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Handel: Alcina / Minkowski, Harteros, Kasarova, Hammarstrom [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina, HWV 34
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In its first Baroque opera since the 1960s, the Vienna Staatsoper presents an absorbing new production of Handel's Alicina. An all-star cast of specialists tell the magical story of Alcina, the beautiful seductress who turns her lovers to stones, plants or animals upon tiring of them. Kronen Zeitung calls it, "Wonderful, beautiful world of Opera!... a sensational success." Turn your living room into the Vienna Staatsoper by purchasing this exciting new DVD release.

Marc Minkowski leads a very good performance. He adopts reasonable tempos and provides sensitive support for the singers... The work is mostly complete... Benjamin Bruns (Oronte) and Adam Plachetka (Melisso) are... both... excellent... Kristina Hammarstr÷m (Bradamante) has the most pleasing voice. Her singing is in sharp contrast with the Alcina, Anja Harteros, and Morgana, Veronica Cangem... Alois Mnhlbacher (Oberto)... gives a surprisingly mature performance... If you want Alcina... this is your only reasonable choice.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 226 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean


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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina, HWV 34
  • Performers: Adam Plachetka (Bass); Alois Mühlbacher (Boy Soprano); Vesselina Kasarova (Mezzo Soprano); Anja Harteros (Soprano); Kristina Hammarström (Mezzo Soprano); Veronica Cangemi (Soprano); Benjamin Bruns (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735