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  • Actors: Montserrat Figueras, Furio Zanasi, Arianna Savall, Sara Mingardo, Cécile van de Sant
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006SKVU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,794 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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For this production of L'Orfeo, stage director Gilbert Deflo attempts to recreate the atmosphere of the first performance of Monteverdi's 1607 opera in the plush 19th-century setting of Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. On the whole he's extremely successful: the scenery consists of painted flats which are used imaginatively (Caronte's cavern is a particular coup de theatre) and the delightful costumes look like ancient Hellenic robes viewed through a 17th century lens. What's most remarkable, though, is the sensitive level of recording, for the light orchestral textures and small voices only once, in the Caronte scene, seem to get swamped by the gilt and velvet.

Jordi Savall, looking uncannily like Monteverdi himself, conducts with energy and draws some committed, focused playing from the band. Zanasi makes a fine Orfeo, but all the voices have all the graceful and limpid qualities that are standard now in early music, and the whole company gets the stylised acting manner demanded by the production just right without becoming too arch.

On the DVD: L'Orfeo is presented in 16:9 anamorphic ratio, with a choice of Dolby Surround Sound or LPCM Stereo. Within the limitations of a live relay from a large theatre, the picture quality is excellent: the colours of the costumes seem particularly vivid. There are subtitles in English, French, German and Spanish. Special features include an interview with the stage director, an illustrated synopsis and a gallery of cast photos. --Warwick Thompson

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Richford on 1 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD
This Spanish production of L'Orfeo from Barcelona is a wonderful experience for which I wish to thank all those involved. Stage director Gilbert Deflo had a very fortunate hand with the whole production, and it was highly interesting listening to his explanation of how he received his inspiration. Musically, Jordi Savall guarantees a historically informed performance; I have heard so many of his music CDs, and it was breathtaking to be able to watch him and his team in action for the first time. On stage, the singers do all that is required of them. Furio Zanasi could perhaps have made a little more of his Orfeo; the death of Euridice is announced by a brilliant Sara Mingardo who eclipses everybody else at that point by her emotional stage-presence. Montserrat Figueras sings the role of La Musica with her usual perfection, and Antonio Abete's Caronte is enough to make anyone's hair stand on end. The scene between Adriana Fernández (Proserpina) and Daniele Carnovich (Pluto) is uncanny, but the whole underworld part of the opera has been managed very well. If you like Monteverdi, early opera or are a fan of Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, then don't miss this wonderful DVD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EdTroupe on 8 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
The opera deserves much of the high praise it receives from other reviewers. It is gorgeously staged and on what seems to me just the right scale. The orchestra is splendid too and Jordi Savall is a master of the baroque style. The ladies sing beautifully and Mrs Savall is perfect as La Musica. But...

But the baroque trill severely challenges several of the male performers. Some strangle on it but flounder on, others give it up as a bad job halfway through. Fulvio Zanassi, looking like a user-car salesman, can barely manage it at all. It's hard to imagine anyone tackling the role of Orfeo without this basic technique. It must have been a bad night
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2011
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This production and recording, made in 2002 at Barcelona's Liceu Theatre is a total triumph of imagination and musicality combined. It also benefits from a very fine visual and sonic recording for its period (2002).

The production is presented using an orchestra made up of the instruments that would have been familiar and accessible to Monteverdi. The orchestra is large but is mainly deployed for the sheer variety of sounds that can be created from such a selection rather than the effect of all playing at once. The opening flourishes on brass, cornetts and percussion played from the balcony as the conductor, Jordi Savall, makes his entrance from the rear of the theatre is immediately arresting. A similarly effective, but far less grand, entrance is also made upon the announcement of Euridice's death. These two moments illustrate the telling use of space in this production to create strong changes of mood with the minimum of props. Indeed the production succeeds to an amazing extent to establish the joy of Orfeo's relationship with his new wife, which is then contrasted with devastating sadness at her death. There follows the descent to and return from the kingdom of death and Orfeo's anguish at losing Euridice once more. The opera manages to turn this appalling situation round to one of general rejoicing as Orfeo chooses to join his wife among the celestial bodies with his own early death.

None of this would work of course if the musical values were not of the highest order. In this production the musicianship displayed by the whole cast is simply beyond reproach. One has to mention the superb characterisation of Orfeo as portrayed by Furio Zanasi whose acting is an object lesson in continuous expression coupled with fine singing throughout.
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By BoskoG on 11 Oct. 2012
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I cannot praise this production enough. It tries to recreate an authentic production in both sight and sound. The conductor looks a bit like Monteverdi himself! The orchestra is dressed in 16th century type clothing and is fully part of the performance.

Picture quality 5
Sound quality 5
Sets 5 - Impressive pastoral sets. Trees, rocks stars etc.
Music making (orchestra) 5
Direction (camera work) 5
Singing/Acting 5/5
Costumes 5 - 16th century and ancient Greek type costumes.
Dancing 5

Highly recommended.
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