause at the close." - www.opera-britannia.com

Running time: 208 minutes
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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