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Orfeo Ed Euridice (Royal Opera House) / Jochen Kowalski, Gillian Webster [DVD]

Notes & Reviews:

Harry Kupfer's version of Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, originally conceived for the Berlin Komische Opera and now in the repertory of The Royal Opera, won the Olivier Award for "Most Outstanding Achievement in Opera."

According to legend, Orpheus' magical power as a musician enabled him to regain his wife from the dead on the condition he did not look at her on the journey back from Hades - a condition that proved impossible to fulfill. In Harry Kupfer's updated version, Orfeo, in leather jacket and jeans, sees his Euridice die in a street accident. Succumbing to depression, he languishes in Hades - a psychiatric hospital - before taking his electric guitar to charm the beasts in an inner-city jungle. Hans Schasvernoch has designed an ingenious set with projected imagery on revolving screens and mirrors. The German alto Jochen Kowalski, gives a virtuoso performance as Orfeo, with the young British soprano Gillian Webster as Euridice. The opera is conducted by Hartmut Haenchen.

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 84 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Country of Origin: United Kingdom



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