CAVALLI La Didone. Anna Bonitatibus, Kresimir Spicer, Xavier Sabata, Maria Streijffert, Katherine Watson, Les Arts Florissants / William Christie. Opus Arte DVD

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Cavalli La Didone Anna Bonitatibus William Christie Opus Arte Dvd

CAVALLI

La Didone

Le Théâtre de Caen

Didone Anna Bonitatibus

Enea Kresimir Spicer

Iarba Xavier Sabata

Ecuba Maria Streijffert

Cassandra Katherine Watson

Les Arts Florissants / William Christie

Director Clément Hervieu-Léger

Recorded live at the Théâtre de Caen, October 2011

One of the first operas deserving of the name, Didone is our first surviving musical version of the famous episode in Virgil's Aeneid where the Trojan hero loves and then cruelly leaves the noble Dido. Cavalli learnt at the feet of Monteverdi, and his dramatic transformation of the story is all the more expressive for its intimacy, worthy of the examples set by his master. At the centre of this bold and simple staging - the first opera production by comic actor Clément Hervieu-Léger - is the Queen of Carthage herself, sung with uncompromising intensity by Anna Bonitatibus. William Christie and his singers and players show themselves entirely attuned to the world of Cavalli, where meaning and music fuse.

Following on from the Handel, Montverdi and Rameau revivals, comes the re-discovery of this great Venetian composer Cavalli.

With Anna Bonitatibus and Kresimir Spicer, early music specialist William Christie has brought together an impressive cast accompanied by Les Arts Florissant.

Cavalli's was a pupil and later colleague of Monteverdi.

Cavalli's librettists Gian Francesco Busenello was also the librettist of Monteverdi's last surviving opera L'Incoronazione di Poppea.

Cavalli was part of the next generation after Monteverdi, a leading figure in musical life of Venice and considered to be the greatest living opera composer of his time. Indeed his solos and ensembles breathe a new spirit, his choruses are powerful, his recitatives come across as expressive, natural and touching and his talent for comic scenes clearly lives up to the commedia dell'Arte tradition.

Running time: 176 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Opus Arte DVD OA1080D

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