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Rodelinda [DVD] [2011]

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  • Actors: Anna Caterina Antonacci, Andreas Scholl, Kurt Streit, William Christie, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Directors: Jean-Marie Villégier, Humphrey Burton
  • Format: Classical, Colour, Digital Sound, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009XCCL8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,972 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Handel's classic opera in three acts, performed at Glyndebourne in June 1998. William Christie conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the performers include Anna Caterina Antonacci and Kurt Streit.

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Originally released on VHS several years ago, Rodelinda now comes to the DVD. Although the DVD offers little more than the older VHS, it is nevertheless welcome coming, as it does, hot on the heels of the Munich Rodelinda starring Michael Chance and Dorothea Roeschmann. One could argue that the staging is somewhat out of date now, but few could argue the quality of the vocal contributions from each of the soloists. It certainly wins hands down over the Munich performance on Farao.
Rodelinda, one of the triumvirate of classic Handelian operas of the mid-1720s, is a classic of psychological action and shows Handel at his best as an interpreter of human drama and emotion. In the hands of William Christie and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rodelinda comes alive in a timeless production from Jean-Marie Villégier. A sort of cross between the Prisoner of Zenda and movies of the silent period, this production was atmospheric and moving, though some will rankle at the 'needless' condescensions to humour (Garibaldo's cigarette aria for example, or his leaping up after being shot to take part on stage in the final chorus dispensing champagne to all).
What sets this performance apart from others of the past. at both Glyndebourne and Covent Garden, is the singing. Anna Caterina Antonacci was utterly at ease in the anguished part of the distraught queen Rodelinda, mourning the loss of her husband Bertarido (Andreas Scholl, making his stage debut) and fighting off the attentions of the victorious dictator Grimoaldo (Kurt Streit). The supporting characters are more than simply adjuncts - Louise Winter as Eduige, Artur Stefanowicz (Unulfo) and Umberto Chiummo (Garibaldo) play their parts too in making this an outstanding production.
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It is a wonderful performance, much much more impressive then the austere Munich performance on the Farrao Classics DVD. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment plays brilliantly for William Christie.
Anna Caterina Antonacci is a glamorously beautiful woman with a hell of a stage charisma. Andreas Scholl is outstanding and fulfils his status as one of the two greatest countertenors today (the other one is of course David Daniels). His two arias in the beginning of the second act, when he meets his sister Eduige dressed like a blind vagabond is breathtaking! And as Grimoaldo, tenor Kurt Streit is outstanding too.
This is for my taste a glorious DVD that no Handel fan should miss!
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Rodelinda, one of the triumvirate of classic Handelian operas of the mid-1720s, is a classic of psychological action and shows Handel at his best as an interpreter of human drama and emotion. In the hands of William Christie and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rodelinda comes alive in a timeless production from Jean-Marie Villégier. A sort of cross between the Prisoner of Zenda and movies of the silent period, this production was atmospheric and moving, though some will rankle at the 'needless' condescensions to humour (Garibaldo's cigarette aria for example, or his leaping up after being shot to take part on stage in the final chorus dispensing champagne to all).
What sets this performance apart from others of the past. at both Glyndebourne and Covent Garden, is the singing. Anna Caterina Antonacci was utterly at ease in the anguished part of the distraught queen Rodelinda, mourning the loss of her husband Bertarido (Andreas Scholl, making his stage debut) and fighting off the attentions of the victorious dictator Grimoaldo (Kurt Streit). Te supporting characters are more than simply adjuncts - Louise Winter as Eduige, Artur Stefanowicz (Unulfo) and Umberto Chiummo (Garibaldo) play their parts too in making this an outstanding production. Streit plays the part of Grimoaldo as a noble conqueror, guilty over his victory but unable to contain his passion for Rodelinda, though capable of nobility at the end when his life is saved by Bertarido. Chiummo as the treacherous henchman Garibaldo displayed admirable coloratura and an almost feline edge to his actions that effectively got across the double-dealing nature of his character.
Andreas Scholl made his stage debut in this performance at Glyndebourne.
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An outstanding production of an excellent piece of Handel. From the middle period full of life and invention. Excellent performances from the cast. Modern without being 'modernised'. William Christie and the age of enlightenment orchestra at their very best. This is a production with which I can find no fault.
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I've nothing to add to the other reviews of this recording, except to say that the format is 4:3, not 16:9 as claimed by Amazon. I've tried drawing this error in the listing to Amazon's attention but they clearly couldn't care less about their misrepresentation. Given the director's desire to recreate the ambiance of a 1920s' Expressionist film, the picture format may not be inappropriate, but it would still have been within NVC Arts' abilities to reformat the disc, rather than simply reissue the Channel Four television broadcast from 1998.
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