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C. W. Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice / Vesselina Kasorova, Rosemary Joshua, Deborah York. Bavarian State Orch., Bolton [DVD]

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A husband laments the death of his wife. He follows her to the underworld and finds her there. But he is forbidden to look at her. He does it anyway! Has he now lost her forever? Or will the gods' hearts be moved by this loving, "human" glance? In 1762, Gluck put the quietus on the artificiality of baroque opera with this work - from then on the human element took center stage.

Right on time for the 2004 Opera Festival, FARAO classics released the thrilling production of Gluck's reform opera Orphée et Eurydice in the version by Hector Berlioz on DVD in this company's familiar high quality.

Public and press alike enthusiastically hailed Vesselina Kasarova's début in this role as Orphée and went overboard with superlatives: "... an ideal role... " (NZZ), "... Vesselina Kasarova is the very embodiment of Orphée..." (Opernwelt).

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Run Time: 104 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese
Country of Origin: Germany


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