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Francesco Cavalli: Elena, opera / Emoke Barath, Valer Barna-Sabadus, Solenn'Lavanant Linke, Fernando Guimaraes. Cappella Mediterranea, Alarcon [DVD]

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Recorded live during the 2013 Aix-en-Provence Festival, Francesco Cavalli's Elena had, until this performance, not been staged for more than 350 years. The international press hailed this rediscovery as one of the major events on the lyric scene. With Jean-Yves Ruf 's imaginative staging, served by a cast made up of young singers brought together by the Aix Festival Academy, this work also benefited from the instrumentalist talent of the Cappella Mediterranea and the theatrical talent of Leonardo García Alarcón. Elena relates the first adventures of Helen, the world's most beautiful woman, coveted by numerous men including Menelaus, who disguises himself as an Amazon to approach her, and Theseus, who abducts her and tries to seduce her to the great displeasure of his legitimate fiancée, Hippolyta. Numerous colorful or tragic characters come to complicate the situations in this mythological farce.

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Run Time: 177 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 1.33:1, Color


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>Cavalli, Francesco : Elena, opera
  • Performers: Emoke Barath; Valer Barna-Sabadus; Fernando Guimaraes; Solenn' Linke; Emiliano Toro
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live