Rameau - Castor et Pollux | Opus Arte OA0999D

Rameau - Castor et Pollux

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OA0999D

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th September 2008

Contents

Artists

Anna Maria Panzarella
Veronique Gens
Finnur Bjarnason
Henk Neven
Judith van Wanroij
Nicolas Teste
Thomas Oliemans
Anders J Dahlin
Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

Works

Rameau, Jean-Philippe

Castor et Pollux

Artists

Anna Maria Panzarella
Veronique Gens
Finnur Bjarnason
Henk Neven
Judith van Wanroij
Nicolas Teste
Thomas Oliemans
Anders J Dahlin
Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera
Les Talens Lyriques

Conductor

Christophe Rousset

About

Castor et Pollux is arguably Rameau’s finest creation in the tragédie lyrique style. Its libretto, based in mythology, focuses on an unusual theme: the self-sacrificing love between Castor, who is mortal, and his immortal brother, Pollux. When Castor is killed while defending his beloved Télaire from an attempted abduction, Pollux resolves to give up his immortality and take Castor’s place in the Underworld. After passionate debate over who will live and who will die, the brothers are eternally united, transformed into the constellation Gemini.

The strikingly luminous sets, depicting a stylized version of the constellation, give this fabulous production, staged by Pierre Audi and conducted by Christophe Rousset, a glorious 21st-century baroque look.

Cast:
- Télaïre: Anna Maria Panzarella
- Phébé: Véronique Gens
- Castor: Finnur Bjarnason
- Pollux: Henk Neven
- Cléone/Une suivante d’Hébé/Une ombre heureuse: Judith van Wanroij
- Jupiter: Nicolas Testé
- Le Grand-Prêtre/Une autre voix: Thomas Oliemans
- Un Spartiate/Un athlète/Mercure/Une voix: Anders J. Dahlin

Stage Director: Pierre Audi

Bonus material:
- Documentary: To serve this big spectacle….
- Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.

Recorded live at Het Musiektheater, Amsterdam on 21st & 25th January 2008.

To turn almost three hours of obscure French baroque opera into a popular hit is the kind of stunt at which the Netherlands Opera excels. … All the singers are beautiful and polished…Veronique Gens as Phebe manages to rise beyond form and truly breathe life into her character's phrases. Gens's performance is radiant and burnished, full of subtlety and character.' - Bloomberg.com

Region code: All regions
Picture format: 16:9 Anamorphic
Sound format: 2.0 LPCM Stereo / 5.1 DTS Surround
Menu language: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NE
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NE

Running time: 155 mins
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