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Lully: Atys / Christie, Azzaretti, Daneman, de Negri, d'Oustrac [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Lully, Jean-Baptiste : Atys, LWV 53
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Lully’s Atys was so dear to Louis XIV that it became known as the “the King’s opera.” With its unprecedented dramatic intensity, Atys was the fi rst opera to feature a plot that revolved around love and the fi rst French tragedy to kill off its lead character on stage. The opera was revived in 1985 when the Opéra de Paris called on William Christie and the director Jean-Marie Villégier to stage a celebration of the tercentenary of Lully’s death. Resurrected from the ashes, Atys was a key factor in the revival of French baroque music. In 2011, the Opéra Comique once again presented Atys, and that production was fi lmed by FRA Musica for posterity. Featuring tenor Bernard Richter in the title role, supported by Christie and Les Arts Florissants and the amazing production created by Jean Marie Villégier, this fi lm is nothing short of a masterpiece and a milestone in recorded opera.

"Mr. Christie and his visionary troupe made a classic audio recording of Lully’s masterpiece in 1987, soon after they had first performed it. But we now have a visual record of Jean-Marie Villégier’s essential, unsurpassedly elegant production, captured in Paris during the revival tour this year. It is simply one of the wonders of the world. " -The New York Times

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 295 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby 2.0, DTS



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Works Details

>Lully, Jean-Baptiste : Atys, LWV 53
  • Performers: Nicolas Rivenq (Baritone); Bernard Richter (Tenor); Marc Mauillon (Tenor); Emmanuelle de Negri (Soprano); Sophie Daneman (Soprano); Stephanie DÆOustrac (Mezzo Soprano); Jaël Azzaretti (Soprano); Cyril Auvity (Countertenor); Paul Agnew (Tenor)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta