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MONTEVERDI: L'Orfeo - Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (DVD)

MONTEVERDI: L'Orfeo - Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (DVD)

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Georg Nigl (Orfeo); Roberta Invernizzi (Euridice / Eco); Sara Mingardo (Messaggera / Speranza);

Monteverdi's seminal first opera tells the dramatic story from Ovid's Metamorphoses of the descent of Orfeo (Georg Nigl) into the underworld to recover his beloved wife Euridice (Roberta Invernizzi), who has died from a snake bite. In a new production for La Scala, based on a painting by Titian and directed by Robert Wilson, the opera receives a powerful and inspiring performance from a fine cast, the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala and Concerto Italiano under the much-admired Italian early music specialist, Rinaldo Alessandrini.

Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.


"Robert Wilson meets Monteverdi with successful results." (The Opera Critic)

"Beautifully flimed in Milan, this DVD shows how well Wilson's minimalist productions can take to the small screen." (Gramophone)

"The drama comes from Alessandrini's edition and the bite and brilliance of the La Scala orchestra, and Concerto Italiano's inventive continuo section." (BBC Music Magazine)

"...this is a wonderfully satisfying performance, featuring one of the finest Orfeos on disc, and a production which suits the needs of both the large-scale theatre and the small screen equally well" (International Record Review)

Extra features

Illustrated Synopsis and Cast gallery.

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