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Handel: Alcina / Minkowski, Harteros, Kasarova, Hammarstrom [2 DVD]

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.

The production, very elegant and beautiful, places the action in the late eighteenth in the salons of the Duchess of Devonshire popular, using the very suggestive idea of the play within a play. Working with actors is superb, as well as lighting and making television.

Daily Telegraph (UK)
Lovers of the baroque will enjoy Handel's Alcina in an imaginative and colourful production from the Vienna State Opera, directed by former RSC boss Adrian Noble. Wittily staged as though it was an amateur theatrical entertainment mounted by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and her friends, it features a fabulous performance by soprano Anja Harteros in the title role ...

Conductor and orchestra are superb ...

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 226 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 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