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Cecilia Bartoli - Handel / Semele

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Cecilia Bartolis first operatic Decca DVD release for over 10 years sees her triumphing in the title role of Handels late drama, Semele. A prestigious start to Handel Year.


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Cecilia Bartolis first operatic Decca DVD release for over 10 years sees her triumphing in the title role of Handels late drama, Semele. A prestigious start to Handel Year.

Not only is this Cecilia Bartolis first DVD opera for Decca in 12 years (since Rossinis La Cenerentola), it is also her first opera singing in English. Semele is presented in Robert Carsens stylish modern dress production, originally seen in London, and most recently staged at the Zurich Opera in 2007 (where it will be revived in January 2009).

The drama tells of the ambition of the beautiful mortal, Semele, who, not satisfied with being Jupiters mistress, strives with fatal results to supplant Jupiters wife, Juno.

Conceived as an oratorio but nowadays presented as a stage drama, it is a superb vehicle for all the principals, not least the substantial title role, which includes such popular arias as Endless pleasure and Myself I shall adore. Robert Carsens acclaimed staging hints at parallels with the problematic relationship between the late Princess Diana and the British Royal Family. Outstanding orchestral accompaniment comes from the renowned combination of William Christie and La Scintilla.
  • Published
    2009-03-02
  • Run Time
    154
  • TV Series
    No
  • Genre
    Music
  • Number Of Discs
    1
  • Format
    BLR
  • Packaging Details
    Blu Ray
  • Age Rating
    E
  • Boxset
    No
  • Limited Edition
    No
  • Release Date
    Mon Mar 02 00:00:00 AEDT 2009
  • Brand Name
    Universal
  • Boxed Width
    13.5 cm
  • Boxed Length
    17.1 cm
  • Boxed Height
    1.3 cm
  • Product Code
    WCC100000000070171
  • Reference Number
    070171
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