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Rameau: Hippolyte Et Aricie [2014] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Ed Lyon, Christiane Karg, Sarah Connolly, Stephane Degout, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Korean
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun. 2014
  • Run Time: 186 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00KQHWB40
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,238 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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In Glyndebourne's first-ever staging of an opera by Rameau, director Jonathan Kent presents a production which, in his own words, ‘strives to appeal to every sense and show audiences how engrossing and musically ravishing French Baroque opera can be’. Rameau's inventive take on Racine's great tragedy Phèdre is brought to life by Paul Brown's colourful and elegant designs and Ashley Page's playful choreography. Ed Lyon and Christiane Karg give captivating performances as the titular young lovers, while Sarah Connolly, making a welcome return to Glyndebourne, ‘invests Phaedra with both grandeur and a desperately human vulnerability’ (The Independent). Leading exponent of early music William Christie ‘sets an exhilarating pace, galvanising the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to playing of tremendous panache’ (The DailyTelegraph). Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

Press Reviews

"Few nights at the opera will be as rewarding as this one." (The Arts Desk)
"Rameau's music is one reason to hasten to East Sussex. Another is Jonathan Kent's inventive staging." (The Times)
"Sarah Connolly combines a luscious voice and volcanic stage presence as Phaedra, and her climactic outpouring of despair in Act 4 is scalp-prickling." (Bloomberg.com)
"William Christie ... as usual sets an exhilarating pace, galvanising the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to playing of tremendous panache. " (The Daily Telegraph ★★★)
"With William Christie conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment ... the music couldn't be better presented; Christie's ability to conjure up ceremonial grandeur, tender intimacy and rhythmic variety may be sleight of hand from the greatest Rameau interpreter of our time, but it's totally compelling. So too is much of the cast, especially Ed Lyon's Hippolytus, Christiane Karg's Aricia, and Stéphane Degout's Theseus; as Phaedra, Sarah Connolly plays the stepmother from hell to the manner born." (The Guardian ★★★★)
"Katherine Watson's imperious Diana, Ed Lyon's coltish Hippolytus, and Francois Lis's dark-toned Pluto are all spot-on, while Emmanuelle de Negri and Mathias Vidal purvey a ravishing sweetness of sound. Sarah Connolly invests Phaedra with both grandeur and a desperately human vulnerability; Stephane Degout's Theseus sends up prayers to Neptune in singing of transcendent beauty. The diction and phrasing is perfectly idiomatic; the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is on top form." (The Independent ★★★)
Ed Lyon (Hippolytus)
Christiane Karg (Aricia)
Sarah Connolly (Phaedre)
Stéphane Degout (Theseus)
Katherine Watson (Diana)
François Lis (Pluto/Jupiter/Neptune)
Julie Pasturaud (Œnone)
Samuel Boden (Mercury)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; The Glyndebourne Chorus; William Christie

Stage Director: Jonathan Kent
Television Director: François Roussillon
Designer: Paul Brown
Choreographer: Ashley Page
Catalogue Number: OABD7150D
Date of Performance: 2013
Running Time: 187 minutes
Sound: 24 bit LPCM / 5.1 DTS Master Audio HD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO
Label: Opus Arte


Under William Christie, the Orchestra of Enlightenment delivers musky strings beguiling recorders, meaty bassoons and an earthy musette. The choral singing is excellent. Performance **** Picture & Sound ***** --BBC Music Magazine, Oct'14

Ed Lyon and Christine Karg make touching lovers, Stephane Degout is convincingly anguished as Theseus, and Sarah Connolly formidably regal as well as despairing. If you enjoyed (William Christie's)and Kent's The Fairy Queen, you will enjoy this. --Gramophone, Oct'14

This is a triumph: a hugely enjoyable production, with extremes of humour and pathos. --IRR,Jan'15

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