Handel - Semele (Blu-ray) | Euroarts 4257614

Handel - Semele (Blu-ray)

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Label: Euroarts

Cat No: 4257614

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th January 2021

Contents

Artists

Louise Alder
Hugo Hymas
Lucile Richardot
Carlo Vistoli
Gianluca Buratto
Emily Owen
Angela Hicks
Peter Davoren
Angharad Rowlands
Daniel D’Souza
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists

Conductor

John Eliot Gardiner

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Semele, HWV58

Artists

Louise Alder
Hugo Hymas
Lucile Richardot
Carlo Vistoli
Gianluca Buratto
Emily Owen
Angela Hicks
Peter Davoren
Angharad Rowlands
Daniel D’Souza
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists

Conductor

John Eliot Gardiner

About

In Spring 2019, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, led by John Eliot Gardiner, presented a critically-acclaimed European tour of Handel’s opera Semele, including the performance at Alexandra Palace Theatre in London, where this live recording took place.

Semele had not been performed by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi ensembles since they originally recorded it in the 1980s and this recording gives listeners the chance to hear a fuller version of the work

A glamorous team of young soloists joins the Monteverdi ensembles to bring the story of Semele to life, including celebrated English soprano Louise Alder, who takes on the title role, with the young tenor Hugo Hymas portraying the amorous Jupiter.

“Semele’s musical score is a glorious blend of irresistible solo arias – some virtuosic showstoppers, others lyrical, sensual and evocative, ensembles, duets, accompanied recitatives and (unlike his operas) imposing choruses. Still more than when I first performed it and recorded it almost forty years ago, I feel Semele’s time has finally come.” – John Eliot Gardiner

“The greatest joy of the evening was generated by the wonderfully crisp and rhythmically alert singing of the Monteverdi Choir” – Rupert Chistiansen, The Telegraph ★★★★

“A better interpretation can hardly be found.” – El Punt Avui

“The Monteverdi Choir was on dazzling form and captivated with its ability to make sense of every word, every syllable.”
– Laurent Bury, Forum Opera

“The show is a revelation.” – Biagio Scuderi, Amadeus

“Under the precise direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the sound of the English Baroque Soloists is sumptuous with roundness and sharpness.” – Frédérique Epin, Olyrix

Cast:
- Semele: Louise Alder
- Jupiter: Hugo Hymas
- Juno / Ino: Lucile Richardot
- Athamas: Carlo Vistoli
- Cadmus / Somnus: Gianluca Buratto
- Iris: Emily Owen
- Cupid: Angela Hicks
- Apollo: Peter Davoren
- Augur: Angharad Rowlands
- High Priest: Daniel D’Souza

Picture: Full HD – 16:9
Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0
Language/subtitles: E / D / J / K
Region code: All (A1/B2/C3)
Running time: 169 mins
Production: May 2019

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